May the Force be with Disney
There are lots of new attractions and fun in store over the next year.
“We are currently in the midst of one of the most extraordinary periods of expansion in our history,” said Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products. “We are always pushing the boundaries of what’s possible as we deliver world-class experiences and attractions, new hotels and entertainment, itineraries and destinations for our guests.”
The biggest attraction to open in 2019 will be Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Hollywood Studios. Set to debut in the fall, it will feature Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. This ride will be a dream come true for many Star Wars fans, allowing them to pilot the Millennium Falcon. Each passenger in the vehicle will have a different job on the mission, which will determine the outcome of the ride.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge also opens at Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif., in 2019.
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The land also will include Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance where guests can join a battle between the First Order and the Resistance – including a face-off with Kylo Ren.
The new land won’t just be appealing to the eyes, but also to the ears. It will feature original music created by Academy Award-winning composer John Williams, best known for the themes of “Star Wars,” “Superman,” “Jurassic Park” and the Harry Potter films.
Walt Disney World: Star Wars-themed hotel (Opening date: TBA): If visiting Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge wouldn’t be immersive enough, you could take a round-the-clock deep dive into the mythological universe by booking a multi-day stay at this singular (and likely singularly expensive) hotel. Based on Disney’s renderings, it appears guests’ sleeping quarters will be aboard a spaceship.
Also at Hollywood Studios will be a new nighttime experience to celebrate the park’s 30th anniversary. Wonderful World of Animation will begin May 1. The show will use state-of-the-art technology and take guests on a journey through Disney animation over the past 90 years.
Speaking of the past 90 years, the celebration of Mickey’s big birthday (he turned 90 on Nov. 18) will continue in 2019. Mickey and Minnie’s Surprise Celebration will give guests a chance to meet the famous couple in their new birthday outfits. There also will be a new dance party with Mickey, Minnie and their friends as well as new food and merchandise.
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Festivities for Mickey and Minnie’s Surprise Celebration take place at Magic Kingdom Jan. 18-Sept. 30.
Epcot also will see some new experiences. “Beauty and the Beast” fans will be excited to learn about a new attraction. Guests will be able to join Belle and her friends in a sing-along created by Don Hahn, producer of the animated and live action “Beauty and the Beast” films.
The France pavilion is getting a new Ratatouille experience — Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. We suspect the attraction will be similar to one at Walt Disney Studios in Paris, where guests are shrunk to Ratatouille’s size for a wild ride through the kitchens of Paris.
Walt Disney World is even opening a new resort in 2019. Disney’s Riviera Resort was inspired by Walt Disney’s travels along the Mediterranean coastline. Located next to the Caribbean Beach Resort, it’s scheduled to open in fall 2019 and will be the 15th Disney Vacation Club property.
Riviera Resort will be one of the stops on the new Disney Skyliner, also scheduled to open in fall 2019.
Skyliner will connect Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot with Disney’s Pop Century, Art of Animation, Caribbean Beach, Disney’s Riviera Resort, and Reflections, a deluxe, nature-inspired resort that will feature more than 900 hotel rooms.
“We will always be proud of our heritage, but we will always evolve,” Chapek said. “(There will be) more personalized and immersive experiences than ever before.”
News Source: FLORIDA TODAY.