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."
The only thing I'm liking about the new SFMM coaster is its use of the existing (defunct) monorail tunnel. Are they closing the log flume for this new coaster? And it will set "new records", but will be a coaster with a short runtime.
I guess I get to skip going to Six Flags Saint Louis for another year. A used Boomerang...seriously?! Are these morons for real?
And as for the dark ride comment, I have my doubts, especially when you consider Six Flags' complete misunderstanding of "themed entertainment" - theming is a lot more than simply adding a few decorative touches! What about story and immersion, folks???!
Technically, we haven't gotten a "NEW" coaster since 2008. I've never been to Hurricane Harbor, so the addition of the mat racer does nothing for me. And it appears my streak of not going through the Safari for 38 years..in ANY form..will continue.
As much as I love amusement parks..and roller coasters in particular..it's hard for me to get excited about these announcements, knowing I won't see or ride the attractions anytime soon..or ever, probably.
The Log Jammer is already gone - closed earlier this year. But Jim and Al said that no other rides would be closing, either to make room for the new coaster or to accommodate its construction.
Given that we've lost another water ride to a coaster, that's why I asked about the future of water rides in the theme parks, as opposed to the Hurricane Harbors. They acknowledged that they've not been putting many water rides in US theme parks in recent years, but said that there's no policy to just put them just into the water parks. They said they are looking at water-based rides for theme parks in the future.
It really bothers me when theme parks make up their own records. If the coaster isn't the tallest, fastest, or has the most inversions, there isn't a real record to claim. They could have said, "one of the tallest looping coasters in the world," and have gotten the same effect.
As far as Full Throttle itself, if this were being built by any other theme park company, I'd be impressed. However, a coaster like this is almost guaranteed to be trouble from day one. First, it's has LIMs launches, which Six Flags has demonstrated they cannot maintain (Superman the Escape, V2, The Chiller, Mr. Freeze, and more). Second, it has a launch that requires a high level of precision. Not only does it have to launch backwards at the right speed to not roll back through the loop, but it has to give an extra forward boost to get the train over the top hat. To top it all off, this complicated launch section is not near the station for the ride, so if there's a problem, the ride has to be locked out at the station, and someone's got to walk all the way over to the launch track. Also, it's not clear who the manufacturer is for this coaster. It's obviously not Intamin or B&M, but also does not look like it's a Premier coaster either. A lot of this ride is going to hinge on what happens in the tunnel. Will it be a lame strobe effect, or something more elaborate like Manta?
To add to the list of new Six Flags attractions, Six Flags America announced the addition of Bonzai Pipeline, a collection of 6 trap-door water slides.
As far as the complaints about Great Adventure, what do you want? The park already has the world's tallest and the Western Hemisphere's fastest roller coaster. They have one of the best woodies on the planet, a B&M Flyer, the first floorless coaster in the world, a really good hyper, and the second best standup coaster in the US. Sure, they could add a wing coaster, or try to coax B&M to develop a 4D, but I think the time between coaster for one of the flagship parks is a good indication that the next one is going to be a real winner.
The ghetto safari was a JOKE, and it's cool to see the park try to put some lipstick on the pig.
I love the new evening shows, but nothing for Magic Mountain. There are too many coasters at Magic Mountain. There's nothing else to keep my interest. I given up on roller coasters. They are too tall and too fast. They are over too quickly. Six Flag should innovate on roller coaster experience rather than try to break another speed or height record.
I do think their innovation on water park rides is promising. I just hope they apply this innovation to their theme park rides.
The swing tower looks dangerous. Very flimsy chains and a simple lap bar. I wouldn't ride it.
As for food, not another fried sugary snack. Heart attack alley.
I kinda think Great America got the short end of the stick, but hey, they have gotten something new pretty much every year since 2008. Top billing in the video didn't hurt much either. I have been on X Flight! Its a hit!
Laser Light show? Ok, I will bite... They tend to have a bit of difficulty getting people to stay in the park past 7 pm.
The hybrid loop / hill in the artists rendition is pretty unique. I will probably never get to ride it, but it looks innovative.
Published: August 30, 2012 at 9:55 PM
SkyScreamer for Georgia..... What is up with every park getting one of this really tall swing in circles rides? All the Cedar Fair Parks are getting Wind Seekers and this is hardly different from those.....
Did we miss a memo to all the people who greenlight new rides at parks.... where they told them that the hot new ticket ride is suppose to be Swinging in circles in the air around a tower?
Published: August 30, 2012 at 9:57 PM
Six Flags Magic Mountain seems to be serious about keeping the most coasters title that they took from Cedar Point now. They just keep adding coasters.... but I will say this one does look pretty unique.
Yes, the tower swing rides have become rather ubiquitous.
Yes, the StarFlyers (SkyScreamers) are not a LOT different than the Windseekers, but they do offer more speed, varying height, and a much freer feeling to the rider than the Windseekers. Granted, I've only been on the former at Coney and SFGadv, and the latter at Kings Dominion. But I'm really looking forward to riding Cedar Point's Windseeker in two weeks, simply for the view of my favorite park and Lake Erie.
Published: August 31, 2012 at 2:53 PM
I think a good night time show will be perfect for 2013 for Six Flags Great America. For a very long time now, their show line up has gotten VERY weak (probably the weakest amoung all six flags), and now we finally have our kiss good night. Yeah it won't be near Disney's night time shows, but hey it's something to ecourage a crowd to stick around, ESPECIALLY since Great America is one of the parks with the most extended hours out of all the Six Fags parks. I CAN NOT WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!! to see the Iron Rattler. Looks like its a beast. I think Six Flags is coming around finally for it being a seasonal chain. Their doing a much better job overall than Cedar Fair..... All Cedar Fair knows is how to treat Knotts Berry Farm and Cedar point right. The rest of the parks they have done a very bad job with.
Published: August 31, 2012 at 2:54 PM
And Robert, its okay is a coaster is a beast... it just can't be a son of a beast any longer :p
I really wish SFoG would add 'more days and hours on the operating calendar', to the list of new attractions; something rarely addressed by the higher-ups at Six Flags. We are down to a single Friday in October for Fright Fest this year. Our park has been closed for weekdays since Aug 13th. Even during the summer months of June and July, the park closes at 9:00PM every night except Saturday. Seriously? So much for after dark rides on our favorite coasters. OK, so the school calendar presents a challenge, but there are more than enough people looking for work in the ATL to staff our less than seasonal park.
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