It’s never too early to look ahead at what’s on tap for this year, and 2024 is already shaping up as a good year for roller coaster enthusiasts, thrill ride junkies and theme park fans.
Early announcements suggest 2024 will once again be a good year for theme park enthusiasts. Many parks have already begun construction on 2024 projects, while other parks have only announced plans or launched teaser campaigns.
Here are new rides and attractions to visit this year that bring the thrills:
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure at Disneyland and Disney World
Disneyland and Disney World have closed their Splash Mountain attractions so Walt Disney Imagineering can begin the process of transforming the classic log flume rides with a new “Princess and the Frog” theme.
The twin Tiana’s Bayou Adventure rides will tell an extension of the “Princess and the Frog” story that picks up after the final kiss between Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen. The new back story for Splash Mountain will follow Tiana and Louis the trumpet-playing alligator as they prepare for their first Mardi Gras performance.
The reimagining of the Splash Mountain rides at the Anaheim and Florida theme parks will remove thematic elements related to “Song of the South” — the controversial 1940s film criticized for perpetuating racist stereotypes that has been disowned by Disney. The dueling versions of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure are set to debut in late 2024.
The Flash: Vertical Velocity at Six Flags Great Adventure
Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey will get North America’s first Vekoma Super Boomerang — a modern twist on the old shuttle coaster once popular at parks across the globe.
The Flash: Vertical Velocity will reach a top speed of 59 mph over a 1,430-foot-long track.
Riders will navigate through a 180-degree twisted drop and zero-G roll — first forward and then backward.
The world’s first Super Boomerang opened in July at Fantawild Wonderland in China.
Phoenix Rising at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
The new Phoenix Rising coming to the Pantopia land of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will be the 10th roller coaster at the Florida theme park. The Bolliger & Mabillard family inverted coaster will reach a top speed of 44 mph over 1,831 feet of track. The first coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa with onboard audio will feature a “a one-of-a-kind soundtrack.” The ride opens in spring 2024.
Penguin Trek at SeaWorld Orlando
Riders will trek through the icy tundra of sunny Florida on a penguin rescue mission when the new Penguin Trek roller coaster opens at SeaWorld Orlando. The family thrill coaster will have an Antarctica theme with riders exiting through the park’s penguin habitat. The dual-launch Bolliger & Mabillard coaster will reach a top speed of 43 mph over 3,020 feet of track. The ride opens in spring 2024.
KidZone at DreamWorks Land
Universal Studios Florida will re-imagine the former Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone as DreamWorks Land with attractions and interactive play spaces themed to Shrek, Trolls and Kung Fu Panda.
The former Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster is expected to be rethemed as the Trollercoaster, according to Orlando ParkStop.
DC Universe at Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Six Flags Fiesta Texas will expand the DC Universe area with three new attractions themed to DC comic book superheroes. The Six Flags park will add Zamperla Nebulaz ride called Cyborg Cyber Revolution, the Shazam: Tower of Eternity family drop tower and Metropolis Transit Authority monorail. Six Flags America in Maryland will also add a new Nebulaz ride called SteamWhirler for 2024.
Mattel Adventure Park in Glendale, Arizona
The new Mattel Adventure Park in Glendale, Arizona, is expected to debut in 2024 after a series of delays.
The toy-themed park will feature two Hot Wheels roller coasters and a Barbie Beach House with a Dream Closet Experience featuring Barbie in hologram form. The marquee attraction will be the Hot Wheels Twin Mill Racer coaster with a double loop and two corkscrews. The Chance Rides Hyper GT-X will be the slightly more extreme cousin of the Lightning Run coaster at Kentucky Kingdom. The mostly indoors 9-acre park will be open year-round.
Bobcat at Six Flags Great Escape
The new Bobcat will bring an old-school wooden coaster with a few modern innovations to Six Flags Great Escape in New York. The 55-foot-tall Gravity Group coaster will reach a top speed of 40 mph over 1,412 feet of track. The Timberliner trains promise a more comfortable ride while allowing for tighter turns along the course.
Iron Menace at Dorney Park
The new Iron Menace dive coaster coming to Dorney Park in Pennsylvania will be themed to an old steel mill.
Riders will hang over the edge briefly before plummeting 152 feet down a 95-degree first drop at a top speed of 64 mph. The Bolliger & Mabillard coaster will navigate four inversions over 2,169 feet of track.
Ultra Surf at Six Flags Over Georgia
The Intamin Ultra Splash takes the concept of the Intamin Surf Rider shuttle coaster and adds water — lots of it.
The new Ultra Surf shuttle coaster at Six Flags Over Georgia will reach a top speed of 60 mph over a 590-foot-long U-shaped track. In between the 144-foot-tall spikes, the surfboard-shaped train with two spinning circular platforms will race backward and forward over an airtime hill and through a splash zone.
Dino Valley at Legoland California
The new Dino Valley themed land coming to Legoland California will feature two new rides alongside the park’s 2004 Coastersauraus roller coaster that zips around Lego versions of a Brachiosaurus and Parasaurolophus.
Dino Valley will include the Explorer River Quest and the Duplo Little Dino Trail rides, a dino-themed Lego brick build-and-play area, a re-imagined Dino Dig fossil-finding sandbox and meet-and-greet opportunities with new prehistoric characters. The boat ride will sail past Lego dinosaurs, including a T-Rex. Kids can use cameras to catch Lego dinos in a game of hide and seek on the Duplo safari ride.
SpongeBob’s Crazy Carnival Ride at Circus Circus Las Vegas
SpongeBob’s Crazy Carnival Ride will bring the mad antics of the undersea residents of Bikini Bottom to the Circus Circus Las Vegas indoor theme park. The back story of the interactive dark ride involves Mr. Krabs inviting riders to play the midway games in his new Bikini Bottom carnival when everything goes hilariously wrong thanks to SpongeBob and Patrick. The Sally Dark Ride travels past practical sets with animatronic characters and special effects. Riders fire Krabby Patty patties, buns and sea tomatoes at targets on multimedia projection scenes.
Peppa Pig Theme Park Texas in Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area
The second Peppa Pig park in the United States will open in 2024 in the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area.
The new Peppa Pig theme park will have kid-friendly rides, wet and dry play areas and a host of other entertainment. The marquee attraction will be Daddy Pig’s Roller Coaster — billed as a “family-friendly thrill ride” destined to become the first coaster ride for generations of kids.