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Ride Guides

A Year-by-Year Overview of What's New at Theme Parks and Amusement Parks


Discover the new roller coasters, rides, and other goodies that theme parks and amusement parks have introduced through the years.

Ride Guide 2014

Potter, part 2, comes to Universal Orlando. New Fantasyland wraps up with a major new attraction. New and newly refurbished coasters open. Record-breaking tower rides debut, and more.

Ride Guide 2013

Universal Studios 2008. Used with permission.
Highlights include Transformers: The Ride-3D at Universal Studios Florida, a high-tech new penguin exhibit at SeaWorld Orlando, the wildly unique Full Throttle at Six Flags Magic Mountain, three wooden coasters with inversions (an industry first), wild new shows, ad plenty more.

Ride Guide 2012

Disney. Used with permission.
One of the most exciting years on record for parks, 2012 will feature a slew of new, innovative coasters, the final phase of the Disney California Adventure expansion, including Cars Land, a revamped Spider-Man, a movie ride based on "Despicable Me," a wild new Transformers ride, the start of the Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland expansion at Disney World, and plenty more.

Ride Guide 2011

Cedar Fair, 2010.
Highlights include The Little Mermaid ride at Disney's California Adventure; wild, new coasters at Busch Gardens Tampa, Six Flags Magic Mountain, and Six Flags Over Georgia; and the snappy new Legoland Florida.

Ride Guide 2010

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.

Ride Guide 2009

Cedar Fair, 2008. Used with permission.
There may not be the bounty of new rides and attractions that parks have debuted in other seasons, but in these austere times, there are nonetheless a bunch of new coasters, shows, and other goodies to discover at parks. Find the new fun that awaits in the Ride Guide '09.

Ride Guide 2008

Disney 2007. Used with permission.
Highlights include Hard Rock Park, Disney's Toy Story Mania, The Simpsons at Universal Studios, Six Flags' The Dark Knight themed indoor coasters and Evel Knievel wooden coaster.

Ride Guide 2007

Disneyland Resort, 2007.
Highlights include Griffon, the floorless, diving coaster at Busch Gardens Europe, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage at Disneyland, Finding Nemo- The Musical at Disney's Animal Kingdom, The Seas with Nemo and Friends at Epcot, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor Comedy Club at the Magic Kingdom, Thomas the Tank Engine and Wiggle's World lands at Six Flags parks, and Renegade wooden coaster at Valleyfair.

Ride Guide 2006

Six Flags 2005. Used with permission.
Highlights include El Toro wood coaster and Tatsu flying coaster at Six Flags parks, Expedition Everest at Walt Disney World, and The Voyage wooden coaster at Holiday World.

Ride Guide 2005

Disney 2005. Used with permission.
Highlights include Disney's Happiest Celebration on Earth, Kingda Ka, the world's tallest, fastest coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure, Disney's Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show, Curse of DarKastle at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, and Insanity at the Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas.

Ride Guide 2004

Universal, 2004. Used with permission.
Highlights include Revenge of the Mummy at the Universal Studios parks, Journey to Atlantis at SeaWorld San Diego, Hersheypark's launched coaster, Storm Runner, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney's California Adventure, and Soarin' at Epcot.
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