*Before you read this post, be sure to read our last Six Flags Great Adventure post*
In two weeks from now, on August 30th, 2012, Six Flags will announce their 2013 investments for all their parks. There are a ton of rumors, some true, and some false. The latest rumor is that Six Flags Great Adventure will not receive its 400+ ft Drop Tower until 2014. So then, what will Six Flags Great Adventure receive 2013? We well officially find out in two weeks, but we will do some speculation now:
In 2012, SFGA received a large new flat ride, the SkyScreamer. After this, and the 2014 giga Drop Tower, SFGA will most likely not get a large flat ride in 2013. The latest rumor has it that the park will just receive internal improvements, in order to save some money for future projects. Some of this includes new shows, entertainment, a waterside, minor improvements, and even a Safari Upgrade.
The largest will defiantly be the Safari upgrade. It is not sure if SFGA will make a small upgrade to it, expand it, or totally revamp it. I can not reveal my secret source, but I know that SFGA is very interested into turning their Drive-through Wild Safari into a guided tour safari, much similar to Disney's Animal Kingdoms' Kilimanjaro Safari. If this happens, the project could cost millions and millions of dollars, on the work, the new expensive trucks, upkeep, and GAS for the trucks. The amount of money in gas for the trucks will be a lot. SFGA will also most likely make it an up charge attraction, where you will have to pay extra money to ride it. Also, the Drive-through Wild Safari attraction could be totally removed, for the new guided tour.
But, what happens if it does happen, and the new project does not click with the general public, and people want back the original Drive-through Safari? SFGA will go into a big hole, loose millions of dollars, and loose one of their greatest attractions. Then the park could be set back a few years, and it might take even longer for a new Coaster, and Drop Tower to be added to the park. If in fact they go this route, i hope the outcome will be better than Kilimanjaro Safari at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
This is an Ariel picture that shows Six Flags Great Adventure.
The red circle shows all of the land of the Wild Safari.
The blue circle shows the actual 'Amusement park' section.
Notice how the Wild Safari is much bigger than the ride park at Six Flags Great Adventure
(Photo taken by Google Earth)
If this Safari Upgrade/Expansion does happen, where will it be located? It could just go where the entrance where the current Wild Safari is now, but then the new project will be outside the park, and not inside it as a ride attraction. So where could the entrance be inside the park? One possible location inside the park is near the location of the possible Drop Tower for SFGA, on the Kindgda Ka tower structure. If this is the location for the Drop Tower, SFGA will need to add a new pathway, from the entrance of Kingda Ka, past the launched track section, to the support tower structure. This is right next to the exit of the current Wild Safari. The park can expand the park, and use the current Wild Safari exit building and area to have a new entrance. This could be a park of a 'two year expansion plan' to add a park expansion.
This is a current ariel picture of Six Flags Great Adventure
(Photo taken by Google Earth)
The yellow circle shows the current fort stadium.
The purple circle shows the location of Bizarro.
The green line shows a possible new pathway for the park.
The blue 'X' shows where the Drop Tower would be placed on Kingda Ka's support tower.
The red circle shows the current exit of the Wild Safari, and possible entrance are for the new Safari Upgrade.
(Photo taken by Google Earth)
Another location could be in the Frontier Adventures section of the park, near Bizarro. There is a rumor that Bizarro (the worlds first B&M Floorless Coaster) could be removed from the park, and be placed at another Six Flags park. The rumor firs came up in January 2012, saying that Bizarro could be removed, and be replaced by a new B&M Wing Rider Coaster. This spread like wild fire over the Internet, and then the rumor disappeared, as it was proven to most likely be 'false'. Now there is a rumor that Bizarro could be removed for this Safari Expansion. Bizarro is in a good location for this because it is next to the Wild Safari. It also is loosing popularity over all the other Coasters in the park, and being in a bad location, being isolated in the park. However, This most likely will not happen. I would HATE seeing SFGA loose another Coaster. Also, The park would have announced the removal, and we would have seen survey markers, and 'bigger' rumors. However, anything could happen.
Finally, one more possible location is the fort entertainment stadium. It is located right next to Bizarro. The park could take that stadium out, because it's hardly ever used, and use that as the entrance to the new Safari. Or, the stadium could be used as a new show, part of a possible new entertainment package for 2013.
Also, here is a Possible 5 year plan for Six Flags Great Adventure:
2013: Safari Upgrade/Internal improvements
2014: Giga 400+ Drop Tower
2015-2017: New Coaster/Movie Town park expansion/more
We will find out the truth on Six Flags Great Adventures 2013 investment on August 30th, 2012!
What do you think SFGA will receive in the future?
At exactly 3:30 on August 13th, 2012, Cedar Point (officially) announced their new Coaster for 2013 - GateKeeper. GateKeeper will be a new Wing Rider Coaster, manufactured by B&M (Bolliger & Mabillard). The new Coaster will reach a height of 170 feet tall with a drop of 164 foot drop reaching speeds of 67 mph and over 4,164 feet long.
(Photo provided by Cedar Point)
In 2013, along with GateKeeper, Cedar Point will reconstruct the parks main entrance. The will add in a new entrance building where GateKeeper will fly over.
It also appears that Cedar Point will noe put in another Coaster for 2013. Origionally in April, and May 2012 (following the announcement of the removal of WildCat), I thought the park would put in two Coasters in 2013 - a large B&M Wing Rider Coaster, and a Kiddie Coaster. It seems like the Point will not put in the Kiddie Coaster in 2013, but maybe plans will change, and they will add it in for 2013, or even hopefully 2014.
When GateKeeper opens in May 2013, it will break many records including:
-Tallest inversion on a Roller Coaster (170 feet)
-Tallest (170 feet), fastest (67mph), and longest (4164 feet) B&M Winged Coaster
-Most inversions on a Winged Coaster (6 inversions)
Thanks for reading!
What is your reaction to Cedar Points 2013 new Coaster - GateKeeper ?
Earlier today, Silver Dollar City has officially announced their new looping Wooden Coaster - Outlaw Run. This was the first official 2013 Coaster announcement. Now 'Coaster/ride announcement season' has begun. After much speculation and rumors over the last few months, we finally learned the truth behind the mystery Wooden Coaster.
Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City will feature the worlds steepest drop on a Wooden Coaster at 81 degrees and 162 feet. It will also be the second fastest Wooden Coaster at 68 mph (after El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure which is 70 mph.) Most surprisingly, it will feature 3 inversions... Yes, this Wooden Coaster will flip. Not once, not twice, but three times! Outlaw Run will feature an 'outside banked turn' (a 153 degree banked 'Stengel dive') and a 'double barrel roll'.
This is very surprising that this new Wooden Coaster will feature inversions. The last Wooden Coaster to invert was Son of Beast, and as we all know, it was a very problematic ride, and is now being removed. However, that Coaster was created in 2000, and now 12 years later, technology is now much more advanced. Hopefully Outlaw Run will not have the same fate as Son of Beast.
The technological advanced Wooden Coaster will be created by Rocky Mountain Construction, the same creators from the New Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas. Outlaw Run will coast 10 million dollars and will have a Wild West Bandit theme. Construction is now heavy on its way, and a good amount of the Coaster (including the inversions, and first drop) is complete.
Expect Outlaw Run to be twisting at Silver Dollar City in early 2013!
*Note: The following post is still not even a rumor. This is just a speculation on the following topic!*
On July 22nd, 2012 we visited Six Flags New England. That day we rode the Cyclone, one of the Wooden Coasters at Six Flags New England. This great Wooden Coaster is located next to the Flashback (Boomerang Coaster). When we rode it that day, I began to wonder 'What will the future of Six Flags New England's Cyclone be?' Cyclone is a old, rough Wooden Coaster, which was created in 1983 by William Cobb. Over the years Six Flags did some work to improve the ride. The most recent was in 2011, Cyclone did receive some Topper Track from Rocky Mountain. It did make some sections more smooth. However, in a few years from now, Six Flags will need to do some more serious work to the Coaster.
One possible solution is, the Cyclone at SFNE might just receive more Topper Track from Rocky Mountain. Then the original ride will remain the same, and the Topper Track will make the Wooden Coaster smooth.
Another solution is the Cyclone receiving a total make-over and it will receive Iron Horse track. It will be similar to the New Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas, and the Rattler at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. However IF Cyclone receives Iron Horse treatment from Rocky Mountain it probably will not occur to at least 2014-2016, or even later. In 2013, Six Flags New England will most likely receive a Star Flyer attraction, so it defiantly wont happen in 2013. Also, before Cyclone gets its modification, I would rather see Six Flags New England get its Water Park expansion, and recieve a new Coaster.
*Remember these are just our ideas, and nothing is official. This might NEVER happen to the Cyclone at SFNE.*
Later in the day (after riding my 245th Coaster, Goliath) I thought it was silly having two Vekoma Boomerangs next to each other. I figured that sometime in the next few years, there is a possibility that Flashback (one of Six Flags New England's Boomerang Coasters) could be removed from the park. Then hopefully another Six Flags park could take this Coaster. This would make sense, because there have been rumors that Flashback (along with the Mind Eraser Coaster) could possibly be removed.
IF Flashback gets removed, what will replace it? In May 2012, I did guess on what could replace Flashback in the future. Now, I am wondering IF Flashback gets removed, and IF Cyclone receives Iron Horse track, then the Cyclone can expand its ride area, and take control of the area where Flashback was. This does make sense. Cyclone is a very compact Wooden Coaster, and IF it receives an extreme makeover, it will need more room to expand its ride. It will be hard for SFNE to make over Cyclone with only its space it has now.
This is an areal picture showing the current layout of the Cyclone Wooden Coaster, and the two Boomerang Coasters, Flashback and Goliath.
(Photo taken from Google Earth)
This is an areal picture showing all the room Six Flags New England would have to expand the Cyclone, IF Flashback is removed.
(Photo taken from Google Earth)
As you can see, IF Flashback is removed, Cyclone will have a lot more room to expand.
This picture shows the Cyclone at SFNE, as well as one of the parks Boomerang Coasters, the Flashback.
(Photo taken by Coaster Of The Day)
We also thought of a Possible 5 year plan for Six Flags New England
2013: Star Flyer
2014: New Coaster
2015: Water Park Expansion/New Rides
2016: Cyclone Modification
Thanks for reading! Do you think the Cyclone will receive Iron Horse track from Rocky Mountain in the future? And do you think Flashback will be removed from the park?
Earlier today, Six Flags Over Texas announced that it will remove two of the parks rides, the Flashback, and the Texas Chute Out. The Flashback, which opened in 1989, was one of the first boomerang style Coasters in the United States. It is a common Vekoma Boomerang Coaster, which are located at numerous Amusement Parks across the country. The Texas Chute Out was known as the worlds first modern parachute drop ride, when it opened up in 1976. The family ride was over 200 feet tall and let riders enjoy the Texas view. The two rides will close on September 3rd, 2012, which is exactly one month! Get your last rides in on these two attractions now!
This picture shows Flashback and Texas Chute Out at Six Flags Over Texas
(Picture taken by Coaster Of The Day)
This is another photo showing Flashback and Texas Chute Out at Six Flags Over Texas
(Picture taken by Coaster Of The Day)
Many people now might ask 'well what is the future of these rides?' Based on the announcement, from Six Flags Over Texas, they sadly will scrap the rides. However, there is no officially conformation on that. There also is a rumor floating around for the last few weeks that Six Flags St. Louis will receive a 'used' attraction from Six Flags Over Texas. If this is true, Six Flags St. Louis will probably receive Flashback. If this does happen, the rumored location will be where the water ride, the Tidal Wave is. (There also is a rumor that Tidal Wave will leave Six Flags St. Louis at the end of the 2012 season) Also, Flashback will literally fit perfectly into Tidal Waves spot.
However, there is mainly one rumor on what will replace Flashback, and Texas Chute Out, which is the rumored 400+ ft. Star Flyer attraction. There is a big rumor that Six Flags Over Texas will receive a 400+ ft Star Flyer, and it would make sense that it would replace there rides. Now, there really are no other rumors on what will replace these two rides.
Currently Six Flags is looking at the date of August 30th, 2012 to release information about all their 2013 attractions! We will find out the truth soon enough! Thanks for reading!
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