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Disney Florida Resident Deals 2014

Dino-Rama! at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Dino-Rama! at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney often offer special deals for Florida residents and in 2014 they are offering a three day ticket (one park per day) for less than half price at $129 plus tax with the option to add a fourth day for another $20 plus tax.

Bear in mind that a standard one day ticket to Magic Kingdom is $95 plus tax and $92 to the other main parks. A standard three day ticket without park hopping usually costs $262 plus tax.

Skyscraper, Florida's First Polercoaster

Skyscraper artwork [copyright Mango’s Tropical Café]
Skyscraper artwork [copyright Mango’s Tropical Café]

A new vertical roller coaster thrill ride, called the Skyscraper will be the anchor attraction at the new SKYPLEX entertainment complex being built a short distance away from the new Orlando Eye attraction at I-Drive 360 with an opening date of 2019.

It will be the tallest roller coaster in the world. Also being built is SkyFall that will also be the world’s tallest drop tower.

Best American Coasters 2013

Manta roller coaster at SeaWorld Orlando
Manta roller coaster at SeaWorld Orlando
A recent 2013 poll at the Behind the Thrills website voted the Manta roller coaster at SeaWorld the "Best American Coaster". Florida did well in the poll taking five of the top ten slots, with Kraken also at SeaWorld in fourth place and Universal's Islands of Adventure, Busch Gardens Tampa and Disney's Hollywood Studios each getting one coaster in the top 10.

Golden Ticket Awards 2013

Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls (Best Water Ride)
Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls (Best Water Ride)

The monthly periodical Amusement Today, featuring news, reviews and articles about the amusement park industry, gives out a set of annual amusement park awards called the Golden Ticket Awards, the first being awarded in 1998.

The awards are based on surveys from a panel of experienced park enthusiasts throughout the world who vote on 25 different categories, though there tends to be an emphasis towards North America even though the panels are split geographically.

Electric Ocean at SeaWorld 2017

SeaWorld Summer Nights [nizam.mr, http://www.flickr.com/photos/e-jump]
SeaWorld Summer Nights [nizam.mr, http://www.flickr.com/photos/e-jump]

Each summer, SeaWorld and Busch Gardens run summer events and in 2017 both parks have revamped their offerings.

SeaWorld has changed the name from Summer Nights to Electric Ocean and for 2017 it was originally scheduled to run every night from June 17 to August 5. All entertainment is included in the standard park admission tickets.

SeaWorld subsequently extended Electric Ocean until September 3 (on select nights)

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