It’s not surprising that many people visit central Florida again and again. There’s always something new to see and do at Orlando’s world-class theme parks. From soaring new roller coasters to high-tech virtual reality to an entire new land that transports you into the world of an animated classic—here’s what you can look forward to at Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort and Legoland Florida.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Toy Story Land

Disney’s Hollywood Studios kicked off a two-year major expansion of its movie-themed park with the opening of Toy Story Land, which transports you to Andy’s backyard where you’ve been “shrunk” to the size of toys. Like the movies that inspired it, Toy Story Land is as much fun for grownups as it is for kids.

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For the kids: This new land includes family-friendly rides and meet-and-greets with favorite characters. The Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster mimics the toy it was named after, with two spring-action starts and plenty of bends, bounces and twists. Alien Swirling Saucers takes you for a spin in alien-driven rocket ships that try to avoid other rocket ships and the ever-present “Claw” hovering above.

For the grownups: Slinky Dog Dash packs more thrills than you might expect, but it’s the nostalgia throughout Toy Story Land that has even more adult appeal. References to classic toys and games include huge Tinker Toys that serve as light poles and speakers; benches made from giant dominoes or popsicle sticks; a life-size—and fully assembled—Cootie; and the mural of a game-filled closet featuring childhood favorites like Candyland, Twister, and Chutes and Ladders.

Where to stay: Keep to the family-friendly animated theme of Toy Story Land with a stay at the AAA Three Diamond-rated Disney’s Art of Animation Resort ( blue diamond blue diamond blue diamond ), home to three outdoor pools, movie-themed courtyards, playgrounds, an on-site food court and interactive water play areas.

Universal Studios Florida: Fast and Furious—Supercharged

If fast cars and action-packed movies get your motor running, cruise over to Universal Studios Florida.

High-octane thrills: The park’s newest ride lets you see 12 authentic cars from the Fast & Furious movie series, plus three cars created exclusively for this attraction. The ride itself includes a high-speed chase (naturally) where the Fast family members lead you to safety.

Queue the fun: While waiting in line, you can explore an authentic re-creation of the Fast & Furious crew’s warehouse headquarters, including actual props and details from the films. While inside the attraction, you can access the Fast & Furious – Supercharged mobile experience on the Universal Orlando Resort App and get character bios, quizzes and messages from Mia and the rest of the family.

Where to stay: Nestled between Volcano Bay and Universal’s Islands of Adventure is AAA Four Diamond-rated Loews Sapphire Falls ( blue diamond blue diamond blue diamond blue diamond ), a Caribbean-inspired resort reminiscent of a leisurely estate in the heart of the tropics.

Legoland Florida: The Great Lego Race VR Roller Coaster

This Winter Haven theme park’s newest ride combines family-friendly roller coaster thrills with virtual reality (VR) technology. Once strapped in, you’ll find yourself in an action-packed road rally where things quickly spiral out of control and the laws of physics and aerodynamics no longer seem to apply.

More than meets the eye: Put on a VR headset (optional) to experience the ride from a LEGO race car driver’s point of view and follow the action in all directions where everything—including your competition—is made of LEGO bricks. Without the headset, you’ll see the tracks and the park around you, but with the headset you’ll see LEGO construction workers frantically finishing the track as you race toward them, and you’ll fly through the air and surf a raging river when you veer off course.

It is real: Whether you wear the VR headset or not, you’re still riding a roller coaster, with drops, twists and turns.

Where to stay: Located just 130 steps from the park entrance, the AAA Three Diamond-rated Legoland Florida Hotel ( blue diamond blue diamond blue diamond ) is as family-friendly as the park itself, with pirate-, kingdom- and adventure-themed rooms, a heated outdoor pool and castle play area.

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