Depending on how you count them, Florida’s theme parks have 23 roller coasters, not counting children’s rides. Five more are coming in the next two years.
In fact, Florida’s theme parks are in the midst of a roller coaster building spree of sorts. Between June 2018, when Slinky Dog Dash opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and October 2021, when Disney says Guardians of the Galaxy at Epcot and Tron at Magic Kingdom will have opened, the parks are adding eight new roller coasters. That’s twice as many as the parks have built in any other 3 1/2-year period.
“It’s a crazy amount of stuff happening,” said Robb Alvey, who runs the website Themeparkreview.com. The new coasters “are going to be major attractions. They draw a lot of people. ... There’s just something about thrill rides, and the roller coaster is the king of thrill rides.”