Exciting New Attractions Opening in Orlando in the Next Few Years!

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Exciting New Attractions Opening in Orlando in the Next Few Years!
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A host of incredible new attractions are set to open in Orlando in the next few years, including thrilling coasters, action-packed rides, movie-themed lands and much more…

Orlando is known as the theme park capital of the world, and to maintain that title, the parks are always introducing exciting new attractions. In the past few years, the Orlando theme parks have welcomed plenty of new rides and attractions, themed lands, and an entirely new water theme park. If you’ve already got your Orlando theme park tickets, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s lots more exciting new attractions opening soon, and if you’re lucky, you might just be one of the first to experience them!

Last year alone saw the opening of several amazing attractions, like Disney’s Pandora- The World of Avatar expansion, Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park, LEGO NINJAGO World, Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon, Miss Adventure Falls and the Kraken Unleashed virtual reality coaster to name just a few. As if that wasn’t exciting enough, there’s still lots more amazing attractions to look forward to in the next few years. If you’re planning a holiday to Orlando, you’ll want to read on…

 

Happily Ever After- Now Open!

 

Happily Ever After Magic Kingdom

 

After a 14-year run, Disney announced that the popular night-time show ‘Wishes’ was set to be replaced. Fans of the iconic show needn’t worry though, as something much bigger will be making its debut at Walt Disney World soon. ‘Happily Ever After’ is a new night-time spectacular that will bring the Magic Kingdom to life after dark, decorating the night sky with a glittering firework display. The dazzling show will feature state-of-the-art projection mapping technology, pyrotechnics, lasers, original animation and an emotive, original score. Relive classic moments from Disney’s most famous animated films, including Aladdin, Frozen, The Lion King and Toy Story to name just a few.

Where? Magic Kingdom

Opening? 12th May 2017

 

Volcano Bay- Now Open!

 

Volcano Bay Universal Orlando Resort

 

An amazing new water theme park is coming to the Universal Orlando Resort! On 25th May 2017, Volcano Bay will officially open its doors for the first time and welcome guests into a Polynesian themed paradise. A towering 200-foot-tall volcano will act as the park’s centrepiece with cascading waterfalls rushing down the sides during the day and bubbling lava at night. There are plenty of exhilarating water slides to keep you entertained, including terrifying surprise drops where the floor disappears from beneath you! If that sounds like too much excitement to handle, relax on the sandy beach in your own private cabana. What's even better, is that thanks to the high-tech TapuTapu wearable, you'll be able to virtually wait in line for the attractions, meaning no more waiting around in long queues! To find out all of the details about Universal's new park check out our Volcano Bay blog post.

Where? Universal Orlando Resort

Opening? 25th May 2017

 

The Music of Pixar LIVE A Symphony of Characters

 

The Music of Pixar Live Walt Disney World

 

The Music of Pixar LIVE is a limited time only concert that will showcase the memorable music from over 20 years of iconic Pixar movies. Held at the Theater of the Stars, the show will run three times each night for 40 minutes. Huge screens will show a montage of the most famous clips from Pixar classics like Toy Story, UP, Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc and Cars, while a live orchestra performs beloved hits from the movies. You can also expect surprise guest appearances from Woody, Buzz, Mike, Sulley, The Incredibles and more.

Where? Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Opening? 26th May 2017 running through the summer only

 

Pandora – The World of AVATAR- Now Open!

 

Pandora - The World of AVATAR at Walt Disney World

 

Watch this extraordinary blockbuster come to life before your eyes as you become immersed into the world of AVATAR. Elements from the popular movie that you’ll instantly recognise have been recreated to make an authentic and enchanting environment. Look out for the famous floating mountains, glowing floor and Na’vi artefacts around the 12-acre land. Na’vi River Journey will be one of the main attractions, taking you on an adventure through the rainforest. Glide along the river in canoes and admire the bioluminescent plants that light up the jungle. Avatar Flight of Passage is a ride that will appeal to the thrill seekers, as it lets you ride on the back of a banshee.

Where? Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Opening? 27th May 2017

 

Kraken Unleashed- Virtual Reality Experience- Now Open!

 

Kraken SeaWorld Virtual Reality

 

Those who have visited SeaWorld Orlando before, will know that the Kraken is one of the park’s most terrifying rides. The popular attraction is the only floorless rollercoaster in Orlando, taking guests to heights of more than 150-feet at speeds of 65mph! Summer 2017, will see the ride become even more frightening, when it undergoes a virtual reality makeover. The addition of VR headsets to the ride, will make the adventure completely immersive, sending riders plunging to the bottom of the ocean, where they will encounter the mighty underwater beast for themselves.

Where? SeaWorld Orlando

Opening? 16th June 2017

 

Dolphin Nursery- Now Open!

 

Dolphin Nursery SeaWorld Orlando

 

This new attraction lets guests get up close to beautiful bottlenose dolphin calves and their mothers. Watch them swim and play, and get the perfect view from the new Dolphin Nursery, which will be specially designed to give multi-level viewing to guests. It will also make it easier for vets to access the area, to care for the animals. This expansion is all part of next generation of SeaWorld animal care education

Where? SeaWorld Orlando

Opening? Summer 2017

 

Mine Blower- Now Open!

 

MineBlower Fun Spot Kissimmee

 

Fun Spot are investing $6million in an incredible new ride for their Kissimmee park! Mine Blower will be the only wooden rollercoaster to feature a 360-degree barrel roll in the southeast of the United States. That’s, not all though, the new ride will have a total of 11 different air times and a staggering 80-foot drop! Make sure you hold on tight, as you race around the track at speeds of up to 48mph.

Where? Fun Spot Kissimmee

Opening? Summer 2017

 

Fast & Furious Supercharged- Now Open!

 

Fast and Furious Supercharged Universal Orlando

 

This incredibly popular ride is already an attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood and fans of the franchise will be thrilled to hear that it will also be opening in Orlando! Discover the world of underground racing and get ready for the ride of your life. Become a part of the “Fast Family” and join your favourite characters from the movie in an adrenaline fuelled high-speed adventure. The supercharged ride will offer everything you love from the films and more, with an original storyline, spectacular ride technology and specially designed ride vehicles.

Where? Universal Studios Florida

Opening? 2018

 

Toy Story Land- Now Open!

 

Toy Story Land

 

A land completely dedicated to Toy Story may be intended for children, but it’s definitely something likely to appeal more to big kids who have grown up wishing they could have Andy’s amazing collection of toys! Inspired by Andy’s backyard, guests will feel as though they have landed straight into a scene from the movie and are tiny toys exploring their new home. The area will be built around the popular Toy Story Mania attraction, which will have a makeover with an extended track that ventures into the world under Andy’s bed. There will also be two brand new attractions! Slinky Dog Dash is a family friendly coaster featuring exciting drops that will take you zooming across the backyard, while Alien Swirling Saucers will spin you around in flying saucers while you try to escape from The Claw! You'll also have the chance to get up close to some of your favourite Toy Story characters, like Woody, Buzz Lightyear and Jessie.

 

Toy Story Land

 

Where? Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Opening? June 30th 2018

 

Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration

 

Universal Orlando's Cinematic Celebration

 

Something exciting is coming to Universal Studios Florida- a brand new show called Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration! From what we know so far, this show sounds like its going to be something really special. The night-time performance will be a celebration of both “characters from popular Universal Orlando experiences and blockbuster films”. You’ll see classic moments from movies like Harry Potter, Jurassic World, Despicable Me, The Fast & The Furious and much more. So, if you’re a fan of any of these, this show is an absolute must-see.

Iconic clips from the movies will be projected onto panoramic water screens on the lagoon, using state-of-the-art projection mapping technology. There will be heart-warming music, pyrotechnics and more than 120 dancing water fountains in this epic show.

Where? Universal Studios Florida

Opening? Summer 2018

 

Star Wars Land

 

Star Wars Land Walt Disney World

 

Disney’s highly anticipated 14-acre Star Wars Land is set to open at the Hollywood Studios park in 2019. If you've seen the Star Wars movies (who hasn't?) you're going to love it. The new area is Disney’s biggest ever single-themed expansion, which suggests we can expect something pretty impressive. The star attraction will let guests step onboard the iconic Millennium Falcon and pilot the space craft through the galaxy. There’s also the opportunity to meet the heroes and villains from the saga, including the likes of Chewbacca, Darth Vader and Kylo Ren. There will also be themed restaurants, delicious snacks, a Star Wars marketplace and much more. This huge expansion is definitely not one to miss!

Where? Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Opening? 2019

 

Harry Potter Coaster

 

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

 

Back in July 2017, Universal revealed that a “new generation of thrill ride” would be opening at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. The incredible new ride is inspired by Harry Potter and will be located at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter- Hogsmeade. Universal haven’t shared too many details yet, but they have confirmed that the new ride will feature some of your favourite Harry Potter characters as well as magical creatures from the movies. They also revealed that the new Harry Potter ride would be one of the “most highly-themed coaster experiences” that they’ve ever created! Sounds, good, right? The theme of the ride hasn’t been announced yet, but there have been lots of rumours circulating, that it could be a wild ride on Hagrid’s motorbike or even a thrilling flight in the famous Ford Anglia that featured in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Where? Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Opening? 2019

 

Skyscraper

 

Skyscraper at Skyplex in Orlando

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A new entertainment complex called Skyplex is planned to open in Orlando in 2019. Along with the arrival of the new area, a brand new white-knuckle rollercoaster will be introduced. If you’re a serious thrill-seeker this isn’t one to miss! The Skyscraper coaster will become the tallest rollercoaster in the world standing at over 500-foot-tall! It will also have an inversion near the top of the ride (at over 170-feet) topping the record for the highest inversion in the world. If the twists, turns and 65mph speeds are too much for you don’t worry, you can take in the amazing views from the ride’s observation deck instead.

Where? Skyplex Entertainment Complex

Opening? 2019

 

Nintendo Lands

 

Nintendo Universal Orlando Resort

 

If you’ve got fond memories of growing up playing Nintendo games, you’ll be pleased to hear that soon you’ll be able to step inside the games for yourself! In 2016, Universal confirmed that their historic collaboration with gaming giant Nintendo, would mean exciting new Nintendo-themed lands would be opening at the Universal Orlando Resort, Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Japan! The immersive areas will include multiple attractions, shops and restaurants, as well as enormous piranha plants, question blocks and power ups. Guests can also enjoy a range of character encounters with Super Mario and friends. There is no official opening date for the new Nintendo lands yet, but Universal have said “they will open separately over the next several years”.

Where? Universal Orlando Resort

Opening? Date TBC

 

Star Wars Hotel

Star Wars Hotel

As if an entire land inspired by Star Wars wasn’t exciting enough, Disney have also confirmed plans to open a Star Wars hotel! Described by Bob Chapek (Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman) as a “revolutionary new vacation experience”, the new Star Wars Hotel will be unlike anything else that exists today! The experience will be immersive from start to finish, giving guests the chance to be part of the story, dress in Star Wars costumes, take part in secret mission and get close to iconic Star Wars characters. The hotel may even be designed to look like the Millennium Falcon space craft, but for now we’ll have to wait and see.

 

Ratatouille Ride

 

Ratatouille Ride Epcot

 

Disney have confirmed that a new ride inspired by the popular movie Ratatouille, will be opening in the France Pavilion of Disney’s Epcot park. Disney haven’t revealed too many details of what the new attraction will be like yet, but have hinted that it will be like the current ‘Ratatouille: The Adventure’ attraction at Disneyland Paris. This fun-filled 4D ride takes you on an action-packed adventure through the kitchen of Gusteau’s Parisian restaurant. We’re hoping for something similar, where we can get closer to the adorable Remy!

Where? Epcot

Opening? TBC (expected to open before 2021)

 

Guardians of the Galaxy Ride

 

Guardians of the Galaxy Ride

 

Epcot is getting not just one, but two new attractions. As well as a brand new Ratatouille ride, the park will be getting another new ride inspired by the Guardians of the Galaxy. Disney haven’t revealed too many details, but we do know that the attraction will immerse guests into the incredible world of the Guardians, giving fans the chance to get closer to the gang. Guardians of the Galaxy- Mission: BREAKOUT! opened at Disneyland California last year. The drop ride features blaring music, special effects and a race to save the Guardians from the evil Collector. We’re hoping for something similar when the new ride opens at Epcot.

Where? Epcot

Opening? TBC (expected to open before 2021)

 

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway

 

Mickey and Minnie Runaway Railway

 

Mickey Mouse started it all Finally, an attraction inspired by Mickey and Minnie Mouse is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This will be the first-ever ride-through attraction themed on the famous duo, so it’s sure to be popular with park guests. The ride will take you on an exciting journey into the “wacky and unpredictable” world of a Mickey Mouse cartoon. Disney will be introducing a new, innovative piece of technology called 2 ½ D to turn the cartoon into a “dimensional display of amazingness”. Expect incredible special effects and unbelievable transformations that happen right before your eyes!

Where? Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Opening? Early 2019

 

Tron Roller Coaster

 

Tron Roller Coaster at Magic Kingdom

 

Disney super fans might already know that Tron is already a popular roller coaster at Shanghai Disneyland. Soon, Tron will be coming to Disney’s Magic Kingdom, offering guests an exciting new coaster experience. Riders will race through a high-tech universe, with flashing lights, blaring music and mesmerising 3D graphics.

Where? Magic Kingdom

Opening? Date TBC

 

Disney Skyliner

 

Disney Skyliner

 

The Disney Skyliner is an exciting new transportation system that will allow guests to travel around the Walt Disney World Resort by cable car. Park-goers can soar above the resort taking in spectacular views of the surroundings. Each gondola will feature images of classic Disney characters like Minnie, Mickey, Donald Duck and Goofy to name a few. 

 

Rumoured attraction

 

Ministry of Magic

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An honorary addition to the list! Rumours have been circulating about another possible new attraction featuring a famous wizard arriving at the Universal Orlando Resort. Unfortunately, nothing has been confirmed, but it hasn’t stopped Harry Potter fans from getting excited! Could the Ministry of Magic possibly be coming to Orlando? Theme park fanatics certainly seem to think so. If you’ve been lucky enough to visit Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida, you may have noticed the gleaming red phone box which conveniently acts as a portal to the Ministry of Magic in the movies. Alan Gilmore (Universal Art Director) appeared to add to the speculation by dropping a major hint that the phone box “may be a hint of the next Potter thing”!

We can already picture it in all its glory, shooting elevator rides that drop you off at different floors, grand fireplaces or maybe even a wizarding duel between Lord Voldemort and Professor Dumbledore. While for now we can only dream, imagine the amazing feeling of stepping inside this iconic location!

 

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