Florida roller coaster building boom will yield 8 new coasters

Posted Monday, November 25, 2019 8:43 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Florida’s theme parks are in the midst of a roller coaster building spree of sorts. Between June 2018, when Slinky Dog Dash opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and October 2021, when Disney says Guardians of the Galaxy at Epcot and Tron at Magic Kingdom will have opened, the parks are adding eight new roller coasters.

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Monday, November 25, 2019 11:47 AM

The expert went on to warn potential tourists however that 'The Starbucks stores in the area close in the event of a hurricane for the safety of their staff which is a disgrace'.

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Monday, November 25, 2019 12:30 PM

It's a good time to be a Floridian. That, plus the fact that I can go outside and not sweat right now.

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Monday, November 25, 2019 12:34 PM

I wonder if I can fit a few days in Florida into my 2020 plans...

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019 8:55 AM

joz said:

The expert went on to warn potential tourists however that 'The Starbucks stores in the area close in the event of a hurricane for the safety of their staff which is a disgrace'.

I must admit, that was the most entertaining thing. It's crazy someone can be that selfish, but i'm not surprised in the least with that one. He is his own type of special, that's for sure.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019 2:01 PM

There's so much going on at WDW right now, that I just can't see myself leaving the Disney bubble next time we go to Central Florida (probably 2021 or 2022). But my goodness, Mako, Hagrid's, and Iron Gwazi are making it hard to stick to that plan. Does the "everything but Disney" ticket still exist? (I think it was about a decade ago, but it was 14 days at BGT, USF/IOA, or SWO for a couple hundred bucks).

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019 6:13 PM

I think so. I still see buses and shuttles advertising it and this looks current

https://www.orlandofuntickets.com/theme-parks/flex-tickets/

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019 6:21 PM

Sadly, the Orlando Flex Ticket doesn't exist anymore. You would need to buy tickets to each chain to achieve the same goal now.

One smaller coaster that was not mention is Hurricane, opening any week now at Fun Spot Kissimmee. Its the old Viking Voyage from Wild Adventures that was bought by Fun Spot to go into the old Windstorm spot behind Old Town.

The one ride that intrigues me is Guardians of the Galaxy as no one knows what it will be inside, just that it will use a new style of cars and the layout was created by the genius at Vekoma. IOA new Intamin will also be a great success since it will have a new style layout from them.

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Thursday, November 28, 2019 2:27 PM

Man, its awesome to live in Orlando right now. To be honest, I'm most excited about Tron. I know the ride itself is pretty tame. But the visuals....Jeeezas!!

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Thursday, November 28, 2019 4:25 PM

Absimilliard said:

One smaller coaster that was not mention is Hurricane, opening any week now at Fun Spot Kissimmee. Its the old Viking Voyage from Wild Adventures that was bought by Fun Spot to go into the old Windstorm spot behind Old Town.

I'd argue that's for a very good reason :) That will be very low down the priority list on my next visit to Florida.

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Saturday, November 30, 2019 8:21 PM

Yeah, just watched a POV (from 2018) and it looks more like an earthquake than a hurricane. The Black Friday season pass sale is going on, $75, but I will not renew this year.

Also, "Hurricane?" Really? They had a Name The New Coaster contest and chose "Hurricane?" That's about the most basic, generic name I can possibly think of, Florida or not.

I submitted "Mine Slower."

Last edited by Tommytheduck, Saturday, November 30, 2019 8:23 PM
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Saturday, November 30, 2019 11:09 PM

I rode that ride during an ACE event in Branson. That little park in town wasn’t very busy. I think Miler rides are kind of creepy anyway, in that the turn radius is tight, the cars sit high on the track, and the seats are small. The feeling is like a large kiddie ride or a Wild Mouse gone wrong.
Anyway, I wound up enjoying it and while most attendees were at the wooden ride (which is a real loss, btw) I was able to marathon the ride as much as I wanted. So I was glad to know it was coming to Fun Spot Backyard Annex.
Oh, that was until I remembered my one and only ride on the one at Casino, before it wound up in the ocean. That ride was misery- rough and painful. So we’ll see.
I like Tommy’s name for it and I can’t imagine that didn't win, lol.

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Sunday, December 1, 2019 3:02 AM

Tommytheduck said:

I submitted "Mine Slower."

I just spat coffee on my keyboard. Thank you for that.

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Monday, December 2, 2019 8:07 AM

BrettV said:

It's a good time to be a Floridian. That, plus the fact that I can go outside and not sweat right now.

Yes, the first week of December is great, isn't it?

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Monday, December 2, 2019 8:20 AM

I've had a few days where the solar even covered charging the cars. Windows have been open for days.

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Monday, December 2, 2019 12:33 PM

Notes to self:

- hate people who live in Orlando

- move to Orlando ASAP

Now if you'll excuse me I'll get back to watching the snow fall.

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Monday, December 2, 2019 5:11 PM

We all make choices. 😁

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Monday, December 2, 2019 6:22 PM

True that. I just make bad ones 😀

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Monday, December 2, 2019 7:17 PM

It’s dropping into the upper 40s for the next few nights with daytime highs in the 60s. Which means tomorrow morning I’ll have co workers wearing winter coats with hats and gloves.

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Monday, December 2, 2019 10:08 PM

Already happened in my office today.

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