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This is a list of events and openings related to amusement parks that have occurred in 2012. These various lists are not exhaustive.

Amusement parks[edit]

Opening[edit]

Change of name[edit]

Change of ownership[edit]

Birthday[edit]

Additions[edit]

Roller coasters[edit]

New[edit]

Name Park Type Manufacturer Opened
Arctic Blast Hong Kong Ocean Park Power roller coaster Mack Rides July 13 [1]
Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars Hong Kong Hong Kong Disneyland Mine train roller coaster Vekoma July 13 [2]
Bullet Coaster China Happy Valley, Shenzhen Launched roller coaster S&S Worldwide July 28 [3]
Dauling Dragon China Happy Valley, Wuhan Wooden roller coaster Martin & Vleminckx April 29 [4]
Dinoconda China China Dinosaurs Park 4th Dimension roller coaster S&S Worldwide April 29 [5]
Divertical Italy Mirabilandia Water Coaster Intamin June 16 [6]
Dragon Fly Netherlands Duinrell Family roller coaster Gerstlauer March 31 [7]
Iron Shark United States Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter Gerstlauer June 1 [8]
Lego Technic Test Track Malaysia Legoland Malaysia Wild Mouse roller coaster Mack Rides September 15 [9]
Leviathan Canada Canada's Wonderland Giga coaster Bolliger & Mabillard May 6 [10]
Manta United States SeaWorld San Diego Launched roller coaster Mack Rides May 26 [11]
OzIris France Parc Astérix Inverted roller coaster Bolliger & Mabillard April 7 [12]
Polar X-plorer Denmark Legoland Billund Family roller coaster Zierer April 29 [13]
Shambhala: Expedición al Himalaya Spain PortAventura Hyper coaster Bolliger & Mabillard May 12 [14]
Skyrush United States Hersheypark Hyper coaster Intamin May 26 [15]
Superman: Ultimate Flight United States Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Launched roller coaster Premier Rides June 30 [16]
The Swarm Thorpe Park Wing Coaster Bolliger & Mabillard March 15 [17]
Tren de la mina Spain Parque de Atracciones Madrid Family roller coaster Gerstlauer March 30 [18]
Verbolten United States Busch Gardens Williamsburg Launched roller coaster Zierer May 18 [19]
Wild Eagle United States Dollywood Wing Coaster Bolliger & Mabillard March 24 [20]
Wodan Timbur Coaster Germany Europa-Park Wooden roller coaster Great Coasters International March 31 [21]
X-Flight United States Six Flags Great America Wing Coaster Bolliger & Mabillard May 16 [22]

Relocated[edit]

Name Park Type Manufacturer Opened Formerly
Apocalypse United States Six Flags America Stand-up roller coaster Bolliger & Mabillard June 7 Iron Wolf at Six Flags Great America [23]
Cliffhanger United States Glenwood Caverns Steel roller coaster S&MC June 15 Thunderbolt at Celebration City [24]
Goliath United States Six Flags New England Giant Inverted Boomerang Vekoma May 25 Déjà Vu at Six Flags Magic Mountain [25]
Stinger United States Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom Invertigo Vekoma April 28 Invertigo at California's Great America [26]
Triops France Bagatelle Invertigo Vekoma June 10 Tornado at Sommerland Syd [27]
Wild West Express Coaster United States Glenwood Caverns Steel roller coaster Zierer May 25 Endicott Emerald Mine at Wild Zone Adventures [24]
Western-Expressen Norway TusenFryd Sit Down roller coaster Vekoma April 28 Family Adventure at Mirabilandia [28]

Refurbished[edit]

Name Park Type Manufacturer Opened Formerly
Arkham Asylum – Shock Therapy Australia Warner Bros. Movie World Suspended Looping Coaster Vekoma April 7 Lethal Weapon – The Ride [29]
Cosmic Coaster United States Worlds of Fun Junior roller coaster Preston & Barbieri April 14 Wacky Worm
The Barnstormer United States Magic Kingdom Junior roller coaster Vekoma March 12 The Barnstormer at Goofy's Wiseacre Farm [30]
Escape from Madagascar Australia Dreamworld Suspended Family Coaster Vekoma March 31 Sky Rocket
Hoot N Holler United States Darien Lake Junior roller coaster Zierer May 12 Brain Teaser [31]
Mr. Freeze: Reverse Blast United States Six Flags Over Texas
United States Six Flags St. Louis
Launched roller coaster Premier Rides May 12
May 5
Mr. Freeze [32][33]

Other attractions[edit]

New[edit]

Name Park Type Opened
Adventure Alley United States Six Flags Great Adventure Themed area April 5 [34]
Air Jumbo United States Six Flags Great Adventure Aerial carousel May 23 [34]
Alpine Freefalls United States Great Escape ProSlide water slide complex June 2 [35]
Angry Birds Land Finland Särkänniemi Themed area June 8 [36]
Aquanura Netherlands Efteling Dancing fountain show May 31
Big Red Boat Australia Dreamworld Rockin' Tug December 14 [37]
Black Widow United States Kennywood Zamperla pendulum ride June 8 [38]
Bonzai Pipeline United States Six Flags St. Louis ProSlide SuperLoop May 26 [39]
Buena Vista Street United States Disney California Adventure Themed area June 15
Burnout Australia Funfields Chance Rides Trabant November 23 [40][41]
Cars Land United States Disney California Adventure Themed area June 15 [42]
Celebrate the Magic United States Magic Kingdom Nighttime spectacular November 13 [43]
Celebration Plaza United States Cedar Point Themed area June 8
Constrictor Australia Wet'n'Wild Water World WhiteWater West Family Constrictor water slide September 28 [44]
Déjà Vu United States Six Flags Great Adventure Scrambler May 23
Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem United States Universal Studios Florida Infitec 3D simulator ride July 2 [45]
Dinosaur Island Australia Sea World Dinosaur exhibit June 16 [46]
Dinosaurs Alive! Canada Canada's Wonderland
United States Cedar Point
United States Dorney Park
United States Kings Dominion
Dinosaur exhibit May 6
May 12
April 28
April 6
[47][48][49][50]
Disney Dreams! France Disneyland Park (Paris) Nighttime spectacular April 1 [51]
Dragster H2O United States Soak City: Cedar Point Multi-lane racer May 27 [52]
DreamWorks Experience Australia Dreamworld Themed area March 31 [53]
Fender Benders United States Six Flags Great Adventure Bumper Cars August 7
Geyser Gulch Hong Kong Hong Kong Disneyland Water play area July 13
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs England Alton Towers
Italy Gardaland
Australia Warner Bros. Movie World
Germany Movie Park Germany
4D film March 24
March 31
June 23
March 31
Justice League: Alien Invasion 3D Australia Warner Bros. Movie World Sally Corporation 3D Shooting Dark ride September 22 [54]
King Cobra United States Six Flags Hurricane Harbor: New Jersey Polin King Cobra July 24 [55]
Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom United States Six Flags Magic Mountain Intamin Drop tower July 7 [56]
Luigi's Flying Tires United States Disney California Adventure Flying Saucers attraction June 15 [42]
Luminosity — Ignite the Night! United States Cedar Point Nighttime show June 8
Mad T Party United States Disney California Adventure Nighttime Show June 15
Madagascar Live! Prepare to Party England Chessington World of Adventures Live Show March 31
Mammoth United States Holiday World & Splashin' Safari ProSlide water coaster May 11 [57]
Mater's Junkyard Jamboree United States Disney California Adventure Unknown June 15 [42]
Nemesis: Sub-Terra England Alton Towers ABC Drop Tower March 24 [58]
New Fantasyland United States Magic Kingdom Themed area December 6
New Test Track United States Epcot High speed simulated test track December 6
Pandamonium Australia Dreamworld Air Race December 21 [37][59]
Pirate Reef United States Legoland California Hopkins Shoot-the-Chutes May 24 [60]
Quadzilla United States Noah's Ark Water Park Mat Slides Unknown [61]
Radiator Springs Racers United States Disney California Adventure Racing dark ride June 15 [42][62]
Red Car Trolley United States Disney California Adventure Tram ride June 15 [42][63]
RipTide United States Morey's Piers Pirate Ship Summer 2012
SkyScreamer United States Six Flags Fiesta Texas
United States Six Flags Great Adventure
Tower swinger May 27
May 23
[64][65]
Sling Shot United States Six Flags Magic Mountain Funtime Sling Shot December 15
Sparkler United States Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Tower swinger May 11 [66]
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shell Shock United States Nickelodeon Universe Gerstlauer Sky Fly March 17 [67]
Texas Star Flyer United States Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier Tower swinger July 27 [8]
Tidal Wave Bay United States Soak City: Kings Island Wave pool May 27
Toy Story Midway Mania! Japan Tokyo DisneySea Interactive 4D ride July 9 [68]
Transformers: The Ride United States Universal Studios Hollywood Dark ride May 24 [69]
Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid United States Magic Kingdom Omnimover dark ride December 6 [70]
Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular: 100 Years of Movie Memories United States Universal Studios Florida Nighttime spectacular May 8 [71]
Universal's Superstar Parade United States Universal Studios Florida Parade May 8 [71]
Vol Ultime Canada La Ronde Tower swinger May 19 [72]
WindSeeker United States Carowinds
United States Kings Dominion
Tower swinger March 31
April 6
[73][74]

Closed attractions & roller coasters[edit]

Name Park Type Manufacturer Closed
Cactus Coaster United States Elitch Gardens Family roller coaster Allan Herschell Company October 28 [75]
Disaster Transport United States Cedar Point Bobsled roller coaster Intamin July 29 [76]
Flashback United States Six Flags Over Texas Boomerang Vekoma September 3 [77]
Hurricane United States Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Hurricane S.D.C. September 3 [78]
Pandemonium United States Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Spinning roller coaster Gerstlauer January 1 [79]
Adventure Golf United States Valleyfair Mini Golf Unknown Unknown
Avalanche Australia Dreamworld Matterhorn Bertazzon Rides July 15
Catapult United States Six Flags New England Sky Swat S&S Worldwide October 28
Congo River United States Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Lazy River Unknown Unknown
DreamWorks Holiday Shrektacular Australia Dreamworld Live show Unknown January 27
ElecTRONica United States Disney California Adventure Nighttime show Walt Disney Imagineering April 15 [80]
Glow in the Park Parade United States Six Flags Great America Parade N/A Unknown
Inferis Italy Gardaland Horror House Unknown January 6
Jaws United States Universal Studios Florida Water ride MCA Planning and Development January 2 [81]
Journey to the Center of the Earth 4-D Adventure Australia Warner Bros. Movie World 4D film Iwerks Entertainment June 4
KidZville United States Kings Dominion Themed area N/A October [82]
Perilous Plunge United States Knott's Berry Farm Shoot the Chute Intamin September 3 [83]
Raging Seas United States Darien Lake Seesturmbahn Mack Rides Unknown
Rowdys Ridge United States Darien Lake 3 rides
Snow White's Scary Adventures United States Magic Kingdom Dark ride Walt Disney Imagineering May 31 [84]
Space Spiral United States Cedar Point Gyro tower Von Roll August 14 [85]
Star Jet United States Casino Pier Steel roller coaster E&F Miler Industries October 29 [86]
Star Tours Japan Tokyo Disneyland Motion simulator Walt Disney Imagineering April 2 [87]
Stingray Australia Dreamworld Trabant Chance Rides May
T2 3-D: Battle Across Time United States Universal Studios Hollywood 4-D film Universal Creative December 31
Texas Chute Out United States Six Flags Over Texas Parachute Drop Intamin September 3 [77]
Thunder Alley United States Kings Island Go-karts R.E. Enterprises Unknown
Timber Tower United States Dollywood Topple Tower HUSS Unknown
Wheelie United States Six Flags Over Georgia Enterprise Schwarzkopf October 28
WindSeeker United States Knott's Berry Farm Wind Seeker Mondial September 19 [88]

Themed Accommodation[edit]

New[edit]

Name Park Theme Opening ref(s)
Disney's Art of Animation Resort Walt Disney World Disney Animated Films May 31
Hotel Bell Rock Europa-Park New England June 27

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 2012.

Rank Amusement park Location 2012 Attendance[89]
1 Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort Lake Buena Vista, Florida, US 17,536,000
2 Disneyland at Disneyland Resort Anaheim, California, US 15,963,000
3 Tokyo Disneyland Tokyo, Japan 14,847,000
4 Tokyo DisneySea Tokyo, Japan 12,656,000
5 Disneyland Park at Disneyland Paris Marne-la-Vallée, France 11,200,000
6 Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort Lake Buena Vista, Florida, US 11,063,000
7 Disney's Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort Lake Buena Vista, Florida, US 9,998,000
8 Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort Lake Buena Vista, Florida, US 9,912,000
9 Universal Studios Japan Osaka, Japan 8,700,000
10 Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando Resort Orlando, Florida, US 7,981,000
11 Disney California Adventure at Disneyland Resort Anaheim, California, US 7,775,000
12 Ocean Park Hong Kong Hong Kong, China 7,436,000
13 Everland Yongin, Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea 6,853,000
14 Hong Kong Disneyland Hong Kong, China 6,700,000
15 Lotte World Seoul, South Korea 6,383,000
16 Universal Studios Florida at Universal Orlando Resort Orlando, Florida, US 6,195,000
17 Universal Studios Hollywood Universal City, California, US 5,912,000
18 Nagashima Spa Land Kuwana, Japan 5,850,000
19 SeaWorld Orlando Orlando, Florida, US 5,358,000
20 Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris Marne-la-Vallée, France 4,800,000
21 Europa-Park Rust, Germany 4,600,000
22 SeaWorld San Diego San Diego, California, US 4,444,000
23 Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Tampa, Florida, US 4,348,000
24 Efteling Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands 4,200,000
25 OCT East Shenzhen, China 4,196,000

Poll rankings[edit]

Golden Ticket Awards[edit]

The 2012 Amusement Today Golden Ticket Awards were held at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Category 2012 Recipient Location Vote
Best New Ride (Amusement Park) Wild Eagle Dollywood
Best New Ride (Waterpark) Mammoth Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
Best Amusement Park Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio
Best Waterpark Schlitterbahn New Braunfels, Texas
Best Children's Park Idlewild and Soak Zone Ligonier, Pennsylvania
Best Marine Life Park SeaWorld Orlando Orlando, Florida
Best Seaside Park Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Santa Cruz, California
Best Indoor Waterpark Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Galveston, Texas
Friendliest Park Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Cleanest Park Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana
Best Shows Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Best Food Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Best Water Ride (Park) Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls Islands of Adventure
Best Waterpark Ride Wildebeest Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
Best Kids' Area Kings Island Mason, Ohio
Best Dark Ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Islands of Adventure
Best Outdoor Show Production Epcot Orlando, Florida
Best Landscaping Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia
Best Halloween Event Universal Orlando Resort Orlando, Florida
Best Christmas Event Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Best Carousel Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania
Best Indoor Coaster Revenge of the Mummy Universal Studios Orlando
Best Funhouse/Walk-Through Attraction Noah's Ark Kennywood
Top 10 Steel Roller Coasters
Rank 2012 Recipient Park Supplier Points
1 Millennium Force Cedar Point Intamin 1272
2 Bizarro Six Flags New England Intamin 946
3 Nitro Six Flags Great Adventure B&M 650
4 Apollo's Chariot Busch Gardens Williamsburg B&M 597
5 New Texas Giant Six Flags Over Texas Rocky Mountain Construction 564
6 Expedition GeForce Holiday Park Intamin 537
7 Intimidator Carowinds B&M 520
8 Magnum XL-200 Cedar Point Arrow 480
9 Goliath Six Flags Over Georgia B&M 444
10 Diamondback Kings Island B&M 395
Top 10 Wooden Roller Coasters
Rank 2012 Recipient Park Supplier Points
1 El Toro Six Flags Great Adventure Intamin 1279
2 The Voyage Holiday World & Splashin' Safari The Gravity Group 1190
3 Phoenix Knoebels Amusement Resort PTC/Schmeck 1091
4 Thunderhead Dollywood GCI 1018
5 Boulder Dash Lake Compounce CCI 1009
6 Ravine Flyer II Waldameer Park The Gravity Group 762
7 The Beast Kings Island KECO 677
8 The Raven Holiday World & Splashin' Safari CCI 385
9 Shivering Timbers Michigan's Adventure CCI 378
10 Balder Liseberg Intamin 364

Best Roller Coaster Poll[edit]

Mitch Hawker's Best Roller Coaster Poll is yet to be held for 2012.[90]

Top 10 Steel Roller Coasters
Rank Name Park Location Manufacturer Debut Year
1 Expedition GeForce Holiday Park Germany Intamin 2001
2 Bizarro Six Flags New England United States 2000
3 New Texas Giant Six Flags Over Texas United States Rocky Mountain Construction 1990
4 Intimidator 305 Kings Dominion United States Intamin 2010
5 Kawasemi Tobu Zoo Park Japan 2008
6 Shambhala: Expedición al Himalaya PortAventura Spain Bolliger & Mabillard 2012
7 Skyrush Hersheypark United States Intamin 2012
8 iSpeed Mirabilandia Italy 2009
9 Katun Bolliger & Mabillard 2000
Maverick Cedar Point United States Intamin 2007
Mega-Lite Happy Valley Shanghai China 2009

Records broken[edit]

Record name Record attribute Ride Amusement Park Date broken
Amusement park with the most number of roller coasters 17 roller coasters United States Six Flags Magic Mountain May 2 [note 1][91]
World's Longest Water Coaster 1,763 feet (537 m) Mammoth United States Holiday World & Splashin' Safari May 11 [57]
World's Tallest Vertical Drop Ride 400 feet (120 m) Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom United States Six Flags Magic Mountain July 7 [56]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Cedar Point has since removed WildCat resulting in their coaster count to drop to 16 and now Six Flags Magic Mountain has the lead with 17 coasters.

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