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Let the magic begin


Hard to believe, but there’s now even more magic in Florida’s theme parks and attractions. Wise up to them all to be sure you don’t miss out


The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando is even bigger and better with the opening of Diagon Alley. And the Hogwarts Express, a steam train packed with superb special effects, transports guests between the new area in Universal Studios and the original Hogsmeade in sister park Islands of Adventure. Wizards and wands, goblins and owls help create magical moments.


Universal Orlando, which also has thrilling rides such as The Incredible Hulk and Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, continues to ensure Orlando remains the theme park capital of the world. Walt Disney World is doing its bit, too, with the opening of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride, the latest addition to Fantasyland – where children will fi nd Peter Pan and Winnie the Pooh – in Magic Kingdom.


Disney has three other parks, each with their own personality. Animal Kingdom has more than 200 species of birds and animals and you can step off a safari and on to a roller coaster


Universal Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit


Universal Orlando, which also has thrilling rides ... continues to ensure Orlando remains the theme park capital of the world


Disney’s Hollywood Studios


refl ects the movie world with fi lm sets, stunt shows, simulators and shops while Epcot is a mix of rides and displays showcasing science, technology and the environment plus cultures of several nations. SeaWorld and sister park Discovery Cove are the two other major parks in Orlando. Dolphin, killer whale shows and animal experiences dominate SeaWorld. A colony of penguins plunge


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Soaring 65ft over pools full of crocodiles and alligators on the Screamin’ Gator Zip Line at Gatorland, on the South Orange Blossom trail.





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