For thrillseekers jonesing for a quick hit of adrenaline and families seeking some G-rated fun, summer can’t come fast enough as it heralds the debut of theme park season.
From the world's first onboard magnetically-powered roller coaster, to the largest observation wheel on the East Coast, here’s a look at some of the most anticipated new rides and amusement parks to open in the USA this year, according to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions.
Twisted Colossus, Six Flags Magic Mountain
For four minutes, thrill-seekers are whipped along 1,525 meters of track in a wood hybrid coaster. What makes this coaster more dizzying is that two trains operate on the track at the same time, passing and turning opposite each other. Other features include a zero-G roll and a ‘Top Gun’ element that slows the trains down as they pass through a loop.
Universal Studios Hollywood In Universal City
Universal Studios takes a stroll through memory lane as part of its 50th anniversary with an enhanced tour that enlists actors to recreate scenes from some of the studio’s cinematic classics like Psycho. The tour also includes an immersive, Fast & Furious Supercharged 3D experience featuring motion simulators and a tunnel-like movie screen to bring the action movie to life. Their Simpsons-themed park is also open.
Dare Devil Chaos Coaster, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
A single looping coaster that travels backwards and forward until the cars complete multiple revolutions through a 21-metre loop.
Theme parks that didn't make it. 15 Of The World's Creepiest Abandoned Theme Parks
Where should you go? Insider's Guide: Best Theme Parks In North America
Voyage To The Iron Reef, Knott’s Berry Farm
Buena Park, California
Aboard the submarine-themed car, guests of the 3D interactive dark ride dive into the deep and attempt to save Knott’s from flooding by keeping ballooning puffer fish and octopi at bay with an interactive freeze ray.
Batman: The Ride, Six Flags Fiesta Texas
San Antonio, Texas
The specs on this coaster read like a tech manual. Brace yourself: A 4D spinning wing coaster sends riders 37 meters into the air in an elevator-type lift, before flipping riders six times in head-over-heel spins and two vertical free falls. The coaster is loaded with special effects and powered by onboard magnetic technology – a world first.
Rougarou, Cedar Point
Inspired by the werewolf, the ‘Rougarou’ is described as a floorless coaster that reaches speeds of up to 97 kilometres per hour and sends riders down a 42-metre drop through four inversions.
Orlando Eye, I-Drive 360
Part of the I-Drive 360 entertainment complex, the Orlando Eye stands at 122 meters tall and offers 20-minute rides into the sky in air-conditioned glass capsules. The observation wheel is touted as the tallest on the East Coast.
Visit your local Flight Centre store or call 131 600 for more advice and the latest deals on travelling to the USA.
Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015.
This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.