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Florida Ride Guide 2008

What's New for the 2008 Season at Florida Theme Parks and Amusement Parks


The Simpsons ride into Universal Studios Florida.

The Simpsons ride into Universal Studios Florida.

Universal Orlando 2007. Used with permission.

Busch Gardens Africa
Tampa, FL
Busch Gardens Africa has always been as much about gawking at animals as soaring on roller coasters and rides. OK, it's known for its lovely gardens and beer as well. Three, and possibly all four, of its attributes will be featured in Jungala, a new themed village debuting in spring 2008. The lushly landscaped rainforest area will allow guests to get up close to tigers, orangutans, and other animals while also providing two exciting rides and a large play structure. And a couple of new restaurants will likely offer Budweiser and other Anheuser-Busch brews. Read more about Jungala.

SeaWorld Orlando
Orlando, FL
Aquatica Water Park at SeaWorld Orlando
When it opens in spring 2008, Aquatica at SeaWorld Orlando will offer a highly themed South Sea Islands atmosphere, lush landscaping, lots of water rides and attractions for all ages and thrill levels, including some with unique features, and, because it's SeaWorld, opportunities to interact with animals. Perhaps its most unique attraction will be side-by-side clear water slides that will shoot riders underwater where they will encounter black and white Commerson’s dolphins. Read more about Aquatica Water Park at SeaWorld Orlando.

Universal Orlando
Orlando, FL
The Simpsons Ride and Disaster! A Major Motion Picture Ride…Starring You
Homer, Bart, Marge, and the rest of The Simpsons gang are coming to Universal Studios Florida Slated to open in Spring 2008, the denizens of Springfield will bring their enduringly popular, unique, and often hilarious worldview to a new attraction in the building that hosted the now-defunct Back to the Future ride film. Guests will ride along with The Simpsons as they explore Krusty Land, a toon theme park developed by the TV show's Krusty the Clown. Also, at the end of 2007, Universal Studios tweaked the Earthquake attraction and now uses more generic name, "Disaster!" The ride now features new celebrities, a new story, and other updated features.

In late 2009, Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando will be introducing the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a lavish new land based on the wildly popular Potter books and films. Read more about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure.

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