While theme parks are expensive to build, when they're done well, they can bring in billions of dollars each year. They offer one-of-a-kind experiences for people of all ages and act as a getaway from everyday life.
The United States has more than just Disney and Universal parks too, although those might be the most famous in the country. In fact, America is home to many different kinds of theme parks, with several more being built right now. We’ve compiled 10 of them in this list for you to check out. Who knows, you might just spot the next “Happiest Place on Earth!”
10 Universal’s Fantastic Worlds
The owners of Universal Orlando recently announced that they’re adding a whole new property. Universal’s Fantastic Worlds is planned to be a 750-acre site, which is around double the size of Universal Orlando’s existing properties combined.
The location will be home to a theme park, restaurants, shops, and hotels. Construction has begun, but it's still unknown when the park will open and which lands will make the park their home. Universal has seen much success around their Harry Potter properties, so some fans are hoping for an extension of the Wizarding World to open with the park.
9 Super Nintendo World
Over the next few years, classic Nintendo games will be brought to life at Universal’s Super Nintendo World. The first of the parks is expected to open in Japan before summer 2020, but similar lands will open in Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood in the coming years. It’s speculated that the Orlando version of this park will open along with Universal’s Fantastic Worlds.
Attendees will be able to live out some of Nintendo’s best-selling games like Mario Kart and Yoshi’s Adventure. Nintendo icons Princess Peach and Bowser are expected to have themed areas around the land as well.
8 Ferrari World
Back in 2016, Bloomberg reported that the luxury car brand Ferrari plans on building an amusement park in the United States. The company already has parks located in Spain and the United Arab Emirates. These parks are home to rides that reflect the Ferrari brand.
If the other parks based on this brand give precedent to what is to come to the United States, fans can expect record-setting thrill rides. For example, the world’s fastest roller coaster, Formula Rossa, is located at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. It's unknown when guests will be able to race their way over to the American park.
7 Legoland New York
A new Legoland park and resort is scheduled to open in New York on July 4, 2020. The park will be located in Goshen, NY, which is about 65 miles north of New York City. Several Legoland parks already exist around the world, and they're built for everyone in the family to enjoy.
Rides, shows, and attractions are constructed with children 11 and younger in mind, and some elements around the park will even have educational components. The park’s theme makes all the rides appear as if they are built out of Lego bricks, so this is the place to be for any kid who loves Lego.
6 Nickelodeon Universe
A second Nickelodeon Universe park is planned to open as a part of The American Dream mall in East Rutherford, NJ. After 16 years of delays and construction, the mall is scheduled to open on October 25, 2019.
This indoor park will feature eight acres of rides and experiences based on some of the network’s top-performing properties including Spongebob Squarepants and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It will open with five coasters that are a mix of thrills and kiddie attractions so the whole family can ride.
5 DreamWorks Water Park
About one month after Nickelodeon Universe, The American Dream will open DreamWorks Water Park. Starting on November 27, 2019 guests can enter Shrek’s Swamp, Madagascar’s Rainforest, and the Kung Fu Panda Zone. With over 40 waterslides and other attractions, like a lazy river, to choose from, DreamWorks Water Park will be North America’s largest indoor water park at the time of opening. The park will also hold the records for the world's largest wave pool and the world’s tallest indoor body slide.
4 Legoland Discovery Center
Legoland Discovery Centers are slated to open in both Pittsburgh, PA and Miami, FL in the next few years. Discovery Centers are smaller takes on Legoland parks, usually having a variety of landmarks constructed with Lego bricks, model building classes, 4D movie theaters, small rides, and playgrounds.
Like the larger parks, Legoland Discovery Centers are built with children in mind. The Pittsburgh, PA center is expected to open in fall 2020 and the Miami, FL center is scheduled to open in 2023. 14 other Discovery Centers are already open around the US and Canada.
3 Avengers Campus
In summer 2019 Disney Parks revealed their plans to open Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure Park. Attendees will train to be a part of Marvel’s next generation of superheroes when the campus opens in 2020.
Rides will act as training by having guests sling webs with Spider-Man and experiment with Pym Particles with Ant-Man and The Wasp. Other Avengers will be able to be found around the park for meet and greets. Guests can expect to come face-to-face with favorites like Iron Man, Black Widow, and the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Originally named Planet Oasis, Arcadia is planned to be an indoor entertainment center near Columbus, OH. That is if the project is able to survive the problems it is facing.
ThisWeek Community News reported earlier this year that the project has faced lawsuits over who would develop the project and is yet to have government approval to build the complex. If finished, Arcadia is expected to have an indoor sports facility, a saltwater lake with a sand beach, go-kart racing, and live music, among other features.
1 Lionsgate Entertainment City
Since 2017 Lionsgate and Parques Reunidos have been trying to build Lionsgate Entertainment City, an indoor entertainment center based around the production company’s most famous properties.
Unfortunately, Parques Reunidos has dropped out of the project, leaving questions as to whether the park will ever see completion. Entertainment center would have been located in the midst of Times Square and had plans to feature a John Wick shooting ride, a simulator based on The Hunger Games, a Divergent obstacle course, and a Mad Men restaurant.