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Florida Ride Guide 2010

What's New for the 2010 Season at Florida Theme Parks

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Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit coaster coming to Universal Studios Florida.

Guests will be able to see and visit Hogwarts castle at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Universal Orlando, 2008. Used with permission.
The big news at Florida parks this season--really the big news in all of parkdom--is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Coming to Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando, the new land is generating huge buzz and will surely generate huge crowds of muggles and other fans of the wildly popular Potter books and films. There are developments at other Florida theme parks for 2010 as well. Parks are listed alphabetically.

Aquatica Water Park at SeaWorld Orlando
Orlando, FL
Omaka Rocka
Passengers in two-person rafts will soar through the ride's semi-opaque tubes and into a series of mini-funnels that will send them careening, half-pipe style, up and down the funnels' walls. Riders should expect pops of airtime as they make their way through the three funnels.

Busch Gardens Tampa
Tampa, FL
Sesame Street Safari of Fun
The furry stars of the long-running PBS program get their own African-themed land at Busch Gardens complete with rides, interactive play areas, a live show, shops, and restaurants. As you'd expect, Safari of Fun is geared to the preschool crowd. Highlights include Air Grover, a kiddie-sized coaster, The Count's Zambezi Rally, a jeep ride that treks through jungle and desert landscapes, and "Lights, Camera, Imagination!," a 4-D movie (which is located in the park's 4-D theater, not in the new Safari of Fun area). The play areas offer water-based and dry fun. Fans can dine with Sesame Street characters at select breakfast and lunch seatings.

Cypress Gardens
Winter Haven, FL
There's bad news, good news, and bad news for Cypress Gardens fans in 2010. The park announced it would not open this year. However, new owners purchased the park and plan to open Legoland Florida on the site. The park will retain some of Cypress Gardens' features, including its signature gardens. The final piece of bad news: Legoland Florida will not open until late 2011.

Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando
Orlando, FL The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Fans of one of the most beloved series of books and films will be able to visit J.K. Rowling's fanciful lands and characters when The Wizarding World of Harry Potter comes to Universal Orlando.

Legoland Florida
Winter Haven, FL
It's not scheduled to open until the end of 2011, but you can take a sneak peek at the new park coming to Florida.

Walt Disney World
Lake Buena Vista, FL
Give a Day, Get a Disney Day
When most people volunteer for a good cause, they generally aren't looking for any kind of reward. But hey, getting something in return for volunteering is always appreciated, right? And when that something is a day at a Disney World theme park, with passes going for as much as $79, well that's really appreciated. That's exactly what Disney is doing for 2010 with its Give a Day, Get a Disney Day promotion. If you're ready to start helping out so you can help yourself to a free Disney theme park ticket, here's what you need to know.

Toy Story Mania! update
In late May, the 3-D video game ride will get tweaked with new scenes featuring characters from the Toy Story 3 sequel.

Captain EO- Jacko will be backo. The pioneering 4-D sci-fi film starring Michael Jackson will return to Epcot for a limited run starting July 2.

Summer Nightastic!- A resort-wide celebration will kick off June 6 and continue through August 14.

  • The Main Street Electrical Parade- Returns to the Magic Kingdom.
  • Summer Nightastic Fireworks Spectacular- New nighttime show at the Magic Kingdom.
  • The Tower of Terror at Disney's Hollywood Studios gets retrofitted with new drop sequences and lighting effects.

Magic Your Way Ticket Program- Info about 2010 Walt Disney World Admission Tickets.

New Fantasyland Forest Attractions at the Magic Kingdom- They're not scheduled to open until 2012 and 2013, but get a sneak peek at some exciting new attractions coming to Walt Disney World.

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