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The Major new Theme Park rides for 2010

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By Tracy Kahaner,   Kahaner Research

Here you will find an overview of the rides that are new in 2010 at major theme parks and amusement parks around the world. The listing includes rides that have already opened and some that are planned to open during the next few months or the course of the year.

As a general framework to identify the major theme parks and amusement parks, we consult the annual TEA/AECOM Attraction Attendance Report (aka Theme Index – download your free copy here), referring to that report’s listings for top worldwide parks, top theme park chains and top regional parks.

Excluding a few instances, typically those rides that were relocated from one park to another but are not strictly “new” have been excluded from this analysis. Also excluded, for the most part, are rides renovated and/or re-themed within a park. “Kiddie” rides (geared toward very young children) are also largely excluded, along with aquatic attractions. And due to the high level of confidentiality surrounding the attractions at the yet-to-open Wizarding World of Harry Potter, that property has also been excluded from the inventory.

Kahaner Research obtains the figures used to create this report through a variety of sources, primarily from ride manufacturers and park operators.



RIDES OPENING AT THEME THEME PARKS DURING 2010

 
Name of Ride
Park
Location
Ride Description
Manufacturer
Opening Date
Estimated Cost
Ride Capacity (persons per hour)
Thirteen
AltonTowers
Alton, Staffordshire, UK
Free fall drop coaster
Intamin AG
March 20, 2010
£15 million pound
n/a

Air Grover

Busch Gardens Tampa
Tampa, Florida
 Family Roller Coaster
Zierer Rides
March 27, 2010
n/a
n/a
Europe in the Air
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Williamsburg, Virginia
3-D Motion Simulator Ride
n/a
March 26, 2010
Re-themed from Corkscrew Hill
n/a

Intimidator

Carowinds
Charlotte, North Carolina
NASCAR Themed Roller Coaster

Bolliger & Mabillard (B&M)

Spring, 2010
$23 Million USD
1, 600
Shoot-the-Rapids

Cedar Point

Sandusky, Ohio
Simulator Water Ride
IntaRide LLC (intamin)
May 29, 2010
$10.5 Million USD
1, 200
Kobra

Chessington World of Adventures

Surrey, UK
Family Spinning Disk Ride
Antonio Zamperla SpA
March 27, 2010
n/a
n/a

Demon Drop

Dorney Park
Allengton, Pennsylvania
Free Fall Drop Coaster
Intamin AG
May 29, 2010
Relocated from Cedar Point
n/a

Joris en de Draak

Efteling
Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands,
Wooden Coaster
Great Coaster International
July 1, 2010
n/a
1, 700
Wildebeest
Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari
Santa Claus, Indiana

Touted as the world’s longest water coaster.

Designer: ProSlide Technology Inc.

May 14, 2010
$5.5 Million USD
N/A

Sky Rocket

Kennywood
West Miffen, Pennsylvania

Linear Synchronous Motor (LSM) Roller Coaster

Premier Rides, Inc.
June, 2010
n/a
n/a

Intimidator 305

Kings Dominion

Doswell, Virginia
Steel Coaster / Giga-coaster
Intamin AG
April, 2010
$25 Million USD
1, 350

Boo Blasters

Kings Island
Mason, Ohio
Interactive Dark Family Ride
Sally Corporation
May 21, 2010
n/a
n/a

Ednör – L’attaque

La Ronde

Montréal, Canada
Half Suspended Looping Coaster
Vekoma Rides Manufacturing B.V.
May, 2010
n/a
1, 040

Tom & Huck’s RiverBlast

Silver Dollar City
Branson, Missouri
Interactive Boat Ride

Mack Rides GmbH & Co KG

March 18, 2010
$7 Million USD
720

Mr. Six DanceCoaster

Six Flags Magic Mountain

Valencia, California
Family Twister

Vekoma Rides Manufacturing BV

May 29, 2010

Relocated from Six Flags New Orleans as Road Runner’s Express

780

‘Space Fantasy, the Ride’

Universal Studios Japan

Osaka, Japan
Spinning Coaster

Designer: Universal Creative / Ride system supplied by Mack Rides GmbH & Co KG

March 19, 2010
4 Bil Yen
n/a

Battlestar Galactica

Universal Studios Singapore

Sentosa, Singapore

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