IAAPA details new attractions opening worldwide in 2016

IAAPA has compiled a list of attractions opening worldwide in 2016.
IAAPA has compiled a list of attractions opening worldwide in 2016.
Orlando theme park fans may know IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) for the organization’s enormous trade show at the Orange County Convention Center every November. But IAAPA is active all year round, and recently they released an extensive report detailing all the upcoming themed attractions scheduled to debut in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa during 2016.

The following list comes direct from IAAPA, and some projects mentioned below could be delayed or modified prior to opening. It’s clear that virtual reality will continue to be this year’s hot trend in theme parks worldwide, along with old favorites like wooden roller-coasters and 4-D films.

If you want to learn more, visit www.iaapa.org/news/newsroom/what’s-new-this-year.

North America

The World Water Park at the West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton opens Canada’s first “Slideboarding” attraction. “Slideboarding” combines the traditional water slide experience with an interactive gaming system. Riders try to score points as they speed down a flume equipped with lights, sounds, and colorful targets they try to hit using the raft’s game controller handles. The 601-foot-slide features an LED entry with 360 degrees of visual animation, 42 LED color-changing targets, and a 60-inch monitor that displays riders’ scores. westedmontonmall.com

Calgary’s Calaway Park celebrates its 35th anniversary with a suite of new attractions. The park opens two new stage shows at Calaway Live, Robinson Crusoe 3D, and Timber Falls, a log ride. Riders will be delighted with the continuous loading platform that reduces the wait line for the attraction and will experience thee high-velocity drops, a zig-zag river section, and new interactive components for both the rider and the spectator. calawaypark.com

Two new interactive flying adventures come to Canada’s Wonderland in Vaughan. The park opens the 41-meter single-gondola high flyer “Skyhawk,” on which guests control the flight pattern of the ride with their hands. They can choose to sit and spin or rotate the ride like a plane propeller. “Flying Eagles” enables little flyers and their families to soar 8.5 meters in the air and allows them to control their ride experience as well. canadaswonderland.com

British Columbia
Victoria’s WildPlay Element Parks working in conjunction with The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC), opens a zipline and an adventure course. The “MistRider Zipline to the Falls” consists of four high-speed, side-by-side lines that descend a distance of 670 meters from NPC’s Grand View Marketplace into the Niagara Gorge near the base of the Falls. “WildPlay’s Whirlpool Adventure Course” includes dozens of custom-designed ziplines, log ladders, rope swings, tightropes, monkey bars, and more aerial challenges woven throughout the forest. wildplay.com

United States

The 43-acre Main Event Entertainment family entertainment center opens in Avondale, Arizona. The center features 20 bowling lanes, billiards, laser tag, video arcades, multiple dining options, and meeting space. mainevent.com/locations/avondale-az

Legoland Discovery Center, a 60,000-square-foot entertainment center, opens in Phoenix, Arizona. The site is designed for families with children ages 3 to 10 and features a Lego brick pool, building classes, a Lego ride, a 4-D cinema, and rooms for birthday parties. The Legoland Discovery Center in Phoenix is the seventh Lego-themed entertainment center in the United States. legolanddiscoverycenter.com/arizona

Scottsdale, Arizona, becomes home to the new OdySea Aquarium. The three-story aquarium features hammerhead sharks, a martini-shaped aquarium, and animatronic sea captains. The new aquarium is part of the larger 35-acre OdySea in the Desert entertainment complex, which also includes an indoor skydiving attraction, a dining facility, and an Imax theater. odyseaaquarium.com

Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, California, adds three new attractions in 2016. They include “Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters”; a new live stage spectacular based on the hit film “Frozen”; and the globally reimagined 4-D “Soarin’ Around the World,” which showcases some of the world’s most distinctive landscapes. While the original attraction focused on the beauty of California, “Soarin’ Around the World” takes riders to all corners of the globe.disneyland.disney.go.com/destinations/disney-california-adventure

The Ghost Town section of Buena Park, California’s, Knott’s Berry Farm celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2016. As part of the celebration, the newly renovated “GhostRider” roller coaster opens with enhancements to its 4,533 feet of wooden track and passenger cars. The coaster reaches up to 50 mph. knotts.com

Legoland California opens Ninjago Land, a ninja-themed area, at the Carlsbad, California, park. The family area features rides and interactive attractions, including the “Ninjago: The Ride” dark ride. This high-tech ride includes sensors on the front of each vehicle to register the hand movements of riders, enabling them to zap color-coded fireballs at digital screens populated with animated Lego figures. california.legoland.com

Great Wolf Lodge Southern California opens in Garden Grove, California. The 105,000-square-foot (9,755-square-meter) indoor water park resort features slides, pools, suspension bridges, and indoor surf simulators “Whooping Hollow” and “Mountain Edge Raceway.” The 600-suite resort houses a nine-hole miniature golf course, enables guests to battle dragons in MagiQuest, or get an ice cream-themed manicure at Scooops Kid Spa. greatwolf.com/southern-california

The “Mass Effect” video game series is the basis for the 4-D holographic experience at California’s Great America in Santa Clara, California. The attraction combines 4-D effects, live performers, and special effects, as guests soar through the galaxy and face off against larger-than-life villains. cagreatamerica.com

Universal Studios Hollywood brings the magic of Harry Potter to Universal City, California, with the addition of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The themed land features a new 3-D version of the marquee attraction “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey,” as well as the “Flight of the Hippogriff” family coaster. The space is anchored by Hogwarts castle, and enhanced with restaurants and shops, including the Three Broomsticks restaurant, Hog’s Head pub, and Honeydukes sweet shop, plus Ollivander’s wand shop, Zonko’s Joke Shop, and Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods. universalstudioshollywood.com

Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California, celebrates its 45th anniversary in 2016. As part of the festivities, the park adds new virtual reality technology to the “Revolution” steel roller coaster, creating “The New Revolution.” This coaster enlists riders as co-pilots of their own fighter jets in a futuristic battle to save the planet from alien invasion. The ride consists of 3,457 feet of track and features a 90-foot-high loop and speeds up to 55 mph. sixflags.com/magicmountain

“The Joker” opens at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California. The 3,200-foot roller coaster features a zero-G barrel roll, two additional inversions, and reaches maximum speed of 53 mph. sixflags.com/discoverykingdom

OUE Skyspace LA comes to Los Angeles, California this summer. Standing close to 1,000 feet above downtown, the open-air observation deck is the premiere destination for panoramic, 360-degree views of Los Angeles. Skyspace LA is also home to the “Skyslide” attraction, a 45 foot-long outdoor glass slide located above downtown Los Angeles. skyspace-la.com

Great Wolf Colorado Springs opens in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The 311-room all-suite hotel features a 65,000-square-foot indoor water park, an arcade, miniature golf, mini-bowling, a rope-climbing attraction, a spa designed with kids in mind, restaurants, and meeting spaces. greatwolf.com/colorado-springs

The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in Canon City, Colorado, adds a new amphitheater to the 360-acre park that showcases one of the world’s highest suspension bridges. The Elk Park Amphitheater is located on the south side of the Royal Gorge Bridge and features a 40- x 20-foot stage and lawn seating for 2,000 guests. The new amphitheater hosts live performances on the weekends and special events. royalgorgebridge.com

Lake Compounce Amusement Park in Bristol, Connecticut, opens “Phobia Phear,” a triple-launch coaster with a linear synchronous motor. The ride sends guests through an enclosed space and around several turns at 65 mph, circling them through a 150-foot-high loop. lakecompounce.com

Quassy Amusement & Waterpark in Middlebury, Connecticut, adds “Reverse Time” and five water slides. “Reverse Time” is themed as a giant clock and accommodates 24 riders seated in a circular configuration facing outward. The ride spins and lifts into the air, reaching a maximum speed of 20 revolutions per minute. When the ride is at its midpoint, the spinning ride changes direction. The Slide City play area for younger guests features five water attractions, two “KIDZ Twisters,” serpentine slides, a two-person “ProRacer,” “Kidz Bowl 14,” and a “Kidz MiniRiver.” Slide City is the first part of a two-year expansion that will double the size of the Quassy water park. quassy.com

Busch Gardens Tampa adds spinning coaster “Cobra’s Curse” to the park’s Egypt section. After ascending an elevator-style vertical lift, riders encounter an 80-foot snake icon before being sent on a trek through the park’s Serengeti Plain. seaworldparks.com/en/buschgardens-tampa

The film “Frozen” comes to life at Epcot in Orlando, Florida, with the opening of the “Frozen Ever After” boat ride. The family-friendly attraction, located in the park’s Norway Pavilion, takes guests on a water tour of Arandelle, visiting Queen Elsa’s Ice Palace and the Winter in Summer Celebration. The ride features animatronic “Frozen” characters, including Anna, Elsa, and Olaf, and new songs written by Academy Award-winning songwriting team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. In addition, “Soarin’ Around the World,” a 4-D experience that treats guests to an aerial tour of some of the world’s most distinctive landscapes, opens in the park’s The Land pavilion. disneyworld.disney.go.com/destinations/epcot

The shark-themed roller coaster “Mako” opens at SeaWorld Orlando in Orlando, Florida and serves as the centerpiece of a new shark-themed realm, which includes the Sharks Underwater Grill restaurant. “Mako” is named for one of the ocean’s fastest known sharks and is a 200-foot-tall steel hypercoaster that reaches speeds up to 73 mph. During the three-minute ride, guests traverse 7 acres on the 4,760-foot-long track. The “Shark Encounter” attraction is also part of the newly themed area and allows guests to experience a rare and up-close look at the world of sharks through underwater viewing tunnels. seaworldparks.com/en/seaworld-orlando

Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida, brings King Kong to life in a new adventure in “Skull Island: Reign of Kong,” an immersive multisensory dark ride featuring animatronic figures and 3-D screens in a massive set. The upgraded “Incredible Hulk” launch coaster features a high-tech, immersive ride experience, complete with new track, new ride vehicles, and a new storyline. universalorlando.com/Theme-Parks/Islands-of-Adventure.aspx

Six Flags Over Georgia in Austell, Georgia near Atlanta, debuts its first virtual reality roller coaster with the “Dare Devil Dive.” Guests are transported to a futuristic battle to save the planet from alien invasion as they pilot their own fighter jets. The park also adds the DC Super Friends Kids’ Area, featuring five attractions, including the 65-foot-tall “Superman Tower of Power” and “The Joker Funhouse Coaster,” a family coaster with 900 feet of track that reaches speeds up to 30 mph. Additionally, the park transforms its Bugs Bunny World into Bugs Bunny Boomtown, featuring seven family attractions, including “Bugs Bunny High Sea Adventure” flying ride; “Yosemite Sam’s Wacky Wagons,” a junior Ferris wheel; and the “Looney Tunes Adventure Camp” interactive playground. sixflags.com/overgeorgia

Guests at Six Flags White Water near Marietta, Georgia, race to see who is the fastest on the new 60-foot-tall “Wahoo Racer” water slide. Riders reach speeds of up to 40 feet per second on six aero-dynamic water slides while sprinting along a serpentine stretch of multi-colored tubes before a splashing finish. sixflags.com/whitewater

The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia renovates and renames the Waddlesworth 4D Theater, redesigns the dolphin presentation, and adds more touch pools to its galleries in 2016. The aquarium also opens the Sea Lion Gallery featuring California Sea Lions and debuts the Waddle Walk, a daily walk through the atrium by the aquarium’s African penguins. georgiaaquarium.org
Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta, Georgia, brings dinosaurs back to life through its new “Dinosaur Explore” exhibition. The exhibition highlights 15 prehistoric species with more than 25 life-size dinosaurs. Guests can watch the giant Tyrannosaurus Rex live alongside two 26-foot-tall, 33-foot-long Brachiosaurus. New special effects allow the dinosaurs to move and roar. www.wildadventures.com

Silverwood Theme Park in Athol, Idaho, adds one of the biggest water slides of its kind to the Boulder Beach Water Park for the 2016 season. The water slide stands at nearly 60 feet tall and more than 400 feet long. The mat racer features six side-by-side lanes that travel down winding tubes and converge at the final stretch where the winner is determined. silverwoodthemepark.com

Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois, opens a 196-foot-tall Ferris wheel. The wheel features two-sided cars, a structure that can withstand winds of 115 mph, and safety glass capable of weathering intense storms. Each gondola holds up to 10 people and has padded seats, TV screens, and speakers. navypier.com

The epic battle between heroes and villains comes to life at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois, with the new “Justice League: Battle for Metropolis” 4-D dark ride. Guests become members of the Justice League Reserve Team and battle alongside Batman, Wonder Woman, and other DC Comics heroes against villains Lex Luthor and The Joker while traveling in six-passenger vehicles as they shoot at targets along the way. sixflags.com/greatamerica

Adventureland Park in Altoona, Iowa, opens “The Monster” roller coaster. The steel coaster features a 133-foot lift hill, five inversions, and travels at speeds up to 65 mph. adventurelandpark.com

Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana celebrates its 70th season with the launch of the Official Holiday World Podcast and upgrades to “The Legend” wooden roller coaster that includes a new double down, a fifth tunnel, and close to 1,400 feet of track work. Visitors will also see the return of the park’s first ride, The Freedom Train, which has been restored to its original color and design. The train will be on display along with other memorabilia of the park from the last seventy years. holidayworld.com

A new laser tag arena operated by Main Event Entertainment opens in Olathe, Kansas. The 50,000-square-foot family entertainment facility features a multi-level laser tag arena, bowling, billiards, and more than 100 arcade games. mainevent.com

The Louisville Zoo adds an expanded elephant exhibition to the Louisville, Kentucky, facility. The new elephants’ yard doubles in size to 22,000 square feet of outdoor space, giving the animals more opportunities to roam and additional access to trees. louisvillezoo.org

Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville, Kentucky, adds “Storm Chaser,” the park’s fifth roller coaster. The 100-foot-tall wooden/steel hybrid ride reaches maximum speeds of 52 mph and features multiple inversions including a barrel-roll drop from a 10-story hill and a corkscrew. kentuckykingdom.com

Beech Bend Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, completed the largest water park expansion in park history this offseason. Headlining the multi-million dollar expansion is the nearly 500-foot-long “Cyclone Saucers.” The park also adds water attractions “Tidal Wave,” “Riptide,” and the “Polynesian Plunge,” as well as “Spinning Out,” a race car-themed family roller coaster. beechbend.com

Six Flags America in Largo, Maryland, adds a virtual reality component to its “Superman Ride of Steel” coaster. Riders don virtual reality headsets to be fully immersed in the 360-degree comic-book world of Metropolis and soar alongside Superman as he battles Lex Luthor and his evil Lexbots. In addition, the park adds Splashwater Falls, an interactive water playground, to its Hurricane Harbor water park. The structure features seven slides and hundreds of water play components, including a super-sized tipping bucket that dumps gallons of water on guests throughout the day. sixflags.com/america

Six Flags New England in Agawam, Massachusetts, reintroduces the iconic steel coaster “Bizarro” as “Superman the Ride,” a virtual-reality coaster that allows riders to enter the fictional world of Metropolis and follow Superman as he battles evil. The ride reaches speeds of 77 mph along the coaster’s mile-long track. Guests can also enjoy the seven-story-tall looping coaster “Fireball.” Riders sit face-to-face for the two-minute experience, which features a pendulum-style takeoff with multiple 360-degree revolutions. sixflags.com/newengland

The Lego Discovery Center opens at the Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The 32,000-square-foot attraction features more than 1 million Lego bricks and is designed for children between the ages of 3 and 10. Activities include classes with Lego master builders, a Lego-themed ride, a 4-D cinema, and a Miniland showcasing Lego models of popular buildings in Detroit. legolanddiscoverycenter.com/michigan/holding

The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, opens “The Magical History Tour: A Beatles Memorabilia Exhibition”. Guests retrace the steps of the iconic band and understand how they changed the music industry and influenced American culture. The exhibition is only open for a limited time and runs April 30- Sept.18. thehenryford.org

Crayola brings the Crayola Experience family entertainment center to Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the Mall of America. The 60,000-square-foot complex allows guests to personalize a Crayon label and create their own coloring page, among a wide variety of other Crayola coloring-related activities. crayolaexperience.com/minneapolis

Valleyfair in Shakopee, Minnesota, celebrates its 40th anniversary and premieres the “All Wheels Extreme” extreme sports show in a newly-renovated outdoor amphitheater. The park also reopens the “Flying Eagles” swing ride. valleyfair.com

Six Flags St. Louis in St. Louis, Missouri, debuts its first virtual-reality roller coaster with “Ninja.” In partnership with Samsung, this ride transports guests to a futuristic battle to save the planet from alien invasion as they pilot their own fighter jets. In addition, the seven-story-tall looping “Fireball” roller coaster opens. Riders sit face-to-face for the two-minute experience, which features a pendulum-style takeoff with multiple 360-degree revolutions and moments where guests are suspended upside down. sixflags.com/stlouis

Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Missouri, adds five new rides to its Planet Snoopy section, joining 16 established attractions for younger guests, all based on the popular Peanuts franchise. The rides include the gravity-defying “Snoopy Space Buggies”; “Snoopy Junction,” a railroad adventure that features Snoopy as the conductor; and the feet-dangling flyer “Linus Launcher.” worldsoffun.com

The St. Louis Zoo in St. Louis, Missouri, opens a Tasmanian devil exhibition in its children’s zoo. The $350,000 habitat features two Tasmanian devils, which is an endangered species. The exhibit was developed in partnership with the Save the Tasmanian Devil Project. stlzoo.org

The Omaha Children’s Museum opens a new interactive summer exhibit. Walk the plank, fire the cannons, and keep watch for approaching pirates at the “Pirates and Mermaids: Voyage to Creature Cove” exhibit. Guests learn about the world of giant marine animals while searching for treasure and hearing from a mermaid. ocm.org

New Jersey
Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, debuts “The Joker,” the park’s 14th coaster. The 4-D free-fly coaster lifts riders up 12 stories, flipping them over six times along the journey. The ride features magnetic technology that gives guests the feeling of weightlessness outside of a traditional track, while the facing seats on the winged vehicles enable guests to look at one another during the ride. sixflags.com/greatadventure

Playland’s Castaway Cove debuts the 125-foot-tall “GaleForce” roller coaster in Ocean City, New Jersey. The three-launch coaster features a 90-degree drop and multiple inversions, including a corked roll and raven dive, reaching speeds up to 64 mph. The park also debuts a 55-foot-tall family coaster that circles “GaleForce,” as well as the spinning “Whirlwind Coaster.” oceancityfun.com

Action Park in Vernon, New Jersey, launches a vertical looping water slide. The slide sends guests through enclosed capsules at 50 mph as they experience a 90-degree, 30-foot-tall vertical loop. actionpark.com

Mount Laurel, New Jersey’s Funplex opens an expansive three-acre water park adventure, The Splashplex. The water park features a five-story-high slide tower with four slides, the “Hammerhead Heat” and “The Great White” speed slides, a lazy river, and an expanded pool. funplexmountlaurel.com

New York
The Great Escape in Lake George, New York, adds a virtual-reality experience to “Steamin’ Demon,” allowing riders to engage in a futuristic battle to save planet earth from an alien invasion. Also, opening is “Greezed Lightnin’,” a 1950s-themed looping thrill ride. Guests shuttle 360 degrees seven times, both forward and backward, and experience hang time 70 feet in the air. sixflags.com/great escape

Coney Island’s Luna Park in Brooklyn, New York, debuts “Endeavor!” The ride draws inspiration from a classic attraction, giving guests the sensation of flying 60 feet through the air at 25 mph. lunaparknyc.com

North Carolina
Carowinds near Charlotte, North Carolina, adds several new attractions. “Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare: A 3Z Arena,” is a 3,600-square-foot indoor 3-D gaming experience created in partnership with Electronic Arts Inc. and PopCap Games. The experience features large screens, motion-based seats, hand-held laser devices, and surround sound. “Blackbeard’s Revenge,” a new 70-foot water slide complex, is part of the expanded and renamed Carolina Harbor water park. “Blackbeard’s Revenge,” features six slides, including four that spin riders 360 degrees. The new water park also features a two-acre family area with a multilevel children’s water spray ground, two toddler water play spaces, and a wave pool with waves up to six feet high. Carowinds also premieres “Cirque Imagine,” a multi-sensory show that includes bicycle stunts and acrobatics. carowinds.com

New tiger lair “Tiger Passage” opens at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in Cleveland, Ohio. The $4.1 million space is four times larger than its predecessor and includes four different habitats. clevelandmetroparks.com/Zoo/Zoo.aspx

Kings Island in Mason, Ohio, introduces “Tropical Plunge,” a 65-foot-tall structure with six different water slides, in its Soak City water park. Three of the slides feature an “Aqua-Launch” chamber where the floor drops from under the guests, plunging them on a high-speed, near-vertical free fall through flat loops and S-curves. The complex also has 337-foot-long dueling slides and an enclosed chute featuring four 360-degree loops. visitkingsisland.com

Sandusky, Ohio’s Cedar Point adds dive coaster “Valravn,” the park’s 17th coaster. Standing 223 feet in the air, the coaster reaches 75 mph as it drops and coasts along 3,415 feet of track. “Valravn” features three inversions, the highest of which is 165 feet tall. cedarpoint.com

A new bowling alley and family entertainment center operated by Main Event Entertainment opens in West Chester Township, Ohio. The center offers more than 20 bowling lanes, a multi-level laser tag arena, and a gravity ropes course suspended over a games gallery offering more than 100 interactive and virtual games. mainevent.com

Cincinnati, Ohio’s Coney Island Park opens the largest water project in its history to help celebrate the park’s 130th year of operation. Typhoon Tower, an interactive multi-level water attraction, covers 16,000 square feet. The centerpiece of the tower is a 33-foot-tall “Hydro Storm” that occasionally soaks visitors with more than 1,300 gallons of water. Typhoon Tower also includes two twisting 130-foot-long water slides and more than 70 interactive water activities. coneyislandpark.com

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma’s Riversport Adventure Park opens a $45.2 million whitewater rafting and kayaking center. The center is one of only three man-made whitewater venues in the country. Six pumps recirculate treated water through two channels and the flow can be adjusted to cater to various levels of rafting and kayaking experience. The park also debuts three new high-speed slides. boathousedistrict.org

Frontier City Theme Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, unveils the 60-foot-tall “Gunslinger.” This thrill ride, powered by two motor-controlled rotations and a third driven by gravity, sends up to 24 daring riders through flips, twists, and spins. frontiercity.com

A new family-oriented oasis opens at White Water Bay in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, called “Barefootin’ Bay.” Guests also will find updates to the park’s kiddie area along with a new water structure containing 35 hands-on spray elements, two mini-slides, and a giant tipping bucket. whitewaterbay.com

DelGrosso’s Amusement Park in Tipton, Pennsylvania, expands and renames the Tipton Waterworks and Rapids Water Park. The new “Laguna Splash” features a 311,500-gallon wave pool, and a 1,178-foot lazy river. mydelgrossopark.com

Knoebels Amusement Park in Elysburg, Pennsylvania, celebrates its 90th season with upgrades to the park’s award-winning wooden roller coasters, “Haunted Mansion,” and food stands. A new version of “The Galleon,” a pirate ship ride, opens and the park doubles the size of its laser tag area. knoebels.com

West Mifflin, Pennsylvania’s Kennywood celebrates its 80th anniversary season with a full overhaul to the award-winning “Noah’s Ark.” For the first time in 20 years, visitors once again enter through the mouth of a large whale to begin their journey back in time. The attraction features new scenes that hearken back to its debut in 1936. Once a staple at amusement parks worldwide, “Noah’s Ark” at Kennywood is the only remaining operational attraction of its kind. kennywood.com

Hershey’s Chocolate World in Hershey, Pennsylvania, renovates the classic “Hershey’s Chocolate Tour” with new cars, enhanced sets incorporating the latest in digital technology, more animals in the barnyard scene, and new photo features to best capture a guest’s visit. hersheys.com/chocolateworld/

Hershey Lodge, one of the official Resorts of Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennslyvania, opens Hershey’s Water Works. The year-round 30,000 square feet indoor pool complex features the “Reese’s Water Walk,” “Twizzlers Twists” water slides, and interactive water features including a zero entry pool, sand castle spray zone, and lighthouse tipping bucket. hersheylodge.com/recreation/facilities.php

The Guest House at Graceland resort hotel opens at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. Inspired by Elvis Presley’s iconic home, the guest house reflects the unique character of Graceland, from the Southern colonial exterior to themed specialty suites, many with designs supervised by Priscilla Presley. The Guest House at Graceland features two full-service restaurants, meeting and special-event space, a large outdoor pool, and a 464-seat theater for live performances and movies. graceland.com

A new Main Event Entertainment family entertainment center opens in Memphis, Tennessee. The center features bowling lanes, billiards, laser tag, gravity ropes course, virtual games, and a restaurant and bar. mainevent.com/locations/memphis-tn

The wooden launch coaster “Lightning Rod” opens at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The hot rod-themed coaster launches riders up 20 stories from a standstill to 45 mph, giving them 20 seconds of airtime along a 3,800-foot track. The coaster reaches top speeds of 73 mph. dollywood.com

Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, Texas, launches “Shock Wave,” a new virtual-reality roller coaster where riders fight to save the planet from alien invasion as they pilot their own fighter jets. The park also expands its Gotham City section, adding three new thrill rides themed to super villains of the Batman universe. “The Riddler’s Revenge” swing ride stands 147 feet tall, swings riders back and forth while rotating counterclockwise, giving them experiences of weightlessness; the “Catwoman Whip” spin-and-tilt ride increases speeds as it whips around; and “Harley Quinn Spinsanity” sends riders spinning and twirling 30 feet in the air. sixflags.com/overtexas

Independence Plaza at Space Center Houston in Houston, Texas, gives visitors the opportunity to experience the historic shuttle era. The eight-story interactive museum is anchored by the replica Space Shuttle Independence and the NASA 905 jet which is a 747 that ferried space shuttles just back from orbit during the days of the shuttle program. spacecenter.org

Typhoon Texas opens in Katy, Texas. The 25-acre water park includes more than 13 rides and attractions, including the 50-foot “Open AquaDrop” and the “Family 6 Boomerango” raft slide that sends guests gliding along a 60-foot wall bearing a painting of the Texas flag. typhoontexas.com

SeaWorld San Antonio adds “Discovery Point” to serve as the hub of the park’s animal interaction experiences. Guests journey to “Beluga Bay,” “Sea Lion Shallows,” and the newly-renovated “Dolphin Lagoon,” which features underwater viewing areas and a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. The park has doubled the water volume of its dolphin pools to more than 600,000 gallons and installed large viewing panes below the water’s surface so guests can learn more about the mammals as they swim and play. seaworldparks.com/en/seaworld-sanantonio

Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio, Texas, adds virtual reality to its “Superman Krypton Coaster,” fully immersing guests in the comic-book world of Metropolis while accompanying Superman as he battles Lex Luthor. The park also opens Fiesta Bay Boardwalk with three new thrill rides, including the looping seven-story coaster “Fireball,” which suspends riders 72 feet in the air; the “Hurricane Force 5,” which features a five-story-tall half-pipe track; and the whirling “Spinsanity” thrill ride. sixflags.com/fiestatexas

NRH2O Family Water Park opens its major expansion in North Richland Hills, Texas, with three new attractions. The park adds a Champagne Bowl, two new body slides, and “Flatline Loop,” which sends guests through a trap door into a 60-foot free fall, then speeds them into a looping water slide at 26 feet per second before they make a final splash in the runoff lane. nrh2o.com

“Massiv” opens in Galveston, Texas’ Schlitterbahn Water Park. Guests will climb 123 steps to reach the top of the slide, which includes four uphill sections with six blaster jets, a translucent section that makes riders visible from the river below, and a triple-drop ending into a landing pool. schlitterbahn.com/galveston

Doswell, Virginia’s Kings Dominion opens the 115-foot-tall “Delirium.” The pendulum swing sends 40 riders in outward-facing seats spinning and swinging back and forth, higher and higher through a 120-degree arc. kingsdominion.com

Sky Zone Virginia Beach, an 18,500-square-foot indoor trampoline park, opens in Virginia Beach. The attraction features two dodgeball courts and “Sky Slam,” a trampoline with basketball nets. skyzone.com/virginiabeach

Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Virginia, introduces an evening show at the Royal Palace Theatre. The show is a contemporary take on the classic French tale of the three musketeers and asks audiences to join the trio on their quest to save king and country. This live performance embraces new technology to light up the night sky above the park. Busch Gardens Williamsburg also opens a new craft beer tasting room in the Germany section of the park and a new restaurant in the park’s Italian area. seaworldparks.com/en/buschgardens-williamsburg

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Vienna Prater, Vienna, New AttractionVienna Prater, which is located in the middle of Vienna, celebrates its 250th anniversary this year. The park adds “Wind-O-Bona,” a sky diving tunnel that is open year-round to guests ages 8 and older. The flying tunnel accommodates up to 8 people at the same time and simulates a free-fall experience from 4,000 meters altitude as 280 km/h winds surround them. Park is open all year long, 24/7 www.prater.at


Plopsaland De Panne, De Panne, New Roller Coaster
Plopsaland adds to their seaside park this July a colossal wooden roller coaster themed to theStudio 100 character Heidi. The coaster reaches 71 km/h at its peak and measuresapproximately 600 meters in length. A small Swiss-Austrian village will be built around the coaster, and is expected to debut in April 2017. Park Opens: 27 March 2016 www.plopsa.com

Pairi Daiza, Brugelette, Restaurant
The Terre du Froid is the Eigth World at Pairi Daiza. This new themed area spans 18 hectare and is the most ambitious project in the park’s history. The area includes fauna, flora, and architecture of the Great North American plains as well as elements from Siberia, Lapland, Canada, and Antarctica. The main structure in this area is the Ibza. Guests can taste the typical Slav cuisine in this more than 1,500-square-meter building. Other new attractions, include: “Beech 18,” an authentic hydroplane; L’atelier du train, which houses many vintagetrains and wagons from previous centuries; La Cave aux Trésors, a cave with interesting and unique objects. The park also welcomes several new animals, including a takin, squirrel monkeys, gorilla’s, koala’s, raccoons, and more. Park Opens: 26 March 2016 www.pairidaiza.eu

Bobbejaanland, Lichtaart, Two New Attractions
Bobbejaanland partnered with Samsung to create a new VR ride to kick off the season. “Mount Mara,” previously “The Revolution,” uses new VR googles to bring demons and volcanos into the ride experience. Bobbejaanland also introduces an escape room experience, Nightmare Hotel. Guests are locked in a room and have eight minutes to determine which of the keys they have opens the door while evil former clients lurk around them. Park Opens: 26 March 2016 www.bobbejaanland.be

Walibi Belgium, Wavre, New Roller Coaster
“Pulsar” a new water roller coaster opens July 2016 at Walibi Belgium. The 70-second ride swings three times side-to-side at a top speed of 100 km/h. The ride has a height of 45 meters and on the ground there is a pool of water where you ravage through going from one side to another. This attraction won the IAAPA Brass Ring Award for Best Concept during IAAPA Attractions Expo 2015 in Orlando. Park Opens: 26 March 2016 www.walibi.com


Legoland Billund, Billund, New Park
Legoland Billund opens Ninjago Universe, a new section of its park. Lloyd, Cole, Kain, and Jay are featured on an attraction. “Ninjago The Ride,” an interactive experience that takes guests through the elements of earth, wind, water, and fire. Riders show off their best ninja-oves to fight off the enemies and new technology allows the guests movements to transform into ninja forces on the attractions’ screens. Park Opens: 19 March 2016 www.legoland.dk

Tivoli Garden, Copenhagen, New Ride
Tivoli Gardens opens a three-in-one experience for the whole family. There is one tower with three different levels, one is more complex, one is moderate, and one is child-friendly. The more complex experience lifts guests to the top and spins them around at 2,5 G force. The moderate level is similar, however, it spins at a slower pace, so riders can enjoy the view of the park and its surroundings. The child-friendly experience is lower to the ground and consists of bumper cars in shape of jackals and rabbits. Tivoli Gardens has named their new attraction “Fatamorgana”. Park Opens: 6 April 2016 www.tivoligardens.com

Tivoli Friheden, New Roller Coaster
“Bees swarm” opens in the Bug City section of Tivoli Friheden and is designed for families. This spinning coaster is 113 meters long and spins freely during the course of the experience. The four wagons are attached to each other in a way that allows them each to still spin on their own according to the weight on each wagon. Four people can fit in one wagon so a total of 16 passengers can ride at one time. Park Opens: 1 April 2016 www.friheden.dk


Disneyland Paris, Paris, New Shows
Many new shows coming to Disneyland Paris this year. The Broadway-style show “The Forest of Enchantment: a Disney musical adventure” where many Disney-characters come to life on stage, Baloo, Merida, Rapunzel, Tarzan, and Pocahontas. This show runs from 10 February to 8 May. This summer “Mickey and the Magician” opens and in the fall guests can participate in the inaugural Disneyland Paris Half Marathon Weekend. Open the whole year www.disneylandparis.com

Kid Parc, Gujan-Mestras, New Ride
The spinning coaster “Boulet de Canon” or “Cannonball” opens at Kid Parc. Riders can control how much or how little they spin on this ride. Park Opens: 9 April 2016 www.kidparc.com

Walibi Rhone Alpes, Les Avenières, New attractions
Walibi Rhone Alpes opens a restaurant, boutique, a child-friendly attraction, and a wooden roller coaster in its new section “Explorer Adventure.” Timber is the park’s largest investment in 15 years, and takes riders up to 17 meters high across 446 meters of track. During the ride 24 passengers experience 11 air-time hills, which refers to the feeling of weightless. IMAscoreprovided the soundtrack. Park Opening: 9 April 2016 www.walibi.fr/en

Parc Asterix, Plailly, New Roller Coaster
Parc Asterix replaces “SOS Numerobix,” with “Discolbelix.” The coaster is a giant discus that carries 40 passengers who fly past Greek columns and travel side to side as the discuss ricochets off a pool of water and pivots at the top of a steep slope, causing a flame to be lit. The queue line is filled with many decorations to amuse the guests. Park Opens: 2 April 2016 www.parcasterix.fr/en

Puy Du Fou, Les Espesses, New Show
New show “Le Dernier Panache” is based upon real life events of French heroes who fought in the American War of Independence and in the French Revolution. Audiences follow the journey of François Athanase Charette of Contrie, better known as ‘Charette‘. A multitude of real sets and video projection in Ultra HD span across 100 meters in the 360 degree theatre. Park Opens: 1 April 2016 www.puydufou.com

Futuroscope, Chasseneuil-du-Poitou, New Show
Futuroscope launches its 2016 season with a night show called “La Forge aux Étoiles,” an artistic creation by Cirque du Soleil. The show is composed of visuals, unique aquatic and pyrotechnic effects, and is presented at dusk. Park Opens: 1 March 2016 en.futuroscope.com

OK Corral, Cuges-les-Pins, New Attraction
The OK Corral, named after the location of a famous U.S. western gunfight in 1881, opens a flying attraction. The turtle 15 meters tall and can accommodate children and adults.
Park Opens: 26 March 2016 www.okcorral.fr


Phantasialand, Brühl, Two New Roller Coasters
Phantasialand opens of two roller coasters this summer, “Raik” and “Taron.” “Raik” is a family-friendly boomerang roller coaster, which travels at a moderate speed and is suitable for novices and families. “Taron” is a multi-launch coaster with a steel, compact design which crosses itself 116 times. Park Opens: 19 March 2016 www.phantasialand.de/en

Europa-Park, Rust, New Area
Europa Park is added an Ireland-themed area, which includes three family-friendly attractions, a large indoor play area, and Irish delicacies. Numerous themed attractions, including three brand-new rides, entertain children and adults and a large indoor area with provides guests with indoor weather-proof activities. The park also has new food and drink options and shopping outlets. Park Opens: 19 March 2016 www.europapark.de

Hansa-Park, Sierksdorf, New Ride
Hansa-Park opens a beginner coaster, “The Little Tsar” for the kids. The attraction offers the littlest roller coaster riders a melody specifically composed for the Little Tsar and a memorable experience. Park Opens: 24 March 2016 www.hansapark.de

Movie Park Germany, Bottrop, New Attraction
Movie Park celebrates its 20th anniversary with new shows, street entertainment, and a 4-D movie. The parks adds a permanent horror attraction, “The Walking Dead Breakout.” It is scheduled to open early during this season and offers film and amusement park guests a live experience based on “The Walking Dead” television show. The attraction spans 700 square meters. Park Opens: 18 March 2016 www.movieparkgermany.de/en

Heide-Park, Soltau, New Theme Area
Heide Park opens a new theme area based on the movie “How to Train Your Dragon.”. The area features a hotel and four confirmed attractions, including “How To Train Your Dragon -The Island” and four children’s attractions. Park Opens: 19 March 2016 www.heide-park.de

Fort Fun, Bestwig, New Area
Fort Fun collaborated with Yalp and Playparc to create a modern interactive attraction for the youth. L.A.B.S., which stands for Learn, Activate, Move and Play, is a big indoor area with a futuristic theme. The innovative concept offers games, including “Toro,” “Sutu,” “Fono,”“Memo,” and “Sona” for kids and teens to play in Fort Fun. Park Opens: 25 March 2016 www.fortfun.de

Holiday Park, Haßloch, New Attraction
Holiday Park celebrates its 45th anniversary with “Airshow ’71” the chain swing “Wellenflug” and the childrens ride “Red Baron.” The park also debuts a new show this season. Park Opens: 19 March 2016 www.plopsa.be/holiday-park/en


Gardaland, Castelnuovo del Garda, New Attraction and New Hotel
Gardaland Adventure Hotel is 15.000 square meters and has four themed areas, each inspired by a themed area of the Park. Room themes include the Jungle Adventure, the Arctic Adventure, the Arabian Adventure, and the Wild West Adventure. The park also opens an area themed entirely to entertainment and fun for the whole family, and inspired by the characters of the film “Kung Fu Panda 3.” The area offers attractions, interactive games, and more. Park Opens: 24 March 2016 www.gardaland.it

Mirabilandia, Savio, New Atttractions
Mirabilandia opens “Far West Valley,” a themed area designed for the entire family and inspired by far west stories and legends. The new area is 19.000 square meters and welcomes guests in the atmosphere of an old western town. Guests can also enjoy dance shows, stunt shows, magic shows, and more.
Park Opens: 25 March 2016 www.mirabilandia.it


Sindibad Park, Casablanca, New Park
Sindibad Park is an entirely new park opening in the center of Casablanca in Morocco. Spread across 32 hectares, the ground offers a variety of spaces: a leisure park, an animal park, an ecological park, souvenir shops, restaurants, and sandwich kiosks. Guests experience 22 attractions, including flying chairs, a roller coaster, a small train, a slide, and a carousel. www.sindibad.ma/site/index2.php


Walibi Holland, Biddinghuizen, New Roller Coaster
Walibi Holland opens “Lost Gravity” on which guests experience two inversion-moments present, one zero-G roll, and one dive loop. A soundtrack plays during the ride. The peak of the roller coaster is 32 meters and the maximum speed is 87 km/h. Park Opens: 24 March 2016 www.walibi.nl

Efteling, Kaatsheuvel, New Musical Show
New show “Pinokkio” debuts at Efteling and a restaurant and a fairy-tale theater opens. This place will be inaugurated 24 March. The theater show started last year in September 2015 and it will end 28 March. This show is appropriated for children aged 4-12 and their parents. Park is open all year long www.efteling.com/nl

Duinrell, Wassenaar, New Attraction
The new attraction at Duinrell allows guests to feel like a real stunt pilot with a force of 2,7G riders spin on a miniature airplane at 22 meters altitude. While the pilots are circling they decide if they want to make extra acrobatic moves. It’s possible to do up to 40 rolls per minute. There are twelve individually moveable and controlled seats. Each plane moves independently so everyone can determine for themselves how exciting they want to make their flight. Park Opens: 22 March 2016 www.duinrell.com

South Africa

Gold Reef City, Johannesburg, New Additions
Gold Reef City, is open throughout the year and includes a Magic Company 12-lane bowling alley and various movie theaters. The destination features new dining options and a refurbishment to the Apartheid Museum. Restaurants include Back o’ the Moon, which has undergone a total makeover and offers accessible upmarket dining, Vigour & Verve, Spur Steak Ranch, Boston BBQ, Calisto’s Portuguese Restaurant, The Raj Indian Restaurant, Ocean Basket, Vida e Café, and Col Cacchio Pizzeria. Park is opened all year long www.tsogosun.com/gold-reef-city-casino


Terra Mitica, Benidorm, New Hotel
Terra Mitica opens the first phase of a two phase hotel project. The first phase opens summer of 2016 and has a total of 226 luxurious rooms and spacious suites, including junior suites, a large pool, a spa with Jacuzzis, multipurpose rooms, and large gardens.. The second phase expands the hotel by 120 new themed rooms. Park Opens: 31 May 2016 www.terramiticapark.com/en

Parque Warner, Madrid, New Shows
This year at Parque Warners debuts seven new shows and attractions, including ‘The Gotham City Streetmosphere Show” and “The League of Justice.” The Gotham City StreetMosphere Show offers an energetic behind-the-scenes view at Hollywood stunts and special effects and features pyrotechnics, sound, fights, and motorcycle chases. “The League of Justice” introduces guests to their favorite superheroes during meet and greets. Some of these superheroes are Flash, Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. Additonal performances at the park, include Scooby-Doo, the Musical, and the Police Academy Stunt Show. Park Opens: 18 March 2016 www.parquewarner.com/en


Liseberg, Gothenburg, New Area
Liseberg gardens is the new area at Liseberg and offers activities and experiences that are included in the entry price. The first ride is the “Flower Carousel,” a double-decker carousellocated in the heart of the Children’s Paradise playground. Children’s Paradise has four slides, two suspended bridges, two climbing towers, three bird cages, a climbing track, six net tunnels, and more. The “AeroSpin,” a sky roller that allows guests to compete with friends to see who can rotate the most, and enjoy the spectacular view 35 meters above the park. Park Opens: 23 April 2016 www.liseberg.com

Kolmarden, Braviken, New Roller Coaster
Visitors of Kolmarden enjoy “Wildfire,” a new wood-hybrid roller coaster manufactured by Rocky Mountain Construction. The roller coaster is a 120-second-ride that takes passengers through three inversions and through 12 air-time hills and reaches speeds of up to 110 km/h. Park Opens: 29 April 2016 www.kolmarden.com


Chaplin’s World, Corsier-sur-Vevey, New Museum
Grevin is opening a venue for the sole purpose of allowing visitors of all ages to experience the world of Charlie Chaplin. The Manoir retraces the private and public life of this genius of the seventh art. The Studio, a new building of Hollywood inspiration, presents the cinematographic work of one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. The four-hectare park showcases hundred-year-old trees beloved by Charlie Chaplin and a breathtaking view of Lake Leman and the Alps. Park Opens: April 17 2016 www.chaplinmuseum.com


Eko Temali Park Rixos, Antalya, New Park
Eko Temali Theme Park covers more than 250.000 square meters. Its aquatic facilities contain more than 35 million liters of water and offer a dolphinarium, water slides, a sea trek aquarium, an aquarium restaurant, wave pools, lazy rivers, and more. JRA provided the concept realization, plans, and designs of Eko Temali Park. The project is financed and managed under the Rixos Group. Park Opens: Summer 2016

United Arab Emirates

Legoland Dubai and Legoland Water Park, Dubai, New Parks
Legoland Dubai features more than 40 interactive rides, shows, and attractions and 15.000 Lego model structures made from over 60 million Lego bricks. Legoland Dubai has six themed lands: Lego City, Adventure, Kingdoms, Imagination, Factory, and Miniland. Legoland Water Park offers visitors more than 20 water slides, each with its own experience, including the highly anticipated “Build-A-Raft River” where children of all ages can customise their own raft using Lego soft bricks, before floating around a 10-meter-long lazy river. Park Opens: October 2016. www.legoland.com/dubai

Ferrariworld, Abu Dhabi, New Roller Coaster
“Flying Aces” is the Ferrariworld Abu Dhabi’s new roller coaster. The coaster is inspired by Italy’s Count Francesco Baracca, a famous Italian aviator of the 1900’s who painted the Prancing Horse emblem, the Cavallino logo, on his Biplane. Riders will experience a 52-meter-tall loop, 51-degree cable lift, and 10 zero-G moments. The ride can reach speeds of up to 120 km/h. Park is opened all year long www.ferrariworldabudhabi.com

Motiongate Dubai, Dubai, New Park
The Hollywood-themed Motiongate Dubai brings to the United Arab Emirates entertainment from three of the largest motion picture studios: Sony Pictures Studios, DreamWorks Animation, and Lionsgate. The 176.515-square-meter area has 27 rides and attractions inspired by 13 Hollywood films. The park is divided in five distinct zones: Studio Central, Sony Pictures Studios, DreamWorks, Lionsgate, and Smurfs Village. There are themed restaurants and many quick service outlets, and 15 retail shops. Park Opens: October 2016 www.motiongatedubai.com

Bollywood Parks Dubai, Dubai, New Park
Cinematic simulation rides, blockbuster attractions, extravagant live shows are what guests enjoy at the new Bollywood Park in Dubai. The park offers 16 rides and attractions, fine dining and street food, party venues, numerous shopping outlets, and five movie-themed areas. The movie-themed areas include: Bollywood Boulevard, Mumbai Chowk, Rustic Ravine, Royal Plaza, and Bollywood Film Studios featuring Hall of Heroes. Park Opens: October 2016 www.bollywoodparksdubai.com/en

Riverland Dubai, Dubai, New Outlet Area
The new Riverland Dubai outlet features four unique themed zones, including The French Village, Boardwalk, India Gate, and The Peninsula. These areas feature dining, retail, and entertainment options for visitors to enjoy. The complex is more than 20 square meters and offers more than 50 restaurants and retail shops. Park Opening: October 2016 www.dubaiparksandresorts.com

Blue Waters, Dubai, New Attraction
A Ferris wheel opens at Bluewaters Island development and includes 48 luxury capsules capable of holding 1400 visitors. Riders enjoy views of Dubai’s iconic landmarks, including Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeirah, and Burj Khalifa. Additionally, an 80 meter LED-screen ismounted on the wheel to broadcast movies, advertisements, and interactive information. The area around the wheel is a promenade with dining and retail stores. Blue waters Island will also add a boutique, five-star hotel to this area. www.meraas.com/Pages/blue.aspx

IMG Worlds of Adventure, Dubai, New Park
IMG Worlds of Adventure indoor theme park opens in Dubai. The park is divided into four zones each based on a different theme. It contains various leisure attractions, including roller coasters, a 5-D cinema, and several retail areas and restaurants. www.imgwoa.ae/en

United Kingdom

Camel Creek Adventure Park, Tredinnick, New Park
The brainchild of John Broome, the founder and former owner of Alton Towers, Camel Creek is on the site of the famous Cornwall’s Great Adventure Park. The park offers a variety of new rides and attractions. Camel Creek is an all-weather attraction and attractions “Buccaneer Battles” and “Pirates Treasure Sand Play” are now both covered by purpose-built awnings. www.camelcreekresort.com

Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool, New Attraction
“Red Arrows Skyforce” opens at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. This 22-meter-high ride is located next to “Big One” roller coaster and takes guests on a 360-degree tour. Passengers step into their own Red Arrows cockpit, take control of the plane to spin, glide, and take formation in any way they choose. Park Opens: 25 March 2016 www.blackpoolpleasurebeach.com

Thorpe Park, Chertsey, New Attractions
Thorpe Park debuts a new, 10-15 minute train ride with a mixture of live action sequences, 4-D special effects and illusions, next generation technology, and physical transit. Guests can also enjoy the adventure maze “I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!,” as they experience life as a campmate and have to solve riddles to succeed and make it out alive. The maze is based on some iconic moments from the television series. Park Opens: 17 March 2016 www.thorpepark.com

Paultons Park, Hampshire, New Attraction
Paultons Park opens its new £ 8 million attraction, “Lost Kingdom,” a unique, dinosaur-themed family-friendly world. The new theme park is home to many dinosaur attractions, including two family roller coasters, “Flight of the Pterosaur” and “Velociraptor” and Jurassic-themed family rides, “Boulder-Dash,” “Temple Heights,” and “Dino-Chase,” a dinosaur adventure play park. Park Opens: 18 March 2016 www.paultonspark.co.uk

Alton Towers, Staffordshire, New Restaurant and New Attraction
“Galactica” opens at Alton Towers with new, virtual reality glasses to wear during the ride which allows the visitors to see a different world than they would see in reality. The glasses connect to the coaster trains so that the images are in sync with the roller coaster. The layout remains unchanged, but passengers will experience a completely different track. The new roller coaster restaurant has thirteen round tables that are directly connected to the kitchen by a mini-roller coaster. The small roller coaster for pots includes two loops in its track and an eight-meter spiral. Park Opens: 18 March 2016 www.altontowers.com


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