Probably the most anticipated times of year for coaster fanatics younger and outdated comes on the tail end of summer, when amusement parks throughout break the news for what they’re going to be adding for the following season. Most parks make their announcements independently from other parks, with the exception of the Six Flags chain. All 13 North American Six Flags parks simultaneously unveil their new additions earlier than the summer involves a detailed. These additions come in the form of roller coasters, family rides, shows, eating places, or general park enhancements.
What makes the corporate unique is their dedication to adding one thing new at every park, yr after 12 months. Some theme parks will go years without something new, yet Six Flags brings something new to the desk 12 months after year.
Well my associates, that day has come once once more, and on September 1st, 2016, Six Flags unveiled their new for 2017 points of interest. As common, the massive announcement has come as single video, only this time, the chain has a brand new CEO, which implies John Duffey will likely be doing all of the talking as an alternative of Jim Reid Anderson.
Now, they breezed through that fairly quick, so lets take a look at this a bit nearer, and dive into each park individually.
Six Flags Magic Mountain (Valencia, CA): After a big clearing confirmed up Six Flags’ flagship park close to Riddler’s Revenge, immediately speculation started to make its means round. The most well-liked rumor was that it would be a Justice League: Battle for Metropolis darkish ride, and so they had been completely proper!
Justice League: Battle for Metropolis at Six Flags Great America
Battle for Metropolis is an interactive taking pictures experience where riders are enlisted by the Justice League to take down Lex Luther and the Joker. The trip takes place inside a large building with a phenomenal Justice League facade. This is one of three Justice Leauges coming to the Six Flags chain next season, and will likely be one of seven once all of them are open. From what I’ve been told, this may a little bit of an upgraded model and will function Harley Quinn and a special ending.
Six Flags Nice America (Gurnee, IL): The first of three 4D coasters to make its approach into the chain will probably be coming to Illinois. Named ‘The Joker,’ this might be a free spin coaster Men’s Cotton Kylo_Ren Short Sleeve T-Shirt by S&S. Riders board in two across seating on either facet of the observe and ascend vertically 120 feet into the air, before flipping head over heels as much as six times. That being mentioned, the quantity of instances you flip is dependent upon the weight in your automobile, so every ride might be somewhat completely different. The strip of land it would sit on may be very small, which won’t be a problem for The Joker. As a result of these 4D coasters are built up, and never out, it can be capable of slot in even the smallest of land plots.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas (San Antonio, TX): The one park that really saved coaster fanatics guessing was Fiesta Texas. A lot teasing was accomplished, but lastly our questions have been answered. #SFFT2017 is a water coaster, known as Thunder Falls! This shall be one of many few water coasters in the chain, as well as the primary ProSlide RocketBlast FlyingSaucer installation in the US! This implies it combines water coaster with a standard bowl slide.
Having ridden two water coasters earlier than, I can testify that water coasters are excellent additions to any water park. I personally wouldn’t have an issue if Six Flags decides to in the future clone Thunder Falls, and send it to each Six Flags park. Extra water parks need a water coaster!
On high of the new Hurricane Harbor addition, Fiesta Texas can be debut a new Mardi Gras festival.
Six Flags Great Adventure (Jackson, NJ): The subsequent Justice League might be going to this fan favorite Six Flags park, which has been missing in non-coaster thrills. Fortunately this is certain to diversify the park!
Inside the queue for Justice League.
The anticipated location for this attraction will likely be within the Film City section of the park, near Batman: The Trip and The Dark Knight Coaster, where a big clearing opened up this past 12 Wars months. The journey itself, simply put, is superb. I’ve had the privilege of experiencing the original two rides, which came to Six Flags Over Texas and St. Louis. The animatronics are superb, and the trip is guaranteed to spark some competition between you and the five different riders in your automobile.
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (Vallejo, CA): After simply receiving a new roller coaster this past 12 months, it is not shocking that they determined to go with a smaller funding for subsequent season. Marvel Lady: Lasso of Reality is a Zamperla Large Discovery, or as many of us prefer to call them, a frisbee.
Riddler Revenge at Six Flags Over Texas, another Zamperla Large Discovery
I personally have experienced these points of interest and am a giant fan of them- not solely are they lengthy rides, however actually ship you up out of your seat. Surprise Woman is claimed to swing 40 riders at 70 mph again and forth, finally reaching a height of 147 ft. Now Discovery Kingdom is at the moment house to an analogous experience referred to as Tazmanian Devil, nonetheless what’s going to make Marvel Girl completely different is its exterior dealing with seats and better arc angle.
Six Flags Mexico (Mexico City, Mexico): The one Six Flags park in Mexico will be usher in digital reality expertise to Medusa: Steel Coaster, in the type of The new Revolution. Riders thirteen and older can select to put on Samsung Gear Virtual Actuality Headsets during the journey expertise, which can strap them into a fighter jet flying by way of a collapsing city, taking down aliens. Whereas the digital reality does enhance wait occasions significantly, the VR is very cool for riders who have but to experience something like it.
In addition to the VR, Six Flags Mexico will add Mardi Gras to their line up of festivals and reveals. And never too far away from the park, Hurricane Harbor Oaxtepec will make its debut!
Six Flags Over Texas (Arlington, TX): The 2nd Free Spin coming to Six Flags this year will even be the 2nd free spin in Texas. The experience too will share the identify of “The Joker.” The other free spin in the state can be discovered four hours south at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. That one, named after The Joker’s nemesis, was added in 2014, and has been a giant hit with the public. In spite of everything, if the journey wasn’t successful, why would they construct extra of them?
Batman: The Trip at Six Flags Fiesta Texas
This specific Joker will, appropriately, be a part of the Gotham Metropolis section of Over Texas. You’ll be capable of finding The Joker subsequent to his fellow villains that invaded final yr: Catwoman Whip, Harley Quinn Spinsanity, and Riddler Revenge. In my opinion, this particular 4D coaster makes probably the most sense to be named “The Joker,” as it’s going to fit right in with its surroundings!
Six Flags Over Georgia (Austell, GA): The 3rd and final Justice League: Battle for Metropolis dark journey can be making its strategy to Six Flags Over Georgia. This may act as a alternative for the parks bumper automobiles, which were eliminated earlier this yr, opening up the land for this ginormous attraction. From what we will inform, this can function the same experience expertise as the other Justice Leagues presently in existence.
Six Flags St. Louis (Eureka, MO): Although this park is in much want of a brand new stand out roller coaster, they won’t be getting it this yr. Instead, Spinsanity will swing riders back and forth while the trip vehicle rotates 360 degrees. You can find comparable rides at parks akin to Dollywood or Six Flags Fiesta Texas.
Hurricane Drive 5 at Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Six Flags America (Upper Marlboro, MD): The 2nd Surprise Lady: Lasso of Fact is coming to the DC space, solely this one shouldn’t be a frisbee! Marvel Girl can be the one Funtime Starflyer attraction coming to the chain subsequent 12 months, and shall be an absolute stellar match for this park! I myself have lengthy been saying how Six Flags America needs a SkyScreamer, so I am glad it’s actually happening.
Surprise Girl will swing passengers in a circular motion up a 242 foot tall tower, giving them a spectacular view of the surrounding space. Lasso of Fact can even take its place as the tallest trip within the park, dwarfing Superman: Journey of Steel by forty five toes.
SkyScreamer at Six Flags Nice Journey
Six Flags New England (Agawam, MA): And final however not least is the ultimate 4D coaster within the Six Flags chain. Can anybody take a guess of what this one will probably be named? If you guessed the Joker, then you’re absolutely proper. Not one, not two, however THREE coasters next yr shall be named “The Joker.” All of which, have the exact same format. My hunch for why Six Flags would reuse the identical name time and again would be as a result of they have the identify trademarked, so they may as nicely use it as many times as they can. General, this would be the sixth roller coaster in existence to be named “The Joker,” and considered one of 8 coasters to have a Joker theme. Splashwater Falls will probably be departing, freeing up a slender strip of land that the experience can sit on. Whereas Splashwater Falls was a stable journey, it was at all times a little odd that a water trip was situated subsequent to the water park, however wasn’t truly within the water park. Nonetheless, this too can be an excellent location for a Joker themed attraction, as you you will be capable of finding Batman: The Dark Knight right next door.
La Ronde (Montreal, Quebec, Canada): ‘Titan’ would be the 2nd frisbee attraction coming to Six Flags subsequent 12 months, and third within the Six Flags chain. Like Discovery Kingdom, La Ronde already has the same attraction to this known as Manitou, nonetheless the seats are dealing with inward, and it will not swing as high as Titan. So it could also be a bit of an unusual choice, but nonetheless might be an excellent addition to their flat experience line up, becoming a member of rides like the Demon, Orbite, Vol Ultime, and Vertigo.
Now one factor I find fascinating is how Six Flags gives the identical name to all of those duplicate sights, and comes out with two rides named Wonder Lady: Lasso of Fact, but gives one of many names to a frisbee, and the other to a Funtime Starflyer. Attention-grabbing how they did not give the name to the two frisbees, and title the Starflyer ‘Titan.’
The nice Escape (Lake George, NY): One of many smaller parks within the chain will be making upgrades to their water park this yr, with the brand new attraction ‘Bonzai Pipelines.’
Bonzai Pipelines at Six Flags America
Unlike the other Bonzai Pipeline sights you may find in the chain, these slides won’t drop the flooring out from beneath you. Instead, Bonzai Pipelines is made up of two twin body slides.
So there you have got it! These are all of the new rides you can expect at Six Flags subsequent yr. Now thing you may discover is how most of the rides are copies. Clones. This isn’t something new to Six Flags: at each Six Flags park, you may discover at the very least one coaster which you could experience at another park. Whether or not you’re a fan of this strategy or not, what often makes up for it is the unique points of interest that’ll get unveiled as well. Nonetheless what makes this yr a bit completely different is there are not any authentic coasters being added. Whereas that is disappointing, a coaster is a coaster, and one thing is better than nothing.
When you ask me, it seems like Six Flags has found which rides ‘work’ and which ones do not. Those we’re seeing this 12 months are the ones that have achieved constructive outcomes, which means they’re certain to be a success with visitors. Although many rides could also be the identical, not too many guests can have the chance to visit each park that has one of these sights, so if something this is giving the public the choice to experience a journey nearer to them. That approach they won’t need to travel far away to experience one thing.
Going back to the original announcement video, John Duffey said that 2017 might be the most effective 12 months ever for Six Flags. Do I agree with him? No, I do not. However having stated that, all the attractions coming subsequent yr might be nice additions to the parks they’re going to. So if you’re like me, then you can’t wait to get out and trip them!