Thrill seekers looking for the fastest, tallest or longest roller coasters might have their work cut out for them this summer.
That's because theme park operators are building more new roller coasters than at any time since the 2008 recession, roughly 17 in all. That number nearly doubles when considering all the major attractions amusement parks are debuting in 2015.
"With the economy improving, attendance up at theme parks and revenue up, they are a little bit more bullish," About.com theme park expert Arthur Levine told CNBC's "On the Money."
The industry is experiencing "maybe a little bit of pent-up demand, a little bit of delayed projects that are now coming online so we're seeing a whole bunch of new roller coasters and all kinds of other attractions coming into theme parks," he added.
According to AECOM, global theme park attendance increased 4 percent last year, its fifth consecutive year of growth. In the U.S. specifically, the International Association of Amusement Parks reports that more than 300 million people visit amusement parks annually, and the industry generates $12 billion in revenues.