It's spring cleaning time here on Theme Park Insider

April 23, 2019, 10:00 PM · As the final regional theme parks across North America prepare to open for the 2019 season, we're getting ready for the summer here on Theme Park Insider, too.

It's time to do a little "spring cleaning" around the website, and I would like to ask for your help. Please take a look at your favorite parks listed on our theme park guide pages then let me know about any attractions and major restaurants missing that I need to add — or defunct locations that I should delete from the listings.

I'd also like to correct any name changes or assign locations to the proper "land" within the parks. Let me know about any missing or incorrect minimum height restrictions on thrill rides, too. I try to get to as many parks as I can each season, but we do rely on Theme Park Insider readers to provide the vast majority of ratings and reviews on the site. You can email me suggested changes at (FWIW: I am not taking suggestions to add any parks to the listings at this time. I will be making decisions about new parks to include after the new TEA/AECOM Theme Index attendance report comes out in the next month or so.)

Remember that anyone can submit a rating of any location listed here on Theme Park Insider and any registered member may submit a comment as a review, too. The more people who submit ratings, the more likely the cumulative results are to reflect an accurate consensus. So, please, help your fellow readers to better plan their upcoming theme park visits by submitting ratings and reviews for the locations you've visited recently.

We could use some special attention to the non-Disney, non-Universal theme parks ranked among the top 20 in the United States for annual attendance. Those links follow, with Ticket Icons to our new online ticket sales pages, where applicable.

Thank you for reading Theme Park Insider, and here's looking forward to a great 2019 season. Which new rides and attractions are you most looking forward to experiencing for the first time this year?

Replies (10)

April 23, 2019 at 10:56 PM

Robert did you get to ride the Batman attraction in Abu Dhabi Warner Bros?

April 23, 2019 at 11:26 PM

Not yet.

April 24, 2019 at 12:57 AM

I'll take a look through everything when I'm off on Friday and send you a big email with anything I notice. I'm certain there are some things that are out of date, I just don't recall exactly what.

April 24, 2019 at 3:50 AM

Universal Studios Japan:
"Animation Celebration" was replaced by "Playing with Curious George"
"Peter Pan's Neverland" is closed.

April 24, 2019 at 7:33 AM

Robert, a few changes for Sea World ........ Add Waterway grill, Flamecraft bar and Mama's Pretzel Kitchen. I'd put all 3 in 'also recommended' although Spice Mill is still my favourite at SWO and you have it listed in 'time permitting'

There is also the food trucks in Sesame street

Seafire Inn is Seafire grill

Kraken is still 'unleashed' ... fwiw !! :)

Dolphin cove is no longer a walk thru exhibit. You have to pay to go into that area now and be with a trainer while you feed, and get splashed by, the dolphins. It's one of our free animal encounters with the platinum pass. The other being the safari at BGT.

Finally ... I think .... I like to wander up to the Manatee Rehab area, it's always worth a quick look, and I see it's not on your list. Most probably in the 'time permitting' section.

April 24, 2019 at 8:32 AM

Thanks Robert. Appreciate all you do for this site. Here is my contribution. Banshee at Kings Island only has a 52" height requirement. It has a modified restraint system that makes it slightly different from all the other B&M inverts which require 54". You can verify this on KI website.

Took my coaster-crazy grandson there 2 years ago when he was only 8. The lower height requirement allowed him to experience his first invert a couple of years earlier than normal. FWIW, I don't know what height requirement is for Vekoma inverts. Would not take him on one of those because it would be child abuse :-).

April 24, 2019 at 9:31 AM

Ed ... I echo your thanks. It must take a lot of hard work to keep this site up and running. Great job Robert .... :)

FYI on May 1st Hollywood Studios debuts a new night time projection show called "Wonderful World of Animation" I'm going to assume it will be just before the Star Wars fireworks.

I'll be there on May 1st to celebrate the 30th anniversary, so I'll let you all know what it's like.

If it's half as good as the one on the castle at MK it's going to be worth watching. Russell's "WOW" in his review comes nowhere close to just how good the Happily Ever After projection show is. Just awesome.

April 24, 2019 at 1:27 PM

Thank you for all you do, Robert!!!

April 24, 2019 at 9:52 PM

Thanks everyone!

I've made the changes submitted above. To clarify, though, the placement of any location under "The Park's Best," "Also Recommended," "Time Permitting," or "Skip It" is not my call and is instead based entirely on cumulative reader ratings.

(Locations without any ratings start in "Skip It," because if no one cares enough to rate it, well, then it's something worth skipping.)

So, please, click on those location names and submit ratings! That's the best way to get everything sorted the way we collectively want.

April 29, 2019 at 10:58 PM

Two more for Universal Studios Japan
- "Toto and Friends" is closed
- "Sing On Tour" opened

One for Tokyo DisneySea:
- "Out of the Shadow Land" closed

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