What's Under Construction at Disney, Universal and Other Theme Parks
Two new theme parks are scheduled to debut in 2021: Universal Studios Beijing in China and Legoland New York, in the Hudson Valley's Goshen, just north of New York City. The Epic Universe park that had been announced for Universal Orlando Resort was shelved last year, but is now back on, with an expected completion by 2025.
Here is what is now under construction or planned for existing major theme parks around the world:
Believe! Sea of Dreams - a new nighttime spectacular on the Mediterranean Harbor lagoon. No date yet.
Fantasy Springs - a new "port" between Arabian Coast and Lost River Delta that will include four new attractions, three restaurants and a hotel, with the attractions themed to the Disney films "Frozen," "Tangled," and "Peter Pan." The project is expected to be completed in late 2023 or early 2024.
Iron Gwazi - a Rocky Mountain Construction IBox rebuild of the former Gwazi wooden coaster. Iron Gwazi will feature a 206-foot beyond-vertical drop and two inversions on its 4,075 feet of track, making it the world's fastest and steepest hybrid coaster. Opens in 2021.
Pantheon - a 3,328-foot Intamin blitz coaster that will America's fastest multi-launch coaster when it debuts, featuring four launches, two inversions, a maximum height of 180 feet, a 95-degree drop, and a top speed of 72 mph. Announced for 2021.
Aqualantis - a new, Atlantis-themed land opening in 2021 and featuring Abyssus, a dual-launched Vekoma Shockwave with a height of 126 feet and a top speed of 62 mph and The Light Explorer, a family Vekoma boomerang coaster with a height of 79 feet and top speed of 37 mph.