April Fools' Day Theme Park Pranks

The Best Theme Park April Fools’ Jokes of 2024

April Fools’ Day is the one day of the year when even theme parks get in on the fun. From wild new ride announcements to fake merchandise, parks and other outlets have been pulling out all the stops to prank their guests. Let’s look at some of the best from April 1, 2024…

Universal Orlando’s Epic Universe I-4 Expansion

Universal took a hilarious poke at Orlando’s infamous traffic by announcing a new land in its yet-to-be-opened Epic Universe park that would be situated directly inside the I-4 median. It even featured a portal ride!


Wonderland’s Wonder Mountain Hotel

Canada’s Wonderland promised a unique hotel stay inside their iconic Wonder Mountain artificial landmark.


Six Flags’ Million Dollar Park-Wide Shade

Six Flags Fiesta Texas teased a massive shade structure to cover the entire park for just one million dollars, poking fun at the often brutal heat in Texas.


Holiday World GravyShades Crayon Collection

Holiday World introduced a new GravyShades Crayon Collection that lets you color with “the rich and warm shades of gravy.” Taking the joke to the next level, the park even created a video:


Theme Park Magazine Jokes

April 1 is also huge for Theme Park Magazine, which spends much time creating elaborate pranks. Last year’s prank on Universal Studios opening a dinosaur petting zoo went viral and remains the most-read article ever in Theme Park Magazine. Here’s what Theme Park Magazine did this year:

Epic Universe Unveils Willy Wonka Experience: WonkyVision

Epic Universe announced a new themed experience in its Celestial Land, WonkyVision: The Authentic Experience. The experience tries to recreate the viral Willy’s Chocolate Experience in Glasgow, Scotland, earlier this year.

Willy Wonka's WonkyVision

Guardians of the Galaxy Ride to Close for Galactic Residences

Disneyland Resort has announced that it is closing Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout to make way for a retheming of the building into Disney Vacation Club residences. The residences will maintain a Guardians of the Galaxy theme (complete with elevator thrills) and incorporate the projection systems used at Galactic Starcruiser for the windows.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Do you know of a theme park-related April Fool joke we missed? If so, let us know about it in the comments.


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