Which theme park had the best April Fools' Day joke?

April 1, 2024, 1:17 PM · It's April Fools' Day, so let's round up the jokes being offered today on social media by North America's theme parks.

Holiday World leads us off with a box of gravy-colored crayons to mark the opening of its new Good Gravy! family roller coaster this spring. It's a fun TV commercial parody that's well worth watching. There's even a plug for Holiday World's eclipse watching event in there, too.

GravyShades Crayon Collection

Silver Dollar City also goes with the fake consumer product for its April Fools joke. Take home the smell of the theme park with its "Ozark Aire" air freshener.

Ozark Aire

Busch Gardens Williamsburg teased a change to the operations of its Griffon roller coaster. How about if the B&M dive had a variable hang time before the drop? That's actually not a bad idea... but the option of holding guests for up to 24 hours adds the absurdity that the joke needs.

Griffon Variable First Drop

Canada's Wonderland and Six Flags Fiesta Texas also offer jokes that scale stuff that might not be a bad idea up to absurd levels. First up, a *25-room* hotel inside the Wonder Mountain at Canada's Wonderland.

Wonder Mountain Hotel

Next, a shade structure at Six Flags Fiesta Texas... that extends over the entire park. It's also a joke to suggest that structure could be built for just a million bucks.

Six Flags shade structure

In my book, the clear winner among this year's theme park April Fools jokes comes from Universal Orlando, which triggers every Central Florida commuter with a new land announcement for its upcoming Epic - whoops, I mean "Average" - Universe theme park.

I4 portal at Universal Average Universe

Happy April, everyone. Stay tuned for more real news as we head into the new summer theme park season.

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Replies (4)

April 1, 2024 at 9:53 PM

"It's fascinating how these parks leverage this day to showcase their creativity and engage with their audience in fun and memorable ways. Overall, April 1st pranks by theme parks not only entertain guests but also strengthen the park's brand personality and foster lasting connections with their audience. It's a win-win for everyone involved!"

April 1, 2024 at 7:17 PM

Wasn’t Seaworld rename to United Parks an April fools day joke ??

April 2, 2024 at 7:25 AM

The Eye-Sore on I-4 joke is so spot on it’s almost not even funny. Pitch perfect. That makes me think someone on the social media team is a local for sure :)

April 2, 2024 at 7:34 AM

the universal one was brilliant IF you're an Orlando resident or are familiar with the I-4 eyesore...AND in the know about Epic

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