Disney Season: Summer 2014

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Walt Disney World Resort guests have plenty of ways to show their Disney Side this summer with special events and new openings. Sizzling with excitement from June to August, festivities include:

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series Serves Up a Rocking Rendezvous for Epcot Guests this Summer

Chart-topping classics will fill the air at Epcot this summer when high-energy bands rock the mic during Sounds Like Summer concert series. Performing hits from U2, Journey, Boston, and more, seven acts will take the stage in June and July at America Gardens Theatre in World Showcase.

This year’s concert line up includes:

  • June 8-14:  Hotel California ~ A Salute to the Eagles
  • June 15-21: Don’t Stop Believin’ ~ Journey Tribute Band
  • June 22-28: Good Vibrations ~ A Tribute to The Beach Boys
  • June 29-July 5: Don’t Look Back ~ Boston Tribute Band
  • July 6 to 12: Stayin’ Alive ~ A Tribute to the Bee Gees
  • July 13 to 19: Slippery When Wet ~ The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute
  • July 20 to 26: 2U ~ A Tribute to U2

Show times are 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. – except on July 4 when show times are 5:15, 6:30, 7:45 and 9 p.m.  Sounds Like Summer concerts are included with Epcot admission (Entertainment subject to change without notice).

Summer Openings Around Walt Disney World Resort

Summer brings new shopping, shows and stays with special openings taking place throughout the season at Walt Disney World Resort.

The hugely popular Festival of the Lion King show re-opens inside of an all-new theater in the Africa section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

A new Disney retail concept, The Marketplace Co-Op, launches six unique boutiques within the location at Downtown Disney Marketplace including: Beautifully Disney, Cherry Tree Lane, D-Tech on Demand, Zoey and Pickles, The Trophy Room and Disney Centerpiece.  Also new to Downtown Disney, Starbucks will add two locations —  a storefront at Downtown Disney West Side and a kiosk near World of Disney at Downtown Disney Marketplace.

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts also is planning a summer opening for a luxury resort hotel at Walt Disney World Resort. Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort will feature several dining venues including a rooftop restaurant with views to the Magic Kingdom, a 14,000 square foot spa, fitness center, three pools and a “lazy river” sports and recreational area, as well as meeting and event space, and a business center. This first Four Seasons in Central Florida is located within the Golden Oak residential community, created and master-planned by Disney.

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Hosts Soccer, Volleyball and Football Events

Disney Soccer Academy: Beginning in mid-June, Disney Sports is offering four-day instructional soccer camps for kids age 5-18 years old. Participants will get instruction from world-class professional players from Brazil and the English Premier League. The three session options are June 16-19, June 23-26 and July 7-10.

AAU Girls Junior National Volleyball Championships: The most highly touted high school girls volleyball players in the nation will flock to Walt Disney World Resort this summer for the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) National Volleyball Championship. The event runs June 16-24 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, features players age 10-18 years old and attracts top college scouts looking to recruit the nation’s top prep players.

Drew Brees Passing Academy: New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees hosts his 2nd annual football passing academy at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex from June 26-29. The academy features elite instruction from Brees and other NFL players and coaches as well as a 7-on-7 competition expected to attract many of the country’s elite high school players. 

Orlando City Soccer Club Continues 2014 Regular Season at ESPN Wide World of Sports at Disney

Orlando City Soccer Club will continue to play its 2014 regular-season home games at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex throughout the summer. To enhance the experience for spectators, additional stadium seating has been added to surround all four sides of the main soccer field at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, bringing seating to approximately 5,200.

This is the Lions’ final United Soccer League (USL) season before becoming the 21st Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise in 2015.

Below is the Lions’ 2014 regular-season home schedule at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex:

  • Saturday, March 29 @ 7:30 p.m. vs. Pittsburgh
  • Saturday, April 5 @ 7:30 p.m. vs. Rochester
  • Saturday, April 12 @ 7:30 p.m. vs. Charleston
  • Sunday, May 4 @ 7:30 p.m. vs. OKC
  • Wednesday, May 21 @ 7:30 p.m. vs. Charlotte
  • Saturday, May 31 @ 7:30 p.m. vs. Charleston
  • Saturday, June 7 @ 7:30 p.m. vs. Impact Reserves
  • Wednesday, June 11 @ 7:30 p.m. vs. Orange County
  • Saturday, June 28 @ 7:30 p.m. vs. LA Galaxy II
  • Saturday, July 12 @ 7:30 p.m. vs. Wilmington
  • Saturday, August 2 @ 7:30 p.m. vs. Charlotte
  • Saturday, August 16 @ 7:30 p.m. vs. Harrisburg
  • Sunday, August 31 @ 7:30 p.m. vs. Dayton
  • Saturday, September 6 @ 7:30 p.m. vs. Richmond

Disney’s Water Parks Add Fun To a Walt Disney World Vacation

Whether guests want to lounge on the beach or take the plunge and try every attraction, Walt Disney World Resort water parks are the perfect place to cool off this summer. At Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon guests can snorkel with sharks, stingrays and tropical fish in a coral reef, plunge down rushing rapids, sunbathe on the sandy beach and glide down a lazy river. Themed as a melting ski resort where a freak snowstorm hit Florida, Disney’s Blizzard Beach is home to some of the most thrilling water rides in the United States, while also offering guests a tranquil river to float down or a great place to relax on the beach. For the most up-to-date park hours, please visit disneyworld.com/water-parks.

 Disney Cruise Line Returns to Europe and Alaska this Summer with New Itineraries and Ports

The Disney Magic returns to the Mediterranean this summer with exciting new ports and popular destinations, treating guests to the best of Europe. New for the European season, Disney Cruise Line will use Venice, Italy as a homeport for select sailings. During these cruises, the Disney Magic overnights in Venice, giving guests the opportunity to experience an evening in the spectacular city. Disney Cruise Line also will visit new destinations in the Greek Isles and Sicily for the first time. Guests will experience richly diverse cities and cultures, showcasing iconic locations, romantic boulevards, bustling bazaars, sun-drenched islands and the brilliant blue Mediterranean Sea.

Throughout the summer season, the Disney Wonder sails seven-night cruises from Vancouver to Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, Alaska. One special nine-night cruise calls on Sitka, Alaska—a first for Disney Cruise Line. These cruises combine the natural wonder and adventurous spirit of Alaska with the unparalleled, family-friendly experience found on a Disney ship. Disney Cruise Line works closely with Alaskan tour operators to create exclusive-to-Disney family-friendly Port Adventures that allow guests to experience Alaska’s natural beauty and rich history.

The Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy will continue to sail out of Port Canaveral for summer 2014.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can visit www.disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or contact a travel agent.