What's under construction at Disney, Universal and other top theme parks
Universal Orlando's new theme park leads the line-up of new attractions coming to the world's top theme parks over the next few years.
Universal's Epic Universe will open on a new site located just north of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. There's no opening date yet, but initial concept art depicts four immersive theme lands, tipped by many to include Orlando's installation of Super Nintendo World as well as lands based upon The Wizarding World's Fantastic Beasts franchise and Dreamworks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon.
As for Super Nintendo World, the first installation of that land will open in 2020 at Universal Studios Japan, then come Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Singapore at as-yet-unannounced dates. Featuring real-life versions of Bowser's Castle and Princess Peach's Castle, the video game-themed land will include "Mario Kart Experience" — "the most immersive and cutting-edge technological attraction that we could possibly imagine," Universal Creative officials have said.
At the Disneyland Resort, Disney California Adventure is getting a Marvel-themed Superhero Universe land in 2020, which will include a new ride themed to Spider-Man.
Meanwhile, Walt Disney World is working on multiple new experiences:
- Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway, Disney's first ride themed to Mickey Mouse, will open in Disney's Hollywood Studios in 2020.
- A Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster is taking over the old Universe of Energy pavilion at Epcot.
- A Ratatouille: The Adventure trackless dark ride will be added to Epcot's France pavilion.
- A TRON Lightcycle Power Run roller coaster will go in next to Space Mountain at the Magic Kingdom.
The TRON coaster will be complete in time for the park's 50th anniversary in 2021, and the Epcot rides will be open by that park's 40th, in 2022.
Here is the complete list of all attractions currently under construction at the world's major theme parks.
Busch Gardens Tampa
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Disney's California Adventure
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Hong Kong Disneyland
Knott's Berry Farm
SeaWorld San Antonio
SeaWorld San Diego
Silver Dollar City
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Universal Studios Florida
Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal Studios Japan
Universal Studios Singapore
Universal's Islands of Adventure
Walt Disney Studios Park
Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom