The guide is arranged alphabetically by U.S. state. This page includes what's new for the 2006 season at theme parks in U.S. states from Arkansas to Massachusetts.
The next page includes what's new for the 2006 season at theme parks in U.S. states from Michigan to Ohio.
The third page includes what's new for the 2006 season at theme parks in U.S. states from Pennsylvania to Washington plus Canada.
Hot Springs (near Little Rock), AR
For 2006, Magic Springs will be debuting The X Coaster, a multi-looping coaster that will feature a 150-foot upside-down inversion--the tallest in the world. Although it will include a number of inversions, the unique ride will not include over-the-shoulder restraints. Instead, the coaster's intense G-forces will keep riders securely in the cars. The X-Coaster (not to be confused with Six Flags Magic Mountain's X 4th Dimension Coaster) will reach speeds of 65 mph.
CALIFORNIACalifornia Theme Parks 2006 Ride Guide
With its many theme parks, California has its own page of new rides and attractions for the 2006 season.
COLORADOSix Flags Elitch Gardens
The Amazing Acrobats of China
There'll be no new coasters or major rides this season, but the park will be debuting The Amazing Acrobats of China, a high-energy circus act.
Bristol (near Hartford), CT
Thunder 'N' Lightning
The extreme swing ride will use a compressed air system to catapult two rows of seats back and forth and reach heights of 125 feet. Thunder 'N' Lightning will hit 60 mph and deliver some powerful positive and negative G-forces.
- To get a sense of the new attraction, check out the Xtreme Swing Video Preview, a similar ride coming to another park.
FLORIDAFlorida Theme Parks 2006 Ride Guide
With its many theme parks, Florida has its own page of new rides and attractions for the 2006 season.
GEORGIASix Flags Over Georgia
Austell (near Atlanta), GA
Read about the new Goliath Hypercoaster.
Valdosta (near the Florida border)
Shaka Zulu River Adventure
The themed flume ride will send guests plunging into Africa's Pridelands.
A 140-foot tall drop tower ride debuts at the park in 2006.
ILLINOISSix Flags Great America
Gurnee (near Chicago and Milwaukee)
There is a funnel ride coming to the park's Hurricane Harbor water park.To learn more about water park funnel rides, see my review and photos of High Anxiety at New Jersey's Mountain Creek water park.
Santa Claus, Indiana
Holiday World Talks Turkey
For 2006--its 60th anniversary season--the folks at Indiana's Holiday World will be adding a new Thanksgiving section...and ride fans will have much to be thankful for, including a record-setting new wood coaster to be called The Voyage.
The Splash Battle soak-or-get-soaked ride will keep guests cool this season as will the new interactive water sprayground.
After being closed for a couple of years, new developers plan to reopen the amusement park this spring.
There are wood coaster rumblings in Kentucky. Beech Bend will launch the Kentucky Rumbler wood coaster, which will travel over 2800 feet and reach a top speed of 48 MPH. The thrill machine's manufacturer, Great Coasters International, describes its banked, twisting first drop as an "Aeroplane" dive.
LOUISIANADixie Landin' and Blue Bayou Water Park
Drop tower and Tornado rides
The amusement park is adding a drop tower ride, and the water park is adding a Tornado funnel ride. To learn more about water park funnel rides, see my review and photos of High Anxiety at New Jersey's Mountain Creek water park.
Six Flags New Orleans
While Six Flags appears committed to reopening the Katrina-damaged park, it's unlikely it will open this season.
Next Page: The 2006 Season Ride Guide continues with parks from Michigan to Ohio.