All the new things coming to Disney World in 2019

There's a lot coming to Disney World in 2019!

The Orlando, Florida theme parks are constantly making exciting renovations and updates to surprise and wow guests. In 2019, that means adding 11 new attractions between Magic Kingdom Park, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Epcot. 

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Mickey and Minnie's Surprise Celebration

Open: January 18, 2019 through September 30, 2019

Join Disney's Mickey and Minnie for new surprises in the Magic Kingdom. Sign the Celebration Guest Book and meet the duo (in their new party outfits!) for a picture inside the Town Square Theater. Then join them outside in front of the castle for their new Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party

The new outdoor dance parade features a new song called "It's a Good Time," and classic cast members like Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy, Chip 'n Dale and more. 

Choreographer Cindy Wilson told the Disney Parks Blog, “The ‘Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It!’ Street Party is a throwback to the Mickey Mouse Club, with wonderful music that everybody’s going to want to get up and dance to, and it’s contemporary at the same time. I think when [the characters] all come off the floats, guests are going to want to just jump in.”

Check the entertainment schedule for run times. 

Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party

Open: January 2019

Disney is celebrating the 25th anniversary of "The Lion King" with a Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party hosted by Timon and Rafiki on Discovery Island in the Animal Kingdom.

The dance party includes music, characters and new photo ops every day from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

Meet The Incredibles at Pixar Place

Open: January 2019 through September 30, 2019

At the start of 2019, Pixar Place at Disney's Hollywood Studios transformed into a Municiberg city block. The park features a party for Mr. Incredible, Mrs. Incredible and Frozone to honor their victories and a meet-and-greet with Edna Mode and her best creations. In addition, guests can look throughout Pixar Place for clues on where to find the youngest member of the Incredible family, Jack-Jack.

Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy

Opening: March 31, 2019

Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy is a new show using high tech screens. Guests (rookie racers) will learn the rules of the road from "Cars" star Lightning McQueen. There will also be a new character meet-and-greet with Cruz Ramirez.

Wonderful World of Animation

Opening: May 1, 2019

The Wonderful World of Animation is a new projection light show that will take place at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The show will take guests on a journey through more than 90 years of Disney and Pixar animations with favorites including "The Incredibles," "Coco," "Sleeping Beauty" and more. 

Space 220

Opening: 2019

Epcot is opening a new space-themed restaurant called Space 220. According to Disney Food Blog, the restaurant will showcase simulate space views while guests sit in a restaurant modeled after a space station. It will seat more than 350 guests, those of which will be "transported" to the restaurant by elevators covered in digital screens that will mock a trip to space.

A job posting seeking staff for the restaurant lists April 2019 as when applicants can join the cast, so we can assume this restaurant will be open by summer. 

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

Opening: Fall 2019

Both Disney World and Disneyland will be opening a Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. The park is being made to look like the planet of Batuu, which is a remote outpost that was once a busy crossroads along the old sub-lightspeed trade routes and is now a safe haven for those avoiding the First Order. 

There will be two main attractions where guests can fly the Millennium Falcon and another that puts guests in a Star Destroyer in a battle between the First Order and the Resistance.

Other fun additions will include Luke Skywalker's blue milk, a marketplace and toys, apparel and characters like BB-8 and Chewbacca. 

See more on the park's progress here

Skyliner Gondola

Opening: Fall 2019

If you like taking the monorail into the parks, you'll want to check out the new Skyliner Gondolas. Similar to a lift you'd find at a ski resort, the gondolas will take guests through two parks, offering spectacular views. 

The Skyliner Gondola will connect Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios to four hotels: Disney’s Art of Animation ResortDisney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort as well as a new resort coming in fall 2019, Disney’s Riviera Resort.

For more on the Skyliner Gondola system, see here

Disney's Riviera Resort

Opening: Fall 2019

The new Disney Riviera Resort hotel is inspired by the "grandeur of Europe." It will have transportation to the parks, a fitness center, a rooftop restaurant and wide range of room sizes.

The Riviera Pool, a family-friendly pool, will be decorated with stucco façades, a slide that winds around a column tower (pictured) and a kids interactive water play area that slightly mimics the public fountains of Europe. 

For adults seeking peace and quiet, there's a separate area called the Beau Soleil Pool. 

The Disney Riviera Resort is currently taking reservations for Dec. 16 - Dec. 31, 2019. 

Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway

Opening: 2019

While there's no set opening date yet for Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway, their first ride attraction, it's set to open sometime this year. The ride will begin with guests viewing a new cartoon short with the mice getting ready for a picnic As Mickey and Minnie are leaving, they drive alongside a train where they see that Goofy is the engineer and the ride takes off from there.

There isn't a whole lot of additional information, but according to the Disney Parks Blog, "Imagineers have been hard at work creating Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, using breakthrough technology to transform a two-dimensional cartoon into an amazing real-world experience."

Epcot Forever

Opening: Fall 2019

Epcot's famous IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth nighttime lights and fireworks show is sadly ending at the end of Summer 2019, but will be temporarily replaced with a show called Epcot Forever. The new show will feature classic Epcot tunes, combining music with fireworks, lighting, lasers and special effects kites. 

Then, keep an eye out, because in 2020 Disney is gearing up to replace Epcot Forever with a new nighttime show called A Celebration of Disney Music with floating set pieces, custom-LED panels, fountains, lights, fire and lasers.

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New entertainment series like a dance party hosted by Timon and Rafiki of "The Lion King" and a new parade with Mickie and Minnie kicked off in January 2019. However, there are much more (and much bigger!) things to come in the fall.

The most-talked about is seemingly Star Wars: Galaxy's Edgewhich will transport guests to the planet of Batuu where they can avoid the First Order and fly the Millennium Falcon. 

Online travel agency Undercover Tourist recently revealed the best and worst times to visit Disney World and suggested visiting before the fall to avoid extra large crowds. But with all the exciting things making their debut post-summertime, we think it's worth it. 

Check out 11 new reasons to visit Disney World in 2019 in the gallery above!

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Princess Diana, Prince Harry and Prince William visit Disney World
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, UNITED STATES: Prince William of Wales (front row, R) grimaces after he and friends of the royal family finished their ride 26 August 1993 on Splash Mountain at Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Florida. Left front is Harry Soames, a companion on the three-day vacation. Other passengers are unidentified. (Photo credit should read BOB PEARSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Lady Diana, Princess of Wales (2nd R), and family friends Catherine Soames (L) and Kate Menzies (C) leave the Jim Henson Muppets Pavilion 25 August 1993 during a visit to MGM Studios at Walt Disney World. Prince William is far right, and security personnel in the background are unidentified. (Photo credit should read BOB PEARSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Princess Diana (back row, R), along with her friends Kate Menzies (back row C) and Catherine Soames (back row, L), rides 26 August 1993 the Splash Mountain ride at Disney World's Magic Kingdom during the third day of their vacation. Front row left is Prince Harry, son of Princess Diana. Other passengers are unidentified. (Photo credit should read BOB PEARSON/AFP/Getty Images)
PA NEWS PHOTO 26/8/93 PRINCE WILLIAM (FRONT RIGHT) ENJOYS A RIDE DOWN SPLASH MOUNTAIN IN DISNEY'S MAGIC KINGDOM WITH OTHER MEMBERS OF THE PRINCESS OF WALES' PARTY WHO ARE HOLIDAYING IN DISNEY WORLD, FLORIDA.
Diana , the Princess of Wales, right, is shown during a performance at the Indiana Jones Adventure at MGM Studios at Walt Disney World August 25. At left is Harry Soames, a friend
Diana , the Princess of Wales, reclines at a production of Beauty and the Beast in MGM Studios at Walt Disney World August 25
Diana, the Princess of Wales, is shown entering a production of Beauty and the Beast in MGM Studios at Walt Disney World with her son Prince William August 25
Diana, the Princess of Wales, (back right), is shown descending the log flume water ride, Splash Mountain, at Walt Disney World in Orlando, August 26, 1993. The princess and her two sons are visiting the tourist attraction for three days. REUTERS/Joe Skipper AS
Diana, the Princess of Wales, (back right), is shown descending the log flume water ride, Splash Mountain, at Walt Disney World in Orlando, August 26, 1993. Prince Harry is shown front left. The Princess and her two sons are visiting the tourist attraction for three days. REUTERS/Delinda Karnehm AS
Princess Diana and her son William visit Walt Disney World in Orlando, August 26, 1993. The Princess was on holiday with both her sons and some female friends. str/REUTERS ac
Diana, the Princess of Wales, back right, is shown after descending a log flume water ride, Splash Mountain, at Walt Disney World, August 26, 1993. Prince Harry is shown in lower left. The Princess and her two sons are visiting the tourist attraction for three days. REUTERS/Marc Pesetsky AS
Diana , the Princess of Wales, back right, is shown after descending a log flume water ride, Splash Mountain, at Walt Disney World August 26. Prince Harry is shown in lower left
Diana (R), the Princess of Wales reacts after descending a log flume water ride, Splash Mountain, at Walt Disney World August 26. At left is family friend Kate Menzies
Diana , the Princess of Wales, is shown moments before descending a log flume water ride, Splash Mountain, at Walt Disney World August 26
Diana , the Princess of Wales, ducking in back right, is shown descending a log flume water ride, Splash Mountain, at Walt Disney World August 26. Prince Harry is shown wearing striped shirt in lower left
Diana , the Princess of Wales, ducking in back right, is shown descending a log flume water ride, Splash Mountain, at Walt Disney World August 26
Diana , the Princess of Wales, back right, is shown after descending a log flume water ride, Splash Mountain, at Walt Disney World August 26. Prince Harry is shown in lower left
Diana , the Princess of Wales, back right, is shown after descending a log flume water ride, Splash Mountain, at Walt Disney World August 26. Prince Harry is shown in lower left
Prince William of Great Britain, lower right, descends a log flume water ride, Splash Mountain, at Walt Disney World August 26. At left is an unidentified family friend, others are security agents
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