Get the scoop on new rides and attractions waiting for you in Orlando this summer, including Aquatica’s KareKare Curl (pictured).
Named the No. 1 Summer Travel Destination by AAA for the second consecutive year, Orlando is gearing up for an unforgettable summer packed with fresh experiences — and you’re invited to the party! Here’s your guide to new and upcoming thrills at Universal Orlando Resort, Walt Disney World® Resort, SeaWorld® Orlando and LEGOLAND® Florida Resort, providing more reasons than ever to visit the Theme Park Capital of the World!
New Attractions at Universal Orlando Resort
Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure™ at Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Orlando
Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure™: Calling all wizards — and Muggles™, too! Set to debut on June 13, this thrilling new ride is coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ — Hogsmeade™ at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. The roller coaster journey will take you deep into the Forbidden Forest beyond the grounds of Hogwarts™, where you’ll soar past towering trees, magical creatures and all manner of wondrous surprises.
Fast & Furious — Supercharged at Universal Studios Florida in Orlando
Fast & Furious — Supercharged: In 2018, Universal Studios Florida gained this new attraction. Based on the hit movies, it sends you on a white-knuckle race with members of “the family.” What’s more, it features an authentic recreation of the crew’s garage headquarters, including 16 vehicle replicas created just for this ride!
Also, Universal Orlando will gain brand-new accommodation options when Universal’s Endless Summer Resort — Surfside Inn and Suites opens on June 27.
New Attractions at Walt Disney World Resort
Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® in Orlando (Matt Stroshane, © Disney•Pixar)
Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy: On March 31, the star of Disney•Pixar’s blockbuster Cars franchise roared into Disney’s Hollywood Studios for this fast-paced show. During the 10-minute experience, Lightning takes the stage to share knowledge from his racing career — until things go a little off track. Good thing that Mater, Cruz Ramirez and other fan-favorite characters from Radiator Springs are there to lend a helping hand!
Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando
Toy Story Land: If it’s been a year or more since your last visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, keep in mind that the park is also home to this new area. Opened in June 2018, and based on the hit Disney•Pixar films, Toy Story Land will make you feel as if you’ve been shrunk to the size of a toy with themed attractions, dining, shopping and more.
Learn more: Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Wonderful World of Animation: Debuting May 1, this new, nighttime spectacular celebrates the 30th anniversary of Disney’s Hollywood Studios — and pays homage to more than 90 years of Disney and Pixar animation.
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando (© Disney)
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: For the first time ever, there’s a place where you can live your very own Star Wars story. A place where you can fly the galaxy’s most legendary ship, the Millennium Falcon. A place where you’ll find yourself caught in a battle between the First Order and the Resistance. With a whole new land, you can finally live your adventure in a galaxy far, far away. Welcome to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, opening August 29, 2019, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
New Attractions at SeaWorld Orlando
Sesame Street Land™ at SeaWorld Orlando (© SeaWorld)
Sesame Street Land™: Straight from the long-running children’s television series, this 6-acre land is now open at SeaWorld Orlando. In addition to eight new attractions for all ages, Sesame Street is packed with themed dining and shopping, interactive fun, and character encounters. Also featuring SeaWorld’s first-ever parade, it’s a must-visit for families with kids, as well as anyone who grew up watching the iconic show.
Learn more: Sesame Street at SeaWorld Orlando
KareKare Kurl: Brand-new to Aquatica® Orlando, this high-adrenaline slide attraction challenges you and a partner to climb a curve-shaped, vertical wave wall — just be prepared for the ensuing feeling of weightlessness as you make your way up. Want to see it? Check out this blog’s cover image!
Infinity Falls at SeaWorld Orlando (© SeaWorld)
Infinity Falls: At SeaWorld, you can blast through the remains of a lost jungle civilization courtesy of this white-water raft adventure, which debuted in late summer 2018. The attraction also offers an engaging lesson about the importance of fresh-water conservation.
Learn more: Infinity Falls at SeaWorld Orlando
Ray Rush at Aquatica Orlando (© SeaWorld)
Ray Rush: Aquatica welcomed this new ride to its lineup in 2018, offering three ways to splash, slide and soar. Featuring an open-air halfpipe that resembles the wings of a manta ray, this exhilarating, four-person raft ride also boasts powerful water jets, several enclosed tube sections and a giant translucent sphere.
Learn more: Ray Rush at Aquatica Orlando
New Attractions at LEGOLAND Florida Resort
THE LEGO® MOVIE™ WORLD at LEGOLAND Florida Resort
THE LEGO® MOVIE™ WORLD: Based on THE LEGO MOVIE and THE LEGO MOVIE 2: The Second Part, this vibrant new land is now open at LEGOLAND Florida! On top of three fresh attractions — THE LEGO® MOVIE™ Masters of Flight, Unikitty’s Disco Drop and Battle of Bricksburg — it features interactive fun at Benny’s Play-Ship, plus themed shopping, dining, character meet-and-greets and more.
Learn more: THE LEGO MOVIE WORLD at LEGOLAND Florida Resort
The Great LEGO® Race at LEGOLAND Florida Resort
The Great LEGO Race: The first virtual-reality (VR) roller coaster designed just for kids — but lots of fun for adults, too — this ride will send you blasting through a virtual world comprised entirely of LEGO® bricks with the help of an optional VR helmet. It arrived in spring 2018.
Learn more: The Great LEGO Race at LEGOLAND Florida Resort
Cover image: KareKare Curl at Aquatica Orlando (© SeaWorld)
Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and its experiences are subject to capacity. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is not available at opening and will open later in the year.
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