From theme park additions to new attraction openings, California invites family travelers to experience its many exciting openings and expansions in 2023.
SUPER NINTENDO WORLD
The highly anticipated SUPER NINTENDO WORLD will open at Universal Studios Hollywood in 2023, making it the first SUPER NINTENDO WORLD in the country. The immersive space transports guests to the world of Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach, with vibrant colors and a groundbreaking ride.
SeaWorld San Diego
SeaWorld San Diego plans to open its newest rollercoaster, Arctic Rescue, in spring 2023. Slated to be the longest and fastest straddle coaster on the West Coast, this family-friendly, multilaunch ride brings guests on a snowmobile, before launching them 40 mph on a snowy adventure.
Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza
The Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza will grace downtown Palm Springs, featuring Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, an outdoor Oasis Trail and Spa at Séc-he. The museum highlights the history, culture and modern times of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.
Disney 100 Years of Wonder
Set to be the largest cross-company global celebration in the history of The Walt Disney Co. at Disneyland Resort, Disney 100 Years of Wonder begins Jan. 27. The celebration includes limited-time offerings, with highlights including two all-new nighttime spectaculars; the opening of the reimagined Mickey’s Toontown; and the return of the “Magic Happens” parade at Disneyland Park.
Museum of Illusions
Museum of Illusions comes to San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter near the end of 2023. The 10,000-square-foot museum includes 3-D holograms, optical illusions, interactive rooms and brain-puzzling exhibits.
Embark on a family journey through The Last Frontier with Celebrity Cruises® and experience an unforgettable luxury vacation in the untouched natural beauty of Alaska. The breathtaking landscape of this pristine wilderness sets the stage for every memorable moment from up-close, awe-inspiring views of glaciers to observing native wildlife, including whales, bears, bald eagles, and moose. This corner of the world offers not only spectacular scenery, but also opportunities to learn about the history and culture of Alaska — from the native people who’ve lived here for centuries to the adventurers seeking their fortunes during the gold rush. No matter which sailing you choose, you’ll journey through the ever-popular Inside Passage — one of the most popular experiences on any Alaska vacation — and visit Hubbard Glacier or Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier.
With much of the country still swathed in winter gloom, Alabama’s Gulf Coast offers a fun beach getaway for family travelers. Contrary to popular belief, Gulf Shores isn’t just white sandy beaches and clear blue skies; it is a hotbed of historical attractions, giving the whole family a vacation to remember.
Spring is right around the corner, making it the perfect time to start planning your 2023 spring family travel. With temperatures rising, the best spring vacations involve camping in the great outdoors. Make this next camping trip the best with these must-have essentials.
United Airlines officially became the only major U.S. airline to own a flight training school with the opening of United Aviate Academy on Jan. 27. The moment was made even more historic with its inaugural class, which is 80 percent women and people of color.
Family travelers can find fun in the Florida sun at Orlando World Center Marriott, the largest Marriott hotel in the world! Here’s a look at what the hotel has to offer: