Monday, November 19, 2018

Disney Parks Give Details of New Rides + Attractions for Florida + California Properties

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This past weekend Disney Parks held a special D23 gathering in honor of Mickey Mouse's 90th birthday, and at the event a presentation about parks and resorts revealed plenty of new goodies.

First, up top is concept art for the “Wonderful World of Animation” Nighttime Show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  The new show will start in May, 2019 in celebration of the park's 30th anniversary.  The show will use projections as we've seen in other recent performances at the park to tell the story of 90 years of Disney animation.

During the presentation it was also revealed that Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway, a brand new ride for Disney's Hollywood Studios, is scheduled for a Fall, 2019 grand opening.

Covering a large part of Disney World in Florida, the opening date for the Skyliner gondola system was also revealed to be Fall of 2019.

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On the opposite coast, Mickey will also be the focus of the new Get Your Ears On — A Mickey and Minnie Celebration at Disneyland.  The special celebration will feature new entertainment, food and merchandise - with the focus being a new nighttime show called "Mickey's Mix Magic," concept art for this can be seen above.   The show will feature "all-new music, projections and lasers that set the scene for an epic dance party that takes over almost the entire park."  Additionally, Mickey's Soundsational Parade will return at the park in January, with an all-new Mickey themed lead float.

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Back in Florida, we got some details on the replacement for Illuminations, which will close in the second half of 2019.  Up first will be an in-between show, known as "Epcot Forever," which will feature classic Epcot music along with fireworks, projections, lasers and more.

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When "Epcot Forever" is done, a brand new replacement for Illuminations will open in 2020.  Not named yet, the show will feature "massive floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics and lasers."  Footage shown at the show make it clear that Disney animation will be included in the show, unlike with Illuminations.

Epcot also got an announcement of the full name of a previously announced new ride in the France area, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.  The France pavilion will also see a new Beauty and the Beast sign-along debut next year.  Finally, the Canada pavilion is currently updating the O Canada! footage with a new film.

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Last but not least, there was plenty of Star Wars news for fans.  The names of the two major attractions within Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, the new themed areas opened in both Florida and California in 2019, were announced to eager fans.

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will put "guests in the middle of an epic battle between the Resistance and the First Order," and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run will send guests "behind the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy in one of three unique flight crew roles."

Plenty of other details and images on the new areas were spilled at the event, along with some new art and information on the Star Wars hotel planned for Disney World.  Check out more information here!