May 2017 Guide: Pandora, Volcano Bay, Star Wars Days & More

Pandora – The World of Avatar opens this May

May begins the unofficial start of summer, which means Orlando theme parks are vamping up their entertainment options. This month experience new shows, attractions and areas at Walt Disney World, a new water theme park at Universal Orlando, Latin music at SeaWorld Orlando, Sesame Street at Busch Gardens Tampa and Star Wars at LEGOLAND Florida! Here are more details about all of the fun things happening in Orlando this May:  

Walt Disney World:  

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival – The Epcot Flower & Garden festival continues to bloom throughout the month of May with popular Outdoor Kitchens, freshly picked music from the Garden Concert Series (May performers include Berlin featuring Terri Nunn, Starship starring Mickey Thomas, The Guess Who, Herman’s Hermits starring Peter No-one and The Spinners), and of course gorgeous topiaries like Beauty and the Beast in the France pavilion.   

Happily Ever After Fireworks and Projection Spectacular Debut – Beginning May 12, Walt Disney World guests will experience how magical the fairytale ending can be with the new fireworks show Happily Ever After at Disney’s Magic Kingdom.   

Pandora – the World of Avatar Official Opening – The much-anticipated new attraction, Pandora – World of Avatar will officially open on May 27 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Stay tuned for more details on the area.   

Relax at a Puka Uli Lagoon, a leisure pool at Universal’s Volcano Bay 

Universal Orlando

Universal’s Volcano Bay Opening – Universal Orlando Resort’s highly anticipated water theme park will officially open on May 25. From braving Volcano Bay’s centerpiece, Krakatau, to relaxing at Puka Uli Lagoon in the Rainforest Village, guests are in for a mix of thrills, fun and rejuvenation when the park opens this May.

SeaWorld Orlando   

Seven Seas Food Festival - SeaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food Festival continues this May with a taste adventure! In between sipping on fabulous wines and dining on cuisine from around the world you can enjoy concerts from top Latin music artists. May performers include Grupo Mania Concert May 6, El Gran Combo Concert May 7, Zion y Lennox Concert May 13 and Grupo Niche Concert May 14. 

Busch Gardens Tampa   

Sesame Street Safari of Fun Kids’ Weekend – Busch Gardens Tampa invites the kids for a little fun with the Sesame Street Safari of Fun Kids’ Weekend May 6-7 and 13-14. The event will feature animal encounters, parades, dance parties and special guests. The first weekend will feature the Cookie Monster and the second will include a scavenger hunt for Ernie’s Rubber Duckies throughout the Safari of Fun play area. Character parades will also happen at the top of every hour.   

Jack Hanna Weekend - Join “Jungle Jack” when he visits Busch Gardens Tampa for wild animal shows, autograph signings, meet-and-greets and more May 27 & 28.  

The force is with you at Star Wars Day at LEGOLAND Florida

LEGOLAND Florida  

LEGO Star Wars Days – The force will be with LEGOLAND Florida during the LEGO Star Wars Days May 6-7 and 13-14. These out of this world weekends will include some of the most famous scenes from the Star Wars saga made out of 1.5 million LEGO bricks. Activities include appearances by costumed Star Wars fans, LEGO build activities, a Star Wars-themed costume parade and more.   

Orlando, FL – 5/1/17

By: Jena Pugh


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