10 Exciting Theme Parks That Are Opening in 2021 and Beyond

We can't wait to check out these awesome attractions.

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(SPOT.ph) Whether you're a Disney follower or a Hello Kitty fan, there's always a special theme park somewhere in the world for you. (Huge plus if it's just somewhere in Asia like Hong Kong or Singapore!) With 2020 about to end and fingers crossed a better year coming in, a lot of long-delayed theme parks are finally opening in the next few years.

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Check out these exciting theme parks that are opening in 2021 and beyond:

Super Nintendo World

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Universal Studio Japan, Konohana Ward, Osaka, Japan
www.usj.co.jp/web/en/us/super-nintendo-world
Expected opening: February 4, 2021

Super Nintendo World’s flagship ride, of course, is a rollercoaster reminiscent of Mario Kart called Koopa's Challenge. Augmented-reality technology lets you be fully immersed in the ride while wearing a virtual headset shaped like Mario's red cap. Live out the popular racing game as you zoom your way through the Mushroom Kingdom and try to win against Mario and Luigi. Just like in the game, you also get to power up through mushrooms and collect coins hidden inside boxes marked with a question mark.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Tokyo's The Making of Harry Potter

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Warner Bros. Studios Tour London's The Making of Harry Potter in England
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Toshimaen Amusement Park, Nerima Ward, Tokyo, Japan
www.warnerbros.com/experiences
Expected opening: First half of 2023

Warner Bros. in August confirmed that a Harry Potter theme park is coming to Japan in the "first half of 2023." The plan is reportedly to make it a lot like the Warner Bros. Studios Tour London's The Making of Harry Potter, where you can explore the world of Harry Potter and see how the movie franchise was created by getting to check out costumes and recreated sets, walking up and down Diagon Alley, or handling your own magic wand.

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Studio Ghibli Theme Park

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EXPO Park, Nagakute, Aichi, Japan
Expected opening: Fall 2022

The much-awaited outdoor attraction—the first of its kind for Studio Ghibli—is located on a 200-hectare plot of land within the Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park in Nagakute City. It is be divided into five zones, which are all based on the studio's amazing repertoire of animated films. There's the Hill of Youth, which takes after the 2004 movie Howl's Moving Castle; Ghibli’s Large Warehouse, which is an indoor space for exhibitions, small-film viewing, shops, and restaurants; Mononoke’s Village, which features a replica of Tatara Ba or Iron Town; Valley of Witches, which draws inspiration from the magical world of Kiki's Delivery Service; and Dondoko Forest, which recreates a rural landscape reminiscent of My Neighbor Totoro's setting.

LEGOLAND New York Resort

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420 Harriman Drive, Goshen, New York, United States
www.legoland.com/new-york
Expected opening: Spring 2021

Said to be the largest of the eight global LEGOLAND Parks, LEGOLAND New York is finally set to open in 2021 following delays in its intended launch in July 2020 (because of you-know-what). It boasts 50 rides and attractions spread out across its 500-acre property, a 250-room hotel, and the first-of-its-kind LEGO Factory Adventure. The attraction shows park-goers how every LEGO brick is made, then turned into a miniature model. It also has a Miniland, which has a 19-foot tall Empire State Building made from 97,680 bricks, a 23-foot long Brooklyn Bridge, and a miniature St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Universal Studios Beijing

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Liyuan Town, Tongzhou District, Beijing, China
www.universalbeijingresort.com
Expected opening: Spring 2021

Set to be the third Universal Studios in Asia, Universal Studios Beijing is expected to open in 2021 despite some delays in construction. It is also said to be the largest Universal Studios in the world and about five times bigger than Universal Studios Singapore. The resort has seven zones, which not only showcase some of Universal Studios' film themes, but also reflect China's cultural heritage. Kung Fu Panda Land of Awesomeness, for example, celebrates the beloved movie franchise's setting in ancient China.

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Hasbro-themed Water Park

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Malaysia Tourism City, Kuala Linggi, Malaysia
www.meridianbhd.com.my/project-hasbro.html
Expected opening: 2022

Meridian Berhad and Malaysia's Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture in 2019 signed an agreement to develop a Hasbro-themed water park within the proposed 622-acre Malaysia Tourism City. Get ready to see your favorite Hasbro toys like Monopoly and Play-Doh as reimagined attractions. As of September, the Economic Planning Unit has yet to approve the Malaysia Tourism City initiative worth RM 120 million.

The London Resort

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Swanscombe, Kent, England
londonresort.info
Expected opening: 2024

Touted as "one of the most ambitious theme park projects ever in Europe," The London Resort is a two-park resort with the first gate opening in 2024 and the second opening in 2029. The 535-acre site is set to house six themed-zones: The Studios, a modern-day warehouse showcasing how a blockbuster film is made; The Woods, which follows the theme of our favorite fairy tales and bedtime stories; the Kingdom, an immersive realm of legends that England is known for; the Isles or the land of giant creatures; the Jungle, which explores the ancient ruins of a Mesoamerican civilization; and the Starport, an imagined 23rd-century city. 

It was originally known as London Paramount Entertainment Resort, but was changed to The London Resort after the film company pulled out of the project. It was later announced that the theme park signed a new deal to still have attractions based on Paramount Pictures' films.

Genting SkyWorlds

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Resorts World Genting, Genting Highalnds, Pahang, Malaysia
www.gentingskyworlds.com
Expected opening: Second quarter of 2021

Movie-themed Genting SkyWorlds is set to open within Resorts World Genting, Malaysia’s only casino resort. The project sits on 250 acres of land and is bound to have 25 rides and attractions based on Ice Age, Rio, Life of Pi, Night at the Museum, and more. Genting SkyWorlds was originally named 20th Century Fox World, but was later changed after a deal with 21st Century Fox and The Walt Disney Company.

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