Awesome New Theme Park Rides Worth the Pricey Admission

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Slide 1 of 21: There’s nothing quite like a trip to the amusement park. You get out in the sunshine with the family, you pig out on all the delicious deep fried foods your doctor keeps warning you about, and you take pictures with the mascots who are roasting inside their costumes as they silently curse you for it. There’s one thing that tops all of those things, though: You get to experience all the new roller coasters and exciting rides the park has to offer.
From hybrid-designed water coasters to pendulums that swing you more than 10 stories high, there’s a lot to look forward to in 2019. There’s truly something for everyone — including those who want to make sure they get a lot of bang for their buck. Here are the newest rides at your favorite theme parks that are totally worth the money.
Slide 2 of 21: Location: Winter Haven, Florida
Admission price: $80.99+
Ride opening: March 27, 2019
If you and your little ones are fans of “The Lego Movie,” you’ll love Legoland’s newly opened area, The Lego Movie World, in which Bricksburg and all of its colorful characters are brought to life. The area offers mascot photo ops, unique dining experiences, shops and some of the best theme park rides around.
Help save the city from Duplo alien invaders on the water ride Battle of Bricksburg. You’ll spray the Lego-stealing aliens with your water gun in order to save the day. Then, head over to The Masters of Flight to soar on Emmet’s Triple Decker Couch through Cloud Cuckoo Land, Middle Zealand and Pirate’s Cove. Guests are suspended under a full-dome virtual screen that gives the realistic sensation of flying. The Lego Movie World has these and other fun, new theme park rides that make admission well worth the cost.
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Slide 3 of 21: Location: Orlando, Florida
Admission price: $109+
Ride opening: March 31, 2019
With the price of admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you get access to some incredible rides, one of which is the new Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy. The ride is great for all ages, including small children, as well as park-goers with disabilities — wheelchairs can board the ride and guests can stay in their chair for the duration.
The ride itself centers on none other than the star of the “Cars” films, Lightning McQueen. With friends Cruz Ramirez and Tow Mater cheering him on, McQueen burns rubber in this first-of-its-kind racing simulator with a wraparound screen. When obstacles get in the way, McQueen must get back on course, so you’re in for a bumpy ride.
As an added bonus, there’s a photo opportunity just outside the Academy with racing instructor Ramirez.
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Slide 4 of 21: Location: Denver
Admission price: $59.99
Ride opening: April 2019 (season pass holders can access the ride first, starting April 13, 2019)
Ready for a wild ride? Look no further than Elitch Gardens’ new mind-bending dark ride, Meow Wolf’s Kaleidoscape. Filled with creative — some might say, unsettling — sculptures in neon colors, this art installation from Santa Fe creative group Meow Wolf is unlike anything you’ve seen before. The park’s site describes the venture as an “intriguing attraction,” and videos of the ride certainly back that statement up.
Head over to the park’s site, where they are offering tickets at just $39.99 for a limited time.
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Slide 5 of 21: Location: Anaheim, California
Admission price: $104+
Ride opening: April 2019
Jessie’s Critter Carousel is inspired by the fictional TV show mentioned in “Toy Story 2,” “Woody’s Roundup,” on which Woody, Jessie, and Bullseye starred. Kids choose from a variety of cute woodland critters and take a whimsical spin while Jessie “the Yodeling Cowgirl” cheers them on. The carousel, part of California Adventure’s Paradise Pier, is perfect for small children who might not be ready — or tall enough — for certain thrill rides.
Given that you get to explore the rest of the park in addition to the carousel, the price of admission could be well worth it.
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Slide 6 of 21: Location: Anaheim, California
Admission price: $104+
Ride opening: May 31, 2019
Since it was announced on Aug. 15, 2015, fans have eagerly awaited the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, a land inspired by George Lucas’ iconic sci-fi film series. The area promises a hangar bay filled with galactic treats, a realistic cantina, several exciting shops — including one that sells porgs, everyone’s favorite bird creature — and, of course, the famous Millennium Falcon.
When you’re ready for an adventure, board Han Solo’s signature ship for your very own hyperspace smuggling mission. Not sure you can hack it as a crewmember aboard the fastest ship in the galaxy? Don’t worry, skilled pirate Hondo Ohnaka will help you out along the way. Fortunately, he isn’t picky when it comes to his crew’s previous smuggling experience — or lack thereof.
Given the fact that you get to hop into a world beloved by all since the ’70s, the price is definitely worth it. Just bear in mind that reservations are required for visits between May 31, 2019, and June 23, 2019, and access may be limited based on guest demand.
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Slide 7 of 21: Location: Tampa, Florida
Admission price: $104.99+
Ride opening: Spring 2019
Florida’s tallest launch coaster, Tigris, is a thrill-seeker’s dream and one of the most anxiously awaited new roller coasters of 2019. It offers a 150-foot skyward surge, backward motion, steep drops and more intense movement — all at more than 60 miles per hour. The coaster isn’t just about the thrills, however; it has heart, too. The ride is an ode to the agility and beauty of tigers, and the line will fittingly feature educational content about tigers in the wild and the dangers they face. Further, 5 percent of sales at the Tigris gift shop will be donated to the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund to protect tigers and their native habitat.
What’s more, the park’s site is offering a $35 discount for a limited time if you book your single-park ticket online.
Slide 8 of 21: Location: Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Admission price: $74
Ride opening: Spring 2019
Wildwood Grove is the newest and biggest expansion yet for Dollywood, Dolly Parton’s theme park in the Smoky Mountains. The land features many exciting new amusement park rides, including a suspended rollercoaster called The Dragonflier. The ride mimics the spontaneous, unpredictable flight pattern of a dragonfly, making it an exhilarating escapade. You can also catch the Mad Mockingbird, a swing-like ride, a secret play area known as the Hidden Hollow and much more.
Whether you’re a Dolly fan or not, you’ll likely be a fan of her theme park. The $74 is a great value given this expansion.
Slide 9 of 21: Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Admission price: $45+
Ride opening: Spring 2019
The Copperhead Strike, the Carolinas’ first double-launch coaster — meaning, you take off once at high speeds and then get a second thrust of acceleration halfway through the ride — is a heart-racing thrill ride with a creative backstory. You begin in the rusted, backwoods farm of local celebrity Granny Byrd. While nosing around, you discover her dark secret: her famous, award-winning jam isn’t jam at all — it’s illegal snake venom! Old Byrd screeches at you to get out, a gun is cocked and, just like that, you’re off on your escape vehicle: the Copperhead Strike. Can you race over 3,255 feet of steel to safety?
The fact that this kind of coaster is new to the state makes it worth the cost to get in — riding it is like being a part of history.
Slide 10 of 21: Location: Bowie, Maryland
Admission price: $70.99
Ride opening: Spring 2019
Featuring a nine-story drop, a loop, corkscrew inversions, and a figure-eight finale, Six Flags America’s FIREBIRD is not for the faint of heart. The ride is Swiss-engineered and features open seats with no floors, so riders’ feet dangle above the rail. The half-mile-long coaster is also an incredibly smooth ride, making it easy for thrill-seekers to ride again and again.
Check out the park’s site right now to buy your tickets online at a discounted $50.99.
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Slide 11 of 21: Location: Williamsburg, Virginia
Admission price: $84.99
Ride opening: Spring 2019
The Cutback Water Coaster is a roughly 850-foot slide with steep angles and a cutting edge hybrid design. It combines a water jet propulsion system with a saucer feature, the first of its kind in Virginia. If you’re game, board a four-person raft and zip through tunnels and swirl into five open, saucer-shaped areas for a dizzying adventure.
By buying your one-day ticket online, you can take advantage of a $10 discount the park is offering. The fact that this is the only ride like it in Virginia makes the admission price reasonable, especially when factoring in a discount.
Slide 12 of 21: Location: Arlington, Texas
Admission price: $82.99
Ride opening: Spring 2019
The Lone Star Revolution definitely lives up to its name. It is the world’s largest looping roller coaster, standing 100 feet tall and boasting multiple 360-degree revolutions. Its unique face-to-face design ensures that your family will be screaming into each other’s faces the entire time. Just try not to be sick, as the face-to-face feature might make for an awkward car ride home.
The park is currently offering one-day tickets at a discounted $64.99 if you buy online, making the tickets a real bargain.
Slide 13 of 21: Location: Eureka, Missouri
Admission price: $68.99
Ride opening: Spring 2019
Want to fly through the air like a superhero? Now you can, with the SUPERGIRL wheel of wonder at Six Flags St. Louis. The ride’s open-air cars leave riders’ feet dangling, as the wheel spins horizontally and then rises, turns and spins vertically. All told, it spins more than 67 feet into the air at 25 miles per hour.
The price makes sense, especially when you consider that you can get your ticket for as low as $43.99 when you book online through the park’s site.
Slide 14 of 21: Location: Austell, Georgia
Admission price: $71.99
Ride opening: Late Spring 2019
Reaching speeds up to 70 miles per hour, Pandemonium is a swinging pendulum thrill ride like no other. Riders swing back and forth while simultaneously being rotated counterclockwise, eventually soaring nearly 150 feet into the air. The experience is arguably even better at night when the entire ride is lit up and you swing high above the twinkling lights of the Atlanta city skyline.
Be sure to check out the new ScreamPunk district surrounding the ride, too. The area promises new themed shopping and dining opportunities. You can currently get your ticket online for a discount — and completely worth it — at $51.99.
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Slide 15 of 21: Location: San Antonio
Admission price: $82.99
Ride opening: Early Summer 2019
The Joker in Six Flags Fiesta Texas is like the big brother of Georgia’s Pandemonium ride. Whereas the latter reaches 70 miles per hour and nearly 15 stories into the air, the former kicks things up a notch and goes 75 and 17, respectively. It’s only fitting that a DC Joker-themed ride is as insane as possible. Those intense speeds and heights make it the tallest ride of its kind in the world and the fastest ride in the park’s history.
Normally about $82.99, you can gain entrance into the park for as low as $62.99 if you book online.
Slide 16 of 21: Location: Orlando, Florida
Admission price: $110+
Ride opening: June 13, 2019
On March 12, 2019, J.K. Rowling’s site Pottermore described Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure as “a bit more complex than just strapping yourself into a rollercoaster.” Indeed, Universal’s newly released video reveals that the ride is an immersive, story-telling experience brought to life by art director Alan Gilmore, who worked on the Harry Potter films.
Hop aboard an enchanted motorbike just like Hagrid’s, and whiz through Hogwarts’ infamous forbidden forest, replete with over 1,000 live trees. As you take twists and turns — and even go backward — at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour, you’ll discover some of the rarest magical creatures from the Harry Potter movies — as well as a surprise creature Universal is currently keeping under wraps.
For Harry Potter fans, this ride is absolutely worth the price of admission. It’s like you’ve flown straight into the wizarding world.
Slide 17 of 21: Location: Hershey, Pennsylvania
Admission price: $68.95
Ride opening: Summer 2019
Do you have a hankering for candy — and justice? Well, then gaming, dark ride Reese’s Cupfusion is the right ride for you. Led by head of security Commander Cup, you and your partner will protect Reese’s Central and its coveted Crystal Cup with state-of-the-art amplifiers. Blast lasers at would-be thieves Mint the Merciless and his League of Misfit Candy, and unlock extra points to land yourself in the Hall of Fame as a Reese’s Legend.
You can currently save over 40 percent by booking online, but the deal ends March 31, 2019. Be sure to take advantage; that’s an excellent value for all the candy-coated fun you get to enjoy.
Slide 18 of 21: Location: Buena Park, California
Admission price: $46+
Ride opening: Summer 2019
Knott’s Berry Farm’s beloved BigFoot Rapids is getting a major overhaul this summer, and it promises to be a doozy. Calico River Rapids will feature “new animatronics, themed show scenes, a new story overlay and plenty of dynamic water effects” according to the park’s site. This includes dynamite stations where guests walking by can push down on a detonator and spray riders with water. So, if someone in the family doesn’t feel like riding, they can still get in on the fun.
Nearby Disneyland is known for its pricey tickets, so if you’re looking to save a few bucks and still have a great time, Knott’s is the perfect place. A one-day ticket is a great value, as it gives you access to about 40 different amusement park rides.
Slide 19 of 21: Location: Orlando, Florida
Admission price: $109+
Ride opening: Aug. 29, 2019
Don’t worry, Orlando, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is also coming to you, you just have to wait until Aug. 29, 2019 to enjoy it. By buying tickets to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you’ll gain access to an all-new land filled with a droid-building depot, a shop where you can make your own customized light saber, a stand that sells Luke Skywalker’s favorite blue or green milk and much more.
Take on a role — pilot, engineer or gunner — aboard the Millennium Falcon and get ready for your first smuggling mission. It’s up to you to get a backlog of rare items to Ohnaka’s very particular clientele. Whether you succeed or fail is up to you, but you don’t want to let these customers down.
Note that access to this land is anticipated to be limited based on guest demand. They’re anticipating huge crowds, so it’s safe to assume this land will be worth the price of admission.
Slide 20 of 21: Location: Orlando, Florida
Admission price: $109+
Ride Opening: Fall 2019
The new Disney Skyliner gondola system is a magical way to get from place to place, offering breathtaking views of the parks and surrounding areas. It connects Disney’s Hollywood Studios to International Gateway at Epcot and stops at four of Disney’s hotels, as well as several dining locations. A select number of gondolas are decorated with Disney characters and other film characters, too, making it a surprise as to which one you’ll get.
The all-new system, in addition to the other amazing rides you’ll get to experience at the parks, makes the price of admission worth it.
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Slide 21 of 21: Location: Orlando, Florida
Admission price: $109+
Ride opening: Fall 2019
Despite Mickey Mouse being synonymous with Disney, the little cartoon mouse has never had a ride of his own. Fortunately, that’s all about to change. The Hollywood Studios ride starts with a new cartoon of Mickey and his long-time sweetheart, Minnie, as they head off for a picnic. They spot Goofy, who is acting as the engineer of a locomotive. Just a short second later, riders are transported onto Goofy’s train for a predictably wild ride.
Disney describes the ride as a “zany, out-of-control adventure filled with surprising twists and turns.” The park is also introducing a revolutionary format: 2 1/2-D — no glasses needed.
Since the ride is the first of its kind, admission is definitely worth the price.
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There’s nothing quite like a trip to the amusement park. You get out in the sunshine with the family, you pig out on all the delicious deep fried foods your doctor keeps warning you about, and you take pictures with the mascots who are roasting inside their costumes as they silently curse you for it. There’s one thing that tops all of those things, though: You get to experience all the new roller coasters and exciting rides the park has to offer.

From hybrid-designed water coasters to pendulums that swing you more than 10 stories high, there’s a lot to look forward to in 2019. There’s truly something for everyone — including those who want to make sure they get a lot of bang for their buck. 

Battle of Bricksburg, The Lego Movie Masters of Flight and More at Legoland Florida Resort

Location: Winter Haven, Florida
Admission price: $80.99+
Ride opening: March 27, 2019

If you and your little ones are fans of “The Lego Movie,” you’ll love Legoland’s newly opened area, The Lego Movie World, in which Bricksburg and all of its colorful characters are brought to life. The area offers mascot photo ops, unique dining experiences, shops and some of the best theme park rides around.

Help save the city from Duplo alien invaders on the water ride Battle of Bricksburg. You’ll spray the Lego-stealing aliens with your water gun in order to save the day. Then, head over to The Masters of Flight to soar on Emmet’s Triple Decker Couch through Cloud Cuckoo Land, Middle Zealand and Pirate’s Cove. Guests are suspended under a full-dome virtual screen that gives the realistic sensation of flying. The Lego Movie World has these and other fun, new theme park rides that make admission well worth the cost.

Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy at Walt Disney World Resort

Location: Orlando, Florida
Admission price: $109+
Ride opening: March 31, 2019

With the price of admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you get access to some incredible rides, one of which is the new Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy. The ride is great for all ages, including small children, as well as park-goers with disabilities — wheelchairs can board the ride and guests can stay in their chair for the duration.

The ride itself centers on none other than the star of the “Cars” films, Lightning McQueen. With friends Cruz Ramirez and Tow Mater cheering him on, McQueen burns rubber in this first-of-its-kind racing simulator with a wraparound screen. When obstacles get in the way, McQueen must get back on course, so you’re in for a bumpy ride.

As an added bonus, there’s a photo opportunity just outside the Academy with racing instructor Ramirez.

Meow Wolf’s Kaleidoscape, Elitch Gardens

Location: Denver
Admission price: $59.99
Ride opening: April 2019 (season pass holders can access the ride first, starting April 13, 2019)

Ready for a wild ride? Look no further than Elitch Gardens’ new mind-bending dark ride, Meow Wolf’s Kaleidoscape. Filled with creative — some might say, unsettling — sculptures in neon colors, this art installation from Santa Fe creative group Meow Wolf is unlike anything you’ve seen before. The park’s site describes the venture as an “intriguing attraction,” and videos of the ride certainly back that statement up.

Head over to the park’s site, where they are offering tickets at just $39.99 for a limited time.

Jessie’s Critter Carousel at Disneyland Park

Location: Anaheim, California
Admission price: $104+
Ride opening: April 2019

Jessie’s Critter Carousel is inspired by the fictional TV show mentioned in “Toy Story 2,” “Woody’s Roundup,” on which Woody, Jessie, and Bullseye starred. Kids choose from a variety of cute woodland critters and take a whimsical spin while Jessie “the Yodeling Cowgirl” cheers them on. The carousel, part of California Adventure’s Paradise Pier, is perfect for small children who might not be ready — or tall enough — for certain thrill rides.

Given that you get to explore the rest of the park in addition to the carousel, the price of admission could be well worth it.

Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run at Disneyland Park

Location: Anaheim, California
Admission price: $104+
Ride opening: May 31, 2019

Since it was announced on Aug. 15, 2015, fans have eagerly awaited the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, a land inspired by George Lucas’ iconic sci-fi film series. The area promises a hangar bay filled with galactic treats, a realistic cantina, several exciting shops — including one that sells porgs, everyone’s favorite bird creature — and, of course, the famous Millennium Falcon.

When you’re ready for an adventure, board Han Solo’s signature ship for your very own hyperspace smuggling mission. Not sure you can hack it as a crew member aboard the fastest ship in the galaxy? Don’t worry, skilled pirate Hondo Ohnaka will help you out along the way. Fortunately, he isn’t picky when it comes to his crew’s previous smuggling experience — or lack thereof.

Given the fact that you get to hop into a world beloved by all since the ’70s, the price is definitely worth it. Just bear in mind that reservations are required for visits between May 31, 2019, and June 23, 2019, and access may be limited based on guest demand.

Tigris at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Location: Tampa, Florida
Admission price: $104.99+
Ride opening: Spring 2019

Florida’s tallest launch coaster, Tigris, is a thrill-seeker’s dream and one of the most anxiously awaited new roller coasters of 2019. It offers a 150-foot skyward surge, backward motion, steep drops and more intense movement — all at more than 60 miles per hour. The coaster isn’t just about the thrills, however; it has heart, too. The ride is an ode to the agility and beauty of tigers, and the line will fittingly feature educational content about tigers in the wild and the dangers they face. Further, 5 percent of sales at the Tigris gift shop will be donated to the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund to protect tigers and their native habitat.

What’s more, the park’s site is offering a $35 discount for a limited time if you book your single-park ticket online.

The Dragonflier, Mad Mockingbird and More at Dollywood

Location: Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Admission price: $74
Ride opening: Spring 2019

Wildwood Grove is the newest and biggest expansion yet for Dollywood, Dolly Parton’s theme park in the Smoky Mountains. The land features many exciting new amusement park rides, including a suspended rollercoaster called The Dragonflier. The ride mimics the spontaneous, unpredictable flight pattern of a dragonfly, making it an exhilarating escapade. You can also catch the Mad Mockingbird, a swing-like ride, a secret play area known as the Hidden Hollow and much more.

Whether you’re a Dolly fan or not, you’ll likely be a fan of her theme park. The $74 is a great value given this expansion.

Copperhead Strike at Carowinds

Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Admission price: $45+
Ride opening: Spring 2019

The Copperhead Strike, the Carolinas’ first double-launch coaster — meaning, you take off once at high speeds and then get a second thrust of acceleration halfway through the ride — is a heart-racing thrill ride with a creative backstory. You begin in the rusted, backwoods farm of local celebrity Granny Byrd. While nosing around, you discover her dark secret: her famous, award-winning jam isn’t jam at all — it’s illegal snake venom! Old Byrd screeches at you to get out, a gun is cocked and, just like that, you’re off on your escape vehicle: the Copperhead Strike. Can you race over 3,255 feet of steel to safety?

The fact that this kind of coaster is new to the state makes it worth the cost to get in — riding it is like being a part of history.

FIREBIRD Coaster at Six Flags America

Location: Bowie, Maryland
Admission price: $70.99
Ride opening: Spring 2019

Featuring a nine-story drop, a loop, corkscrew inversions, and a figure-eight finale, Six Flags America’s FIREBIRD is not for the faint of heart. The ride is Swiss-engineered and features open seats with no floors, so riders’ feet dangle above the rail. The half-mile-long coaster is also an incredibly smooth ride, making it easy for thrill-seekers to ride again and again.

Check out the park’s site right now to buy your tickets online at a discounted $50.99.

Cutback Water Coaster at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Location: Williamsburg, Virginia
Admission price: $84.99
Ride opening: Spring 2019

The Cutback Water Coaster is a roughly 850-foot slide with steep angles and a cutting edge hybrid design. It combines a water jet propulsion system with a saucer feature, the first of its kind in Virginia. If you’re game, board a four-person raft and zip through tunnels and swirl into five open, saucer-shaped areas for a dizzying adventure.

By buying your one-day ticket online, you can take advantage of a $10 discount the park is offering. The fact that this is the only ride like it in Virginia makes the admission price reasonable, especially when factoring in a discount.

Lone Star Revolution at Six Flags Texas

Location: Arlington, Texas
Admission price: $82.99
Ride opening: Spring 2019

The Lone Star Revolution definitely lives up to its name. It is the world’s largest looping roller coaster, standing 100 feet tall and boasting multiple 360-degree revolutions. Its unique face-to-face design ensures that your family will be screaming into each other’s faces the entire time. Just try not to be sick, as the face-to-face feature might make for an awkward car ride home.

The park is currently offering one-day tickets at a discounted $64.99 if you buy online, making the tickets a real bargain.

SUPERGIRL at Six Flags St. Louis

Location: Eureka, Missouri
Admission price: $68.99
Ride opening: Spring 2019

Want to fly through the air like a superhero? Now you can, with the SUPERGIRL wheel of wonder at Six Flags St. Louis. The ride’s open-air cars leave riders’ feet dangling, as the wheel spins horizontally and then rises, turns and spins vertically. All told, it spins more than 67 feet into the air at 25 miles per hour.

The price makes sense, especially when you consider that you can get your ticket for as low as $43.99 when you book online through the park’s site.

Pandemonium at Six Flags Georgia

Location: Austell, Georgia
Admission price: $71.99
Ride opening: Late Spring 2019

Reaching speeds up to 70 miles per hour, Pandemonium is a swinging pendulum thrill ride like no other. Riders swing back and forth while simultaneously being rotated counterclockwise, eventually soaring nearly 150 feet into the air. The experience is arguably even better at night when the entire ride is lit up and you swing high above the twinkling lights of the Atlanta city skyline.

Be sure to check out the new ScreamPunk district surrounding the ride, too. The area promises new themed shopping and dining opportunities. You can currently get your ticket online for a discount — and completely worth it — at $51.99.

The Joker: Carnival of Chaos at Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Location: San Antonio
Admission price: $82.99
Ride opening: Early Summer 2019

The Joker in Six Flags Fiesta Texas is like the big brother of Georgia’s Pandemonium ride. Whereas the latter reaches 70 miles per hour and nearly 15 stories into the air, the former kicks things up a notch and goes 75 and 17, respectively. It’s only fitting that a DC Joker-themed ride is as insane as possible. Those intense speeds and heights make it the tallest ride of its kind in the world and the fastest ride in the park’s history.

Normally about $82.99, you can gain entrance into the park for as low as $62.99 if you book online.

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure at Universal Orlando Resort

Location: Orlando, Florida
Admission price: $110+
Ride opening: June 13, 2019

On March 12, 2019, J.K. Rowling’s site Pottermore described Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure as “a bit more complex than just strapping yourself into a rollercoaster.” Indeed, Universal’s newly released video reveals that the ride is an immersive, story-telling experience brought to life by art director Alan Gilmore, who worked on the Harry Potter films.

Hop aboard an enchanted motorbike just like Hagrid’s, and whiz through Hogwarts’ infamous forbidden forest, replete with over 1,000 live trees. As you take twists and turns — and even go backward — at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour, you’ll discover some of the rarest magical creatures from the Harry Potter movies — as well as a surprise creature Universal is currently keeping under wraps.

For Harry Potter fans, this ride is absolutely worth the price of admission. It’s like you’ve flown straight into the wizarding world.

Reese’s Cupfusion at Hersheypark

Location: Hershey, Pennsylvania
Admission price: $68.95
Ride opening: Summer 2019

Do you have a hankering for candy — and justice? Well, then gaming, dark ride Reese’s Cupfusion is the right ride for you. Led by head of security Commander Cup, you and your partner will protect Reese’s Central and its coveted Crystal Cup with state-of-the-art amplifiers. Blast lasers at would-be thieves Mint the Merciless and his League of Misfit Candy, and unlock extra points to land yourself in the Hall of Fame as a Reese’s Legend.

You can currently save over 40 percent by booking online, but the deal ends March 31, 2019. Be sure to take advantage; that’s an excellent value for all the candy-coated fun you get to enjoy.

Calico River Rapids at Knott’s Berry Farm

Location: Buena Park, California
Admission price: $46+
Ride opening: Summer 2019

Knott’s Berry Farm’s beloved BigFoot Rapids is getting a major overhaul this summer, and it promises to be a doozy. Calico River Rapids will feature “new animatronics, themed show scenes, a new story overlay and plenty of dynamic water effects” according to the park’s site. This includes dynamite stations where guests walking by can push down on a detonator and spray riders with water. So, if someone in the family doesn’t feel like riding, they can still get in on the fun.

Nearby Disneyland is known for its pricey tickets, so if you’re looking to save a few bucks and still have a great time, Knott’s is the perfect place. A one-day ticket is a great value, as it gives you access to about 40 different amusement park rides.

Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run at Walt Disney World Resort

Location: Orlando, Florida
Admission price: $109+
Ride opening: Aug. 29, 2019

Don’t worry, Orlando, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is also coming to you, you just have to wait until Aug. 29, 2019 to enjoy it. By buying tickets to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you’ll gain access to an all-new land filled with a droid-building depot, a shop where you can make your own customized light saber, a stand that sells Luke Skywalker’s favorite blue or green milk and much more.

Take on a role — pilot, engineer or gunner — aboard the Millennium Falcon and get ready for your first smuggling mission. It’s up to you to get a backlog of rare items to Ohnaka’s very particular clientele. Whether you succeed or fail is up to you, but you don’t want to let these customers down.

Note that access to this land is anticipated to be limited based on guest demand. They’re anticipating huge crowds, so it’s safe to assume this land will be worth the price of admission.

Disney Skyliner at Walt Disney World Resort

Location: Orlando, Florida
Admission price: $109+
Ride Opening: Fall 2019

The new Disney Skyliner gondola system is a magical way to get from place to place, offering breathtaking views of the parks and surrounding areas. It connects Disney’s Hollywood Studios to International Gateway at Epcot and stops at four of Disney’s hotels, as well as several dining locations. A select number of gondolas are decorated with Disney characters and other film characters, too, making it a surprise as to which one you’ll get.

The all-new system, in addition to the other amazing rides you’ll get to experience at the parks, makes the price of admission worth it.

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Walt Disney World Resort

Location: Orlando, Florida
Admission price: $109+
Ride opening: Fall 2019

Despite Mickey Mouse being synonymous with Disney, the little cartoon mouse has never had a ride of his own. Fortunately, that’s all about to change. The Hollywood Studios ride starts with a new cartoon of Mickey and his long-time sweetheart, Minnie, as they head off for a picnic. They spot Goofy, who is acting as the engineer of a locomotive. Just a short second later, riders are transported onto Goofy’s train for a predictably wild ride.

Disney describes the ride as a “zany, out-of-control adventure filled with surprising twists and turns.” The park is also introducing a revolutionary format: 2 1/2-D — no glasses needed.

Since the ride is the first of its kind, admission is definitely worth the price.

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