2018 was an incredible year for the Disney franchise. What’s new for Disney in 2019? I’m wondering too, but let’s look back the highlights from last year! In 2018, Toy Story land opened up in Hollywood Studios, a bunch of new restaurants opened up inside Disney Springs, Minnie Vans became the new Disney “Uber” or “LIFT” around Orlando, Some epic movies came out (Wreck it Ralph 2, Mary Poppins Returns, Black Panther, Incredibles 2, Infinity War, Solo: A Star Wars Story), and Pixar Pier opened in Disneyland.
We said goodbye to some Disney World attractions: Stitch’s Great Escape and La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil. Sometimes it’s time to say goodbye.Honestly, who really misses Stitch’s Great Escape? But what are we going to be saying hello to in the coming year? Let’s see what’s coming to Disney in 2019!
Magic Kingdom will have a new celebration in the Town Swuare Theater in honor of Mickeys 90th birthday. It will be called Mickey and Minnie Greeting Guests together! It will premiere mid January. Guests will greet Minnie and Mickey (who will wear brand new outfits) and they can sign a guest book with little love notes! The Move it Shake it Street party will have a new song called “It’s a Good Time”
Hollywood Studios will debut a new Disney Junior Dance Party! that will replace the Disney Junior Playhouse Show. This show will include everyones new favorite “Vampirina!” and more characters. A new nighttime spectacular will premiere in May called Wonderful World of Animation. It will be honoring the last 30 yrs of Hollywood Studios! I’m excited about this show.
Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge will open in late fall of 2019. This is going to be a whole new world that is Star Wars themed! 14 acres! It will be the largest land in all of Disney World!!! Yeah, you read that correctly. Read full details here: Everything Star Wars in Disney. I”ll give you a few details now. There will be a ride called the Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run where guests get to fly the fastest ship in the galaxy. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is the second ride where guests will be taken hostage, resulting in a battle,
To replace the beloved Great Movie Ride, there will be a new ride, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. It will feature 1 2/2D effects (whatever that means. No 3D glasses required) It will be a wacky railroad theme where anything can happen. Truth be told, I will always miss the Great Movie Ride.
A brand new show will be coming right next to Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster. It will be “Cars” themed and called Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy. It will feature animatronics and all your favorite cars.
Animal Kingdom will have a new dance party to celebrate the Lion King’s 25th anniversary! It’s called Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party. Expect Timon and Rafiki and tons of fun!
*NEW TRANSPORTATION ANNOUNCEMENT* Everyone is talking about these new Walt Disney World Skyliners. They have been a hot topic on all the forums about Disney in 2019. The biggest controversy has been over the fact that they will not be air conditioned! Have you ever been to Florida in August? I’m not sure an oven gondola in the sky sounds like a magical experience, but I’ll keep my faith.
I will definitely try it out! It will connect Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Caribbean Beach resorts and Disney’s proposed Riviera Resort to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the International Gateway at Epcot.
Free Food when you book a Disney Vacation?
This is an exciting limited time special offer, Walt Disney World guests booking vacation packages with non-discounted resort hotels and park tickets receive the Disney Dining Plan for each member of their party for no additional charge.
This years 2019 Disney Dining Plan will INCLUDE alcoholic and specialty drinks. If you drink beer, wine, or cocktails, this is a HUGE value to your vacation. Even if you don’t drink alcohol there are many non alcoholic specialty drinks.
To get the discount of Free Dining you must purchase tickets that include either a minimum 4-day Park Hopper or the Park Hopper Plus option. Remember an important piece to this puzzle is that you CANNOT purchase discounted Walt Disney World tickets from an authorized reseller. Keep this in mind. You must book with Disney.
Disney’s Coronado Springs was in full renovation mode when I stayed there last February 2018. In July of 2019, a brand new 15 story tower will now be the main entrance! It will affect 545 guest rooms with 50 suites and incredible views of the resort. The tower will be called the Gran Destino Tower. There is also plans for a second restaurant (which is MUCH NEEDED) and it will be located on an island in the middle of the lake. How romantic is that!
The biggest anticipation in terms of disney resorts if the new Star Wars-inspired immersive resort. Ok, the date for this hasn’t been released yet but everyone is speculating that it will be in 2019. As soon as you check in, you become part of the Star Wars realm! You take on a role as a citizen of the galaxy and have a unique journey. I totally don’t understand how this will work, but I’m totally stocked to stay there! It will be located just next to Hollywood Studios.
On a slightly more calm note, there will be a cute resort opening beside Epcot, Disney Riviera Resort. This new Disney Vacation Club property will have a roof top bar and restaurant with views of the fireworks shows at Epcot & Hollywood Studios. Sounds poetic, a new Disney proposal spot perhaps?
Disney Movies | What new Disney movies are coming out in 2019?
March: This will be one of the most exciting years for film! Disney is leading the game in movies! Captain Marvel, a female-led Marvel superhero (finally) movie comes out on International Women’s Day, March 8th, 2019! Well done, Marvel – and I haven’t even seen the movie yet. A few weeks later, on March 29th, 2019, the live action remake of Dumbo comes out. I am totally stoked for this movie! Read all about it here: Live Action Dumbo.
April: Speaking of Marvel, Avengers 4 : Endgame will be out on April 26, 2019. Does anyone remember Avengers 3? We cannot let the bad guys win! With good vs evil, doesn’t good always prevail? We will see in Avengers 4.
May: Aladdin live action remake will be coming to us May 24th, 2019. Guy Ritchie will direct this Disney classic. The cast will have the likes of Naomi Scott as Jasmine and Will smith as the genie!
June: Toy Story 4 has been made. What the fork? The main character is a crafted spork named “Forky” who is experiencing an existential crisis of not being a real toy. So, that story comes to us June 21st, 2019. I’m an optimist. I will be at the theaters. Join me?
July: The Lion King remake with much better beautiful effects will be coming to us July 19th, 2019. This is star studded cast with super innovative animation! Donald Glover will voice Simba, with James Earl Jones as Mustafa, while Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner will be Pumbaa (the warthog) and Timon (the meerkat), with John Oliver will be red-billed hornbill Zazu. I’m going to show up for this simply for the voice cast! This will be the highlight of summer movies!
August: Artemis Fowl is a reimagination of Eoin Colfer’s fantasy. The story is about an Irish criminal mastermind with a fairy Leprechaun officer to defeat an evil pixie. The previews are incredible. It comes out sometime in August 2019.
November: Frozen 2 is coming to us November 27th, 2019. The first frozen was such an incredible success, how could Disney NOT do a sequel! Expect even catchier songs and visually stunning animation.
December: JJ Abrams is back to direct Star Wars Episode 9 that is supposed to come to us December 2019. There has been some up and downs with Star Wars movies, so I’m hoping things go smoothly and Star Wars will be wonderful. My fingers are crossed!
Disney on Television
Disney in 2019 is going to dominate your screen! Many people are not aware that Disney is merging with Fox! This means most of the 21st century fox will be absorbed by Disney. All of National Geographic, FX and 20th television studio will now belong to Mickey Mouse! Does this mean Fox News too? Interesting.
Disney+ Streaming Service
At the end of the year the highly controversial Disney+ will debut. Enjoy your Disney content on Netflix for now! I heard any and all Disney content will be exclusively found on the long awaited subscription streaming service. I am sure we will all resist at first, but soon everyone will have a subscription to Disney+. Just like Netflix and Hulu.
The 2019 cruise port destination line up is incredible. Disney cruising will take you to all corners of the caribbean and world wide! Aside from all the usual spots in the caribbean, Disney ships are sailing to the Bahamas (including the impeccable Disney pwned island of Castaway Cay), Mexican Riviera, Bermuda, Canada, Pacific Coast, transatlantic itineraries, Panama Canal, and more! They sail out of multiple ports in Florida, New York, California and yes – Texas!
There are 4 perfect ships in the Disney fleet including the Disney Magic, Disney Fantasy, Disney Dream, and the Disney Wonder! I made some magical memories on the Disney Fantasy. Check out my full post and vlog about my Disney Cruise! Don’t forget you can said specialty cruises for holidays and Star Wars or Marvel themed cruises!
Disney Creator Days vs Disney Social Media Moms Celebration
Remember the invite only conference Disney’s Social Media Mom’s Celebration. Bloggers dream and pray to be invited to this event! Well, I’m sad to let you know that this year it has been canceled. There will be NO Disney Social Media Mom’s Celebration conference for 2019. Don’t worry, all hope is NOT lost. Disney has put together an influencer event in March called Disney Creator Days. I have an UNinformed theory that they might be doing multiple Disney Creator Day.
This is a week long event for influencers and their families. They will pay for flights, transportation, park tickets, and a Disney cruise! There will be special events, sneak peaks of upcoming disneyness, and surprises. It will be 3 days in the parks and 4 days on a cruise. This honestly just sounds like a rebranded social media moms – but here my full thoughts HERE.
D23 is the official Disney Fan Club and the yearly conference is always super duper. This year the conference will be in Anaheim, CA August 23-25, 2019. D23 will be full of surprises because this year is the 10th anniversary of D23 – so it will be FAN-tastic. D23 will have celebrities, your favorite characters, sneak peaks to movies, Disney parks announcements, and more! Disney usually uses this conference to make special announcements and build hype for upcoming movies/parks/anything. Fans are never disappointed by this celebrated conference.
Are you excited for all things Disney in 2019? Let me know what you are most excited for in 2019!