All of the Exciting Things Coming to Walt Disney World This Summer


Roundup of What’s New at Walt Disney World in Summer 2024

This summer, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida is set to dazzle guests with a series of new attractions and experiences that showcase the creativity and charm Disney is renowned for. From high-flying drone shows to musical adventures and heartwarming tributes, here’s what visitors can look forward to in the summer of 2024.

Related: Opening Date Announced for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure in the Magic Kingdom


Soaring High at Disney Springs: Dreams That Soar

From May 24 through September 2, the night sky at Disney Springs will come alive with the innovative Dreams That Soar drone show. This nighttime spectacle will feature state-of-the-art drones choreographed to create breathtaking designs in the sky. Accompanied by a “soaring” musical score and memorable movie quotes, this show celebrates Disney’s iconic stories and the joy of flight, providing a perfect late-night treat for guests looking to extend their magical day.

Dive into Adventure: Tiana’s Bayou Adventure

Opening on June 28 at Magic Kingdom Park, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure promises to immerse guests in the vibrant world of The Princess and the Frog. This ride takes adventurers on a musical journey through the bayou during Mardi Gras, accompanied by Princess Tiana and the jazz-loving alligator Louis. It’s a celebration of New Orleans culture and music, rendered in the rich detail and storytelling prowess Disney is known for.


A Tune-filled Jamboree: Country Bear Jamboree

The summer of 2024 also sees the debut of the revamped Country Bear Jamboree at Magic Kingdom. This new show infuses classic Disney melodies with a range of country music styles—from bluegrass and Americana to pop-country and rockabilly. It’s a toe-tapping, Opry-style performance that features beloved Disney tunes and a host of delightful Easter eggs for fans.

Honoring Heroes: Portraits of Veterans

Starting June 9, EPCOT’s The American Adventure pavilion will host Portraits of Courage: A Commander’s Tribute to America’s Warriors, an exhibition of over 60 portraits painted by President George W. Bush. This poignant display honors the resilience and sacrifice of America’s warriors and veterans, reflecting a deep appreciation for their service.

Pixar’s Joy Lights Up Hollywood Studios

On June 10, Joy from Inside Out will greet guests at her new location in Pixar Plaza at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This introduction coincides with the premiere of Inside Out 2, enhancing the Pixar character lineup and providing fans with a new interaction point with one of the most beloved recent characters.


EPCOT’s New Era: CommuniCore Hall and Plaza

EPCOT’s transformation reaches a new milestone with the opening of CommuniCore Hall and Plaza on June 10. This new hub in the World Celebration neighborhood will serve as a center for festivals, exhibits, and entertainment, featuring a new ¡Celebración Encanto! sing-along show running from June 10 to September 6. This vibrant event invites families to join Mirabel and Bruno in celebrating the songs and story of Encanto.

Celebrating The Lion King’s 30th Anniversary

Disney’s Animal Kingdom will celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Lion King from June 10 through September 6. Special activities like character greetings with Timon and Rafiki, drawing sessions, and themed merchandise will commemorate this Disney classic’s enduring appeal.

Related: Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Cast Member, Annual Passholder, and Vacation Club Preview Announcement Coming this Week


This summer at Walt Disney World offers new adventures and timeless enchantments, inviting guests to make new memories while reveling in the joy and imagination that only Disney can provide. Whether you’re watching the skies light up at Disney Springs, singing along with Mirabel at EPCOT, or exploring the bayou with Princess Tiana, the magic of Disney is set to make this summer unforgettable.

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Chris is a Pennsylvania native who escaped the cold and relocated to the Orlando area. Our resident Universal expert, Chris has been visiting the Universal Orlando Resort since the 1990s. Chris is a Universal and Walt Disney World Passholder, and can often be found exploring the parks taking in the sites (and finding new things to write about!).
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