The centerpiece attraction at the Fantasyland Expansion in Disney World's Magic Kingdom will finally be completed when the Seven Dwarves Mine Coaster opens in the spring of 2014. A few weeks later, muggles will be able to visit London locales from the Harry Potter mythology when Diagon Alley opens at Universal Studios Florida. These and other new rides and developments are arranged alphabetically by park in the Florida Ride Guide.
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Florida Ride Guide 2014
The seats on the audacious free fall ride will rise up a 335-foot tower, tilt 90 degrees so that passengers will be facing straight down, and plummet back to earth at a gut-wrenching 60 mph. Read more about Falcon's Fury.
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The real big Potter news will be at Universal Studios Florida, where the new Diagon Alley will open in 2014 (see below). But, in an utterly audacious development, Universal Orlando will be debuting a train that will transport guests back and forth between the two Wizarding World of Harry Potter lands. The Hogsmeade terminus will be at Islands of Adventure.
Now open! Read my full review of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
Heigh ho! The highly anticipated dark ride/coaster E-ticket attraction will bring enchantment and mild thrills to New Fantasyland. Also, a new Festival of Fantasy Parade, which will include floats themed to Frozen and Brave and a 35-foot-tall Mickey's Airship, will debut in the spring. Read more about the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
Read more about New Fantasyland and the features that have opened over the last couple of years:
Pottermania continues with the opening of the new land which will feature a cutting-edge dark ride and coaster based on Gringott's Wizarding Bank. There will also be a Leaky Cauldron restaurant, shops, and the Hogwarts Express train, which will also be an attraction in itself, to transport visitors between the two Wizarding Worlds at Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida. Read more about Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley.
The ultra-sophisticated advance planning and guest management program, which includes FastPass+, My Disney Experience, and MagicBands was supposed to have rolled out last year, but some glitches during testing have delayed it. Look for a resort-wide debut in 2014. The best MyMagic+ tips. Read more about MyMagic+.
The Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts will be featuring Show Your Disney Side throughout 2014. Visitors will be encouraged to display their "Disney side" photos and more through social media.