The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA - The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) have released their list of ‘E-ticket’ attractions opening at both amusement and water parks around the world in 2010. Be aware that these are only for new major attractions, of which Disney doesn't really have any of this year. Thus far the list includes:


North America:
  • Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay, Fla., will open a Sesame Street-themed playland called “Sesame Street Safari of Fun”. It will feature rides, shows, and a new “Air Grover” family roller coaster. www.buschgardens.com

  • Calypso Waterpark, Canada’s largest themed waterpark, will open in June 2010 in Limoges, Ontario. The park will span more than 100 acres and feature 35 waterslides and a 50,000-square-foot wave pool. www.calypsopark.com

  • Carowinds in Charlotte, N.C. will have a new roller coaster inspired by Dale Earnhardt called ‘Intimidator’. The 232-foot-tall coaster will reach speeds up to 75 mph over more than a mile of high speed twists and turns. www.carowinds.com

  • Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, the Mecca of all roller coaster fans, will open a new 2,100-foot-long water thrill ride called “Shoot the Rapids”. The three-minute ride features an 85-foot drop and meandering rivers along the Frontier Trail and Millennium Island. www.cedarpoint.com

  • Dollywood’s Splash Country Water Adventure Park in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Will be opening a brand new $1 million water slide called “Slick Rock Racer”. The slide will span 300 feet and feature four side-by-side lanes with riders belly down on mats sliding downhill head first. http://www.dollywoodssplashcountry.com/

  • Holiday World in Santa Claus, Ind., will be opening “Wildebeest” one of the worlds longest water coasters. The coaster will be one-third of a mile long, will cover more than two acre and will feature four-person rafts. The coaster will feature a 38-foot drop at a 45-degree, seven additional hills, three tunnels, and around a helix. http://www.holidayworld.com/

  • Kennywood in West Mifflin, Pa., will have a new launch coaster called “Sky Rocket”. The new ride will accelerate riders from zero to 50 miles per hour in less than three seconds, have a 95-foot vertical climb, a 90-degree plummet, three inversions, and a corkscrew. www.kennywood.com

  • Kings Dominion in Doswell, Va., will be getting another Dale Earnhardt-themed coaster called the “Intimidator 305.” Unlike it’s brother at Carowinds in North Carolina, this coaster will be almost 100 feet taller and will travel at 92 miles per hour. www.intimidator305.com

  • Knoebels Amusement Park in Elysburg, Pa will be getting a new ride called “Flying Turns”. The ride will be a ‘bobsled-esque’ style thrill ride, sending riders through a trough guided by curved walls. www.knoebels.com

  • La Ronde in Montreal, Quebec, will introduce a suspended roller coaster. The ride features five inversions, more than 2,200 feet of track, and two 20-passenger trains. www.laronde.com

  • LEGOLAND in Carlsbad, Calif., will open the world’s first LEGOLAND Waterpark. Attractions will include a lazy river, several water slides, a splash tower, spray LEGO models, and two beach areas. www.legolandwaterpark.com

  • Nashville Shores in Nashville, Tenn., will be expanding and adding a 25,000-square-foot wave pool and a 1,000-foot-long lazy river. www.nashvilleshores.com

  • Noah’s Ark Waterpark in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., will have a 10 story looping tube waterslide called “Scorpion’s Tail.” The slide will send riders along the tubes at 40 mph through a 45 degree loop do loop. This is the first looping waterslide in America. www.noahsarkwaterpark.com

  • Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury, CT, will open a drop tower style ride called “Free Fall ‘N,” The ride appears to be the equivalent of the Maliboomer in California Adventure. www.quassy.com

  • Seabreeze Amusement Park in Rochester, N.Y., will open “Revolution 360°.” Riders on this new ride will face outward on a giant disk which will rotates 360 degrees in both directions and reach heights up to five stories. www.seabreeze.com

  • Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo will be opening of “Tom & Huck’s RiverBlast.” Now this attraction sounds fun!!!! Armed with water soakers, both spectators on the shore AND those on rafts will battle each other raft-to-raft and raft-to-shore. Maybe we can have something like this on the Rivers of America. http://www.bransonsilverdollarcity.com

  • Six Flags Great America near Chicago, Ill., will be getting a new parade called “Glow in the Park Parade.” The parade will feature state-of-the-art floats, intricate light design, and Cirque-style music. Sounds a lot like the MSEP and Spectomagic. www.sixflags.com/greatAmerica

  • Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Jackson, N.J.,will be getting a 7 story water ride called “Tornado”. The most exciting this I can find out about this one is that it sends the riders from a tunnel into a 60-footwide funnel. www.sixflags.com/HurricaneHarborNJ

  • Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Fla., will be getting a new land called “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter”. There has been a lot of talk about this on the boards, and I’m pretty sure we all know what all rides and stuff are going to be offered. www.universalorlandoresort.com/harrypotter


Europe:

  • Alton Towers Resort in Staffordshire, England will open “Thirteen,” a roller coaster which will take riders into a Dark Forest. www.altontowers.com

  • Conny-Land in Lipperswil, Switzerland will be getting a new coaster called “The Cobra”. This shuttle coaster will travel at over 50 miles per hour and feature more than 700 feet of track with a 118-foot-drop. www.connyland.ch

  • De Efteling in the Netherlands will open a new dual wooden roller coaster called “George and the Dragon.” Two separate tracks, “Fire” and “Water,” will comprise the coaster, each a total 700 meters in length, with a maximum height of 21 meters.www.efteling.nl

  • Grand Pier in North Somerset, England will reopen in the summer of 2010. The attraction will feature a 90 meter-high panoramic tower providing up to 40 guests at a time a spectacular view of the town. The pier will also introduce a new fun house, go-kart track, surf board ride, laser room, and mirror maze. www.grandpierwsm.co.uk

  • Isla Mágica park in Seville, Spain will be featuring a new mine train-themed coaster called “Tren de la Mina”. Not much is being said about it, but it defiantly has a BTMRR feel to it.. www.islamagica.es

  • Nürburgring in Nürburg, Germany, has a new coaster for all you speed demons. It’s called “Ring Racer” and will take guests from 0 to 135 MPH in 2.5 seconds. www.nuerburgring.de

  • Walygator Parc in Lorraine, France will be getting a new coaster called “Monster”. The coaster features loops, a zero-gravity roll, cobra roll, and two corkscrews. www.walygatorparc.com



Middle East:
  • Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi, UAE will be opening with more than 20 rides and attractions, including the world’s fastest roller coaster. The park is said to be the world’s largest indoor theme park, sitting under a roof designed in the style of a classic double-curve body shell of a Ferrari GT car. www.yasisland.ae/FerrariWorld_en_gb.html


Asia:
  • World Chocolate Dream Park in Beijing, China, opened last month. The park features a life-sized edible version of the Terracotta Army, a replica of the Great Wall of China, and chocolate versions of famous paintings.

  • Universal Studios Singapore, will be opening later this year and will include a dueling roller coaster and state-of-the-art attractions. Rides will include a “Battlestar Gallactica” coaster which will feature one inverted track for thrill seekers and one sit-down for families. “Madagascar: A Crate Adventure”, an innovative indoor boat ride featuring animated figures, digital projection, evocative sound, and special effects, and Far, Far Away Castle — from the movie “Shrek,”— will house attractions such as “Shrek 4-D,” “Donkey Live,” and “Magic Potion Spin.” www.rwsentosa.com/en_universalstudio.html