How to celebrate National Roller Coaster Day in Central Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. — What better place to celebrate National Roller Day than the theme park capital of the world?


The unofficial holiday, which always falls on Aug. 16, is a celebration of roller coasters. And with several theme parks in Central Florida, this area is the best place to ring it in.

Here is our guide to National Roller Coaster Day in Central Florida.


In honor of National Roller Coaster Day, SeaWorld is challenging guests to conquer all six coasters in the park in one day.

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With the most roller coasters in a single park, SeaWorld Orlando is known as the Coaster Capital of Orlando.

Participating guests at SeaWorld on Tuesday will get a lanyard to keep track of the roller coasters they ride, and those who compete the challenge will receive prizes.

Read more details here.

Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World isn’t advertising an official National Roller Coaster Day event, but if you’re looking for a themed thrill to go along with the day, there are plenty of options: Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain are just some of the roller coasters at Magic Kingdom; the recently refurbished Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom; Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster at Hollywood Studios and the new Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT.

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Universal Orlando

There are plenty of high-flying roller coaster thrills for all ages at Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios, whether it’s Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster for the pint-sized thrillseekers or the epic Incredible Hulk Coaster or VelociCoaster for the taller guests.

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FunSpot has seven roller coasters between its Orlando and Kissimmee locations.

Legoland Florida

For the coaster enthusiasts-in-training, the Winter Haven theme park has four roller coasters to experience on National Roller Coaster Day, plus Daddy Pig’s Roller Coaster at the adjacent Peppa Pig Theme Park.

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Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens in Tamps is hosting free behind-the-scenes tours to celebrate National Roller Coaster Day through Tuesday. Tickets are available for free on a first-come, first-serve basis. Click here for more information.

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.