2013 New Theme Park Attractions for the Southcentral United States

We’ve previously focused on the 2013 new theme park attractions coming to the Northeast, Southeast, and Midwest.  In the Southcentral states of Oklahoma and Texas you will find an immersive experience taking guests inside a bear’s lair, more new coasters, and a tower to take you to the Top O’ Texas.  Continue reading for more details from the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) report.

Summer Adventures in Fair Park

Summer Adventures in Fair Park - Presented by the State Fair of Texas

From IAAPA’s Press Release


The “Robert J. LaFortune WildLIFE Trek” debuts at the Tulsa Zoo in Tulsa, OK.  The newly renovated complex focuses on animals from around the world and their unique adaptations to life in the cold, desert, forest, and water.  The attraction includes a grizzly bear exhibit, which features an interactive keeper chat area and training wall, as well as a naturalistic habitat featuring a two-story waterfall and wading pond for the bears.

WildLIFE Trek at Tulsa Zoo

Robert J. LaFortune WildLIFE Trek at the Tulsa Zoo. Photo by Dr. Jen Kilburn


Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, Texas, introduces two new dining options: a new family-style restaurant, Hungry as a Wolf, and the Grill, an American-style bar and grill overlooking the outdoor pool.

The San Antonio Zoo unveils its augmented reality app, which prompts zoo visitors to play an interactive and educational 3-D game on their smartphones or tablets at 10 exhibits throughout the zoo.  Users can download the app before or during their visit, and when they arrive at certain exhibits, they are instructed to point their device’s camera at a specific object, which prompts an interactive game.

SeaWorld San Antonio opens “Pets Ahoy!,” a new comedy show featuring a menagerie of dogs, cats, birds, rats, pot-belly pigs, and other animals performing a series of uproarious and amazing skits.  Nearly all of the animals used in the show have been rescued from animal shelters.

Six Flags Fiesta - Iron Rattler

Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio, Texas, premieres a new hybrid wood and steel roller coaster, “Iron Rattler.”  The thrilling ride takes guests down a 171-foot-drop at an 81-degree angle, up to a top speed of 70 mph, and shoots them through four overbanked turns and an inverted barrel roll.

As part of its 30th anniversary celebration, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Arlington, Texas, transforms its “Black Hole” experience into the all-new “Black Hole of Doom 4-D.”  The new attraction sends riders down 500-foot-long dark, enclosed water slides filled with special effects such as holographic projections and spine-chilling sounds.

Six Flags Over Texas debuts “Texas SkyScreamer,” an elevating swing ride.  Riders spin in a 124-foot-wide circle at 35 mph as they rise up to a breathtaking view 400 feet above the park.

Top O' Texas Tower

The State Fair of Texas presents Summer Adventures in Fair Park, a new entertainment facility designed for families with children ages 5 to 13.  Summer Adventures includes the new “Top O’ Texas” observation tower ride, which stands 500 feet tall and accommodates up to 100 riders at a time.

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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.