Disney’s and Universal Studios’ theme parks are some of the most popular in the world, and they are always adding, updating and expanding, in order to deliver an even more amazing experience.
But what rides can people expect in the next couple of years and as soon as this summer? Down below, we have all the details on exciting new attractions that will be opening up in Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Orlando, Disney World, Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and more.
So besides checking out Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge in California on/after May 31, we also suggest planning trips to the following:
10 Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure - June 13, 2019
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a fan favorite at Islands of Adventure, and this summer, it will get even bigger and better. According to Universal Orlando’s site, guests will be led by Hagrid into the Forbidden Forest on motorbikes, where magical creatures await.
However, one could end up in some Devil’s Snare or face to face with the bow of a centaur on this ride - which will be the longest roller coaster in the state! It will also have seven launches (the most in the world) and a 17-foot free-fall drop (the first in the country), as reported by Orlando Sentinel.
9 Jurassic World: The Ride - Summer 2019
Those heading to Universal Studios Hollywood this summer will get to experience Jurassic World: The Ride. While on rafts, Jurassic Outpost reported, people will see dinos ranging from the Stegosaurus and the Parasaurolophus to the escaped Indominus rex and the Mosasaurus in its three million gallon tank. Oh, and when a T-Rex shows up, the only safe exit will be down an 84-foot waterfall!
Next to this ride will be tamer attractions, too, such as a Dino Play Area where fossils can be dug up and the Raptor Encounter, where Blue the Velociraptor will be.
8 Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind - Summer 2019
Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure Park features Toy Story Boardwalk, Pixar Promenade, Incredibles Park, and Inside Out Headquarters, which is where the Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind can be found this summer. It is bright and full of whimsy, just like the flick that inspired it, and it will let visitors see more of Riley’s emotions.
According to Attractions Magazine, there will be eight Memory Movers that will spin around shelves that show off recollections. And, of course, Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, and Anger will surely be shown off here, as well, within this fun and colorful section in California.
7 Ratatouille: The Adventure - May 2020
There is an attraction at the Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris that is called Ratatouille: The Adventure. A similar motion-based 3D ride is coming to Epcot. It will be part of the France Pavilion in the World Showcase, and it will allow people to feel like they are Remy the mouse’s size!
Yes, the ride will focus on Gusteau’s kitchen in his Parisian restaurant, and this is another attraction that could be opening in 2021 - Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary. However, new rumors on sites such as Wikipedia and WDW News Today have said that it could be ready by May 2020.
6 The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash - 2020
Another animated movie that is getting an attraction is The Secret Life of Pets. According to Variety, this will be called The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash, and it will be at Universal Studios Hollywood in the year 2020. While on it, visitors will feel like they are moving through New York City and like they are on their way to a pet adoption event.
Just like in the films (the sequel to this movie comes out June 7), people will be able to see what pets do when humans are not around, all whilst enjoying a one-of-a-kind experience.
5 Super Nintendo World - 2020
Rumors have been circulating for quite some time about a Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios, and now, construction has begun in California and Japan. The project in California has an expected opening date of 2020, and one in Orlando should come soon after.
There will be rides based around characters like Pokémon, Donkey Kong, Star Fox, and those seen in Super Smash Bros., as well as a Mario Kart ride. Reports have said that this will be like Warner Bros.’ collaboration with this park, to create the Wizarding World of Harry Potter… but it will be all about video games!
4 Spider-Man Attraction - 2020
Disney California Adventure Park will be revealing an expansion based around the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2020, and one of its new rides will be focused on Spider-Man. This attraction will utilize never-before-seen technology and practical effects, as reported by ComicBook.com. Furthermore, Disney has apparently filed a patent for a “track-based swing ride” system, which would use a pendulum arm for a “unique swinging ride experience."
This means that this ride could let us all swing and sling with Spidey! We do know this superhero will be in a new suit since the storyline involves Tony Stark’s super-powered technology and enhancements to Spider-Man’s suit.
3 Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway - Spring 2020
The first real, true, ride-through that is centered around Mickey Mouse will be at Mickey’s Toontown in 2020. Yes, this train - which is operated by Goofy - has a unique adventure ready for visitors. According to the Disney Parks Blog, technology and visual effects will combine with classic animation for an “immersive multi-dimensional experience."
In fact, it will utilize 2 and 1⁄2 D, making 2D things pop without the use of glasses. This attraction will open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (as it is replacing The Great Movie Ride) in spring 2020, as well as opening at Disneyland in 2022.
2 TRON Lightcycle Power Run - 2021
After the TRON Lightcycle Power Run opened at Shanghai Disneyland, WDW Info said it became the highest-rated ride in the amusement park. Now, this fun is coming to the Magic Kingdom. Yes, Tomorrowland will be getting a bit of a facelift, in order to make room for this roller coaster, which is set to open in 2021 for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary!
On this ride, everyone will get on a train that is made up of Lightcycles, as they race through the cyber world, like the one seen in the film versions of this story (TRON from 1982/Tron: Legacy from 2010).
1 Guardians Of The Galaxy Roller Coaster - 2021
Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! is a ride at Disney California Adventure, and soon, Epcot’s Future World will have a Guardians of the Galaxy attraction, too, which will replace Universe of Energy. The Disney Parks Blog has already said that this ride, set to open in 2021, will be one of the longest enclosed coasters in the world!
At the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions convention, Bob Chapek, the Disney experiences and consumer products chairman, described the ride as a “storytelling coaster," where every individual vehicle will be programmed to guide everyone to the story that is happening all around.