Back in August, Disney announced that the Walt Disney World Railroad at Magic Kingdom would be closing for refurbishment so construction could begin on the Tron coaster-style attraction coming to Tomorrowland. Today we have the exact dates Walt Disney World Railroad will be closed.
The closure will begin on December 3, 2018 and continue through January 5, 2019. During this time, the Walt Disney World Railroad will temporarily take up residence at the Main Street Station where guests will be able to get an up-close look at the railroad and take advantage of one-of-a-kind photo opportunities.
For a complete list of current and upcoming refurbishments/closings at Walt Disney World Resort, please visit our refurbishment page.
Now, more than ever is a great time to plan a vacation to Walt Disney World Resort, with new parties, shows, character experiences and more debuting Jan. 18, 2019, at all four theme parks. Excitement is building as a new countdown clock at Disneyworld.com/nowmorethanever is ticking down to the launch of all of these new experiences!
Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Celebration Arrives at Magic Kingdom Park
Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Celebration will honor those true originals, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, with new entertainment, merchandise and specialty food and beverages at Magic Kingdom.
JUST ANNOUNCED! Mickey and Minnie will greet guests together inside Town Square Theater, wearing all-new, colorful outfits for their special celebration.
JUST ANNOUNCED! Guests will enjoy Celebration Station inside Town Square Theater, where they may sign a guestbook to let Mickey and Minnie know, personally, how much fun they had during the party.
JUST ANNOUNCED! An all-new song, “It’s a Good Time,” will play several times daily as part of the new “Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party.” During this high-energy bash, singing hosts will invite guests to join in the fun with Disney pals including Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy, and many others.
JUST ANNOUNCED! Mickey’s beloved dog, Pluto, will meet guests under the big top at Pete’s Silly Sideshow in Storybook Circus.
Party with Pixar Pals and More as Disney’s Hollywood Studios Marks 30 Years
JUST ANNOUNCED! May 1, 2019, marks the 30th anniversary of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The park will celebrate this milestone all year long, starting Jan. 18 with the reveal of a new 30th anniversary logo.
Pixar Avenue will be the place for guests to show off their inner Supers with The Incredibles. Guests will celebrate the heroic deeds of Mr. Incredible, Mrs. Incredible and Frozone, who will make appearances throughout the day during a party featuring lively music, dancing, interactive games and more Super fun. Guests will meet super-suit designer Edna Mode and see some of her greatest creations. They may also spot signs for the whereabouts of the youngest Incredible – the mischievous and multi-powered Jack-Jack.
A door to the monster world will open inside Walt Disney Presents, inviting guests to visit with Mike and Sulley from Disney•Pixar’s “Monsters, Inc.”
Guests will feel like honorary toys in the new Toy Story Land. Based on the beloved Pixar Toy Story films, the playful land features two new attractions – Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers – as well as fan-favorite Toy Story Mania!
In addition, the new high-energy live show “Disney Junior Dance Party!” will feature characters from Disney Junior television series, including Vampirina, Doc McStuffins and many more.
More Broadway Music Than Ever at Epcot International Festival of the Arts
The Epcot International Festival of the Arts comes to life Jan. 18-Feb. 25, 2019, where guests will indulge in world-class culinary, visual and performance arts.
The Disney on Broadway Concert Series expands to seven days a week during the festival, providing more opportunities than ever before to hear pairs of Disney on Broadway stars sing favorite tunes from award-winning productions. The lineup will rotate regularly, featuring music from “The Lion King,” “Frozen,” “Beauty and the Beast” and other hit shows.
The festival will include 13 Food Studios, plus additional creative food and beverages around Epcot, featuring an expanded selection of delicious new tastes to savor.
Art collectors and Disney enthusiasts alike will find artwork for sale throughout the park, from the Art of Disney store to Festival Markets. In addition, special festival merchandise will be available at Mouse Gear and other Epcot locations.
The 2019 festival provides fun every day for the whole family, including performance artists, complimentary seminars, hands-on activities and Figment’s Brush with the Masters Scavenger Hunt.
While experiencing all the Epcot International Festival of the Arts has to offer, guests will want to spend another evening around World Showcase Lagoon taking in “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth,” which will be ending in the second half of 2019 to make way for an all-new nighttime spectacular.
Feel the Love During ‘Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party’ at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Guests will take a walk on the wild side at Disney’s Animal Kingdom during the “Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party,” featuring Timon and Rafiki from Disney’s “The Lion King.”
Each day on Discovery Island, the dance party will encourage young adventurers to let their inner animals roam free on the dance floor as a street band plays a fiery soundtrack in a World Beat style.
All this excitement will be here in two shakes of a mouse’s tail! To make sure no one misses a moment, guests will find a new countdown clock online at Disneyworld.com/nowmorethanever. It’s rolling down to when the fun begins on the morning of Jan. 18, 2019!
Mickey is turning 90 this weekend and Magic Kingdom park is celebrating with limited-time entertainment, specialty food and beverage options, new merchandise items and more.
Come out and join in the fun November 16-18, 2018. Some of the entertainment includes special show enhancements and musical moments in celebration of Mickey’s big day, as well as a Tomorrowland Birthday Celebration Dance Party (only offered on November 17 & 18). You’ll also be able to stop by Town Square Theatre to sign Mickey Mouse’s birthday card and to wish him a happy birthday!
A delicious new array of food items can be found through the park like a Birthday Bash Push Pop – filled with birthday cake pastry cream and layered with cake crumbles, buttercream, and glitter sprinkles! Other delectable delights will include a savory burger with a Mickey bun, a Confetti Mickey Pretzel and last but not least, a Minnie Kitchen Sink Sundae!
To commemorate the occasion, you can get one or all of the limited merchandise items that will be available including new product in celebration of Mickey’s 90th anniversary as well as a brand new collection in Celebration of the Mouse where Disney artists pay tribute to Mickey Mouse with deluxe prints, limited edition gallery wraps, note cards, and a tote. Speaking of Disney artists, special artist signings will be taking place from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Also, there will be a special pop-up merchandise event at Magic Kingdom Park just for Annual Passholders at 7:30 a.m. on November 16. Details to come!
Sunday afternoon, Walt Disney World Resort commemorated Veterans Day with a special flag retreat ceremony to honor active-duty military and veterans in Magic Kingdom Park. This was followed by a special procession down Main Street, U.S.A. featuring more than 100 Disney cast members who have served in the military.
Two Disney cast members with prior military service were selected by their leaders and peers to be part of the event’s Honor Guard where they received special recognition. This included leading the procession down Main Street, U.S.A and receiving U.S. flags which were flown over Magic Kingdom in their honor. The two cast members honored were Laura Nugent, a recently retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel who now serves as the Operations and Logistics Manager for the Disney Institute and Derek Smith, a U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer who is now a Coordinator with Walt Disney World Resort Security.
The Magic Kingdom flag retreat ceremony is one way Disney thanks veterans for their service, sacrifice and dedication to protecting our country. It is hosted every day of the year, but Disney takes the opportunity on Veterans Day to honor cast members who have served in the military as well.
“I was humbled to be selected to be part of Disney’s Honor Guard at this year’s flag retreat ceremony,” said Nugent. “This is my first Veterans Day as a retired military officer, so it is even more meaningful for me and my family that Disney chose to thank me for my service this year.”
As a company founded by two brothers who served their nation in uniform during World War I, The Walt Disney Company has always had a strong connection to the armed services. Disney’s Heroes Work Here continues that proud legacy with a company-wide initiative to hire, train and support military veterans. Since the program’s inception in 2012, Disney has hired more than 10,000 veterans for roles throughout the company and helped an additional 15,000 former military service members find career opportunities outside of Disney.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is one of the most magical ways to celebrate the holiday season at Walt Disney World Resort. This special ticketed event is held on select nights at Magic Kingdom and allows guests to enjoy festive decorations, photo opportunities, holiday entertainment, snow on Main Street, U.S.A., and so much more!
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party takes place from 7pm to midnight although party ticket holders may enter the park as early as 4 p.m. to enjoy regular park offerings.
The party also offers guests a chance to snack on complimentary hot cocoa and cookies, enjoy party exclusive character greetings (and photos!), as well as pick up event-exclusive merchandise and holiday treats.