New Theme Park Rides

With yesterday’s talk of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, I thought I’d take a look at some of the other new theme park rides you can enjoy this year.

Carowinds, which is situated in both North and South Carolina, introduces Intimidator, a roller coaster inspired by NASCAR’s Dale Earnhardt. Billed as the tallest, fastest AND longest roller coaster in the South-East, it promises to be an extreme ride with some steep, high drops and amazing speeds.

On a similar bend, Kings Dominion, Virginia has the Intimidator 305, also inspired by Earnhardt and billed as the “tallest and fastest gravity driven roller coaster on the East Coast”!

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Jackson, NJ launches its 10th season with a new water ride called The Tornado, which features a 60 foot high, 135 foot long vortex tunnel.

The Stratophere in Vegas is adding another attraction to its tower with Skyjump, which allows people to jump from the tower (to a platform below).

Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Virginia is celebrating its 35th birthday with Europe in the Air – a simiulator that takes riders flying over some of the great sites of Europe.

Moving out of the USA, a whole new theme park is opening later this year in Abu Dhabi, with the first Ferrari themed park, promising to bring the Ferrari brand to life and including the world’s fastest roller coaster – Formula Rossa – reaching speeds of up to 240 km/hr.

And in the UK, at Alton Towers the new Th13teen ride, featuring the world’s first freefall drop, is proving to be such a shock for some riders that they have started having to hand out free underwear due to some unfortunate accidents. Ride that one at your peril!

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