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The Major New Theme Park Rides for 2012


Related: The Major New Theme Park Rides for 2011  / The Major New Theme Park Rides for 2010

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By Tracy Kahaner (left), president  Kahaner Research and News Editor, Blooloop

This is the fourth annual study I have conducted regarding new rides at some of the larger theme parks and amusement parks around the world.  While this listing does provide an in-depth overview of the rides opening in 2012, it is not intended to be exhaustive. 

It should be noted that there are several “unknowns” in the columns dealing with cost and ride capacity.  Typically, this far in advance of a ride or attraction being built these statistics are either not known or not released.

Except for a few instances, those rides that have relocated from one park to another have been omitted from this analysis; along with those rides that have been renovated and / or re-themed.  The vast majority of rides that are geared towards the very young child along with the aquatic attractions have been excluded as well.

Kahaner Research obtains the figures used to create this report through a variety of reliable sources including ride manufacturer, park operators, architects and designers.  We believe the information in this article to has been well researched and accurate at press time and apologize for any inadvertent omissions or errors. We are indebted to the many industry professionals who took the time to review this information for accuracy.

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Image: Kind courtesy Europa-Park GmbH & Co

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