Top 10 Reasons to Visit Walt Disney World RIGHT NOW, Summer 2018 Edition

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What a time to visit Walt Disney World! Summer is always a fun season to visit, but in 2018 there are special things taking place in all four parks. If you have been wondering if you should plan a trip to Central Florida this summer, book your rooms and your flight immediately. Here are ten reasons why.

10. Galaxy’s Edge Merchandise, Disney’s Hollywood Studios

It’s been announced that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will not open until “late fall 2019”. Even though that seems like a long way off, you do not have to wait that long to look like you’ve visited Black Spire Outpost. T-shirts, hats, water bottles, and a pin and lanyard are already on sale at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. These things will get you excited for what is to come.

9. DisneyStyle, Disney Springs

You no doubt want to show off your love for all things Disney both while you’re at Walt Disney World and then again when you return home. That is what DisneyStyle is all about. You’ll find apparel that is a step about the traditional theme park T-shirts. There are fashionable clothing items, and there are plenty of things that you can buy to accessorize. You’ll also find choices with classic characters, some of which you might not find in the parks. The atmosphere is upbeat and dynamic, and the selection is large. You might even picture Minnie sneaking in to do her own shopping after the store has closed, there is plenty that is her style.

8. Wine Bar George, Disney Springs

Even though Walt Disney World is the top family destination on the planet, plenty of adults love it as well. There is now a place at Disney Springs that was created with sophisticated adults in mind. Wine Bar George features 130 different selections of wine. They were handpicked by Master Sommelier George Miliotes. There are also small plates, desserts, and cocktails. Even though Walt Disney World lets your inner child come out and play, the adult in you will love Wine Bar George.

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7. Disney Junior – Live on Stage, Disney’s Hollywood Studios

When your inner child wants to come back out, head to Disney Junior – Live on Stage at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The show is going to close permanently, the last day is September 1. Disney Junior fans, do not fear. A new show called Disney Junior Dance Party! is going to take its place this fall. The exact date for the new show has not yet been released.

6. UP! A Great Bird Adventure, Disney’s Animal Kingdom

If you’re a fan of the movie UP! (and who isn’t), you’ll want to see the newest show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Like Flights of Wonder, there are plenty of birds, but now the show features Russell and Dug. It’s a lot of fun, and you never know what to expect from the birds. The show lasts about 25 minutes, and the time flies by. Literally.

5. Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live!, Epcot

Disney is calling this the Incredible Summer, and there’s something special going on throughout the theme parks. At Epcot, it’s Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live! The show takes place several times daily in the America Gardens Theater, weather permitting. You’ll see Star-Lord and Gamora, backed by an alien band from Xandar. The show features classic hits from the 1970’s and the 1980’s. You’re sure to have an out of this world time, but hurry, it only runs through August 19.

4. Incredible Tomorrowland Expo, Magic Kingdom

At the Magic Kingdom, the Incredible part of Incredible Summer is taken literally. Tomorrowland is taken over by Mr. Incredible, Mrs. Incredible, Frozone, and Edna Mode. They’re found throughout the land. There’s a dance party, the Jack-Jack Diaper Dash, Super Super Fans, picture opportunities, and more. There are also several special food offerings. Incredible Tomorrowland Expo takes place daily through September 3, so you’d better get here soon.

3. Donald’s Dino-Bash, Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Donald Duck learned that birds are descended from dinosaurs, so he and the gang packed up and headed to DinoLand U.S.A. There is a dance party each day, but what makes this a must do is the number of characters. You’ll find EIGHT of them across the land. Donald, Daisy, Pluto, and Goofy all made the trip, as did rare characters Launchpad McQuack and Scrooge McDuck. Make sure you explore the Cretaceous Trail. That’s where you’ll find Chip ‘n’ Dale, in disguise. Donald’s Dino-Bash also runs daily through September 3.

2. Disney H2O Glow Nights, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

The Florida heat doesn’t go away in the summer just because the sun goes down, and now neither does the fun at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. Disney H2O Glow Nights is a new special ticketed event. There is a dance party, fun with Toy Story characters, an adults-only area called The Wharf, and lots of special foods and beverages for the occasion. Disney H2O Glow Nights will take place each Thursday and Saturday evening from June 21 through August 11. The cost is $55 per adult, and $50 for children ages 3 through 9. If Disney H2O Glow Nights is a success, maybe Disney will add more after hours events to the water parks.

1. Toy Story Land, Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is about to become a whole new park as Toy Story Land is set to open on June 30. There will be two new rides, a new entrance for Toy Story Mania!, a fun quick service food location, and more. The new land is going to be packed for a while, and soft previews are extremely unlikely, so you might want to make a reservation at a Walt Disney World resort. There will be a morning Extra Magic Hour daily from July 1 through August 26. Even though the new land will be packed, it is still going to be worth the trip, so start planning now.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.