Thursday, August 28, 2014

Six Flags Announces Identical Flat Rides for Great Adventure, Georgia, Discovery Kingdom and America

Along with the announcement of far more interesting things this morning, the folks at Six Flags announced that 4 "new coasters" would be coming to their parks in 2015 as well.

Six Flags Great Adventure, America, Discovery Kingdom and Over Georgia will be getting the clones for 2015 and while they're labeled as "roller coasters" they're not. Not even the largest, pretty much stock and not that uncommon out there at all. Bad Six Flags, bad!

Anyway, what goes where from the image up there? Here's the little run down:
  • Six Flags Great Adventure - Looping Dragon
  • Six Flags Discovery Kingdom - DareDevil: Chaos Coaster
  • Six Flags America - Bourbon Street Fireball
  • Six Flags Over Georgia - The Joker: Chaos Coaster
Interestingly enough, Six Flags Over Georgia is also adding a Harley Quinn themed tilt-a-whirl named Harley Quinn: Spinsanity. Okay, so not really that interesting, but there it is.

That said, all of these are not coasters, so don't be fooled by the Six Flags marketing machine. These Larson Loops are typically found at carnivals and county/state fairs throughout the US and elsewhere. They are fully powered and there's really no "coasting" going on with them. How they're passing these things off as new coasters is a bit of a mystery and a huge disservice to park guests. Six Flags, just stop, they're flat rides. Get over it.

Anyway, here's video of one of the new rides. They're all the same so it'll give you enough of an idea of what's going on with each:

Stay tuned for more updates from the rest of the Six Flags parks as more announcements have been released about projects for 2015 at every park!

Justice League: Battle for Metropolis Coming to Six Flags Over Texas and St. Louis!

In a bit of a weird twist, the newest interactive dark ride additions to the Six Flags parks is actually coming to two parks for 2015. Both Six Flags Over Texas and Six Flags St. Louis will be getting Justice League: Battle for Metropolis as their new attractions.

Sorry, no new coasters, but this one definitely looks like an interesting spin on things as well.

“Introducing a dark ride that combines this level of technology and the popular DC Comics brand will bring an unmatched, interactive experience to our guests in 2015,” stated Tom Iven, senior vice president of U.S. park operations for Six Flags. “The addition of JUSTICE LEAGUE: BATTLE FOR METROPOLIS is another example of our company’s commitment to delivering new and innovative thrills in every park, every year.”

The pair represent a first for Six Flags and definitely nice to see more dark rides out there. So, what's the whole story behind this? Well, here's the rundown from the park on just what riders will get to experience before and during their ride through the Hall of Justice and the rest of the 20,000sqft attractions:
After touring the fully immersive 3D Hall of Justice, you’ll receive your very own stun gun to battle the bad guys then it’s a swift ride through a dazzlingly designed Metropolis cityscape, deep into the shadows of Lex Corp. Lifelike animatronics, cutting edge special effects, 3D video, eye-popping graphics, real-time gaming and a mind-tingling sound-scape make this journey to justice an utterly interactive experience. Will you help SUPERMAN and BATMAN rescue the other members of the JUSTICE LEAGUE from Lex Luthor’s and The Joker’s evil plans? Join the JUSTICE LEAGUE Reserve Team today to save your favorite superheroes!
For anyone that's ridden Men in Black: Alien Attack at Universal Orlando, the concept is pretty much the same as here. Well, except for the 3D part that is. So, now that we know the details, here's a little video of what to expect as well. Interesting thing to note, the ride cars in the video aren't the ones that will be used for the ride at all, they only seat four people and the ones at Six Flags will seat six.

Stay tuned for more updates from the rest of the Six Flags parks as more announcements have been released about projects for 2015 at every park!

Six Flags New England Announces Wicked Cyclone!

Along with the rest of the Six Flags parks, Six Flags New England has announced that the classic Cyclone wooden coaster will be getting the Rocky Mountain Coasters treatment as well.

Not that much of a surprise for the coaster community, but it's definitely an interesting move and seems to be a trend with Six Flags as of late. So today's announcement of Wicked Cyclone for 2015 at SFNE is definitely an interesting one. Sure, it's not as big or crazy as what's happening with Twisted Colossus at Magic Mountain, but Wicked Cyclone is no slouch either!

“We take great pride in creating incredible, one-of-a-kind experiences for our guests here at the Thrill Capital of New England,” said John Winkler, Six Flags New England Park President. “This project has been years in the making, and the addition of Wicked Cyclone enhances our commitment to delivering world-class thrills to Six Flags New England every year.”

Wicked Cyclone will take riders up 109ft and reach speeds of 55mph on over 3300ft of track and feature a 200 degree stall, two Zero G rolls, and the world’s only Double Reversing Bank Airtime Hill.

Interestingly enough, this will be the first hybrid coaster of it's kind on the East Coast as well, which is a bit weird if you really think about that.

Curious about what it'll actually look like? Here's a rendered video showing just what to expect from the newest Rocky Mountain Coasters creation!

Stay tuned for more updates from Six Flags New England and the rest of the Six Flags parks as more announcements have been released about projects for 2015 at every park!

Twisted Colossus Coming to Six Flags Magic Mountain in 2015!

One of two major Rocky Mountain Coasters conversions, the classic Colossus at Six Flags Magic Mountain is set to become a whole lot more insane. From the remains, RMC will work it's magic and by doing so create the world's longest hybrid coaster, Twisted Colossus. Featuring over 5,000ft of track and two lift hills, this one looks to be a great tribute to the original while making huge upgrades.

So, what can riders expect? Here's a breakdown of all the elements!

Top Gun Stall – an inversion where the train slows down upside down, the Western Hemisphere’s first “High Five” – where both trains pass through an overbanked turn facing each other with the illusion that you can reach out and “high five” other riders, a Zero G Roll, a 128-foot drop at 80-degrees, 18 airtime hills, two lift hills and four minutes long and nearly 5,000 feet of track!

Yeah, that's a lot to take in right there. “At Six Flags, innovation is in our DNA and with Twisted Colossus, innovation will go to an extreme level with record-breaking elements, faster speeds and steeper banks.  This cutting-edge technology marries the best of both classic and modern coaster designs. It is definitely a twist on a traditional wooden coaster experience,” said park president Bonnie Rabjohn.

You can say that again, but like Six Flags Fiesta Texas' announcement, there's more to this one as it seems the whole area of the park will be getting a bit of a make over as well. Twisted Colossus will be the focal point of the newly themed area, Back Alley, where guests can expect the unexpected through whimsical experiences in entertainment, food and retail.

No clue what that means exactly, but I'm sure we won't have too long to wait. Definitely seems like an interesting move, but that area of the park wasn't themed much at all so it should be an upgrade.

In the meantime, check out the rendered video of what to expect from Twisted Colossus!

Stay tuned for more updates from Six Flags Magic Mountain and the rest of the Six Flags parks as more announcements have been released about projects for 2015 at every park!

Six Flags Fiesta Texas Announces the World's First Free Spinning 4D Coaster, Batman: The Ride

Well, it looks like our hunch was right and while not a B&M Flying coaster, Six Flags Fiesta Texas is getting something truly unique out the mess that is the chain wide 2015 announcement this morning. We've been following this one for a while and while we're not sure what else is changing, we do know that a Batman themed ride is finally coming to SFFT in 2015.

Similar to it's bigger cousin at Six Flags Magic Mountain, Batman: The Ride will feature a spinning motion but unlike X2 the spinning will be completely unpredictable. The seats are free to flip and roll as they will as the trains make their way through two raven drops, and spin at least six times upside down after climbing vertically to the top of the floating track.

“Every year we continue to provide more and more innovative technology and excitement for our park guests and season pass holders. BATMAN™: The Ride is an entirely new concept in ride engineering and will provide a sensory experience like no other coaster. The unanticipated tumbling will add even more thrills as riders travel along the dipping and swirling track,” said park president Martin Bozer.

Batman: The Ride will feature a 120ft vertical elevator style lift hill, at least six inversions due to the spinning of the seats and of course the two over 90 degree raven drops. One of the interesting things is that the trains only seem to seat 8 people in an inward facing set up. This means that riders will face each other and that capacity is absurdly low. Not as bad as Green Lantern at SFMM, but still low.

 But that's not all, it seems as if the entire Rockville area of the park will also be getting a make over too. Not sure if it will be Gotham City or just a general DC theme, but the theming elements going around the new coaster seem to point to either possibly happening. A full-scale Batmobile, the Bat-Signal, plus cutting edge special effects throughout the ride make this the ultimate way to experience the world of Batman.

Curious as to just what this thing can do? Well, here's a video rendering of the ride in action!

Stay tuned for more updates from Six Flags Fiesta Texas and the rest of the Six Flags parks as more announcements have been released about projects for 2015 at every park!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Busch Gardens Williamsburg- New Coaster Track On Site!

Image from Screamscape
 Busch Gardens Williamsburg- New Coaster Track Spotted!

 While it's common knowledge that Busch Gardens is up to something, not everyone knows what.

 We know they are getting a new roller coaster, which seemed to have a hotly contested name. Folks can't seem to decide if it's going to be the "Diavolo" or "Tempesto" at the moment, either way this new 'teal' colored track has been spotted coming into the park.  Seeing as we spent this past weekend at the park, we can confirm two pieces of track are on site.. but very hard to spot.

 The only way to spot them is from the very top of Griffon, before the drop if you peer far into the distance of employee parking (to the left of the coaster's drop) you can see them hidden back near the old trolley. The physical damage is more obvious, it can be spotted in the clear cutting directly beside "Apollo's Chariot".

 We expect to hear the announcement of this new coaster during the 'Pass-holders Appreciation Weekend" which is September 6th and 7th, 2014.

 More News when it becomes available! 

Rumor Alert- Kennywood Getting Something New in 2015?

Rumor Alert for Kennywood Park! Could something be in the works for 2015?

 A few weeks ago everyone was sure that in 2015 Kennywood would be 'bringing back' the 'Turnpike' flat ride which was removed to make way for Sky Rocket. When the picture of one of the Tunrpike's Cars surfaced online with the number "15" on it, fans went crazy and one of them nearly blew up on phone in the process.

Image from Screamscape
 While Kennywood did promise to return the Turnpike to the park during it's removal, I'm not sure 2015 will be the year for it.

 Simply because, no work has begun with anything for a new area the size an attraction like 'Turnpike' would need. No woodland has been cleared out, No new walk-ways or work on that very expensive piece of property they had to buy has happened. Simply put, nothing is visible that could hint at the classic rides return.. other then they mystery appearing car.  So, I can't say this is really a good lead.

 However, another rumor has popped up from Screamscape! Rumor has it that a 4D Ride/Movie attraction may show up in the park for 2015. Located in the old arcade building near the "Old Mill/Garfield's Nightmare", The Playdium. I can't admit I'm pleased to hear this, it seems like more of 'Classic Kennywood' is disappearing each season.

...again, this is simply a rumor until confirmed by the park!