Disney's Toy Story Land among most-anticipated 2018 theme park openings

2017-12-30 14:30
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Toy Story Theme Park. (Photo: AP)

Cape Town - If you're planning ahead and your family loves theme parks, you'll want to know about some of the new rides and attractions debuting in the new year.

Disney's Toy Story Land

One of the most anticipated openings for 2018 is Toy Story Land, expected to open early next June at Walt Disney World Resort's Hollywood Studios just outside Orlando, Florida.

Attractions and restaurants in the 4.5-hectare land will be themed on toys from the "Toy Story" movie series, like the Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster and Woody's Lunch Box, a quick-service window serving soda floats and more.

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Another ride will be Alien Swirling Saucers, where aliens circling in flying saucers pull along rocket ships full of guests. An existing attraction, Toy Story Mania, will get a third track.

"We have booked hundreds of trips for early summer 2018 specifically for families that want to be one of the first to experience Toy Story Land," saysGreg Antonelle, an authorised Disney vacation planner at MickeyTravels.

New from Universal

Universal Orlando Resort opens a new attraction featuring characters, cars and music from the "Fast & Furious" movies.

The Fast & Furious — Supercharged attraction will immerse guests in a story involving a high-speed race as they take a bus to an after-race party.

Universal also is opening its sixth onsite hotel, Aventura, in August, with a 16-storey glass tower, 600 guest rooms including 13 kids' suites and the first rooftop bar and grill on Universal property.

At Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles, DreamWorks Theatre will immerse guests in a multi-sensory adventure featuring Kung Fu Panda. The attraction uses LED lighting and projection mapping, a type of augmented reality that can turn 3-D objects into interactive displays.

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Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure

Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, California, is transforming Paradise Pier into Pixar Pier. Rides will include the new Incredicoaster in one of four neighborhoods themed on Pixar stories and characters.

The Incredicoaster neighborhood is inspired by "The Incredibles" film. The ride will include character moments, scenes, music and special effects connected to the movie "The Incredibles 2," which opens in theaters in June.

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Time Traveller at Silver Dollar City

The Time Traveller ride debuts next spring at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri in the Unted States.

Billed as the industry's fastest, steepest and tallest spinning roller coaster, Time Traveller drops riders at a 90-degree vertical angle followed by three inversions at speeds up to around 81 km/h, all while spinning.

Infinity Falls at SeaWorld Orlando

New in 2018 at SeaWorld in Orlando is Infinity Falls, a twisting raft ride.

The ride starts with an elevator lift that launches eight passengers in a river and eventually sends them to a 12 metre drop, then on to an adventure through a rainforest with interactive stations that teach guests about conservation. Check it out:

Battle For Eire at Busch Gardens

Battle For Eire Action VR Ride will make news for Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Virginia.

It's the park's first motion-based theater simulator with state-of-the-art, 360-degree virtual reality headsets. The attraction's story line involves a fairy warrior named Addie taking guests on an adventure through her Irish homeland. The attraction is located in the park's Ireland village.

Electric Eel at SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld San Diego's new Electric Eel will be the tallest and fastest roller coaster in San Diego when it debuts in 2018. The triple-launch coaster will thrust riders forward and backward, accelerate to more than 60 mph in seconds and go nearly 46 metres up, offering an upside-down view of Mission Bay.

Skywarp at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

A double-car roller coaster, Skywarp, gets a summertime opening at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California. The 9 metre tall, 88 metre long coaster features two cars speeding around each other on double loops.

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Legoland in Winter Haven

Legoland in Winter Haven, Florida, will open what's being billed as the first virtual reality roller coaster designed for children. The Great Lego Race VR Coaster replaces the park's Project X roller coaster, reimagining the attraction with a new story plus special effects.

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