Six Flags has made a bulk announcement of all new rides and attractions coming to the park chain for 2015. The lineup includes three new roller coasters, a number of Larson Giant Loop attractions, and other new park additions:
Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Batman: The Ride will no longer just be a title for B&M inverts. The park will receive the first ever S&S 4D Free Fly roller coaster, which will feature a layout that plummets riders over beyond 90 degree drops while freely spinning. Similar to the Intamin Zacspin, Batman will begin with a 120 ft. vertical lift, which will then be followed by a tight series of drops and dives. This roller coaster will use magnetic brake fins to help encourage the train to flip six times.
Six Flags New England
The park's classic Cyclone coaster will be one of two new Rocky Mountain Construction Iron Horse additions to Six Flags for 2015. RMC uses a portion of the original structure while replacing the wooden track with steel, modifying the layout to feature more aggressive drops, turns, and added inversions. Wicked Cyclone will feature a 78 degree 109 foot drop, two inversions, a 200 degree stall element, and reach 55 mph.
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Colossus has been one of the most iconic roller coasters in the United States, but will now go under the Rocky Mountain Construction knife to re-emerge as Twisted Colossus. While the roller coaster will still feature a racing element, riders will now traverse the course twice, similar to a mobius design. That is, trains will begin on the blue track, which then transitions to a second lift hill on the green track. This accounts for over 4 minutes of ride time and 5,000 ft. of track! Twisted Colossus will also feature North America's first "High Five" element, two zero-g rolls, a 128 ft. drop at 80 degrees, and 18 airtime hills.
Six Flags Over Texas and Six Flags St. Louis
Both parks will be receiving a Sally Corp. dark ride called Battle for Metropolis. Set as a 3D shooter, riders adventure through a DC-themed city, helping superheroes and defeating villains along the way.
They are literally building a season-long haunted house featuring clowns. Those who are scared of Bozo or Alien Clowns from Outer Space, head the warning for Maison Rouge: Labyrinth of Fear
Six Flags Great Adventure, Six Flags America, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Six Flags Over Georgia
All four of these parks will be receiving a Larson Giant Loop, a 70 ft. tall circular looping attraction that can be found at many traveling fairs. While Six Flags "calls" them roller coasters, these rides are actually considered thrill rides, as the ride train is within contact of powered tires throughout the entire ride. The names for these Giant Loops are as follows: Bourbon Street Fireball at Six Flags America, Dare Devil Chaos at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Looping Dragon at Six Flags Great Adventure and Joker’s Chaos at Six Flags Over Georgia.
Six Flags Over Georgia will also be adding Diver Bomber; an amazing 100 foot water slide, where riders drop at a near 90-degree angle. Great Escape will also see a new water park additional; Buccaneer Beach will be a new kiddie water play area. Six Flags Great America will also be celebrating its 40th anniversary with renovations to its Carousel Plaza and Hometown Square.
For a full video recap, see the official Six Flags announcement:
Get ready to feel the sting at Carowinds in 2015! Carowinds just finished unveiling their 325 ft. B&M giga coaster for 2015. With over 6,602 feet of track, this roller coaster will reach speeds of 95 mph while swooping and diving along the park's brand new entrance.
“Starting with Fury325, we plan to make Carowinds a destination for thrillseekers to celebrate the Carolinas,” says Mike Fehnel, Carowinds vice president and general manager. “The new ride will build on the heritage of the park, creating new memories and traditions for our loyal fans and future guests from around the world.”
With over 9 drops and a number of high speed turns, this roller coaster carries a similar layout to Leviathan at Canada's Wonderland. However, Fury325 will officially be the tallest and fastest giga coaster (tying with Steel Dragon 2000 at 95 mph, though Steel Dragon 2000 still holds the length record for gigas with a whopping 8,133 ft).
“The tradition of the park is so important to those who have grown up here,” says Fehnel. “It’s long overdue that we gave our fans a new energy surrounding Carowinds, which will build on our legacy as the premiere entertainment destination for generations of Carolinians.” The park's last major addition was Intimidator in 2010, a B&M hyper coaster that will now play second fiddle to Fury325's towering 81 degree drop.
The Fireman's Landing area will feature six family rides and four interactive play zones. The development brings the number of the park's rides and attractions to over 40 and increases ride capacity to over 21,000 per hour.
Centered around the headquarters of "Fire Station #3," rides include Fire Spotter, with soaring balloons for spotting fire dangers; Fire Wagon Frenzy, a bouncing ride for bucket brigade volunteers; FireFall, an 8-story fire tower free-fall drop ride for the more daring recruits; Roundabout, a bouncy ride on Dalmatians racing around a fire hydrant; Up The Ladder, a smaller tower drop ride for junior recruits; and Fireman's Flyers, a low-flying swing ride for little firefighters.
Attractions include Firehouse Splash Yard, with squirting water jets and pump hoses; Firefighter's Fire Drill, with buckets, pumpers, foam ball cannons and targets for showering mock fires; Firefighter's Fire Escape, an obstacle course of tubes, mazes, climbing structures and slides, and Firefighter's Junior Fire Escape, a soft play area for toddlers. Fireman's Landing will open in 2015.
Park guests will only have a few more weeks to enjoy SkyRider at Canada's Wonderland as the park gets ready to retire it's 29-year-old iconic coaster. Monday, September 1, 2014 will be the last day of operation for one of only two remaining Togo standup coasters in North America.
This marks the first time a coaster has been put out of service at Canada's largest amusement park and there has been no word on whether the coaster will be scrapped or sold off.
According to Norm Pirtovshek, General Manager at Canada's Wonderland, the coaster is being removed for "redevelopment of the land for an improved guest experience in future years".
While B&M has historically never built a launched roller coaster throughout its entire existence (The Incredible Hulk launch was actually built by an outside company), B&M will break with tradition and build the first ever launched wing coaster in the United States. This will also mark the first steel coaster at Holiday World, which has built a reputation as a wooden coaster nirvana.
Thunderbird will be a multi-inversion, launched wing coaster, the likes of which has never been seen in the states. The ride will begin with a 0-60 mph launch in 3.5 seconds, headed into a huge 140 ft. Immelmann inversion. This is quickly followed by a 125 ft. loop, which then leads into a series of overbanked turns. The train will then travel through a zero-g roll, transitioning into a tight s-curve element. The train then heads into the double fly-through barn finale - a carousel turn passing through a themed barn, which immediately turns into a 360 in-line roll overtop of the barn. This creates a near-miss effect, similar to those found on other B&M wing coasters.
Excitement had built up around this mystery steel coaster, but little had been divulged on the specifics. While rumors of a launched B&M roller coaster circulated, they were often dismissed due to B&M never having ventured into the realm. The ride will cost $22 million, and feature a farm-theme as riders rush through the backwoods of Santa Claus, Indiana.