Starting in 2019, you’ll see major additions to many of the parks. Here are 7 you won’t want to miss.
1. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
It’s scheduled to open late fall 2019 (summer 2019 for Disneyland in California), Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the latest addition to Disney’s Hollywood Studios may be wildly popular, likely surpassing the opening of Toy Story Land earlier this year.
2. Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
In summer 2019, we’ll get our first glimpse at the replacement of
Great Movie Ride : Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. Housed in the Chinese Theatre at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, will a new facade, this ride will start with a brand-new “short” cartoon. Rumors are that you pass through the movie screen and become part of the show.
Goofy will be the engineer on your journey with Mickey and Minnie. Twists and turns and 3D-ish graphics will make the first ride ever built with Mickey as the centerpiece a treat you won’t want to miss.
3. Meet The Incredibles at Pixar Place
Starting in January and running through Sept. 30, 2019, you’ll be able to party with The Incredibles at Pixar Place. Strike a pose to show off your #IncredibleSide, jam out on the dance floor and go on a hunt for Jack-Jack.
4. Wonderful World of Animation Celebrates 30 Years of Hollywood
If you’re a fan of shows, Walt Disney World plans a new cinematic experience to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Hollywood Studios. Disney will “take guests on a magical journey through more than 90 years of Disney animation, all beginning with Mickey himself.”
5. Celebrating The Lion King at Animal Kingdom
On the 25th anniversary of the “Lion King,” you’ll be able to celebrate with the new Hakuna Matata (meaning “no trouble”) Time Dance Party at Animal Kingdom. Guests can head to Discovery Island and party with Timon and Rafiki. You’ll be able to enjoy games, music and dancing with some of your favorite Disney characters.
6. Disney Skyliner Over Walt Disney World Theme Parks
The Skyliner will connect four Disney Resorts desperately in need of more transportation options. Art of Animation, Pop Century, Caribbean Beach and the soon-to-debut Disney Vacation Club property Riviera Resort, currently rely solely on bus connections for complimentary transportation options to the parks.
The Disney Skyliner will debut in late 2019 and it will be one of the first aerial views you don’t have to pay for over Epcot and Hollywood Studios.
7. Mickey & Minnie Have Surprises at the Magic Kingdom
Starting Jan. 18, Mickey, Minnie and friends have new treats in store for guests. You’ll find both Mickey and Minnie in Town Square Theater sporting new outfits. Don’t forget to sign the guest book while you’re there. You’ll also find a brand-new song as part of the new “Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party.” And, you’ll find new meet-and-greet opportunities, like Pluto hanging out under the big top at Storybook Circus.
8. More Hotel Rooms
With all these new attractions, Disney World is expecting even more visitors. We already know the new “Star Wars” hotel will miss the opening of Galaxy’s Edge. However construction on the newest Disney Vacation Club property, Riviera Resort, is already well underway. Expected to open in fall 2019, it will include such features as a rooftop restaurant with views of Epcot.
Those are not the only new hotel rooms you’ll find at Disney World in 2019. Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort will get a new tower with 545 new rooms. Beyond 2019 we’ll also see a new nature-themed resort and “The Cove,” the rumored name of the new hotel to accompany the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin (where you can use Marriott Rewards points to stay on Disney property).
9. Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy – Disney’s Hollywood Studios
The new show will put guests in the middle of the world of Cars, with racing legend Lightning McQueen showing a new generation of rookie racers the ropes. Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy is set to debut early spring 2019.
In 2018, Toy Story Land opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, a Fast & Furious ride debuted at Universal Studios Florida and Infinity Falls splashed its way into SeaWorld Orlando. But with a new Harry Potter coaster and a Star Wars-themed land in the works, 2019 promises to be a big year for area theme parks.
10. The NBA Experience – Disney Springs
The basketball-themed attraction will feature a dozen interactive activities, including a trivia games, a replica of the NBA Combine, a slam dunk challenge and more. The NBA Experience will also include a retail store filled with exclusive NBA-themed merchandise designed by Disney. The NBA Experience is set to debut in the summer at Disney Springs.
The NBA Experience – Disney Springs opens August 2019
11. Epcot Forever
You might have already heard that the long-running IllumiNations show at Epcot will be coming to an end this year. Disney have promised that there won’t be a gap in evening entertainment, which means before the new show begins, there will be another night-time spectacular running for a limited time only.
When IllumiNations finishes at the end of the summer, a new show called Epcot Forever will begin. It will feature classic Epcot music, lighting, lasers, special effects kites and a dazzling display of fireworks. This is one that Epcot fans are sure to love.
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