It’s the most wonderful time of my year: the official announcement of the 2019 Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture slate is here! I absolutley love putting together this post every year. Here’s the list of cant-miss 2019 Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures coming to the big screen. Mark your calendars because 2019 is going to be another huge year at the movies!
Coming Soon! 2019 Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Slate
Going to the movies has been a lifelong passion for me, and one I?m thrilled to pass on to my children.
The 2019 Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture slate of movies is chock full of shows that look perfect for kids of all ages- and I can?t wait to see them all on the big screen in 2019.
But I confess that I have my favorites, of course! Here’s what we have to look forward to in 2019 from Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
Captain Marvel Opens On March 8, 2019
First up on the 2019 Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Slate is one I’m crazily excited over.
Way to punch the entire world right in the gut, Marvel. #Ouch
If you still need to catch up on your superheroes, check out the Marvel Movies in Order list for your next Marvel Movie Marathon.
So I’m 100% ready for the HER in HERO to show up and hopefully kick some Thanos booty later this year.
Captain Marvel, aka Carol Danvers, comes to the MCU on March 8, 2019.
She’s going to meet up with some favorites of mine, the guys from S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Nick Fury & Agent Phil Coulson, and I think she’s totally going to hold her own when it comes to taking care of business.
Just a hunch, I mean, she’s not even letting old people get away with stuff!
As a mom of superhero loving two girls, I cannot wait for them to (FINALLY) see female title character from Marvel. This is exactly what we need in 2019- okay, to be fair, we needed it since like 1992. But better late than never.
Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios? ?Captain Marvel? is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe?s most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of the maelstrom.
Marvel Studios? CAPTAIN MARVEL opens on March 8, 2019, in U.S. theaters. #CaptainMarvel
Dumbo Opens on March 29, 2019
So Disney really wants me sobbing this year, apparently. Because if any movie is going to do it: it’s Dumbo.
Well, at least until they do something terrible to my Captain America in Avengers: Endgame (but we’ll get to that in a minute!).
Look how stinking cute they made this live-action elephant!
I mean… I how adorable is this little guy?! And the movie looks gorgeous so far.
But the cast? Oh, MY, y’all. This one is stuffed with talent.
From Disney and visionary director Tim Burton, the all-new grand live-action adventure ?Dumbo? expands on the beloved classic story where differences are celebrated, family is cherished and dreams take flight. Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) enlists former star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) and his children Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins) to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock in an already struggling circus. But when they discover that Dumbo can fly, the circus makes an incredible comeback, attracting persuasive entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who recruits the peculiar pachyderm for his newest, larger-than-life entertainment venture, Dreamland. Dumbo soars to new heights alongside a charming and spectacular aerial artist, Colette Marchant (Eva Green), until Holt learns that beneath its shiny veneer, Dreamland is full of dark secrets.
DUMBO flies into theaters on March 29, 2019. #Dumbo
Penguins Opens on April 17, 2019
My oldest son has been obsessed with penguins since he was a baby; clearly, this one is on our list of must-see movies from the 2019 Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Slate.
It’s not often that a 16-year-old asks his mom to take him to the movies (like, not just drop him off but actually GO to the movie with him!) so this date is circled on our calendar at home.
And I’m sure I’ll cry for a variety of reasons. Starting with how stinking cute these little guys are!
Disneynature?s all-new feature film ?Penguins? is a coming-of-age story about an Ad?lie penguin named Steve who joins millions of fellow males in the icy Antarctic spring on a quest to build a suitable nest, find a life partner and start a family. None of it comes easily for him, especially considering he’s targeted by everything from killer whales to leopard seals, who unapologetically threaten his happily ever after. From the filmmaking team behind ?Bears? and ?Chimpanzee,? Disneynature?s ?Penguins? opens in theaters nationwide in time for Earth Day 2019.
Disneynature?s PENGUINS opens in theaters on April 17, 2019. #DisneynaturePenguins
Avengers: Endgame Opens on April 26, 2019
Oh Boy, this is THE big one in the 2019 Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Slate. At least for Marvel fans like me.
What do we know about Avengers: Endgame? Welp… not a whole lot.
And that’s the way Marvel likes it. Man, they sure do know how to build up the hype (and that’s the way *I* like it so I’m ok with this!).
But we’ve got a title now- and a hashtag #AvengersEndgame, so that’s a start. And we know that Scott got the van- say this in Luis’ voice, please!– and that Scott escaped the Quantum Realm.
Oh, and that Tony Stark is in a very dark place. I’m not a huge Iron Man fan, but dang it, Marvel, making me have feelings over this scene!
So, yeah, I think this is going to be Walt Disney Studios movie number 3 out of 4 that makes me cry. And we’re only to April.
Side note: if you are new-ish to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I’m here to get you all on my level!
Be sure to follow along over on the No-Guilt Life YouTube channel for my 60-Second Superhero series. A quick rundown of a different superhero each week giving just a general overview.
Aladdin Opens on May 24, 2019
Come on down stop on by
Hop a carpet and fly
To another Arabian night!
Guys, I am H E R E for live-action Aladdin.
I know, I know, there’s all kinds of drama and excuses on why people think this one isn’t going to be great.
But I have faith in both the story, the songs, and the actors involved. WILL SMITH IS AMAZING AND DON’T TRY TO TELL ME ANY DIFFERENT. He’s going to make a great Genie (and he’s going to be blue when he’s in Genie form, no worries!).
It doesn’t hurt that I have a special place in my heart for this original movie; I call Aladdin my gateway movie to Disney.
But honestly, look at how gorgeous this movie looks, guys!
A thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of Disney?s animated classic, ?Aladdin? is the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and Genie who may be the key to their future. Directed by Guy Ritchie (?Sherlock Holmes,? ?The Man from U.N.C.L.E.?), who brings his singular flair for fast-paced, visceral action to the fictitious port city of Agrabah, ?Aladdin? is written by John August (?Dark Shadows,? ?Big Fish?) and Ritchie based on Disney?s ?Aladdin.? The film stars Will Smith (?Ali,? ?Men in Black?) as the larger-than-life Genie; Mena Massoud (?Tom Clancy?s Jack Ryan?) as the charming scoundrel Aladdin; Naomi Scott (?Power Rangers?) as Jasmine, the beautiful self-determined princess; Marwan Kenzari (?Murder on the Orient Express?) as Jafar, the powerful sorcerer; Navid Negahban (?Legion?) as the Sultan concerned with his daughter?s future; Nasim Pedrad (?Saturday Night Live?) as Dalia, Princess Jasmine?s free-spirited best friend and confidante; Billy Magnussen (?Into the Woods?) as the handsome and arrogant suitor Prince Anders; and Numan Acar (?The Great Wall?) as Hakim, Jafar?s right-hand man and captain of the palace guards.
ALADDIN opens in U.S. theatres nationwide May 24, 2019. #Aladdin
Toy Story 4 Opens on June 21, 2019
I’m crying again. Because it’s Pixar, so of course I am.
But it’s Toy Story Pixar which means there’s no chance at all that I make it through this one without big, mega tears falling.
Toy Story is one of those franchises that has been part of my every being as a parent and as a Disney lover.
You’ve got a friend in me? Absolutely.
I even dressed up as Woody with my bestie as Buzz for the opening of Toy Story Land in Walt Disney World.
Yes, we’re a little ridiculous. (But a heck of a lot of fun! Hang out with us!)
Woody has always been confident about his place in the world and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that?s Andy or Bonnie. But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called ?Forky? to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy. Directed by Josh Cooley (?Riley?s First Date??) and produced by Jonas Rivera (?Inside Out,? ?Up?) and Mark Nielsen (associate producer ?Inside Out?).
Disney?Pixar?s TOY STORY 4 ventures to U.S. theaters on June 21, 2019. #ToyStory4
The Lion King Opens on July 19, 2019
The 2019 Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Slate continues with a blockbuster summer. Aladdin, Toy Story 4, AND Lion King?
Hot, hot hot!
Lion King came out when my son, Jacob, was just a little guy. And it was his go-to movie when he was sick; so it’s one of those “momma has feelings” movies. We watched a lot of Lion King, guys.
I cannot get over how precious baby Simba is here.
And while I’m not sure I totally understand the “live-action” in this CGI movie, I know I’m going to be taking the whole family to this one.
Director Jon Favreau?s all-new ?The Lion King? journey?s to the African savannah where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub?s arrival. Scar, Mufasa?s brother?and former heir to the throne-has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba?s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his. The all-star cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyonc? Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon, ?The Lion King? utilizes pioneer filmmaking techniques to bring these treasured characters to life in a whole new way.
THE LION KING roars into theatres on July 19, 2019. #LionKing
Artemis Fowl Opens August 9, 2019
If you said, Artemis Fowl who? Parents: go ask your kids!
Because trust me, they know these books and are going to want to see this movie.
The buzz in the Artemis Fowl fandom hyped up when the teaser trailer came out and I know it peeked a lot of people’s interest in this next installment on the 2019 Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Slate.
Start reading the books and you’ll be hyped, too! The stories are great fun, fast-paced, and full of mystery and magic.
I love them, and I’m way past the target age on this one!
Disney?s ?Artemis Fowl,? based on the beloved book by Eoin Colfer, is a fantastical, spellbinding adventure that follows the journey of 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl, a descendant of a long line of criminal masterminds, as he seeks to find his father who has mysteriously disappeared.
With the help of his loyal protector Butler, Artemis sets out to find him, and in doing so uncovers an ancient, underground civilization?the amazingly advanced world of fairies.
Deducing that his father?s disappearance is somehow connected to the secretive, reclusive fairy world, cunning Artemis concocts a dangerous plan?so dangerous that he ultimately finds himself in a perilous war of wits with the all-powerful fairies.
Disney?s ARTEMIS FOWL opens in U.S. theaters on August 9, 2019. #ArtemisFowl
Maleficent 2 Opens October 18, 2019
This news just dropped into our laps in early March!
Instead of the original May 2020 release date, Maleficient 2 is now scheduled for opening on October 18, 2019.
Frozen 2 Opens November 22, 2019
For the First Time in Forever, we have a new Frozen movie on the books and it’s the Thanksgiving movie on the 2019 Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Slate. (Okay, groan if you must, but, hey, you knew I wouldn’t Let It Go, right?)
And why would you want Disney to? It’s Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad all coming back in their original roles.
I think parents can agree that if Frozen is going to take over our lives (again) then at least we get the OG cast!
We still don’t have a title, but honestly, I don’t care what they call it, I just want to see these two interacting again because they are #friendgoals
Arendelle heats up in 2019 when Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf return to the big screen in Walt Disney Animation Studios? ?Frozen 2,? the much-anticipated follow-up to 2013?s Oscar?-winning ?Frozen??the highest grossing animated film of all time. Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad reprise their roles, while Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, the team behind ?Frozen,? return to the directors? chairs.
FROZEN 2 opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2019.
Star Wars: Episode IX Opens December 20, 2019
I can’t help but hum the Imperial March as I write this one. Because that’s pretty much all I’ve got to share on the last movie in the 2019 Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Slate.
What we know: nothing. Zip, Zilch, Nada.
So stay tuned, because there’s a ton of info coming on this installment from Lucas Films!
I’ll be hanging around with my pals, hoping for answers.
Alright, let’s go to the Disney movies in 2019! Which one are you most excited for?
Patty Holliday is a movie critic, writer, and podcaster living in the Washington, DC area. Her goal is to bridge the gap between casual fandom and picky critic with parent movie and television reviews.