Best New Attractions That Will Open in Orlando in 2014

2013 brought quite a few new exciting attractions, including Transformers and Simpsons land at Universal Orlando, Antarctica at SeaWorld Orlando, and New Fantasyland at Walt Disney World.

But 2014 will bring even more new attractions and openings to the Orlando area, so we thought we’d run down a list of them.

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Over at Walt Disney World, 2014 will the see the opening or start of the following:

Finishing up the expansion of New Fantasyland, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will open in Spring 2014. It is a highly-themed family coaster, which tells the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in both indoor and outdoor sequences. The ride vehicles are styled like mine cars mounted on a cradle-like pivot, allowing the cars to swing back and forth around the various bends and turns of the track

Here is a short behind-the-scenes video on the making of the ride:

The Festival of Fantasy Parade will also debut late Spring 2014 at Magic Kingdom. It will replace Celebrate a Dream Come True, which ended January 4. It will feature all new floats showcasing everything from Dumbo and Peter Pan to Tangled and Brave, and of course the Disney Princesses.

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2014 will bring the following to Universal Orlando:

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley is set to open in the summer in the Universal Studios side of the park, and I’m betting it’s going to be hugely popular. Especially since the park is also installing Hogwart’s Express, a train that will connect Diagon Alley with the original Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Islands of Adventure.

A revamped Universal CityWalk, which will feature eight new restaurants, including four established chains and four originals. Universal says it’s only the first phrase of the grand redesign of CityWalk. Opening dates will be staggered throughout the year.

Universal Orlando

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SeaWorld Orlando is commemorating its 50th anniversary starting on March 21. The celebration will last over a year, and feature a new Shamu show, new fireworks displays, impromptu street performances, and more.

Here is a video about the celebration:

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SeaWorld’s sister park Aquatica will open Ihu’s Breakaway Falls, the area’s tallest waterslide sometime in 2014. It will feature multiple lanes side-by-side, to allow more riders to enjoy the thrill.

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International Drive will be home to The Orlando Eye (formerly called I-Drive Live), expected to be fully open by the end of 2014. The complex’s centerpiece will be a 425-foot-tall observation wheel, similar to the one in London, England. Other attractions in the complex will be Sea Life Aquarium, Madame Tussauds wax museum, as well as the already open Titanic and Bodies Exhibit. There will also be over a dozen new restaurants and nightlife venues.

The Orlando Eye

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Also set to open on International Drive will be I-Drive Indoor Kart Racing, a multi-level entertainment center includes a half-mile (805-meter) track for the electric-powered go-karts, bowling lanes and an arcade. It’s set to open in April.

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In 2014, Legoland Florida will open DUPLO Valley, an expanded area of the park designed for children ages two to five. It will feature two new attractions, a water playground and more. Projected opening is in the spring.
DUPLO Valley

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Which of these new attractions are you most excited to visit when they open?

 

About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns Zengrrl.com, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, and has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida. She lives in Orlando near Disney, and hears Magic Kingdom fireworks every night.
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