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Interactive Florida Theme Park Guide - Tampa Bay Times
  1. 27 new things at Walt Disney World this summer


    When you are the world's most-visited theme park, people expect a lot. And with crowds breaking records every year, Walt Disney World seems to spend its time trying to get you to plan for Fast Passes and luring you out of the Magic Kingdom and into its three other theme parks. You don't have to go to a theme park …

    With digital upgrades and new footage, Soarin’ Around the World opens at Epcot on June 17.
  2. Everything you need to know about Florida theme parks this summer


    Every summer we look ahead to what's new at Florida's theme parks and attractions. With prices at most parks hovering around $100 for a single day, theme parks have to give customers a "wow" factor.

    This year aims high.

    Cobra's Curse Spin Coaster at Busch Gardens
  3. Here's what's new at Busch Gardens this summer: Cobra's Curse


    Busch Gardens calls Cobra's Curse a family coaster, but more than a few parents might balk at the signature spinning feature in the final third of the ride. It freely twirls the coaster car, making it a potentially wild ride based on weight distribution.

    For theme park guide. Busch Gardens new ride Cobra’s Curse ride will be the only spinning coaster like it in the world. The main icon of the ride is King Venymyss, an 80-foot golden snake statue. Riders will travel straight up in a vertical lift to come face-to-fang with the giant snake head before sending riders forward, backward and finally freely spinning in the last third of the ride.
  4. Here's what's new at SeaWorld Orlando this summer: Mako the hypercoaster


    SeaWorld begins its post-Shamu business model with Mako, below, the shark-inspired attraction that will be Orlando's highest, fastest and longest coaster when it opens on June 10.

    Artist Guy Harvey poses for a portrait June 23, 2014 in his showroom in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Harvey has developed his brand into a business empire. (Carl Juste/Miami Herald/MCT)