We’re just days away from the opening of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway and the start of the Disney100 celebration at Disneyland and the preview of Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood. But many other notable attractions will open in major theme parks across the country in 2023.
Let’s begin our imaginary road trip in San Diego, where SeaWorld continues its transformation into San Diego’s rollercoaster capital with the opening of Arctic Rescue this spring. This triple launch roller coaster from Intamin has seats that let you sit like you’re on a snowmobile. The concept is that you’re rescuing animals in the arctic and the roller coaster rises no more than 30 feet off the ground as the ride emphasizes twists and turns over big drops and airtime.
However, the weather in San Diego won’t lead anyone to believe they ride in the Arctic, so I’m rather curious to see how the same type of roller coaster plays out at SeaWorld’s sister park, Busch Gardens Williamsburg. DarKoaster will feature four starts and will run indoors in the former Curse of DarKastle building at the Virginia theme park. This old dark ride offered an original story and characters that I’m looking forward to on this new coaster.
Up at Hersheypark in Pennsylvania, the Wildcat wooden roller coaster is getting a Rocky Mountain Construction steel track transformation into Wildcat’s Revenge this summer. RMC worked wonders with Twisted Colossus at Six Flags Magic Mountain and Iron Gwazi at Busch Gardens Tampa in Florida last year, so Hersheypark is hoping its new RMC will be a hit too.
Families with younger coaster fans should check out Big Bear Mountain, a multi-launch Vekoma coaster coming to Dollywood this year in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. With a height restriction of just 39 inches, this 66-foot tall, 3,990-foot long roller coaster through the park’s Wildwood Grove land will be accessible to some preschoolers.
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Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is also opening a roller coaster featuring TRON Lightcycle/Run, a clone of the hit ride first installed at Shanghai Disneyland, this year. Meanwhile, rival Universal Studios Florida is banking on a new interactive attraction rather than a roller coaster. Villain-Con Minion Blast will anchor a newly designated Minion land in Orlando Park.
Heading back west, SeaWorld San Antonio, Texas is building what they call a Flume Coaster, Catapult Falls. The unique eight-passenger water coaster will feature a 20-mile start, a 55-foot vertical lift and a 53-degree waterfall when it opens later this year.
Knott’s Berry Farm returns to Southern California and opens its renovated Fiesta Village in 2023 with MonteZOOMa: The Forbidden Fortress. This conversion of the former looping coaster Montezooma’s Revenge will feature a random start sequence and its queue will receive story upgrades about doomed treasure hunters panning for gold.
It’s far too early to say which of these will be the best new attraction of the year. But I’m sure theme park fans will have a lot of fun “researching” that decision this year.
https://www.ocregister.com/2023/01/10/niles-theme-parks-hope-new-rides-and-roller-coasters-will-win-fans-in-2023/ Theme parks hope new rides and roller coasters will win fans in 2023 – Orange County Register