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America’s Orlando is opening a host of new rides and areas for visitors to enjoy this summer.

Orlando in Florida is already one of the world’s most visited family destinations.

It is home to seven theme parks and 450 hotels and welcomed 75 million visitors last year.

And a host of new rides and areas are opening for children to enjoy this year, it has been revealed.

Harry Potter

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is a ride which takes visitors into the Forbidden Forest made famous in JK Rowling’s books.

Harry Potter fans can board flying motorbikes and with Hagrid as guide, travel through the forest seeing fantastic beasts.

It opens on June 13 (2019) at Universal Orlando Resort, at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Star Wars

Disney World Resort has a new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge area with two new rides and character meet-and-greets.

It is set on the planet Batuu and also has shops and a restaurant. It will be up and running on August 29 (2019).

Cars

A new live show based around the Cars film series is opening at Hollywood Studios, Disney World, called Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy. It features characters including Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater.

Lego Movie

Legoland Florida Resort has launched Lego Movie World.

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The new addition features three new attractions based on worlds within the film.

Animals

Animal lovers can enjoy a new 75-acre safari park at Wild Florida with more than 100 Floridian animals to spot.

The new safari park makes the park six times bigger. Guests can drive their own vehicles or ride on a guided buggy tour. There will also be a zip-line/zip wire so visitors can fly over the park.

Sesame Street

Other new additions to the city include a Sesame Street section at Sea World celebrating the TV programme’s 50th anniversary and popular characters taking part in the daily parade.

NBA

The NBA Experience opens at Disney Springs on August 12, with 13 hands-on games and activities for basketball fans

Expansions

The theme park expansions mean that 2019 could be one of the busiest summers for Orlando tourist bosses.

Visit Orlando President George Aguel said: ”Orlando is always innovating, with immersive new experiences and unbeatable hospitality that keeps visitors returning year after year.”

“It’s this memorable combination that keeps Orlando the most-visited destination in the country, with a record 75 million visitors in 2018.”

Have you been to Orlando? What did your children like best? Tell us below.

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