Here’s a recap of what has been announced for Walt Disney World this year, including new experiences, resorts, events, and more!
If you’re on the fence about taking a trip to Walt Disney World in 2019, you won’t be for much longer once you see just how much Disney has to offer! In case you missed some of the individual announcements, we’ve made it easier to keep track of what’s coming to WDW this year with this announcement recap.
- Mickey and Minnie’s Surprise Celebration: Starting January 18th, guests can enjoy new entertainment, merchandise, and food honoring Mickey and Minnie Mouse. The highlight of this celebration will be the debut of a the new “Move It! Shake It! Mousekedance It! Street Party” parade at Magic Kingdom Park.
- 30th Anniversary of Disney’s Hollywood Studios: This year, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will celebrate its 30th birthday! In addition to new entertainment coming to the park this year, Disney revealed a new logo honoring this achievement.
- Party with Pixar Pals at Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Starting January 18th as a part of the park’s 30th anniversary celebration, guests can mingle with popular Pixar characters like The Incredibles, Frozone, Edna Mode, and Mike & Sulley from “Monster’s, Inc.”
- Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy: Learn all about racing straight from Lightning McQueen himself at “Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Guests can enjoy this new experience starting this spring.
UPDATE: The opening date for Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy will be March 31st, 2019.
- Wonderful World of Animation Cinematic Experience: Starting May 1st, take a journey through 90 years of Disney animation with this new nighttime show coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
- Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party at Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Starting January 18th, guests can dance alongside Timon and Rafiki at the “Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom to celebrate the 25th anniversary of “The Lion King”.
- Epcot Forever Fireworks Show: Imagineers are still working on a replacement for “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth”, which will be ending its 20-year run this summer. A temporary fireworks show called “Epcot Forever” will debut this fall to provide nighttime entertainment until the new permanent show is ready in 2020.
- The NBA Experience at Disney Springs: This new addition to Disney Springs will be feature 13 immersive, hands-on basketball activities perfect for sports fans! It’s expected to open this summer.
New Restaurants and Hotels
- Jaleo at Disney Springs: Chef José Andrés is bringing the flavors of Spain to Disney Springs by way of his new tapas restaurant, Jaleo, which is expected to open this winter.
- Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort: Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort has already undergone a huge transformation with the final piece set to be completed this summer. The Gran Destino Tower will feature a rooftop restaurant and 545 new guest rooms spanning 15 stories.
- Disney’s Riviera Resort: Walt Disney World will soon welcome its 15th Disney Vacation Club resort, the first DVC resort to open since Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort in 2004. Disney’s Riviera Resort is expected to open this fall.
New Rides & Attractions
- Disney Skyliner Transportation System: Although no specific timeframe has been released, the Disney Skyliner transportation system is still expected to open sometime this year, giving guests a new way to travel between Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, and Disney’s Riviera Resort.
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway: This “multi-dimensional” attraction is the first ride-through attraction themed to Mickey and Minnie Mouse and will take guests through the unpredictable world of the new Mickey Mouse shorts. It’s being built inside the Chinese Theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and is set to open sometime this year.
- Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge: Of course, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, which is expected to open at Walt Disney World this fall! This highly-anticipated land will surely transform Disney’s Hollywood Studios into an absolute must-do for park-goers. This will definitely be the biggest draw of the year!
- Epcot International Festival of the Arts: The Epcot International Festival of the Arts is returning for its third year from January 18th-February 25th. Guests can enjoy art workshops, interactive exhibits, unique food, special performances, and more. The Disney on Broadway concert series has been extended to seven days a week for the first time.
- Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival: The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is returning this spring from March 6th-June 3rd. Guests can enjoy floral workshops, beautiful topiaries, unique food, special performances, and more. The Garden Rocks Concert series has been extended to seven days a week for the first time.
- Epcot International Food & Wine Festival: The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is returning this fall, although no dates have been announced yet. Guests can enjoy culinary workshops, unique food, special performances, and more. The Eat to the Beat Concert Series will also return.
- H2O Glow Nights at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon*: On Thursdays and Sundays from May 30th-August 24th, guests can enjoy an exclusive nighttime experience at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. Eat, swim, and dance the night away with your favorite Toy Story Pals.
- Other returning favorites are Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party*, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party*, Epcot Festival of the Holidays, and Disney After Hours*.
*Indicates a special event that requires a separate ticket for admission.
2019 Announcement Recap
Have we convinced you yet?? I can’t believe how jam-packed this year is going to be!
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