10 top new theme park attractions in America for 2014

December 5, 2013, 11:46 AM · 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

Ratatouille ride

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?

Replies (17)

December 5, 2013 at 4:56 PM · From everything I have seen ... Diagnon Alley and the Gringott's coaster will become the standard by which all themed entertainment platforms will be measured. It will leave its sister attractions at IOA in the dust.
December 5, 2013 at 12:10 PM · I hope the Mine Train is SOMEWHAT decent for how long it's been under construction. Not expecting super fast thrills but hopefully a good ride nonetheless...

My real excitement lies with Gringotts. Can't wait to get more info on this ride!

December 5, 2013 at 12:14 PM · I am absolutely chomping at the bit to experience the Diagon Alley expansion. My whole family plans on making a trip in August and staying at the new Cabana Bay. This will be our first time staying at a Universal Resort (as opposed to Disney), and we are so excited.
December 5, 2013 at 12:19 PM · Hopefully I'll be able to make it to Orlando during my usual time in October and see both Gringott's and the Dwarf's Minde Ride. Can't wait!
December 5, 2013 at 12:47 PM · All of them but especially Universal Studios Florida: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley.
December 5, 2013 at 12:54 PM ·
I think Banshee looks a lot like Montu in BGT...
Long inverted coaster,7 flips..

December 5, 2013 at 1:19 PM · The only one I'll get on..unless something awfully good happens...will be what I'm calling Zoominator at GrAdv (Simpsons fans may pick up that reference.) However, If I had my choice the first one I'd be on is Goliath. I do hope to go to the Midwest next summer, but I don't anticipate getting up Chicago way.
December 5, 2013 at 1:33 PM · Should be a great year for theme parks all around. The addition of Cabana Bay at Universal should make things very interesting regarding Harry Potter Hogsmeade and London.

Although Cabana Bay does not have Unlimited Express, it does offer early entry to HP. The three current hotels have a total of 2400 rooms, and Cabana Bay adds another 1800.

This will definitely cause some issues. By the time the gates open for off-site guests, the wait times could be astounding for them, considering there is the possibility of around 16000 guests already in the parks.

Forbidden Journey can usually operate at around 2800-2900 guests per hour and if Gringotts is similar to the Mummy with it's loading style, I would estimate around 2000 /hr.

Basically, the wait times for Gringotts, or just being able to enter the new land, are going to be horrendous...

December 5, 2013 at 2:48 PM · From all these attractions the one i am more curious about is Ratatouille.

No theme park for me next year, with the World Cup at home I will stay in Brazil during my vacation period.

But if I have a business trip to Europe in the second semester I could drop by DSP.

December 5, 2013 at 3:17 PM · I will be in Orlando in late April 2014. All I can say is faster please. I might not be able to pull off Diagon Alley and the Snow White Dwarf's roller coaster. I will be so disappointed.
December 5, 2013 at 4:05 PM · I'll be booking a Universal hotel for two weeks in Sept. very soon. I'll wager that even Sept. will be moderately busy with Diagon & Hogsworth Express opening in June.
December 5, 2013 at 4:51 PM · After our big Disneyland vacation earlier this year, the Rao Family will scale back their adventures in 2014. If I can wrangle it, we'll try to spend a couple days at nearby (9 hours away) Kings Island. I think Banshee looks amazing.

And while I won't make it to Canada anytime soon, I am very intrigued to see Cedar Fair and Matt Ouimet's take on the dark ride genre. The future of this type of attraction at the smaller regional parks could very well hinge on how Wonder Mountain's Guardian is received. I naively hope for the best.

December 5, 2013 at 6:04 PM · The only one I'll get on will be what I'm calling Zoominator (Simpsons alert!) at Great Adventure. But if I could choose which of these I'd wanna experience above all others, it'd be Goliath. Although I'm hoping to head to the Midwest this summer,I won't be out Chicago way :(

Sorry about the double post. I can't log onto the site at work for some reason, and I didn't realize the post went up anonymously. But thanks for readin twice, if you did...

December 5, 2013 at 8:15 PM · Hello my is Stevo and I'm a drop ride junkie.
December 6, 2013 at 3:05 AM · I'd just like to vouch that as a born and bred Londoner, London does indeed rock. :-)
December 6, 2013 at 6:44 AM · I like everyone else am excited about the London expansion of Harry Potter, but I am also very interest in what is happening at BGT.

Of course Falcon's Fury will be a great addition, but all of the news has completely glossed over the fact the Timbuktu area is being redone. This is an area in desperate need of an overhaul, and has remained essentially unchanged for years other than some more vibrant paint colors. Based on the video you posted in this article, I hope they plan to do some cool new updates that really reinvigorate this section of the park.

December 6, 2013 at 10:56 AM · Assuming I don't run into a budget crisis, I should be riding both Banshee and Goliath next year (both of which I'm very excited for). I may also get to ride Despicable Me at USH as it is a local park, but only if I find a good discount as that place is ridiculously overpriced. As for which ones I won't get to experience but would like to hear about, definitely Ratatouille and Harry Potter part 2, but I'm also interested in Zumanjaro (just to see how it compares with Lex Luthor), Firechaser Express (mainly because it looks like one of the most innovative family coasters), and Wonder Mountain's Guardian (because I'd like to see what a future dark ride at Knott's might be like).

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