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Friday, September 21, 2018

Planning your 2019 Walt Disney World trip

Toy Story Land's Slinky Dog Dash at night

This morning I was excited to see an email from my friend at Walt Disney World. Funny enough. last night L and I were talking about our next trip to WDW now that Waverly (who just turned one!) will be joining us on our Walt Disney World vacations! We're excited to try the new experiences with Wave but we're also excited to show her IllumiNations (Epcot's nighttime spectacular with music, fireworks, torches and more), one of our favorite ways to spend an evening at Walt Disney World.  We're looking forward to seeing it at least a few more times before a new show debuts. (Did you know the show debuted in October 1999?!)

Before you go, get the mobile apps: One of my Disney essentials is the My Disney Experience mobile app which organizes all of your vacation (resort and park) information in one place. I like that I can book dining, see my resort  information and wait times for attractions etc. I'm also excited about the new Play Disney Parks mobile app which allows you to explore the parks interactively with your mobile device.  I like that when I click on the music symbols throughout maps, I can listen to music played in or inspired by that location. This feature works even if you aren't at the resorts! Right now, I'm listening to music from the Magic Kingdom (my favorite park!)

If you're thinking about a trip to Walt Disney World, here's what  to expect throughout the four parks in 2019.

Starting Jan. 18

1. In honor of the true originals, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Celebration will bring new music, dancing and all sorts of other fun to Magic Kingdom Park.  (January 18 - ongoing)

2. The new “Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party” at Magic Kingdom Park will invite you to dance with Mickey, Minnie and their pals in front of Cinderella Castle. Shake it along with live singers belting out new arrangements of classic “Mickey Mouse Club” songs.  (January 18 - ongoing)

3. The Dapper Dans and other entertainers on Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom Park will sing songs in honor of Mickey and Minnie. January 18 - September 30)

4. Look for special Mickey- and Minnie-themed merchandise and food at Magic Kingdom Park to make this party complete.

5. And this is a Surprise Celebration, after all, so you can expect more Limited-Time Magic entertainment and other experiences to pop up periodically around Magic Kingdom Park. (January 18 - September 30)

6. The Incredibles are coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, as Pixar Place will transform into a Metroville city block.  (January 18 - September 30)

7. At the end of the block, a party will be held in honor of Mr. Incredible, Mrs. Incredible and Frozone to celebrate their Super deeds.  (January 18 - September 30)

8. Meet the one and only Edna Mode – the greatest super suit designer! She will set up a special location on Pixar Place showcasing some of her best creations (no capes!). (January 18 - September 30)

9. Also on Pixar Place, look for clues to the whereabouts of the youngest Incredible, the mischievous and multi-powered Jack-Jack.  (January 18 - September 30)

10. Elsewhere at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, a door to the monster world will open inside Walt Disney Presents, where you’ll have a chance to meet Mike and Sulley from Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. (January 18 - ongoing)

11. Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Walt Disney Pictures’ “The Lion King” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom along with Timon and Rafiki in the “Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party” on Discovery Island. Let your inner animal roam free on the dance floor in this raucous party! (January 18 - September 30)

12. Also at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, have fun posing in front of special three-dimensional photo opportunities re-creating scenes from the animated classic.  (January 18 - September 30)

13. The Epcot International Festival of the Arts is back! This year’s special event takes place Jan. 18 – Feb.25, allowing you to indulge in world-class culinary, visual and performing arts. (January 18 - February 25)

14. The Disney on Broadway Concert Series is expanding to seven days a week during the Festival of the Arts, so you’ll have even more opportunities to experience some Disney musical magic live on stage. (January 18- February 25)

And later in the year…

15. Welcome spring’s arrival with the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, returning March 6 – June 3 with its wide selection of delectable bites at outdoor kitchens and dozens of Disney-themed topiaries blooming around the park. (March 6 - June 3)

16. Even better, this year’s Garden Rocks Concert Series expands, as well, to seven days a week during the Flower & Garden Festival, which means a total of 270 concerts over the course of the 90-day event. (March 6 - June 3)

17. Ka-Chow! Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy rolls into Disney’s Hollywood Studios in spring 2019. In this new show experience, you’ll come face to face with Lightning and learn from his years of experience on the track. (spring 2019 - ongoing)

18. Outside the Racing Academy, you’ll get to meet Lightning McQueen’s speedy pal, Cruz Ramirez.

And finally…

19. If you haven’t visited Walt Disney World Resort recently, then there’s even more for you to explore and experience. Become an honorary toy at Toy Story Land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, travel to the bioluminescent planet of Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom or wish a fond farewell to “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” – the nighttime spectacular at Epcot– before its conclusion scheduled for the second half of 2019.

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