Walt Disney World – What’s New for 2019?!

Looking to go to Walt Disney World in Florida in 2019?  There was already so much to do and see, it is hard to imagine there being even more attractions, resorts, etc. to see and do!

But wait….there’s more!

In 2019, we will see many new additions to make your stay a bit more magical!

Toy Story Land – Now Open!

There are new attractions and new dining venues for you to enjoy in Toy Story Land – now open in Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Star Wars Themed Lands – Debuting in Walt Disney World Florida and Disneyland California in 2019!

At Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, guests will be transported to the planet of Batuu, a remote outpost on the galaxy’s edge that was once a busy crossroads along the old sub-lightspeed trade routes. Here, guests will find themselves in the middle of the action at two attractions that take detail and immersion to the next level: one that lets guests take the controls of Millennium Falcon on a customized secret mission, and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance.

For more news on all-things Star Wars, visit our dedicated page here.

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Disney’s Riviera Resort – Opening Fall 2019

Projected to open in fall 2019, Disney’s Riviera Resort will celebrate the grandeur of Europe—which has long inspired some of the greatest Disney stories with its castles and fairy-tale villages. Here, you can create your own great Disney story in the middle of the magic. At the end of each enchanting day, warm and stylish accommodations will welcome you, with a full range of options from cozy Tower Studios to spacious 1-Bedroom Villas, 2-Bedroom Villas and 3-Bedroom Grand Villas.

Fireworks bursting in the sky above Disney’s Riviera Resort at night

Disney Skyliner:  An Innovative Twist on Flight

Take to the skies—travel by aerial gondola for a bird’s-eye view of various locations around Walt Disney World Resort!

Artist rendition of the Disney Skyliner Gondola at Walt Disney World Resort
Artist rendition of the Disney Skyliner Gondola at Walt Disney World Resort

Glide above the treetops and add an extra dash of pixie dust to your day.

Beginning in fall 2019, Guests can discover Disney Skyliner, an incredible new way to travel around Walt Disney World Resort! This grand, state-of-the-art gondola system will conveniently connect Disney’s Hollywood Studios and International Gateway at Epcot to the following Resort hotels: Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Riviera Resort.

Guests will be able to enjoy easy access to Disney’s BoardWalk entertainment district and a fun way to travel between Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Plus, the Disney Skyliner provides a relaxing trip to dining locations across Disney Resort hotels—including Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Disney’s Beach Club Resort and Disney’s BoardWalk Inn.

Some of the gondolas are adorned with iconic Disney Characters, figures from Disney attractions and film favorites, which makes getting around even more magical as Guests enjoy breathtaking vistas over and between each of these enchanting locations!

Events:

Disney’s International Festival of the Arts – January 18-February 25 2019

The Disney on Broadway sign lights up a stage filled with instruments at the Festival of the Arts

The festival celebrates visual, performing and culinary arts. Once again, the Epcot Festival of the Arts will take place each day of the week! There are gallery exhibits, living statues, artist appearances and much more going on. The Disney on Broadway Concert Series inside the America Gardens Theatre will have nightly performances!

Epcot International Festival of the Arts is included with admission to the park, but there are separately ticketed events within the festival. Here is the link to Epcot International Festival of the Arts!

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival — March 6 – June 3, 2019

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is an annual event at Epcot each spring. This event features more than 100 topiaries spread throughout the park. There are an abundance of food offerings at the outdoor kitchens scattered around World Showcase to enjoy while admiring the character topiaries. Popular kitchens include the Urban Farm Eats, the locally grown Florida Fresh, Japan’s Hanami, the Smokehouse: Barbecue and Brews, and Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market featuring organic samplings with a German and Bavarian flare.

Included in your Epcot ticket is access to the Garden Rocks Concert Series!  Be sure to check out many of the favourites performing in Epcot during the 2019 International Flower and Garden Festival!!!

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (Magic Kingdom) — Select nights in August 16 – November 1st 2019

Mickey and Minnie at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park

Get in the spirit with spellbinding performances, phenomenal fireworks, wickedly wild processions and more.
Each night, when darkness falls, the park comes to life with weird and wondrous one-of-a-kind experiences as frightful as they are delightful.
Thrill to a Halloween fireworks spectacular, special spooky shows and celebrations and our ever-popular Halloween parade, where favorite Disney Characters march in masquerade alongside stars from the Haunted Mansion.

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival — August through November – 2019 dates not yet announced

A man and a woman smile while sampling wine at a tasting event

Highlighted from the 2018 Festival – here’s a sampling of what you might expect at this year’s events!

  • Culinary events with celebrity chefs that – in 2018 – included actress Tiffany Thiessen, Top Chef All-Star winner Richard Blais, The Sporkful blogger Dan Pashman along with a host of others.
  • A bevy of new mouthwatering menu items like New Brunswick Sliders, Charred Chimichurri Skirt Steak and Butternut Squash Ravioi. Plus, the return of some fan favorites.
  • Fun activities for the whole family like the Disney Du Jour Dance Party with Disney Characters, Junior Chef Kitchen, Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak Scavenger Hunt and Candy Sushi!
  • The always rockin’ Eat to the Beat Concert Series with an incredible list of talent that included performances by Sheila E, Smash Mouth, 98 Degrees, Air Supply, Billy Ocean and many, many others!

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (Magic Kingdom) — Select nights in November and December

Mickey Mouse dressed in festive holiday clothing while standing next to a decorated Christmas tree

Here Comes Mickey… and Santa Too!

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!

There you have it!  There’s so much to see and do this year that you really should plan a visit this year to see it for yourself!

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