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Fasten your seatbelt: Theme parks in Germany are open for the season. Here’s what’s new for 2014.

Roller coaster fans, rejoice. Holiday Park in Hassloch, Germany, has kicked off its summer season with a new ride you’re going to love.

The “Sky Scream” catapults thrill-seekers almost vertically upward, allows them to roll backward and shoots them up once again along a nearly 165-foot-high track offering an inverted twist, an almost-straight downward plunge, a loop and yet more twists. Reaching speeds of 60 miles per hour, it’s all over in less than a minute, but what a minute it is.

The across-the-board verdict of riders on the day of our recent visit? Fantastic.

See www.plopsa.be/holiday-park/en/attraction/sky-scream.

Other theme parks in Germany are open for the season. Here’s what’s new for 2014 at some of the country’s other parks:

• Europa Park in Rust plans a spring opening for its biggest indoor attraction to date, “ARTHUR — at the Minimoys Kingdom.” The ride will take visitors on a journey through seven kingdoms in search of the Minimoys treasure. “Arthur,” a 4-D movie based on the same theme, is playing at the park’s Magic Cinema. Learn more at www.tinyurl.com/nm6lnuv.

Freizeit-Land in Geiselwind hopes to give visitors a good scare with its “Black Hole,” a roller coaster ride through the darkness of a dragon’s cave. See it at www.tinyurl.com/od9htq6.

• Legoland Deutschland in Günzburg has a supersized new attraction: the world’s biggest LEGO model, made out of 5 million bricks. The LEGO Star Wars X-Wing is a 1:1 scale model display weighing 45,980 pounds, standing 11 feet tall and stretching 43 feet. It will be on display through Nov. 2. Take a look at www.tinyurl.com/ouluv9b.

• Movie Park Germany in Bottrop plans to launch a family attraction taking visitors to a long-ago era filled with dinosaurs, prehistoric animals, temples and more on a date soon to be announced. Get more info at www.tinyurl.com/nnl9n2n.

• Phantasialand in Brühl has opened what it bills as the world’s most modern water coaster. “Ciapas” is a six-minute ride that features a plunge down a 53-degree slope, the steepest water descent for any log flume-style ride. Learn more at www.tinyurl.com/ofobyuj.

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