Disney World announces new entertainment, events for 2019

September 20, 2018, 12:50 PM · When Walt Disney World opened its new Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios this summer, many fans wondered what would happen to the old Pixar Place land in the park.

As part of the Toy Story Land project, Disney flipped the entrance to the Toy Story Mania from Pixar Place to the other side of the dark ride's show building, which faces Toy Story Land. That left Pixar Place with nothing, as it dead-ends into the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge construction site. So what would Disney do with that now-dead space?

Today, Disney provided the answer, as it promoted 19 Magical New and Limited-Time Experiences Coming to Walt Disney World Resort in 2019. The former Pixar Place is becoming an Incredibles-themed area.

DHS' new Metroville (where the Parr family lived before relocating to Municiberg, if I've got my Incredibles timeline right), will host a block party to honor Mr. Incredible, Mrs. Incredible, and Frozone. The area also will feature a meet and greet with Edna Mode.

That's not the only Pixar franchise coming to the west side of Disney's Hollywood Studios. Monsters Inc. is taking over part of the Walt Disney Presents space, with a meet and greet for Mike and Sulley. Also, as previously announced, the Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy show is moving into the old studio space north of Rock n' Roller Coaster.

The Incredibles and Monsters Inc. encounters open January 18, while the Cars show opens later next spring.

In addition, the Magic Kingdom is tweaking its dance party, renaming it "Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party" and giving it a Mickey focus, with "new arrangements of classic 'Mickey Mouse Club' songs." Disney's Animal Kingdom will celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Lion King with a "Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party" on Discovery Island. And at Epcot, Disney announced that the Festival of the Arts will run January 18 through February 25, with the Disney on Broadway Concert Series expanding to seven days a week during the festival. The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival will run March 6 through June 3, with the Garden Rocks Concert Series running every day during that event, as well.

Replies (6)

September 20, 2018 at 1:20 PM

That's a lot of dance parties! I can see it being fun with my kids, as long as it's not 105 degrees out. Most of it sounds like filler to me though. I guess they have to keep us busy as we await some of the biggest developments in WDW history in the next few years.

September 20, 2018 at 1:34 PM

The "We Don't Have Any New Rides Opening Next Summer" announcement. I wonder what this means for Micky and Minnie's Runaway Railway. The last word from Disney was that it would open sometime in 2019, but this announcement without any peep regarding the Great Movie Ride's replacement suggests that it won't open until after the summer next year. I'm so glad we ditched our plans to visit WDW next fall.

I wonder at what point Disney realizes that it's easier/cheaper to keep the F&G/F&W booths up year round now that the spring festival runs for almost 3 months and the fall festival runs for almost 2 months. Don't get me wrong, the festivals are great, but you'd have to think there's some benefit to just make some of the booths more permanent instead of bringing them in and out every 3-4 months.

September 20, 2018 at 2:17 PM

Re:Russell Meyer

Makes one wonder why don't they just then the old wonders of life pavilion into a permanenty year round venue for the festivals since that's when it is only open anyways

September 20, 2018 at 2:28 PM

They have plans for Wonders of Life building, that’s why. And it’s not WOL anymore. It’s been closed for years.

September 20, 2018 at 6:26 PM

The investment for these 3 dance parties must be amazing and defensively worth this article.

September 21, 2018 at 4:12 AM

Mrs Plum and myself are going to have to improve our fitness with the anticipated shuffling, jigging and clapping required for next year.

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