The GateKeeper winged roller coaster is coming to Ohio's Cedar Point in 2013.

The GateKeeper winged roller coaster is coming to Ohio's Cedar Point in 2013. (Cedar Point / December 19, 2012)

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom -- "Splashtastic" show

The new attraction in the Dolphin Harbor Theater combines a dolphin show with Florida-based Cirque Dreams acrobats and aerialists performing above the water.


Magic Kingdom -- Fantasyland expansion

The final phase of the ambitious Fantasyland expansion at the Magic Kingdom in Florida is expected to wrap up in 2013, featuring a Seven Dwarfs mine train coaster and the Princess Fairytale Hall meet-and-greet attraction. Photos

SeaWorld Orlando -- Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin

Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin will transform SeaWorld Orlando's 24-year-old Penguin Encounter habitat into a new winter-themed land with 55-foot-tall glaciers in the shape of nuzzling penguins towering over shops, restaurants and a first-of-its-kind interactive dark ride offering varied adventures from a penguin's point of view. Photos

Universal Studios Orlando -- Transformers 3-D

Recruits on the Transformers 3-D motion simulator dark ride opening at Universal Studios Orlando in 2013 will join the heroic Autobots in an intergalactic battle against the villainous Decepticons. Photos

Roller coasters

Cedar Point -- Gatekeeper winged roller coaster

Billed as the tallest, fastest and longest winged coaster with the highest inversion of any coaster in the world, the $30-million Gatekeeper will fly over Cedar Point's front entrance as the new icon of the Ohio amusement park. Photos

Silver Dollar City -- Outlaw Run wooden coaster

The $10-million Outlaw Run hybrid wood-steel coaster at Missouri's Silver Dollar City will feature a double barrel roll and a 153-degree over-banked turn with nine airtime hills. Photos

Six Flags Fiesta Texas -- Iron Rattler wooden coaster

The 1992 Rattler wooden coaster at Six Flags Fiesta Texas will be reborn as the Iron Rattler hybrid coaster with a steel track on wooden supports. The remade ride will feature a barrel roll inversion and a series of beyond-vertical banked turns. Rocky Mountain Construction Group will handle the rehab, which includes the removal of the cliff-top triple helix. Photos

Mt. Olympus -- Hades 360 wooden coaster

Gravity Group will add a barrel roll to the 2005 Hades wooden roller coaster at Wisconsin's Mt. Olympus in 2013. Dubbed the world's first all-wooden looping coaster, the rechristened Hades 360 will feature an 800-foot tunnel with a 90-degree underground turn traversed in complete darkness.

Water parks

Dollywood -- RiverRush water coaster