2012 Shaping Up to Be a Year of Blockbuster New Rides for Worldwide Attractions Industry

2012 Shaping Up to Be a Year of Blockbuster New Rides for 
Worldwide Attractions Industry

Amusement Park and Attractions Operators Dreaming Up Big Ideas for, the Future at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2011 in Orlando, Nov. 14-18

(November 17, 2011) – Amusement parks and attractions across the world have already announced plans for millions of dollars in exciting new rides and additions for 2012 just as industry leaders gather in Orlando for IAAPA Attractions Expo 2011, the annual conference and trade show where many of those wild ideas and concepts are born.

During the weeklong gathering produced by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), approximately 25,000 attractions industry professionals from more than 100 countries around the world experience the newest rides, view the latest technology, discuss hot trends, and dream up new ways to entertain families around the globe for many years to come. IAAPA Attractions Expo 2011 is taking place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Nov. 14-18. More than 1,100 of the brightest minds in the industry, including manufacturers, suppliers, designers, entrepreneurs, and engineers, showcase innovative new products ranging from roller coasters, waterslides, simulators, 3-D experiences, and mobile applications, to midway games, haunted attractions, stuffed animals, and delicious treats. More than 14,000 owners, operators, and managers of amusement parks, waterparks, family entertainment centers, zoos, aquariums, science centers, museums, and resorts put on their comfortable shoes to walk, ride, and snack their way along more than nine miles of aisles on the expansive trade show floor.

While the annual conference and trade show is only open to industry professionals (not the general public), attraction-goers experience many of the attractions that will open in 2012 and the years ahead.

Here are some of the major new attractions that will debut around the world in 2012, many of which were created or purchased at previous Expos.  


  • Legoland Discovery Centre will open at Decks Tokyo’s Beach Mall in Tokyo, Japan. The 4,000-square-meter (43,056-square-foot) attraction will feature educational activities for children 3-10 years old. The new center will provide a unique range of interactive play areas including a 4-D cinema, classes from a Lego master model builder, and Lego-themed rides.www.legolanddiscoverycenter.jp
  • Madame Tussauds will debut at Decks Tokyo Beach Mall in Tokyo, Japan. The temporary exhibition will feature a number of top Japanese and international celebrities.www.madametussauds.com 
  • Universal Studios in Osaka, Japan, will introduce Universal Wonderland. The 30,000-square-meter (322,917-square-foot) addition will have zones featuring characters from Snoopy, Hello Kitty, and Sesame Street.  Universal Wonderland will be geared toward younger children and it will include athletic facilities, child-friendly rides, and play areas with soft blocks. www.usj.co.jp/e/


  • KidZania will open in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The 80,000-square-foot children’s role- playing attraction is scheduled to open in January 2012. www.kidzania.com


  • Legoland Billund in Nordmarksvej, Denmark, will complete Polar Land which is expected to cover 12,500-square-meters (134,548-square-feet) and feature “Polar X-plorer,” a roller coaster that takes riders down a 16-meter-drop (52-foot-drop) and through a live penguin exhibit. A polar-themed restaurant will open next to the penguin area. www.legoland.dk/en


  • “Weymouth Eye,” a 53-meter (174-foot) observation tower in London, England, will take up to 50 people on a 10-minute viewing experience. “Weymouth Eye” is provided by HUSS and could open in time to entertain visitors to the 2012 summer Olympics.www.merlinentertainments.biz


  • Puy du Fou in Les Epesses, France, will unveil “The Imaginary World of the Fountain. This show will take visitors on an interactive adventure through the universe of Jean de La Fontaine and the 17th century. www.puydufou.com


  • Europa-Park in Rust/Baden, Germany, will open an as-yet unnamed wooden coaster. The ride will have Norse mythology and supernatural creature themes. The 35-meter-tall (115-foot-tall) ride will reach speeds of 100 kilometers per hour (62 miles per hour) and the track will cross over two other rides, the “Atlantica SuperSplash” and the “Blue Fire” steel coaster.www.europapark.de/lang-en  

The Netherlands

  • Efteling in Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands, will celebrate its 60th anniversary with the debut of“Aquanura,” a fountain show that combines large fountains, lighting effects, flames, and music. The €17 million (US$24.6 million) addition will be located in the center of the lake bordering the Vonderplas at the park entrance. www.efteling.com/EN


  • Port Aventura in Salou, Spain, will unveil a Himalayan expedition-themed roller coaster called “Shambhala.” The ride will feature a 75-meter (246-foot-drop), five camelback hills, dark tunnels, and water elements. www.portaventura.co.uk



  • KidZania will open at the Eldorado Shopping Center in São Paulo, Brazil. The attraction will cover an area of 5,000-square-meters (53,819-square-feet). www.kidzania.com


  • KidZania will open in Santiago, Chile, at the Parque Araucano. The children’s role-playing attraction will cover an area of 4,600-square-meters (49,513-square- feet).www.kidzania.com


  • Carruseles S.A. will add “Game Room,” a family entertainment center at the shopping center Portal de San Felipe by the famous San Felipe Castle in Cartagena, Colombia.www.carruseles.com.co  
  • Diver S.A. Playland will open a 1,600-square-meter (17,222-square-foot) family entertainment center in the Titán Plaza Shopping Centre, in Bogotá, Colombia.www.playland.com.co


  • ¡Recórcholis! will open a new family entertainment center in Forum Tlaquepaque, México in March. The new facility will have an area of 1,785 square meters (19,213 square feet).¡Recórcholis! centers have areas related to kids, games, food and snacks, and the Forum Tlaquepaque location will also have a bowling section. www.recorcholis.com
  • ¡Recórcholis! debuts a new family entertainment center in Cancún, Mexico set to open in June. The new facility will have an area of 6953-square-meters (74,841-square-feet).¡Recórcholis! centers feature redemption games, video games, playgrounds and play structures, and rides for young children. www.recorcholis.com
  • A new ¡Recórcholis! with an area of 1,856-square-meters (19,977-square-feet) will open in El Rosario, Mexico. ¡Recórcholis! centers feature redemption games, video games, playgrounds and play structures, as well as rides for young children. The El Rosario location will also include bowling. www.recorcholis.com
  • Selva Magica, in Guadalajara, Mexico, will add a Schwarzkopf shuttle roller coaster called“The Bullet. The ride will stand 131- feet (40-meters) at its highest point and reach speeds of 80 kilometers per hour (50 miles per hour). www.selvamagica.com.mx


  • Parque el Agua in Isla Margarita, Venezuela, will open two wave pools with 1,500-person capacity and 5 million liters of water. One pool will have eight wave graduations up to 6 feet high for adults to enjoy.  They will even be able to practice body boarding in the pool. The other pool will be for children.www.parqueelagua.com


United Arab Emirates

  • The new Yas Island Waterpark in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, will feature more than 40 rides and attractions themed around an original story called “The Lost Pearl” about a young Emirati girl’s search for a pearl. The 15-hectare (37-acre) waterpark will be adjacent to Ferrari World. www.ferrariworldabudhabi.com



  • West Edmonton Mall World Waterpark in Alberta will add three waterslides and a three-level ropes course. www.wem.ca


  • Canada’s Wonderland in Vaughan, Ontario, will open “Leviathan. The 93-meter-tall (306-foot-tall) Bolliger & Mabillard steel roller coaster will reach speeds up to 148 kilometers per hour (92 miles per hour). www.canadaswonderland.com     

United States

  • Cars Land will open at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, Calif. The 12-acre addition replicates the town of Radiator Springs featured in the animated film “Cars.”  It includes three new attractions. Guests can soar on “Luigi's Flying Tires,” dance to “Mater's Junkyard Jamboree, and travel through the desert on “Racers. “Radiator Springs Racers” will take riders on a four-minute drive through a course with caverns, hairpin curves, and high-speed straightaways. It features six-person cars designed to look like red sports cars.www.disneyland.disney.go.com/disneys-california-adventure
    • Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, Calif. will debut the Mad T Party nightclub this Summer in 2012. The night club, themed around Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” movie will have live music with band members performing in costumes associated with the Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat, and White Rabbit characters from the film. The attraction replacesElecTRONica.
    • The Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, Calif., will open “The Jellies Experience” in March. Visitors learn about amazing jellyfish as they explore six uniquely-themed galleries.www.montereybayaquarium.org
    • The San Diego Zoo Safari Park will add “Shiley’s Cheetah Run” in Escondido, Calif. Guests will have an up-close experience with a cheetah and they can watch as the exotic animal chases one of its favorite toys attached to a mechanical lure down a 330-foot-long track.http://sdzsafaripark.org
    • SeaWorld San Diego will unveil its Mack Rides launch roller coaster, “Manta. The ride will simulate rays in underwater flight. It will feature a 54-foot drop into a subterranean trench and twist riders through a dozen turns. www.seaworldparks.com/en/seaworld-sandiego 
    • Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, Calif., will add the “Superman: Ultimate Flight”launch coaster. The ride features a 150-foot inversion, two loops, two vertical rolls, and will reach speeds of 62 mile per hour. The coaster will simulate the feeling of flight.www.sixflags.com/discoveryKingdom
    • A400-foot-tall drop tower called  “Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom” will debut at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, Calif. Guests will plunge downward in a floorless gondola at speeds of 85 miles per hour. www.sixflags.com/magicMountain

    • Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles, Calif., will open “Transformers: the Ride.” The ride tells a “Transformers” story where guests are members of the human-Autobot alliance engaged in battle with the evil Decepticons. The ride will feature an elaborate simulator with 
      3-D media and visual effects. www.universalstudioshollywood.com  


      • Discovery Cove in Orlando, Fla., will debut “Freshwater Oasis.” The area is designed with a rainforest canopy and will include hiking and water-filled trails as well as an area outfitted with Adirondack chairs. Guests will be able to relax in waist-deep warm water and come face to face with otters and marmosets. www.discoverycove.com
      • Legoland Florida in Winter Haven, Fla., will renovate and open an existing waterparkadjacent to the park. http://florida.legoland.com
      • SeaWorld Orlando will unveil “Turtle Trek,” which will consist of two naturalistic habitats that will contain both freshwater and saltwater animals. The freshwater area will become home to 200 fish, such as large-mouth bass and bluegills and manatees, and the saltwater area will display 1,500 fish, and more than a dozen sea turtles. After viewing the animals, guests will enter a domed theater to view a 3-D/360-degree immersive film that features more than 12 species of sea animals. http://seaworldparks.com/en/seaworld-orlando

      • Universal Orlando Resort will add a miniature golf attraction called Hollywood Drive-In Golf. The attraction will be located in the Universal CityWalk entertainment district and will include two movie-themed courses. “Invaders from the Planet Putt” will feature a 40-foot robot and space alien theming, with a one-eyed science fiction-inspired character named Putt. The“Haunting of Ghostly Greens course” is themed around horror films.www.universalorlando.com
        • The first phase of the reimagined and expanded Fantasyland at Walt Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom will open and feature several new attractions. “Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid” will take visitors on a ride through scenes from the film with colorful animatronic characters and vibrant underwater scenery. Storybook Circus will be themed after the animated movie “Dumbo.” The area will be filled with big circus-style tents and include a double version of the aerial gondola ride “Dumbo the Flying Elephant.” Beast’s Castle, themed after “Beauty and the Beast,” will include the restaurant Be Our Guest. The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., will also debut"Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom. In this in-park game Merlin the magician will recruit guests to become apprentice sorcerers. He will provide clues and help guide them with an interactive map to defeat an army of villains. http://disneyworld.disney.go.com   


        • Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Ill., will introduce “X-Flight, a 3,000-foot-long Bolliger & Mabillard winged roller coaster. The ride will reach speeds of 55 miles per hour and turn guests upside down five times. Guests will sit in twos on either side of the track with their feet dangling and they will experience an initial 12-story drop.www.sixflags.com/greatAmerica


        • Holiday World and Spashin’ Safari in Santa Claus, Ind., debuts “Mammoth, a 1,763-foot-long ProSlide Technology Inc. water coaster. It begins with a conveyor-style lift hill and features six-passenger, spinning rafts and a five-story drop. www.holidayworld.com

        New Jersey

        • Breakwater Beach at Casino Beach Pier in Seaside Heights, N.J. will replace “Revere’s Run” with two new waterslides. The “Topsy Turvey” will propel riders through a serpentine, enclosed tube with two funnel openings, and feature gentle oscillation and high banking turns. The “BulletBowl” will deliver a steep tunneled-in run and tight bowl radius that provides a swirling and thrilling finish. Both rides will utilize a two-person raft.www.casinopiernj.com/breakwaterbeach 

          New York

          • National 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York City, will open beneath the National 9/11 Memorial. It will feature hundreds of items belonging to victims, survivors, and first responders of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, an exhibition dedicated to the 2,982 people killed that day, and in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. Visitors will exit the museum at the National 9/11 Memorial where waterfalls are set into the footprints of the twin towers and the surrounding walls list the victims’ names. www.911memorial.org


          • Cedar Point’s “Dinosaurs Alive! On Adventure Island” will open in Sandusky, Ohio. The interactive attraction will take visitors into the Jurassic Age. It will feature 50 life-size animatronic dinosaurs that stand up to 40-feet-tall. www.cedarpoint.com

          • Kings Island in Mason, Ohio, will debut a $10 million dollar expansion of the park’s waterpark and rename it Soak Citywww.visitkingsisland.com


          • Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom in Allentown, Pa., will add a 138-foot-tall inverted boomerang-style roller coaster that features more than 1,000 feet of track, six inversions, and face-to-face seating. The new scorpion-themed coaster will be named “Stinger.  The ride originally operated as “Invertigo” at California's Great America in Santa Clara.www.dorneypark.com
          • Hersheypark in Hershey, Pa., will debut “Skyrush. The 200-foot-tall roller coaster will feature winged seats, an 85-degree first drop, four banking turns, and five airtime hills. “Skyrush” will travel over the wooden coaster “Comet,” and reach speeds up to 75 miles per hour. www.hersheypark.com


          • Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., will open “Wild Eagle, a 210-foot-tall steel winged roller coaster by B & M. Riders will travel along a 3,127-foot track, reaching speeds of 61 miles per hour. Seats on the eagle-themed vehicles are designed so riders experience the sensation of flying. www.dollywood.com/dollywood


          • Busch Gardens Williamsburg will unveil “Verbolten.” The half-mile-long roller coaster will launch guests multiple times throughout the ride. The coaster will reach speeds up to 53 miles per hour. www.buschgardens.com/BGW
          • Kings Dominion in Richmond, Va., will introduce a 301-foot-tall “WindSeeker” swing ride that will spin riders 30 stories above the park. Riders will be seated in two-person swings with their feet dangling  free and begin to slowly rotate in a circular motion as the swings ascend the tower. In addition, the park will add the six-acre “Dinosaurs Alive!” featuring 36 life-size animatronic dinosaurs in a multi-sensory and interactive dinosaur park that brings inspiration, science, and technology together. www.kingsdominion.com  
          • Ocean Breeze Waterpark in Virginia Beach, Va. will add “Adventure River” a new ride that will open for the 2012 season. The new development will comprise more than 3 acres and will host a huge 1,000 foot long and 15 foot wide river with waves and numerous interactive features. At the new attraction, guests will be able to settle into a tube and drift in a steady current, through rollicking waves, past waterfalls, spray features and geysers.www.oceanbreezewaterpark.com


          • Noah’s Ark Family Park in Wisconsin Dells, Wis. will add “QUADZILLA” a mat waterslide that accelerates riders through enclosed, braided, and twisting tunnels.  Riders crest over vertical curve “humps” feeling weightless and gaining even more speed before coming to a smooth and gentle stop at the end of the finish line.

          • The Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort in Wisconsin Dells, Wis. will add “Northern Lights Sky Ropes Course,” an indoor attraction currently under construction and slated to open at the end of January 2012.  The new addition includes a 30 foot tower where guests can access 42 climbing challenges that require various degrees of skill.   The rope course will be part of the Northern Lights Mega Arcade area.  www.wildernessterritory.com
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