The first "winged" roller coaster in the country is set to debut at Indiana's Holiday World & Splashin' Safari theme park in April. Riders are suspended on both sides of the track, and the coaster reaches speeds of 60 mph in only 3.5 seconds.
The tallest and fastest giga coaster in the world debuted this spring -- it's also the longest steel roller coaster in North America. The first drop (shown here) is 325 feet -- taller than the Statue of Liberty -- and the ride reaches speeds of 95 mph.
In this new 3D interactive adventure, guests sit in submarine-like vehicles and shoot ray guns at attacking animated underwater creatures like puffer fish and a iron-armored octopus.
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Morey's Pier & Beachfront Water Parks
Wildwood, New Jersey
Opening Memorial Day weekend, this new attraction features a giant smoke-breathing gorilla that hangs from a lighthouse on the Wildwood boardwalk. After zipping around the animal in a vintage war plane, guests can munch on frozen bananas and recharge their phones at the retail space under the ride.
This new hybrid steel-wooden coaster has a steep 128-foot drop, a "Top Gun" tie-in and a Zero G Roll. There are two trains on the ride at the same time -- adding an extra thrill when they pass each other on turns.
This ride -- the first wooden shuttle coaster to be built in more than 100 years -- will run two trains at the same time when it opens this summer. Riders go over drops and loops only to fall backwards and do the whole track in reverse.
This seven-story roller coaster is opening in OKC this summer, placing riders face to face as they loop 360-degrees and freeze upside-down 72-feet in the air.
(Photo: Frontier City)
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This summer, theme parks around the country are opening a slew of new rides from coast to coast. Some of the most anticipated new attractions include a roller coaster with a first drop that's taller than the Statue of Liberty, a water slide that's also an interactive video game and an enormous new Ferris wheel that's changing the landscape of Orlando.
Click through the slides above to see which theme park rides we're most excited for this summer.
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