2017 is set to be another bumper year with new rides coming to the Disney and Universal theme parks, all three SeaWorld theme parks, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, LEGOLAND Florida, Fun Spot, Kings Island, Dollywood, Hersheypark, Carowinds, California's Great America and Six Flags. Here's our pick of the best new rides coming to US theme parks.
Prepare yourself for a Na’vi rite of passage as you soar aboard a winged banshee on an exhilarating, wind-in-your-face flight through Pandora! With extraordinary effects designed to stir your senses, Avatar: Flight of Passage will offers visitors the ride of a lifetime—one you’ll surely remember long after you’ve flown over Pandora, a world similar to Earth… yet different beyond imagination.
On this all-new expedition, the voyage begins as you venture down a mysterious, sacred river that flows through the bioluminescent rainforest. Here, the full beauty of Pandora reveals itself as you pass by glowing plants and unforgettable creatures. The journey culminates in an encounter with a Na’vi shaman, who has a deep connection to the life force of Pandora and sends positive energy out into the forest through her music.
Universal's Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando
A new water park where thrills and relaxation flow in perfect harmony. With the power of the TapuTapu wearable there’s no standing in long lines, wrestling with tubes, or waiting for the fun to begin. It’s a tropical paradise just steps away from the other theme parks.
by the popular Tonight Show segment, Race through New York will pit guests against Jimmy Fallon in a wild race through one of
the world’s greatest cities when in opens in Universal Studios Florida
at Universal Orlando in 2017.
The Guardians of the Galaxy are coming to the Disneyland Resort in California, as The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ is transformed into Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! in Disney California Adventure Park.
SeaWorld Orlando will debut its first digitally enhanced ride experience as the legendary Kraken roller coaster is transformed into a virtual reality (VR) roller coaster experience. Using new technology, this ride will be the first VR roller coaster experience in Florida.
A new generation of coaster, the first of its kind in North America, combining the thrill of the sea, the adrenaline rush of a multi-launch roller coaster and the inspiration of animal rescue is coming to SeaWorld San Antonio in 2017, Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster.
San Diego will unveil a new Ocean Explorer attraction in 2017 that will
combine aquariums, rides and digital technologies to engage visitors in
an experience centered on exploration and adventure which will inspire
them to protect the wonders of our oceans.
Fun Spot America in Kissimmee will be getting a brand new hybrid wooden roller coaster with a 360-degree barrel roll. The new ride built by The Gravity Group will be 2,256 feet in length with a drop of 80.5 feet and a maximum speed of 48.5 mph. The $6 million dollar investment is expected to be open at the Florida theme park in the summer of 2017.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg has announced the addition of an all new wooden coaster in 2017, featuring a top speed of 48 mph, a 74 foot drop, 9 airtime hills and 2,118 feet of track.
Kings Island has announced what is already one of the most highly-anticipated new rides for 2017, the wooden roller coaster Mystic Timbers.
LEGOLAND Florida has announced the addition of NINJAGO World in 2017, including the interactive attraction NINJAGO - The Ride. The new land and ride will be a version of the experience opening at LEGOLAND California in 2016.
California’s Great America has now announced that for the 2017 season, it will introduce Patriot, the first floorless coaster in the park’s 41-year history. Patriot will emerge from the soon to be retired Vortex coaster, one of the oldest stand up coasters in the United States.
Dollywood has announced three brand new attractions and two all new events for 2017, including the 200-foot tall Drop Line, family roller coaster Whistle Punk Chaser and the TailSpin Racer water slides.
Hersheypark in Hershey, PA, has announced its newest attraction, Hershey Triple Tower, slated to debut for the 2017 Springtime In The Park event, comprised of three drop towers of three different heights: Hershey’s Tower, Reese’s Tower and Hershey’s Kisses Tower.
Carowinds will be bringing back some oldies but goodies with a new County Fair section of the park in 2017. In addition to four new classic rides that everyone in the family can enjoy together, there will also be a re-themed roller coaster and some enhanced food offerings.
Six Flags has announced details of all the rides and attractions coming to its theme parks in 2017, including many Warner Brothers and DC Comics branded attractions along with other thrilling rides at each of its other popular theme parks across the United States.