Steel re-tracks, Giant Loops, and a dark ride highlight Six Flags' 2015 new attractions announcement
Six Flags this morning officially announced its new attraction line-up for 2015 (which we previewed for you
Here is what fans can expect at top Six Flags parks next year:
- Six Flags Magic Mountain — Twisted Colossus, an Iron Horse steel re-track of the park's iconic Colossus wooden coaster, which closed earlier this month.
- Six Flags Over Texas and Six Flags St. Louis — Justice League: Battle for Metropolis, an interactive dark ride where you must fight as members of the Justice League Reserve Team to save Metropolis from Lex Luthor and The Joker.
- Six Flags New England — Wicked Cyclone, another steel re-track of a wooden coaster, this time of the park's former Cyclone.
- Six Flags Fiesta Texas — Batman: The Ride, a 4D wing coaster.
- Six Flags Great Adventure — Looping Dragon, a Giant Loop coaster.
- Six Flags Over Georgia — The Joker Chaos Coaster, another Giant Loop coaster.
- Six Flags America — Bourbon Street Fireball, one more Giant Loop coaster.
In addition, Six Flags Great America, north of Chicago, will get a "40 Seasons of Thrills" celebration to mark the park's upcoming 40th birthday. Carousel Plaza and Hometown Square will get refurbishments over the winter, and the park will add some new kiddie rides in addition to various promotions and celebrations during the summer.
The highlight among the new rides appears to be Magic Mountain's Twisted Colossus, which will set a record as the world's longest hybrid coaster when it opens next year. The ride will anchor the soon-to-be-renamed-and-rethemed "Back Alley" land of the park.
Concept art courtesy Six Flags
Here are the specs on Twisted Colossus:
- Two lift hills
- An 80-degree, 128-foot drop
- Two inversions: a Zero-G Roll where track twists 360 degrees, and a "Top Gun Stall," where the train slows while upside down
- The western hemisphere’s first "High Five" – where two trains pass through an overbanked turn facing each other with the illusion that riders can reach out and "hive five" each other. (It's an illusion. Don't try it. Plus, you're heading in the same direction and not facing each other, as in a normal high five.)
- 18 airtime hills
- Four minutes of ride time on nearly 5,000 feet of track, making this the longest hybrid coaster in the world
And your on-ride concept video:
What do you think? What will you line up to ride first next year?
The twin Justice League themed dark rides look very similar in concept to another Justice League themed interactive dark ride at Warner Brothers Movie World in Australia. Both are products of Jacksonville, FL, based Sally Corp. Here's a link to Movie World's dark ride:
It all looks good except for the carnival looping flats, they are garbage. Twisted Colossus looks outstanding.
Twisted Colossus has a completely different feel to it. How much is new construction? I would like to see a overlay comparison of the old and new track layout. No more slow turn after the first dip and the many boring bunny hops at the end. The whole ride seems faster and they still have the side by side tracks although it is no longer a race. Although I will probably never visit, any improvement is nice.
Twisted Colossus looks amazing, Wicked Cyclone and Batman 4D look cool and the dark rides are a nice welcome (at least on paper) but enough with the super loops carnival ride from the 70's...looks like they have found this year's sky screamer.
Is Justice League replacing Yosemite Sam's and the Gold River Adventure. I noticed pictures showing the construction of new footers so it appears that Justice League will be going into an entirely new building. It would be nice to have two different dark ride experiences in the park.
Tim, I actually like the Yosemite Sam dark ride, so I am with you in hoping it doesn't go anywhere. Besides, if I remember correctly the DC Comics stuff at SFOT is pretty far away from the Yosemite Sam attraction.
In Texas the Justice league ride will be going in the old simulator building
Yosemite Sam's was such a pleasant surprise when we visited a few seasons ago. Here was a full-on early 90s Sally Corp boat-based(!) dark ride in the middle of a Six Flags park. I would love to see it get the renovation and love that came to Monster Mansion at Six Flags Over Georgia, which in itself was a little miracle.
I live about 5 minutes from Discovery Kingdom, and am disappointed that the new attraction, a "giant" loop, is what they are highlighting. It looks like a travelling carnival ride.
Yosemite Sam used to be the Spelunker's Cave at Six Flags over Texas....now that's a ride that is sorely missed. Would love to see them bring it back!
I agree with James. Those Giant Loops look lame, especially with Six Flags promoting them as coasters. Low capacity-one train rides need to be obsolete. Today's crowds just don't allow them anymore.
This caught my eye in the Twisted Colossus press release: "The advanced technology, available exclusively at Six Flags, provides ride experiences never before possible on wooden coasters, such as over-banked turns and inversions"
Those Larson Loops are not coasters! I was really hoping they wouldn't say that.
Let's break this down a bit:
My biggest concern with Twisted Colossus is the interactive elements between the trains. If Universal cannot duel Dragon Challenge/Dueling Dragons as it was intended because of idiotic riders, how in the world is Six Flags going to run Twisted Colossus with the trains synchronized without running into an issue? They were forced to install a giant plexiglass shield and alternate operation between Kingda Ka and Zumanjaro because morons feel the need to take selfies, so what makes anyone think that they will actually be able to run both trains on Twisted Colossus at the same time? I'm sure the coasters will be fine individually, but if you can't have trains looping over each other and racing, what's the point in having a dueling track?
Spring 2015 for Twisted Colossus? So SFMM magic has until end of June? 9 months? Seems like an aggressive construction attempt by Six Flags.
Did anyone else notice that nowhere in the Twisted Colossus video did they show a station, let alone a segment of track where a station could even go?
Russell, the ride will only have one track. It will be timed so that the riders experiencing the second half of the coaster will pass near the riders beginning the ride, hence the lengthy run time of the whole thing.
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