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Must-see attractions at Six Flags New England

Six Flags New England: Your picks?

From Jacob Dragone
Posted August 2, 2012 at 10:11 PM
What are the best attractions at SFNE


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From Mike Gallagher
Posted August 3, 2012 at 2:38 AM
To me, there are none. I actually like the park, but nothing stands out for me. The woodies are mediocre,(although I like the Cyclone more than most seem too, but it's far from a great ride) and I find Bizarro (formerly Superman) one of, if not THE most, over-rated coasters I've been on. My favorite ride, and I don't know if it's still there, was a flat called the Catapult...it's pretty tough to describe, but if you visualize a giant metal fly-swatter with riders in the mesh, you'll have a general idea.

From James Rao
Posted August 3, 2012 at 5:45 PM
Though I know my pal Mike is a more seasoned veteran of the coaster circuit than me, I felt Bizarro was an excellent ride, not overrated in the least. However, I did not ride the coaster prior to the Bizarro re-theme, which many say diminished the ride. Regardless, I found it to be terrific, one of the best steel coasters I've had the pleasure to enjoy. Also, Batman (at least in the front row) is a standout. And SFNE's white water raft ride, Blizzard River, with several indoor sections along the circuit, plenty of rapids, and even some top notch mist effects, was very good. Lastly, there is a Sky Ride in the park, and while it has a relatively short course, it is worth riding because these types of attractions are a vanishing breed.

Overall, I felt SFNE was a good, one-day park, especially compared to other Six Flags nightmares like their parks in Saint Louis and Maryland.

From Tim Odom
Posted August 3, 2012 at 5:14 AM
I live close to SFNE (it would be my 'home' park, even though I have visited it less than parks much further away.) I would say the only MUST ride is Bizarro, an honest to goodness great coaster in a region devoid of them. I do agree that Bizarro is overrated, but I feel that it gets such high marks cause there really is nothing within a few hundred miles that even comes close to this.

Other than that, I would say the Batman coaster is good, not a destination coaster, but definitely a solid ride. The raft ride is good on hot days.

Really, I am not a fan of SFNE, though I would concur it is a decent single day park. It's nothing special, probably like most Six Flags parks, but it has it's moments.

From Mike Gallagher
Posted August 3, 2012 at 6:07 AM
I may be addicted to roller coasters, but knowledge of the mechanical/technical aspects of them is not my forte'. I can't comfortably talk about G-Forces and laterals and overbanked turns, nor would I really want to. For me, it's all about the "feel" I get from a ride...the "vibe," if you will. I ride what I like, I like what I ride, but sometimes it'll be difficult for me to explain why I love one ride, but abhor another..which may even be two similar rides..for example, Nitro (love) vs. Raging Bull (abhor.)

That said, I rode Superman at SFNE on my first visit, which was sometime in the mid-2K's. Loved it. Walked out of the park believing it was the best steel coaster I'd ever been on. Unfortunately, I only rode it once. I came to believe, over the years, that I had..for want of a better word...romanticized it. Whet I mean by that, is maybe I came came to think that, in my mind, it was better than the reality. When I rode Bizarro a couple of years ago, it felt like a different ride. It felt slower, less forceful, and nowhere near as thrilling or enjoyable. If I make it back there, I'd give it another go, and maybe I'll find a happy middle ground. As of this writing, it probably wouldn't even make my Top 50 if I were to compile that list.

And Tim, considering Boulder Dash and Wooden Warrior are within easy driving distance (if not immediately nearby) I'd hardly call the region "devoid" of great coasters. I loved 'em both!

From Tim Odom
Posted August 3, 2012 at 6:26 AM
Well, I stand corrected (however, I can say I have not ridden either of those, but that just means I have to get into my car and drive to them!) However, one can say that Bizarro is the only mega coaster in New England, and undoubtedly one of (if not the) best steel coaster in New England.

From Mike Gallagher
Posted August 3, 2012 at 6:40 AM
That is true, Tim. Nothing in the area approaches that type of coaster. Wooden Warrior is a very fun ride, but it's a small family coaster with unbelievable airtime for a ride its size. Boulder Dash is a monster, especially at night. You literally don't know what's coming next.

From Randy Stellar
Posted August 3, 2012 at 9:27 AM
Agreed. Boulderdash is awesome and totally out of nowhere. Way better than anything at SFNE. I also felt Superman was overrated. The best thing at SFNE is their weird skyride.

From AJ Hummel
Posted August 3, 2012 at 11:29 AM
As far as coasters go, the top three at Six Flags New England are Bizarro, Batman, and Goliath. Bizarro is currently my favorite coaster (out of over 250) and Batman is not the same Batman that is found at other Six Flags parks, but is instead a pretty good floorless coaster. Since Goliath didn't open until this year (I visited last year), I've only rode it in it's former home (as Deja Vu at Six Flags Magic Mountain), but I always thought it was a really good ride. Pandemonium and the two wooden coasters are the other decent coasters at the park. None of them are worth an excessive wait, but they are all worth riding if the line isn't too bad (say 30 minutes or less). The other coasters are standard designs and aren't worth bothering with unless you count credits.

As far as non-coaster rides go, Scream (a really good S&S combo tower), Blizzard River (above-average rapids ride), and Catapult (an S&S Sky Swatter, the only one of it's type in North America) are the three I'd definitely recommend checking out. Houdini is another unique ride in the park, although the same attraction exists at SFGAdv, and the other water ride in the park (Splash Water Falls) is a bit unique but also fairly boring. Other than those, most of the other flats are common rides found at many parks, although a few seemed to run better than average cycles.

In short, Bizarro is the only absolute must-ride at the park, but there are a number of other good rides. You should be able to occupy yourself for a full day at the park, even if you do purchase a Flash Pass (strongly recommended if you don't visit the park regularly).

From James Rao
Posted August 3, 2012 at 1:39 PM
I agree, the Houdini ride is somewhat unique, but don't set your expectations too high. I did, and the attraction was a major disappointment for me. After five minutes of preshow and five minutes of atmospheric setup once you are seated in the ride itself, the 90 seconds of gently rocking back and forth while the room around you spins is pretty disappointing. I give the park props for the attempt at a Disney-like narrative experience, but overall there is an awful lot of setup for a pretty lame payoff.

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