Wheee!

8 02 2010

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Raise your hands in the air, ladies and gentlemen. Get ready to consume many funnel cakes, ice cream cones, and turkey legs!

Yes, it’s hard to believe summer is just around the corner, but it is! So start planning your summer vacations now. If you’re at a loss for where to go, here is a list of all the new additions to our favorite theme parks around the South.

  • Spring 2010, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in Tampa Bay, Fla., — Sesame Street-themed playland featuring Elmo, Big Bird, and  friends. “Sesame Street Safari of Fun” will feature rides, shows, and adventures that celebrate the spirit of Africa, including a new “Air Grover” family roller coaster.
  • Carowinds in Charlotte, N.C., — new roller coaster inspired by racing legend, Dale Earnhardt. The 232-foot-tall “Intimidator” will send riders plummeting down a 211-foot first drop, then race at 75 miles per hour through more than a mile of high-speed twists, turns, and seven more extreme drops.
  • Kings Dominion in Doswell, Va., will also introduce a Dale Earnhardt-themed coaster, the “Intimidator 305.” This 305-foot-tall gravity-driven roller coaster takes riders along 5,100 feet of steel track at 92 miles per hour.
  • A $1 million water slide is planned for Dollywood’s Splash Country Water Adventure Park in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Modeled after one of Dolly Parton’s favorite childhood activities, the “Slick Rock Racer” will span 300 feet and feature four side-by-side lanes with riders belly down on mats sliding downhill head first.
  • Nashville Shores in Nashville, Tenn., — expand this year with new attractions including a 25,000-square-foot wave pool and a 1,000-foot-long lazy river.
  • Quassy Amusement Park“Free Fall ‘N,” a family-friendly drop-tower ride. With a circular seating arrangement, the ride will lift 12 riders to the top of the tower before releasing the ring of seats for a series of thrilling drops.
  • Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo., kicks off its year long 50th Anniversary celebration with the opening of “Tom & Huck’s RiverBlast.” Raft riders and spectators, armed with water soakers, battle each other raft-to-raft and raft-to-shore.
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