August 30, 2012, 7:00 AM ·
Six Flags Chairman, President and CEO Jim Reid-Anderson, and Six Flags Chief Operating Officer Al Weber, Jr. announced the chain's new rides for the 2013 season.
Here's the new line-up for Six Flags' top parks:
Magic Mountain: Full Throttle, Billed the "World's Tallest and Fastest Looping Coaster," this triple-launch coaster will include a special effects tunnel, a backward section, and will run over the ride's signature loop, as well as looping through it.
Great America: IgNIGHT - a new laser and pyrotechnics show
Great Adventure: Safari Offroad Adventure - open-air vehicles go offroad through the park's safari section. There'll also be a zipline over the safari area.
Texas: Texas Sky Screamer (400 foot Star Flyer - tallest swing ride in the world) (replacing Flashback and the Texas Chute-Out)
Fiesta Texas: The Rattler will become the Iron Rattler, with a steel rail overlay on the wooden structure, a la Texas Giant. With four overbanked turns and a barrel roll. (Weber called it "a beast" on the conference call. Not the word I would have used in describing a wood track with an inversion...)
Georgia: Sky Screamer
St. Louis: Boomerang (it's the former Flashback from Six Flags Over Texas)
Reid-Anderson said the company is spending 9 percent of its annual revenue on capital each year, with 60-65% of that going for new rides and attractions. Doing the math, that's about $60 million annually across the chain for everything.
Reid-Anderson also said that while Six Flags hasn't announced any water-based attractions in its US theme parks this year, that doesn't mean the chain is keeping wet rides only on the Hurricane Harbor side in the future. And even dark rides might be on the traditionally-coaster-focused chain's agenda in the next few years.
"We are intently focused on all options, including dark ride options," he said. "It is on our radar."