What's New or Next at Disney, Universal and Other Theme Parks?
The U.S. debut of Super Nintendo World and new offerings in celebration of Disney's 100th anniversary lead the theme park industry's premieres in 2023. We also have a preview of what's coming in the years ahead at leading parks around the world.
Opened in 2023
Links go to Theme Park Insider's opening-day reviews of each attraction.
January 11: Pirate River Quest at Legoland Florida
Wild Mouse - A spinning family coaster with a height of 52 feet and top speed of 35 miles per hour. Wild Mouse will be the main new attraction in the park's new-for-2023 The Boardwalk area, which also will include the new Grand Pavilion, a recreation of the 1888 original that will feature a new restaurant and a waterfront bar with viewing decks of Lake Erie and the park.
Chessington World of Adventures
Mandrill Mayhem - A Bolliger & Mabillard wing coaster anchoring the park's new World of Jumanji land. Featuring two launches and the park's first inversion, the 1,247-foot coaster will have a top speed of 45 mph. Opening spring 2023.
The next gate at the Universal Orlando Resort opens on Universal's new south campus, across from the Orange County Convention Center, in 2025. Lands will include Super Nintendo World (with a Donkey Kong coaster), Harry Potter Fantastic Beasts, Universal Classic Monsters, How to Train Your Dragon.
Unnamed Coaster - A new 4,544-foot, 105-foot-tall Mack Rides roller coaster with a top speed of 56 mph will anchor the park's upcoming Croatia land in 2024. Concept art suggests a Nikola Tesla theme.
Jumanji: The Labyrinth - An immersive walk-through maze themed to the popular movie franchise. Opens spring 2023.
Nautilus - A new live show in the Gardaland Theatre, with projection mapping and in-theater effects that depict an underwater journey on Captain Nemo's submarine. Opens 2023.
Adventure Port - Transforming the area between the park's Coney Mall and Action Zone, this new land will include two new spinner rides as well as a refresh for the Adventure Express mine train roller coaster.
MonteZOOMa: The Forbidden Fortress - The park's former Montezooma's Revenge is getting a new name and a rebuild for 2023. The new ride will feature a randomized launch sequence and its queue will get story upgrades about doomed treasure hunters searching for Montezooma's gold.
Part of the new VAI Resort complex in Glendale, Arizona, this toy-themed park will include a Hot Wheels roller coaster, laser tag, mini golf, and Barbie Beach House, including a Barbie flying theater ride and a Dream Closet Experience featuring Barbie in "hologram" form. Opens 2023.
Toutatis - This Intamin launch coaster will be France' fastest roller coaster, with a top speed of 66.5 mph. The 3,527-foot coaster will have a top height of 167 feet, three inversions and four launches. It will anchor the new Le Festival Toutatis land, which will also include Chez Gyrofolix (a Zamperla Nebulaz) and Le Sanglier d'Or playground.
Parque Warner Madrid
Batman Gotham City Escape - Intamin triple-launch coaster with four inversions, a top speed of 65 mph, and a height of 148 feet.
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.
Tiana's Bayou Adventure - Disney's "The Princess and the Frog"-themed makeover of the former Splash Mountain log flume ride debuts in 2024.
Worlds of Fun
Zambezi Zinger - A GCI hybrid coaster with 2,482 feet of Hybrid Titan Track on a steel and wood frame, with a top speed of 45 mph. The ride will open in 2023 and run two Infinity Flyer Trains with 16 passengers each.