Hi there! Welcome to our weekly roundup of the most interesting theme park news around the Walt Disney World Resort, the Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld Orlando and other theme parks.
Here Are This Week’s Theme Park Highlights:
- Things just got a little more awesome at LEGOLAND California Resort ... THE LEGO MOVIE WORLD officially opened May 27! Originally set to open in spring 2020, the grand opening was delayed until this week. The new land features three new attractions, three restaurants, two play areas and a character greeting location. Join Master Builders as you're transported all over The LEGO Movie universe on Emmet's Flying Adventure Ride, or slurp up delicious ramen at Everything is Ramen! And of course, don't leave without saying hello to Emmet himself and his pals.
- In case you missed the big news, Disneyland Resort is welcoming back out-of-state visitors, starting June 15, 2021! All guests can now book tickets and reservations (save some green and book with us!). To allow more time for planning, the booking window for the theme park reservation system has expanded to 120 days. All guests will still need valid admission and a park reservation for the same park on each day of their trip. Until June 15, only California residents visiting in groups no larger than three households may visit. For more advice about Disneyland's reopening, check out our full guide with everything you need to know!
- Last week, we were treated to a complete foodie guide detailing all of the food and drink offerings at Avengers Campus. This week, the full menus with prices were released on the Disneyland website and app. The family-sized Pym-ini is drawing the most attention with its $100 price tag. The sandwich serves six to eight guests — or perhaps just one hungry Hulk! How many froggies will it feed? The wait to find out is nearly over. If you want to tune in to the opening ceremony, Disney Parks Blog will be broadcasting the dedication live from Disney California Adventure at 8:15 p.m. Pacific time (or 11:15 p.m. Eastern time) June 2, 2021.
- Oh, how we've missed our punny Jungle Cruise skippers at Disneyland Park! Not to worry — Jungle Cruise will reopen July 16, 2021, with an updated storyline that welcomes new characters and more puns. Meanwhile, the Jungle Cruise at Magic Kingdom Park in Orlando continues its mirroring refurbishment while remaining in operation. The changes will be completed this summer.
- Ahoy! The Disney Wish is now accepting bookings for its inaugural season in 2022. The maiden voyage sets off for five nights, starting June 9, 2022, with stops in Nassau, Bahamas and Disney's Castaway Cay. From there, the ship will offer three- and four-night itineraries to the same destinations. Learn more about the Disney Wish and all of its enchanting offerings onboard.
- Universal Orlando Resort shared the BEST news of the week: Hot Butterbeer is now available year-round! Previously, the hot Butterbeer option was only available during the winter season. It is now a permanent staple among the cold and frozen Butterbeer versions, as well as the Butterbeer-flavored desserts, including soft-serve ice cream, fudge and potted cream. Check out our Butterbeer guide, so you can find all of these frogtastic Butterbeer options in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!
- Universal Studios Florida has built a strong reputation for its tribute stores, and the newest version does not disappoint. This week, the Jurassic World Tribute Store opened, featuring special merchandise and delicious treats in three unique rooms, themed as the Jurassic World VelociCoaster control room, a raptor paddock and a laboratory.
- Electric Ocean at SeaWorld Orlando begins May 28! The event features dance parties, special shows and fireworks all summer long. Hop to our Electric Ocean guide, and follow us for live updates tonight on our Instagram @themeparkfrog!
That’s it for the theme park news this week! Have a great weekend.