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Disney’s Newest Adventures

Disney’s Newest Adventures

Sure, the thermometer still says summer, but if you’re thinking about a family trip over winter vacation, especially one that involves a Disney destination, it’s not too early to start planning. 

Whether you’re talking about Disney World in Florida, Disneyland in California, or the Disney parks around the world, including Paris and Hong Kong, there’s always something new for the whole family, adults and kids alike. 

Pandora—The World of Avatar, in Disney World’s Animal Kingdom, is the new attraction that’s receiving the biggest buzz. Based on the movie, it explores the power of nature through rides like the family-friendly Na’vi River Journey, a gentle trip through the mysterious and colorful rainforest. Avatar: Flight of Passage is an exhilarating ride in 3D that gives visitors a banshee’s-eye view of this grand mythical landscape.

In the fall, Disney World marks the 35th anniversary of Epcot, which celebrates technological innovation and world cultures. Among this year’s special events is an expanded International Food & Wine Festival, which runs from August 31 through November 13. There’ll be 35 kiosks serving up food from around the world, celebrity chefs and cooking demonstrations, and a focus on the cuisine of India, Spain, and Thailand. 

Disney California Adventure, part of the Disneyland complex, features a new attraction called Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout, inspired by the popular movie. From September 17 through early January, Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion gets a frightfully fun makeover with characters from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Beginning in November, the Christmas Fantasy Parade returns to Main Street with beloved Disney characters and, of course, Santa Claus riding in his sleigh. 

Hong Kong Disneyland has a major new attraction from the world of comics. Iron Man Experience, the park’s first Marvel-themed ride, opened earlier this year. The 3D motion simulator allows people to soar over the skies of Hong Kong alongside the superhero in an epic battle against the forces of evil. Of course Hong Kong Disneyland has favorites such as It’s a Small World and the Sleeping Beauty Castle. 

Disneyland Paris is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with additional entertainment and revamped attractions. There’s a fresh daytime spectacle, Disney Stars on Parade, a stunning nighttime finale with fireworks over Sleeping Beauty Castle and a stage show featuring Mickey Mouse that pays tribute to the Disneyland anniversary. A reimagined Star Tours: The Adventures Continue takes riders on a thrilling 3D journey through the “Star Wars” galaxy via a motion simulator. An old favorite, Pirates of the Caribbean, features new characters, special effects, and Audio-Animatronics figures. 

Finally, fans of all ages can look forward to Toy Story Land, opening next summer at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. Visitors will be able to explore the world of the Pixar movie in a trip to Andy’s backyard. They’ll find all their favorite toy characters, including Woody and Buzz. Rides will include the Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers. 

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