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What's New at Florida Theme Parks in 2013

Transformers at Universal Studios and More


Transformers at Universal Studios Florida

A new ride based on the Transformers movie series will be coming to Universal Studios Florida, one of the new attractions at Florida theme parks in 2013.

Universal Orlando, 2012. Used with permission.
After unleashing a bunch of new goodies in 2012, Walt Disney World will be more or less taking a breather in 2013. But coming on the heels of the new (and wonderful) Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, the improved The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man ride, the launching of Universal's Superstar Parade, and the rollout of the nighttime show, Universal's Cinematic Spectacular -- all of which debuted in 2012 -- Universal Orlando is showing no signs of letting up in the coming year. It has placed its popular E-ticket Transformers attraction, which is wowing audiences at Universal parks in Hollywood and Singapore, on a fast track and will open it in 2013.

SeaWorld Orlando continues its expansion plans as well with the introduction of a radically changed penguin exhibit. Read about these and other new attractions and developments. The Florida Ride Guide is arranged alphabetically by park.

If you are planning a trip to Florida, here are some resources you may find helpful:

Florida Ride Guide 2013

Busch Gardens Tampa
Tampa, FL
Nothing new for the 2013 season had been officially announced at the time this was written. But there are strong rumors that something (although not anything major) could be on the way.

Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World
Lake Buena Vista, FL
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow
Opened in late 2012, guests stand in a special effects-filled theater where they encounter a sorta lifelike Johnny Depp as the titular buccaneer and other characters from the film series based on the popular Disney ride.

Epcot at Walt Disney World
Lake Buena Vista, FL
New Test Track
Introduced in late 2012, the significantly revamped E-tcket attraction now takes riders into a colorful Tron-like world. The pre-ride experience has been vastly improved as well.

Fun Spot America
Orlando, FL
Freedom Fighter and White Lightning
Located near Universal Orlando, the small amusement park will open two new rides. The inverted coaster, Freedom Fighter, will rise 64 feet and top out at a fairly family-friendly 34 mph. White Lightning, however, will be a more thrilling wooden coaster that will climb 75 feet and hit 48 mph.

Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World
Lake Buena Vista, FL
Fantasyland Expansion
For 2013, the building that formerly housed the Snow White's Scary Adventures ride will be the home of Princess Fairytale Hall. It will be the place where little princesses (and princes) will be able to have personal face time with Cinderella, Tiana, Rapunzel, and other royalty.

By the way, fret not Snow White fans. While the Scary Adventures ride may have reached its witching hour, a new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, a combination roller coaster and highly themed dark ride, will be heigh-hoing its way into New Fantasyland in 2014.

While they won't be new for 2013, lots of New Fantasyland features opened in late 2012 as part of the Magic Kingdom's expansion of the iconic land. Read more about:

SeaWorld Orlando
Orlando, FL
Antarctica - Empire of the Penguin
Read about the new ride-through experience, featuring unique trackless motion simulator vehicles, coming to the park.

Universal Studios Florida at Universal Orlando
Orlando, FL
Transformers: The Ride-3D
Read about the flashy, huge-scale, E-ticket, Spider-Man-style ride coming to the park.

Also, The Simpsons will get an expanded land as new Springfield restaurants, Moe's Tavern (where a "Flaming Moe" will be served, and shops will open.

Walt Disney World
Lake Buena Vista, FL
Limited Time Magic
A series of weekly (and in some cases, a little longer) special events will be held at the parks throughout the year including Pirate Week and (awwww!) True Love week.

Disney World will introduce its ultra-sophisticated advance planning program, including FastPass+, My Disney Experience, and MagicBands. Learn how to minimize queues and maximize fun.

Magic Your Way Ticket Program- Info about 2013 Disney World passes.

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