9) PortAventura - Shambhala hyper coaster
10) Europa-Park - Mythos wooden coaster
Germany's Europa-Park plans to open an elaborately themed wooden roller coaster in March 2012 that celebrates the Norse mythology of legendary heroes and supernatural creatures. The theme park's first wooden roller coaster will top out at 115 feet and reach speeds of 60 mph while navigating hairpin turns and airtime hills over a 3,500-foot-long track in the Icelandic area of the park.
11) Legoland Billund - Polar X-Plorer drop coaster
The new Polar X-Plorer roller coaster at Legoland Billund in Denmark will feature a vertical drop section of track that will appear to fall through broken ice. Riders on the snowmobile-themed trains are expected to encounter live penguins and Lego polar bears.
12) Efteling - Aquanura water show
Built by the same team that created the Bellagio water show in Las Vegas, the 10-minute Aquanura nighttime spectacular at Efteling theme park in the Netherlands will feature dancing fountains, synchronized lights and fire effects set to music.
13) Blackpool Pleasure Beach - Wallace & Gromit ride
Blackpool Pleasure Beach in the United Kingdom will add a family-friendly Wallace & Gromit ride based on the British stop-motion animation characters. The waterfront amusement park hasn't announced if the attraction starring the eccentric cheese-eating inventor (Wallace) and his anthropomorphic dog (Gromit) will be an all-new ride or a retheming of an existing ride.
14) Park Asterix - Inverted coaster
The as-yet-unnamed inverted roller coaster coming to Park Asterix in France will feature a dive loop, a corkscrew and a zero-G roll. The Bolliger & Mabillard ride will have an Egyptian theme and an underwater tunnel.
15) Mirabilandia - DiVertical water coaster
Mirabilandia in Italy is expected to add a towering water coaster in 2012 called DiVertical, a classic shoot-the-chute flume ride featuring an elevator lift and a big splash finale. The new Intamin ride will be similar to Pilgrim's Plunge at Indiana's Holiday World, according to Screamscape.
16) Alton Towers - Nemesis: What Lies Beneath thrill ride
Riders will unearth a secret hidden for decades in an underground catacomb on the new thrill ride coming to the United Kingdom's Alton Towers in 2012. Nemesis: What Lies Beneath, an indoor dark ride based on the back story created for the original 1994 Nemesis inverted roller coaster, promises to combine heart-racing thrills with horrifying chills.
17) Toverland - Spinning coaster
Toverland in the Netherlands will add a family coaster with spinning cars that pull up to 4Gs as riders navigate a twisting and turning track. The new Mack coaster will be similar to Sierra Sidewinder at Knott's Berry Farm in California.
18) Universal Studios Japan - Wonderland kiddie land
Universal Studios Japan will open a new Wonderland area in 2012 themed as a town populated by Sesame Street, Peanuts and Hello Kitty characters. Replacing the former Land of Oz area, the Wonderland kiddie land will include a new family-friendly ride and character meet-and-greet locations.
19) Alton Towers and Gardaland - "Ice Age" 4D movie
Based on the third movie in the animated series, "Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 4D" will debut at special effects theaters at Alton Towers (United Kingdom) and Gardaland (Italy), sister parks operated by Merlin Entertainment.
20) Everland - New roller coaster
Everland officials have announced plans to replace Eagle Fortress at the South Korean park with a new roller coaster in 2012. The Arrow suspended-terrain coaster, which hasn't operated since 2009, is similar to Ninja at California's Six Flags Magic Mountain and Iron Dragon at Ohio's Cedar Point.