what's new this summer at Southern California's theme parks. Today let's do the same for the world's theme park capital — Central Florida.Yesterday, we talked about
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is the big story at Walt Disney World, too, with the new Star Wars land opening August 29 at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Unlike at Disneyland, you won't need to make advance reservations to get in when the land debuts — it will be open to all ticket holders from day one. But expect to see a virtual queue if the land hits capacity, and no, there will be no Fastpass+ available (at least initially), either.
But Disney has other new stuff to keep fans on property this summer, too. Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy opened earlier this spring in Disney's Hollywood Studios — a new indoor stage show starring an animatronic Lightning McQueen interacting with other Cars characters on a giant wrap-around screen. The park celebrated its 30th anniversary on May 1 with the debut of a new projection and fireworks show, Wonderful World of Animation. And over at Disney's Animal Kingdom, the park just opened Rivers of Light: We Are One, a new version of Rivers of Light that adds several Disney animation characters to the show.
Disney's biggest competition this summer will come from, as usual, Universal Orlando, which getting ready to open Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade at Islands of Adventure on June 13. Featuring a world-record seven launches, the new coaster will be Florida's longest and will include a drop track, a backwards section on a spike track, and several indoor show scenes.
Also at Universal, the Today Cafe has opened at Universal Studios Florida next door.
Legoland Florida this summer is celebrating the opening of The Lego Movie World. The land replaces the former World of Chima, adding Legoland's first flying theater ride, Masters of Flight.
SeaWorld Orlando is offering a new Sesame Street land, replacing Shamu's Happy Harbor.
And finally, Busch Gardens in Tampa has opened Florida's tallest launch coaster, Tigris, another Premier Sky Rocket II model.
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