New Theme Parks, Rides, and Experiences Coming This Year

Walt Disney World Resort, Florida. Photo by Craig Adderley from Pexels

2020 was a rough year for the travel industry and the shutdowns and travel restrictions caused by the pandemic led to closures of the most-visited theme parks around the country. Brighter times are ahead and many of these parks reopened with new health and safety measures, and new and exciting projects. There’s a lot to look forward to this year and here are the 2021 U.S. theme park openings we’re most excited for.

Disneyland Resort, California

Snow White’s Scary Adventures has been transformed into Snow White’s Enchanted Wish, an updated dark ride that uses new technology to give a more upbeat take on the original ride. Avengers Campus, a superhero-themed land with a Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: Breakout and Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure, is set to debut when Disney California Adventure Park reopens.

Walt Disney World Resort, Florida

Ratatouille is getting its first ride in the U.S., which is set to open in Epcot’s France pavilion this year. On the ride, passengers will go through Remy’s culinary world. There’s also the highly anticipated Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, a two-night experience where guests can ride the Halcyon, work on their lightsaber skills, and watch galactic signs fly by from the space window of their cabins.

Universal Studios Hollywood, California

The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash ride will open when Universal Studios Hollywood reopens. The ride is based on the film and has facial recognition and gesture tracking to identify guests as stray puppies while they journey through the New York City streets and ride vehicles that look like cardboard boxes.

Legoland NY

This theme park is set to open in 2021 in New York’s Hudson Valley and it will have seven different themed lands and over 50 family-friendly rides, attractions, and shows. One of the top attractions is the Lego Factory Adventure Ride which is a dark ride that transforms guests into Lego minifigures.