Universal Studios is still conjuring up incredible new attractions for us Muggles to enjoy, including The Nighttime Lights display at Hogwarts Castle in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood. Or make a splash at Universal Orlando’s new water theme park, Volcano Bay, with high-speed slides, wave pools, beaches and more, where a new virtual queueing system also means more fun and less time in line.
Walt’s gang has been busy too, conjuring up new rides like The Guardians of the Galaxy, Mission: Breakout! at Disney California Adventure, a funny and thrilling drop-ride, soon to expand into a fully-fledged, superhero studded Marvel Land. Over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Florida, Pandora: The World of Avatar, will transport visitors to a new realm, populated by the blue-skinned Na’vi people from the smash-hit movie.
If scream-inducing drops, tummy-flipping tumbles and free-falling fun’s your thing, then America’s Six Flags amusement parks will tick all your boxes. Fourth-dimension, free-fly roller coaster, The Joker, is coming to three parks this year in Texas, Massachusetts and Illinois, featuring seats that spin 360 degrees, up to eight times on each adrenalinpumping circuit, as it soars up to
120 feet in the sky.
The Star Wars craze continues in full force, as Legoland Florida Resort introduces a new Lego Star Wars Miniland Display, inspired by Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, in 2018. Elsewhere, there’s more cosmic action to be had with over 50 rides, shows and attractions, a botanical garden and water park, plus the new Lego Ninjago World. Watch out for Legoland New York coming in 2019.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ENCOUNTER OCEAN ODYSSEY
Hold your breath and dive deep into the awesome underwater world of the Pacific Ocean in this new immersive entertainment experience located in the heart of New York, in Times Square. The 90-minute walk-through experience transports adventurers on a journey deep below the sea to encounter its incredible marine life, from great white sharks to sea lions and whales, – and you don’t even need to get wet!
DR SEUSS MUSEUM
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go,” says Dr. Seuss. Now you’ve read this, you'll need to visit the wonderful new Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield, Massachusetts, for more wit and wisdom from the much-loved children’s author and illustrator, Theodor Seuss Geisel. There's also a delightfully daft interactive exhibition, The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss.
visitusa.org.uk PICTURED Main image: Mia's Riding Adventure at Legoland Florida; Inset: Universal Orlando's Volcano Bay