Rides To Look Forward To In 2012

Posted by Staff on Saturday, December 31st, 2011

The Ball hasn’t dropped in Times Square yet, but we’re already looking forward to 2012. From new rides to whole new sections of theme parks, 2012 is looking to be a good year for theme park enthusiasts. Below are a handful of the attractions we’re already planning to visit next year. Have a great New Year’s and we hope to bump into you on some of these awesome new rides.

Cars Land, Disney California Adventure Park

Concept Drawing For Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Land

This 12-acre, $1.1 billion expansion at Disney California Adventure has been the talk of the town for quite some time now. We first started hearing about it back in 2007, but after years of anticipation, we are now counting down the final months before it opens. The new themed land, which is slated to open next summer, is inspired by the Disney-Pixar film, Cars, and will feature many new rides, as well as some nods to the past. In particular, we’re looking forward to Luigi’s Flying Tires, which is reminiscent of the old Disneyland Flying Saucers that we took a look at in our feature on forgotten Disneyland attractions.

Transformers: The Ride, Universal Studios Hollywood

Transformers Ride Under Construction at Universal Studios Hollywood

Not the first Transformers ride, but Hollywood is a little easier for us to get to than Singapore. The 3-D motion-simulator ride, based on the same technology as Universal’s The Amazing Adventure’s of Spider-Man, has been quite a hit over on the other side of the Pacific, so we can’t wait to give it a go ourselves. Thankfully we won’t have to wait too much longer, as the 3-D adventure is set to open at Universal Studios Hollywood on May 25th, 2012.

Verbolten, Busch Gardens Williamsburg

The New Verbolten Roller Coaster at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

With Verbolten we are looking at more car-themed adventures for next near. We like a ride with a great story and this one looks promising. Verbolten begins as a high-speed drive along the notorious German autobahn, which sounds exciting enough, but then a wrong turn onto a closed road kicks of a misadventure through the Black Forest. The out-of-control ride through the Black Forest will include some indoor sections, free-falls, and multiple launches.

Lex Luther: Drop of Doom, Six Flags Magic Mountain

The New Lex Luther: Drop of Doom Roller Coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain

Just looking at the renderings of this free-fall ride makes our stomachs drop and our palms sweat. Lex Luther: Drop of Doom will be integrated into the existing Superman: Escape from Krypton (Lex Luther is Superman’s archenemy) and should be scaring the daylights out of riders by next spring. With a 400-foot drop, during which the gondolas reach a top speed of 85 mph, Lex Luther is in place to become the world’s tallest drop ride.

Despicable Me, Universal Studios Florida

New Despicable Me Ride at Universal Studios Florida Opening 2012

Not too surprisingly we are starting to see more and more 3D simulator rides crop up. In the case of Despicable Me, which will replace Jimmy Neutron’s Nicktoon Blast, the ride picks things up right where the movie left off. We don’t know exactly what Gru and his minions are up to, but we do know that one of the film’s directors, Pierre Coffin, has been consulting with Universal Creative in the development of the ride’s story. Considering how much fun the movie was, going for a ride with the world’s #1 super villain should be a wickedly good time.

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