What's new at amusement parks in MD/DC area

FireballWPlanning your annual family trip to the amusement park this summer? Here is the latest on the new rides at parks within a day trip's distance from Annapolis.

Six Flags America

The Bourbon Street Fireball is the newest roller coaster in the park and stands seven stories tall. A loop coaster, it is in the Mardi Gras section and the park's 10th roller coaster. Bourbon Street Fireball seats passengers face to face (forward and backward) and has a pendulum style takeoff with multiple 360-degree revolutions.
13710 Central Ave., Bowie/Mitchellville
sixflags.com/America

BalloonRideWDutch Wonderland

Head up in a balloon in the new Bon Voyage Balloon Chase. The family ride features eight hot air "balloons" that fly in a circle rotation while riders in the gondola baskets control their balloon's individual spin.
2249 Lincoln Hwy. E, Lancaster, Pa.
dutchwonderland.com

Hershey Park

Laff Trakk, an indoor glow-coaster built within a family-friendly fun house, is Hershey Park's 13th roller coaster. The coaster car can spin 360 degrees and passes past colorful characters such as Laffing Sal and through a hall of mirrors, a house of cards and more. The number and size of riders affects the rotation of the cars, giving riders a different view of the surroundings each ride.
100 W. Hershey Park Dr., Hershey, Pa.
HersheyPark.com

BGW TempestoWBusch Gardens

A new roller coaster, Tempesto, is named after the classic Italian daredevil and recreates his signature stunt. Riders race into tight turns at 63 miles per hour and defy gravity as they roll through a complete inversion 154 feet in the air. The coaster features three launch experiences and a loop-the-loop.
One Busch Gardens Blvd., Williamsburg, Va.
Seaworldparks.com

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