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Top New Attractions at Theme Parks in 2019
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It's 2019 and time to pull out all the stops with new theme park experiences of all kinds at parks nationwide. From Star Wars to Sesame Street to cool new coasters, there's plenty to experience at theme parks, for the 2019 season.

Starting out with a look at thrill rides, several new coasters are on tap for a peak experience.

Tigris in Busch Gardens' Tampa Bay location is opening this spring, with a height of 150 feet and both forward and reverse launches designed to take guests up to 60 miles per hour.

At North Carolina's Carowinds, the new Copperhead Strike, also planned to open this spring, features an initial launch that goes from 0 up to 42 miles per hour, and a second from 35 to 50 miles per hour. The double coaster has 5 inversions too, making it the most inversions of any double-launch coaster in the U.S. and Canada.

In Gurnee, Ill. at Six Flags Great America, Maxx Force is set to be another record-topper of a roller coaster come summer. Billed as the tallest double-inversion coaster globally, the ride is also the fastest in the world, with the added distinction of having the fastest launch – of 78 miles per hour in under two minutes.

The coasters keep on coming: at Universal Florida's Islands of Adventure, the new Harry Potter Coaster, replacing the Dragon Challenge Ride, is not just a coaster but a themed adventure. The coaster will be located close to Hogwarts and while the theme remains top-secret, chances are it will have a wizarding theme.

Six Flags America, located in Maryland, presents the Firebird coaster: with two inversions and a nine-story drop. The coaster is designed to evoke the sensation of being in flight, replete with floorless vehicles offering foot-dangling thrills.

At SeaWorld San Diego, the Tidal Twister continues SeaWorld's trajectory away from animal attractions to thrill rides. This dual coaster weaves two figure-8 shaped tracks with more swerve than drops. Seats face backwards and forwards creating a different perspective for riders each time they take a thrilling ride along the soaring curves. It's set to open in May.

At Six Flags Magic Mountain in Santa Clarita, Calif., the dueling coaster West Coast Racers offers twists and turns along two laps. The racing coaster is a first, with four magnetic launches and a themed racing “pit stop” in the middle of the ride.

Themed rides and attractions are also blossoming this year.

At Universal Studios Hollywood, the beloved Jurassic Park: The Ride is reopening in 2019 re-themed as the Jurassic World Ride. New dinosaurs and plenty of up-to-date tech thrills will be paired with a new version of the flume drop that closes the iconic ride.

Something completely new and different marks Denver's Elitch Gardens' Kaleidscape ride. Its origin is the Santa Fe art theme park of sorts known as Meow Wolf. The innovative art collective is shaping a dark ride with sights that should be both compelling and entirely unpredictable with an artistic flair.

At Florida's SeaWorld Orlando, the immersive world of Sesame Street offers park guests the chance to mingle with Sesame Street characters in a New York City-themed neighborhood that includes Mr. Hooper's store. With photo ops a-plenty and a rousing daily parade, there will be a total of six attractions on Sesame Street, all of them sure to make even Oscar the Grouch smile.

With a location at Disneyland in Anaheim set to open this summer, and one at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida positioned to open in the fall, Star Wars Land will be making interstellar experiences for the whole family at part of its Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. The highly immersive Disney creation will include two themed attractions as well as shopping, dining, and character interactions.

If visitors are looking for world-building a little bit closer to home, there's Wildwood Grove in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.'s Dollywood. Verdant landscapes are the key here, where a new soaring coaster called The Dragonflier will be joined by a bear ride along the Black Bear Trail. The swing ride Tree Top Tower offers a 40-foot high thrilling experience. Perhaps best of all is the land's centerpiece: the Wildwood Tree, 55-feet in height, it's a location for performances and evening illumination from firefly lights and lanterns.

Back in Florida, at Legoland, LEGO Movie World opens this spring, just in time for the release of the second film. The land includes Bricksburg, and Cloud Cuckoo Land with three immersive rides. The seated theater attraction Masters of Flight takes guests on a journey perched on film-character Emmet's flying Couch. Unikitty is a drop ride with rainbow colors. Battle of Bricksburg includes water targets and plenty of opportunities to both spray and get wet fighting DUPLO alien invaders. Naturally, character interactions and dining and shopping experiences will also be a part of LEGO Movie World. Perhaps most immersive of all: LEGO Movie World theme hotel suites will be available for families.

Other rides and attractions debuting this spring include:

Sea Swinger at Sea World San Antonio, a pendulum ride that is positioned as a part of the park's new Turtle Reef. The reef itself includes educational experiences viewing endangered sea turtles in a 126,000-gallon reef.

It's not sea life but sweets that are the them behind Hersheypark's Reese's Cupfusion. The Pennsylvania park is offering this brand new dark ride which is described as also being a gaming experience that involves Reese's cups. Guests play to protect a Crystal Cup with strategic input from a character developed for the ride, Commander Cup.

Water rides have hardly been forgotten, either. Opening in the spring is Cutback Water Coaster at Virginia's Water Country USA. A pair of slides brings high speeds and steep drops that are the emblem of a water coaster to the 856-long ride. Add in some saucer bowls, and you have more reason than ever to dive on into the fun.
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