Best New Rides and Roller Coasters for 2018

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Summer vacation calls for amusement park thrills, and 2018 has A LOT of those in store. See what’s in the works at amusement parks across the U.S. — all listed by age group to help you choose the right park for your next family adventure.

New Rides for Toddlers and Little Kids

Camp Snoopy – Carowinds
Height Requirement: 36 to 42 inches
Formerly Planet Snoopy, the reinvented Camp Snoopy features five new kids’ rides and a new playground. Also new for 2018 is the Pre-K Pass, which allows children between age 3 and 5 to enter Carowinds free of charge. Carowinds is located in Charlotte, North Carolina. More Details

LEGO City: Deep Sea Adventure – LEGOLAND California
Height Requirement: TBD
LEGO City: Deep Sea Adventure at LEGOLAND California in Carlsbad provides a unique view of sea life — including stingrays and sharks — through the portholes of a submarine. More Details

Oscar’s Wacky Taxi – Sesame Place
Height Requirement: 40 inches
The only theme park of its kind, Sesame Place has opened its second roller coaster and first-ever wooden roller coaster, Oscar’s Wacky Taxi. Youngsters sit in a taxi cab-inspired car on this ride that features twists, turns and a 40-foot drop. Sesame Place is located in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia. More Details | Video

Tembo Tides and Tembo Falls – Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari
Height Requirement: 54 inches or below
Located in Santa Claus, Indiana, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari has a new water play area just for youngsters. Called Tembo Tides and Tembo Falls, the new area features eight waterslides and a wave pool. More Details | Video

Whitecap Racer

New Rides for Big Kids

Breakers Edge and Whitecap Racer – Hersheypark
Height Requirement: 42 inches
Hersheypark has two new water rides for 2018: Whitecap, a water mat ride (the world’s longest) and Breakers Edge, bringing the park’s total roller coaster count to 14. Boom. More Details | Video

Ray RushRay Rush – SeaWorld Orlando
Height Requirement: 42 inches
SeaWorld Aquatica welcomes Ray Rush, a manta ray-themed water ride for families. Sitting in giant inner tubes, families twist and turn down a series of enclosed slides before reaching an open-air half pipe that looks like a manta ray’s wings! The ride ends with — what else — a giant splash!

Raja – The World’s Largest King Cobra – Noah’s Ark Water Park
Height Requirement: TBD
One of the many famous water parks in Wisconsin Dells, Noah’s Ark Water Park welcomes the addition of Raja – The World’s Largest King Cobra. Families begin the ride at the tip of Raja’s red-and-white tail before ultimately landing in his mouth! More Details | Video

New Rides for Tweens and Teens

Time Traveler – Silver Dollar City
Height Requirement: 51 inches
Branson, Missouri’s Silver Dollar City recently debuted Time Traveler, the world’s fastest, steepest and tallest spinning roller coaster. More Details | Video

Twisted Timbers – Kings Dominion
Height Requirement: TBD
The newest ride to debut at Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia, Twisted Timbers is built of wood and steel, and travels at speeds of 54 mph. Its most noteworthy feature is a 109-foot drop! More Details

Hangtime – Knott’s Berry Farm
Height Requirement: 48 inches
HangTime is being touted as the first dive coaster to debut on the West Coast. Located at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, HangTime features a 96-degree drop — the steepest in California! Video

Wonder Woman Golden Lasso – Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Height Requirement: TBD
Wonder Woman Golden Lasso is the world’s first single-rail roller coaster. Riders sit in rows of three at this Six Flags Fiesta Texas ride. More Details | Video

RailBlazer – Great America
Height Requirement: TBD
California’s Great America (Six Flags) in Santa Clara has RailBlazer, a roller coaster on which riders sit single file for twists, turns, dips, loops and a 90-degree drop. Video

CYBORG Cyber Spin – Six Flags Great Adventure
Height Requirement: TBD
CYBORG Cyber Spin is a spinning gondola ride — without a floor. It’s located in Six Flags Great Adventure’s Metropolis, alongside other DC comics-inspired rides. The amusement park is based in Jackson, New Jersey.

Steel Vengeance – Cedar Point
Height Requirement: 48 inches
Sandusky, Ohio’s Cedar Point has plans for vengeance… Steel Vengeance, that is. Steel Vengeance is the world’s steepest, tallest, fastest and longest hybrid roller coaster, and Cedar Point’s 18th roller coaster. More Details | Video

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