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Harry Potter and Disneyland’s World of Color are among new theme parks for Muggles

The biggest news in the theme park world this summer is the June 18 opening of the long-anticipated Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando in Florida. But plenty of other new attractions await theme-park fans elsewhere, including a unique water-and-lights spectacle called World of Color, opening Friday at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., and the reopening of the King Kong attraction at Universal Hollywood in Los Angeles. Other highlights this season include Shoot the Rapids, a 2,100-foot-long water ride at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, with an 85-foot drop that simulates whitewater rapids, which opened May 29; and a couple of roller coasters named Intimidator, inspired by NASCAR great Dale Earnhardt’s nickname. One Intimidator opened in March at the Carowinds park on the...