Coming to Walt Disney World Resort

Discover exciting news announced by Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products Chairman Bob Chapek during D23’s Destination D: Celebrating Mickey Mouse event!

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Star Wars Millennium Falcon Attraction Concept Art

Exploring Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Bob Chapek announced that Guests can take the controls in one of 3 unique and critical roles aboard the 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 hear an original Star Wars theme written exclusively for these lands by Academy Award-winning composer John Williams. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run open on August 29, 2019. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will be opening December 5, 2019.

An illustration of a family at the upcoming Star Wars themed hotel at Walt Disney World Resort

Immersive Star Wars-Themed Resort

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.

The logo to Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railroad features Mickey and Minnie on a small train engine

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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 spring 2020—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.


Ratatouille attraction concept art

Transformation of Epcot

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.

Fireworks light up the sky over characters from the Disney film Coco

Epcot Forever

Witness the wonder as the story of Epcot comes to life in this new show debuting October 1, 2019. Behold the single "spark of imagination” as it transforms into an epic nighttime extravaganza featuring dazzling fireworks, stunning laser effects and choreographed kites set to tunes that have become theme park favorites.

Guardians of the Galaxy Ride Exterior Concept Art

Guardians of the Galaxy Blasts In

Inspired by the rockin’, action-packed Guardians of the Galaxy movies, this one-of-a-kind family attraction will feature a brand-new, innovative ride system—and will be one of the longest enclosed roller coasters in the world!

Coming to Future World at Epcot, the attraction will open in time for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort in 2021.

Magic Kingdom

Mickey and Minnie stand on a float in front of Cinderella Castle as confetti flies through the air

Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Celebration

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!

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels and More

Walt Disney World Skyliner Concept Art

Disney Skyliner

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, opening September 29, 2019, giving guests a birds-eye view of the Resort.

An illustration of the upcoming Disney's Riviera Resort at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida

Disney’s Riviera 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 on December 16, 2019, this proposed Resort will be the 15th Disney Vacation Club property.

An illustration of Reflections A Disney Lakeside Lodge, a deluxe, nature-inspired resort coming soon to the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida

Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge

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.

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