As with any New Year, Orlando theme parks are ringing in 2023 with all-new experiences and entertainment.  From new roller coasters and lands to escape rooms inspired by blockbuster films you won’t want for fun and adventure in Orlando in the New Year. Let’s take a closer look at what’s coming to Orlando theme parks in 2023.

Universal Orlando

IllumiNation’s Villain - Con Minion Blast and Minion Land - Those mischievous minions are at it again. This time, they are taking over Production Central and transforming it into Illumination Ave with an officially declared Minion Land. In Summer 2023, the popular ride Despicable Me Minion Mayhem will be joined by a new attraction, Illumination’s Villain-con Minion Blast. The adventure will take gamers into the biggest criminal convention on the planet where they will have a chance to compete against each other to see if they have what it takes to become the newest member of The Vicious 6, a notorious group of supervillains from the hit film, “Minions: The Rise of Gru.” In addition to the ride, the area will also include a new dining location - Minion Cafe.

Universal’s Great Movie Escape at Universal CityWalk - The first-ever escape room experience is coming to Universal’s CityWalk in 2023. Universal’s Great Movie Escape will feature two rooms where brave guests will be immersed in state-of-the-art missions with captivating storytelling and intricately detailed sets. As if that alone wasn’t exciting enough, the rooms will be inspired by Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s blockbuster films Jurassic World and Back to the Future.  

SeaWorld Orlando

Pipeline: The Surf Coaster - SeaWorld Orlando’s 7th roller coaster will wash into the park spring 2023. Pipeline: The Surf Coaster will offer immersive design elements, including a unique surfing launch and “wave jumping” motions, for a one-of-a-kind ocean adventure. 


Pirate River Quest – LEGOLAND Florida is jumping into the New Year with the debut of its newest ride Pirate River Quest. Led by a pirate in search of a lost treasure, the family-friendly treasure hunt ride takes guests on a fun-filled adventure through the uncharted waters of the legendary Cypress Gardens to discover the secrets protecting its canals. 

Busch Gardens Tampa

Serengeti Flyer - Not to be outdone, Busch Gardens Tampa will swing into 2023 with a high-flying thrill ride called Serengeti Flyer. Located in the Nairobi section of the park, the 105-foot-tall pendulum-style swing will be anything but what you find on the local playground. The ride will swing riders to a maximum height of 135 feet and reach speeds of up to 68 mph. Held by lap bars, the swing will take riders beyond horizontal!