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What's New for the 2006 Season at N. American Parks: Arkansas to Massachusetts

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photo  El Toro wood coaster construction Six Flags Great Adventure New Jersey

El Toro is a towering new wood coaster coming to Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey.

Six Flags 2005. Used with permission.
Updated June 21, 2006
New roller coasters, new dark rides, new drop rides, new water rides: 2006 is shaping up to be quite a season at theme parks and amusement parks. No matter where you may live throughout North America or where your vacation travels may be taking you this year, there's bound to be some new excitement awaiting you.

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.

ARKANSAS

Magic Springs
Hot Springs (near Little Rock), AR
X Coaster
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.

CALIFORNIA

California Theme Parks 2006 Ride Guide
With its many theme parks, California has its own page of new rides and attractions for the 2006 season.

COLORADO

Six Flags Elitch Gardens
Denver, CO
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.

CONNECTICUT

Lake Compounce
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.

FLORIDA

Florida Theme Parks 2006 Ride Guide
With its many theme parks, Florida has its own page of new rides and attractions for the 2006 season.

GEORGIA

Six Flags Over Georgia
Austell (near Atlanta), GA
Goliath
Read about the new Goliath Hypercoaster.

Wild Adventures
Valdosta (near the Florida border)
Shaka Zulu River Adventure
The themed flume ride will send guests plunging into Africa's Pridelands.

IDAHO

Silverwood
Athol
Panic Plunge
A 140-foot tall drop tower ride debuts at the park in 2006.

ILLINOIS

Six Flags Great America
Gurnee (near Chicago and Milwaukee)
Tornado
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.

INDIANA

Holiday World
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 Voyage is now open! See videos of the actual ride:
The Voyage Rider-Reaction Video
The Voyage Onboard Point-of-View Video
The Voyage Off-Ride Video

Indiana Beach
Monticello
Splash Battle
The Splash Battle soak-or-get-soaked ride will keep guests cool this season as will the new interactive water sprayground.

KANSAS

Joyland
Wichita
After being closed for a couple of years, new developers plan to reopen the amusement park this spring.

KENTUCKY

Beech Bend
Bowling Green
Kentucky Rumbler
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.

LOUISIANA

Dixie Landin' and Blue Bayou Water Park
Baton Rouge
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
New Orleans
While Six Flags appears committed to reopening the Katrina-damaged park, it's unlikely it will open this season.

MASSACHUSETTS

Six Flags New England
Agawam, MA (near Springfield, MA and Hartford, CT)
Catapult and Splash Water Falls
Read more: Six Flags Catapults Two Rides to New England

Next Page: The 2006 Season Ride Guide continues with parks from Michigan to Ohio.

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