Get it While it’s Hot: Soon-to-End Summer Fun at Walt Disney World

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Hakuna Matata Time

If you’re anything like me, you may already be gearing up for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Very Merry Christmas 2019, even in 99.9-degree weather. 

And while it’s super important to get your tickets to these limited capacity events like, yesterday, pump the brakes on the holiday season just a tad. 

The kiddos may be back in class, but summer is not over at Walt Disney World! Here are my top must-do events in the parks while they last. 

Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Live!

(through August 18th)

While perusing live entertainment may be a great pastime in between Fast Passes and dining reservations at EPCOT, Awesome Mix Live is far from filler. 

This 20-minute concert hosted by your favorite guardian and alien, Starlord and Gamora, is accompanied by an all extraterrestrial band performing the 70s and 80s hits from the Guardians franchise. 

And what better park to celebrate the merging of cultures than the home of the World Showcase! 

Xandarian Chamber Orchestra in Awesome Mix Live

The Xandarian Chamber Orchestra finally find their voice. Photo: Courtney Reynolds

Hakuna Matata Dance Party

(through September 30th)

The name may imply that this dance party at Animal Kingdom is solely Lion King based, but that couldn’t be further from the truth! 

Sure, Timon and Rafiki wow with their off the charts footwork, but with Baloo, Meeko, and Turk, you’re sure to break it down with at least one of your favorite furry Disney pals. 

The music from yesterday and today doesn’t disappoint, and don’t be surprised if an energetic cast member pulls you on the dance floor for a twirl in the middle of Africa!

Illuminations: Reflections of Earth

(Through September 30th)

Unpopular opinion: Illuminations is the only nighttime show out of the four parks that brings me to tears (I just have allergies during Happily Ever After). 

This could be due in large part to the nostalgic tunes, or the breeze from Lake Buena Vista, but I would primarily attribute the feels to this iconic show’s namesake; reflecting on the world around us that inhabits fellow humans from all societies. 

While I’ve no doubt that EPCOT Forever will be nothing short of spectacular, be sure to catch the piece de resistance a few more times before the end of next month! 

EPCOT 4th of July

Illuminations lights up the sky at EPCOT. Photo by Judd Helms

What’s Your Can’t-Miss Disney Summer?

Contrary to Florida weather, Summer does not last all year, not even in Walt Disney World. It’s easy to lose track of what on your must-do list is sticking around and what is bidding adieu. 

Mickey and Minnie’s Surprise Celebration in Magic Kingdom and An Incredible Celebration at Hollywood Studios are also saying farewell, both on September 30th. 

So what would you catch before the summer ends? Let us know in our Facebook group!


About the Author

Britta Stephens

Britta Stephens is a contributing writer for WDW Magazine, Disney blogger, hairstylist, and dog mom x2. The first book she ever read was Hans Christan Anderson’s The Little Mermaid and she's been a fan of Disney endings ever since. When she’s not fostering kittens, she can be found reading literature from a dog’s perspective and singing the opening of The Lion King to her greenhouse plants.