Seven Dwarfs Mine Train concept art

It's a relatively quiet news day in the theme park world, so we thought we'd pause and take a look at progress on two of the most exciting new attractions that are due to debut in 2014: Disney's Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Universal's Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley. Both are now rapidly approaching completion and are looking visually stunning.

We'll start with the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, the unique new roller coaster at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. The final details are now being added to the ride's theming, and testing of the trains (with their unusual, swinging carriages) has been ongoing for months. The latest rumors suggest an official opening date in May, with a soft opening in late March or April.

This footage of the ride in action comes courtesty of AllEars.net:

For all the latest on Disney's new coaster, check out our full guide to the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train coaster.

Universal Orlando, meanwhile, has taken the wraps of its new Harry Potter area in more than one way during the last two weeks. It revealed a host of details of the land and its two major attractions (the Hogwarts Express and Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts) in a webcast. It also uncovered the impressive-looking facades on the London Embankment area facing Universal Studios Florida's lagoon, and you can get a great look at them in the video below (courtesy of All Around Orlando):

For more information on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley, check out our virtual walkthrough and our guides to the Hogwarts Express and Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts.

You can keep up to date with the latest confirmed and rumored opening dates for new attractions through Theme Park Tourist's "New Attraction Watch" section, and by signing up for our weekly newsletter.


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