IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth to Be Replaced by All-New Show in 2019!

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Walt Disney World has announced that after nearly 20 years, "IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth" will end its run in the second half of next year. "IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth" is planned to run until the end of summer 2019. It debuted in October 1999 as part of the Walt Disney World Millennium Celebration. The Disney Parks Live Entertainment team is currently creating a new show that will debut immediately following the conclusion of "IllumiNations," to continue the tradition of nightly entertainment on World Showcase Lagoon.
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Construction Update: Gondola Spotted at Disney Skyliner’s Hollywood Studios Station!

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Walking past the new Disney Skyliner station at Disney's Hollywood Studios today yielded a little surprise -- we noticed a Skyliner gondola, all wrapped up and waiting for deployment! Construction on the Skyliner has been underway for several months, with no completion date having been announced beyond "sometime in 2019". When finished, the Skyliner will connect Disney's Hollywood Studios and Epcot to a number of Disney resort hotels: Pop Century, Art of Animation, Caribbean Beach, and the currently-under-construction Riviera.
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Disney Park-Goers Get Preview of “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” Starting Oct. 5

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For a limited time beginning October 5, guests visiting Disney Parks will be able to preview 12 minutes from Disney's upcoming fantasy adventure "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. At Disney California Adventure park, the preview of "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" will be presented in 3D at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land. Over at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World, guests will see this preview as part of the Walt Disney Presents attraction. Each sneak peek will also feature a special on-screen introduction by the film's Mackenzie Foy.
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‘Ralph Breaks VR’ Hyper-Reality Experience to Debut Fall 2018; More on Horizon

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Beginning this fall, Ralph Breaks VR, a multi-sensory, hyper-reality experience based on the upcoming Walt Disney Animation Studios film "Ralph Breaks the Internet," will debut. The new experience will immerse participants in the worlds of the internet and online gaming with Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope, characters from the film. In addition, The VOID and ILMxLAB have announced that they also will collaborate with Marvel Studios on an untitled Marvel experience coming in 2019. Three other original Disney hyper-reality experiences will follow, in collaboration with Walt Disney Animation Studios.
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Coming in 2020: New Hotel Tower for Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin!

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The Orlando Business Journal has reported that the owners of the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin are planning to build a new 349-room hotel tower on the current site of the Swan's tennis courts. According to OBJ, New York-based real estate firm Tishman and Metlife Investment Management have entered into an agreement with Walt Disney World to build the 14-story tower, which will break ground this fall and is expected to open in 2020.
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