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Summer fun: coasters, pop culture rides and Orlando Eye

Summer fun: coasters, pop culture rides and Orlando Eye

A dark, submarine-inspired thrill ride in California and swank new offerings at Downtown Disney all top the summer's must-do list for theme park and amusement fans.

For those who want even more extreme summer adventures, a looping 360-degree ride on a coaster in Maryland and a werewolf-themed coaster in Ohio are also new for 2015.

"Pop culture really stands out this summer," said Colleen Mangone, spokeswoman for the Virginia-based International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. "It's allowing fans to experience pop culture in a whole new way."

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