Although Walt Disney World is certainly central Florida’s biggest theme park draw, it’s important to remember that there are other theme parks in the central Florida area that are worth checking out, and are also constantly making changes and updating their attractions.
Here are five new updates from Universal Orlando, SeaWorld, and Busch Gardens Tampa.
1. Falcon’s Fury officially opens at Busch Gardens
Though it has been in testing and various states of soft open for the last few weeks, Falcon’s Fury finally opened officially on September 2, 2014. Falcon’s Furty was unfortunately hit by a number of construction delays which sadly resulted in the face-first drop tower missing its summer 2014 intended launch date.
Park president Jim Dean acknowledged the long wait in a statement, saying “We know guests from around the world have been waiting to experience this one-of-a-kind thrill ride”. Though the fall launch certainly represents a missed opportunity for Busch Gardens to capitalize on the 2014 summer tourist season, perhaps they can benefit from this off-peak launch by drawing more locals before tourism ramps up again during the holidays.
2. Michael Meyers comes to Halloween Horror Nights Orlando
After weeks of waiting and plenty of social networking teases, Universal Orlando finally announced its last house for this year’s Halloween Horror Nights (starting later this month). The final house will be based on the Halloween series of films and feature none other than Michael Meyers himself! And of course you’ll hear the spooky (and iconic) Halloween theme throughout the house. You can check out the haunted house announcement video below for more on this final haunted house:
3. Zombie Containment Unit 15 house announced for Busch Gardens Tampa's Howl-O-Scream
Though some were disappointed with the lack of new houses announced for this year’s Howl-O-Scream (previously Dead Fall was the only new house announced for 2014), Busch Gardens has added another new haunt for this year’s event: Zombie Containment Unit 15. This haunted house allows guests to “hunt” for zombies that have escaped from a containment center using a zombie eradication device (or ZED for short).
This new interactive house is the last to be added to this year’s “cursed” Howl-o-Scream event, and is a spiritual sequel to “The Experiment” which debuted three years ago at Howl-O-Scream. If you want to check out this house for yourself, Howl-O-Scream returns to Busch Gardens Tampa select nights beginning September 26th.