Last November, my family and I sprung for annual passes to Walt Disney World. Let’s just say that we’re getting our money’s worth—typically making the trek up to Orlando about once per month with our 2.5-year-old. The interesting part about seeing Disney this way (and this often) is that you really experience how they keep the theme parks fresh and interesting for frequent visitors like Florida residents. The seasonal changes are impressive and allow park goers to enjoy something new each visit, even if it’s on a monthly basis.
Here’s the Boca Mom Talk on my favorite things happening at Walt Disney World this spring!
Ever heard of a little movie franchise called “Star Wars?” Disney Hollywood Studios is going all out to capitalize on the success of the recent film release to push their new “Star Wars Launch Bay.” You can meet fan favorite characters such as Kylo Ren or Chewbacca (my husband and daughter enjoyed this equally), view props and costumes from the movies and even celebrate the Star Wars saga with a behind-the-scenes short film screening in the Launch Bay Theater.
Kids (ages 4-12) can sign up for Jedi training and participate in a crowd-pleasing show called “Trials of the Temple.” Under the tutelage of the Jedi, the “recruits” learn how to use the Force—and their wit—to wield lightsabers against a surprise Star Wars villain on stage.
But my favorite part of “Star” Wars taking over Hollywood Studios is the fireworks show at the end of the day. There are few things better than watching rockets explode mid-air to a rousing John Williams score. “Symphony in the Stars” is absolutely stunning and will even be updated and renamed “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” with additional visual bells and whistles come summer.
Spring is literally in the air at Epcot with their International Flower & Garden Festival in full swing through May 30. You and your family can work to get your Fresh Epcot passport stamped at every garden destination and outdoor kitchen throughout the park, marveling at the amazing character topiary creations along the way.
With Soarin’ on hiatus until summer and the Frozen ride not yet open in Norway, you really need a good reason to head over to Epcot with little ones. The Flower & Garden Festival is it. There are fun play areas especially for kids and amazing gardens to explore—not to mention, live entertainment each weekend! This festival is also sure to satisfy adult appetites, at least until the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival arrives on September 14.
It boggles my mind how often the parks constantly change and that they will never really be “finished.” And no, we still haven’t managed to hit every ride and show, even after visiting 5+ times! However, I know after our last visit, we definitely had a little extra “spring” in our step, and we can’t wait to go back. Enjoy your visit to Walt Disney World this season!