What's Under Construction at Disney, Universal and Other Theme Parks
Three new theme parks are debuting in 2021: Universal Studios Beijing in China, Genting SkyWorlds in Malaysia 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 March 2022.
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. Expected in 2022.
Tumbili - An S&S Free Spin coaster with a height of 112 feet and top speed of 34 mph. Opening 2022.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Dr. Diabolical's Cliffhanger - A 150-foot, 60 mph Bolliger & Mabilliard dive coaster with a 95-degree drop. Opening summer 2022.
Unnamed coaster - a single-rail RMC Raptor coaster. No date yet.
Six Flags Over Texas
Pirates of Speelunker Cave - A retheme of Yosemite Sam and the Gold River Adventure that calls back to the attraction's original IP. Opening early 2022.
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
Defiance - A Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter with a 102.3-degree, 110-foot free fall drop and sitting 7,160 feet above sea level, making it the highest looping roller coaster in the United States. Opening 2022.
Walt Disney Studios Park
Unnamed Avengers coaster - a retheme of the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster. No date yet.
Frozen land or attraction - no details or date yet.
Universal Studios Singapore
Minion Park - the "Despicable Me"-themed land from Universal Studios Japan.
Super Nintendo World - another installation of Universal's Mario-themed land. Both lands are expected to be complete by 2025.