If you are planning a trip to the Golden State, here are some resources you may find helpful:
California Ride Guide 2013The guide is arranged alphabetically by park.
New Fantasyland Theatre show, Fantasy Faire, and Limited Time Magic
At the time this was written, Disney hadn't released details about the new live show it will be debuting in the summer of 2013 at its Fantasyland Theatre in Disneyland. In the spring, the park will be opening Fantasy Faire near Sleeping Beauty Castle. It will be the new home of the Disney princesses, and the place for little princesses to meet and greet the heroines. As its name implies, Limited Time Magic will be a series of special events held at the parks throughout the year including the (brief) return of the Golden Horseshoe Revue and Pirate Week.
Knott's Berry Farm
Buena Park (Next to Anaheim)
Three new rides, including a Wild Mouse-style coaster
Coast Rider will be the name of the 52-foot-tall coaster. Also opening will be a Scrambler and Flying Scooters, both traditional spinning rides.
Carlsbad (near San Diego), CA
The property continues its transformation into a destination resort with the debut of the Legoland Hotel. Scheduled to open in the summer, it will feature 250 rooms, some of which will be themed to (Lego-ish) pirates.
New 4D Film and More Star Wars
LEGO Legends of Chima will open in the park's 4D theater, and the popular Miniland Star Wars exhibit will expand.
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Santa Cruz, CA
A new spinning coaster is on its way to the seaside park.
SeaWorld San Diego
San Diego, CA
New water park
SeaWorld itself isn't expected to introduce anything new for the season (although it did open the wonderful coaster, Manta in 2012), but the company that runs the parks will be transforming a nearby water park into Aquatica California. Building on the successful Aquatica model it has introduced in Orlando and San Antonio, the San Diego-area park will combine lush landscaping and themeing, great water park attractions, and live animal exhibits.
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Vallejo (near San Francisco), CA
Cirque Dreams Splashtastic
A new show will combine dolphin choreography with circus acts.
Six Flags Magic Mountain
The wild new coaster will incorporate the world's tallest loop and three -- count 'em three -- magnetic launches.
- See more details in my preview of Full Throttle
- Watch the ride go through its paces: Full Throttle Preview Video
Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal City, CA
While the park hasn't confirmed anything (at the time that I wrote this), there are strong rumors that it will soon be closing Terminator 2: 3-D. The conventional wisdom is that the wonderful Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride, which has been delighting audiences at Universal Studios Florida, may be replacing Terminator, possibly in 2013.