Disney Theme Parks Outline What’s to Come in 2019

by Jessica Montevago
Disney Theme Parks Outline What’s to Come in 2019

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse don new outfits bursting with color to commemorate 90 years of magic in celebrations across Disney Parks. Photo: Richard Harbaugh/Disneyland Resort

Disney’s theme parks are a place of constant transformation – new rides, themed lands and special parties are rolled in and out throughout the calendar year. Here we take a look at 2019’s lineup.

Mickey & Minnie Celebration
Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World & Disneyland Park

Celebrate Mikey and Minnie’s 90th birthday with an all-out affair. The year-long party will bring special shows and parades to both theme parks, along with a limited-edition line food, beverages, souvenirs and merchandise.

Kicking off later this month, “Mickey’s Mix Magic” will light up Disneyland Park with a new high-energy projection show, creating a family-fun dance party atmosphere. The fan-favorite “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade” will also return with a new opening to kick off the party.

What's Opening at Disneyland in 2019
"Mickey's Mix Magic" lights up the night at Disneyland Park. Photo: Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort

Over in Magic Kingdom, the new “Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party” parade will run on Main Street, U.S.A. several times a day. Parkgoers can meet Mickey and Minnie together – wearing their new birthday outfits – in Town Square Theater.

IllumiNations Dining Package
Epcot, Walt Disney World

As IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth prepares to take its final bow at the end of the summer, guests can take in the nighttime spectacular for the last time with this special dining package. Clients can sit back and relax on the patio of the Rose & Crown Dining Room, located in the United Kingdom Pavilion, while dining on classic British fare as they take in the show on the World Showcase Lagoon.

The package includes a prix fixe menu that features a selection of Rose & Crown favorites, as well as unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Reservations can be made beginning Jan. 17, for reservations starting on Jan. 18, 2019. Pricing is $85 per adult (ages 10 and up) and $35 per child (ages 3 to 9), with tax and gratuity included (non-commissionable).

Replacing IllumiNations, an all-new, transformative spectacular is set to debut in 2020 featuring massive floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics and lasers. Before that new show kicks off, there will be a limited-time experience called Epcot Forever, a celebration of the park. Beginning this fall, the show is set to classic Epcot tunes with a spectacle of fireworks, music, lighting, lasers, and choreographed kites.

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After nearly 20 years, IllumiNations will be ending in the second half of 2019. Photo: Disney

Lunar New Year Celebration
Disney California Adventure Park, Disneyland

Ring in the Year of the Pig during Lunar New Year celebrations Jan. 25 through Feb. 17, 2019. Festivities include multicultural performances, fun-filled activities, beautiful décor, delicious cuisine and themed merchandise. “Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession” will feature the Three Little Pigs as a special treat for the Year of the Pig. A Sip and Savor Pass will be also available for those interested in tasting six culinary creations.

What's Opening at Disneyland in 2019
Ring in the Year of the Pig with 24 days of Lunar New Year celebrations. Photo: Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort

Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival
Disney California Adventure Park, Disneyland

The culinary festival, from Mar. 1 through Apr. 23, 2019, will have more than a dozen Festival Marketplaces featuring small plates, specialty wines and craft beers. The Sip and Savor Pass will be available to guests looking to taste their way through the festival. There will also be live entertainment, family-friendly seminars and cooking demonstrations. Walt Disney World’s International Food & Wine Festival in Epcot will take place in the fall.

What's opening at disneyland in 2019
Explore California-inspired cuisine and beverages. Photo: Disneyland Resort

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Disney’s Hollywood Studios & Disneyland Park

The new Star Wars themed-land makes it highly anticipated debut this summer at Disneyland Park and this fall at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Guests can explore Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu, experiencing all things from a galaxy far, far away. Both lands will feature two new rides. Guests can take the controls in one of three unique and critical roles aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. On Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, visitors join a battle between the First Order and the Resistance – including a face-off with Kylo Ren.

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The land will have two attractions: Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. Photo: Disney

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
Epcot, Walt Disney World

Guests can welcome spring’s arrival with this popular festival, which returns Mar. 6 through June 3. This year’s event will feature delectable bites at outdoor kitchens, as well as dozens of world-renowned, Disney-themed topiaries. In addition, the Garden Rocks Concert Series will include three shows a day for all 90 days of the event.

What's Opening at Walt Disney World in 2019
See Disney character topiaries like one starring Donald Duck and nephews. Photo: Matt Stroshane/Disney

Disney H2O Glow Nights
Typhoon Lagoon, Walt Disney World

The nighttime beach party is back at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, with Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Jessie once again hosting. Special lighting effects transform the waterpark, and there’s a DJ dance party, specialty food and drinks, and an adults-only oasis.

Kicking off May 30, H2O Glow Nights takes place on Thursday and Saturday nights through Aug. 24. The party runs 8 p.m.-11 p.m., but guests can experience Typhoon Lagoon as early as 6 p.m. on event nights. Disney’s H2O Glow Nights tickets start at $59 for adults (plus tax) and $54 for children ages 3-9 (plus tax) in advance.

What's Opening in Disney World in 2019
The splashy nighttime pool party is coming back to Typhoon Lagoon. Photo: Disney

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World

Halloween gets the Disney treatment with Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Special Halloween-themed entertainment, decorations, fireworks and parades, as well as trick-or-treating and dozens of the park’s iconic attractions, transform the Magic Kingdom for a one-of-a-kind event, happening on select nights from Aug. 16 through Nov. 1, 2019, from 7 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are already on sale.

What's Opening at Disney World in 2019
Held on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt stage, Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular features favorite Disney villains. Photo: Steven Diaz/Disney

Wonderful World of Animation
Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World

The new cinematic nighttime experience will use state-of-the-art technology to take guests on a magical journey through more than 90 years of Disney animation, all beginning with Mickey. The show kicks off May 1.

What's Opening at Disney World in 2019
The nighttime spectacular includes more than 90 years of beloved animation. Photo: Disney

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World

Opening later this year, the attraction is the first ride-through attraction themed to Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. It will feature a new original story and lovable theme song, while new technologies will transform the two-dimensional cartoon world into an astounding multi-dimensional experience.

What's opening at Disney World in 2019
Join Mickey and pals on a new adventure. Photo: Disney

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