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Summer Means Theme Parks and There Are Some Cool New Rides and Features Out There

by Kayla Brown

Summers coming and you know what that means — vacation time! Now this summer is shaping up as a good year for ride enthusiasts and theme park fans. Big industry players have announced major projects and several smaller parks are planning to roll out significant additions says Los Angeles Times. Which theme park will you visit during your summer vacation?

Will you visit Disney Land’s new “The World of Avatar” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom? “The new Avatar Land coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 2017 will be populated by blue-skinned Na’vi people, bioluminescent trees and flying banshees from the 2009 “Avatar” movie” says LA Times. “I can’t wait to go with my family to see the Avatar Land; they are mainly doing it for my little sister but I liked the movie so this should be pretty cool to see too” stated freshman Isaiah Carmona.

How about Volcano Bay water park at Universal Studios Florida? “The 52-acre Volcano Bay water park is set to open in June at Universal Studios Orlando next door to the Cabana Bay hotel. The 200-foot-tall Krakatau volcano at the center of the Polynesian-themed water park will feature waterfalls by day and lava flows at night. A 125-foot-tall trap door-launch speed slide will travel through the man-made volcano before splashing into a pool below” stated LA Times. The new park will have a wave pool, rafts, a lazy river, racing and body slides and a water play fortress. Who would want to miss all that? “I love water parks so much and just hearing about everything this one has I’m [going to] have to go in June” said freshman Athena Gregory.

There is also a new coaster coming to SeaWorld San Antonio. “SeaWorld San Antonio plans to add an $18-million personal-watercraft-themed roller coaster in 2017, according to Screamscape. SeaWorld recently filed a trademark for a roller coaster named Wave Breaker: The Rescue. The Texas marine animal park has been teasing a new Jet Ski-themed attraction for 2017” said LA Times. “I’ve been to SeaWorld a couple times and it’s a really cool place but if they add a roller coaster then it would get so many more people to come visit myself included” stated sophomore Isabella Conto.

In conclusion it is summer vacation and no matter what theme park you find yourself traveling too most of them have many new things in store for you. The WHS students cannot wait to go and check out the new rides this summer!