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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.

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