Coaster Check List

Florida Coaster

ShekiKra - Busch Gardens
Incredible Hulk - Islands of Adventure
Montu - Busch Gardens
Dueling Dragons - Islands of Adventure
Rock n Roller Coaster - Disney's Hollywood Studios
Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit - Universal Studios
Kumba - Busch Gardens
Space Mountain - Magic KingdomThe granddaddy of the Disney World coasters was born in 1975, making it the oldest coaster in Florida. It continues to please in an almost-quaint Tomorrowland way.<br>
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The darkness enhances most of the thrills. Your party launches single-file into a twisted mass of two strategically lit rails. Other cars swoosh by with glow-in-the-dark accessories against a "starry" roof. It's not that fast, but it's curiously fun. (<b>NOTE:</b> Space Mountain will close April 19 for renovations and reopen later in 2009.)<br>
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<b>Wild or mild scale:</b> 3 out of 5<br>
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<b>Theming/atmosphere:</b> 4 out of 5<br>
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<b>NEXT:</b> Scorpion at Busch Gardens<br>
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(Photo: DISNEY)<br>
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Expedition Everest - Disney's Animal Kingdom
Revenge of the Mummy - Universal Studios
Gwazi - Busch GardensThis double-sided ride provides traditional, wooden sound effects, and it looks great, maybe too great. Although it has a high hill -- 90 feet -- it doesn't drop the length of it.<br>
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Of course, it's a rough one. I feared elbow-to-face contact with my co-pilot. But it's hard to beat the thrill of seeing folks on the opposing track speed by in a dueling racket.<br>
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<b>Wild or mild scale:</b> 4 out of 5<br>
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<b>Theming/atmosphere:</b> 5 out of 5<br>
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<b>NEXT:</b> Space Mountain at Disney World<br>
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(Photo: BUSCH GARDENS)<br>
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Tampa Bay's Scorpion - Busch GardensThe orange coaster stuck away in Timbuktu strikes me as the forgotten, neglected little brother at the park. It has a dated, 1970s-coaster feel. It also packs a surprise: After the first drop, riders go upside down in a loop without benefit of an over-the-shoulder harness. Only the lap bar and the laws of physics keep folks secure.<br>
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<b>Wild or mild scale:</b> 3 out of 5<br>
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<b>Theming/atmosphere:</b> 3 out of 5<br>
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<b>NEXT:</b> Windstorm at Old Town<br>
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(Photo: BUSCH GARDENS)<br>
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Primeval Whirl - Disney's Animal KingdomDescribed as a "spinning coaster," this ride resembles a Tilt-A-Whirl on a rail. Its location in Chester & Hester's Dino-Rama -- sort of the Gatlinburg of Animal Kingdom -- maintains its carnival-ride vibe. The hills aren't substantial, but in conjunction with the round-and-round-and-round rotation of each car, equilibrium becomes tough to maintain. For more fun, lean into the direction of the spinning.<br>
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<b>Wild or mild scale:</b> 3 out of 5<br>
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<b>Theming/atmosphere:</b> 4 out of 5<br>
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<b>NEXT:</b> Cheetah Chase at Busch Gardens<br>
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(Photo: DISNEY)<br>
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Cheetah Hunt - Busch Gardens 
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