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IAAPA Cites Innovative Coasters and Waterpark Attractions Among 2014 Trends

[quote]The diversity of new attractions opening for families to enjoy together this summer is incredible.” — IAAPA President and CEO Paul Noland[/quote]

Alexandria, VA, USA (May 6, 2014) /PRNewswire/ — In anticipation of the exciting attractions opening this summer at amusement parks, water parks, family entertainment centers, museums, zoos, and aquariums all over North America, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), the global trade association for the attractions industry, releases the latest news in family fun. IAAPA cites innovative roller coasters, expansive water park additions, multigenerational attractions, and immersive experiences among the 2014 trends.

Innovations in ride design add unique elements to traditional thrills this year as new roller coasters incorporate 3-D visuals, intricate ride theming, new track technology, ride vehicles that move and spin in new ways, and much more.

The numerous water-related additions, including entirely new water parks, one-of-a-kind water slides, and interactive spray pads will provide an ideal way for families to beat the summer heat.

There is a renewed focus on attractions that can be enjoyed across generations. Whether 6, 16, or 60, guests of all ages can enjoy unforgettable roller coasters, family-friendly spinning rides, water attractions, new play areas, and more.

Parks and attractions continue to push creative boundaries and immerse guests in worlds only previously described in works of fiction. New attractions allow guests to enter the environments and experience the lives of their favorite characters and transport them into alternate realities for adventures previously reserved for pages of books or the screens of televisions or movie theaters.

“Whether visiting your neighborhood park or your favorite vacation destination, there are amazing new rides and attractions for the entire family opening across North America,” said IAAPA President and CEO Paul Noland.

According to the “Oxford Economics Study: The Economic Impacts of the U.S. Attractions Industry” released by the IAAPA Foundation, there are approximately 525 amusement parks and water parks in the U.S. that support nearly 764,000 jobs and generate $55.4 billion for the economy.

A list of new attractions, consumer tips for summer fun, and other information is available at

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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