OPINION: Students can find fun at theme parks this summer

C/N Ivana Amaral


By Kelly Vasquez

The spring semester is coming to a close with summer just around the corner.

It’s time to unwind after all of the hard work we’ve put into school.

What better way to do that than to discover new and immersive adventures at Southern California theme parks.

There are some big things opening this summer that have been long anticipated.

The exciting and groundbreaking new attraction at the Disneyland Resort, “Stars Wars:” Galaxy’s Edge starts welcoming its first guests May 31.

This new addition to Disneyland is expected to be the most immersive yet.

The planet Batuu has been on the edge of the galaxy hidden for years, but has many exciting things to offer such as attractions, food and shopping.

There will be two attractions in Galaxy’s Edge, Millenium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Rise of the Resistance.

Smugglers Run will open with the attraction and Rise of the Resistance will open on a later date.

Smugglers Run will have guests pilot the Millennium Falcon through the galaxy helping the space pirate Hondo.

For food, there will be a cantina featuring old star tours pilot Rex and food items such as blue milk and alcoholic beverages.

This marks the first time in history that Disneyland will be selling alcoholic beverages to guests since  alcohol is only sold at Disney California Adventure.

New shopping experiences include Saavi’s workshop where guests will be able to build their own lightsaber and the Droid depot where guests can build their own droid with a personality.

The droids are also Bluetooth enabled. From May 31 to June 22, the land will be accessible by reservations only. Once June 23 hits, it will be open, no reservation required.

Another exciting offering this summer will be the new “Jurassic World” ride at Universal Studios Hollywood. The iconic “Jurassic Park” ride closed last September and was in dire need of an update.

With the success of the new “Jurassic World” franchise, it only seemed fitting to center the new attraction around it while also updating the technology on the ride.

The attraction will be a water boat experience like it’s predecessor, but will feature new animatronics along with the new technology in screens making it more immersive than before.

The ride does not have an opening date yet, but keep your eyes peeled.

Students have plenty of options this summer to check out.

They can fly to Batuu and feel the force at Galaxy’s Edge or escape from the giant Indominus Rex at the new “Jurassic World” ride.

Either way, students will have fun and get the much deserved break they need.

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