2013 New Theme Park Attractions for the Southeastern United States

We already told you about the new theme park attractions coming to parks in the Northeastern United States, in our continuing series of articles on the 2013 new theme park attractions we focus on the Southeastern United States.  This post will reveal what’s coming to the amusement parks of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.  Did I forget anybody?  Oh yeah, Florida.  Well with all the mammoth theme parks around that state, we’re going to give Florida a post all of its own.  Highlights of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) report for the southeastern U.S include a water coaster, sharks, and more Snoopy.

Planet Snoopy, Kings Dominion, Doswell, VA

Planet Snoopy, Kings Dominion © 2013 CFEC Cedar Fair Parks

From IAAPA’s Press Release

Alabama

Waterville USA in Gulf Shores, AL, debuts a six-lane water slide that allows up to six guests to race one another side-by-side to a thrill-filled finish.

The Dune Racer, WatervilleUSA, Gulf Shores, AL

The Dune Racer, WatervilleUSA, Gulf Shores, AL

Arkansas

Magic Springs in Hot Springs, AK, introduces “Splash Island,” a four-story water play structure featuring 10 colorful water slides, a 1,000-gallon tipping bucket, bubbler jets, water wheels, water curtains, net climbs, pools, waterfalls, and more, providing more than 200 new ways to get wet.

Wild River Country in North Little Rock, AK, has refurbished a bridge near the wave pool for guests with disabilities; resurfaced and repainted all water slides; created new landscaping; added new cabanas; and introduced new events.

Georgia

SkyScreamer” opens at Six Flags Over Georgia near Atlanta, GA.  The massive swing ride rises 24 stories above ground and rotates guests in a 98-foot-wide circle at 40 mph.  “SkyScreamer” is the tallest attraction introduced in the park’s 45-year history.

Typhoon Twister” makes landfall at Six Flags White Water in Marietta, GA.  Four guests at a time experience a thrills and chills with a five-story drop, then blast into a 67-foot wide bowl before finally dropping out through a corkscrew chute into a splash pool below.

Stone Mountain Park in Stone Mountain, Georgia, debuts a new restaurant concept, Campfire Grill, in the park’s Crossroads section.  Campfire Grill features an in-restaurant “camping adventure” accentuated by “campsite” dining tables and seating, “camp counselor” servers, outdoor ambiance, and decor encouraging young diners to explore.  Signature menu items include open flame-cooked Coca-Cola-infused ribs, Campfire Skewers, and Campfire S’mores Skillet dessert.

Wild Adventures in Valdosta, GA, introduces “TailSpin,” a rocking and spinning ride on a half-pipe that takes riders more than four stories high while facing outward on a motorcycle-like seat.  For younger ride enthusiasts, the park adds “Wacky Wheels,” a whirling, teacup-like ride featuring funky cars.

Six Flags Over Georgia, SkyScreamer

Six Flags Over Georgia, SkyScreamer © 2013 Six Flags. All rights reserved.

Kentucky

Beech Bend Park and Splash Lagoon in Bowling Green, KY, opens “Vortex.”  This revolving swing takes riders 60 feet in the air and reaches a maximum swing angle of 240 degrees.  Riders sit facing one another, and at the max height of the swing are suspended upside down.

Maryland

Six Flags America near Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, MD, opens “Bonzai Pipelines,” a 65-foot-tall water slide complex that includes six intense drop-launch looping body slides.

The National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD, debuts “Blacktip Reef.”  This coral-filled exhibit, replicating Indo-Pacific reefs, is active with life that guests can experience from many vantage points, including a new floor-to-ceiling pop-out viewing window that allows guests to virtually come face to face with 15 species of marine life, including Blacktip Reef Sharks.

National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD. Photo by Dave Parfitt

National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD. Photo by Dave Parfitt

North Carolina

Dinosaurs Alive!” premieres at Carowinds near Charlotte, NC.  The animatronic attraction includes a multi-sensory and interactive dinosaur park with more than 30 life-size dinosaurs on five wooded acres of land.

Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, NC, opens The Great Wolf Kids Store, which features exclusive Great Wolf Kids souvenirs and gifts.  The store includes “Creation Stations” where children stuff their own Great Wolf Kids character and decorate “Like Me” shirts – one to wear, and one to share with their new stuffed friend.  The park also introduces a new family-style restaurant, Hungry as a Wolf.

South Carolina

Family Kingdom in Myrtle Beach, SC opens four new rides.  Guests can experience the new “Twist ‘n Shout” Wild Mouse-style steel roller coaster, lay down with feet dangling for the free flight sensation on the “Kite Flyer,” scream with delight as the “Flying Tigers” whip around, and bounce along with the “Frog Hopper” on its journey to catch flies.

Tennessee

SoakYa, a 5-acre water entertainment complex, is the first major expansion of Lake Winnepesaukah since the 1960s.  The multimillion-dollar water park features a lazy river, wave lagoon, flume body slides, enclosed tube slides, a multilane racer slide, and a shallow splash park with pint-sized slides and water play fun for toddlers.

River Rush,” Tennessee’s first and only water coaster, debuts at Dollywood’s Splash Country Water Adventure Park.  The ride combines the same powerful climbs, twists, drops, and turns of a traditional roller coaster with rushing water for thrilling and refreshing summer fun.

Virginia

Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg, VA, opens The Great Wolf Kids Store, which features exclusive Great Wolf Kids souvenirs and gifts. The store includes “Creation Stations” where children can stuff their own Great Wolf Kids character and decorate “Like Me” shirts – one to wear, and one to share with their new stuffed friend.

Kings Dominion in Doswell, VA, expands its Peanuts-themed children’s area, Planet Snoopy.  The multimillion-dollar project doubles the size of the park’s children’s area and features 12 new and refurbished attractions, including a family balloon ride, classic teacup ride with a new twist, and a train adventure.  In addition, the park debuts two new family-friendly shows based on the world-famous cartoon strip, and young guests have the opportunity meet Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, and Snoopy in a memorable meet-and-greet experience.

Planet Snoopy, Kings Dominion, Doswell, VA

Planet Snoopy, Kings Dominion © 2013 CFEC Cedar Fair Parks

 

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About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.