10 top new theme park attractions in America for 2014
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 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?
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.
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...
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.
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!
All of them but especially Universal Studios Florida: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley.
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.
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.
From all these attractions the one i am more curious about is Ratatouille.
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.
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.
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.
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 :(
Hello my is Stevo and I'm a drop ride junkie.
I'd just like to vouch that as a born and bred Londoner, London does indeed rock. :-)
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.
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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