Even though theme parks around the world are operating with sharply reduced capacities as they return, some parks are going ahead with their new attractions for the 2020 season. Let's look at the new thrills on the schedule for the month ahead.
The first new attraction to debut after the shutdowns was The Bourne Stuntacular at Universal Studios Florida, which is now in soft-open technical rehearsals. The mixed-media, live-action stunt show features a 130-feet wide by 28-feet tall LED screen, an advanced projection mapping system, and a variety of high-tech props to recreate the action and intensity of a Jason Bourne film.
Also at Universal Orlando, the Cinemark website now says that the Universal Cinemark at Universal CityWalk Orlando movie theaters will be reopening on July 3. Back to the Future, Ghostbusters and Jaws will be on the schedule, as the theaters use the lack of any new Hollywood releases to pay tribute to three franchises that used to have attractions at Universal Studios Florida.
Elsewhere this month, Efteling in The Netherland will open its new Max and Moritz dual family coaster from Mack Rides on June 20.
Coming up in July, Hersheypark kicks off the Independence Day holiday weekend with its return, featuring the debut of Candymonium on July 3. This Bolliger & Mabillard coaster will be the park's longest, fastest, and tallest when it opens.
The next day, in Santa Claus, Indiana, Holiday World reopens its Splashin' Safari water park for the season, welcoming its new water coaster, Cheetah Chase. This will be the park's third water coaster, making Holiday World and Splashin' Safari the self-proclaimed water coaster capital of the world.
At the end of the month, Germany's Europa Park will open its new version of its Pirates in Batavia ride on July 30. The park has rebuilt the indoor water ride that was destroyed by fire in 2018, this time adding new tech and animation throughout.
And sometime this month, Ohio's Kings Island aims to open its new thrill ride for 2020, Orion - a Bolliger & Mabillard giga coaster with a 300-foot drop and a top speed of 91 mph. Update: Kings Island announced Thursday that the ride will open on July 12, with passholder previews staring July 2.
For more on upcoming attractions at leading parks around the world, please visit our What's Under Construction at Disney, Universal and Other Top Theme Parks page.Tweet
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