This year was packed with plenty of breaking news, historic openings, saddening closings, and more in the theme park world – and we were there to cover it all for you!
Here’s a look back at our Top 10 theme park news stories of 2019:
NOTE: Many of our most popular articles this year were written in past years, but unless noted, these stories represent the top 10 that were posted in 2019.
10. E.T. reunites with Elliott for the holidays in new short film
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and his friend Elliott returned in a short film sequel of sorts this holiday season, and E.T. fans cried many happy tears.
9. Why Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge won’t be as crowded as you think it will be
With Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge now open at both Disneyland park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, many were concerned with crowds. Here’s why we thought they wouldn’t be as much of a problem as you’d think.
8. Christmas carolers crash Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando
The rivalry between Halloween and Christmas came to a head at Universal Orlando, as a group of Christmas carolers crashed Halloween Horror Nights to signal the end of the Halloween season. Read the full story here.
7. The Rumor Queue: Mysterious new structure at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
A temporary building appeared not too long agoin the cast member parking lot at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – here’s what we thought it could be.
6. The Rumor Queue: Full details on the Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance ride coming to Disney parks
Our readers loved rumors in 2019, and especially loved this rumored plot breakdown of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. Read it and compare to the now-open attraction here.
5. Universal Orlando to make major announcement August 1 – New theme park?
One of this year’s most-anticipated announcements came from Universal Orlando, and everyone had their theories as to what it could be.
4. New Disney Parks announcements revealed at D23 Expo 2019
This year marked the return of D23 Expo, and with it came a slew of announcements about what’s to come for the Disney Parks.
3. Universal Orlando announces new theme park, Universal’s Epic Universe
Universal Orlando’s big surprise was eventually revealed – the announcement of Universal’s Epic Universe, opening in 2023.
2. We rode the Disney Skyliner in the hot Florida sun; here’s what you need to know
The Disney Skyliner opened this year, and this new mode of transportation came with some doubt, thanks to its lack of air-conditioning. We took a ride on each gondola line for you to report on just what the ride experience is like.
1. Every Disney movie, TV show available day one on Disney+
This year marked the launch of Disney+, the Mouse’s new streaming service. As it tested in the Netherlands before the official U.S. launch, we were able to get a full list of TV shows and films currently streaming on the platform. These offerings are different from what’s available in the U.S., but it is a good look at what could be added in the future.
Was one of your top stories represented in this list? Let us know what your biggest piece of theme park news for 2019 was in the comments below!
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