10 top new theme park attractions in America for 2014
Written by Robert Niles
The days between the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas might be the slowest time of the year for theme parks, with travelers staying home between the two holidays, and regional parks closed for the year. But theme park fans never take time off from at least thinking about the parks. What better time, as we approach the new year, to anticipate some of the great new attractions that await us in 2014?Tweet
From our list of What's Under Construction at Top Theme Parks, here are the top 10 new attractions we're looking forward to seeing in North America next year, plus one bonus new attraction from outside the United States and Canada.
In alphabetical order of theme park
Busch Gardens Tampa: Falcon's Fury
This 335-foot drop ride will offer the unique experience of dropping riders face down toward the Earth below. Falcon's Fury will be the centerpiece of a revamp of the park's Timbuktu section into the newly-branded "Pantopia" land.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg: London Rocks
London Rocks will play in a renovated Globe Theatre and feature a 25-minute live-action and multimedia tribute to the heyday of rock in England.
Canada's Wonderland: Wonder Mountain's Guardian
A 3D dark ride/roller coaster, Wonder Mountain's Guardian will start up the side of the park's icon mountain, before plunging inside for a shoot-'em-up adventure.
Dollywood: Firechaser Express
This Gerstlauer family coaster will feature two mild launches, as well as a backward section, on a themed track.
Kings Island: Banshee
This Bolliger & Mabillard roller coaster will be the world's longest inverted coaster and feature seven inversions and a top speed of 68 mph.
Six Flags Great Adventure: Zumanjaro Drop of Doom
Great Adventure will add a trio of 450-foot drop tower tracks to Kinga Ka's tower, making this the world's tallest drop ride.
Six Flags Great America: Goliath
A Rocky Mountain Construction coaster, Goliath will be the world's fastest, tallest, and steepest wooden roller coaster.
Universal Studios Florida: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley
Universal follow its wildly success Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure with this new London-themed Harry Potter land, highlighted by an indoor roller coaster ride through the caverns under Gringotts Bank.
Universal Studios Hollywood: Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem
Universal brings its popular Minion 4D ride to Hollywood, adding an impressive new facade and a Super Silly Fun Land play area next door.
Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom: The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
The Snow White-themed centerpiece of the Magic Kingdom's New Fantasyland finally debuts this spring.
And here's that bonus new ride, from the Disneyland Paris resort:
Walt Disney Studios Park: Ratatouille: L'Aventure Totalement Toquee de Remi
The Paris Disney Studios park gets its version of a "Mystic Manor"-style trackless dark ride, themed to the third-most-famous rodent in the Disney family.
Which of these new attractions are you planning to experience in 2014? And which ones would you most want to read about on Theme Park Insider?
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