Bob Chapek announced that guests can take the controls in one of three unique and critical roles aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. And on Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, Guests can join an epic battle between the First Order and the Resistance. The audience was also the first to hear an original Star Wars theme written exclusively for these lands by Academy Award-winning composer John Williams.
Rounding out the galactic excitement, attendees heard more about the groundbreaking Star Wars Resort experience coming to Walt Disney World Resort. Adding to the excitement, Chapek shared a sneak peek that revealed this multi-day, fully immersive adventure will take Guests aboard a luxury starship with all the features expected of a first-class hotel, including restaurants, recreation and accommodations―all authentic to the Star Wars universe.
Imagineers have been hard at work creating Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway, using breakthrough technology to transform a two-dimensional cartoon into an amazing real-world experience. The first-ever ride-through attraction themed to Mickey Mouse―set to open in fall 2019―will feature a new original story and lovable theme song, taking guests on a journey inside the wacky and unpredictable world of Disney Channel's Emmy Award-winning "Mickey Mouse" cartoon shorts.
Chapek also announced an all-new cinematic nighttime experience, Wonderful World of Animation, coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios May 2019, as part of the 30th Anniversary of that illustrious theme park. The show will use state-of-the-art projection technology to take guests on a magical journey through more than 90 years of Disney animation―all beginning with Mickey.
Fans were thrilled to hear more about the multi-year transformation of Epcot, designed to honor the park's original vision while making it more timeless, more relevant, more family and more Disney! At World Showcase, guests at the France pavilion will enjoy a brand new “Beauty and the Beast” sing-along, created by Don Hahn, producer of the animated and live action Beauty and the Beast films. There will also be an exhilarating update to the O Canada! 360-degree show.
For fans of IllumiNations, Chapek announced an all-new, transformative spectacular set to debut in 2020. Featuring massive floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics and lasers, the show will celebrate how Disney music can cross any border and inspire people from around the world. Before that new show debuts, there will be a limited-time experience Epcot fans will love, Epcot Forever, a true celebration of this timeless park. Debuting in fall 2019 and set to classic Epcot tunes, the show begins with a spark of imagination that quickly grows into an epic spectacle of fireworks, music, lighting, lasers, and choreographed, special effects kites.
At Walt Disney World Resort, there's now more magic than ever. From January 18 to September 30, 2019, Mickey & Minnie's Surprise Celebration at Magic Kingdom park will feature new food, merchandise and entertainment―including a new dance party with Mickey, Minnie and their friends, and a chance to meet Mickey and Minnie together in their new birthday outfits!
Attendees were excited to get the first in-person look at one of the the Disney Skyliner gondolas that will transport guests to their favorite destinations when the new transportation system, Disney Skyliner, debuts in fall 2019, giving guests a birds-eye view of the Resort.
Chapek also revealed a sneak peek at Disney’s Riviera Resort, located just outside of Epcot and inspired by the European grandeur Walt Disney experienced in his travels along the Mediterranean coastline. Projected to open in fall 2019, this proposed Resort will be the 15th Disney Vacation Club property.
Chapek unveiled details about Reflections –A Disney Lakeside Lodge. This deluxe, nature-inspired resort coming to Orlando will feature more than 900 hotel rooms and proposed Disney Vacation Club villas.