Let's forget about 2020 for a moment (I know — we wish, right?) and look ahead to next year. We have seen plenty of Disney vs. Universal debates within the theme park fan community over the years, as well as countless "Coaster War" battles. But I don't think we've ever seen a Disney vs. Universal Coaster War match-up before.
Yet we are getting one in 2021, as both Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando look to debut themed coaster thrill rides.
Disney announced its coaster first, with TRON Lightcycle Run moving in next to Space Mountain in Magic Kingdom's Tomorrowland. Although Disney announced the coaster way back in 2017, it hasn't committed yet to a specific opening date or season, though the ride is expected to be completed in time for the resort's 50th anniversary on October 1, 2021. Here's an on-ride video from the coaster's original installation at Shanghai Disneyland.
Universal Orlando just confirmed its Jurassic World VelociCoaster last month, but the resort has committed already to a summer 2021 opening for the new Islands of Adventure thrill ride. The dual launch coaster will be an original design, but we've got an early look through Universal's hype video.
It's Disney vs. Universal. Vekoma vs. Intamin. Lightcycles or Velociraptors. Clearly, the winner here is "theme park fans," because both of these new attractions look amazing.
But which one looks more amazing to you? Let's get some early adrenaline flowing with a vote.
The best part of this debate might be a third choice that I didn't list in today's vote. Because before either TRON Lightcycle Run or Jurassic World VelociCoaster opens next year, theme park fans visiting Central Florida are expecting Busch Gardens Tampa to open Iron Gwazi — the record-setting Rocky Mountain Construction hybrid coaster that was delayed from last spring.
I know it's the world's theme park capital, but has Central Florida ever been the hot place to be for coaster fans before? With three of its most anticipated new coasters, 2021 might finally be the year that happens.
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