Six Flags Sky­warp In Vallejo Among What’s New At Theme Parks

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NEW YORK — Or­lando, Florida, doesn’t have a lock on theme park news this sum­mer.

Sure, Toy Story Land at Dis­ney World and a new “Fast & Fu­ri­ous” at­trac­tion at Univer­sal Or­lando will be get­ting at­ten­tion. But there are lots of other ex­cit­ing open­ings around the coun­try.

Fans of Won­der Woman can ride the first coaster named for her, Won­der Woman Golden Lasso Coaster, at Six Flags Fi­esta Texas in San An­to­nio. The coaster has a unique de­sign, built on a slen­der twist­ing mono­rail with riders lined up in sin­gle seats for their 90-de­gree drop and an up­side-down thrill.

Dis­ney Cal­i­for­nia Ad­ven­ture Park in Ana­heim, Cal­i­for­nia, plans a June 23 open­ing for Pixar Pier. The site, re­plac­ing the pre­vi­ous Par­adise Pier, will con­sist of four Pixar-themed neigh­bor­hoods with at­trac­tions, food and mer­chan­dise in­spired by Pixar sto­ries and char­ac­ters. One neigh­bor­hood, themed on Pixar’s “The In­cred­i­bles” movie, in­cludes a re­vamped In­credi­coaster ride with new scenes and spe­cial ef­fects keyed to the “In­cred­i­bles 2” film open­ing June 15. Another neigh­bor­hood will be themed on “Toy Story.”

Six Flags Over Ge­or­gia near Atlanta de­buts Twisted Cy­clone, a hy­brid roller coaster with a tra­di­tional wood coaster struc­ture on a steel track. The coaster’s red and black train is mod­eled af­ter a clas­sic 1960s sports car.

The Time Trav­eler ride opened in March to great fan­fare at Sil­ver Dol­lar City in Bran­son, Mis­souri. Billed as the in­dus­try’s fastest, steep­est and tallest spin­ning roller coaster, Time Trav­eler drops riders at a 90-de­gree ver­ti­cal an­gle fol­lowed by three in­ver­sions at speeds up to around 50 mph, all while spin­ning.

And at Cedar Point in San­dusky, Ohio, a new hy­brid roller coaster called Steel Vengeance is de­but­ing, 200 feet (61 me­ters) tall with a 90-de­gree ini­tial drop and half-bar­rel roll.

Here are some other open­ings around the coun­try this sea­son.

CAL­I­FOR­NIA

This is the fi­nal sea­son for the “Juras­sic Park”themed ride at Univer­sal Stu­dios Hol­ly­wood in Los An­ge­les. That ride closes Sept. 3 to make way for con­struc­tion of a new Juras­sic World Ride open­ing next year.

Also at Univer­sal Hol­ly­wood this sum­mer, a night­time lights show re­turns on se­lect dates to Hog­warts Cas­tle at the Wizard­ing World of Harry Pot­ter be­gin­ning June 24. And Univer­sal’s DreamWorks The­atre opens a new multi-sen­sory at­trac­tion called Kung-Fu Panda: The Em­peror’s Quest. The high-tech ad­ven­ture fea­tures LED light­ing, sur­round sound and pro­jec­tion mapping, a type of aug­mented re­al­ity that can turn 3-D ob­jects into in­ter­ac­tive dis­plays.

An up­side-down view of Mis­sion Bay awaits riders of the new Elec­tric Eel coaster at SeaWorld San Diego. The triple-launch coaster will thrust riders for­ward and back­ward, ac­cel­er­ate to more than 60 mph in sec­onds and go nearly 150 feet (46 me­ters) up.

Six Flags Dis­cov­ery King­dom in Vallejo, Cal­i­for­nia, de­buts Sky­warp, billed as the world’s first du­el­ing loop­ing coaster with two cars speed­ing around each other on dou­ble loops.

Else­where around Cal­i­for­nia vis­i­tors will find the new RailBlazer coaster at Great Amer­ica in Santa Clara; a new steel coaster, Hang Time, at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park; the new Le­goland Cas­tle Ho­tel and Lego City Deep Sea Ad­ven­ture sub­ma­rine ride at Le­goland Cal­i­for­nia Re­sort in Carls­bad; and CraZan­ity, a tow­er­ing pen­du­lum at­trac­tion at Six Flags Magic Moun­tain in Va­len­cia.

MID­WEST

Six Flags Great Amer­ica in Gurnee, Illi­nois, de­buts the world’s largest loop coaster, called the Mardi Gras Hang­over. The 100-foot (32-me­ter) ride puts riders on 32 face-to­face seats and takes them through sev­eral 360-de­gree rev­o­lu­tions.

Hol­i­day World & Splashin’ Sa­fari in Santa Claus, In­di­ana, is adding two kids’ rides named for the Swahili word for ele­phant: the Tembo Falls wa­ter slide com­plex and Tembo Tides, a ju­nior wave pool.

Six Flags St. Louis in Mis­souri opens Typhoon Twis­ter at Hurricane Har­bor wa­ter park, a hy­brid zero-grav­ity wa­ter slide and wave wall.

In Min­nesota, Val­ley­fair park in Shakopee opened Deliri­ous, a loop­ing thrill ride that coils riders up­side-down on a seven-story, 360-de­gree free­stand­ing struc­ture with a high-speed train. In Bloom­ing­ton, at Mall of Amer­ica’s 7-acre Nick­elodeon Uni­verse theme park, a new at­trac­tion is open­ing themed on Nick­elodeon’s an­i­mated preschool se­ries PAW Pa­trol. Kids will recre­ate PAW Pa­trol mis­sions in an open­play ex­pe­ri­ence.

SOUTH

Ken­tucky King­dom in Louisville is adding Scream Xtreme and a new fam­ily ride Rock ‘n Roller.

Bat­tle for Eire Ac­tion VR Ride at Vir­ginia’s Busch Gar­dens Wil­liams­burg takes guests on an ad­ven­ture with a fairy war­rior named Ad­die through her Ir­ish home­land in the park’s Ire­land vil­lage. The at­trac­tion uses a mo­tion­based the­ater sim­u­la­tor with state-of-the-art, 360-de­gree vir­tual re­al­ity head­sets.

North Carolina Carowinds near Char­lotte de­buts Camp Snoopy, a newly ex­panded kids’ sec­tion and a climb-and-play area, Bea­gle Scout Acres.

Pi­geon Forge Snow in Pi­geon Forge, Ten­nessee, is a new year-round, in­door snow-tub­ing park, with 12 lanes, an over­sized fam­ily tub­ing lane and a lift to de­liver riders to the top of the hill.

NORTH­EAST AND MID-AT­LANTIC

Six Flags New Eng­land in Agawam, Mas­sachusetts, de­buts Har­ley Quinn Spin­san­ity, a colos­sal swing ride.

Six Flags Great Ad­ven­ture & Sa­fari in Jack­son, New Jersey, opens Cy­borg Cy­ber Spin, an anti-grav­ity gon­dola ride.

And vis­i­tors at Sesame Place in Langhorne, Penn­syl­va­nia, can take Os­car’s Wacky Taxi ride, a woodand-steel hy­brid fam­ily coaster with a bright yel­low taxi-in­spired train fea­tur­ing Os­car the Grouch.

Six Flags Vallejo has new Sky­warp ride like the one shown.

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