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Weekly Top 10: Our Most Anticipated New Attractions of 2015

February 2, 2015, 11:15 AM · What new attraction are you most looking forward to experiencing in 2015? Here are the 10 new rides and shows we're most eagerly anticipating this year. We don't know yet which one will be our favorite after the season, but, for now, these are the attractions topping our "must see" list for 2015.

10. Batman: The Ride
Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Batman train
The coaster train from Batman: The Ride, on display last fall at the 2014 IAAPA Expo.

The first S&S 4D Free Fly coaster in the United States opens in Texas this spring.

9. Laff Trakk
Hersheypark

A Maurer-Sohne coaster with seven, four-seat, 360-degree, free-spinning trains, Laff Trakk will take riders through an old-fashioned fun house at up to 40 miles per hour. According to the park, it's the first indoor, spinning, glow-coaster in the United States.

8. Thunderbird
Holiday World

The nation's first launched wing coaster, this $22 million Bolliger & Mabillard coaster will open in April 2015.

7. Voyage to the Iron Reef
Knott's Berry Farm

Voyage to the Iron Reef

Knott's Berry Farm continues its dark ride revival, adding a new shooter ride to the old "Kingdom of the Dinosaurs" space, following multi-million-dollar refurbishments of its classic Timber Mountain Log Ride and Calico Mine Ride.

6. Twisted Colossus
Six Flags Magic Mountain

Southern California finally gets its own "Iron Horse" steel-tracked woodie, as Magic Mountain converts its once record-setting wooden racing coaster to a state-of-the-art 21st century model.

5. Fury 325
Carowinds

We've learned over the years here at Theme Park Insider that our readers love Bolliger & Mabillard roller coasters, especially its Mega/Giga models. So, of course, we're looking forward to riding the world's tallest and fastest Giga when it opens this spring.

4. Paint the Night
Disneyland

Mack the Truck
Mack the Truck, from the Hong Kong version of 'Paint the Night.'

It's Disneyland's 60th birthday this summer, and the highlight of the celebration might be "Paint the Night," a night-time parade that first ran at Hong Kong Disneyland last year. Disneyland's adding units to this version of the parade (yeah, you guessed it — for Frozen), and is hoping to recapture the magic that made the Main Street Electrical Parade an enduring hit.

3. Baron 1898
Efteling

Baron 1898

We head to The Netherlands' Efteling for the number-three attraction on our list: a Bolliger & Mabillard Dive Coaster. Yes, we love B&M coasters, but it's the elaborate decoration and theming that Efteling is adding to this popular thrill ride model that's captured our imagination.

2. Fast & Furious - Supercharged
Universal Studios Hollywood

Fast & Furious - Supercharged

Featuring the stars of the Fast & Furious franchise, this new Studio Tour encounter will play on massive 360-degree, 4K 3D screens while your tour tram shakes on a motion base, simulating a 120-mph car chase through downtown LA. Frankly, the most amazing part of all this is the idea that anyone could find a road free enough of traffic to do 120 in downtown LA. We want to see that!

1. Justice League: Battle for Metropolis
Six Flags Over Texas, Six Flags St. Louis

Six Flags has put together an all-star team of attraction developers to create its latest attempt at a family-friendly dark ride. Based on the popular DC Comics franchise, Justice League: Battle for Metropolis sends visitors on motion-base ride vehicles from Oceaneering to battle villains such as The Joker in a Sally Corporation-designed shooter attraction, with additional tech provided by Alterface, RealD 3D, Lexington Scenic, Pure Imagination, and Wyatt Design Group. Will this be the attraction where Six Flags raises its dark ride game to Disney's and Universal's level? We can't wait to see.

Obviously, many other attractions will debut in 2015, including Cedar Point's Rougarou, a floorless reworking of Mantis, and a new Stitch Encounter show at Tokyo Disneyland. Which new rides and shows can you not wait to experience this year?

Replies (15)

February 2, 2015 at 11:29 AM · Pretty stoked about DCA's Soarin' revamp as well.
February 2, 2015 at 11:40 AM · I'm really intrigued about Hansa Park's new hypercoaster Kärnan. They're planning two phases - opening the coaster this year, then adding the theming in 2016. It'll be interesting to see if this strategy is successful enough to start a trend.
February 2, 2015 at 12:01 PM · We just booked our flights to St. Louis for Memorial Day weekend. Hopefully, SFSL will have Justice League up and running by then. We'll be hitting Holiday World on the same trip to try out Thunderbird.

The word is that Fury 325 will debut on 3-25 (March 25). They reportedly topped the coaster off last week, so it looks like they're on track.

February 2, 2015 at 12:03 PM · Fury 325 looks like the most exciting new attraction of the year. Conspicuously missing from the TPI list is Wicked Cyclone, almost certain to be a great ride.
February 2, 2015 at 12:08 PM · I'm largely unexcited about them. Surely, I will visit at my next trip, but I won't make a special effort.
February 2, 2015 at 1:27 PM · I watched the Batman ride video. Can someone help me understand the difference between this ride and Green Lantern at SFMM? The ride track is slightly different as are the cars, but they look very similar.
February 2, 2015 at 2:10 PM · Seriously, a parade and a staged event on the tram tour are more anticipated than Twisted Colossus? What kind of list is this?

Just kidding. Twisted Colossus is my most anticipated attraction for 2015, but I'm also looking forward to Voyage to the Iron Reef as well. I'm not all that excited about Disney and Universal's 2015 additions simply because they aren't really my thing. Although it's unlikely I'll be able to travel outside of Southern California this summer, it will be a great year for thrill seekers with six new North American coasters I'd really like to ride (and would rank as follows in order of interest):

1. Wicked Cyclone (Six Flags New England)
2. Cannibal (Lagoon)
3. Fury 325 (Carowinds)
4. Thunderbird (Holiday World)
5. Impulse (Knoebels)
6. Batman: The Ride (Six Flags Fiesta Texas)

Other than roller coasters, Justice League: Battle for Metropolis looks like the overall best new attraction of 2015.

Dan, the main difference between Batman and Green Lantern is that Batman is an S&S design while Green Lantern is Intamin. This is why both look the same but have different tracks and cars. Batman is slightly longer, taller, and faster, and it will probably flip more (especially since SFMM has altered Green Lantern) but both should provide a similar ride experience.

February 2, 2015 at 2:40 PM · Thanks AJ -- That makes sense. I hope Batman is better than Green Lantern. I went on GL when it first opened and it was a body jolting experience. Felt more like an extreme carnival ride.
February 2, 2015 at 3:31 PM · There are low level rumors that King Kong Skull Island may open in December 2015 at Islands of Adventure. I hope this will happen since this year I won't be anywhere near all the great attractions in this list.
February 2, 2015 at 4:06 PM · Best bets for the Rao family in 2015 are Thunderbird at Holiday World and Justice League at SFStL (better make sure we are up to date on our tetanus shots). We might also take a peek a Silver Dollar City's new Fireman's Landing area, but that trip may have to wait until 2016.
February 3, 2015 at 11:44 AM · Sorry, but they will never open a major new attraction in December. May or summer is always the time for that. Besides, Kong probably won't be ready then anyway.

We're looking forward to the new parade at Disneyland, we will be there in the fall.

February 3, 2015 at 1:27 PM · Sylvain, just said it was a low level rumor. However, Skull Island construction is going FAST and Universal has promised a new attraction every year for the next several years. I don't consider a Fast & Furious add-on in USH tram tour a new attraction (but I'll defer to Robert). Universal has also basically broken all the old rules for attraction building speed and opening dates in recent years. Just hoping for sooner rather than later.
February 3, 2015 at 3:46 PM · Me too! We are planning our yearly trip in December to Orlando. I would love if the Kong rumor came true!
February 3, 2015 at 7:39 PM · Cannibal isn't on this list? A multi-inversion, beyond vertical drop hyper being made by the park themselves? Seems to be the most unique addition for the year.
February 4, 2015 at 9:00 AM · Oh I hope I hope I hope the rumors are true about Kong too!!! We are planning a trip December 2015 as well! It would be so nice as this will probably be our last for a few years.

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