While 2019 is set to be the biggest year for Disney in the theaters (three MCU entries, Toy Story 4, The Lion King, Dumbo, Aladdin and Star Wars: Episode IX…), it’s going to be just as eventful for its biggest theme park resort, too.
Even if you take away everything off this list that isn’t Star Wars-related – or vice versa - 2019 is still looking pretty epic. From new themed lands and new forms of transportation to all-new attractions and more, the Force is strong in Walt Disney World in 2019…
1. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – Disney’s Hollywood Studios
2019 is also set to the biggest year for Star Wars fans yet, with two huge additions to the franchise making a huge landing later in the year. First there’s the as-yet-untitled Episode IX which will be the final entry in the episodic saga, and then there’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge which will open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios around the same time.
The remote trading outpost of Batuu will be home to the worst scum and villainy in the galaxy as well as those hiding from the First Order. To say the attention to detail here will be outstanding is an understatement: for starters, bounty hunters will actually follow you based on your performance on one of the land’s two signature rides, the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. Just don’t ever ask what the odds are…
2. Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Celebration – Magic Kingdom Park
Since January 18 Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Celebration has graced Magic Kingdom Park with entertainment, themed merchandise and themed food, brand new music and stunning celebratory décor. The event takes place inside Town Square Theater where you can even sign a guestbook for the golden couple!
January 18 also saw the arrival of other celebrations across the resort. With 2019 being Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ 30th anniversary, you can now meet The Incredibles at Pixar Place, Mike and Sulley at Animation Courtyard and more. At Walt Disney World Resort celebrations go to infinity and beyond (actually, you’ve only got until September to enjoy some of these events)!
3. Disney Skyliner – Walt Disney World Resort
You’ve heard the as-old-as-time catchphrase “it’s a small world, after all” – especially when it comes to describing a Disney theme park resort. But actually this couldn’t be further from the truth when describing Walt Disney World Resort – which is, by the way, twice the size of Manhattan (yes, the actual place).
However, with Disney Skyliner fast approaching, in many ways the resort will at least feel a little smaller – which is in no way a bad thing. The new transportation system will interconnect a number of Disney Resort Hotels, and while it’s no magic carpet you’ll still be able to steal some arresting views of the world below on your journeys.