Originally announced in May, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s newest planned addition to its park, Cobra’s Curse, is due to slither into action in the summer of 2016. The new ride will be much more family-friendly than the park’s last addition, Falcon’s Fury, but is still likely to provoke an adrenaline rush or 5 on the fast paced spinning drops! The ride will begin with the passenger cars being lifted vertically 70ft into the air before being dropped dramatically onto the Serengeti Plain and going to into a free spin determined by the weight distribution of the passengers. At 3.5 minutes long, it’s one of the longest attractions you can ride at the park, so it will definitely be worth revisiting!
One of the biggest announcements this year came from SeaWorld Orlando, who leaked details of their brand new ‘hypercoaster’ through Instagram. When a photo was released by the official SeaWorld Instagram stating “73mph - ‘nothing faster’”, the news was out – the fastest rollercoaster in Orlando was coming to SeaWorld Orlando in the summer of 2016! As more details emerged, it became clear that not only would the new shark-inspired MAKO coaster be the fastest in Orlando, it would also be the tallest and the longest of all our favourite attractions. Reaching dizzying heights of over 200ft in the air, the ride’s designers describe the ‘relentless air time’ the new ride will offer visitors.
Reign of Kong
Another big announcement made in May involved one of the most iconic characters from Universal’s illustrious history. Yes, King Kong is back and he’s bigger than ever in the new attraction ‘Skull Island: Reign of Kong’ at Universal’s Islands of Adenture! Wrap around 3D screens will transport riders into the deepest darkest jungle of Skull Island, where visual tricks and revolutionary ride technology will make sure you feel as if you’re really there. Of course, the tour soon turns perilous as the bus you’re on suddenly comes nose to nose with the big man himself in the terrifying darkness of Skull Island.
The ride is set to open in the summer of 2016, so keep your eyes peeled, or find out more here. If you haven't already snapped up tickets for the opening, check out our Universal Orlando ticket pages.
Frozen Ever After
On the 1 May 2016, the Norway pavilion at Disney’s Epcot Park will be given a touch of Frozen sparkle, as it welcomes the brand new Frozen Ever After ride. The new ride will feature songs from the original Frozen film, as well as inspiration from Frozen Fever, the animated short. The ride will take place indoors and will take visitors on a trip around Arendelle, which is in the throes of celebrating the winter festival. Riders will get to meet Olaf, Sven, Anna and Kristoff before seeing Queen Elsa in her ice palace. Definitely one not to miss for the little Disney fans.
Rides Re-opening in 2016
Two of our favourite rides, The Hulk at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Soarin’ at Epcot will be reopened in the summer of the new year after extensive refurbishments. Both rides will have been closed for more than 8 months when they finally re-open. We’re very excited to see how these two iconic Orlando rides will come roaring back to life!
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