As summer approaches, 2014 already looks like a great year for ride enthusiasts around the world as a number of new theme parks are planned for Europe and Asia and several major attractions are in the works for North America.
Consider this a tentative and fluid list of new attractions on tap across the globe. As is often the case, some projects may get delayed while new ones get announced.
Let's take a look at the 32 most anticipated additions planned for 2014 at theme parks close to home, across the United States and around the world.
1) Universal Studios Orlando (Florida) -- Wizarding World expansion
Work is underway on a second Potter project at Universal Studios Orlando in Florida that will include a replica of Diagon Alley with a Leaky Cauldron restaurant and a Gringotts Wizarding Bank indoor roller coaster. A Hogwarts Express train will transport visitors between the existing Hogsmeade Village at Islands of Adventure and the new Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida.
2) Universal Studios Japan (Tokyo) -- Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Construction is underway at Universal Studios Japan on a clone of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, with a late 2014 opening expected. The new $500-million theme land will include Hogsmeade Village, Hogwarts Castle and the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride.
3) Disneyland Paris (France) -- Ratatouille dark ride
With an estimated budget of $150 million, the new Ratatouille attraction at the Disneyland Paris resort is expected to feature trackless-ride vehicles with 3-D projections and special effects.
4) Six Flags Great America (Illinois) -- Goliath wooden coaster
The Goliath wood-steel hybrid coaster at Six Flags Great America in Illinois is being billed as the world's fastest wooden coaster (72 mph) with the tallest (180 feet) and steepest (85 degrees) drop.
Goliath will feature an underground tunnel, a series of over-banked turns and multiple inversions, including a 180-degree zero-G roll twist.
The new coaster will be designed and built by Idaho-based Rocky Mountain Construction, which wowed ride enthusiasts last summer with the triple-inversion Outlaw Run at Missouri’s Silver Dollar City.
5) Magic Kingdom (Florida) -- Seven Dwarfs mine train
The final phase of the ambitious Fantasyland expansion at the Magic Kingdom in Florida wraps up in 2014 with a Seven Dwarfs mine train coaster that takes riders through the story of "Snow White" on vehicles that swing back and forth.
6) Chimelong Ocean Kingdom (China) -- New theme park
The first of 10 theme parks planned for a 2,000-acre resort billed as the "Orlando of China" soft-opened in January in advance of an official grand opening.
The signature ride at the $2-billion marine-based Chimelong Ocean Kingdom theme park is a parrot-themed Bolliger & Mabillard winged coaster called Flying Over the Rainforest.
The park also features a pair of water-centric roller coasters by Mack Rides similar to Atlantica and Poseidon at Europa-Park in Germany.