What's Under Construction at Disney, Universal and Other Theme Parks
The Epic Universe park that had been announced for Universal Orlando Resort was shelved in 2020, but is now back on, with an expected completion by 2025.
Genting SkyWorlds in Malaysia is set to open later in 2021, while Peppa Pig Theme Park will open next to Legoland Florida on February 24, 2022. In San Diego, the former Aquatica water park will become Sesame Place in March 2022.
Other parks opening in 2022 include Lost Island in Iowa and COTAland at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
Here is what is now under construction or planned for existing major theme parks around the world:
Believe! Sea of Dreams - a new nighttime spectacular on the Mediterranean Harbor lagoon. No date yet.
Fantasy Springs - a new "port" between Arabian Coast and Lost River Delta that will include four new attractions, three restaurants and a hotel, with the attractions themed to the Disney films "Frozen," "Tangled," and "Peter Pan." The project is expected to be completed in late 2023 or early 2024.
Iron Gwazi - a Rocky Mountain Construction IBox rebuild of the former Gwazi wooden coaster. Iron Gwazi will feature a 206-foot beyond-vertical drop and two inversions on its 4,075 feet of track, making it the world's fastest and steepest hybrid coaster. Opens March 2022.
Pantheon - a 3,328-foot Intamin blitz coaster that will America's fastest multi-launch coaster when it debuts, featuring four launches, two inversions, a maximum height of 180 feet, a 95-degree drop, and a top speed of 72 mph. Opening March 2022.
Wonder Woman Flight of Courage - Standing 131 feet and with 3,300 feet of track, this Rocky Mountain Construction Raptor will be the world's tallest and longest single-rail coaster when it opens in summer 2020.
Six Flags Over Texas
Pirates of Speelunker Cave - A retheme of Yosemite Sam and the Gold River Adventure that calls back to the attraction's original IP. Opening early 2022.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Dr. Diabolical's Cliffhanger - A 150-foot, 60 mph Bolliger & Mabilliard dive coaster with a 95-degree drop. Opening summer 2022.
Tumbili - An S&S Free Spin coaster with a height of 112 feet and top speed of 34 mph. Opening 2022.
Pirate River Quest - A "family-friendly treasure hunt" through "the uncharted waters of the legendary Cypress Gardens." Opening 2022.
Orlando Free Fall - At 430 feet, this will be the world's tallest free-standing drop tower ride. Riders' seats will tilt forward 30 degrees before dropping nearly 400 feet at 75 mph. Opens December 2021.
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
Defiance - A Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter with a 102.3-degree, 110-foot free fall drop and sitting 7,160 feet above sea level, making it the highest looping roller coaster in the United States. Opening 2022.