Published: August 29, 2013 at 7:37 AMI 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.
Goliath looks interesting, and I am curious how Rocky Mountain Coasters builds a coaster from the ground up, and not just s retrofit of an existing installation. A dive loop on a woodie? I never thought it would happen.
Something not reported here, and not widely reported at all is that Six Flags America, my home SF park, is installing Rajin Cajun, which is a spinning wild mouse (like Primeaval Whirl, just one half though). While the coaster installation (along with a spinning eagle-style flat ride) is not of particular note on a national level, what is interesting is the rumor that the area where these rides are being installed (near Mind Eraser) will be Mardis Gras themed. The area is currently western themed, and the rumored change would represent one of the first parks to eliminate a western themed section out of a park. The western theme lends itself to so many attractions, shows, food, and is easily executed. Western themed sections are staples of the theme park industry. USH, USF, IOA, DAK, DHS, all three SW parks, and EPCOT (if you discount the western-ish themeing of the Canada Pavillion) are the only parks in the US I can think of that don't have at least a small section of the park with some type of American/Wild West theming. If the Mardis Gras theme works, more power to them, but I think they're making a huge mistake by eliminating one of the core themes of just about every theme park in the world.
Published: August 29, 2013 at 9:12 AMLooks 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.
Published: August 29, 2013 at 9:34 AMThe 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.
I think the new ride looks absolutley amazing, all except one thing --the name, with a unique, record-breaking coaster, why not go with a unique name istead of an old re-tread that SF has used over and over? Your paying millions already for the new ride, how much is it to just trademark a new name?
Published: August 29, 2013 at 2:58 PMRocky Mountain has already built a wooden coaster from the ground up. It's called Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City.
Six Flags Great Adventure isn't saying that Rolling Thunder must be actually removed to make room for the new drop ride. Their choice of words is just a figure of speech or in other words we're replacing one for another. They however clearly explain why they're removing Rolling Thunder- declining popularity. The operating expenses of Rolling Thunder will clearly be budgeted towards this new ride.
Published: August 29, 2013 at 5:28 PMSorry 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!
From local reports, Goliath is going where Iron Wolf is (at least its station (which was the original station of the roller coaster that stood BEFORE Iron Wolf). However, this area is extremly small and bumps up right with the train station. I believe they are taking away part of the picnic grove (used for special events) and this strange amphitheater that hasn't been used for about 20 years. Saying all this, I think building will start after Fright Fest because of the large presence of ghosts and ghouls in that section of the park.
Russel's statement about Western lands going away intrigues me. I never thought about it before, but probably the best land of SFGA is Southwest Territory. It has rides for everybody and the theme has pretty much remained intact since it opened.
Published: August 30, 2013 at 2:15 PMSix 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.
For parks like Six Flags St. Louis the major additions will come much less frequently than parks like Great Adventure, Over Texas, Great America and Magic Mountain.
Published: August 30, 2013 at 2:39 PMActually, 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.
Published: August 30, 2013 at 8:46 PMI'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.
If I wanted to have a day at the water park, I'd go to a water park. I do not want to go to Six Flags and pay that much to get in to then have to take time out of my day to change into a swimsuit and sort of be casual at a pool and such while knowing that I need to hurry up and change back into dry clothes soon because I will not have much time left to do other things in the park. Really, pretty much only local season pass holders win with this type of addition.
Published: August 30, 2013 at 10:47 PMHere's a clarification from Havilah R. Ross, Communications Manager at Six Flags America:
We are indeed getting Ragin Cajun spinning roller coaster, however it's not going near Mind Eraser. It's actual location will be in our Southwest Territory which will be the new Mardi Gras area. Ragin Cajun will call that area home, along with French Quarter Flyer the new flying ride.
I just wanted to clarify as I don't want your readers to think we're taking anything away or losing the theming in Coyote Creek, which is all cowboy all the time!
So it appears that, no, theme parks cannot remove Western-themed areas without risking a fatal rip in the space-time continuum. Thankfully, it appears that the universe remains safe. At least for now. :^)
Published: August 31, 2013 at 8:13 AM18.104.22.168 Just because YOU (extreme emphasis on YOU) don't like going to water parks doesn't mean others don't. You are in the minority.
Yes, I agree taking time out of the day to change into a swimsuit is a HUGE inconvenience. Oh my, how do you survive?
Personally, I think the water park addition is fantastic! The park is adding needed capacity, plus this expansion will be very appealing to park visitors during the hot summer months.