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Next generation of theme park attractions pairs coasters and dark rides
Next generation of theme park attractions pairs coasters and dark rides

Ride makers have finally figured out how to combine two theme park staples that rarely go together: roller coasters and dark rides. A host of new combo attractions mashing up roller coaster thrills and dark ride storytelling opened this summer in the United States, Canada and Germany, with more iterations on the way. Speed has always been the key issue: Hair-raising coaster drops and turns don't mesh well with the lumbering pace of a classic dark ride. Even the slowest traditional coaster travels far too fast for riders to fully appreciate the audio tracks, special effects and animatronic figures inside a typical dark ride. There have long been themed coasters. Disneyland's...

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