New Rides for 2016 (and beyond)!

Welcome to our new rides and rumors page. At this page, we have a list of attractions for the coming years at theme parks in North America. The list is organized by year and within each year alphabetical order. With each attraction, I included a link to any articles we have about them and some awesome sites who frequently release construction updates. I hope you can find anything you need and if you have any questions or think we forgot something, please let us know. You can figure out how to do so by visiting out Contact Us page. Also, if you have seen some interesting construction within a park, send us pictures or a message here.

2016 New Attractions/Rumors

Adventureland Iowa:

Monster – A beast is arriving at Adventureland Iowa in 2016 as they build their wildest roller coaster yet, Monster. Monster will be a wild new Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter. It will feature incredible inversions, one of which will be a first in the United States. The ride will stand in place of the park’s log flume. To find out more, you can read our article here.

Busch Gardens Tampa:

Cobra’s Curse – Busch Gardens Tampa announced their 2016 plans for a Mack Rides Spinning Coaster, which will be known as Cobra’s Curse. It will be a heavily themed and family friendly attraction. For more information, you can check out our article with the announcement. For construction updates, you can check out our friends over at Pixels at the Parks and The BGT Buzz.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg:

New Restaurant and New Show – 2016 will be an off-year for Busch Gardens Williamsburg after 2015’s new roller coaster. This is typical of the park, a coaster one year and an off-year the next seems to be the trend for the park. Instead of a new ride, the park will bring a new restaurant to the Italy land and a new show to France. To find out more, you can find our article here.

California’s Great America:

(9/29/15) Mass Effect 4D Attraction – In 2016, California’s Great America will be installing a brand new and immersive 4D attraction within their Action Theater. The first of its kind new ride will bring the popular video game franchise Mass Effect into the park in the spring of next year. For more information on the new attraction, you can view our article here.

For construction updates and rumor updates at this park, our friends at California Coaster Kings have you covered!

RUMOR – Vortex Transformation – Last year, Cedar Point took their old B&M standup coaster, Mantis, and brought new life to it by replacing the old trains with floorless coaster trains. It was a successful endeavor and Cedar Fair, the parent company of both parks, expressed interest in doing this again. Based on the rumors, California’s Great America will be the next park to receive this treatment on their Vortex roller coaster.

Canada’s Wonderland:

Skyhawk and Flying Eagles – Canada’s Wonderland announced two new flat rides for 2016, Skyhawk and Flying Eagles. Skyhawk will be a Gerstlauer Sky Fly and Flying Eagles will be a Larson Flying Scooters ride. For more information, you can check out our article here.

Carowinds:

Carolina Harbor – Recently, Carowinds announced a major waterpark expansion in the place of their now demolished Thunder Road roller coaster. The expansion will include a new Snake Pit slide tower, manufactured by WhiteWater Attractions, a new wave pool, new kids play areas, and even more. You can find more information here.

Cirque Imagine – One of the most popular shows at Kings Island and Kings Dominion will be coming to Carowinds in 2016! You can find more information here.

New Starbucks – This is minor news, but Carowinds will be building a Starbucks in 2016 near the front gate.

(10/8/15) – CONFIRMED – Plants Vs. Zombies: 3Z Arena will be coming to Carowinds in 2016! The attraction will bring a new intra-active experience themed to the popular video game franchise in the park’s Action Theater. It will be one of the most immersive rides ever installed for the park. For more information, you can read our article here!

(9/29/15) – In another Cedar Fair park on the other side of the country, California’s Great America, EA will be partnering up with the theme park chain to make a new ride themed to their game franchise Mass Effect. What does this have to do with Plants Vs Zombies? EA is the distributer of the game. I’m not sure if the distributer is able to give the theme park rights for a game, but I have a good feeling that this will be the start of a new partnership.

Not much is known about this ride, but Carowinds teased something at the Carolina Harbor announcement by playing the word “Brains” in the same voice from the popular game. More will be announced in October, but ThrillGeek had a great article explaining the rumor!

Cedar Point:

ValRavn – Cedar Point is building what is being called “an epic dissapointment” by frequent visitors of the park. This “dissapointment” is a new B&M dive coaster called ValRavn. This roller coaster is going to be the tallest and fastest dive coaster. It will feature three inversions, two steep drops, and will definitely be a fun ride. To learn more about this new ride, you can read our article here.

Disneyland Resort (Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure):

Soarin’ Over The World – For 2016, Disney’s California Adventure will be bringing new life into their immensely popular Soarin’ attraction as they transform it into Soarin’ Over the World. Instead of just featuring California as the destination of the film, it will feature scenes from across the world. To find out more information, you can read our article here.

Dollywood:

Lightning Rod – Dollywood is creating their single largest attraction of all time in 2016, Lightning Rod. The Rocky Mountain Construction coaster will be the first ever launched wooden coaster and the world’s fastest wooden coaster. With wild elements, Dollywood is set to create a wild ride in 2016! For more information, you can see our article here.

Kentucky Kingdom:

Storm Chaser – In 2016, Kentucky Kingdom will be creating a wacky Rocky Mountain Construction steel hybrid coaster. It will be built using part of the existing Twisted Twins roller coaster and will feature an incredible looking drop. To hear more about the ride, you can check out our article here. Our friends over at Coaster Chit Chat have posted a few construction updates recently!

Kings Dominion:

Delirium – On August 9th, Kings Dominion closed Shockwave. In its place, they will be building a much needed thrill ride, Delirium. For more information about the new Mondial Revolution, you can find our article here. We also posted a construction update recently!

Rumor – Slingshot – Several members of the theme park community are suggesting that Kings Dominion will build a Slingshot attraction in 2016. Other Cedar Fair parks have done this in the past and I believe that Kings Dominion might be next to do so.

Kings Island:

Tropical Plunge – Kings Island will be expanding their waterpark in 2016 with the new Tropical Plunge slide tower. The slide tower will be another installation of Whitewater Attractions’s Snake Pit complex. To read more, head over here!

Knott’s Berry Farm:

Ghost Town 75th Anniversary – For 2016, Knott’s Berry Farm will celebrate the Ghost Town section of the park’s 75th anniversary. This celebration involved the removal of the Screamin’ Swing and a much needed restoration of Ghostrider. You can find our article here! For construction updates and photos, you can check out California Coaster Kings.

La Ronde:

Le Vampire Backwards – For 2016, La Ronde’s Batman: The Ride clone, Le Vampire will be operating in reverse as it becomes Le Vampire Backwards. This has been done at several of the other Six Flags parks and will make a fun limited time event for the park. If you want to here more you can check out our article.
Two New Flat Rides – 2016’s main additions at La ronde will be two new flat rides. The first of these two rides will be Gravitor, which is described as “a dance party in the sky.” To me, it sounds like it will be a Zamperla Air Race, but I am not certain. The park’s other new addition for 2016 will be a Larson Flying Scooters installation. To hear more about these new rides, you can read our article.

Lake Compounce:

Phobia Phear Coaster – For 2016, Lake Compounce will be building a Premier Rides Sky Rocket II roller coaster. The compact launched coaster will be a similar ride to Tempesto at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. It will be a fun coaster for a small park. For more information, head right over here!

Legoland California:

New NINJAGO Land – A major expansion is making its way into Legoland California for 2016, NINJAGO land! With a headline attraction of a Triotech dark ride, which sounds like it will use hand gestures as the interactive form, this definitely will be a fantastic new addition to the park. To hear more information about this new land, you can read our article here!

Playland’s Castaway Cove:

Gale Force – Playland’s Castaway Cove is a park that I didn’t even know about until this year. They announced what could be the wackiest and most intriging new ride of 2016, Gale Force. This roller coaster will be the world’s first S&S El Loco, which will feature steep drops and wacky inversions. To find out more about this intriging new ride, you can read our article here.

Sea World Orlando:

Mako – The largest roller coaster in all of Florida is coming to Sea World Orlando. Mako will be Florida’s first ever hypercoaster when it debuts in the 2016 season. To find out more information, you can check out our article here! Also, our friends over at Pixels at the Parks frequently post fantastic and detailed construction updates, which can be found here.

Silverwood:

New Racing Slides – Silverwood will be installing new mat racing slides to their waterpark next year! To find out more and how to pick the name of the slides, you can read our article here!

Six Flags America:

Splashwater Falls – In 2016, Six Flags America will be expanding their waterpark with a brand new kids play area, Splashwater Falls. Splashwater Falls will feature a number of interactive water elements and slides which will come together into an experience that will be fun for families. To hear more, you can head over to our article here.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom:

Joker – Six Flags Discovery Kingdom will make a load Roar in the theme park community with their wildest ride yet, the Joker. The Joker will be one of three Rocky Mountain Construction roller coasters coming to the United States when it replaces Roar. It will feature three inversions and a wide array of insane airtime elements together in a fantastic ride. To find out more, you can see our article right here.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas:

Three New Flat Rides – For 2016, Six Flags Fiesta Texas will bring new life to their Boardwalk land with three new rides. The Fireball, Spinsanity, and Hurricane Force 5 will entertain guests of all ages. Fireball is the latest installation of a Larson Superloop at a Six Flags park, Spinsanity is going to be the modern version of the classic fairground Tilt-A-Whirl ride, and Hurricane Force 5 will be a Zamperla Disk’O. For more information and our thoughts on these new rides, you can find our article here.

Six Flags Great Adventure:

Total Mayhem – Chaos is going to endure at Six Flags Great Adventure with their latest roller coaster, Total Mayhem. Total Mayhem will wreak havoc on riders with a wild S&S manufactured free-fly course. Flipping riders head over heels, this clone of Six Flags Fiesta Texas’s Batman: The Ride will bring the east coast its first 4D roller coaster. To find out more information, our article is located here.

Six Flags Great America:

Justice League: Battle for Metropolis – The DC Universe will come to life in one of the most interactive rides ever built at a Six Flags park. The Sally Rides manufactured dark ride will feature animatronics, screens, a shooting element, and 4D effects to bring the Justice League to our world. The ride is already a popular attraction at Six Flags over Texas and Six Flags St. Louis. To find out more about the interesting new ride, you can check out our article here.

Six Flags Magic Mountain:

The New Revolution – The first modern roller coaster to feature a vertical loop, Revolution, will be receiving a makeover in 2016 as it transforms into The New Revolution. The classic ride will receive new trains with lap bars. These lap bars will make it a much smoother and more comfortable ride.You can find our article here if you’d like to hear more. For Six Flags Magic Mountain coverage, The Coaster Guy and California Coaster Kings are great sites!

Six Flags Mexico:

Justice League: Battle for Metropolis – The DC Universe will come to life in one of the most interactive rides ever built at a Six Flags park. The Sally Rides manufactured dark ride will feature animatronics, screens, a shooting element, and 4D effects to bring the Justice League to our world. The ride is already a popular attraction at Six Flags over Texas and Six Flags St. Louis. To find out more about the interesting new ride, you can check out our article here.

Six Flags New England:

Fireball and Superman: The Ride – After receiving a Rocky Mountain Construction transformation on their Cyclone roller coaster in 2015, Six Flags New England will transform Bizzaro back into Superman: The Ride (although it was originally Superman: Ride of Steel) and bring a brand new thrill ride called Fireball to the park. To hear more about these two new experiences, you can check out our article here.

Six Flags Over Georgia:

Two New Kids Areas – A thrill heavy Six Flags over Georgia will transform an old kids area into a better kids area and bring a brand new kids area to the park. Bugs Bunny World will become Bugs Bunny Boomtown as Six Flags re-themes several rides and installs new ones to help families have a better experience at the park. Also, Six Flags will bring five new attractions into the new DC Super Friends land. To hear more about the park’s new kids lands, our article is located right here.

Six Flags Whitewater Expansion – Just down the road from Six Flags over Georgia is their original waterpark, Whitewater Atlanta. In 2016, the park will expand with a brand new slide tower called Wahoo Racer. With six slides, guests will race each other down the hill getting soaked in the process. For more information on these new slides, you can read our article here.

Six Flags Over Texas:

Three New Flat Rides – For 2016, Six Flags over Texas will be installing three new thrilling flat rides. The Riddler Revenge will be the largest of these three, it will be what I think will be a Huss Frisbee, but could also be either the Mondial or Zamperla version of the ride. The second will be the Catwoman Whip, which appears to be the same as Kings Dominion’s Triple Spin attraction. The final attraction will be Harley Quinn Spinsanity, which looks like it will be a modern version of the classic enterprise attraciton. If you’d like to find out more about these new attractions, you can read our article here.

Six Flags St. Louis:

Fireball – Six Flags St. Louis is constructing a flaming hot new ride for 2016, the Fireball. This wild new flat ride will flip riders around in one giant loop, stalling them upside-down at the top. It will be one of the popular Larson Superloop attractions being installed at several Six Flags Parks over the course of a few years. To hear some more, our article is located here.

The Great Escape:

Greezed Lightnin’ – If you’ve read about what some of the other Six Flags parks are receiving, you probably know what Greezed Lightnin’ will be, a Larson Superloop. Just imagine going through the loop of a roller coaster several times, then stalling at the top, and doing the same in reverse. That is a Larson Superloop. If you’d like to hear more about the ride, our article is located here.

Universal Studios Hollywood:

Harry Potter Land – 2016 will bring MAJOR expansion to Universal Studios Hollywood, what is probably the most popular theme park land will be coming to the park, Harry Potter Land. With the famous Forbidden Journey Attraction, the smaller Flight of the Hippogriff coaster, and a wide array of fantastic shops, this land will bring guests into the park by the boatload. For Universal Hollywood coverage, check out our friends USH Today and California Coaster Kings!

Universal Orlando Resort (Islands of Adventure and Universal Orlando):

Skull Island: Reign of Kong – King Kong will be making his return to Universal Orlando Resort with Skull Island: Reign of Kong! This ride will combine moving vehicles, effects, and quite possibly animatronics as it brings back the beloved character in Islands of Adventure. To hear more about this new attraction, you can find our article here. For Universal Orlando updates, Pixels at the Parks have you covered.

Sapphire Falls Hotel – For 2016, Universal Orlando Resort and Loews will be creating the resort’s fifth on-site hotel, the Sapphire Falls Hotel. This gigantic new hotel will bring the resort its first moderate priced hotel offering. It will feature a vast amount of convention space and luxorious rooms. It looks like it will be a fantastic hotel.

Valleyfair:

Flying Eagles – To celebrate their 40th season of operation, Valleyfair will bring an original ride back in 2016. The Flying Eagles will bring the park’s original version of the attraction back in a modern form. The Larson Flying Scooters will bring families a new ride that will send them soaring into the park’s sky, while controlling how high they fly. For more information, you can find our article here.
All Wheels Extreme – In addition to the new Flying Eagles attraction, a new show will be speeding its way into Valleyfair for 2016, All Wheels Extreme. This BMX stunt show was featured on the popular telivision show, America’s Got Talent and is sure to entertain guests of all ages. To learn more about this new show, you can read our article here.

Walt Disney World Resort (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom):

Frozen Ever After – Maelstrom is gone, Frozen is in. For 2016, Walt Disney World will bring Frozen into the Norway pavillion at the World Showcase of EPCOT. This expansion will bring the popular franchise into the land’s closed Maelstrom ride. Also, it will bring a brand new massive meet-n-greet building for guests to meet characters from the popular film.

Rivers of Light – As the night descends on the Animal Kingdom, the park’s waterways will take to life in the new Rivers of Light show. Rivers of Light will use projection technology and water screens to display a show similar to the popular World of Color show at Disney’s California Adventure, but instead of celebrating animation, it will celebrate animals. To hear more about this new show, you can check out our article here.

Soarin’ Over the World – For 2016, EPCOT will be bringing new life into their immensely popular Soarin’ attraction as they transform it into Soarin’ Over the World. Instead of just featuring California as the destination of the film, it will feature scenes from across the world. In addition to the new film, this attraction will also be receiving a third theater and HD projections next year. Hopefully, the third theater will help the park increase the capacity of the attraction. To find out more about this ride’s new experience, you can check out our article here.

Worlds of Fun:

Planet Snoopy Expansion – In 2016, Worlds of Fun will bring five new family rides to their Planet Snoopy section of the park. The expansion will feature a new kids train ride, a Larson Flying Scooters, and a number of different Zamperla kiddie attractions. If you would like to hear more about these new additions, our article is located here.

2017 New Attractions/Rumors

Universal Orlando Resort (Islands of Adventure and Universal Orlando):

Volcano Bay – For 2017, Universal Orlando Resort will unveil its latest major construction project, the Volcano Bay waterpark. Located next to the Cabana Bay Hotel, the “world’s first water theme park” will feature slides themed to a tropical world at heights rumored to be up to 200 feet high. To learn more about the incredible new waterpark, you can find our article here.

Fast and Furious: Supercharged – In the location of the attraction Disaster, Universal Orlando will be building a brand new ride based on their popular franchise, Fast and Furious. Although we know little about what this ride will be, the rumors are saying that it will be the same as the Fast and Furious location on the Universal Studios Hollywood tram tour. The ride has received lackluster reviews from the theme park community (and I overall agree with these reviews) and uses a similar system to the current Orlando attraction. To find out more about this new attraction and here more possibilities about what it might be, you can view our article here.

UPDATE – Jimmy Fallon Race Through New York – Twister closed on November 2nd to make way for a brand new ride themed to the popular late night show. It will open in 2017 and will involve a race through New York, but otherwise we have very few details. You can hear more about it here.

Rumor – Twister Replacement – Several members of the theme park community have been saying that Twister will likely close in the coming years. The question is, what could replace it? Most have been thinking that a Jimmy Fallon ride will replace Twister, but I have a feeling that it will have something to do with the hit Syfy movie, Sharknado (I am NOT saying that this will happen, this is just an idea of mine that I would love to see, it would be cheap to install and a funny spin on the classic ride). Although nothing has been confirmed, I expect to see a Twister replacement in 2017 or later.

Walt Disney World Resort (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom):

Pandora: World of Avatar – As part of Animal Kingdom’s transformation into a full day park, Pandora: World of Avatar will bring two new attractions and an incredible land full of bioluminescent plants similar to those in the movie. The two rides in the land will be a boat ride through the forests of Pandora and a ride called Flight of the Banshee, which will pretty much be Soarin’ over Pandora. You can find out more information here.

2018 Or Later New Attractions/Rumors

Disneyland Resort (Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure):

Star Wars Land – With the opening of Harry Potter Land up at Universal Studios Hollywood next year, Disney needs something huge to compete with them, that is why they are building Star Wars Land. Star Wars Land will be coming to Disneyland in what I estimate as 2020 (construction is starting in 2016 according to Disney). The land will feature two new attractions, one that will allow guests to pilot the Millenium Falcon, and one that will put guests in a battle between the new order and the resistance. With cast members dressed as aliens, this land will definitely immerse guests into the Star Wars universe. To find out more information, check out our article here.

Walt Disney World Resort (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom):

Toy Story Land – At the D23 Expo, Disney announced a new Toy Story land for their Hollywood Studios park, which is about to undergo a massive transformation. This new land will feature two new attractions, a Slinky Dog Themed Family roller coaster, and a Green Alien themed flat ride. This land will also include the park’s current Toy Story Midway Mania attraction, which will be receiving a third track in the coming years. I am expecting this new land to open in 2018. Do you want to hear more about this family friendly land? You can find our article here.

Star Wars Land – After about five years, Disney has finally found their response to Harry Potter Land, which took theme park lands to an entirely new level when it opened just down the road at Universal Orlando. Star Wars Land will be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios (or whatever they call it when they re-name it) in what I estimate as 2020 (construction is starting in 2016 according to Disney). The land will feature two new attractions, one that will allow guests to pilot the Millenium Falcon, and one that will put guests in a battle between the new order and the resistance. With cast members dressed as aliens, this land will definitely immerse guests into the Star Wars universe. To find out more information, check out our article here.