2020 was a year we soon won’t forget in the themed entertainment industry. Theme parks worldwide shut down, and some are still closed. The year began strong with some new attractions, and then we got to experience the parks in new and imaginative ways. Here’s a look back at the Top 10 videos from our YouTube channel in 2020!
Editor’s Note: Many of our most popular videos this year were uploaded in past years, but unless noted, these videos represent the top 10 that were posted in 2020.
10. Revenge of the Tooth Fairy – Halloween Horror Nights Lite 2020 Full Walk-Through
Halloween Horror Nights’ 30th anniversary had to be cancelled this year, but Universal Orlando aimed to provide a taste of the event with three houses operated during normal park hours in September and October. Revenge of the Tooth Fairy was a highly-themed haunted house taking you through a pop-up storybook of your worst nightmares – especially if you don’t like the dentist or small demon-looking children.
9. Live from Disney’s Magic Kingdom on the First Re-opening Day
This year, Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World closed for longer than it has ever been in the park’s history. Banks Lee took us on one of his last videos assignments to the re-opening of the park in July, when Magic Kingdom was nearly empty in one of the weirdest times to ever visit the parks. While all three Orlando theme parks were just re-opening, visitors enjoyed incredibly low wait times and wide-open walkways.
8. 360 Degree POV of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
One of the few major openings in 2020 was Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. This attraction replaced The Great Movie Ride and is the first Mickey Mouse-themed ride in the world. This 360-degree video showcases that something is happening in every direction for this unique projection-based attraction.
7. 22 Teddy Bears Take a Ride on Untamed Roller Coaster at Walibi Holland
When the parks were closed, we got to see views we never have before. Zoos and aquariums took animals to meet each other, parks gave inside looks into their operations, and some teddy bears rode a roller coaster in Holland.
6. Looping Slide Fails on the Norwegian Encore Cruise Ship
Viewers on YouTube love a good fail compilation. The Norwegian Encore has a looping water-slide which usually takes riders around a high-speed loop maneuver, but being too small or light could have you not fully make the turn. We made a compilation of those who almost made it.
5. Star Wars Stormtroopers secure Disney Springs with new Social Distancing Measures
Disney Springs was the first area of Walt Disney World to re-open, and there was some speciality entertainment to welcome guests back. Stormtroopers were posted up in the Town Center area of the shopping district, who offered quick lines about masks and social distancing in the banter-style humor that troopers are famous for in the “Star Wars” films.
4. Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast Full Ride-Through at Tokyo Disneyland
Over in Japan, we saw the debut of the Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast attraction at Tokyo Disneyland. This large, trackless dark ride takes guests through the key points of the animated “Beauty and the Beast” film. It also has a beautiful ride entrance with a massive recreation of Beast’s castle as the façade.
3. First Look Inside Super Nintendo World and Bowser’s Castle, Mario Kart Ride
Super Nintendo World was originally supposed to open in Universal Studios Japan this summer alongside the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Because of the worldwide pandemic, however, both events were delayed. While Super Nintendo World doesn’t officially open until Feb. 4, 2021, we were given an early access look into the park.
2. Flying Over Empty Theme Parks – Disney, Universal, SeaWorld shutdown for Coronavirus
When the parks closed down, we had the rare opportunity to fly over and see a sight we hope to never see again. With all three major theme parks in Orlando closed, the areas looked like ghost towns. It was a gloomy and surreal look at what are normally some of the busiest travel destinations on Earth.
1. FULL POV – Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Along with the 360-degree view, viewers also loved the 4K POV of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. This attraction has more hidden Mickeys than any ride on Earth, and is one of the first trackless attractions for Disney in the United States.