5 Things Disney to Get Excited About This Summer

1. Disney is now cruising to Alaska


Photo courtesy Disney Cruise Lines


This year, the Disney Wonder headed on over to the left coast, delighting those of us in the western half of the country.  During the cooler season, the ship will tour the California coast and Mexican Riviera but come summer, the ship heads north, to Alaska!  An Alaskan cruise has always been on my bucket list and now that Disney is cruising the glacier lined coast, I have no doubt the cruise will be perfect for families. 7-night sailings call on Tracy Arm Fjord, Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan.  Port excursions include helicopter rides over the Juneau Icefield, sled dog excursions, and panning for gold with Disney characters.  Sign me up!

2. The Little Mermaid- Ariel’s Undersea Adventure

On June 3rd, Disney California Adventure will unveil its newest attraction, The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure.  I have been looking forward to this ride since I first saw this movie when I was 11 years old. Disney promises state-of-the-art animatronics, special effects, and, of course, all our favorite Little Mermaid characters.  The attractions is set to music from the movie which is sure to make for a great experience for any Disney lover.

3. Star Tours will reopen as Star Tours- The Adventure Continues at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Photo courtesy Disneyland Resort

Photo courtesy Disneyland Resort

When Star Tours first opened in 1987, the line seemed to wrap around the park, and for good reason- it was truly a cutting edge experience.  Plenty has changed since 1987, including the addition of 3 more movies to the Star Wars saga, so the ride went into “reimaging” for a little over a year in order to make the experience even better than before.

On May 20th, the ride is schedule to reopen at Disney’s Hollywood Studios as a 3D journey with different outcomes possible from one launch to the next.  The new ride focuses on the earlier Star Wars chapters whereas the old ride focused on the original trilogy.  The Disneyland version of the ride is scheduled to open June 3rd.

4. The all new Wild Africa Trek at Disney’s Animal Kingdom


Photo courtesy Disney World Resort


If your family has always dreamed of taking an African trek but doesn’t have the resources to head across the Atlantic, Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s new Wild Africa Trek may be the next best thing. Groups of no more than 12 trekkers embark on a three hour tour (a three hour tour…) across diverse terrain, peer over ledges at hippos grazing, and cross over wobbly bridges with crocodiles lurking below.  Open air trucks take guests into the Harambe Reserve to get close to the grazing animals of Africa such as rhinos, giraffes, and antelope. Breakfast or lunch is included, depending on the time of your tour. The 3 hour trek is $189 and a Disney Photo Pass CD of pictures from your adventure which are taken by Disney cast members is complimentary.

5. Disney comes to Hawaii via the Aulani Resort

The magic of Disney is coming to 21 acres of Hawaiian paradise on Oahu and its being called the Aulani Resort. The resort will feature a beach, several pools, a snorkel lagoon, an adventure trail, and what is sure to be an incredible kid’s club.  On site perks will include pool parties, character dining, fire pit storytelling, and more.  The property will have Disney Vacation Club Villas as well as hotel rooms for guests who are not a part of the Vacation Club. The first phase of the hotel is scheduled to open August 29th so start planning your late summer Hawaiian vacation now!

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Sharlene Earnshaw (aka doubleadventure) is Blogger-in-chief for Trekaroo and the blogger behind Double the Adventure.

Travel with kids to: CA |CO | DC | FL | HI | IL |MA | NC | NY | OR | PA | TN | TX | VA | WA

About the author

Sharlene Earnshaw is Trekaroo’s Editor in Chief. She lives in sunny Orange County, CA, with her husband and 10-year-old son and daughter (twins!). She is a self-proclaimed National Park junkie and has the goal of visiting each and every one with her kids. When she isn't traveling to places like Norway, Peru, Disney World, and Hawaii with her family, she enjoys hiking, beach days, obsessively rooting for the San Francisco 49ers, and planning her brood's next trip.
2 Responses
  1. Christy

    Awesome news on #1! We are moving to Alaska this summer and have always wanted to take a Disney cruise. I will have to look into that…it will go places that we wouldn’t otherwise tour on our own!

  2. Amy @ Pit Stops for Kids

    What I love most on this list is the number of West Coast oriented Disney events/openings! For some of us, Florida is a long, costly flight away!

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