The theme park industry will take a deep breath in 2013 after the launch of several landmark attractions and with more groundbreaking projects on the horizon.
The last few years have seen several theme park additions that have altered the industry landscape and set attendance records -- from Cars Land at Disney California Adventure to Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventure.
The future promises even more theme park innovation in the form of Shanghai Disneyland in China and Avatar Land at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Florida.
That's not to say 2013 won't be filled with plenty of new roller coasters, dark rides, live shows, water slides, themed lands and even entire parks.
Several of the big industry players will debut tried and true concepts in sister parks around the world in 2013, leaving smaller parks to take the biggest chances on the newest ideas.
Let's take a look at some of the biggest attractions planned for 2013 at theme parks close to home, across the United States and around the world.
Six Flags Magic Mountain -- Full Throttle
The Full Throttle launch coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain will feature the world's tallest vertical loop (160 feet), with riders traversing the loop twice -- once on the inside and again on the outside over a top hat element. Reaching 70 mph, the ride will feature three launches, including a backward launch. Photos
Disneyland -- Fantasy Faire
The Fantasy Faire medieval village at Disneyland will feature princess meet-and-greet areas and stage shows at the current location of the Carnation Plaza Gardens bandstand next door to Sleeping Beauty Castle. Photos
California's Great America -- Gold Striker wooden coaster
California's Great America has relaunched plans for an oft-delayed wooden roller coaster by Great Coasters International that will send riders whirling into a one-of-a-kind twist around the Star Tower observation deck near the park's entrance. The 3,100-foot-long ride will include a terrain-hugging S-turn, a high-speed station fly-by and a series of zero-G camelbacks and bunny hops at speeds topping 50 mph aboard Millennium Flyer trains. Photos
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk -- Undertow spinning coaster
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk plans to replace a 20-year-old steel coaster with the $5.5-million Undertow spinning coaster in summer 2013. The 50-foot-tall Undertow will reach speeds of 40 mph along a 1,400-foot-long track. Photos
Knott's Berry Farm -- Three family rides
Knott's plans to add the Coast Rider wild mouse coaster, the Surfside Glider flying scooter and the Pacific Scrambler in summer 2013 to the Boardwalk section of the park, reusing a manmade lake left over from a water ride removed to make room for the new additions. Photos
SeaWorld's Aquatica will introduce an innovative hybrid concept to San Diego in June that combines a marine park with a water park, allowing visitors to interact with animals such as dolphins, rays and flamingos and zip down water slides. Photos