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7. Iron Gwazi

Image: Busch Gardens

Park: Busch Gardens Tampa

Original Opening Date:  Spring 2020

Status: Delayed until park reopening

Though Ice Breaker over at SeaWorld Orlando hasn't been able to test at all, over at Busch Gardens Iron Gwazi was actually testing right up until the park closure, putting this ride in a much better position to have its grand opening when the park reopens. Like other brand new attractions on this list, some last minute re-testing may need to happen before the attraction officially opens, but we'd guess Iron Gwazi will make its grand entrance right alongside Busch Gardens Tampa's return to operation. 

During a recent earnings call, Busch Gardens parent company SeaWorld has said that it is likely that this attraction's opening will also be delayed until next year, when the park can return to full operation. 

8. Harmonius 

Image: Disney

Park: Epcot

Original Opening Date:  Spring 2020

Status:  TBA

Late last year it was confirmed for the first time that Harmonious would be making its debut at Epcot sometime in spring 2020, with work progressing quickly around Epcot's World Showcase Lagoon on infrastructure for this show. And though Disney never made a formal announcement about an official opening date, it will of course miss its original spring opening target.

Unfortunately, a 2020 debut is VERY unlikely for Harmonious as Disney has cancelled all nighttime fireworks shows for the foreseeable future, which leaves this show's future in limbo. 

9. Remy's Ratatouille Adventure

Image: Disney

Park: Epcot

Original Opening Date:  Summer 2020

Status: Delayed until 2021

Epcot is in a similar situation as Disney California Adventure, as the interior of the new Remy's Ratatouille Adventure ride is basically done according to reports, and was all set to open in an expanded France pavilion in Summer 2020. And though work on the area around the ride as well as the crepe restaurant that was set to open alongside the ride was basically finished, Theme Park Insider reports that this attraction won't open until early in 2021, as Disney looks to ride out 2020 with no new attractions, since it will need to limit park capacities anyway. 

10. LEGOLAND New York 

Image: Merlin

Park: LEGOLAND New York

Original Opening Date:  July 4, 2020

Status: Delayed until summer 2021

Though we've seen delays announced for rides, restaurants, and full lands, LEGOLAND New York slated to open on the fourth of July this summer, it was announced this week that the brand new LEGOLAND New York resort, which includes a whole theme park and hotel, will be delaying its grand opening a full year, and will now welcome its first guests in the summer of 2021.

11. Avengers Campus

Image: Disney

Park: Disney California Adventure

Original Opening Date:  July 18, 2020

Status: Delayed until later this year

Though the Marvel-themed Avengers Campus was supposed to open this summer along with the new WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure ride, with work completely halted three months before its grand opening, we'll likely have to wait a little longer before experiencing this new area at Disney California Adventure as Disney has changed its official website to now read “Coming Soon” as opposed to the previously-announced opening date. However, as long as we end up seeing a 2020 reopening at this park, we'd guess this new land will up and running soon, as work on the interior of the Spider-Man ride was basically complete back in February, with mostly facade work being done around this new area. 

As for the rest of the land, unfortunately we don't know how "done" the various eateries and character meet and greet areas are yet, but with the new Spider-Man ride being the main draw for Avengers Campus, we can see Disneyland Resort perhaps doing a phased opening if the restaurants and meet and greet areas are not open yet. Disney has confirmed that work on this project is nearly complete and they will be opening it as soon as possible once the Disneyland Resort gets the go-ahead to reopen its theme parks. 

12. Tron Lightcycle Power Run

Image: Disney

Park: Magic Kingdom

Original Opening Date:  2021

Status: Delayed until 2022 

Though preliminary work on the Tron Roller Coaster has been going on for almost a year now, it looks like construction was set to be ramping up in the new year as Disney was preparing to get this attraction ready for its planned 2021 debut. However, independent reports indicate that several cranes have been taken down, and Theme Park Insider reports that this project has been delayed until 2022. Disney has recently confirmed that this attraction's development will be picked back up in "stages", and a new timeline will be announced later. 

13. Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

Image: Disney

Park: Epcot

Original Opening Date:  2021

Status: Delayed until 2022 

Like Tron Lightcycle Power Run, Epcot's Guardians of the Galaxy-inspired attraction is very far along in development, with construction on this first-of-its kind roller coaster entering its final phases in preparation for a debut next year. However, according to Theme Park Insider this project has also been delayed until 2022. 

14. Permanent Festival Center 

Image: Disney

Park: Epcot

Original Opening Date:  2022

Status: Delayed indefinitely/cancelled 

A permanent Festival center was in the planning phases for Epcot, and was intended to host live events while provide a stunning elevated view of the entire park with a beautiful three-level structure featuring a plaza level, a middle expo level, and a park that sits in the sky on the top level. However, Theme Park Insider reports that this project has been put on the back burner or potentially cancelled outright. Though not specifically named, Disney recently said that projects that haven't been officially started yet will be "reassessed" and this is likely one of those projects. 

15. Play Pavilion 

Image: Disney

Park: Epcot

Original Opening Date:  2022

Status: Delayed indefinitely/cancelled 

Much like the permanent Festival Center, Epcot's new "Play" pavilion has been in the works for some time, but with construction not actually started (and a heavy emphasis on interactive components and character interactions), this is likely another project that Disney will be reassessing over the coming months. 

16. Universal's Epic Universe (The whole park)

Image: Universal

Park: Universal's Epic Universe 

Original Opening Date:  2023

Status: Delayed until 2024 at least

Comcast executives confirmed last month that due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, all construction on Universal's Epic Universe has been paused, and the target opening date has been moved. The new Universal Orlando Resort expansion was originally set to open in 2023, and while Comcast CEO Brian Roberts did not say specifically how much delaying construction would impact the project’s overall timeline during the phone call, Orange County mayor Jerry Demings said in a separate meeting that he had spoken to Universal officials and was told that the project has been delayed by a year, making a 2024 theme park opening the new target. 

And while 2024 sounds pretty far away now, there's no telling how things may develop in the future, so that is likely a "best case scenario" target for the resort. 

 

 

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