11 Limited-Time and New Experiences Coming to Walt Disney World in 2019

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Hearing the great news that Walt Disney World is ramping up the fun game for 2019 is making me do the happy dance. Sure, I love visiting WDW anytime, but it’s always fun to plan a visit around new shows, attractions, and parades. So, just what’s going on in the Disney Parks that you need to know? Here’s 11 limited-time and new experiences coming to Walt Disney World in 2019!

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Here’s the scoop: starting Jan. 18 and continuing into autumn 2019, Walt Disney World will unveil a collection of shows, parties, Disney character interactions. These new experiences are all about making the most of your Disney vacation with your family, and I couldn’t be happier.

Add these newbies to what’s already happened in the parks recently (Toy Story Land & Pandora – The World of Avatar) and I don’t know how they’re doing it. It has to be those amazing Imagineers.

New and Limited-Time Magic at Walt Disney World in 2019

Magic Kingdom Park

In this artist’s concept rendering, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse invite guests to join in the new “Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party” in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort. Photo Courtesy of WDW News.
In this artist’s concept rendering, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse invite guests to join in the new “Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party” in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort. Photo Courtesy of WDW News.

“Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party” 

When: Starting January 18, 2018

Where: Main Street U.S.A. and around Cinderella Castle

Times: Check the Times Guide for exact times.

Mickey and Minnie’s Surprise Celebration kicks off at Magic Kingdom Park on January 18th, 2018.  It will spotlight true originals, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, with new entertainment, merchandise and specialty food and beverage.

A highlight of the celebration will be the new “Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party.”

Singing hosts will keep things hopping with modern remixes of favorite “Mickey Mouse Club” melodies and other tunes.

Joining Mickey and Minnie in all the fun will be several beloved Disney characters, including Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy, Pluto, Max, Chip ’n Dale and others.

2. New songs for entertainers on Main Street, U.S.A. 

When: Jan. 18 – Sept. 30

Where: Main Street U.S.A.

Times: Check the Times Guide for exact times.

All of the Main Street, U.S.A. Citizens will take part in the Surprise Celebration. From Jan. 18 to Sept. 30, the Dapper Dans, the Casey’s Corner piano player and others will honor Mickey and Minnie with special musical moments throughout the day.

And during the celebration, guests will be delighted to find other surprise, limited-time magical experiences popping up all around Magic Kingdom.

3. Limited-time magical moments across the park 

When: Jan. 18 – Sept. 30

Where: Around Magic Kingdom

Times: TBA

During the celebration, guests will be delighted to find other surprise, limited-time magical experiences popping up all around Magic Kingdom. Not a lot of details have been released yet. Will update as they become available.

Artists will showcase their talents during the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, returning Jan. 18-Feb 25, 2019, at Walt Disney World Resort. Photo by Steven Diaz. Courtesy of WDW News.
Artists will showcase their talents during the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, returning Jan. 18-Feb 25, 2019, at Walt Disney World Resort. Photo by Steven Diaz. Courtesy of WDW News.

Epcot

4. Epcot International Festival of the Arts, featuring expanded Disney on Broadway Concert Series

When: Jan. 18 – Feb. 25

Where: America Gardens Theater, American Adventure Pavilion in World Showcase

Times: Daily during the Festival

This year, the Disney on Broadway Concert Series expands to seven days a week during the festival.

Each week, different pairs of Disney on Broadway stars will perform at the America Gardens Theatre stage to sing favorite songs from award-winning Disney on Broadway productions.

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5. Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, featuring expanded Garden Rocks Concert Series 

When: March 6 – June 3

Where: America Gardens Theater, American Adventure Pavilion in World Showcase

Times: TBD. Will update as times are announced. 

Garden Rocks Concert Series expands to seven days a week in 2019! We can expect favorite returning artists as well as new acts.

There will be three concerts per day for all 90 days of the festival, too.

In this artist’s rendering, Edna Mode showcases some of her greatest super suit creations. Guests will be able to meet Edna Mode starting Jan. 18, 2019, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort, as Pixar Place is transformed into a Metroville city block. Photo Credit: WDW News
In this artist’s rendering, Edna Mode showcases some of her greatest super suit creations. Guests will be able to meet Edna Mode starting Jan. 18, 2019, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort, as Pixar Place is transformed into a Metroville city block. Photo Credit: WDW News

Disney‘s Hollywood Studios

6. Celebrate the Incredibles at Pixar Place 

When: Jan. 18 – Sept. 30

Where: Pixar Place

Times: Throughout the day

Pixar Place will transform into a Municiberg city block from Pixar’s Incredibles films. Guests will meet super suit designer Edna Mode and see some of her greatest creations. They will get to look for clues to the whereabouts of the youngest Incredible, Jack-Jack.

And at the end of the block, guests will celebrate the heroic deeds of Mr. Incredible, Mrs. Incredible and Frozone, who will make appearances throughout the day during a party featuring lively music, dancing, interactive games and lots more Super fun.

7. Meet Mike and Sulley from Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. 

When: Jan. 18 – ongoing

Where: Walt Disney Presents

Times: Daily

Mike & Sulley from Monsters, Inc. will return to Disney’s Hollywood Studios when a door to the monster world opens inside Walt Disney Presents.

8. Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy 

When: Spring 2019 – ongoing

Where: TBD

Times: Daily

Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy will speed into Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This new show experience will welcome guests to the world of Pixar’s Cars films, bringing them face to face with racing legend Lightning McQueen.

As the next generation of rookie racers, guests will learn from Lightning’s years of experience on the track. This will be the untold story of Lightning McQueen … as told by Lightning McQueen!

In this artist’s rendering, Rafiki and Timon invite guests to join the “Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort. Photo Credit: WDW News
In this artist’s rendering, Rafiki and Timon invite guests to join the “Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort. Photo Credit: WDW News

Disney‘s Animal Kingdom

9. “Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party” 

When: Jan. 18 – Sept. 30

Where: TBD

Times: daily

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Guests will feel the love during the “Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party.” A lively celebration where young adventurers will let their inner animals roam free on the dance floor, Timon and Rafiki will be having fun with everyone with dance and games.

Musicians will be providing the soundtrack with a World Beat style.

10.”The Lion King” three-dimensional photo opportunities 

When: Jan. 18 – Sept. 30

Where: Animal Kingdom

Times: Daily

Guests will be able to imagine themselves in scenes from the film via new three-dimensional photo opportunities at the park.

Special backdrops will allow guests to re-create iconic “Lion King” moments ideal for sharing on social media platforms.

11. More celebration of “The Lion King” to be revealed at a later date

When: Dates TBD. Will update when details become available

Where: TBD

Times: TBD

This one doesn’t have a ton of information, but I’ll update as soon as it’s released.

Special thanks to WDW News for the scoop on what’s new at Walt Disney World in 2019! Which new experience are you looking forward to most?

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