We are inching closer to a handful of new theme-park attractions in Central Florida. Although grand-opening dates have not been announced, we can still share progress reports on key additions expected to arrive in coming weeks and months.
What: Festival of Fantasy parade, Magic Kingdom.
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What's up: The new daytime parade is straight out of Fantasyland and stocked with Disney characters classic ("Peter Pan") and modern ("Tangled," "Frozen"). But the company recently showed off elaborate costumes for supporting players and floats with moving, entertaining parts.
What's gone: The Celebrate a Dream Come True parade was retired in January.
By the numbers: The Maleficent Dragon float is 53 feet from snout to tail and tops out at 26 feet.
When: It debuts in March. (Some Disney types have said "early March.")
Off to work they go
What: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Magic Kingdom.
What's up: Construction continues on the roller coaster that will be the final element of the "new" Fantasyland. A segment of the construction wall has been removed, and guests can see track and décor. There have been reports of nighttime vehicle testing.
What's gone: The ride is on the former grounds of Pooh's Playful Spot playground and, before that, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
By the numbers: Riders must be at least 38 inches tall to board Mine Train.
When: Disney says spring.
What: Falcon's Fury, Busch Gardens Tampa.
What's up: The drop tower for this thrill ride has been erected. Once it's done, 32 guests will fall face down from the 335-foot tower.
What's gone: Falcon's Fury will be the centerpiece of Pantopia, which will replace the longstanding Busch Gardens land called Timbuktu.
By the numbers: The ride capacity is 800 passengers an hour.
Straight down too
What: Ihu's Breakway Falls, Aquatica.
What's up: The water park has mostly hinted about this drop slide but claims it's the tallest and only multislide ride of its kind in Orlando.
What's gone: No major attraction was subtracted for this addition.
By the numbers: The initial announcement indicated the structure would be 105 feet tall.
When: May 9.
Behind the wall
What: Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley, Universal Studios.
What's up: The London façade continues to evolve — more details, more signs — but it blocks the wackier side of the Wizarding World from view. Two highlights should be the Leaky Cauldron restaurant and the thrill ride Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts.
What's gone: Diagon Alley is going up where the Jaws ride previously made a splash.
By the numbers: Once open, Orlando will be home of two Ollivanders wand shops. The outlet at Islands of Adventure will stay put.
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