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Florida 2014 Highlights

Hogwarts Express at Kings Cross Station

2014 witnessed some major new attractions opening in Florida’s theme parks plus the inevitable closures along the way. The biggest event was probably the opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley and the Hogwarts Express train ride at Universal Studios Florida with its incredible old London theming.

Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival 2019

Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival [© CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Ricky Brigante,]

Busch Gardens has introduced their own Food and Wine Festival to rival that at Disney’s Epcot. In 2019, the festival runs over six weekends (Saturday/Sunday) from March 16 through April 28 and admission is included with a standard ticket, Fun Card or annual pass.

Note thought that both Fun Cards and Bronze Annual Passes have some blackout dates during March and April so not every day is available to those members.

SeaWorld Wild Days 2016

Antarctica Block Party

The SeaWorld Wild Days weekends in 2016 take place on three consecutive weekends in late January/early February; namely on January 16/17, 23/24 and 30/31 with different guests for each weekend. Entertainment is included with the standard admission.

Wild Days help connect guests with animals and wildlife and feature some of the world leaders in animal conservation, rehabilitation, preservation and rescue plus interactive shows/parties, up-close animal encounters and trainer talks.

Hollywood Studios Villains Unleashed

Unleash The Villains [© Walt Disney World Resort]

On August 23, 2014, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will host the one-night only “Villains Unleashed” separately ticketed after-hours evening event.

More than 50 “evil” Disney characters will be present including classic baddies like Captain Hook, Cruella De Vil and the Queen of Hearts to modern day villains like Darth Vader and Boba Fett from the Star Wars films. Disney’s latest villain, Maleficent, is sure to make an appearance.

Busch Gardens Summer Nights 2017

Turn It Up! Ice Show [© Busch Gardens. All rights reserved]

Each summer, Busch Gardens and SeaWorld run summer events and for 2017 both of them have revamped their offerings.

In 2017 Busch Gardens Summer Nights runs every night from June 16 to August 6. All entertainment is included in the standard park admission tickets and the park stays open until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings and until 9 p.m. every other night.

At Busch Gardens, you can ride the roller coasters at night including the new Cobra’s Curse and Cheetah Hunt, experience the Falcon’s Fury drop tower ride, explore the new Pantopia land, indulge in grilled foods and craft beers and then round off the evening with a fireworks display.

Florida Theme Park Attendance Figures 2017

Florida Theme Park Attendance Figures

Sources: Amusement Business Magazine, Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and Economics practice at AECOM.

Orlando is known at the theme park capital of the United States and rightly so with six of the top 10 North American theme parks located in Orlando (SeaWorld slipped into eleventh place in 2017. Worldwide, Disney’s four Florida parks make the top 10 list with Disney’s Magic Kingdom taking the top spot for more than 14 years now.

SeaWorld Sea of Surprises

Orca Killer Whales at SeaWorld

SeaWorld launched their “Sea of Surprises” celebrations on March 21 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first opening of a SeaWorld park in San Diego which opened in March 1964. SeaWorld Orlando opened on December 15, 1973.

The celebrations will run across all three SeaWorld parks in Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio for around 18 months.


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