There is a lot changing at Walt Disney World in 2019. Along with some loved rides closing for a fresh refurbishment, there are so many things opening in  2019 to be excited about!

Permanent Closures

Right now there are no announced permanent closures for 2019!


Disney rides run a lot! From time to time they need a fresh coat of paint and some repairs. January and February are typically slower months and most refurbishments take place during this time. The Walt Disney World Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. This is ongoing until further notice. At the Magic Kingdom, the Walt Disney World Railroad is under refurbishment until further notice. Tomorrowland Speedway is closed from early January 2019 to mid-May 2019. Peter Pan’s Flight is closed from early January 2019 to early February 2019. Over at the Animal Kingdom, Kali River Rapids will be closed early January 2019 until late March 2019. Rafiki’s Planet Watch is closed until further notice. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park is closed for its annual refurbishment January 6, 2019, to March 16, 2019.

Attraction Openings

The most exciting change in 2019 is the opening of Star Wars Land: Galaxy Edge in Hollywood Studios! Scheduled to open August 29, 2019, after the land opens in California in May 2019. Get ready to ride the Millennium Falcon on Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and find yourself in the middle of the battle on Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. For more about that opening head to our article about that here. Also in Hollywood Studios, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will open in summer 2019. This will be the first ride centered around Mickey Mouse himself! Starting in January and running through Sept. 30, 2019, celebrate with the Incredibles at Pixar Place as its magically transformed into a Municiberg city bloc. Meet Mike and Sulley at Walt Disney Presents began on January 18, 2019.

Get an aerial view and some much needed additional transportation on the new Disney Skyliner opening in summer 2019. This will connect four Disney Resorts Art of Animation, Pop Century, Caribbean Beach and the soon-to-debut Disney Vacation Club property Riviera Resort to Epcot and Hollywood Studios.

Over at the Magic Kingdom, the Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party opened on January 18th, 2019. Mickey & Minnie also got new outfits for their meet & greets, and Pluto got a new meet & greet location under the big top at Storybook Circus.

2019 Disney World Attraction Closures and Openings

Magic Kingdom

Peter Pan’s Flight: Closed early January 2019 – early February 2019
Tomorrowland Speedway: Closed early January 2019 – mid-May 2019
Monorail: Open but ongoing refurbishment until further notice
Walt Disney World Railroad: Early December 2018 – Until further notice
Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party: Opened January 18th, 2019
Meet Pluto at Storybook Circus: Opened January 18th, 2019


Disney Skyliner: Opening Fall 2019

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Star Wars Galaxy Edge: Opening August 29, 2019
Celebrate with the Incredibles at Pixar Place: Open January 18 – September 30, 2019
Meet Mike & Sully at Walt Disney Presents – Opened January 18, 2019
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway – Opening Summer 2019  Now opening Spring 2020
Disney Skyliner: Opening Fall 2019

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Kali River Rapids: Closed Early January 2019 – late March 2019
Rafiki’s Planet Watch: Closed Oct. 21, 2018 – Summer 2019

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

Closed January 6, 2019 – March 16, 2019

*The Monorail is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes until further notice.

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