New year, new theme park thrills! Universal Orlando Resort continues its expansion with new rides, resorts, and restaurants. In their quest to bring the biggest and best pop culture experiences to the masses, Universal has plenty lined up for not only this year but beyond. So, what are the new attractions at Universal Orlando for 2018? And what can you expect from one of the world’s best theme parks in the years to come? Read on to find out.
New Attractions at Universal Orlando Opening in 2018
Fast & Furious: Supercharged
Opening: Spring 2018
One of the most anticipated new attractions at Universal Orlando Resort is Fast & Furious: Supercharged. It’s set to take riders on a high-speed adventure into the world of underground racing. Riders will become a part of the Fast & Furious family as they race beside stars of the franchise. Specially designed ride vehicles ensure non-stop action and adrenaline-inducing, pedal-to-the-metal thrills.
Universal’s Aventura Hotel
Opening: August 2018
Universal’s Aventura Hotel is all about a visionary spirit and contemporary surroundings. This hotel is a lifestyle, even if you only get to live it while on vacation. Not only does it offer commanding views of all three Universal theme parks, it’s also sleek style at an affordable price ensures you’re a guest in a place quite unlike anywhere else. The modern design ensures you’re en vogue the moment you walk through the door.
Upcoming New Attractions at Universal Orlando
The following attractions are confirmed for Universal Orlando Resort but do not yet have an opening date set. Some of these concepts are so new details are scare but worth sharing all the same.
Dark Ride at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade
After closing the Dragon Challenge coaster in September 2017, Universal Orlando announced a new dark ride would take its place. According to a press release, the ride is set to take visitors “deeper into J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, where you will encounter some of your favorite characters and creatures.” As Harry Potter isn’t specifically mentioned, many are speculating the ride will be centered on the Fantastic Beasts film series.
Opening: TBD (Possibly 2020)
Live Action Experience
Universal Orlando Resort closed Terminator 2: 3D earlier this fall. As such, a new live-action experience will open in that theater space. Minimal details have been released but the attraction is supposedly going to be centered on a Universal franchise opening in 2019.
Opening: TBD (Possibly 2019)
Mario Kart Attraction
Let your inner kid rejoice as a Mario Kart attraction has been confirmed for the exciting new Nintendo Land section of Universal Orlando Resort. This will be a signature ride in the new land and will follow the design of its Japanse counterpart. As a result, it will feature a moving track ride where guests are equipped with augmented reality glasses that display power-ups, obstacles, and more game features.
The Rumor Mill
There always talk of what’s next at Universal Orlando Resort. This is the latest from the rumor mill. Keep in mind, though, the following attractions have not been confirmed by park officials.
Donkey Kong Roller Coaster
Video game fans are seriously excited about the opening of Nintendo Land. As such, rumors have started to circulate regarding what attractions the new land will include. We already know Mario Kart is definitely happening. However, a roller coaster themed after the iconic Donkey Kong arcade game is on everybody’s wish list. Little is known about the possibility of this ride so so far. If it does happen, though, rumor has it that it will be a mine cart-style coaster and use animatronics instead of screens. Stay tuned!
New Attraction at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley
Earlier this year, Universal announced Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure at Halloween Horror Nights would not return for 2018. Many are speculating this is due to the upcoming closure of the Fear Factor Live Theater. If the theater is demolished, it will no doubt be replaced by a new attraction. If the rumor mill is to be believed, its replacement will be the Ministry of Magic. More details should be announced by the end of the year.
There’s Always Something New at Universal Orlando Resort
This theme park excels at keeping things fresh and fun for guests. Each year, a new ride or attraction is unveiled. From pop culture phenoms like Harry Potter to old favorites like Nintendo, it’s sure to be an exciting time at Universal Orlando for years to come.
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