Six Flags announces line-up of new rides for 2012
Written by Robert Niles
Jim Reid-Anderson, CEO of Six Flags, announced in a webcast today the new rides and shows for the amusement park chain's parks in 2012:Tweet
Here are some highlights:
X-Flight, Six Flags Great America, Chicago
Designed by Bolliger & Mabillard, X-Flight will take riders on a flight with no track above or below them. Riders sit in pairs, suspended on either side of the track with their feet dangling. The coaster will go speeds of up to 55mph through 3,000 feet of intense drops and five inversions, including a barrel roll and zero-g roll. One of the biggest features will be the near "key hole" fly through buildings.
X-Flight will replace Iron Wolf, which will be sent to Six Flags America and renamed Apocalypse.
The Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Los Angeles
This 400-foot drop ride will be attached to the Superman: Escape from Krypton tower, and will be the world's tallest and fastest (85 mph) drop ride.
As previously announced, the inverted boomerang coaster Deja Vu will close this year, to be sent to Six Flags New England, where it will be renamed Goliath.
In addition, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Northern California will get a 62-mph, 150-foot-tall Premier Rides launch coaster called Superman: Ultimate Flight. And Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey and Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio will get Sky Screamer swing rides (similar to the Windseeker rides going into so many Cedar Fair parks, including Carowinds and Kings Dominion for 2012).
Thanks to TPI reader Anthony Murphy for contributing to this report.
Update: Reader comment, FTW: "With all these Goliaths all over the place, I really want one one of those parks to build a junior coaster next to Goliath and call it David."
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