Theme Park Highlights In 2012
2012 was a very big year for coaster and theme park enthusiasts. Some have even gone so far as to state that it was the best year in recent memory (I’d still say 2006 takes that title.) Here are some of the biggest events of the past year, all dates listed are when the rides and attractions opened to the general public:
March 24, May 16 – The Two Wing Riders Opened
As the nation’s first Wing Rider coaster, Wild Eagle opened in late March to rave reviews. It won the Golden Ticket Award for best new ride.
X-Flight opened at Six Flags Great America, it features a unique Wing Over inversion/drop combination. It also includes four other inversions and a keyhole fly through element into its layout.
May 6 – Leviathan Opened
2012’s biggest roller coaster, Leviathan opened at Canada’s Wonderland. At 306 feet tall, 92 mph, and 4,586 feet long, the ride is the world’s fourth giga coaster.
May 24 – Transformers: The Ride Opened
Universal Studios Hollywood opened the state of the art dark ride. Transformers uses the same technology as the Amazing Adventures of Spiderman at Islands of Adventure. Some reviewers have stated that the special effects make the ride seem real.
May 26 – Skyrush Opened
Another type of winged coaster, Skyrush’s outer seats are the only ones that extend to the sides. The inner rows have floors. Because the ride was quite possibly the most intense coaster that opened this year, the trains were outfitted with more comfortable restraints.
June 15 – Cars Land Opened
Cars Land is a highly themed area at Disney’s California Adventure. The main attraction is Radiator Springs Racers, a car ride that uses the same technology as Test Track at Epcot and Journey to the Center of the Earth at Tokyo DisneySea. Other rides include Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree and Luigi’s Flying Tires.
July 7 – Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom Opened
Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom is the world’s tallest drop tower. At 400 feet tall, the ride provides five seconds of free fall. It even reaches terminal velocity on the way down! The Coaster Guy named it as his Single Best Ride Experience of 2012.
December 6 – The First Stage of the Fantasyland Expansion was Completed
The Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland is still in the process of being renovated with all new rides and attractions. There is a Little Mermaid ride and a Beauty and the Beast themed area. When the expansion is completed, the area will also be home to The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train coaster.
So much happened in 2012 that I know I’ve probably forgotten some rides. If you know of another major ride that opened this year please comment!
What do you think? What other important events happened in 2012? Please comment. Thanks for reading!