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11 New Amusement Park Rides Worth Waiting In Line For (PHOTOS)

Posted: 06/27/2012 7:00 am

New-this-summer amusement park rides around the world that we think will be worth the wait in those mind-numbing lines.

--James Y. Lee, Condé Nast Traveler

This article originally appeared on Condé Nast Traveler: 11 New Amusement Park Rides for Summer 2012

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    <strong>Universal Studios, Hollywood, CA</strong> Transformers: The Ride - 3-D recently debuted at Universal Studios Hollywood. The $100 million attraction developed by Michael Bay and special effects company Industrial Light and Magic has visitors riding a 12-person Transformer vehicle and watching the 3-D action from 14 screens. That's enough stimuli to make even the most ardent workaholics want to call in sick a few days this summer. Need a few more reasons to take some long weekends? Here are 10 more new-this-summer amusement park rides around the world that we think will be worth the wait in those mind-numbing lines. <em>Photo: Courtesy Universal Studios</em>


    <strong>SeaWorld, San Diego, CA</strong> On Memorial Day Weekend, SeaWorld, San Diego, opened its giant Manta roller coaster. If its 54-foot drop sounds like too much, you can safely play with these sea creatures at the attraction’s accompanying 100-gallon aquarium. <em>Photo: Sea World</em>


    <strong>Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, IL</strong> Experience drops and barrel rolls while your feet dangle. This wing coaster launched in May at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois. <em>Photo: Six Flags</em>


    <strong>Busch Gardens, Wiliamsburg, VA</strong> Verbolten, which opened in May, is America’s first roller coaster that drops the train and the track. <em>Photo: Busch Gardens</em>


    <strong>Canada’s Wonderland, Vaughan, Ontario</strong> Experience the longest three and a half minutes of your life on Canada’s tallest and fastest roller coaster, new this May. <em>Photo: Canada’s Wonderland</em>


    <strong>Thorpe Park, United Kingdom</strong> A powerful wing coaster that makes you feel like you're about to crash into structures, that proved to be too much for crash-test dummies, and that has been described by fighter pilots as "gut wrenching?" Sign us up. The apocalyptic-themed ride rolled out this past March at Thorpe Park in the UK. <em>Photo: Thorpe Park</em>


    <strong>PortAventura in Salou, Catalonia, Spain</strong> Climb on top of Europe's tallest and longest roller coaster, which stands at 249 feet tall and also claims the Continent's tallest drop. <em>Photo: PortAventura</em>


    <strong>Mirabilandia, Italy</strong> At almost 200 feet, the highest water coaster in the world opens this month at Italian amusement park Mirabilandia. Make sure you check out this hilarious teaser video. <em>Photo: Mirabilandia</em>


    <strong>Hong Kong Disneyland</strong> A 100-person team of craftsmen from around the world was employed to create a replica of Yellowstone National Park. Too bad you’ll be too busy screaming your head off to appreciate it while you’re at Hong Kong Disneyland this coming July. <em>Photo: Hong Kong Disneyland</em>


    <strong>Ferrari World Abu Dhabi</strong> This new kid-friendly ride isn't the most exhilarating experience on our list (it's a peaceful, screen-simulated aerial voyage through the sites of Italy), but it’s the perfect excuse to get to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the largest theme park in the world, and a chance to ride the fastest roller coaster in the world (149 mph) Formula Rossa. <em>Photo: Ferrari World</em>


    <strong>Galveston, Texas</strong> Galveston's brand-new $60 million theme park is packed with 16 rides, such as the 50-mph Iron Shark and the state’s tallest swing carousel, the Gulf Glider. <em>Photo:</em>

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