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New and exciting rides are coming to Florida’s theme parks

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Universal Orlando Resort is scheduled to open its second Harry Potter theme park this coming summer, named The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Diagon Alley. The park's centerpiece will feature a ride called Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. The ride which takes visitors into Gringotts bank to help recover a mystical item will open next to the Universal Studios Florida park.

Visitors must purchase a two-park ticket in order to visit both Potter zones. However, visitors can travel between both parks on the Hogwarts Express, offering great views of the characters and mystical creatures straight from the book. Among the featured include Hagrid on a flying motorbike, the Weasley twins on brooms, and the Knight Bus in London traffic.

Visitors will also notice several new restaurants at City Walk and the new Cabana Bay Beach Resort, a new hotel featuring 1,800 guest rooms. Guests can choose standard rooms that can accommodate up to four people or the family suite that accommodate up to six people and include a kitchenette.

After more than five years of preparation, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is scheduled to open today at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom theme park. The ride is sure to provide fun and excitement for all ages. Visitors will delight in animatronic dwarfs with animated facial expressions performing “Heigh-Ho” in an underground-themed diamond mine. Then as the roller coaster slowly climbs up a steep hill, riders will experience the thrill as they plunge down the rocky landscape. The visit is not complete without meeting and greeting Anna and Elsa from Disney’s hit movie "Frozen."

Another thrill ride is scheduled to open in Busch Gardens in Tampa. The new ride is called Falcon’s Fury, where riders will be sitting upright and taken to the top of a 335-foot tower. When riders reach the top, the seat will rotate 90 degrees so that the person is looking straight down. Then all of a sudden, the rider plunges down in a six-second free fall at 60 mph.

With a variety of new rides opening this summer in Florida, visitors won’t be disappointed. Whether you’re young or old, there is a fun and thrilling ride awaiting you.

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