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.
There’s no reason to shiver your way through the holidays this month. Family travelers can escape to Mexico for the season with family-friendly Christmas offerings at Velas Resorts in Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, and beyond.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
As family travelers get ready for the holiday and gift-giving season, this thrilling and unique offer from SkyBridge Michigan at Boyne Mountain Resort should be on all travelers’ radar. The new SkyBridge Michigan Flex Ticket is the perfect experience-style gift for your adventure-loving loved one.
The end of the year is a great time to plan family travels — kids have time off and the holiday season is the perfect time for bonding and making memories. But while there are plenty of destinations known for big New Year’s Eve parties, it can be tough to find just the right spot for a family-friendly trip to celebrate this annual milestone. This year, Door County in Northern Wisconsin offers the perfect solution.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth is a colorful, festive time filled with holiday spirit, a perfect choice for a couples’ getaway to shop without the whole family in tow. It’s worth traveling to this historic seacoast city to be part of the weeks full of twinkling lights, decorated shops and streets, holiday music, theater and merriment, all of which led Portsmouth to be called the Christmas Capital of North America.