Find Out What’s Coming to Walt Disney World® Resort
Walt Disney World® Resort hit the ground running in mid-January with Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Celebration. Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy rolled into Disney’s Hollywood Studios in March, and the highly anticipated Toy Story Land opened in June.
It’s hard to believe we’re more than halfway into 2019, but there’s still a lot more coming.
Opening August 29 | Disney’s Hollywood Studios
There’s no need to travel to a galaxy far, far away when Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is right here in Orlando. Offering an authentic and fully immersive galactic experience, those who enter Galaxy’s Edge will quickly forget all about Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Orlando, about Earth, for that matter.
Galaxy’s Edge is an all-new, 14-acre theme park at Walt Disney World® Resort, complete with everything you need to live out your wildest dreams of adventures in hyperspace.
You can take the Millennium Falcon out for a spin, try that blue and green milk Luke Skywalker drinks, join the Resistance, build your own lightsaber, and get Jedi powers!
Watch Out for Stormtroopers
They’re known to patrol Black Spire Outpost in search of any locals or travelers who sympathize with the Resistance. You could be interrogated by a band of First Order Stormtroopers, or you may spot Chewbacca rounding up new recruits for the Resistance.
Best decide on which side your allegiance lies.
Explore Batuu and Black Spire Outpost
In case you’re unfamiliar with the locale, Black Spire Outpost is a bustling village on the planet of Batuu. Situated on the outskirts of civilization, at the frontier of Wild Space, Black Spire is where the smugglers, rogues, and nefarious traders make a living and enjoy a reprieve from the oppressions of the First Order. Travelers come to peruse the stalls, to buy rare and unusual artifacts, to indulge in galactic cuisine, and to visit one of the most infamous watering holes in the galaxy.
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opens in December.
September 29 | Walt Disney World® Resort
Along with the buses, boats, monorails, and Mini Vans, transportation options at Walt Disney World® Resort will soon include gondolas. Starting this fall, you can enjoy scenic views while traveling high above the treetops aboard the Disney Skyliner.
Disney Skyliner: A Nod to the Days of Yore
Skyway was a slow-moving, cable-car-like attraction that operated at the Magic Kingdom Park, between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland, during the 70’s through 90’s. Now, almost 20 years later, the gondolas are back and better than ever.
The new Disney Skyliner is a modern, high-tech version of Skyway. Initially, the route will feature six Skyliner stations, most notably at Epcot® and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
October 1 | Epcot® World Showcase Lagoon
After a dazzling 20-year run, “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth,” takes a final bow on September 30, making way for “Epcot® Forever” at World Showcase Lagoon on October 1.
Taking you on a trip down memory lane, through the past, present, and future, the show features a collection of songs that depict a colorful picture of Epcot’s journey throughout the years. This all-new nighttime extravaganza includes fireworks, music, lighting, lasers, and choreographed special effects.
Now – November 1 | Select Nights | Magic Kingdom® Park Walt Disney World® Resort
Brimming with ghoulish delights, this not-so-scary celebration has been a frightfully festive, family-friendly favorite since it debuted as a single night event in 1995. You can wear a costume, gather up candies and goodies from land-to-land, enjoy spellbinding special performances, and meet with your favorite Disney characters.
Good to Know
The beloved live show “Hocus Pocus Villain Speltacular” starring the infamous Sanderson Sisters are back this year, along with other Disney Villains like Oogie Boogie and Maleficent. Among other returning favorites are “Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade” and “Frontierland Costume Parade.”
New Treats For 2019
A brand-new Halloween firework show debuts on August 16. Go on a trick-or-treating adventure with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy, but watch out for the skeletons, ghosts, and troublesome villains along the path.
Also joining the party this year is the wickedly fabulous Cruella de Vil and the all-new Cruella’s Halloween Hide-a-Way at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant. This special dining event features reserved seating for Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade and an appearance by Cruella.
November 8 – December 22 | Select Nights | Magic Kingdom® Park Walt Disney World® Resort
This Christmas season, get ready for a magical holiday gathering with your loved ones—and some familiar Disney faces.
When Mickey celebrates the season, Magic Kingdom park lights up with excitement for Guests of all ages. Cinderella Castle shimmers. Joyful music fills the air. Disney Characters don their most festive attire. Favorite attractions take on a holiday theme. And enchanting surprises lie around almost every turn!
A Frozen Holiday Wish
Get swept up in the holiday spirit when Queen Elsa transforms Cinderella Castle.
Once Upon a Christmastime Parade
Wave to Disney friends during a holiday parade brimming with joy and magic!
THE ALL NEW Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show
Look to the sky as your host—Minnie Mouse—presents a dazzling new fireworks show full of festive cheer.
A Celebration Filled with Disney Characters
Encounter familiar Disney friends as you come face-to-face with beloved Characters decked out for the holiday celebration!
During Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, you’re invited to share hugs, receive autographs and capture photos with over a dozen beloved Disney Characters as they spread holiday cheer around Magic Kingdom park.
Look out for special Character appearances too. In recent years, Guests have encountered such fan favorites as Jack Skellington dressed as Sandy Claws, Scrooge McDuck and Santa Claus himself!
August 29 – November 23 | Epcot® World Showcase
When you can eat your way around the world—from Africa to Thailand—all in one day, it goes without saying that you’d best come hungry.
With live cooking demonstrations, celebrity chef appearances, food and drink pairings, kid-friendly activities, and an endless selection of global cuisines, this food festival is an event worth traveling for.
November 29 – December 30, 2019 | Epcot®
Each night, a celebrity narrator tells the biblical tale of a savior born to a virgin in Bethlehem. All the while, gorgeous choral pieces are woven into the production as an orchestra and choir provide and inspirational backdrop with songs of hope and joy.
This year, the following celebrity line-up will lend their talents to the performance:
TBD – November 29 through December 1
Neil Patrick Harris – December 2 through December 5
Whoopi Goldberg – December 6 and 7
TBD – December 8 through 12
Gary Sinise – December 13 through 15
Pat Sajak – December 16 through 18
TBD – December 19 through 21
Steven Curtis Chapman – December 22 through 24
Edward James Olmos – December 25 and 26
TBD – December 27 and 28
Lisa Ling – December 29 and 30
Performances are at 5:00 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:15 PM nightly.
Now Open | Disney Springs
Channel your inner superstar at this all-new destination at Disney Springs. Packed with interactive settings and hand-on activities across a 44,000 square feet attraction, NBA Experience is the stuff basketball dreams are made of.
Walk through the players’ tunnel and enter the court at an NBA arena where you test your shooting skills, take the slam dunk challenge, and see how you measure up to your favorite stars. Choose from a variety of activities that can be personalized with your name and track your stats just like in a real pro game.