As global amusement industry professionals gathered at the IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017 the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) released their annual preview of major new rides and attractions opening in 2018.


The 2018 list includes new experiences at many US theme parks including roller coasters, thrill rides, family attractions, water slides and virtual reality. Here are all of the exciting additions that guests can enjoy during 2018:

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US Theme Park News

toy-story-land-at-walt-disney-world-opens-juneDisney has announced that the new Toy Story Land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort will open in June. The new land, inspired by the Toy Story film franchise, will allow guests to shrink to the size of a toy and explore...
thomas-town-coming-to-kennywood-park-in-2018Thomas the Tank Engine, his friends and favorite destinations from the Island of Sodor, will come to life this year with the opening of Thomas Town in Kennywood Park for 2018. Thomas Town will feature five rides including a train ride with Thomas, a...
batman-the-ride-backward-at-six-flags-st-louisFor a limited time, March 24 - May 13, thrill seekers can ride BATMAN: The Ride backward at Six Flags St. Louis in 2018.When it opened in 1995, BATMAN: The Ride brought the first inverted, looping coaster experience to Six Flags St. Louis, allowing...
electric-eel-topped-off-at-seaworld-san-diegoSeaWorld San Diego has celebrated the completion of steel installation for Electric Eel, due to open Summer 2018, and has revealed the ride car. Electric Eel will be San Diego’s tallest and fastest coaster, accelerating to more than 60 mph and soaring...
hogwarts-nighttime-lights-at-universal-orlandoFor the first time ever at Universal Orlando Resort, visitors will be able to celebrate their Hogwarts house pride during an all-new, breathtaking experience – The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle – debuting on January 31 and running select nights...
busch-gardens-shut-down-the-curse-of-darkastleBusch Gardens Williamsburg has decided to shut down the Curse of DarKastle attraction. Curse of DarKastle was a hybrid 3D dark ride like The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Universal's Islands of Adventure, and Transformers: The Ride at...
pixar-pier-at-disney-california-adventure-in-2018The wonderful worlds of Pixar will get a new home at Disney California Adventure Park when Pixar Pier opens in summer 2018. The area that is now Paradise Pier will be transformed with the thrilling, new Incredicoaster, four new imaginative neighborhoods,...
new-rides-at-six-flags-parks-in-2018Six Flags has announced details of all the rides and attractions coming to its theme parks in 2018, including many Warner Brothers and DC Comics branded attractions along with other thrilling rides at each of its other popular theme parks across the...
hangtime-at-knotts-berry-farm-in-2018Knott’s Berry Farm will welcome HangTime, a brand new steel roller coaster - and the only dive coaster on the West Coast - to the theme park during the 2018 summer season.  HangTime will tower 150 feet over the Boardwalk area, showcasing...
railblazer-at-californias-great-america-in-2018California’s Great America will introduce a groundbreaking new single rail steel coaster, RailBlazer, for the 2018 season. RailBlazer will be the first coaster of its kind on the West Coast featuring a single rail track throughout; the design requires...
time-traveler-at-silver-dollar-city-in-2018Time Traveler - the world’s tallest, fastest, steepest spinning roller coaster - debuts at Silver Dollar City in 2018.Key FactsSpeed: 50.3 miles per hourDrop: 10-story, 90° Vertical DropHeight: 100 feet tall, custom designed for mountainous...
steel-vengeance-at-cedar-point-in-2018Cedar Point’s Frontier Town will be transformed when Steel Vengeance – the tallest, fastest and longest hybrid roller coaster in the world – opens in the spring of 2018. At more than 200 feet tall, the new hybrid design combines a steel running track on...
twisted-timbers-at-kings-dominion-in-2018Kings Dominion has now announced Twisted Timbers as their new roller coaster for 2018.The new ride replaces the Hurler wooden coaster that closed at Kings Dominion last year, and follows the opening of Mystic Timbers at sister theme park Kings Island...
wonder-woman-coaster-at-six-flags-fiesta-texasSix Flags Fiesta Texas has unveiled plans to debut the world’s first-ever Wonder Woman™ themed roller coaster — WONDER WOMAN Golden Lasso Coaster.Debuting in Spring 2018, WONDER WOMAN Golden Lasso Coaster will be the world's first RMC Raptor Coaster,...
mission-space-relaunches-at-walt-disney-worldMission: SPACE in Epcot at Walt Disney World relaunches on August 13th with brand new upgraded experiences for thrill seekers and families.Already one of the highlights at Epcot, the attraction simulates the feeling of lift off and the experience of...
new-ride-replacing-dragon-challenge-at-universalA new generation of thrill ride is coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in 2019 replacing the Dragon Challenge roller coaster in Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando Resort.Kristen Clark shared the news their...
d23-expo-2017-new-attractions-at-disney-parksWalt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman, Bob Chapek has revealed what’s new and what’s next for Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida at the D23 EXPO 2017. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be the official name of the Star Wars inspired...
dreamworks-theatre-at-universal-studios-in-2018DreamWorks Animation’s most popular characters are coming soon to Universal Studios Hollywood in a new DreamWorks Theatre attraction, starting with Kung Fu Panda in 2018.Universal Studios Hollywood will soon roll out the red carpet for a unique, never...
the-guardians-of-the-galaxy-arrive-at-disneylandWelcoming its first attraction to feature Rocket, Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax and Groot, the Disneyland Resort has celebrated the grand arrival of Guardians of the Galaxy ­– Mission: BREAKOUT! at Disney California Adventure Park. The action-packed new...
pandora-the-world-of-avatar-now-open-in-disneys-animal-kingdom-at-walt-disney-worldFollowing years of development and anticipation, Pandora - The World of Avatar, the new land in Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World, is now open.Pandora – The World of Avatar immerses park visitors in a mystical world of massive floating...
universal-orlandos-volcano-bay-water-park-opensYou can now experience the newest addition to Universal Orlando Resort, as Universal's Volcano Bay water park has joined the two popular theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.Made up of four immersive areas filled...
railroad-and-rivers-of-america-return-to-disneylandWhen the Disneyland Railroad and Rivers of America attractions return to the Disneyland Park this summer, the guests will discover new magic aboard these classic experiences. As we first heard last year, and as is seen in the artist’s rendering below...
happily-ever-after-show-debuts-in-magic-kingdom-at-walt-disney-worldIt’s no secret that every ‘once upon a time’ story ends with ‘happily ever after’ and from now on Walt Disney World Resort guests can discover just how magical and emotional that fairy tale ending can be with the newest, most breathtaking fireworks show...
inside-look-at-disneys-pandora-the-world-of-avatarAhead of the grand opening day on May 27th, Disney has given an inside look at Pandora - The World of Avatar, the new land in Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World that will immerse guests in the mystical world of Pandora from the blockbuster film...
infinity-falls-rapids-at-seaworld-orlando-in-2018SeaWorld Orlando has announced its latest world-class attraction, Infinity Falls, to debut summer 2018. Thrilling rapids will roar through the brand new rainforest river experience, while adventure-seeking riders will plunge down the tallest river rapids...
virtual-reality-attraction-at-busch-gardens-williamsburg-in-2018A new virtual reality attraction is coming to Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Spring 2018 replacing the former Europe in the Air experience in the Ireland area of the theme park. Utilizing virtual reality (VR) headsets and the state-of-the-art motion...

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