What's New

What’s New

One of the most challenging aspects of bringing youth groups to the Disney/Universal area is keeping up with the frequent changes, additions, and closings.  TheGroupHub.com offers a place where this information is always current, and updated monthly.  Check back regularly, and stay up to date with the most exciting and important news.

Fall 2016

Scull Island Reign of Kong

At Universal’s Islands of Adventure™, guests brave the dangers of a wild expedition to a mysterious island. Surrounded by an onslaught of prehistoric predators, their only hope is the most ferocious, awe inspiring ape ever to walk the Earth – King Kong. Skull Island: Reign of Kong™-the multi-sensory, multi-dimensional, colossal new ride for your life.

HULK

The Incredible Hulk’s towering loops—some of the most iconic elements of the Islands of Adventure skyline—were completely disassembled in 2016 and rebuilt from scratch. Now the big green guy has roared back to life with a brand-new track (which follows the same path as the original), trains with flashing lights, and a synchronized sound track composed by Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy. Add in a revamped entryway and queue building with 21st-century aesthetics, plus new special effects in the launch tube, and one of Florida’s best coasters is better than ever.

2017

Avatar

James Cameron’s AVATAR-based land Pandora is set to open in Disney’s Animal Kingdom some time in 2017. The land will be the largest expansion in Animal Kingdom history with floating mountains and bioluminescent plants. The main attraction will be AVATAR Flight of Passage, which will let guests take flight over an alien world aboard a Banshee. A boat ride will take guests through the bioluminescent forest.

Volcano Bay

Live the carefree island life at Universal’s Volcano Bay™. It’s an all-new water theme park like no other filled with thrills, indulgence and rejuvenation. No standing in long lines, wrestling with tubes, or waiting for the fun to begin. It’s a tropical paradise just steps away from everything else Universal Orlando Resort™ has to offer.

Race through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon

Inspired by the popular Tonight Show segment, this upcoming ride “Race through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” will pit you against Jimmy in a wild race through one of the world’s greatest cities – New York City. Opens in 2017. Guests step right into Studio 6B where Jimmy will challenge them. On the adventure, they will twist, turn and laugh as they speed through the streets – and skies – of The Big Apple – encountering everything from iconic landmarks to the deepest subway tunnels – and anything else that comes to Jimmy’s mind.

2018

Fast & Furious:  Supercharged

This new ride will take you on a high-octane adventure into the world of underground racing. You feel every bit of the exhilaration that comes with being part of the “Fast Family” – right alongside your favorite stars from the Fast & Furious films. As your specially designed ride vehicle takes off, every turn accelerates with non-stop action and high-speed excitement on this supercharged thrill ride, arriving at Universal Studios Florida in 2018.

Avatar

James Cameron’s AVATAR-based land Pandora is set to open in Disney’s Animal Kingdom some time in 2017. The land will be the largest expansion in Animal Kingdom history with floating mountains and bioluminescent plants. The main attraction will be AVATAR Flight of Passage, which will let guests take flight over an alien world aboard a Banshee. A boat ride will take guests through the bioluminescent forest.

Yet TBD

Star Wars Land

At 14 acres, Star Wars Land will be the largest land at Disney World. It will transport guests to a never-before-seen planet, with two new attractions based around a secret mission aboard the Millennium Flacon and an epic Star Wars battle. No timetables have been revealed for the creation of the land. Read full details about Star Wars Land

Toy Story

An 11-acre land will rise up around Toy Story Mania, offering a Buzz-sized perspective on Andy’s backyard. Look for oversized building blocks and game board pieces, plus a brand new family coaster aboard the Slinky Dog and an alien saucers spin based on the little green man — and the claw!

Closings:

Disney Quest is closing sometime in 2016 (date is not set at this time) to make way for an NBA-themed attraction.  At this time we do not know what Disney will replace DG with in the PREMIUM ticket, but have been told there will be something offered in its place.

Wet N Wild is closing – Universal Orlando is closing Wet N Wild Dec. 31, 2016.