X No Thanks

New Rides Coming to Orlando

by Travelbag on 19 March 2015, 09:03AM

Orlando is synonymous with theme parks and getting an adrenaline rush is the main draw for the hundreds of thousands of yearly visitors. In 2014, Universal Studios opened the second Harry Potter land with Diagon Alley, while the Magic Kingdom brought us the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride.

It looks like 2015 will be much quieter across Florida with only the Orlando Eye observation wheel scheduled to be opened this year. That will be found on International Drive and give you the chance of enjoying a bird’s-eye view of the city, its landmarks and, of course, the theme parks.

The small seaside parks in Panama City Beach will be opening two roller coasters: the Hurricane at the Race City centre and Starliner which is a wooden coaster that looks like the original that ran at Miracle Strip Pier Park from 1963 to 2004. Elsewhere, Legoland Florida is also opening its own 152 themed room hotel in 2015 where guests can overlook Lake Eloise from their bed before enjoying the park.

While this may be a quiet year for the larger theme parks in Orlando, there will be some new rides gracing the big names in the coming years.

Pandora: Avatar Land – Disney’s Animal Kingdom

This is currently under construction, having been announced a few years ago, with a world based on the alien planet of Pandora scheduled to open in 2017. The hit 3D movie was a firm favourite across the world and is the perfect addition to this exceptional theme park.

The reason behind creating a new part of the park like this is thanks to the successful examples of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal and Cars Land in Disney’s very own California Adventure park. It will be an immersive land that brings people into the story with floating mountains and Na’vi wandering. There will be a boat-based adventure ride as well as one that encompasses flight as you look to save the planet from the fierce banshees.


Frozen Ride – Epcot

Another movie that broke the box office was Frozen. It is perfect for a Disney park and will be a firm family favourite when it opens in 2016. Replacing the Norwegian Maelstrom ride, you will get to travel with Anna and Elsa on this ride.

The film was incredibly popular, and still is, with the song ‘Let It Go’ in the top 40 for a long time last year. Disney have already started using the animated hit movie in the theme parks with meet-and-greets as well as live shows to excite the kids. There will be plenty of people ready for this treat. With the film’s sequel recently confirmed, you can bet that the Frozen ride will be one of the most popular attractions in the park when it opens next year.


King Kong attraction – Universal Studios

What has been a rumour for a long time is now known for sure as Comcast Corp. executives announced that a King Kong attraction will be opening in the Orlando Universal park. A subway coaster from the giant ape movie was an original ride at the park but was cut to make way for a Revenge of the Mummy attraction in 2002.

The theme park has made a number of investments in Harry Potter and Fast and Furious recently and the deal they signed with Legendary Pictures regarding the prequel movie to be released in 2017 based on King Kong’s Skull Island is another step in the transformation of their park.

Skyplex: Skyscrape

It might not be at one of the big name parks, in fact it will be just up International Drive from The Orlando Eye, but when they Skyscraper opens in 2017 it will become the tallest rollercoaster in the world. Building work is due to begin this year and you will hear a lot more about this place.

Standing at 570 feet, it will be hard to miss and needs all the attention it can get to compete in this space. Thrill rides have been getting higher and higher and it is the Kingda Ka – at 456 feet – that currently holds the record at the Six Flags Great Adventure park.

While it might be great for the thrillseeker, there is also an expansive interior at the ground floor that will have restaurants and retail areas as well as a large tower with observation points.

Click here to read more about Orlando.

6 Places to Celebrate Lunar New Year

Read More

A Hop Around the World’s Beers

Read More

Top 10 Things to do in Vancouver

Read More

Antigua: Paradise at the Right Price

Read More
Post of the month
by Tourism Australia More

Email sign up

Register to receive holiday offers, cheap flights deals, hotel offers and more.

Travelbag Travel/Leisure London

01 Jan 00:00 Read More
Travelbag's Twitter
Common Tags
24 Hours 48 hours in 5 Reasons Abu Dhabi Activities Adventure Holiday Africa Alaska America Antigua Argentina asia Auckland Australasia Australia bahamas Bahrain Bali Bangkok Barbados Beach Holidays Beaches beer Bolivia Bora Bora Borneo Botswana Brazil California Cambodia Campervan Canada Cancun Cape Town Caribbean Central America Chicago Chile China City Breaks Colombo Colorado Cook Islands Costa Rica Cruise Holidays Cruises Cuba culture Dining Dominican Republic Dubai Ecuador Europe Family Holidays Festivals Fiji Florida food Food Trip Gold Coast Grenada Hanoi Hawaii hiking Ho Chi Minh City Hoi An holiday reading holidays Honeymoon Hong Kong India Indian Ocean Indian Ocean Luxury Holidays Indonesia Jamaica Japan Jordan Kenya Koh Samui Krabi kuala lumpur Langkawi Laos las vegas Latin America Literature los angeles Luxury Holidays Macau Malaysia Maldives Mauritius Melbourne Mexico Miami Middle East Montreal motorhome holidays music Myanmar Namibia Nature New England New York New Zealand North New Zealand Northen Territory Oman Oregon Orlando Penang Perth Perth Beaches Peru Phuket Qatar Quebec Queensland Queenstown Rail Travel Ras Al Khaimah Reading on holiday Road trip Safari San Francisco Scuba Diving Self-Drive Seychelles Shanghai Sightseeing Trip Singapore snorkelling South Africa South America South Australia South Carolina South New Zealand Southeast Asia Sri Lanka St Lucia Surfing Sydney Tahiti Tasmania Tennessee Texas Thailand Things To Do Tokyo Top 5 Things to Do Toronto tour trekking UAE United States USA USA Roadtrip Utah Vancouver Vietnam Vietnam Beaches Virginia Washington DC Western Australia whale watching Wildlife Wine Winter Sun
Please Wait...

We use cookies
Read more

Cookies: We use cookies to improve your experience on this website. By continuing to browse our website, you are agreeing to use our site cookies.
See our cookie policy for more information on cookies and how to manage them.

Would you like a call back from one of our experts? X
chat with our experts
0871 703 4698
Call us until today

Schedule a call back


Please Select a Date


Please Select a Time


Please supply your First Name


Please supply your Surname

Phone Number

Please Check the Number and Try Again


Please Select a Destination


Dear , our experts will call you on , on to chat about your trip. In the meantime, feel free to explore our site for inspiration