debut of West Coast Racers at Six Flags Magic Mountain this month, and Friday, the world's best theme park ride, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, opens at Disneyland. Next week brings construction tours for new coasters at SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Williamsburg, as well as the start of seasonal festivals at Knott's Berry Farm and Universal Studios Hollywood.For an "off" season, there's certainly been a lot happening at the nation's theme parks. We've already had the
Beyond that, let's look ahead to the opening dates for seasonal theme parks around the United States, as well as what new attractions fans can look forward to experiencing this year at each park.
SeaWorld San Antonio — Saturday, February 22
Texas Stingray, a Great Coasters International wooden coaster, will feature a 3,379-foot track, a 100-foot drop from a 96-foot lift hill, a 100-foot tunnel, and a top speed of 55 mph. When it opens, it will become Texas' tallest, fastest, and longest wooden coaster. Park hours, Tickets
Busch Gardens Williamsburg — Sunday, March 15
Pantheon will be America's fastest multi-launch coaster when it opens in 2020, featuring a top speed of 72 mph, four launches, a 95-degree drop, a maximum height of 180 feet, two inversions, and a spike track leading into a backward section - all in 3,328 feet of track and a two-minute ride. Park hours, Tickets
Silver Dollar City — Tuesday, March 17
Mystic River Falls will feature the tallest drop on a rapids ride in North America, as well as an 82-foot, four-platform rotating elevator lift tower and an elevated river channel on a nearly half-mile, five-and-a-half-minute adventure. Park hours
Hersheypark — Saturday, April 4
Candymonium, a Bolliger & Mabillard Hyper, anchors the new Hershey's Chocolatetown entrance plaza for the park with its longest, tallest and fastest coaster, at 210 feet tall, 4636 feet long and with a top speed of 76 miles per hour. Park hours
Six Flags Great Adventure — Saturday, April 4
Jersey Devil Coaster is an RMC single-rail coaster that will stand 130 feet tall and reach 58 mph on 3,000 feet of track. Park hours
Kings Island — Saturday, April 11
Orion, a B&M Giga, will become the park's tallest, fastest, longest steel coaster, boasting a 300-foot drop and a top speed of 91 mph along a 5,321-foot track. Park hours, Tickets
Six Flags Great America — Saturday, April 25.
The Chicago-area park is getting a new water coaster, Tsunami Surge, for its water park. Park hours
Cedar Point — Saturday, May 9
The Point celebrates its 150th year this summer with the addition of the Celebrate 150 Spectacular nighttime parade and the Snake River Expedition water ride. Park hours, Tickets
Legoland New York — Saturday, July 4
And we wrap 2020's American seasonal theme park openings with the debut of an entire new park, Legoland New York, which opens north of New York City on the Fourth of July.
For more links to all the major new attractions under development around the world, including those at year-round parks in Central Florida and Southern California, visit our What's under construction at Disney, Universal and other top theme parks page.Tweet
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