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Issue Date: Vol. 53, No. 12, December 2013, Posted On: 11/22/2013


Amusement Parks And Attractions Worldwide Present New Rides And Experiences For 2014 Season


IAAPA Press Release
TAGS: amusement business, IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013, International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, amusement parks, water parks, family entertainment centers, vending

PRESS RELEASE

Source: IAAPA | Released Nov. 22, 2013

Thrill seekers and families to scream, splash, spin and smile in 2014

ORLANDO, FL -- (Nov. 22, 2013) -- More than 28,000 attractions industry movers and shakers congregated in Orlando, FL, Nov. 17-22, at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013. As they gathered, facilities from North America, South America, Asia, Australia, and Europe offered details of new rides, slides, attractions, and exhibitions coming to their venues in 2014.

 

During the Expo, produced by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), owners, operators, and managers of amusement parks, water parks, family entertainment centers, zoos, aquariums, science centers, museums, and resorts network, attended industry seminars, and interact with their colleagues from across the globe while traversing miles of trade show floor aisles and look forward at the awe-inspiring, exhilarating years ahead for the attractions industry

 

More than 1,000 designers, engineers, and entrepreneurs showcased roller coasters, family rides, water slides, simulators, dark rides, 3-D and 4-D experiences, mobile applications, stage entertainment, and more at the annual industry-exclusive gathering. IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013 was held at the Orange County Convention Center.  

 

Major new attractions will debut across the globe in 2014, including many that were created or purchased at previous Expos. Here are some of the most exciting thrills guests will enjoy next season:

 

NEW IN 2014


North America

USA

California

Aquatica San Diego in Chula Vista, California, introduces the 375-foot (114.3-meter) “Taumata Racer” water slide that sends riders in and out of tunnels and along a 180-degree swooping turn. www.aquaticabyseaworld.com

 

Gilroy Gardens opens the $2 million “Water Play Oasis” in the Watsonville, California, park south of San Jose. The play space includes a flower-themed splash pad and two-foot-deep (0.6-meter-deep) tot pool. In keeping with the park’s theme of education, an overview of watersheds will also be displayed as part of the new attraction. www.gilroygardens.org  

 

Legoland California Resort in Carlsbad, California, expands its water park by 3 acres (12,140 square meters) with “Legends of Chima Water Park.” The centerpiece of the new area will be the “Lion Temple Wave Pool,” an interactive wave pool designed for families with young children, highlighted by the 30-foot-tall (9-meter-tall) “Mount Cavora” floating water feature. Guests will also find adventure through Craggers Swamp, a hands-on water play area featuring slides and water cannons, and “Eglor’s Build-A-Boat,” where children can build boats while learning skills such as adjusting for currents and dodging obstacles while racing against fellow guests. california.legoland.com

 

SeaWorld San Diego in California debuts Explorer’s Reef, a new beach-themed park entrance with four kid-friendly touch pools in the 3-acre (1.2-hectare) space. Each touch pool will measure 24,000 gallons (90,850 liters) and allow children to pet thousands of fish, including 400 brown-banded and white-spotted bamboo sharks. The ticket booths in the entryway will be replaced by a themed concierge-style ticketing area. www.seaworldparks.com/en/seaworld-sandiego

 

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California, introduces the interactive “Tsunami Soaker,” which pits guests against one another in a thrilling spinning water battle. www.sixflags.com/discoveryKingdom

 

Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California, near Los Angeles renovates “Bugs Bunny World” for the park’s youngest thrill seekers with a family show in the Carrot Club Theater and a new children’s coaster, bringing the number of children’s coasters in the park to four. For more experienced thrill seekers, the “BATMAN the Ride” and “Colossus” roller coasters will run backward for limited times during the 2014 season. www.sixflags.com/magicMountain

 

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Valencia, California, near Los Angeles adds the free-fall “Bonzai Pipelines slide complex and “Dive-In Movies” in the “Forgotten Sea Wave Pool,” showcasing the hottest family-friendly films.  www.sixflags.com/hurricaneHarborLA

 

Universal Studios Hollywood in California introduces the fully immersive attraction "Despicable Me Minion Mayhem" where guests enter Gru’s house as they wait to experience a 3-D journey into the villain’s laboratory. Adjacent to the attraction is Super Silly Fun Land, which is inspired by the pierside park featured in the movie and includes wet and dry zones with fountains, splash pools, and play structures. www.universalstudioshollywood.com

 

Florida

 

Aquatica, SeaWorld Orlando’s water park in Florida, introduces "Ihu's Breakaway Falls," a new water thrill ride, topping 105 feet (32 meters) in 2014.  www.aquaticabyseaworld.com

 

Falcon’s Fury,” a 335-foot (102-meter) freestanding drop tower, opens at Busch Gardens Tampa. Riders pivot 90 degrees outward in midair to a face-down dive position then plummet toward the ground at 90 mph (97 km/h). www.buschgardens.com

 

Disney's Animal Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, debuts the new "Festival of the Lion King" theater near the park's Harambe Village in the Africa section. The theater will play host to the popular musical show based on the 1994 film. disneyworld.disney.go.com/destinations/animal-kingdom

 

DUPLO Valley Toddler Area, a new farm-themed play space, debuts at Legoland Florida in Winter Haven for children between the ages of 2 and 5. Attraction in the new area include a train, a mini-tractor ride, and a water play area. florida.legoland.com

 

Universal Studios Florida reveals The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley. The new expansion will feature a Gringotts Bank-themed attraction. The new area will link to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Islands of Adventure via the Hogwarts Express train which completes the illusion of traveling between Hogsmeade Village and Diagon Alley. www.universalorlando.com

 

The "Seven Dwarfs Mine Train" roller coaster opens at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida. Walt Disney Imangineers designed the individual train cars to indepedently swing from sid to side as they enter the dwarfs' world in this new family coaster. www.disneyworld.disney.go.com

 

Georgia

Six Flags Over Georgia in Austell near Atlanta introduces Hurricane Harbor, the park’s new free-with-admission water park. The many attractions in the new section of the park include “Hurricane Bay,” an 80,000-gallon (302,833-liter) wave pool Paradise Island, an interactive area for children; and multi-slide complexes “Tsunami Slide” and “Bonsai Pipeline.” www.sixflags.com/overgeorgia

 

Kansas

The Alley of Hutchinson, a new 42,000-square-foot (3,902-square-meter) bowling alley and family entertainment center opens in Hutchinson, Kansas. The new facility will include more than 20 bowling lanes, a games arcade, bumper cars, and a laser game.

 

Kentucky

For the first time since 2009, Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville opens with 48 rides and attractions, including a new steel roller coaster.  The new park operators will double the size of the Hurricane Bay water park, expand the King Louie’s Playground, children’s area, and restore and renovate many of the park’s rides. www.kentuckykingdom.com

 

Illinois

Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois, adds “Goliath,” a wooden roller coaster designed by Rocky Mountain Construction Group that features a vertical drop of 180 feet (55 meters) and will reach top speeds of up to 72 mph (116 km/h). Guests face three intense over-banked turns and a 180-degree zero-G roll twist while also flipping head over heels through two inversions. www.sixflags.com/greatamerica

 

Indiana

Santa Claus, Indiana’s Holiday World introduces “Mayflower,” a swinging ship ride in the park’s Thanksgiving-themed section. Up to 60 guests will swing 54 feet (16.5 meters) in the air over a pool of water. www.holidayworld.com

 

Iowa

The Storm Chaser” spinning swing ride debuts at Adventureland Park in Altoona, Iowa, near Des Moines. www.adventurelandpark.com

 

Kansas

The “Verruckt Slide” opens at Schlitterbahn Kansas City, in Kansas. The four-person raft slide rises higher than Niagra Falls and will feature a multi-story uphill blast after the initial plunge.  www.schlitterbahn.com/kc

 

Maryland

Six Flags America near Washington, D.C., introduces a Mardi Gras section, anchored by two thrilling rides — “Ragin’ Cajun,”  a fast-track 1,378-foot-long (420-meter-long) spinning roller coaster, and the “French Quarter Flyers,” which put guests in the pilot seat as they travel up to 40 mph (64 km/h). www.sixflags.com/america

 

Massachusetts

Legoland Discovery Center, a 44,000-square-foot (4,088-square-meter) indoor Lego-themed experience, opens in Somerville, Massachusetts. The new facility includes a 4-D theater, Lego rides, a master builder workshop, and a replica of Boston, Massachusetts, crafted from 1 million Lego bricks. www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com

 

Six Flags New England introduces the “New England SkyScreamer” to the Agawam, Massachusetts, theme park. The 400-foot (122-meter) swing ride spins guests in the air at speeds up to 40 mph (64 km/h). While aboard, riders take in views of the New England skyline and the Connecticut River. www.sixflags.com/newengland

 

Minnesota

The “Northern Lights” family coaster debuts at Valleyfair in Shakopee, Minnesota. Guests soar along 300 feet (91 meters) of track, reaching speeds up to 43 mph (69 km/h). At night, the ride’s dancing lights will illuminate the sky in hues of purple, blue, and green. The park also introduces the Route 76 family area, which provides a new home for three classic rides – “Antique Autos,” “Tilt-a-Whirl,” and “Scrambler” – all of which originally debuted at the park in 1976.   www.valleyfair.com

 

Missouri

Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Missouri, opens “SteelHawk,” a thrilling swing that takes riders 300 feet (91 meters) in the air, providing an illusion of flight as the guests rotate around a center pole. Mondial Rides of The Netherlands developed the technology behind the ride. www.worldsoffun.com

Six Flags St. Louis introduces the "Tsunami Soaker," which marries a classic teacup ride with interactive water elements. Guests spin in circles as they use giant water pistols to engage other guests in a super soaking water battle. www.sixflags.com/stlouis

 

White Water in Branson, Missouri, adds “KaPau Plummet,” a $1.7 million attraction manufactured by WhiteWater West that features two 240-foot water slides. Each slide contains a drop-floor from which riders experience a 70-degree freefall followed by a spiraling loop. www.bransonwhitewater.com     

 

Nevada

Cowabunga Bay, a $23 million water park, opens in Henderson, Nevada, with 30 attractions, including the 35,000-square-foot (3,252-square-meter) “Surf-A-Rama Wave Pool.” www.cowabungabay.com  

 

New Jersey

Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, debuts the 415-foot (126-meter) “Zumanjo: Drop of Doom.” Guests ascend 41 stories in 30 seconds before free-falling toward the ground at 90 mph (145 km/h). “Zumanjo” will be built on the face of “Kingda Ka” with its steel coaster cars racing around the track at 128 mph.  www.sixflags.com/greatAdventure

 

The Steel Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey, opens a 220-foot (67-meter) observation wheel. Italian ride designer Technical Park is constructing the ride. www.steelpier.com

 

New York

The Great Escape in Queensbury, New York, opens “Extreme Supernova,” a high-flying, spinning adventure. The ride lifts guests 50 feet (15 meters) in the air as it spins, twists, and flips in a giant swinging pendulum. http://www.sixflags.com/greatEscape

 

Thunderbolt” will debut at Luna Park in Brooklyn, New York’s historic Coney Island, amusement district. The “Thunderbolt” roller coaster is designed in the same vein as a classic ride by the same name that thrilled guests from 1925 to 1982. The 125-foot-tall (38-meter) steel roller coaster will reach speeds up to 65 mph (105 km/h) as it traverses 2,000 feet (609.6 meters) of track. The ride will be constructed and operated by Central Amusement International.  www.lunaparknyc.com

 

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum, which honors the victims and heroes from the 2001 terrorist attacks, opens in New York, New York. The museum features hundreds of artifacts, including a section of “The Survivors’ Stairs” from the World Trade Center. www.911memorial.org

 

North Carolina

Carowinds near Charlotte, North Carolina, introduces two water slides to Boomerang Bay water park. Riders will catch an ocean-like wave on the 45-foot-tall (14-meter-tall), 263-foot-long (80-meter-long) “Surfer’s Swell” and speed down the 351-foot (107-meter) “Dorsal Fin Drop.” www.carowinds.com

 

The 36,000-square-foot (3,344.5-square-meter) Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium opens at the Concord Mills Mall near Charlotte, North Carolina. Exhibits at the $10 million aquarium include an underwater tunnel with a 180-degree view of the sea life. www.visitsealife.com/charlotte-concord

 

Ohio

Sandusky, Ohio’s Cedar Point opens two new family-fun rides, “Pipe Scream,” a Zamperla-manufactured Disk O’ Coaster, which sends riders spinning and coasting over 302 feet (92 meters) of track, reaching maximum speeds of 43 mph (69 km/h). “Lake Erie Eagles” is a classic family Flying Scooter built by Larson International, which allows riders to control their path as they spin in suspended carriages. Cedar Point also embarks upon a two-year renovation of its Hotel Breakers. www.cedarpoint.com

 

Kings Island in Mason, Ohio, introduces "Banshee," a $24 million roller coaster designed by Bolliger & Mabillard of Switzerland. The coaster sends riders through seven inversions along 4,124 feet (1,257 meters) of track, reaching speeds up to 68 mph (109 km/h). The ride begins with a lift, taking guests to the maximum height of 167 feet (51 meters) before sending them down 150 feet (46 meters) and setting them on a course that includes a dive loop, two vertical loops, a zero-gravity roll, two batwing inversions, and a 170-foot-long (53-meter-long) heartline finale. www.visitkingsisland.com  

 

Pennsylvania

Dorney Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania, introduces “Snake Pit,” a seven-story, six-slide complex in Wildwater Kingdom. Guests experience the 450-foot (137-meter) freefall of “Python Plummet,” the spiraling 360-degree loops of “Constrictor,” and high-speed drops and banked turns of the twin “Boa Blasters.” www.dorneypark.com  

 

The Philadelphia Zoo in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, opens an animal trail system, giving its animal inhabitants more interactive experiences. This trail system includes “Big Cat Crossing,” an overhead passageway that enables the animals to travel away from their usual habitats. www.philadelphiazoo.org 

 

Cookie’s Monster Land opens at Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, with a new play area and five new rides themed to the cookie-obsessed furry blue Muppet monster. Rides include the spinning “Flying Cookie Jars,” which lifts riders 40 feet (12 meters) in the air, and “Captain Cookie’s High ‘C’ Adventures,” which transports riders along a track set to mimic ocean swales. www.sesameplace.com

 

Tennessee

FireChaser Express,” a new 2,427-foot (740-meter) Gerstlauer-manufactured dual-launch roller coaster, kicks off a 10-year, $300 million capital investment project at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Perched 12 stories above the park’s Wilderness Pass area, the dual-launch family coaster leaves the station in one direction before traveling back to return in the opposite direction. www.dollywood.com 

 

Texas

The Corsicana Water and Adventure Park, a 23-acre (9-hectare) water park, opens in 2014 in Corsicana, Texas. Dallas, Texas-based Leisure and Recreation Concepts, Inc. (LARC) is designing the park, which includes several pools, a lazy river, mat racers, tube slides, body slides, ziplines, beach volleyball courts, and a water fountain show.

 

Max Bowl North expands in Humble, Texas, adding a 40,000-square-foot (3,716-square-meter) laser tag game and a 30,000-square-foot (2,787-square-meter) arcade featuring more than 40 different games. www.maxbowlnorth.com 

 

The newest Schlitterbahn water park and resort opens on Padre Island in Corpus Christi, Texas. Attractions in the centerpiece area of the park include “Boogie Bahn,” a “Torrent River,” and a fast, high-splash ride called “Shoot the Chute.” Guests will also move between the indoor and outdoor sections in a new tunnel ride. www.schlitterbahn.com/spi

 

Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, Texas, adds new rides and an interactive play space for the park’s youngest thrill seekers in a new children’s area. The new area will also add more seating and shaded areas for parents to take a break while their children play. www.sixflags.com/overTexas

 

Bahama Blaster,” a new water slide complex, anchors the tropically themed expansion at White Water Bay at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio. Guests step into one of the complex’s four vertical launching chambers before free-falling six stories at speeds up to 40 mph (64 km/h). www.sixflags.com/fiestatexas

 

Virginia

London Rocks” is a new 25-minute musical spectacular showcasing the evolution of British rock and roll. The show debuts at the Globe Theater at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. The park plans a renovation of the English village in the park to welcome the show. www.buschgardens.com 

 

Kings Dominion near Richmond, Virginia, celebrates its 40th anniversary with nods to the park’s history, including the reintroduction of a popular blue ice cream treat, a complete restoration of the iconic International Street Fountain, and the return of the Safari Village, which includes renovations to “Volcano: The Blast Coaster” and the “Anaconda” roller coaster. www.kingsdominion.com


Wisconsin

Mount Olympus Water and Theme Park Resort in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, doubles the size of its indoor water park to 130,000 square feet (12,077 square meters). www.mtolympuspark.com

 

Catch World Fever” at Old World Wisconsin in Eagle, Wisconsin, gives guests the opportunity to experience the cycling boom of the 1890s. Guests climb aboard a reproduction 19th century tricycle in this interactive experience as they spin to a turn-of-the-century rural bike club meet. www.oldworldwisconsin.org

 

CANADA

Canada’s Wonderland in Vaughan, Ontario, introduces “Wonder Mountain’s Guardian,” an immersive 4-D adventure. Guests enter a dragon’s lair and encounter mythical creatures during this multi-sensory adventure created by Montreal, Quebec’s Triotech. www.canadaswonderland.com

 

LaRonde, located in Montreal, Quebec, introduces “Demon,” a high-flying inverted experience. The ride lifts guests 40 meters (131 feet) in the air in a giant gondola before flipping them head over heels and swinging them side-to-side. In addition, the ride features 16 water jet sprays that soak riders randomly throughout the experience. www.laronde.com

 

EUROPE

BELGIUM

Plopsaland in De Panne, Belgium, adds the $20 million Plopsaqua indoor water park, which includes a wave pool, a lazy river, and several slides. www.plopsa.be/plopsaland-de-panne

 

DENMARK

Legoland Billund in Billund, Denmark, adds the £36 million ($57.5 million) “Ghost- The Haunted House,” an 800-square-meter (8,611-square-foot) interactive indoor experience that features two drop towers and a mirror maze, populated by 140 LEGO models. The park will also add 24 new rooms to the Hotel Legoland, all featuring a knight theme. www.legoland.dk

 

ENGLAND

Characters from “CBeebies”, the United Kingdom’s popular television program, comes to life in “CBeebies Land” at Alton Towers in Staffordshire. The 5-acre (2-hectare) site features rides, play areas, characters, and hands-on learning experiences for pre-schoolers. www.altontowers.com

 

KidZania will open its first location in the United Kingdom at Westfield London. The indoor space will feature games and activities that will enable children to explore a variety of adult jobs through role playing. The new location in London is one of several KidZania centers scheduled to open around the world in 2014. www.kidzania.com


FRANCE

Disneyland Paris, in France, introduces “Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy,” a motion-based, trackless, family dark ride, based on the hit Disney/Pixar film. www.disneylandparis.com

 

Futuroscope in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou, France, opens “La Machine A Voyager Dans Le Temps,” an interactive 4-D experience that transports guests through major moments in history, including the Stone Age, ancient Greece, Christopher Columbus’s discovery of America, and the first moon landing. www.futuroscope.com

 

GERMANY

Europa-Park in Rust, Germany, introduces a 550-meter-long (1,804-foot-long) indoor roller coaster that brings to life the “Arthur – In the Kingdom of the Invisibles” film series. The ride is designed by Mack Rides. The park also opens a 10-meter-tall (32.8-foot-tall) children’s free-fall tower, a large slide, and a carousel, all based on “Arthur and the Invisibles.” www.europapark.de

 

Wingcoaster,” a 772-meter (2,533-foot), €15 million ($20.3 million) winged roller coaster, debuts at Heide Park in Soltau, Germany. During the ride, guests rotate on the wingover drop before dropping 40 meters (131 feet) and reaching speeds up to 100 km/h (62 mph) as they negotiate “near miss” obstacles such as bridges, walls, and the ground. www.heide-park.de

 

Holiday Park in Hassloch, Germany, introduces the €8 million ($10.9 million) “Thrill Coaster.” The ride, which will be designed by Premier Rides of the United States, will reach top speeds of 100 km/h (62 mph) and feature multiple forward and backward slingshot launches, a twisting heartline inversion, cliff-hanger moments, and ascending and descending twists. www.holidaypark.de

 

Phantasialand in Brühl, Germany, opens “Chiapas,” a new Mexican-themed water ride. www.phantasialand.de/en/home

 

ITALY

Cinecitta World opens near Rome, Italy. The $700 million park will feature roller coasters and rides for the whole family, based on the more than 3,000 films and television programs developed during Cinecitta Studios’ 75-year history. www.cinecittaworld.it

 

Mirabilandia in Emilia-Romagna, Italy, introduces a dinosaur-themed children’s area. www.mirabilandia.it

 

RUSSIA

KidZania opens a new center in Moscow, Russia, featuring role-playing activities that enable children between the ages of 4 and 14 to investigate a variety of professions. The new location in Moscow is one of several KidZania centers scheduled to open worldwide in 2014. moscow.kidzania.com/en-us  

 

Sochi, Russia, is the home to Sochi Adventure Park, a new $300 million theme park that honors the Winter Olympics. The new park will have 35 rides and attractions such as a combination drop and launch tower designed by S&S-Sansei Technologies, a 5-D special effects theater, and “Flight Over Russia,” a flying theater. The park will be split into four themed lands, including the Gate of Fire, themed to past Olympic Games, and the space fantasy-themed Science Fiction City, and will feature three roller coasters—a 3,500-foot (1,067-meter) Mack Rides launch coaster with a loop, horseshoe roll, and inline twist; a 1,200-foot (3668-meter) wild mouse kiddie coaster designed by Mack; and a 191-foot-tall (58-meter-tall) Vekoma inverted Boomerang shuttle coaster featuring a loop and cobra roll. www.sochi-park.ru

 

SPAIN

Isla Magica in Seville, Spain, adds a new water park to its resort. The 10,000-square-meter (107,639-square-foot) water park features water slides, a wave pool, and a children’s area. www.islamagica.es

 

Parque de Attracions in Madrid, Spain, debuts a new children’s area, themed with Nickelodeon superstars SpongeBob Squarepants, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Dora the Explorer. The new area features attractions, shops, games, and themed restaurants. www.parquedeatracciones.es

 

Warner Beach, an €8.5 million ($11.5 million) water park opens at Parque Warner in Madrid, Spain. Attractions at the 30,000-square-meter (7-acre) water park will be themed to Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera characters and will include two wave pools, two water playgrounds, a lazy river, and a solarium with a sandy beach. www.parquewarner.com

 

SWEDEN

Liseberg in Gothenburg, Sweden, presents “Projekt Helix,” a 1.4-km-long (.9-mile-long) dual-launch roller coaster. The €23 million ($31.2 million) ride reaches speeds up to 100 km/h (62 mph) and is being developed by Mack Rides. www.liseberg.com

 

ASIA PACIFIC

AUSTRALIA

Adventure World in Perth, Western Australia, introduces “Abyss.”  The 630-meter, $12 million (2,067-foot) looping roller coaster features a 10-story lift, a 30-meter (98-foot) drop. www.adventureworld.net.au

 

CHINA

Merlin Entertainments Group opens China’s fourth Madame Tussauds in Beijing. The new wax museum, the 16th worldwide, will be developed near Tiananmen Square in partnership with SOHO China.  www.madametussauds.com

 

Ocean Park Hong Kong introduces a $5 million enclosure to house eight koalas transferred to Ocean Park from southern Australia. The park will also broaden the educational experiences from South Australia by featuring local foods and wines in its high-end restaurants. www.oceanpark.com.hk/html/en/home

 

JAPAN

Tokyo Disneyland reimagines “Jungle Cruise,” to feature a new soundtrack and special effects, as well as a night cruise after dark. “Once Upon A Time,” a 15-minute nighttime show projected on the castle, featuring scenes from Disney films “Cinderella,” “Alice in Wonderland,” and “Beauty and the Beast,” also debuts in 2014. www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp/en/tdl

 

Universal Studios Japan in Osaka brings The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to life with attractions based on J.K. Rowling’s book series and the movies they inspired. Highlights of the new world include Hogwarts and Hogsmeade, and the “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” attraction. www.usj.co.jp  

 

TURKEY

KidZania will open a new center in Istanbul, Turkey, featuring more than 90 role playing activities that enable children between the ages of four and 14 to investigate a variety of professions from dentistry to firefighting. KidZania Istanbul is one of several KidZania centers scheduled to open worldwide in 2014. istanbul.kidzania.com/tr-tr

 

LATIN AMERICA

BRAZIL

A new Ferris wheel opens at Coney Island Park in São Paulo, Brazil. The 30-meter-high (98.4-foot-high) attraction features 20 closed cabins, each with a six-person capacity, plus a wheelchair-accessible cabin. The experience will be accented by LED lighting, developed by MAXTRON. www.gorilao.com.br

 

KidZania will open a new center in São Paulo, Brazil, featuring games and role-playing activities for children between the ages of 4 and 14. The new São Paulo location is one of several KidZania centers scheduled to open worldwide in 2014. www.kidzania.com.br

 

Thermas dos Laranas brings three new attractions to the Olimpia, Brazil, theme park. The “Thermas Coaster” is a 400-meter (1,312-foot) aquatic coaster driven by magnetic propulsion and water jets. The “Radical Lagoon” is a lake surrounded by hydro-swings and giant inflatable trampolines, and the “Tsunami River Rapids” sends guests down a 1-kilometer (.6-mile) water course, accented by man-made waterfalls. www.termas.com.br

 

MEXICO

Six Flags Mexico in Mexico City adds steel tracks to the wooden “Medusa” coaster, transforming it to the hybrid “Medusa Steel Coaster.” The combination of a classic wooden structure with the steel track creates a faster, smoother, and more thrilling ride experience. The ride features a 117-foot (36-meter) drop, four overbanked turns, and three full inversions along more than 3,000 feet (914 meters) of track.   www.sixflags.com.mx

 

Wild Canyon Adventures in Los Cabos, Mexico, opens a new, steel cable bridge with wood flooring. The bridge is 330 meters (1083 feet) long and 100 meters (328 feet) high. http://wildcanyon.com.mx/the-park/the-gondola/

 

Xochitla Parque Ecológico in Tepotzotlán, Mexico, will host two special festivals. The “Balloon Festival” features balloon trips, contests, special attractions, and nightly light-and-sound spectaculars, May 3 and 4. The “Night of the Dead” festival on Nov. 1 showcases the traditions of the Mexican Day of the Dead, including skulls, skeletons, tours of Mictlan Aztec Xochitla, and gardens of marigolds, the flower of the dead. www.xochitla.org.mx

 

 

PUERTO RICO

Surf and Fun Waterpark will open in San Germán, Puerto Rico, and feature an 18,000-square-foot (1,672.25-square-meter) wave pool, a lazy river, slides, and a 17,000-square-foot (1,579.3-square-meter) interactive children’s area. LMC and Associates is developing the 20-acre (8-hectare) water park.


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