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2019 Orlando Theme Park Additions

Central Florida’s theme parks are constantly evolving, refreshing their attractions on a regular basis to continue bringing the best entertainment to all types of visitors in the area. 2019 is no different, with a few heavy-hitters in the business set to debut brand new rides and attractions. Check out the list below to see what we’re most looking forward to this year.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Opening Late Fall 2019

In what is likely to be the biggest new opening of the year, Walt Disney World is debuting a brand new Star Wars experience at Hollywood Studios. Similar to Pandora – The World of Avatar, which opened in 2017 over in Animal Kingdom, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge aims to deliver an immersive experience that will have guests truly living an adventure on Planet Batuu. The Star Wars destination will even include a fully themed resort, for the guests who truly want to vacation in a galaxy far, far away.

Universal Orlando Harry Potter Coaster

Opening 2019

Universal Orlando ResortTM is set to debut a brand new ride in their most popular attraction by far: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Originally opened in 2010, the Hogsmeade section of the park has seen little in the way of changes since its record-setting inauguration. 2014 saw the opening of Diagon Alley, the Wizarding World themed zone in Universal Studios FloridaTM (Hogsmeade is located next door in Islands of Adventure). The new coaster has yet to be named, but it looks to be set in the Forbidden Forest just outside of Hogsmeade, and it is being hyped as the most themed attraction yet at the park.

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway

Opening 2019

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is a highly anticipated ride that is scheduled to open sometime in 2019. First announced at the D23 Expo back in July 2017, it replaces The Great Movie Ride, which officially shut its doors shortly following the D23 event. Notably, the ride is the first to feature Mickey Mouse in the history of Disney Resorts around the world, and it will have more “hidden Mickeys” than any other ride. The ride also marks the debut of a technology being referred to as “2 and ½ D,” which is essentially 3D without glasses, used to provide more depth to the 2D scene.

Space-themed Epcot Restaurant

Opening Late 2019

Epcot’s new space themed restaurant may not have a name, menu, price point, or opening date yet, but the theme alone is enough to generate hype among those who have heard the rumors about it. The new eatery will be operated by the Patina Restaurant Group, who already operate Epcot’s Tutto Italia and Via Napoli restaurants. A dining room themed like a spaceship will let diners gaze into “space,” AKA a computer drawn view of space. Given Disney’s production value, the view will likely be absolutely stellar.

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