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Beyond CaliFlorida: Six Flags and the dark side

Jeff Elliott

By Jeff Elliott
Published: August 20, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Six Flags Magic Mountain – RIP Colossus.



Six Flags Fiesta Texas – It looks like the park is going to get a new roller coaster for the 2015 season. Could it be the S&S 4D Free Spin roller coaster (think wing coaster that the seats rotate freely on) that S&S has said is going to be installed in a North American park? It is the only one that makes sense to me right now.

Six Flags New England – While it still hasn’t been officially confirmed, Rocky Mountain Coasters steel I-box track has shown up at the park. So…I guess this one is really not a rumor anymore.

Six Flags Over Texas – The park is cashing in on the soon-to-be-released movie and will have a Justice League dark ride installed. It seems that someone at the park understands what to do with a franchise. This is pure speculation at this point, but if they are doing a Justice League dark ride at SFoT, and they are closing a dark ride in Six Flags St. Louis, maybe it might be replace with a Justice League dark ride as well. I don’t know about you, but any ride that features Ben Affleck as Batman would scare me half to death.

Six Flags Great Adventure – Another day, another story about Six Flags ticking off a visitor.

California Adventure – While these should be considered rumors, we are starting to see at least some blue-sky spit-balling toward getting a couple new attractions: MuppetVision 2 and Marvel Land, both to be done in California Adventure. Muppets would keep their same building, while Marvel would be built in the parking lot out near Tower of Terror. But these plans will probably change 20 times before with see a single shovel in the ground. What is interesting about all of this is that we thought Disney had decided to backburner any new additions that weren’t already in the construction phase for the near future. Almost like they were saving up their money to really go big against Universal.

Bosque Magico (Mexico) – How very disappointing, the park is going to take a wonderful concept of a Zombie Coaster and then attach it to a slow loading coaster concept like this. Was this a buy one get one free offer that they went in with Busch Gardens for? At least Bosque Magico will be able to manage the slow moving line much better than Busch Gardens will be able to.



ScreamRide – Is it just me or does anyone else find this a little disturbing? I mean it is one thing to do this from time to time…but an entire game built around the concept of destroying roller coasters and their riders? It just seems overly brutal and sacrilegious to me. This will probably get really old about 10 minutes into it. It’s a shame that it is being put out by Frontier who built Roller Coaster Tycoon 3. Although it does appear that someone over at Frontier is either obsessed with roller coasters or insists on reusing old code on every game, since this is their third or fourth time theming a game to the subject matter.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge - I was called out by a recovering Marine friend of mine (there are no former Marines, once a Marine, always a Marine) and figured I would do this a little more publicly and push on some of the writers here at Theme Park Insider. While it is fine to laugh, I’m sure the people I called out will be looking for good victims to nominate.

Note from Robert: If you're going to do this, it really does help to have a water park at your disposal.... Nice job, Holiday World! Here's the link to donate, which is what this really all ought to be about.



Now Hiring: Carowinds is hiring people to play monsters. It’s not quite clear if they will just have to hang out in the queue ahead of you or if they will be involved in the haunt.

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By Robert Niles
Published: August 15, 2014 at 9:37 AM

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By Robert Niles
Published: August 14, 2014 at 4:06 PM

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Jacob Sundstrom

By Jacob Sundstrom
Published: August 14, 2014 at 10:13 AM

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By Robert Niles
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