Busch Gardens Africa
The park's diving coaster (which debuted in 2005 as North America's first diving coaster) will deliver an even more insane ride this season when Busch Gardens replaces its trains with floorless models. As their name implies, diving coasters climb a lift hill, momentarily hang precariously at the top, and then dive 90 degrees (that's straight down folks). With the new floorless experience, there will be no track above, no floor below, no car on the sides to envelop riders--just a train of flying seats.
Cypress Gardens Adventure Park
Winter Haven, FL
Saved from the shuttered Miracle Strip Amusement Park in Florida, the circa-1963 woodie will get a new lease on life at Cypress Gardens starting in 2007.
New kiddie rides for Shamu's Happy harbor
An ocean-themed carousel, a ride called Ocean Commotion, and a kid-sized tower ride are coming to SeaWorld in 2007.
Blue Man Group
Fire up the paint guns and pop open the bag of marshmallows. The PVC pipe-thumping characters known as Blue Man Group will be bringing their unusual mix of idiot-savant-garde theater and infectious rock music to the Universal Orlando resort starting in June. The show will incorporate elements from the troupe's permanent productions in cities including Las Vegas and Boston, its wild touring concert, and new material developed exclusively for the Florida performance. Universal will transform the former Nickelodeon Studios building into a 1000-seat theater that guests will be able to access from either the Universal Studios theme park or the CityWalk entertainment zone.
Walt Disney World
Lake Buena Vista, FL
Year of a Million Dreams, Finding Nemo- The Musical at Disney's Animal Kingdom, The Seas with Nemo and Friends at Epcot, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor Comedy Club at the Magic Kingdom
After wrapping its successful 50th-anniversary celebration of Disneyland last year at all of its parks, including Walt Disney World, Disney launched the multi-park event, The Year of a Million Dreams (which curiously spans 15 months and will continue through the end of 2007). The highlight of the event is a Disney Dreams Giveaway sweepstakes that awards large, small, and one-of-a-kind prizes, such as a one-night stay in the Cinderella Castle suite, to guests. Also, three new attractions are debuting.
- Year of a Million Dreams at Walt Disney World Overview
- The Year of a Million Dreams at Walt Disney World Photo Gallery
- Finding Nemo- The Musical at Disney's Animal Kingdom Show Review
- The Seas with Nemo and Friends at Epcot Ride Review
Walt Disney World's 2007 Ticket Prices. Get the lowdown on the Magic Your Way ticket program and discover how to get the most value for your vaction dollars.
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