7 New Theme Park Rides Opening in 2019

Reeses Cupfusion Ride Hershey Park
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Magical coasters, one-of-a-kind carousels, and spaceships are coming your way! Who’s in?
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Courtesy of Disney California Adventure Park

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Disney California Adventure Park, Anaheim

In this new land—the largest ever created by any Disney park—your family will journey to Batuu, a never-before-seen planet. There are two main attractions: Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run (where some riders get to pilot the ship) and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (the journey takes your family inside a full-size starship). Your crew will also be able to meet Star Wars favorites, like BB-8, Finn, and Chewbacca. Expect Galaxy’s Edge in Anaheim to open on May 31 before Walt Disney World debuts it on August 29.

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Courtesy of Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy

Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Orlando

Your Cars fan will go wild for this elaborate stage show with opportunities to meet the racers (cue, Instagram!). “The last incarnation of that space had places for parents to sit and charge phones, plus snack stands. I'm anticipating something similar,” says Len Testa, author of the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World. Expect it to roll into town on March 31.

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Courtesy of Disneyland Resort’s California Adventure Park

Jessie’s Critter Carousel

Disneyland Resort’s California Adventure Park, Anaheim

Your kids will rope you into taking a spin on the carousel themed after Toy Story’s Jessie the Yodeling Cowgirl and her animal friends. It opens at in the Pixar Pier section—home to other favorites like the Incredicoaster—in April.

Courtesy of Legoland Florida Resort
Courtesy of Legoland Florida Resort

Lego Movie World

Legoland Florida Resort, Winter Haven

Bricksburg, a new land and home of Emmet and friends in The Lego Movie World, features three rides, meet and greets, and a giant playscape inspired by Benny’s spaceship. Your kids will especially love Unikitty’s Disco Drop, which takes riders on a rainbow-filled journey. The new attractions will open on March 27.

Courtesy of Universal Orlando Resort
Courtesy of Universal Orlando Resort

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

Universal Orlando Resort

Attention muggles: This Harry Potter-themed coaster launches on June 13. We call the seat that looks like you’re riding a motorcycle. #Sorrykids

Courtesy of SeaWorld Orlando
Courtesy of SeaWorld Orlando

Sesame Street

SeaWorld Orlando

This park area, opening March 27, will include neighborhood spots like Abby Cadabby’s garden, Big Bird’s nest, and the famous 123 stoop.

Courtesy of Hershey Park
Courtesy of Hershey Park

Reese’s Cupfusion

Hershey Park, Hershey, Pennsylvania

Starting on May 3, you can become a Reese’s agent trainee to help protect a factory from candy invaders. This gaming experience that even engages your sense of smell!

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