Summer Nightastic Kicks off at WDW
Walt Disney World’s Summer Nightastic kicked off this past weekend with Cast Member previews on Friday night, and a “soft opening” on Saturday night, which was only announced to AP holders (although it was open to the public).
Special features are constrained mostly to the Magic Kingdom, with the temporary addition of the Main Street Electrical Parade and a new Summer Nightastic Fireworks show, but the Studio is also celebrating a little bit.
The Main Street Electrical Parade has returned to the Magic Kingdom after playing in Disneyland since 2001. This parade will replace SpectroMagic for the entire summer, through August 14. On most nights, it will run twice, at 9pm and 11pm.
Walt Disney World guests will notice the new Tinker Bell float leading the parade, as well as some enhancements to the Snow White and Pinocchio floats.
Between the two showings of the parade, the Summer Nightastic Fireworks Spectacular is being shown at 10pm (most nights). This is the first fireworks show in the Magic Kingdom’s history to use perimeter fireworks during a regularly scheduled show. These perimeter fireworks have added nine launch sites around the park, which literally surround the guests with explosions.
This show, which has replaced Wishes through the summer, will also run until August 14.
Over at the studios, some enhancements have been made to the Tower of Terror. A friend of Mouse Unlimited’s is at WDW this week and reported back on the enhanced Tower. In addition to a new drop sequence that includes a full 13-story drop (like in the old days), there have been lighting and video effects added. We’ll discuss these enhancements in another post.
We won’t spoil the fun here. If you really want to see the parade first hand, you can find tons of videos on YouTube from the performances thus far.