Six Flags announces new rides for 2014, including world's tallest drop ride and wooden roller coaster
Six Flags this morning announced its line-up for new attractions for 2014 at its parks around North America.
"Our promise to you is to bring you something new to every single park, every year," Six Flags CEO Jim Reid-Anderson said in this morning's video announcement. Here are the highlights:
Concept art courtesy Six Flags
Zumanjaro Drop of Doom: Six Flags Great Adventure
Following Magic Mountain's addition of a Lex Luthor-themed drop ride to its Superman roller coaster tower, Six Flags in New Jersey will add a trio of 450-foot drop tower tracks to Kinga Ka's tower.
Concept art courtesy Six Flags
Goliath: Six Flags Great America
Six Flags' Chicago-area park gets the chain's fifth coaster named "Goliath," but, again, this one won't be like the others. Great America's Goliath will be the world's fastest wooden roller coaster, with tallest and steepest drop, Reid-Anderson said. This Goliath will feature an 85-degree, 180-foot, 72 mph drop, followed by a zero-G roll, two overbanked turns, taking the fastest and steepest wooden coaster titles from El Toro at sister park Six Flags Great Adventure.
Colossus and Batman backwards, Expanded kids area, New waterpark ride: Six Flags Magic Mountain
Magic Mountain will be following Great America's lead by sending two of its coasters backward for the 2014 season. The wooden coaster Colossus and the B&M Inverted Batman get the call. In addition, Magic Mountain will be expanding its kids area, including another kiddie coaster, and adding two Bonzai Pipelines slides to Hurricane Harbor.
New England Sky Screamer: Six Flags New England
The Massachusetts park is getting another one of those high-in-the-sky swing rides, this time with a 400-foot tower. (The highlight of this announcement, however, might have been Reid-Anderson cracking a Sarah Palin joke. Follow the link below to the video to watch.)
Six Flags also will expand the kids' area at its original park, Six Flags Over Texas, while building a new Hurricane Harbor water park at Six Flags Over Georgia.
You can watch the announcement video, as well as follow links to all the new attractions at Six Flags' smaller parks, on the Six Flags website.
What do you think?
Excellent news! However, confused on how it's going to fit. The area is very tiny.
I was pretty impressed with Lex Luthor's Drop of Doom at SFMM, so I'm excited to see what the hardware mounted to Kingda Ka will be like. It's good that they're increasing the capacity. We didn't have to wait long to get on LLDoD earlier this spring, but I've heard lines for the attraction can get pretty long on busy days. Also, the ride at SFMM seemed to have a lot of technical issues even after nearly a year of operation. The one thing that's a bit confusing is that the park claims that Rolling Thunder has to be removed to make way for the new drop tower. That makes absolutely no sense. There's plenty of under-utilized parking lot right next to Kingda Ka that can be used to stage equipment and materials. The queue for the ride shouldn't come anywhere close to Rolling Thunder unless the park is looking to eliminate the dead end and allow for foot traffic to get from the Golden Kingdom to Plaza Del Carnaval.
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Typo fixed. Hey, it *was* five in the morning here.... ;^)
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Looks like we here in Chicago win again. X-Flight and now this. I assume this is going where Iron Wolf was at. My only concern is that this comes at the cost of something like American Eagle which is starting to brutally show its age in roughness.
The new woodie coming to SFGA is not taking the place of the Eagle. The Eagle might be getting old and rough, but I cannot see SFGA ever taking that right down as it is really the backdrop to that park and has so much history. Until the new generation of wood coasters started popping up (El Toro, and all the Rocky Mountain hybrids) Woden costers were supposed to be rough--that is what made them fun!. I have not been on a Rocky Mountain Coasters ride yet, but my guess is that it is much smoother than the old fashioned woodies.
Rocky Mountain has already built a wooden coaster from the ground up. It's called Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City.
Sux Flags Saint Louis continues to suck. Yet another year that provides me with no reason to make the four hour trek to Eureka, MO.
Sorry Rao, I knew you were going to be pissed about SFStL. I have a very disappointed friend down there too! Let me know if you ever make the trip up to SFGA!
Six Flags has changed the way they are making capital improvements at their parks. The company plans to add something new at every park every year. However, capital improvements are now based on the park's individual operating performance. The days of multi-million dollar roller coasters being added to the smaller parks and paid for by the better performing properties are over.
Actually, I would just be happy if SFStL spent their money cleaning up the mess of a park they currently have rather than wasting it on lame additions like the planned water cups ride. Seems to me the park would pull higher attendance numbers if it wasn't such a pit.
I'm disappointed by the Six Flags over Georgia addition. They are pouring all this money into adding a water park that I will probably never use.
Here's a clarification from Havilah R. Ross, Communications Manager at Six Flags America:
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