Dateline Disney: July/August 2014


    In This Edition:

    Disney’s Animal Kingdom: ‘Harambe Nights’ Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Disney’s ‘The Lion King’
    Disney’s Hollywood Studios: ‘Villains Unleashed’ on Aug. 23
    Downtown Disney: Kick Up Your Heels at the Great Irish Hooley
    Beyond the Theme Parks: Soak up the fun at Disney’s Water Parks this summer; Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts to Open Newest Luxury resort
    Disney Sports: Orlando City Soccer Continues Regular Season

    ‘Harambe Nights’ Celebrates Grandest Tales and Tastes of Africa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

    Guests can join in the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Oscar-winning film “The Lion King” this summer at Disney’s Animal Kingdom during “Harambe Nights,” an evening entertainment and dining experience.

    A 55-minute theatrical extravaganza, “The Lion King Concert in the Wild” comprises celebrity narrators, a live orchestra, choir and special effects to present the story of Simba’s coming of age like never before. A lively welcome reception and the post-show street party featuring Afro-pop rhythms, performers and a buffet of culinary creations keep the celebration rocking through the evening.

    Celebrity narrators in July and August include:

    • Michael Beach – July 5
    • Harry Lennix – July 12
    • Joe Morton – July 19
    • Alfre Woodard – July 26
    • Brian Stokes Mitchell – Aug. 2
    • Patina Miller – Aug. 9

    General admission tickets for Harambe Nights run $119 ages 10 and up; $79 ages 9 and under. Premium floor seating tickets run $134 ages 10 and up; $94 ages 9 and under. The event runs Saturdays from 7-10:30 p.m., and parking is complimentary.

    To reserve tickets for Harambe Nights, guests can visit or call 407-939-1319.

    First Ever ‘Villains Unleashed’ Event Scheduled for Aug. 23 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

    On Aug. 23, 2014, more than 50 Disney villains will invade Disney’s Hollywood Studios during a new separate ticket event, “Villains Unleashed.”

    The one-night-only event party will feature up-close encounters with some of the most popular Disney villains, “Hades Hangout& Dance Party,” “Oogie Boogie’s Variety Show,” a Star Wars villain zone, a new “Villainy In The Skies” fireworks spectacular, a villain-inspired pre-show to “Fantasmic!” and more.

    Guests may purchase tickets at or call 407-939-1933.

    ‘Great Irish Hooley’ a Labor Day Weekend Celebration at Raglan Road Irish Pub& Restaurant in Downtown Disney

    Central Florida’s only Great Irish Hooley celebrates its third annual event August 29 – Sept. 1 with the electric energy of live Irish music, authentic step dancing, first-rate food and interactive fun at Raglan Road Irish Pub& Restaurant in Downtown Disney.

    A traditional Irish social celebration, the “Hooley” combines music ranging from traditional to rock tunes with entertainment and interactive fun for the whole family. Labor Day weekend guests can enjoy authentic Irish cuisine and beverages and a memorable long weekend of top Irish talent, including award-winning bands and performances by the Raglan Road Dancers.

    Among the Great Irish Hooley lineup:

    • Scythian, a headliner on the Celtic festival circuit and equally at home in rock venues – the band will release a fan-funded album in August.
    • The Raglan Rebels, Ireland’s best up-and-coming young band with traditional and modern songs and ballads.
    • Drops of Green, an exciting new ballad group from the heart of Ireland.

    Disney’s Water Parks Add to Summer Vacation Fun at Walt Disney World Resort

    Guests can beat the summer heat and dive into fun at Walt Disney World Resort water parks. With dozens of water slides, sandy beaches and lazy rivers, Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water parks provide guests with the perfect place to cool off this summer.

    As Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon celebrates its 25th anniversary, new healthful food options such as the Shrimp Wrecked Salad and the Tropical Chicken Salad have been added to the menu along with some sweet treats such as the chocolate chip waffle with fresh fruit sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. At Disney’s Blizzard Beach, guests can ‘hit the slopes’ on ski-themed water slides or lounge around. For an additional charge, guests can reserve a Lodge Picnic Umbrella or Polar Patio – shaded spots with personal touches and extras such as towels and bottled water.

    For the most up-to-date park hours, guests can visit

    Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort to Open in August

    Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is planning an August 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.

    Competition Heats Up for Youth, Pro Athletes at ESPN Wide World of Sports

    Orlando City Soccer Club continues their 2014 regular-season home games at ESPN Wide World of Sports at Disney this August. This is the Lions’ final United Soccer League (USL) season before becoming the 21st Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise in 2015. August home schedule:

    • 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