Justice League is Coming to Chicago and Mexico City for 2016
Six Flags will be bringing its award-winning interactive dark ride, Justice League: Battle for Metropolis, to Six Flags Great America and Six Flags Mexico next year.
The first two installations of Justice League opened last May at Six Flags Over Texas, outside Dallas, and then Six Flags St. Louis. Strong reviews from visitors won the ride our annual Theme Park Insider Award for Best New Attraction in July. Produced in conjunction with Sally Corp., Oceaneering, and an all-star team of themed attraction developers, Justice League puts riders in the middle of a battle with Joker and Lex Luthor on the streets of Metropolis.
Let's take a ride on the Texas original:
Six Flags this morning announced its complete line-up of new rides for 2016 at its parks across North America. In addition to the two new dark rides, Six Flags' new roller coasters will include:
The Joker - a hybrid coaster at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Total Mayhem - a 4D free fly coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure
In addition, the company will rename Six Flags New England's Bizarro as Superman The Ride, adding new on-ride music, and will refurbish Six Flags Magic Mountain's Revolution, adding "newly-created special ride effects, a new look, and newly designed trains that will deliver a smoother, sleeker ride experience for guests." You can see the full line-up of the other new flat rides and water and family attractions the chain is adding
in its press release. (And thanks to Six Flags for the shout-out to us in that release!)
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Six Flags gets one semi decent ride, and now they are going to bring it everywhere. Not a fan Six Flags
I am a little confused/disappointed that Justice League is going to Chicago, since it's already in St. Louis. Mexico is a great call, but I would have thought that Six Flags would have looked to New Jersey, Atlanta, or Los Angeles for the next installation of Justice League, since it already had two installations in the middle third of the country.
SFOG was rumored to get it, but I guess it fell through. SFGA is a good spot despite the proximity to St. Louis, because of the popularity of that park. SFGAdv will probably get it next year.
^Perhaps they are putting it in Chicago because the one in Saint Louis seems to be an epic failure? By all accounts, the version of the ride at SFStL has had more down time than up time since it opened.
This decision shows Six Flags has no interest in copying the strategy of Disney or Universal. Sure they could make another dark ride, but why do that? Six Flags are much more regional parks. People that go to multiple Six Flags a year might be disappointed that the newest ride at two parks is a ride already at two parks, but for most people, it's a welcome addition. Six Flags' main demographic is people that live within a few hours drive to each park. It's not like Disney where people travel thousands of miles to visit. Six Flags tends not to have the same attraction at multiple parks, but that's because most of their main attractions are roller coasters that may not identicial, they each offer similar thrills. A dark ride is more expensive to design, but it becomes more economical to reuse it at several parks. Justice League is something people may not want to visit another Six Flags to ride, but they do want to ride it. So it makes sense to have Justice League open up at each park over the next few years.
I guess its a good thing Justice League is coming to more parks (one of them being my national park, only downside is we will probably get new voices instead of just subtitles. I hope Im wrong here but thats what they did with TDKC). Since I already rode Justice League in June at SFOT, I guess Im looking forward to SFDK's The Joker the most. I hope they have a fun pre-show like Mexico's The Joker.
Justice League does make sense at SFGAm because the market share with SFStL is pretty small and SFGAm lacks any type of dark ride. SFGAdv and SFOG have dark rides and SFMM doesn't want to compete with USH next year. However, I have heard from a reliable source that more Justice League attractions are coming. Six Flags reportedly signed a contract for 6 copies of the ride installed two per year with the option of extending it to 10, so expect to see this at most Six Flags parks within a few years. As of right now, SFMM and SFOG are scheduled to get the 2017 attractions and SFDK, SFFT, and SFGAdv are on the list if the contract is extended. Yes, it is a clone, but from what I've heard it is an excellent ride and 99% of the visitors to any Six Flags come from within 200 miles of the park. If you haven't experienced it elsewhere it doesn't matter that it's a clone.
Randy Keith and AJ Hummel have good insights about the Justice League rides. There are more rides like Justice League (not just clones) in the works. Be patient.
Gee, if only the camera could have 3D glasses! I'm sure the visuals look amazing with them on, but without them the whole thing just looks kinda...meh. (Except for the practical effects, those looked pretty good!)
I really do not see what people see in Justice League. It is a budget Transformers clone at best, and that is only when the staff at Six Flags can keep it running. It is a move in the right direction, but best new ride it most definitely is not. Six Flags desperately needs massive improvements in customer service and overall management. Then it can be in a better position with rides like this. I am all for them, but if they are going to get into the market of rides similar to Universal or Disney, they need to understand how to run them and not make miniature versions. I have been to Six Flags for over twenty years in a row, multiple times per year, and I would gladly, gladly pay more for a better run park.
This is fantastic news.
I'm with James that these yearly announcements are starting to get dull. I'm excited for my local Six Flags to get a roar make over in Ca, but come on magic mountain you can't bring one Giga Coaster to your park! The park got the space and no height restrictions to get it done. And I agree with the person who said Six Flags seriously need to get their staffing in order. Over filled garbage bings, half filled rides, major line cutting,etc..I get they are not disneyland or Universal but they can still try harder to set a good impression and establish better customers service.
Has SFGA said for sure that it is going into the old southwest amphitheater? Is it possible they could move the bumper cars and shops next to Superman to a new location by southwest territory and build the show building there? It's a pretty big area. Or it's possible they just move the entrance to Southwest territory back so it's after the JL show building ..::
Maybe next year Great Adventure will get justice league. I may be able to go to the St. Louis one for Coaster Con next year!
Although I was hoping to get Justice League here at SFOG in 2016, I cannot see it happening in 2017. There are two reasons: Our 2015 additions were Joker Chaos Coaster (even though its a Larson Super Loop and not a coaster) and Harley Quinn Spinsanity - two DC / Batman themed attractions. In 2016, we are getting DC Super Friends, another DC themed attraction. Would our park really go DC for a third year in a row?
Why do all Six Flags parks become a blur for me?
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