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Florida Ride Guide

What's New for the 2006 Season at Florida Theme Parks and Amusement Parks


Walt Disney World Happiest photo

All four parks at Walt Disney World feature new, imported attractions for the 50th anniversary.

Arthur Levine, 2005. Licensed to About.com.
Updated April 20, 2006
There'll be plenty of coasters and other rides debuting at Florida parks in 2006. Let's take a park-by-park look at all of the new fun.

Busch Gardens Tampa
Tampa, FL
Pirates 4D
The park is replacing its Haunted Lighthouse 4D film with Pirates 4D featuring Eric Idle and Leslie Nielsen.

SeaWorld Orlando
Orlando, FL
Believe and new kiddie rides
The marine life park is revamping its signature Shamu killer whale stadium show. Believe will incorporate more multi-media and special effects, including huge video screens. It is also adding three kiddie rides, including a small Shamu-themed coaster.

Universal Orlando
Orlando, FL
Universal 360: A Cinesphere Spectacular and High In The Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride
The resort will debut Universal 360: A Cinesphere Spectacular at its Universal Studios Florida park. The nighttime show, which debuts in early July, will feature highlights from the studio's impressive movie catalog projected onto four, 40-foot-tall, 360-degree globes set up around the park's lagoon. The show will incorporate original music, lasers, and, because it's Universal, some in-your-face pyrotechnics. The resort says that it will develop other Cinesphere shows for its Halloween Horror Nights (which will move back to the Universal Studios park this year) and Christmas holiday events. At Islands of Adventure, the overhead track and show building at the edge of Seuss Landing that has been dormant since the park opened in 1999 will finally spring to life when the High In The Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride debuts in June. The attraction will feature scenes from Dr. Seuss stories, including ÒDr. Seuss's ABCsÓ and ÒThe Sneetches and Other Stories.Ó The CityWalk entertainment complex will welcome the Red Coconut Club in June and the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company restaurant in July.

Walt Disney World
Lake Buena Vista, FL
Happiest Celebration on Earth, Expedition Everest, Pirates of the Caribbean
Disney World 's Animal Kingdom features incredible opportunities to view wildlife, but it comes up somewhat short in the attraction department. That will change for the better in 2006 when the park introduces the highly themed roller coaster, Expedition Everest.

While Disney's Happiest Celebration on Earth kicked off in May of 2005, the hoopla to mark Disneyland's 50th anniversary continues through the end of 2006. Read about the attractions, special shows, parades, and other features that debuted in 2005 for the event.

Also, the Pirates of the Caribbean will sink to new Depps when the beloved attraction gets a makeover. Captain Jack Sparrow and other characters from the park-inspired films will join the rollicking cast of mateys. The revamped ride will debut in the early summer to coincide with the opening of "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead ManÍs Chest," a sequel to the wildly popular "Pirates" movie starring Johnny Depp.

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