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Travelocity Highlights Favorite Theme Park Rides for Summer Adventure Seekers; From the Nostalgic Roller Coasters of Yesterday to the High-Tech Thrillers of Today, Editors Name Top Attractions and What’s New for Summer Excitement

SOUTHLAKE, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 5, 2006–Today’s theme park goers have more than 600 amusement parks and traditional attractions to choose from in the U.S. alone, according to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, leaving adrenaline-seekers a myriad of options for their next vacation. With summer approaching and vacationers making their getaway plans, Travelocity editors dug deep to compile coasters, thrillers and soakers from across the country that top the list of amusement park favorites.

“Millions of U.S. travelers head to theme parks each year in search of rides, games and shows,” said Jennifer Gaines, a Travelocity editor. “Theme park rides remain the top attraction, and they run the gamut, catering to everyone from families with kids to true adrenaline junkies.”

From the more nostalgic rides of earlier generations to the contemporary thrill rides of today, Travelocity editors suggest 10 attractions worth standing in line for when visiting theme parks this summer:

    --  Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin - Buzz Lightyear, a space
        ranger who made his debut in the Disney presentation of
        Pixar's Toy Story, also stars in a cosmic mission that unfolds
        in the Magic Kingdom(R) Park at Walt Disney World(R) Resort.
        This ultramodern, high-tech adventure gives riders the
        illusion they're traveling through another galaxy. It allows
        both kids and adults to become junior Space Rangers, piloting
        a Star Cruiser equipped with laser cannons through imaginative
        celestial worlds on a mission to save the toy universe. This
        interactive ride evokes friendly competition among the entire
        family, allowing riders to score points as they navigate
        through outer space (a version of this attraction also can be
        found at Disneyland(R) Park).

    --  Curse of Darkastle - Travel through an ice-bound world in a
        golden sleigh, experiencing eye-popping visuals and
        heart-stopping excitement while traversing a castle frozen in
        time. The impeccable visuals on the Curse of Darkastle blends
        perfectly with the aesthetic scenery for which Busch Gardens
        Williamsburg is known. The ride utilizes intense 3-D imagery
        to thrust riders into the fictional life of young King Ludwig
        who took over the throne and turned his castle into a
        terrifying, impenetrable fortress. Beware as the coaster-like
        sleigh makes its way through the castle, encountering wind,
        fire, shattering ice and a larger-than-life wolf looming
        throughout the palace.

    --  Cyclone - Rough around the edges and evocative of the days
        "back when...," Coney Island's Cyclone embodies an attitude
        only found in Brooklyn, New York. With decades of history
        under its brakes, the coaster tells stories of merry summers
        and troubled times. The Cyclone began making a name for itself
        after being built in 1927, achieving legendary status and
        possibly earning the title of America's most famous coaster.
        While the 86-foot hill and various turns may seem tame next to
        the mega-coasters of today, this undeniably nostalgic
        experience overlooking Surf Avenue is certainly worth a trip
        to Coney Island.

    --  Dueling Dragons - With two separate coasters that intertwine
        with one another to create a combat-like impression, it's the
        world's first dueling, inverted roller coaster. Located at
        Orlando's Universal Studios Islands of Adventure, ride the
        Fire Dragon or the Ice Dragon as they narrowly pass within
        inches of one another on the intertwining tracks. Soar 125
        feet in the air, reaching speeds of 55 mph on two exceptional
        rides that seemingly collide midair. The ride itself is not
        only thrilling, but theme park junkies agree that it boasts
        "one of the best queues ever," winding through an intricate
        castle that builds the suspense.

    --  Insanity - An amusement park in itself, Las Vegas has a number
        of thrill rides to ponder, but none capture a view of the Las
        Vegas strip like Insanity, which extends 64 feet over the
        north edge of the Stratosphere tower. Spin up to three Gs
        while being pulled out in "escape-proof" seats at an angle of
        70 degrees and learn why it's called Insanity. While buckled
        in, try to muster the courage to open your eyes for a view of
        the Las Vegas Strip, which lies a terrifying 900 feet below.

    --  Journey to Atlantis - Part thrill ride, part water ride and
        part roller coaster, this Sea World attraction combines
        elements of classic theme park rides with remarkable special
        effects to create one of the top adventure rides of its kind.
        Not your usual lift hill, the journey starts in a boat on an
        atypical elevator ride to the top of the coaster's crest.
        Plummet down the ride's 60-foot flume drop to get utterly
        soaked before facing the powers that be, where riders learn
        that the people of Atlantis lost their connection to the sea
        and are trying to regain it. This ride's drops and screams
        promise thrills of their own, but the real entertainment comes
        with each and every t-shirt soaking splash. (Found in Sea
        World San Diego and Orlando)

    --  Pirates of the Caribbean - So captivating and adventurous that
        it inspired a hit Hollywood film, Pirates of the Caribbean is
        perhaps one of the most well-known theme park attractions ever
        built. A classic indeed, Walt Disney himself had a hand in
        designing the ride, which first opened at Disneyland(R) Park
        in 1967. This lively attraction takes its crew on a hunt for
        pirate booty. Traverse the dark, spooky waters of the
        Caribbean, where an explosion of cannonballs, a village of
        sinister pirates and a town blazing with fire await. Currently
        closed to add inspirations from the movie (including Captain
        Jack Sparrow), climb aboard when it re-opens this summer.
        (This ride is also featured at the Magic Kingdom(R) Park in

    --  Raptor - Known for its world class collection of roller
        coasters, Ohio's Cedar Point was one of the first amusement
        parks to introduce an inverted coaster. As these inverted
        thrillers go, the Raptor is one of the best. Let your feet
        hang free as you reach heights of more than 130 feet on this
        outside looping coaster. Encounter a barrel roll, a high-speed
        helix and cobra roll, which flips passengers over and spirals
        them upside down into a 180-degree roll. This twisting move
        also repeats in reverse order.

    --  Timber Mountain Log Ride - Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park,
        Calif. is known for firsts, including being America's first
        theme park and introducing the first-ever log flume ride.
        Experience the darkness of Timber Mountain Log Ride as this
        traditional mine-themed attraction twists along a 2,100-foot
        waterway at speeds ranging from eight to 12 feet per second.
        Plummet down the flume propelled by 24,000 gallons of water,
        and expect to be splashed. During Halloween, the ride is
        haunted by ghosts and goblins for extra excitement.

    --  Titan - If the 255-foot drop doesn't send chills up your
        spine, then the Titan's climactic 85 mph plunge certainly
        will. This roller coaster, a Six Flags Over Texas favorite
        boasts a track more than a mile long constructed with half a
        million pounds of steel. Experience three-and-a-half minutes
        of larger-than-life thrills, encountering spirals, plunges,
        helixes and a 120-foot tunnel masked in total darkness. Tip:
        Consider riding this thriller before lunch and don't forget to
        hold on tight!

    What's New for 2006

    --  Disney's Animal Kingdom (Orlando) officially opens Expedition
        Everest this month. In Disney lingo, this "high-altitude,
        high-speed train adventure" sends riders through a Himalayan
        village outfitted with hairpin turns and nail-biting peaks.

    --  Head to Pigeon Forge, Tenn. for Dollywood's Timber Tower, a
        first of its kind in North America. Board a vehicle that sends
        riders spiraling up a 65-foot tower. After reaching the top,
        the tower topples from side to side, narrowly missing jets of
        water from below.

    --  Don't miss "the world's first reality coaster" at Paramount's
        Great America (Santa Clara, Calif.) Survivor the Ride, based
        on the CBS series, is a spinning coaster that takes riders
        atop a revolving platform in motorcycle seats as it navigates
        the hills of a short coaster track.

    Amusement Park Tips

    --  Use the buddy system and agree on a meeting place should
        anyone get lost.

    --  Always wear sunscreen, comfy walking shoes and clothing with
        zipper pockets.

    --  Arrive early and stay late to take advantage of smaller

    For more rides and tips, go to www.travelocity.com/rides

    About Travelocity

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    SOURCE: Travelocity

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