A couple coasters (Mr. Freeze, Superman) reversed their course to offer brand new thrills in an old package.
Some very significant new coasters were brought online:
Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars - HK DisneylandDauling Dragon - Happy ValleyIron Shark - Galveston Island Historic Pleasure PierLeviathan - Canada's WonderlandManta - SeaWorld San DiegoOzIris - Parc AstérixShambhala - PortAventura ParkSkyrush - HersheyparkSuperman Ultimate Flight - Six Flags Discovery KingdomSwarm - Thorpe ParkVerbolten - Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWild Eagle - DollywoodWodan Timbur Coaster - Europa ParkX-Flight - Six Flags Great America
Add to that impressive collection of new coasters attractions like Transformers, Turtle Trek, Despicable Me, the Lex Luthor Drop Tower, and a large part of the New Fantasyland expansion (everything except the Seven Dwarves Coaster should be open by Christmas), and 2012 is already a banner year.
But the undeniable icing on the cake is the hugely successful relaunch/rebirth of Disney California Adventure. Five years and over $1B worth of work transformed a lackluster, half-day park, into one of the most amazing and popular vacation destinations on the planet. Throw in the year’s most celebrated new attraction, Radiator Springs Racers, and you have one absolutely remarkable year.
2012 (rumored by many to be the last year of life on this planet as we currently know it - hee hee) is quite possibly the best year for new attractions in theme park history.
Admittedly 2013 will take a step back (how can it not???), but locally (and selfishly) I am very much looking forward to Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City. It is going to be a terrific addition to a great theme park.
Incidentally, 2014 (HP Part Deux, Seven Dwarves Coaster) and 2015 (Avatar) don’t look too shabby either...
The CA remodel looks and sounds amazing.
Over here in the UK we had a big ride - Swarm at Thorpe Park and some little rides at Alton Towers and Paulton park, Lego land and Chessington did some minor paint ups and theming changes, Blackpool Pleasure beach opened Nickelodeon land while not at the level of Cars land a reasonable effort none the less and London held a biggish sporting event :-}
Next year in the UK should be a big one Alton Towers our premier theme park is opening what it calls a Secret Weapon these are normally massive coasters with World Firsts ,the previous one Thirteen was the worlds first drop as seen in verboulton it was ok but WAY over hyped. This one is a pure coaster with some unknown elements but the track looks mind-blowing.
2013 if rumours are true i think will be a quieter year than 2012 a few big ones coming out i think the year will be bigger for announcements.
WWOHP 2.0 ?? - Marvel Land (somewhere) ?? - Avatar land details ?? and who knows what else.
Universal's moving at a break-neck pace, so I suspect we'll get more than just Transformers in 2013. Hopefully something in Islands of Adventure.
Anyway, 2012 is terrific. It really is. 2013 will be really good though, too:
-Mystic Point-Transformers USF-FFL replacement for USF (rumored)-Test Track 2.0-Gatekeeper-Outlaw Run
Great lineup, but the heavy hitter with domestic implications is a clone of something that opened in Cali this year.
So I'm going no. It won't top 2012.
No...2014 on the other hand...well...that's going to be fun.
For regional parks, however, 2013 is going to be an excellent year. Cedar Fair is getting at least two major coasters (GateKeeper at Cedar Point and the new GCI at California's Great America), plus a possible third at Knott's Berry Farm, and Kings Dominion is teasing some kind of record breaker. This is already better than 2012, which included Leviathan, a couple Windseekers and a bunch of Dinosaurs Alive attractions. For Six Flags, Magic Mountain is likely to build the longest coaster on the west coast, featuring multiple launches, the world's tallest inversion, and a terrain hugging layout all over the park (note: details not confirmed, but heavily speculated). Additionally, Six Flags New England will be building a Sky Screamer at least 385 ft tall, making it the tallest swing ride in the world. With Six Flag's corporate idea of every park getting something new each year, we're sure to see more Sky Screamers and relocated coasters, but the SFMM and SFNE projects already top anything in 2012. Add in miscellaneous other rides such as Outlaw Run, and 2013 is looking like an excellent year for the non-destination parks.
Manta was awesome and my new favorite attraction at Sea World. Transformers at USH is my new favorite ride in the country and Radiator Springs Racers is my favorite ride at DCA for sure and maybe even that of every Disney park in the U.S. Those three rides are wonderful and thats not taking into account Despicable Me at USF and Turtle Trek at SWO.
In terms of the big 3(Universal,Disney, Sea World) we are just getting Antartica(which looks wonderful) at SWO in 2013.
I'm patiently waiting for 2014 for "Land" expansions as I am a big fan of themed rides.
As for Knott's, I didn't ride it because the line was too long for the length of the ride and the weather wasn't beastly hot.Knott's needs to add a longer ride like "Ghost Rider" so the patron thinks they are waiting an appropriate amount of time for an appropriately long ride.
FYI - SDC's 2 million visitors a year puts it above the attendance of most Six Flags or Cedar Fair parks. It is truly a vacation destination.
Dom wins Typo Of The Week! That has a little bit of a sexiness to it, although "moan" is spelled wrong.. ;)
As for Avatar, who knows? We might see parts of Pandora open by 2015. Only Joe Rohde knows...
Avatar is still in blue sky mode. They don't know what they're building yet. 2015 is a huge stretch for them to get it open. It'll be at least a 3 year project whenever it starts.
Things have changed.
Then there's much activity in Orlando with the New Fantasyland, AvatarLand, and Harry Potter Phase 2.