This week, our focus is on the brand new and exciting attractions opening Summer 2013. Summer is the time of year when parks across the world battle for the attention (and dollars) of tourists and visitors, by debuting their new attractions. These are the coasters, dark rides, water slides and more that will be coming to a park near you. Each year the competiton gets more fierce as coasters go higher and faster, and dark rides get more intense and technologically advanced. Here’s what you can look forward to this summer:
Cedar Point: Gatekeeper
Riders will enjoy the sensation of flight as they climb the 170-foot lift hill along the beach, then charge toward the main gate at speeds up to 67 mph. Their seats will be suspended from the car, allowing them to soar with nothing above or below them. Throughout the 2-minute, 40-second adventure, they’ll undergo six spine-tingling inversions and roll through the two keyholes, flying directly over the approximately 3 million guests who enter the park each year.
Ripley’s Aquarium of Toronto
No official opening date has been set for this brand new aquarium at the base of the CN Tower in Toronto, but construction has been progressing quickly so a late summer opening looks to be possible.
Aqua Twist at La Ronde
This circular attraction is comprised of nine boats that can seat up to six passengers. Just after boarding and before the ride starts, the floor disappears and is entirely covered with water, allowing each boat to flow and rotate. Boats are equipped with six water pistols so passengers can interact with guests aboard the other boats and with bystanders.
Hong Kong Disneyland: Mystic Manor
A brand new take on the world-famous Haunted Mansion, this new attraction provides a richly detailed new back story and ditches the traditional Doom Buggies for wi-fi and GPS enabled trackless vehicles. Using the latest technology, this looks to be one of the most technologically advanced attractions Disney has ever created.
Universal Orlando: Transformers: The Ride
A clone of the mega-awesome attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood an Universal Studios Singapore, except this time it’s two storeys to fit within the confines of New York Street. Expect high-definition 4D projections combined with animatronics, pyrotechnics and pulse pounding soundtrack.
Springfield at Universal Studios Florida
Not yet officially announced, this is another hyper-themed land Universal is adding to the park. You’ll be able to visit the Android’s Dungeon comic shop, Moe’s Tavern and more. A brand new spinning ride will be included in this area of the park themed to Kang & Kodos, the popular aliens from The Simpson television show.
Seaworld Orlando: Antarctica
Another Hyper Themed Land is opening in Orlando, this time at the gorgeous Seaworld. With a breathtaking new dark ride experience that allows you to get up close and personal with penguins, along with themed merchandise and food locations, it promises to be the “coolest” attraction on earth!
Six Flags Magic Mountain: Full Throttle
Full Throttle will feature the world’s tallest vertical loop on a roller coaster, in addition to three linear synchronous motor launches both forwards and backwards through tunnels and along the hilly terrain.
World of Chima at Legoland Florida
The fantastical new World of Chima will immerse guests in the only place in the world that brings the LEGO Legends of Chima to life. Amidst dramatic landscapes and the magical waters flowing from Mount Cavora, families will embark on an interactive water ride, The Quest for CHI. In this epic adventure, families will unleash the power and battle with water cannons in a journey through the diverse world of Chima where they will meet some of the highly advanced animal tribal habitats to help their hero Laval the Lion Prince defeat Cragger the Crocodile King in his quest to steal the mystical energy source, CHI.