Well, it’s finally here: 2019. It’s the year in which Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens on both coasts. 2019 didn’t need any more than that to be important for the Disney Parks, but there’s a modest lineup of offerings on the way to the parks to accompany the game-changer that is the 14-acre planet of Batuu.
Mickey and Minnie’s Surprise Celebration
Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Celebration will honor Mickey and Minnie Mouse, with new entertainment, merchandise and specialty food and beverages at the Magic Kingdom.
Mickey and Minnie will greet guests together inside Town Square Theater, wearing all-new, colorful outfits for their special celebration. At Celebration Station inside Town Square Theater, guests may sign a guestbook to let Mickey and Minnie know, personally, how much fun they had during the party. An all-new song, “It’s a Good Time,” will play several times daily as part of the new “Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party.” During this high-energy bash, singing hosts will invite guests to join in the fun with Disney pals including Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy, and many others. Lastly, Mickey’s beloved dog, Pluto, will meet guests under the big top at Pete’s Silly Sideshow in Storybook Circus, taking Minnie’s place.
Even though it isn’t air-conditioned, the world is still excited for the first new mode of mass transportation to debut in decades.
When it opens next fall, the Skyliner will connect Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot to four resort hotels: Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort as well as the 15th Disney Vacation Club property, Disney’s Riviera Resort.
Color us “cautiously optimistic” about this one…
While we are devastated by the loss of The Great Movie Ride, Imagineer Kevin Rafferty who is heading up the project has a slew of fantastic animation-based attractions under his belt. With an original song, some cute audio-animatronics, trackless runaway train cars, and entirely new kind of projection technology involved, this could be one of the greatest Disney theme park attractions ever built. We’ll have to wait until the fall to find out.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios 30th Anniversary
May 1st, 2019, marks the 30th anniversary of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The park will celebrate this milestone all year long, starting January 18 with start using the new 30th anniversary logo seen above.
Besides any official offerings from Disney, WDWNT.com will be throwing its own shindig to mark the occasion with “Stage 89: An Unofficial Celebration of Walt Disney World in 1989”. Registration for this event opens soon at Stage89.com.
Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy
Sunset Showcase at Disney’s Hollywood Studios reopens in 2019 as home to Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy.
To kick things off, Lightning demonstrates what he’s learned over the years by using his brand-new, state-of-the-art racing simulator and its wraparound screen. Of course, as this seasoned racer has discovered throughout his career, things don’t always go according to plan, and he has to think fast to get back on course. With Tow Mater, Cruz Ramirez and the gang from Radiator Springs rooting him on, Lightning gears up for the challenge. Will he emerge victorious? Speed on over to find out. Bonus: after the show, you’ll even have the chance to snap a photo with trainer-turned-racer Cruz Ramirez just outside the Academy.
The Rest of PIXAR Pier
While Pixar Pier opened in 2018, 2019 will see the addition of Jessie’s Critter Carousel and the Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind.
Neither attraction is completely new: the Critter Carousel was formerly King Triton’s Carousel of the Sea, and the Emotional Whirlwind was Flik’s Flyers from the now-closed “A Bug’s Land” at California Adventure.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
I don’t know what even needs to be said about this one.
The most anticipated theme park addition in history will open Summer 2019 at Disneyland Park and Fall 2019 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, bringing what we are all expecting to be cataclysmic-level crowds. It will no doubt be amazing, but all of the doubt seems to lie with how one will get to experience it without waiting hours and hours just to enter. The answers will be upon us in a matter of months.
As you can see, 2019 has a lot to offer other than just the biggest theme park land of all time.
What new offerings coming to Disney Parks in 2019 have you most excited? Let us know in the comments, and from all of us at WDWNT, have a Happy New Year!