Orlando, The Theme Park Capital, 7 Most Anticipated Rides For 2017

What new features are Orlando theme parks opening up in 2017?

Known as the theme park capital of the world, Orlando is a popular destination for families, theme park fanatics and everyone in between. Even with all its accolades, Orlando theme parks look to bigger, bolder, more thrilling experiences. From water park adventures to technology driven theme park rides, 2017 is shaping up to be huge for Orlando theme parks.

Kopiko Wai Winding River, Universal’s Volcano Bay, photo by Universal Orlando

Volcano Bay

Water parks are popular with families. From the extreme body slides to the relaxing lazy river, water parks top families must visit lists. The new Volcano Bay at the Universal Orlando Resort will be a must visit in 2017. Immersed in a tropical island theme, this water park will offer new technology to enhance visitors’ experiences. Without long lines or issues with tubes, this water park will make the extreme thrills more enjoyable. Volcano Bay is anticipated to open on June 1, 2017.


One of the biggest trends in theme parks is virtual reality. At SeaWorld Orlando, the theme park is embracing the virtual reality trend. The Kraken will be the only virtual reality roller coaster experience in Florida. Riders will embark on a deep sea mission along various sea creatures as they dip, dive and turn on the Kraken.

“Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon”

Late night audiences laugh at the thank you notes, hashtags, or pros and cons of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Universal Orlando Resort brings the fun of the Tonight Show to the new ride Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon. Riders will journey through the streets of New York and soar through the New York City skyline.

Pandora – The World of AVATAR,

AVATAR is one of the world’s most popular movies. The land of Pandora will come to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in the park’s largest expansion in history. The new attraction will feature floating mountains and bioluminescent  forests. A Banshee flying attraction will offer riders a thrilling flight. Additionally, after-dark entertainment will keep the fun continuing till the park closes.

Miss Fortune Falls

Disney is known for its creativity, magic and wonder. While families often focus on the larger theme parks, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon is adding a new ride that will draw many visitors in 2017. The Miss Fortune Falls is a family-style raft ride. This ride is one of the lengthiest rides with a ride time of two minutes.

Electric Ocean

The ocean holds a colorful rainbow that comes alive at night. Opening in the summer of 2017, Electric Ocean is an immersive event. Guests are entranced with a glowing sea of wonder. Bioluminescent lighting is the star of this end of the day spectacle.


One of the biggest trends in theme parks is the immersive experience. LEGOLAND Florida Resort brings on this trend with the new LEGO NINJAGO World. This new area will offers an array of immersive experiences. The ultimate experience will be the LEGO NINJAGO The Ride. This ride features 4D effects, 3D computer animation and groundbreaking technology. Riders truly interact with both the ride and fellow riders. The new land is set to open in early 2017.


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