Forthcoming roller coasters at Florida theme parks spark joy from roller coaster enthusiasts

Posted Monday, January 25, 2021 10:23 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Roller-coaster enthusiasts are looking up — and forward — as testing for Orlando’s next thrill rides ramps up at theme parks. New rides are testing at Universal Orlando, SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa, with construction at Magic Kingdom and Epcot for others.

Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.

Monday, January 25, 2021 5:02 PM

I'm seriously thinking about a Florida trip in the back half of the year, that I've had my COVID vaccination by then.


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Monday, January 25, 2021 7:31 PM
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Florida will warmly welcome any dry humping of strangers by that time, I'm sure.

Guardians and Tron are a big mystery though, in terms of opening targets. I'm not sure if they have any. It would seem to me that if they have the appropriate cash flow, and it seems they do, that finishing new attractions to, uh, attract people post-Covid would be a top priority.


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Monday, January 25, 2021 7:35 PM
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I am pleased to announce that one of my annual conference destinations just happens to be holding itself in the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld in September.

Whatever will I do with any downtime?

Hmm.


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Monday, January 25, 2021 11:37 PM

As you wear a mask and wash your hands, dry hump.


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Tuesday, January 26, 2021 2:51 PM
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OhioStater said:

Whatever will I do with any downtime?

Rent a car, drive to Tampa, and ride Gwazi?

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021 4:01 PM

I'm still not convinced the tag team of Iron Gwazi/Icebreaker will be open by then. SeaWorld doesn't seem to have any interest in making any sort of operational improvements to their parks, and I have this hunch those two rides will sit closed until the holiday season this year or Spring 2022.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021 5:11 PM

Jeff said:

Guardians and Tron are a big mystery though, in terms of opening targets. I'm not sure if they have any. It would seem to me that if they have the appropriate cash flow, and it seems they do, that finishing new attractions to, uh, attract people post-Covid would be a top priority.

I think I read somewhere that Disney's plan for Tron was to finish the exterior of the ride and then, in effect, close up the building...stopping any additional construction for the foreseeable future. I'm guessing that mean they don't want to spend any more money on it in this fiscal year.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021 5:23 PM
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If you read that on a fan site, I'd take it with a metric ton of salt. I don't buy any of that. I don't see any world where Disney doesn't want to be in a strong position against Universal when travel picks up, and I think Velocicoaster is gonna make a lot of noise.


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Tuesday, January 26, 2021 9:23 PM
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Make that 2 metric tons.


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Tuesday, January 26, 2021 9:26 PM
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Tuesday, January 26, 2021 9:38 PM
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If I recall, wasn't there a huge blowup in another thread on here about how Disney has little to no interest in Universal and they aren't trying to compete with them because they aren't even in the same league?

If I am thinking of the right site, then why would it now be of concern to Disney and is one coaster really the deciding factor of people picking one park over the other?

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021 9:45 PM
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OMG because you're right CoasterBuzz isn't the real world!


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Tuesday, January 26, 2021 11:54 PM
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Are you sure you aren’t, confusing this with the SFMM vs CP or regional vs destination discussions?


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Wednesday, January 27, 2021 1:44 AM
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BrettV said:

I'm still not convinced the tag team of Iron Gwazi/Icebreaker will be open by then. SeaWorld doesn't seem to have any interest in making any sort of operational improvements to their parks, and I have this hunch those two rides will sit closed until the holiday season this year or Spring 2022.

How long can they let them sit SBNO? Heck, Gwazi was fully completed, ride, queue, theming, everything, when I visited last August. (From what I could tell at least. Let's say it was 99% finished). It doesn't help that it's the most prominent thing on the skyline from the road and that you're forced to walk by the ride's entrance to get to the back of the park.

We really are living in the weirdest, worst times, aren't we?


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Wednesday, January 27, 2021 11:19 AM
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TheMillenniumRider said:
If I am thinking of the right site, then why would it now be of concern to Disney and is one coaster really the deciding factor of people picking one park over the other?

I didn't know the Coasterbuzz forums were so homogenous.

I don't see a world where Disney seals up Tron like a sarcophagus and lets it sit there unfinished. They may not open it right away, but they will continue construction, testing, etc. Of course I didn't see a world where Disney would shut down due to Covid either so...

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021 11:47 AM

Jeff said:

...I think Velocicoaster is gonna make a lot of noise.

Are they not putting sand in the support legs?

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021 4:24 PM

bjames said:

How long can they let them sit SBNO?

Indefinitely. There are a few examples:

There are also several examples of rides that have closed and have remained around:

  • Camelback Coaster (https://rcdb.com/3372.htm) closed in 2011. The station has been removed but the rest of the ride has been repainted and kept as a decoration!
  • Eureka Mountain Mine Ride (https://rcdb.com/1129.htm) closed in 2006. It was removed in 2017.
  • Loop Coaster (https://rcdb.com/1277.htm) closed in 2000. Half of it had been removed by 2006, but the other half still stands today, twenty years later – the ultimate Roller Coaster Tycoon death coaster :)
  • Thunder Coaster (https://rcdb.com/1265.htm) closed in 2017, but still stands.

If I had to guess, the rides will open when there's the footfall to support them. While some people (like me!) will hold off booking until opening dates have been published, the majority don't give a monkeys – Florida is too much of a destination.

Last edited by Richard Bannister, Wednesday, January 27, 2021 4:24 PM

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021 7:00 PM

I realize it's not WDW, but just to pre-empt the "Disney would never do that" people, I have only two words that I am surprised were not on Richard's list: "Rocket Rods".

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021 7:38 PM

There’s Adventureland’s Dragon. It was partially razed, but the loops remain as if to say “Remember when this ride tried to kill you? Well, there’s a new one now.”

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