It's never too early to count down the days until your summer vacation -- especially considering theme parks have already announced new roller coasters for 2017! Make plans to visit one (or all!) of these theme parks in the near future.

Written by Amanda Geronikos

The Kraken - SeaWorld Orlando

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Get ready for SeaWorld Orlando's Kraken, the first virtual-reality roller coaster to debut in Central Florida. Special headsets will take riders on a deep-sea adventure with the mystical sea monster.

Recommended Hotel: Renaissance Orlando Resort at SeaWorld

GaleForce - Playland's Castaway Cove

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Playland's Castaway Cove was supposed to launch GaleForce in 2016, but some delays have it opening in 2017. The new roller coaster will rise 125 feet and feature a 90-degree drop, speeds of 64 mph and seven thrilling elements. Playland's Castway Cove is located on the boardwalk in Ocean City, New Jersey.

Recommended Hotel: Seaport Inn Motel

Wave Breaker - SeaWorld San Antonio

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In 2017, Wave Breaker will -- literally -- break waves at SeaWorld San Antonio. The new ride will be part roller coaster, part water ride. In fact, the roller coaster's cars are actually designed to resemble and feel like riding Jet Skis as you zoom in and out of the water at speeds of 44 mph.

Recommended Hotel: Comfort Inn Near SeaWorld

Whistle Punk Chaser - Dollywood

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We're especially excited about Whistle Punk Chaser, a new steel coaster for youngsters at Dollywood! What's a whistle punk, you ask? It's a lumberjack who operates a signal wire to a special type of whistle.

Recommended Hotel: Dollywood's DreamMore Resort

Mystic Timbers - Kings Island

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Kings Island's new roller coaster for 2017 is Mystic Chambers, a wooden attraction that will take riders deep into what looks like an old, abandoned home. What lurks inside? Riders will find out at speeds of 53 mph. This ride has 16 airtime hills, too!

Recommended Hotel: Great Wolf Lodge Mason

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