By Michelle Stark, Anne Glover, Amber McDonald and Kelly Stefani, Times Staff Writers
Illustration by Steve Madden, Times Staff Artist
Developed by Alexis N. Sanchez
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TAMPA — Busch Gardens on Thursday joined what is looking like an arms race of new thrill rides and roller coasters coming to Florida's I-4 corridor over the next year or so.
Opening next summer next to its shark encounter, SeaWorld Orlando announced on Wednesday that its newest roller coaster named Mako will be a killer ride, the tallest, fastest and longest coaster in Orlando.
It's no surprise that after the gangbuster business Universal raked in last year for its Halloween Horror Nights, the theme park announced it is expanding the scare-fest to a record 30 nights and doubling the number of actors roaming the park to startle visitors.
A new bar has opened up at Walt Disney Word's Polynesian Resort, and you don't have to be a theme park or resort guest to take in this unusual watering hole. Trader Sam's Grog Grotto is a bar loaded with tiki-tacky Hawaiian kitsch, special effects that go off on the ceiling, walls and fake windows with a screen that …
The Orlando theme park is having a blockbuster concert series this summer to mark its 25th anniversary starting with Latin pop star Prince Royce this Saturday and teen heartthrob Shawn Mendes on Sunday. The rest of the lineup is even bigger with Pitbull (May 30), Kellie Pickler …
Adventure Island brought a screamer of a new water slide on board this summer called Colossal Curl, (above) a 622-foot-long thrill slide with a "weightless wave wall" that leaves riders a little breathless in the finale.
Busch Gardens brings back its extended hours and fireworks in summer, and the new drop ride Falcon's Fury will be in full stomach-churning swing to ride in the dark.
You don't need a theme park ticket for Downtown Disney, and the shopping and dining destination is halfway through a two-year project to double in size and be reborn as Disney Springs, a fictional boom town from the turn of the 20th century.
As the world's largest tourist attraction, Walt Disney World has a huge incentive to innovate and move as many people as possible through its four theme parks with the least amount of unpleasantness. To date, 12 million of its MagicBands have been distributed. This summer may bring the device's pluses and minuses into …
Busch Gardens is offering a $99 two-park, two-meal deal available now through June 14 at the Tampa theme park and its neighboring water park, Adventure Island. Called the Ride, Slide and Dine ticket it allows visitors to choose two visits and two meals to either Busch Gardens or Adventure Island. It has to be purchased …