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Ride Guide 2010

New for the 2010 Season at N. American Theme Parks: Arkansas to Massachusetts

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Ride Guide 2010

Holiday World's Wildebeest water coaster will use LIM technology to propel its passengers uphill.

Holiday World, 2009. Used with permission.
The economy, at least at the beginning of 2010, is still on its roller coaster journey. While economists, politicians, and cash-strapped theme park fans hope the financial situation rebounds, how has it affected the actual roller coasters at theme parks? The good news is that there will be some coasters and other attractions debuting at theme parks and amusement parks this season. And a certain boy wizard is sure to attract huge crowds to Florida this year--no matter how badly the economy casts its gloomy spell.

The guide is arranged alphabetically by U.S. state. Canada follows at the end.

  • This page includes what's new for the 2010 season at theme parks in U.S. states from Arkansas to Massachusetts.
  • The next page includes what's new for the 2010 season at theme parks in U.S. states from Michigan to Ohio.
  • The third page includes what's new for the 2010 season at theme parks in U.S. states from Oklahoma to Washington plus Canada

ALABAMA

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ARIZONA

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ARKANSAS

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CALIFORNIA

California Theme Parks 2010 Ride Guide
Everything old is new again at many California theme parks in 2010. For example, King Kong returns to wreak havoc at Universal Studios Hollywood, Michael Jackson doppelganger, Captain EO, moonwalks back to Disneyland, and an old coaster gets a new lease on life at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Along with the old/new attractions, there are some new/new goodies opening at California parks as well.

COLORADO

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CONNECTICUT

Quassy Amusement Park
Middlebury, CT
'Free Fall 'N'- New drop tower ride.

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DELAWARE

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FLORIDA

Florida Theme Parks 2010 Ride Guide
The big news at Florida parks this season--really the big news in all of parkdom--is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Coming to Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando, the new land is generating huge buzz and will surely generate huge crowds of muggles and other fans of the wildly popular Potter books and films. But there are developments at other Florida theme parks for 2010 as well. See what's coming to the theme park capital of the world.

GEORGIA

Six Flags Over Georgia
Austell (near Atlanta), GA
New shows, Looney Tunes Dance Off and Dick Clark's Face The Music (a trivia game show), debut.

Wild Adventures
Valdosta, GA
Viking Voyage
The family steel coaster that was known as Jack Rabbit at the closed Celebration City in Branson, MO, will find a new home this season at Wild Adventures. The park will also debut a new spinning Scrambler ride and Falcon Flyers, a spinning scooters ride.

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IDAHO

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ILLINOIS

Six Flags Great America
Gurnee, IL
Little Dipper, Glow in the Park Parade, and MagiQuest
Little Dipper, the classic wooden junior coaster which dates back to 1950 and thrilled generations of Chicago-area fans at the defunct Kiddieland, won't miss a beat as Six Flags Great America moves the ride to its midway. The Glow in the Park Parade will feature floats with twinkling lights. And guests will be able to purchase wands and play the MagiQuest interactive adventure game at Six Flags Great America this season. Also, the new shows, Looney Tunes Dance Off and Dick Clark's Face The Music (a trivia game show), debut.

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INDIANA

Holiday World
Santa Claus, Indiana
Wildebeest
Indiana's Holiday World will boast a record-breaker in 2010 when it unleashes Wildebeest, the industry's longest water coaster, at its adjacent Splashin' Safari water park. How long? With 1710 feet, or one-third mile of track, Wildebeest will deliver a two-and-a-half minute ride featuring uphill surges powered by magnetically charged linear induction motors.

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IOWA

Adventureland
Altoona (near Des Moines), IA
Adventure Island
The park's water park gets an expansion for 2010.

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KANSAS

Both of the state's parks, Joyland and Wild West World (which lasted less than one season), are closed.

KENTUCKY

Beech Bend
Bowling Green, KY
Water park expansion
Beech Bend will be adding a wave pool, water play structure, and lazy river to its water park. On the dry side of the park, younger guests will enjoy a new teacup ride and another new spinning ride. There will also be a new amphitheatre.

Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom
Louisville, KY
Unable to renegotiate favorable lease terms with the Kentucky State Fair Board, the owner of the property on which the park sits, Six Flags pulled out of Kentucky Kingdom before the 2010 season. It is possible Kentucky Kingdom may reopen, but not as a Six Flags park.

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LOUISIANA

Dixie Landin'
Baton Rouge, LA
To be Named
A small (24 feet tall) ride that was known as the Harvest Express Coaster at the defunct Nut Tree Park in California is taking up residence at the Louisiana park.

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MAINE

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MARYLAND

Six Flags America
Mitchellville, MD (near Washington, D.C.)
Thomas Town

Six Flags' largest Thomas Town will open at the Maryland park and will feature attractions such as the Harold the Helicopter ride, the Sodor Carnival Ferris wheel, and Cranky the Crane tower ride. Geared to younger children, the highlight of the new area will be rides aboard Thomas the Tank Engine.

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MASSACHUSETTS

Six Flags New England
Agawam, MA (near Springfield, MA and Hartford, CT)
Mr. Six's Splash Island and Glow in the Park Parade
The enormous Six Flags Hurricane Harbor water park, which is included with general admission to Six Flags New England, will get even bigger with the debut of a new area designed for younger guests. It will include a wave pool, an interactive lazy river, water fountains, and (for an additional fee), private cabanas. Also, the Glow in the Park Parade, which features floats with twinkling lights, will return this season.

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Next Page: The 2010 Season Ride Guide continues with parks from Michigan to Ohio.

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