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Posted On: 11/22/2013

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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



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.


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.  


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.


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.


Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California, introduces the interactive "Tsunami Soaker," which pits guests against one another in a thrilling spinning water battle.


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.


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.


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.




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.


"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).


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.


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.


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.


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.



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."



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.



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.



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.



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.



"The Storm Chaser" spinning swing ride debuts at Adventureland Park in Altoona, Iowa, near Des Moines.



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.



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).



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.


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.



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.



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.

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.


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.     



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."  


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.


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.


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.


"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.


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.


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."


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.



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.


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.  



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."  


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. 


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.



"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. 



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. 


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. Back