There is always something going on at Orlando theme parks. The past few years in particular have been quite eventful, with the opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort, the completion of New Fantasyland at Walt Disney World and more. However, even though we've had a lot to be excited about in the past several years, it looks like 2016 will be one for the record books as the new year will bring an unprecedented amount of brand new rides to Orlando-area theme parks
If you are thinking about a visit next year (or already planning one) here are 5 reasons to get excited!
1. Frozen boat ride
Though Maelstrom has been closed for less than a year, Walt Disney World has fast-tracked its Frozen replacement, and this new dark-ride style attraction is expected to debut next spring, right before the summer season kicks off.
Though this project has been under construction for several months already, we don’t know very much about what this new ride will actually entail. It has been hinted that the Frozen boat ride will be a “book report” style attraction that will bring guests through the events of the ubiquitous film, but beyond the overarching concept of the ride, we don’t know anything about what kind of experience this ride will provide (and how it will tie in to the larger Norway pavilion, if at all).
While the Frozen ride has been confirmed to be coming to Epcot in 2016, it's important to note that we don’t have a date yet for the Frozen meet and greet that is being built in the nearby expansion pad next to the Mexico pavilion. Though many have assumed that this additional Frozen attraction will open alongside the forthcoming boat ride, Epcot has yet to confirm a date, which could mean that this project may not actually be ready in time for the ride’s opening.
2. Skull Island: Reign of Kong
Though we’ve known about Universal Orlando Resort’s plan to bring King Kong back to the resort for quite a long time, last month the park finally confirmed this new attraction. Skull Island: Reign of Kong will bring guests through a hybrid dark ride (reportedly with animatronics and screen-based effects) and will be the longest and most technologically complex attraction in Universal Orlando Resort history.
Though construction began just 13 months ago, this massive new ride will open in spring 2016.