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This is a list of events and openings related to amusement parks that occurred in 2011. These various lists are not exhaustive.

Amusement parks[edit]

Opened[edit]

Change of name[edit]

Change of ownership[edit]

Birthday[edit]

Closed[edit]

Additions[edit]

Roller coasters[edit]

New[edit]

Name Park Type Manufacturer Opened
Ben 10 - Ultimate Mission England Drayton Manor Theme Park Junior Boomerang Vekoma April 21 [6][7]
BuzzSaw Australia Dreamworld SkyLoop Maurer Söhne September 17 [8][9]
Cheetah Hunt United States Busch Gardens Tampa Bay LSM Launch Intamin May 27 [10][11]
Dare Devil Dive United States Six Flags Over Georgia Euro-Fighter Gerstlauer May 28 [12]
Green Lantern Coaster Australia Warner Bros. Movie World El Loco S&S Worldwide December 23 [13]
Green Lantern: First Flight United States Six Flags Magic Mountain Zacspin Intamin July 1 [14][15]
Hair Raiser Hong Kong Ocean Park Hong Kong Floorless Coaster Bolliger & Mabillard December 8
Krake Germany Heide Park Dive Coaster Bolliger & Mabillard April 16
Mountain Peak People's Republic of China Jinjiang Action Park Giant Inverted Boomerang Vekoma September 30 [16]
New Texas Giant United States Six Flags Over Texas Steel roller coaster Rocky Mountain Construction April 22
Raptor Italy Gardaland Wing Coaster Bolliger & Mabillard April 1 [17][18]
RC Racer France Walt Disney Studios Park
Hong Kong Hong Kong Disneyland
Half Pipe roller coaster Intamin August 17 (2010)
November 17
[19]
[20]
Sky Scrapper People's Republic of China World Joyland Flying Coaster Bolliger & Mabillard April 30
Takabisha Japan Fuji-Q Highland Euro-Fighter Gerstlauer July 16 [21][22]
Timber Drop France Fraispertuis City El Loco S&S Worldwide July 2 [23]
Untamed United States Canobie Lake Park Euro-Fighter Gerstlauer June 11 [24]

Relocated[edit]

Name Park Type Manufacturer Opened Formerly
Astro Storm England Brean Leisure Park Enclosed Zierer July 23 Space Invader 2 at Pleasure Beach Blackpool [25][26]
Black Diamond United States Knoebels Family roller coaster Philadelphia Toboggan Company October 10 Gold Nugget at Dinosaur Beach [27][28]
Cosmic Coaster United States Valleyfair Kiddie Zamperla May 14 Dragon Coaster at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom [29][30]
Gotham City Gauntlet: Escape from Arkham Asylum United States Six Flags New England Wild Mouse Maurer Söhne April 16 Road Runner Express at Kentucky Kingdom [31][32]
Green Lantern United States Six Flags Great Adventure Stand-up Bolliger & Mabillard May 25 Chang at Kentucky Kingdom [33][34]
Lego Technic Test Track United States Legoland Florida Wild Mouse Mack Rides October 15 Jungle Coaster at Legoland Windsor [35][36]
Road Runner Express United States Six Flags Magic Mountain Junior Vekoma May 28 Road Runner Express at Six Flags New Orleans [37][38]
Soarin' Eagle United States Scream Zone Flying Zamperla April Flying Coaster at Elitch Gardens [39][40]
Tiger Express France Mer de Sable Wild Mouse Mack Rides June 26 Flying Dutchman Gold Mine at Walibi Holland [41][42]
Zippin Pippin United States Bay Beach Amusement Park Wooden The Gravity Group May 21 Zippin Pippin at Libertyland [43]

Rethemed or Refurbished[edit]

Name Park Type Manufacturer Opened Formerly
Apocalypse United States Six Flags Magic Mountain Wooden roller coaster Great Coasters International January 8 Terminator Salvation: The Ride
Flying School United States Legoland Florida Suspended Family Coaster Vekoma October 15 Swamp Thing at Cypress Gardens
Goofy's Sky School United States Disney California Adventure Wild Mouse Mack Rides July 1 Mulholland Madness
Sky Rocket Australia Dreamworld Suspended Family Coaster Vekoma June 25 Rugrats Runaway Reptar
Superman: Escape from Krypton United States Six Flags Magic Mountain Launched shuttle roller coaster Intamin March 19 Superman: The Escape

Other attractions[edit]

Name Park Type Opened
AtmosFear Sweden Lisberg Drop tower April
Barnstormer United States Dollywood Screamin' Swing March 28
Beach Party United States WildWater Adventure Children's Play Area May
Cheetah Run United States Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Cheetah exhibit May 27 [10]
Dinosaurs Alive! United States Kings Island Animatronic dinosaur exhibit May 26 [44]
Dora's Best Friends Adventure Australia Sea World Live show December 17 [45]
DreamWorks Holiday Shrektacular Australia Dreamworld Live show December 19
Dreamworld Cinema Australia Dreamworld Movie theater January 6 [46]
Fantasmic! Japan Tokyo DisneySea Nighttime spectacular April 28 [47]
Giant Slide Australia Aussie World Giant Slide September [48]
"it" United States Morey's Piers Pendulum ride Summer 2011
Jasmine's Flying Carpets Japan Tokyo DisneySea Aerial carousel July 18 [49]
Kid's World Australia Dreamworld Themed area June 25 [50]
KIDZOPOLIS United States Great Escape
United States Six Flags Fiesta Texas
United States Six Flags Great America
United States Six Flags New England
Themed area May 21
March 5
May 7
April 16
The Lair Australia Dreamworld Exotic animal exhibit April 9 [51]
The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure United States Disney California Adventure Dark ride June 3 [52]
Madagascar: A Crate Adventure Singapore Universal Studios Singapore Water ride May 16 [53]
Marvin the Martian in the Third Dimension England Drayton Manor Theme Park 3D film March 19 [54]
Mäch Tower United States Busch Gardens Williamsburg Drop tower August 18 [55]
Mickey's PhilharMagic Japan Tokyo Disneyland 3D film January 24 [56]
Nickelodeon Land England Pleasure Beach Blackpool Themed area May 4 [57]
Pixie Hollow Hong Kong Hong Kong Disneyland Meet and greet January 21
Planet Snoopy United States Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom
United States Valleyfair
United States Worlds of Fun
Themed Area May 4
May 14
April 16
Plunge Australia Aussie World Log flume December 7 [58]
Raveleijn Netherlands Efteling Theater attraction April 7
Redback Australia Aussie World Zamperla Disk'O April 1 [59]
Riptide Bay United States Hurricane Harbor: Six Flags Great America April 22
Shockwave Australia Dreamworld Zamperla Disk'O June 25 [60]
SkyCoaster Australia Wet'n'Wild Water World Skycoaster March 9 [61][62]
SkyScreamer United States Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
United States Six Flags St. Louis
Tower swing ride May 25
May 14
[63][64]
Slinky Dog Zig Zag Spin Hong Kong Hong Kong Disneyland Caterpillar ride November 17 [65]
SpongeBob SquarePants 3-D Australia Sea World 3D film Unknown
SpongeBob ParadePants Australia Sea World Parade December 17 [45]
Starlight Spectacular Canada Canada's Wonderland Nighttime show June 25
Star Tours—The Adventures Continue United States Disneyland
United States Disney's Hollywood Studios
3D Motion simulator June 3
May 20
[66][67]
Storm Surge England Thorpe Park Water ride March 17 [68]
Terminator X: A Laser Battle for Salvation Mexico Six Flags México Laser tag February 3 [69]
Toy Soldier Parachute Drop Hong Kong Hong Kong Disneyland Parachute tower November 17 [65]
Transformers: The Ride Singapore Universal Studios Singapore Dark ride December 3 [70]
Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room United States Magic Kingdom Theater attraction August 15 [71][72]
Whistlestop Park United States Six Flags America
United States Six Flags Magic Mountain
United States Six Flags Over Georgia
Themed area April 16
March 19
March 19
[73]
Wild Africa Trek United States Disney's Animal Kingdom Guided Tour January 15 [74]
WindSeeker Canada Canada's Wonderland
United States Cedar Point
United States Kings Island
United States Knott's Berry Farm
Tower swing ride May 24
June 14
June 21
August 18
[75][76][77][78]
Zip Lines Australia Wet'n'Wild Water World 3 Zip lines April [62]

Closed attractions[edit]

Name Park Type Closed Manufacturer
Déjà Vu United States Six Flags Magic Mountain Giant Inverted Boomerang October 16 Vekoma [79]
Family Adventure Italy Mirabilandia Junior roller coaster November 1 Vekoma
Invertigo United States California's Great America Invertigo February Vekoma
Iron Wolf United States Six Flags Great America Stand-up roller coaster September 5 Bolliger & Mabillard [80]
Rampage United States Alabama Adventure Wooden roller coaster Unknown Custom Coasters International [81]
Speed – The Ride United States NASCAR Cafe Launched roller coaster May 1 Premier Rides [82]
WildCat United States Cedar Point Wild mouse roller coaster October 30 Anton Schwarzkopf [83]
Zoomberang United States Alabama Adventure Boomerang Unknown Vekoma [81]
Batman Adventure – The Ride 2 Australia Warner Bros. Movie World Motion simulator October 15 [84]
East River Crawler United States Six Flags Great America Anton Schwarzkopf (Monster III) October 30 [85]
The Crypt United States Kings Island Giant Top Spin October 30 [86]
Falling Star United States Michigan's Adventure Unknown
Happy Feet 3-D Experience Australia Sea World 3D film Unknown
Happy Feet 4-D Experience United States Moody Gardens 4D film January 1 [87]
Hot Summer Lights United States Cedar Point Nighttime show Unknown
Ikarus Italy Gardaland Condor November 1
Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast United States Universal Studios Florida Motion simulator August 18 [88]
Log Jammer United States Six Flags Magic Mountain Log flume October 31 [89]
Looney Tunes River Ride Australia Warner Bros. Movie World Water ride February 1 [90]
Mickey's Country House United States Magic Kingdom Walk Through February 12 [91]
Nickelodeon Central Australia Dreamworld Themed Area June 24 [92]
Paddlewheel Excursions United States Cedar Point Boat ride September 5
Pitt Fall United States Kennywood Gyro Drop September
Shipwreck Falls United States Six Flags New England Water ride September 5 [93]
Skull Mountain United States Six Flags America Log Flume July 10
Tak Attack United States Nickelodeon Universe Rotoshake November 14
Texas Splashdown United States Sea World San Antonio Log flume May 13
The Enchanted Tiki Room (Under New Management) United States Magic Kingdom Theater attraction January 12 [94]
Universal 360: A Cinesphere Spectacular United States Universal Studios Florida Nighttime Fireworks show September 9
Wagon Wheel United States Six Flags Fiesta Texas Enterprise Unknown

Amusement parks in terms of attendance[edit]

Worldwide[edit]

This section list the top 25 largest amusement parks worldwide in order of annual attendance in 2011.

Rank Amusement park Location 2011 Attendance[95]
1 Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort Lake Buena Vista, Florida, US 17,142,000
2 Disneyland at Disneyland Resort Anaheim, California, US 16,140,000
3 Tokyo Disneyland Tokyo, Japan 13,996,000
4 Tokyo DisneySea Tokyo, Japan 11,930,000
5 Disneyland Park at Disneyland Paris Marne-la-Vallée, France 10,990,000
6 Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort Lake Buena Vista, Florida, US 10,825,000
7 Disney's Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort Lake Buena Vista, Florida, US 9,783,000
8 Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort Lake Buena Vista, Florida, US 9,699,000
9 Universal Studios Japan Osaka, Japan 8,500,000
10 Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando Resort Orlando, Florida, US 7,674,000
11 Lotte World Seoul, South Korea 7,580,000
12 Ocean Park Hong Kong Hong Kong, China 6,955,000
13 Everland Yongin, Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea 6,570,000
14 Disney California Adventure at Disneyland Resort Anaheim, California, US 6,341,000
15 Universal Studios Florida at Universal Orlando Resort Orlando, Florida, US 6,044,000
16 Hong Kong Disneyland Hong Kong, China 5,900,000
17 Nagashima Spa Land Kuwana, Japan 5,820,000
18 SeaWorld Orlando Orlando, Florida, US 5,202,000
19 Universal Studios Hollywood Universal City, California, US 5,141,000
20 Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris Marne-la-Vallée, France 4,710,000
21 Europa-Park Rust, Germany 4,500,000
22 SeaWorld San Diego San Diego, California, US 4,294,000
23 Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Tampa, Florida, US 4,284,000
24 Efteling Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands 4,125,000
25 Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen, Denmark 3,963,000

Poll rankings[edit]

Golden Ticket Awards[edit]

The 2011 Amusement Today Golden Ticket Awards were held at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana.[96]

Category 2011 Recipient Location Vote
Best New Ride (Amusement park) New Texas Giant Six Flags Over Texas 45%
Best New Ride (Water park) The Falls Schlitterbahn 45%
Best Amusement park Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 23%
Best Water park Schlitterbahn New Braunfels, Texas 66%
Best Children's Park Idlewild and Soak Zone Ligonier, Pennsylvania 30%
Best Marine Park SeaWorld Orlando Orlando, Florida 55%
Best Seaside Park Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Santa Cruz, California 29%
Best Indoor Water park Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Galveston, Texas 31%
Friendliest Park Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 32%
Cleanest Park Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 35%
Best Shows Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 30%
Best Food Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 29%
Best Water Ride (Park) Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls Islands of Adventure 26%
Best Water Park Ride Wildebeest Holiday World & Splashin' Safari 34%
Best Kids' Area Kings Island Mason, Ohio 30%
Best Dark ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Islands of Adventure 26%
Best Outdoor Show Production Epcot Orlando, Florida 34%
Best Landscaping Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 33%
Best Halloween Event Universal Orlando Resort Orlando, Florida 32%
Best Christmas Event Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 38%
Best Carousel Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 55%
Best Indoor Coaster Revenge of the Mummy Universal Studios Orlando 31%
Best Funhouse/Walk-Through Attraction Noah's Ark Kennywood 24%
Top 10 Steel Roller Coasters
Rank Roller Coaster Park Manufacturer Points
1 Millennium Force Cedar Point Intamin 1540
2 Bizarro Six Flags New England Intamin 1201
3 Nitro Six Flags Great Adventure B&M 864
4 Goliath Six Flags Over Georgia B&M 794
5 Phantom's Revenge Kennywood Morgan/Arrow 756
6 New Texas Giant Six Flags Over Texas Rocky Mountain 743
7 Apollo's Chariot Busch Gardens Williamsburg B&M 643
Expedition GeForce Holiday Park Intamin
9 Top Thrill Dragster Cedar Point Intamin 627
10 Magnum XL-200 Cedar Point Arrow 510
Top 10 Wooden Roller Coasters
Rank Roller Coaster Park Manufacturer Points
1 The Voyage United States Holiday World & Splashin' Safari The Gravity Group 1631
2 Phoenix United States Knoebels Amusement Resort PTC/Schmeck 1375
3 El Toro United States Six Flags Great Adventure Intamin 1359
4 Boulder Dash United States Lake Compounce CCI 1267
5 Thunderhead United States Dollywood GCI 1065
6 Ravine Flyer II United States Waldameer Park The Gravity Group 969
7 The Beast United States Kings Island KECO 591
8 Hades United States Mount Olympus Water & Theme Park The Gravity Group 494
9 Shivering Timbers United States Michigan's Adventure CCI 484
10 Prowler United States Worlds of Fun GCI 452

Mitch Hawker - Best Roller Coaster Poll[edit]

Wooden Roller Coaster Poll
Rank Name Park Location Manufacturer Debut Year
1 El Toro Six Flags Great Adventure United States Intamin 2006
2 T Express Everland South Korea Intamin 2008
3 Boulder Dash Lake Compounce United States Custom Coasters International 2000
4 The Voyage Holiday World & Splashin' Safari United States The Gravity Group 2006
5 Phoenix Knoebels Amusement Resort United States Philadelphia Toboggan Company 1985
6 Ravine Flyer II Waldameer Park United States The Gravity Group 2008
7 El Toro Freizeitpark Plohn Germany Great Coasters International 2009
8 Balder Liseberg Sweden Intamin 2003
9 Troy Toverland Netherlands Great Coasters International 2007
10 Colossos Heide Park Germany Intamin 2009
Steel Roller Coaster Poll

Mitch Hawker's Best Steel Roller Coaster Poll was not held in 2011.[97]

Records broken[edit]

Record name Record attribute Ride Amusement Park Date broken
Amusement park with the largest number of roller coasters 18 roller coasters Green Lantern: First Flight United States Six Flags Magic Mountain July 1 [note 1][98]
Steepest Steel Roller Coaster Drop 113.1° drop Timber Drop France Fraispertuis City July 2 [23]
Steepest Steel Roller Coaster Drop 121° drop Takabisha Japan Fuji-Q Highland July 16 [22]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Six Flags Magic Mountain has since removed Déjà Vu resulting in the record now being a tie between Six Flags Magic Mountain and Cedar Point with 17 roller coasters each.

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