Theme park lovers have a whole new menu of attractions in 2012

Theme parks are popular for thrill seekers of all ages across the world. With unique rides based on everything from comic books to blockbuster movies, these venues draw hordes of guests everyday. There are so many different parks in America that in order to differentiate themselves from the competition, there are always new attractions and rides opening every summer.

This year is particularly spectacular for roller coaster lovers, as USA Today Travel reports that there are 20 new rides opening up at U.S. theme parks in 2012.

As to be expected, Disney is opening a number of new attractions this year. Cars Land, based on the popular Pixar animated films, and Buena Vista Street, designed to look like Los Angeles in the 1920s and 1930s, will be opened up to guests at Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim on June 15.

Down the road a bit, Universal Studios Hollywood opened Transformers: The Ride – 3D last week, while it's east coast counterpart in Orlando is unveiling the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride later this summer.

A whole new park opened its doors last Friday in Galveston, Texas. Named The Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, this park was built to resemble a similar one that opened in the early 20th century. It features a roller coaster called the Iron Shark, which the source says has a vertical lift of 100 feet.

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Theme park lovers have a whole new menu of attractions in 2012