new attractions for 2019 and beyond. But, trust me, parks are already thinking about the next wave of new attractions beyond that. Theme parks are a capital-driven business, and parks that aren't expanding or refreshing their attraction line-up are parks that are going to watching their attendance slide.As regional theme parks wind down their operations for the season, the industry's focus begins to shift toward next year. Dozens of parks have announced their
So let's help them out, shall we? As parks look ahead to design new attractions line-ups, what would you most like to see them add?
For many fans, the answer is going to vary by park. You want your favorite park to plug whatever hole now exists in its line-up, right? It's all about finding that magical balance between rides and shows, thrill and story, wet and dry, and indoor and outdoor experiences.
So let's assume that your favorite theme park already has that ideal balance in place and that's not a consideration. Of several "hot" ride systems dominating the market right now, which one gets you most excited to book a trip?
Here are our candidates for this week's vote:
Motion base dark ride — From Indiana Jones to Spider-Man to Transformers, motion base dark rides hit that sweet spot between thrill ride and story-driven dark ride.
Trackless dark ride — This is the alternative for parks looking for a milder experience while still offering a next generation dark ride experience. Think Mystic Manor, Ratatouille, and Scooby-Doo here.
Interactive shooter ride — For parks that want to appeal to the video game generation, rides such as Buzz Lightyear, Men in Black, Toy Story Midway Mania and AniMayhem keep bringing back guests for re-rides, as they chase higher scores.
Flying theater — Disney's Soarin' kicked off this trend in attraction design, where media shows get a little extra kick from seats that leave fans hanging.
Family coaster — Future coaster fans have to start somewhere, and family coasters provide the entry to a lifetime of chasing thrills. But the best family coasters now offer quite a bit of theming even story, as well.
Extreme thrill coaster — There's nothing like extreme drops, launches, inversions and G-forces to make a day at a theme park unlike any other entertainment experience.
What's going to be the hot new ride system in 2020 and beyond? And which of these ride systems is getting played out by this point? Let's get this debate going in the comments.Tweet
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