The long-awaited Star Wars Land is finally opening — and that’s not all.
2019 is going to be a massive year for Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts, reshaping both parks as Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens in California this summer and Florida in late fall. The 14-acre experience will bring lightsabers, rebel spies, cantina sips and two immersive “Star Wars” attractions to the parks, not to mention every bit of merchandise you’ve been dreaming of scooping up since first seeing Luke Skywalker and Han Solo on film.
Despite the trading outpost’s premiere being the most anticipated event of 2019, Disney has plenty more to offer up throughout the coming year. The next twelve months will bring Mickey Mouse’s first-ever ride, never-before-seen entertainment, new restaurants and even a couple of new hotels to the Florida resort. There are even new ways to interact with beloved characters like Edna Mode and Mike Wazowski, cheers to Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday at a daily party and a new way to get to Epcot in a sky-high gondola that’s like a ride of its own.
With new celebrations coast-to-coast, loads of fresh meet-and-greets and three new nighttime shows, there’s going to be so much going on next year at the Mouse House that you won’t want to miss out on. Read on to discover the two new theme park lands, seven never-before-seen rides and near-dozen experiences that will kick off in 2019:
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
The long anticipated “Star Wars”-themed land, debuting on both coasts, will finally invite its first lightsaber-yielding Jedis on hallowed ground for the first time next year. Disneyland’s 14-acre land will open first, in the summer, while Walt Disney World’s will debut the second half of 2019. Each will bring with it two attractions — one in the Millennium Falcon and another on a quintessential Death Star — themed shopping, character interactions and a cantina bar, set to be Disneyland’s first.
Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Celebration
Starting mid-January 2019, visitors to Disney’s Magic Kingdom in Florida can meet the couple in birthday costumes, visit a fun-filled pit-stop on Main Street, U.S.A. and meet Mickey’s trusted pal Pluto in Fantasyland’s Storybook Circus. A new Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party! will also enliven the area by Cinderella Castle each afternoon with character-led celebration of dancing and music, including new renditions of classic Mickey Mouse Club tunes.
Illuminations: Reflections of Earth, the long-running nighttime show at Epcot, will take its final bow in fall 2019, but before its replacement debuts in 2020, an evening fireworks spectacle featuring vintage music, effects and “special effects kites” — which one can only assume are drones — will honor the Florida park’s storied history.
The Incredibles will take over Pixar Place — previously home to Toy Story Mania!’s entrance — with character meet-and-greets and some fashion critique courtesy of everyone’s favorite designer, Edna Mode, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. Snap photos with Mr. Incredible, Mrs. Incredible, FroZone and yes, Edna Mode during Municiberg celebrations starting mid-January 2019, and stop by Walt Disney Presents nearby to meet Mike and Sulley from “Monsters, Inc.”
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
When it opens in Fall 2019, the first-ever Mickey Mouse ride will bring the whimsy and creative styling of Disney Channel’s popular new Mickey Mouse cartoons to life in a flagship attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World. Expect eye-popping visuals throughout a zany adventure with Goofy, Donald and Daisy in tow.