SeaWorld’s first separate-ticketed, nighttime Halloween event, Howl-O-Scream, premieres this fall joining the daytime Halloween Spooktacular to offer spooky fun by day and terrifying frights by night
A visit to SeaWorld Orlando will turn frightful on select evenings this fall when the park unleashes the ALL-NEW Howl-O-Scream. Guests will evade roaming haunts rampaging through scare zones and seek shelter indoors, only to find they have entered a house of horrors. Adventuresome guests can deepen the thrills with terrifying coaster rides in the dark, quench their thirst for fear at a fiendishly interactive bar and feel the monstrous electricity of a live show.
For the first time since reopening, Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld theme parks all hit their maximum capacity for both days of the weekend.
Florida Theme Parks
The theme parks are all currently running at a reduced maximum capacity of 30% from that of pre-covid maximum capacity. Since reopening they have seen relatively low guest numbers and have not reached the 30% level until this weekend. Continue reading
SeaWorld Orlando reopened to visitors after 84 days of closure. Whilst the park was closed, the zoological operations including animal rescue and rehabilitation continued.
Jon Peterson VP of Zoological Operations at SeaWorld said that even though the park was closed, their teams were working around the clock. He said they had rescued 63 animals during the closure and managed to return 33 of those back to their natural environment. Amongst those rescued were two pregnant Manatees that had been struck by boats and that those manatees gave birth whilst at SeaWorld. The Manatees are just about ready to be released back in to the wild. Continue reading
Forthcoming Theme Park Attractions and New Parks
Listed below are a number of possible upcoming theme park attractions, lands, and new theme parks coming to Florida. Although the list contains all confirmed and strongly-rumoured new attractions, some of the details may still be somewhat vague – especially the opening date. Once the details, including the opening date, become known then the attraction or park will be added to the Theme Park Timeline.
For temporary changes or closures to park attractions please see the separate list of Ride Closures and Future Refurbishments.
Walt Disney World
- HarmonioUS firework show – New nighttime firework show opening sometime in 2020. This replaces the temporary new firework show Epcot Forever.
- Festival pavilion – New three-level pavilion for live events and festivals with a park on the top, possibly opening in 2022.
- Guardians of the Galaxy ride – New indoor rollercoaster at Universe of Energy pavilion replacing Ellen’s Energy Adventure, opening sometime in 2021 (possibly Spring).
- Journey of Water – Walking water-based trail inspired by “Moana”, possibly opening in 2021.
- Mary Poppins attraction – New Mary Poppins attraction and Cherry Tree Lane area, opening sometime in the next few years (2021 or 2022).
- Play Pavilion – New interactive play “city” coming to the old Wonders of Life pavilion in Future World, opening sometime before 2021.
- Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure – New trackless 3D dark ride at the France pavilion, opening in Summer 2020.
- Space 220 – New space-themed restaurant next to Mission: SPACE, opening sometime in 2020.
- Update to Spaceship Earth – Spaceship Earth is to be updated with new narration, new musical score, and new scenes, probably opening in 2022.
- Wondrous China – New film in the China pavilion of World Showcase, opening in 2020.
- New Nighttime Parade – Rumoured new nighttime parade, possibly opening in 2021.
- TRON Lightcycle Run – New rollercoaster coming to Tomorrowland, possibly opening in Summer 2021.
- Changes to Tomorrowland Speedway – Rumoured TRON-themed update to the existing Speedway attraction, possibly opening in 2021.
- Wreck-It Ralph – Rumoured for 2022 to replace Stitch’s Great Escape in Tomorrowland.
- Star Wars: Galactic Star Cruiser Hotel – New Star Wars themed hotel linked to Galaxy’s Edge area in Hollywood Studios, possibly opening in 2021.
Universal Orlando Resort
- Bourne Stuntacular – New indoor stunt show based on the high-energy Bourne franchise, opening in Spring 2020. This replaces Terminator 2 3D.
Islands of Adventure
- Jurassic Park rollercoaster – Rumoured new launched steel rollercoaster themed to Jurassic Park/World, possibly called “Velocicoaster” and possibly opening in Spring 2021.
- Epic Universe – New Universal Orlando theme park, including lands rumoured to be themed to Super Nintendo (Mario and Donkey Kong), Universal Classic Monsters, Dreamworks, Harry Potter, opening sometime in 2023.
- Ice Breaker – New launch rollercoaster opening in Spring 2020
- Riptide Race – Florida’s first duelling water slide, opening sometime in 2020.
Busch Gardens Tampa
- Iron Gwazi – The world’s fastest and steepest wooden-steel hybrid rollercoaster, opening in Spring 2020. This replaces Gwazi.
Please see the Theme Park Timeline for a graphical list of new attractions that have opened since a previous visit.
SeaWorld Orlando will reopen to visitors on 11 June after closing it’s gates due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
SeaWorld outlined its reopening plans to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force where it received approval from the Mayor and final approval from the governor of Florida.
The plans outline new and enhanced health and safety measures following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control.