New theme park attractions

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In this May 2012 photo released by Universal Orlando Resort, characters from Nickelodeon's "SpongeBob SquarePants" program are shown during the new Superstar Parade at Universal Orlando in Orlando, Fla. The attraction offers floats with hundreds of performers and characters from animated films and TV shows including "Despicable Me," "Hop," Nickelodeon’s "SpongeBob SquarePants" and "Dora & Diego." The parade, which debuted in early May, is one of a number of new attractions at theme parks around the country this season.  (AP Photo/Universal Orlando Resport, Ed Hall)

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The first phases of a reimagined Fantasyland at Florida's Walt Disney World, the new Cars Land at California's Disneyland based on the "Cars" movies, and Universal Studios Hollywood's new Transformers ride top the list of new attractions at theme parks across the country in 2012.

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