What new goodies are parks planning for us? This is where to get the lowdown on the new roller coasters, attractions, rides, and shows. Discover the latest and greatest theme park happenings.
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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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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
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
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?
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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.
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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The world's longest inverted coaster is on its way to the Ohio park. The scream machine will feature seven towering inversions.
If you've been on the Tower of Terror at the Disney parks, you know vertical drop rides. Take the Disney ride's height, multiply it roughly by four and then double the speed to give you a sense of the insanity that Six Flags will be unleashing.
Busch Gardens Unleashes Fury in 2014
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At 335 feet, it will be among the tallest drop tower rides in the world. And just to make things even more unsettling, riders will face straight down as they plummet to the ground. Read my preview of Falcon's Fury