8 brand new thrill rides for summer

Amusement parks across the country are debuting new attractions for 2014
Saturday, May 17, 2014
  1. El Loco
    Circus Circus Adventuredome in Las Vegas
    Now open
    Roller coaster gurus might get really excited when they hear "negative 1.5 vertical G lateral floater," but for us casual fans, all we need to know is twists, turns and plunges. Oh, and it's indoors.


  2. Falcon's Fury
    Busch Gardens in Tampa
    Opening delayed due to construction
    Not for the faint of stomach. It's like a drop tower, except you get a surprise seat tilt at the end. Whether you're really excited or really terrified by the sound of that, their commercial will make you even more so.


  3. The Tilt
    Hancock Observation Deck in Chicago
    Now open
    Are you an adrenaline junkie whose stomach doesn't do well with fast speeds? Well, this is about the most thrills you're gonna get while standing still. The new feature at the top of one of Chicago's tallest buildings leans you over the city at a 35 degree angle. Here's a sneak peak from WLS.


  4. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
    Magic Kingdom's New Fantasyland in Lake Buena Vista, FL
    Scheduled to open May 28
    This sounds like the perfect way to wean your kids into "grown-up" coasters. Plenty of interaction with some your favorite Disney characters, but not so slow you get "It's a Small World" stuck in your head. You can get a sneak peak of the ride here.


  5. Thunderbolt
    Coney Island's Luna Park in Brooklyn
    Scheduled to open Memorial Day weekend
    Yes, Woody Allen fans, you heard correctly. The coaster featured in Annie Hall, which was torn down in 2000, really is getting rebuilt. Anyone who went to Coney Island as a kid will remember the original since it was around for 75 years. Unlike the old one, though, this version will throw you for a loop, literally.


  6. Schlitterbahn Water Park
    A whole new park in Corpus Christi, TX
    Opening not announced yet, but sometime this summer
    The latest addition to the chain promises at least two "uphill water coasters" and a swim-up bar, along with all the water park classics. Can't wait to dive in? You can follow construction updates on the park's Facebook page.


  7. Goliath
    Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, IL
    Scheduled to open May 31
    This one's breaking all kinds of records, for wooden roller coasters, at least...fastest, tallest, steepest. Think they're exaggerating? Try not to watch this without holding your breath.


  8. FireChaser Express
    Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN
    Now open
    This family thrill-ride is definitely for bigger kids. Unless, that is, your little ones love loud, sudden explosions. If they do, go for it.
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