Disney World welcomes the new year with new entertainment

January 18, 2019, 10:42 AM · Earlier this week, we told you about Disneyland's Get Your Ears On - A Mickey and Minnie Celebration, which begins today at the California resort. Also today, Walt Disney World in Florida kicks off a new round of entertainment and special experiences at its four theme parks.

Mickey and Minnie also take center stage at the Magic Kingdom, where Mickey & Minnie's Surprise Celebration starts today. Disney World is also getting some of the same merchandise we saw previewed at Disneyland, as well as special food items for the celebration, including the return of the mac 'n cheese-topped Mickey Burger at Cosimic Ray's and a new "Now and Forever Slush," a non-alcoholic "sparkling cider slush served in a Champagne flute and garnished with a white chocolate-dipped strawberry featuring Mickey and Minnie." (It's at Gaston's Tavern.) The celebration's show is the refreshed Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party that runs multiple times daily on the hub in front of Cinderella Castle.

Minnie and Mickey

Pixar characters star at Disney's Hollywood Studios, which is celebrating a Party with Pixar Pals in advance of its 30th birthday on May 1. Mike and Sulley from Monsters, Inc. are now greeting guests in Walt Disney Presents, while The Incredibles are taking over the old Pixar Place land in front of the former entrance to Toy Story Mania (and the future entrance to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge). Edna Mode is meeting guests in the old Woody and Buzz meet and greet area, while the Parr family is holding An Incredible Celebration dance party.

Disney's Animal Kingdom is focusing on The Lion King's 25th anniversary with a Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party, starring Timon and Rafiki. You can find the show on the Discovery Island stage.

Finally, Epcot is celebrating with its annual Epcot International Festival of the Arts, which kicks off today with 13 "Food Studio" booths, as well as live performances by "Disney on Broadway" stars daily at the American Gardens Theatre. The festival runs through February 25.

Also announced today, Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live! will return to Epcot this summer, playing daily from June 14 through August 18.

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