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What's New at Theme Parks and Amusement Parks?

New Roller Coasters, Rides, Attractions and More

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What goodies are parks planning for us? This is where to get the lowdown on new roller coasters, attractions, rides, and shows. Discover the latest and greatest theme park happenings.

Bigger Better Potter- Wizarding World Diagon Alley Now Open

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From the moment that Harry Potter and the gang took up residence at Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure, the response has been nothing short of phenomenal. And since people can't seem to get enough Potter, Universal is doing the logical thing and giving them more with a second expanded area, Diagon Alley, at Universal Studios Florida.

Fairy Tales can Come True at Expanded WDW Fantasyland

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A major expansion at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Florida will more than double the size of Fantasyland. With phases scheduled to open in 2012 and 2014, the land will offer richer, more immersive experiences and will introduce a wider array of characters. Instead of simple meet-and-greets, the new mini-lands will envelop guests in the worlds of Disney's classic films and get them involved in hands-on adventures.

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2014 Will Be a Great Ride

It's another exciting year at theme parks. Wild new roller coasters, cutting-edge attractions, and so much more await park fans in 2014. To help you decide how to plan your park visits, I've compiled all the new developments in a handy-dandy, park-by-park list. Are you ready to ride? Check out the Ride Guide 2014 and find out what's new at amusement parks and theme parks in 2014.

Travel to Pandora at Disney's Animal Kingdom in 2017

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The fanciful world of Pandora, as envisioned by filmmaker James Cameron, will come to life in Avatar land. See what Imagineers have in store, including a ride aboard a the bird-like banshee creatures, floating mountains, and a nighttime boat ride through a jungle of bioluminescent plants.

Roller Coaster Ride Guide 2014

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There will be plenty of new thrill machines to thrill you in 2014, including an intriguing hybrid wood-steel coaster that will throw you for a loop, a small, but potent, woodie that will feature innovative Timberliner trains, and a new-age ride with an old-time name. Learn about these and more in the 2014 new roller coasters guide.

Six Flags Ride Guide 2014

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Record-breaking thrill rides, new coasters, and more will keep the adrenaline pumping at the parks. You'll be able to get soaked, dropped, blasted, and lifted 400 feet to the sky. Learn about all of the new attractions (every park will be getting something) in the guide to what's new at Six Flags parks in 2014.

Water Parks Slide Guide 2014

Check out all of the new rides, and other attractions, such as the the world's tallest water slide, coming to water parks this season. There are even entire new parks, including outdoor and indoor ones, that will be opening.

Goliath Coaster to Break Records at Six Flags Great America in 2014. Or Will It?

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The Six Flags hype machine says that Goliath will be the worlds' tallest, fastest, and steepest wooden coaster. It certainly looks to be one heckuva wonderful ride. But it it really a wooden coaster? And can it lay claim to the records?

Florida Coaster to Soar to New Heights- World's Tallest!

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A 520-foot tall coaster -- the world's tallest -- is on its way to Florida. Look for the Polercoaster to open in 2016.

Dolly Parton Has Two Big Things to Promote in 2014 and 2015

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The first two phases of Dollywood's 10-year, $300-million expansion, will welcome a dual-launch family roller coaster, FireChaser Express, in 2014 and a 300-room hotel, Dollywood's DreamMore Resort, in 2015. It's all part of the park's plan to transform into a multi-dfay destination resort.
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