This is a big year for thrill-seekers.
Theme parks around the globe are using new technology to send their visitors to other worlds. Using virtual reality, advanced engineering and lots of creativity, this year’s new rides offer many new “world’s first” experiences.
“There really is something new for everyone this season,” Susan Storey, communications director of International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), said in a statement. “The industry is innovative and dynamic, and this year many destinations are debuting their own ‘spin’ on amusement park favorites, infusing speed and height with twists and turns and even unexpected ‘surprise’ elements.”
By this summer, theme park visitors will be able to ride a submarine through a real underwater world (complete with sharks) or shriek their way through a wooden roller coaster that sets on fire in England.
These are 19 of the most exciting coasters, rides and attractions coming to theme parks around the world for 2018.