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 will feature 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
Expected to debut in the summer of 2018, LEGO City: Deep Sea Adventure at LEGOLAND California in Carlsbad will provide 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 announced plans for its second roller coaster and first-ever wooden roller coaster, Oscar's Wacky Taxi. Youngsters will 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 announced a new water play area just for youngsters. Called Tembo Tides and Tembo Falls, the new area will feature 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 announced not one, but 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 Rush

Ray Rush - SeaWorld Orlando
Height Requirement: 42 inches
SeaWorld Aquatica will welcome Ray Rush, a manta ray-themed water ride for families. Sitting in giant inner tubes, families will 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 has announced the upcoming addition of Raja - The World's Largest King Cobra. Families will 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 has announced 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 will be built of wood and steel, and will travel 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 will feature a 96-degree drop -- the steepest in California! Video

Wonder Woman Golden Lasso - Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Height Requirement: TBD
Wonder Woman Golden Lasso will become the world's first single-rail roller coaster when it opens at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio this year. Riders will sit in rows of three. More Details | Video

RailBlazer - Great America
Height Requirement: TBD
California's Great America (Six Flags) in Santa Clara has announced RailBlazer, a roller coaster on which riders will 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 will be a spinning gondola ride -- without a floor. It will be 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 announced plans for vengeance... Steel Vengeance, that is. Steel Vengeance will be 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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Written by Amanda Norcross

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