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Introduces You To What’s New in Theme Parks:
New Waterpark, Rides and Shows

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Harry PotterIf your family is visiting Orlando, you’ll have plenty of thrills to experience. The destination is loading up on the new theme-park action, providing parks, rides, shows and parades that are only available in Orlando. Get wet at Aquatica™— SeaWorld’s Waterpark, take a ride with The Simpsons at Universal Studios Florida® or have a "Block Party Bash” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios™ Just remember to get some rest, because with all of the new excitement, you’re going to need it.

Worlds of Discovery

The Busch Entertainment Corporation family of adventure parks is now known as Worlds of Discovery. Worlds of Discovery parks include Aquatica – SeaWorld’s Waterpark, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, SeaWorld Orlando and Discovery Cove, as well as the company’s other theme parks throughout the country.

Aquatica  SeaWorld’s Waterpark opened in March 2008. The one-of-a-kind park will include up-close animal experiences, high-speed thrills and wide, sandy beaches. Aquatica is the first new water park to open in Orlando in 12 years. It features 36 water slides; six rivers and lagoons and more than 80,000 square feet (7,432 square meters) of beach area. Guests are immersed with live animals in the park, including Commerson’s dolphins, brilliant macaws and colorful fish.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay unveiled an exotic jungle area in the theme park, called Jungala. The four-acre (1.6-hectare) attraction area is be located in the existing Congo area and includes tiger, orangutan and gibbon habitats mixed with dense landscaping. Two signature rides have been added including a zip line experience with three different flight patterns, and a ride launching guests above a towering waterfall. A three-story family climbing area letting visitors explore different layers of jungle life and a children’s water-play area has also been constructed. Two new restaurants, Bengal Bistro and Orang Café, opened in the themed area.

Manta at SeaWorld OrlandoSeaWorld Orlando introduced the next generation of SeaWorld thrills with Manta — a new mega-attraction which seamlessly transitions guests from the awe of encountering rays in underwater flight into the sensation of actually being one. Swooping over sea and sky, Manta inspires riders with amazing underwater animal habitats, then soars them face-down, in a horizontal position, aboard a manta-inspired flying coaster.

Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Studios Florida unveiled a new ride based on FOX’s blockbuster hit series, The Simpsons. Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie Simpson — stars of TV’s longest running series — ride along with guests in the new attraction, which takes them on a hysterical, almost unimaginable adventure. And don't forget about Hollywood Rip Ride RockitSM, a new high-tech, multi-sensory roller coaster, that is anticpated to open this year. On this adrenaline-filled thrill ride, you'll have the power to create your own unique roller coaster, complete with a soundtrack, lighting scheme and special effects chosen by you. On-board cameras record your pulse-pounding flight in what is surely the world's most technologically advanced roller caoster. After the actions stops, you'll have a video of all the fun to take home.

Opening in spring 2010, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ at Universal's Islands of Adventure® will provide visitors with a one-of-a-kind experience complete with multiple attractions, shops and a signature eating establishment. This completely immersive environment will transcend generations and bring the wonder and magic of the amazingly detailed Harry Potter books and films to life.

Walt Disney World Resort

Disney-MGM Studios theme park has been renamed Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The new name, which reflects how the park has grown from representing the golden age of movies to a celebration of the new entertainment that today’s Hollywood has to offer, debuted in 2008. The park also unveiled the following attractions:

  • Toy Story Mania! involves an interactive "Toy Story” competition inspired by the film. 3-D glasses put guests in the middle of the action as they board vehicles and zip into a world of exciting midway-style games hosted by their favorite characters. The ride opened in summer 2008.American_Idol "Block Party Bash” encourages guests to play, party and dance at the new interactive Disney parade, which opened in March 2008.
  • "Playhouse Disney — Live on Stage!” introduces a whole new cast of friends engaging children in singing, clapping and dancing. The new show opened in February 2008.
  • At "The American Idol Experience," guests will experience the challenge of auditioning, the rush of performing and the thrill of judging performances live on an interactive set. Guest performers with the highest votes will win a guaranteed reservation for future "American Idol" auditions. The attraction opened in early 2009.
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