2019 at Walt Disney World resort is going to be absolutely fantastic. There is so much coming to the parks that we thought it was necessary to do a full round-up for you to keep track. It’s not just all about Star Wars either, new interactions and surprises are coming to all 4 parks. There are new modes of transportation with the Skyliner, and so much more! Take a look here:
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
The long anticipated “Star Wars”-themed land, debuting on both coasts, will finally invite its first lightsaber-yielding Jedis on hallowed ground for the first time next year. Walt Disney World’s will debut the second half of 2019. Each will bring with it two attractions — one in the Millennium Falcon and another on a quintessential Death Star — themed shopping, character interactions and a cantina bar, set to be Disneyland’s first.
Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Celebration
Starting mid-January 2019, visitors to Disney’s Magic Kingdom in Florida can meet the couple in birthday costumes, visit a fun-filled pit-stop on Main Street, U.S.A. and meet Mickey’s trusted pal Pluto in Fantasyland’s Storybook Circus. A new Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party! will also enliven the area by Cinderella Castle each afternoon with character-led celebration of dancing and music, including new renditions of classic Mickey Mouse Club tunes.
Illuminations: Reflections of Earth, the long-running nighttime show at Epcot, will take its final bow in fall 2019, but before its replacement debuts in 2020, an evening fireworks spectacle featuring vintage music, effects and “special effects kites” — which one can only assume are drones — will honor the Florida park’s storied history.
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
When it opens in Fall 2019, the first-ever Mickey Mouse ride will bring the whimsy and creative styling of Disney Channel’s popular new Mickey Mouse cartoons to life in a flagship attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World. Expect eye-popping visuals throughout a zany adventure with Goofy, Donald and Daisy in tow.
A Lion King Celebration
Characters from “The Lion King” will spill out into the streets of Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World with the Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party, honoring the film’s 25th anniversary starting early 2019.
Disney’s Coronado Springs Hotel Expansion
The hotel’s new Gran Destino Tower will bring modern charm and an elegant entrance lobby to the Mexico and Spain-influenced resort when it opens at Walt Disney World in July 2019. Along with the 545 new guest rooms and 50 suites outfitted with upscale amenities, the 15-story tower will bring two new dining locations to the resort upon its debut: Three Bridges Bar & Grill, a waterfront eatery with scenic views and rooftop restaurant Toledo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood.
New Experiences at Disney Springs
Jaleo, a Spanish restaurant helmed by famed chef José Andres, will soon open its sixth global location while City Works Eatery & Pour House, a beer-focused bar & restaurant offering 80 beers on tap and a slew of oversized TVs ready for keeping up with your home team, is slated to open summer 2019. The long-anticipated NBA Experience at Disney Springs, also set to debut next summer, will bring basketball-centric dining, shopping and competitive gaming to Walt Disney World’s downtown district.
If you’re one to get excited about a trip on the Monorail, 2019 is going to be a banner year. The Disney Skyliner Gondola system, opening fall of next year, will connect four Walt Disney World resort hotels to the Florida theme parks, providing stunning overhead views, character-themed gondolas and convenient transportation between Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the World Showcase side of Epcot.
Wonderful World of Animation
As if there wasn’t enough to look forward to at Disney’s Hollywood Studios next year, the cinematic park will also debut a new nighttime show chronicling Mickey Mouse throughout the ages and a near-century of Disney animation. The projection-packed performance, which is likely to brim with Disney nostalgia, will debut in May 2019.
Disney’s Riviera Resort
Though details are still slim, the Mediterranean-inspired Walt Disney World hotel set to open in fall 2019 will be a new Disney Vacation Club property offering views of nightly fireworks, artistic touches culled from Walt Disney’s travels and transportation via Disney’s Skyliner gondolas.
Epcot’s space-themed restaurant
The immersive, futuristic eatery first announced at Disney’s D23 Expo 2017 is likely to open next year, bringing a glimpse of the stars from one’s table to the technology centric park.