What Is 2021's Best New Attraction So Far?

June 26, 2021, 11:13 AM · We are almost halfway through the year (what?), so I thought this would be a great time to ask you, our Theme Park Insider readers, which new attraction you have liked best this year.

We are limiting this vote to new attractions in the United States, since neither I nor any of our writers have had the opportunity to review any attractions outside the US this year. But there's plenty to choose from here. We have reviewed 13 new attractions so far in 2021, with 12 of them included in our poll. (I will explain the final one at the end of the post, but if you've been reading the site, you might be able to guess which one is on, uh... shaky ground.)

We will list the Class of 2021 in the order in which we reviewed them.

The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal's first family dark ride in a generation brings the popular Illumination franchise to the parks for the first time.

Snow White's Enchanted Wish Disneyland

Disney's revamp of its classic Fantasyland dark ride cleans up the story, giving Snow White's adventure the theme park attraction it deserved all along.

Knott's Bear-y Tales: Return to the Fair Knott's Berry Farm

Knott's reboots one of its classic attractions as an interactive adventure for the farm's 100th anniversary celebration.

Stunt Pilot Silverwood

Rocky Mountain Construction brings one of its coasters to its home state, with this single-rail Raptor track thrill ride.

The Lego Movie World Legoland California

The west coast installation of the land first opened in Florida offers a few tweaks from the original.

Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure Disney California Adventure

Disneyland turns to one of Marvel's most popular characters to anchor the new Avengers Campus - Disney's first Marvel-themed land, even though Disney can't say that name to describe it.

Jurassic World VelociCoaster Universal's Islands of Adventure

Building a roller coaster in the middle of a velociraptor paddock? Brilliant! What possibly could go wrong with that?

Jersey Devil Coaster Six Flags Great Adventure

Another RMC Raptor, this time cleverly playing homage to a notorious local legend.

Snake River Expedition Cedar Point

Cedar Point turns and offers a narrative-driven boat ride to fans for its 150th anniversary celebration...

Snake River Expedition

Celebrate 150 Spectacular Cedar Point

...as well as an all-new parade celebrating the park's long history. (Note that both Cedar Point links go to the same story.)

Action and Magic Made Here Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood

Warner Bros. made good use of its pandemic downtime, completing a substantial revamp of the tour, including a new welcome center and finale.

Dollywood's Sweet Summer Nights Dollywood

Finally, Dollywood is celebrating the summer with its first-ever drone show, animated the skies above the park.

Not in the poll is Harley Quinn Spinsanity at Six Flags America, which was facing an uncertain future after a nasty shaking incident last weekend.

Time to vote!

There's much more to come in 2021, including Remy's Ratatouille Adventure and Harmonious at Walt Disney World's Epcot, plus all those SeaWorld and Busch Gardens roller coasters... well, we hope those are still to come in 2021. So stay tuned to Theme Park Insider for more new attraction coverage.

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Replies (12)

June 26, 2021 at 11:41 AM

This is easy for me. Secret Life of Pets no question. Coasters are nice and all, but a well-made dark ride is always going to take the cake.

June 26, 2021 at 12:31 PM

WDW’s 50th anniversary year certainly feels like the year of Universal so far…Secret Life of Pets, as an immersive dark ride (one of the best in recent years), takes the cake for me. Though Velocicoaster is a close second in my mind for this poll.

June 26, 2021 at 12:47 PM

You know Velocicoaster is going to win the final vote. The only question is by how much.

June 26, 2021 at 6:21 PM

Mario Kart: Koopa's Challenge?
Yoshi Adventure?

June 26, 2021 at 7:16 PM

Secret Life of Pets number 1 and the Velocicoaster is a close second.

June 27, 2021 at 1:32 AM

I voted for Secret Life of Pets. I know Velocicoaster is the obvious winner but I have yet to ride it.

June 27, 2021 at 7:28 PM

They all look like winners. Good to see new attractions and entertainment coming to the parks once again.

June 27, 2021 at 10:33 PM

Haven't ridden any myself but pretty sure we know the winner.

June 28, 2021 at 6:37 AM

I can understand voting for a rollercoaster as the top ride even though many people suffer motion sickness. However, even though I live in NJ and voted for our NHL team to be named the Devils, The Jersey Devil rollercoasters is not the best new ride this year. Personally, I prefer dark rides but I voted for the VelociCoaster. It has all the elements of a great ride even though Dollywood's Summer Nights will be enough to make us visit Dollywood this Summer, something no single ride could ever do. Shows are what make themeparks worth visiting. If all I cared about was rides, and specifically thrill rides I would just visit Cedar Fair and Six Flags parks. They both have more thrilling rollercoasters than either Disney or Universal. It is the shows, especially the nightly shows that make Disney and Universal worth the cost.

June 28, 2021 at 7:13 AM

i voted for JWVC, not because of a popularity contest, but because it's the only ride on the list i've ridden. also, David L's comment about WDW's 50th being the year of Universal is spot on.

June 29, 2021 at 8:33 AM

I loved Spiderman for its uniqueness of just using your hands. Secret life of pets was easy better than I thought it would be. Really liked the que

June 29, 2021 at 8:30 AM

I looked Spiderman for its uniqueness of just using your hands. Secret life of pets was easy better than I thought it would be. Really liked the que

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