Highlights Of The USA's 2015 Theme Park Season

3 June 2015
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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

Valencia, California

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.

 Dueling coasters on the Twisted Colossus!? (image: Six Flags Magic Mountain)

Universal Studios Hollywood In Universal City

California

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

Vallejo, California

A single looping coaster that travels backwards and forward until the cars complete multiple revolutions through a 21-metre loop.


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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.

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Rougarou, Cedar Point

Sandusky, Ohio

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

Orlando, Florida

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.

 Enjoy panoramic views of the city while riding the Orlando Eye (image: Orlando Eye via Facebook)

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