Fantasy Faire

Disneyland, Anaheim

The new Fantasy Faire medieval village, next door to Sleeping Beauty Castle, features meet-and-greet areas where visitors can have their photos taken with a rotating collection of princesses.

An adjacent stage offers "Renaissance Vaudeville" versions of well-known Disney stories told by a comedic duo at a breakneck pace with frequent costume changes, running gags, madcap dancing and comical fight scenes.

Elsewhere in Southern California, Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park has added a trio of family rides to the theme park's Boardwalk section, and SeaWorld San Diego has opened a water park called Aquatica where visitors interact with marine animals as they zip down water slides.

1313 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim; (714) 781-4636,

Full Throttle

Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia

The Full Throttle launch coaster will boast the world's tallest vertical loop (160 feet), with riders traversing the loop twice — once on the inside and again on the outside over a top-hat element. Reaching 70 mph, the ride will incorporate three launches, including a backward launch.

Expected to debut June 22, the Full Throttle will bring Magic Mountain's coaster count to 18, two more than Cedar Point and the most of any park in the world.

Other coasters debuting this summer in California include the Gold Striker at Great America in Santa Clara and the Undertow spinning coaster at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia; (661) 255-4103,


Dollywood, Tennessee

The RiverRush water coaster at Dollywood's Splash Country water park in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., carries riders in a four-person toboggan up a 237-foot-tall conveyor belt before plunging them down a 25-foot drop at a 45-degree angle.

With the help of magnetic propulsion, the water slide mimics the ups and downs of a traditional roller coaster as it zips over hills, through tunnels and around hairpin curves.

2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd., Pigeon Forge, Tenn.; (865) 428-9488,