2016 is set to be another bumper year with new rides coming to Universal and Disney theme parks in Florida and California, SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa, Cedar Point, Dollywood, LEGOLAND California, Carowinds, California's Great America and the many Six Flags parks. Here's our pick of the best new rides coming to US theme parks.


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storm-chaser-coaster-at-kentucky-kingdom-in-2016Kentucky Kingdom will open Storm Chaser, their fifth and newest roller coaster, in 2016. It will be the second new roller coaster to be constructed at the theme park in a period of only two years. They have commissioned Rocky Mountain Construction (RMC)...
restoration-of-ghostrider-at-knotts-berry-farmGreat Coasters International are working with Knott's Berry Farm in California to restore their iconic wooden roller coaster GhostRider, as part of Ghost Town's 75th Anniversary. GhostRider is currently undergoing a full restoration and will reopen in...
the-legend-coaster-reborn-at-holiday-world-in-2016Great Coasters International are working with Holiday World to enhance their iconic wooden roller coaster The Legend, as the theme park celebrates its 70th birthday.The Legend is reborn in 2016, with 1,335 feet of new track, the addition of a fifth...
construction-of-cobras-curse-at-busch-gardens-tampaBusch Gardens Tampa puts a spin on family thrills in 2016 with a brand new family thrill ride from Mack – Cobra’s Curse. Check out the official construction photos of this new spin coaster in Florida, the only one of its kind in the world and featuring a...
construction-of-lightning-rod-coaster-at-dollywoodCheck out the official construction photos of Lightning Rod, both the world’s fastest wood coaster and the world’s first launching wood coaster, opening at Dollywood in March 2016. Set to roll to the starting line in March 2016, Lightning Rod adds...
construction-of-valravn-dive-coaster-at-cedar-pointCedar Point will change the Lake Erie skyline once again with over 3,400 feet of thrill ride innovation when it introduces Valravn (val-rey-vuhn), the world’s tallest, fastest, longest dive coaster, in 2016. Check out the official construction photos of...
mako-coaster-at-seaworld-orlando-constructionSurfacing in 2016 at SeaWorld Orlando will be Mako, a 200-foot-tall hypercoaster that will reach 73 mph along 4,760 feet of steel track. Check out the official construction photos of what will become Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster...
mass-effect-at-californias-great-america-in-2016California’s Great America and Electronic Arts (EA) are teaming up to create a first-of-its-kind guest experience at Great America. The dynamic new attraction will feature settings and characters from EA’scritically acclaimed Mass Effect videogame series...
jimmy-fallon-ride-at-universal-orlando-in-2017Inspired by the popular Tonight Show segment, Race through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon will pit guests against Jimmy in a wild race through one of the world’s greatest cities when in opens in Universal Studios Florida at Universal Orlando Resort in...
plants-vs-zombies-3d-game-for-carowinds-in-2016Carowinds will open the world’s first intra-active 3D game experience, Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare, in spring 2016 – adding to the park’s family line-up of thrills for all ages.An intra-active experience means the game allows players to interact...
flying-dinosaur-coaster-at-universal-studios-japanWe made a trip to Universal Studios Japan to check out this counterpart to Universal's theme parks in the US, and snapped some photos of the construction of their new roller coaster for 2016, The Flying Dinosaur.The new B&M Flying Coaster will...
ninjago-the-ride-at-legoland-california-in-2016LEGOLAND California has announced the addition of a brand new NINJAGO land in 2016 introducing, NINJAGO - The Ride. The new ride will feature technology never seen at any other theme park in the world when it opens.Guests will enter the new NINJAGO land...
valravn-a-new-dive-coaster-at-cedarpoint-in-2016Cedar Point will change the Lake Erie skyline once again with over 3,400 feet of thrill ride innovation when it introduces Valravn (val-rey-vuhn), the world’s tallest, fastest, longest dive coaster, in 2016. Check out all the details and images of this...
new-rides-at-six-flags-parks-in-2016Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, the world’s largest regional theme park company, has announced a wide-ranging lineup of exciting and innovative rides and attractions coming to its theme parks in 2016, including coasters, interactive rides, expanded...
star-wars-land-at-walt-disney-world-and-disneylandDisney has announced that Star Wars-themed lands will be coming to Disneyland Park at Disneyland in California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World in Florida, and before that an updated Star Tours, Star Wars Launch Bay and Season of the...
toy-story-land-for-studios-at-walt-disney-worldDisney has unveiled plans for Toy Story Land to be built at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort. The new land, inspired by the Toy Story film franchise, will allow guests to shrink to the size of a toy and explore the world of...
refurbishment-of-hulk-coaster-at-universal-orlandoThe Incredible Hulk Coaster in Universal's Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando Resort will be receiving some enhancements to its storyline, ride vehicles and overall experience.To allow this work to take place the attraction will be closed from...
launch-coaster-lightning-rod-at-dollywood-in-2016Dollywood has announced the addition of Lightning Rod, both the world’s fastest wood coaster and the world’s first launching wood coaster. Set to roll to the starting line in March 2016, Lightning Rod adds another groundbreaking roller coaster to the...
fast-and-furious-open-at-universal-studios-hollywoodFast & Furious—Supercharged premieres as the new grand finale to the world famous Studio Tour at Universal Studios Hollywood.Fast & Furious—Supercharged is a technologically advanced, epic ride that reunites stars from the Fast & Furious...
frozen-ever-after-ride-in-epcot-at-walt-disney-worldA brand new "Frozen Ever After" ride is coming to Epcot at Walt Disney World in Florida, the family attraction will be opening in 2016 at the Norway Pavilion in World Showcase.Walt Disney promised that Disneyland would never be completed, so long...
the-wizarding-world-at-universal-hollywood-in-2016The countdown begins as Universal Studios Hollywood announces the Spring 2016 arrival of The Wizarding World and the introduction of the land’s signature attraction, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey in hyper-realistic 3D-HD.More than five years in...
six-flags-justice-league-4d-dark-rides-now-openSix Flags Over Texas and Six Flags St. Louis — in partnership with Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment — have opened two new Justice League: Battle for Metropolis dark rides. Named by USA Today as one of the most anticipated new attractions of the year,...
universal-orlandos-volcano-bay-water-park-in-2017Universal Orlando Resort has announced an entirely new water park experience for 2017. Universal's Volcano Bay will join their two popular theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, to become the resort’s third immersive...
cobras-curse-busch-gardens-tampa-spin-coasterBusch Gardens Tampa puts a spin on family thrills in 2016 with a brand new family thrill ride from Mack – Cobra’s Curse. This spin coaster is the only one of its kind in the world, featuring a vertical lift and taking riders on a whirlwind adventure of...
mako-hypercoaster-at-seaworld-orlando-in-2016Surfacing in 2016 at SeaWorld Orlando will be Mako, a 200-foot-tall hypercoaster that will reach 73 mph along 4,760 feet of steel track. Named for one of the ocean’s fastest known sharks, Mako will be Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster...
batman-coaster-opens-at-six-flags-fiesta-texasSix Flags Fiesta Texas has unveiled the most exciting coaster in the park’s 23-year history — BATMAN: The Ride. After being lifted straight up a 120-foot hill, this 4D Wing Coaster challenges riders to “face their fears” as they flip head-over-heels...
twisted-colossus-and-wicked-cyclone-hybrid-coasters-now-openSix Flags Magic Mountain and Six Flags New England have opened their state-of-the-art hybrid coasters, Twisted Colossus and Wicked Cyclone. The two hybrid coasters at the popular Six Flags theme parks launched on May 23rd and 24th respectively after...
iron-reef-4d-dark-ride-opens-at-knotts-berry-farmVoyage to the Iron Reef, a spectacular new interactive 4D dark ride attraction, is now open at Knott's Berry Farm in California. The new 4D dark ride attraction is located in the former Kingdom of the Dinosaurs building."Ever since construction crews...
mantis-becomes-rougarou-at-cedar-point-for-2015Cedar Point, The Roller Coaster Capital of the World, has introduced a dynamically new riding experience to the former Mantis roller coaster by unleashing Rougarou in 2015.Named after a terrifying werewolf-like creature in French folklore, Rougarou...
king-kong-will-return-to-universal-orlando-in-2016King Kong will return to Universal Orlando Resort in 2016 after a 14 year absence in the groundbreaking new attraction, Skull Island: Reign of Kong, which has been confirmed.The new attraction will open in the summer of 2016 at Universal’s Islands of...
thunderbird-coaster-at-holiday-world-is-now-openThunderbird, the nation’s first launched wing coaster, is now open at Holiday World including a 0-60mph launch in 3.5 seconds, plus multiple inversions and near-misses. Continuing Holiday World’s tradition of sending roller coasters through thickly...
seaworld-orlandos-new-roller-coaster-in-2016SeaWorld has revealed that they will open the tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster in Orlando for 2016, it will be 200-foot-tall and be the third major roller coaster at the park.The teaser posted by SeaWorld Orlando:"Something is stirring beneath...
tempesto-coaster-at-busch-gardens-williamsburg-in-2015157 feet tall & 60 mph fast LSM Catapult Coaster called Tempesto will join Festa Italia in Busch Gardens Williamsburg for 2015, which will be the the seventh coaster at the park.The new roller coaster, which is currently under construction, will be a...
giga-coaster-fury-325-at-carowinds-is-now-openFury 325, the world's tallest and fastest giga coaster, has been unleashed at Carowinds as part of a $50 million dollar multiyear investment, with rave reviews from enthusiasts.For more than 40 years, Carowinds has been the place where the Carolinas...
fast-and-furious-at-universal-studios-hollywoodUniversal Studios Hollywood showcases exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of its upcoming Fast & Furious—Supercharged thrill ride and reveals its eagerly-awaited opening date as Thursday, June 25, 2015.The captivating 90-second behind-the-scenes...
luigis-flying-tyres-at-disneyland-to-be-replacedLuigi's Flying Tyres leaves Disney California Adventure in 2015 but an all-new experience is coming in 2016 featuring a trackless ride system to replace the floating bumper cars.The new ride, called Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters, will feature a fleet of...
laff-trakk-cannibal-and-silver-dollar-photo-updateIt's not just the biggest theme parks in the United States with new rides for 2015. Check out the official photos showing off the ongoing construction of Laff Trakk at Hersheypark, Cannibal at Lagoon Park and FireFall in new land Fireman's Landing at...
new-hotel-and-land-at-legoland-florida-in-2015LEGOLAND Hotel at LEGOLAND Florida Resort officially opens May 15, 2015 followed by Heartlake City, the newest land based on the popular LEGO Friends, opening in Summer.  General Manager of LEGOLAND Hotel, Kevin Carr, said “LEGOLAND Hotel offers a...
six-flags-parks-new-rides-in-2015-photo-updateOfficial photos of the construction of Wicked Cyclone at Six Flags New England, Twisted Colossus at Six Flags Magic Mountain, BATMAN: The Ride at Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Justice League: Battle for Metropolis at Six Flags Over Texas and Six Flags St....
rougarou-fury-325-thunderbird-photo-updateTo whet your appetite for a few of this year's most exciting new roller coasters in the United States, here are some recent official photos showing off the construction of Rougarou at Cedar Point, Fury 325 at Carowinds and Thunderbird Holiday World....
2-new-additions-at-legoland-california-in-2015A galaxy far, far away and some new Friends took center stage as LEGOLAND California announced two major additions for 2015, brand new Star Wars and Friends attractions.General Manager Peter Ronchetti shared the family theme park’s 2014 successes before...
iron-reef-4d-dark-ride-at-knotts-berry-farm-in-2015A spectacular new interactive 4D dark ride attraction is coming to Knott's Berry Farm next year. Surfacing in Spring 2015, Voyage to the Iron Reef adds high-tech fun for everyone.The new dark ride attraction will be located in the former Kingdom of the...
two-new-family-rides-for-kings-island-in-2015Two new family rides, Woodstock Gliders and Snoopy’s Space Buggies, will be joining Planet Snoopy at Kings Island in 2015 -  as well as other improvements around the park.The first of the new rides is Woodstock Gliders, a classic flying scooters...

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