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UNIVERSAL STU­DIOS

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.

DIS­NEY

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.

SIX FLAGS

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.

LE­GOLAND

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

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