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Robert Niles

Cold and smoke should be on-ride effects, not weather

Published: November 18, 2008 at 9:53 PM

Tuesday Park Visit: With chilly temperatures in Central Florida and smoky skies in SoCal, I thought this would be a good week for a "virtual" Tuesday Park Visit. So let's fire up the time machine and visit the theme park of the future. Specifically, let's take a video visit to some of the top rides planned for major theme parks in spring and summer 2009.

(Plus, this is a shameless ploy to draw your attention to Theme Park Insider's What's Under Construction at Top Theme Parks page, where you can find links to all the planned new attractions for next season, and beyond.)

Let's start in the cold, snowy Midwest, where roller coaster fans can keep warm thinking of the new B&M mega coaster that awaits them at Kings Island next year: Diamondback.

West coasters get to go "old school" next spring, with a new GCI woodie at Six Flags Magic Mountain: Terminator: The Coaster

Down south, the Orlando theme parks will debut two new major coasters next year. I don't have any spec video for Universal Studios Florida's Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit. But SeaWorld has released construction video for its new B&M flyer, Manta:

Finally, we haven't forgotten our European readers. Here's the latest promotional video from Thorpe Park for Saw the Ride, which includes some on-ride concept video, amid all the hype:

Check out the rest of 2009's new rides on the What's New page, and feel free to submit new listings for upcoming, confirmed new attractions as they are announced.

Replies (4)

Joshua Counsil

Published: November 19, 2008 at 4:46 AM

Although I don't like the Saw theme for several reasons, the coaster looks pretty decent.
James Rao

Published: November 19, 2008 at 5:03 AM

In 2009, Cedar Fair's Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Missouri, is adding a custom-built GCI wooden coaster called The Prowler.
Deidre Dennis

Published: November 19, 2008 at 5:17 PM

Going to Orlando in June. Can't wait to ride Manta and Hollywood Rip, Ride Rockit. Very much looking forward to these new attractions.
Corey Romberg

Published: November 20, 2008 at 12:06 AM

They all look cool...but how about American Idol: The Experience? It may not be a thrilling coaster, but it should be a very cool new attraction, and considering the fan base of the show, it should be even more popular than these coasters

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