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The 11 BIG Updates from Walt Disney World (And Beyond) This Week (January 14-20, 2019)

This week at Walt Disney World, New entertainment kicks off at Disney's Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom, Epcot announces a returning show for the summer, plus Disney's Animal Kingdom announced a limited-time summer add on. 

Outside Walt Disney World, a new roller coaster is confimred to be coming to Islands of Adventure, plus discount tickets are now available for Rock the Universe next month. 

1. Incredibles Celebration comes to Disney's Hollywood Studios

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This weekend Disney's Hollywood Studios re-opened the former Pixar Place area of the park, which has now been magically transformed into a Municiberg city block straight out of the world of the Incredibles. During this special event, guests will be able to join in a special dance party with Mr. Incredible, Mrs. Incredible and Frozone, Meet Edna Mode, and search around for Jack-Jack as part of a scavenger hunt. There will also be special food, beverage, and merchandise available. You can learn more about the Incredibles Celebration here

2. Mickey and Minnie's Surprise Celebration kicks off at Magic Kingdom

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This weekend also saw the start of Mickey and Minnie’s Surprise Celebration at Magic Kingdom, which brings new entertainment, merchandise, and specialty food and beverages to the park. Here's everything guests can check out as part of this limited-time event:

  • Mickey and Minnie will greet guests together inside Town Square Theater, sporting all-new colorful outfits for their special celebration.
  • The re-imagined Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party will kick off with new music and new outfits for the characters. 
  • Surprise characters will meet guests at the flagpole on Main Street USA. Characters may include (but are not limited to) Nick and Judy from Zootopia,  Remy and Emile from Ratatouille, and Robin Hood and Friar Tuck from Robin Hood. 

3. Guardians of the Galaxy - Awesome Mix Live! returning to Epcot this summer

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Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Live! will return to performing daily at America Gardens Theater at the back of Epcot's World Showcase this summer from June 14 through August 18. The show features Star-Lord and Gamora in person as a 7-piece alien band plays many recognizable tunes from Awesome Mix Volumes 1 & 2. Here's the official synopsis of the show:

After saving their world from certain destruction, Peter Quill—a.k.a. Star Lord—brokered a deal with Nova Prime and the Xandarian government to bring an outreach program to his home planet. The purpose? To share Xandar’s rich heritage and culture with Earth’s people. As luck would have it, Peter informed Xandar’s leaders that there’s already a place on Earth with a similar mission… a theme park called Epcot, where all of Earth’s cultures are celebrated. So, as part of their first outreach, Xandar has sent some of their most talented performers to showcase their music!

4.Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy to open March 31, 2019

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It was confirmed this week that Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy will officially debut in the Sunset Showcase Theater (located adjacent to the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith) on March 31, 2019

This new attraction will immerse guests in the world of Cars and bring them face to face with racing legend Lightning McQueen. Taking on the role of rookie racer, guests will cruise into the theater and find yourself face-to-face with this character, who will appear "live" on stage in animatronic form, while giant, wraparound screens that are nearly two stories tall and stretch more than 200 feet from end to end, pull guests into into the action. You can learn more about this new show here

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