Skull Island, Reign of Kong – Islands of Adventure
It’s official. Finally. After many months of rumors and speculation, Universal has made the anticipated announcement that there will, indeed, be a new King Kong attraction opening at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. This monstrous setup will fall between Toon Lagoon and Jurassic Park, opening in the summer of 2016.
Check out the video below for more info – Found on Universal Studios Orlando Youtube page.
Avatar Land – Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Thanks to Disney Parks Blog for the photo.
Disney’s Imagineers have partnered with Avatar’s creator, James Cameron to bring the wondrous world of Pandora to life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. From the floating mountains to the bio luminescent forests, this new attraction will give Universal’s parks a run for their money. Check out my blog on Avatar Land for more info and watch the video below for some insights from James Cameron and Walt Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde.
Frozen Ever After – Disney’s Epcot
Set to open in the summer of 2016, the plans for this “Frozen” themed attraction in Epcot look super cool (pun totally intended).
Not a ton of information has been released since Disney first confirmed the rumors last fall, but Thomas Smith, Social Media Director of Disney Parks, did have the following to say:
“Guests will be transported to the Winter in Summer Celebration where Queen Elsa embraces her magical powers and creates a winter-in-summer day for the entire kingdom. They will also visit Elsa’s Ice Palace and the ice-blue world of the North Mountain along with other locations before returning to the Bay of Arendelle. Of course, favorite “Frozen” characters, including the Snowgies from the animated short “Frozen Fever,” will be part of this new attraction, along with the spectacular sights inspired by the film.”
Stay up-to-date on all things Disney by following their official Disney Parks Blog.
Volcano Bay – Universal Orlando
In May 2015 Universal Orlando officially announced the addition of a water park to their popular resort. The new water park will be called Volcano Bay, set to open in 2017.
The construction of the new park, which is already underway and visible from I-4, “will join Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure and become the resort’s third incredibly immersive park,” reads a Universal Orlando press release, making Universal Orlando a 3-park destination.
Mako Coaster – SeaWorld Orlando
Set to open in the summer of 2016, SeaWorld’s 73 mph coaster is going to be Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest ride yet. (But, only until the Skyplex opens on I-Drive 360, bringing Orlando’s first polercoaster, SkyScraper.) Mako, named after the world’s fastest shark, is going to be nearly a mile long and will have 9 drops – the first being a 200 foot plunge.
According to a recent press release, “On Mako, you’ll experience what it’s like to be this apex predator, surging through the water at top speed and chasing prey throughout a massive reef,” said Brian Morrow, SeaWorld’s attraction creative director. “It will be a wild mix of fear, thrills and fun.”
Nintendo World – Universal Orlando
Last month Nintendo got the internet buzzing after a press release, confirming that the rumored Nintendo themed addition to Universal Studios was actually happening.
“Nintendo and Universal Parks & Resorts today announced plans to bring the world of Nintendo to life at Universal theme parks – creating spectacular, dedicated experiences based on Nintendo’s wildly popular games, characters and worlds,” the press release states.
Though there has been not a single confirmed bit of insider information, there has been a plethora of fan-based speculation. The best of which hints to the continued theme in Universal of creating “lands” – entire themed areas based on particular franchises such as Harry Potter and the Simpsons. Bring on Nintendo Land!
Chelsea is Treadway Industries’ resident Web Master, employing her experience in digital media and theme park know-how to create blogs – both entertaining and informative.