Six Flags Great Adventure: 2014 and Beyond - Coaster Removal(s), New Coaster and Giga Drop Tower Update
It was relieved that in 2013, Six Flags Great Adventure will be transforming their current Wild Safari to a new attraction called Safari Off-Road Adventure. Now that this has been announced it is time to speculate what SFGA will receive in the future.
It is still rumored that the park will receive a 400 foot + Drop Tower, attached to the support tower of the current Words tallest Coaster, Kingda Ka. When the rumor first surfaced, it was rumored to be added to the park in 2013, but now has been pushed back to at least 2014 or 2015.
As I stated a few months ago, I would rather see a multi-launched Drop Tower as a nice themed attraction in the Movie Town section of the park, but it is looking like it will be attached to Kingda Ka. Now, if this does happen, there will have to be a clean path to the end of Kingda Ka. We proposed for the park to create a path between Kingda Ka and Rolling Thunder. As our Google Earth image below shows, there would be enough room to create this. However, during our VIP tour of Kingda Ka, we saw the back end of Kingda Ka crowded, as there were a lot of maintenance buildings.
A few weeks ago, Screamscape reported a rumor that SFGA may opt to remove Rolling Thunder in the foreseeable future. If this does happen, a new pathway could be created to the back side of Kingda Ka. Then, they can add in the drop tower, as long as expand the park. A new themed section of the park could be created, along with new rides, and Coasters. (We have an anonymous source, that SFGA might add a red, hyper looping Coaster around the 'El Toro' section of the park.)
This photo shows the current area of Kingda Ka, Rolling Thunder, and El Toro.
If Rolling Thunder (The large white Wooden Coaster) is removed, the park will have a large area to expand. They will have room for a nice, clean parthway to the back of Kingda Ka, as long as area for a new themed section, with rides, Coasters, and more.
*Photo taken by Google Earth*
This is not guaranteed Rolling Thunder will be removed soon, or anytime soon. Remember, this is just a rumor. However, I am shocked I heard this rumor. I would have been glad hearing this rumor a few years ago, when the Coaster was out of shape. According to park management at Riding of the Bull Cuatro, the park has done much retracting and refurbishing to Rolling Thunder in the last year. The last time we rode it in September, it was the smoothest we ever rode the Coaster. Now, I will be upset to see the Coaster leave, as it is in great shape, and an icon to the park. SFGA has removed too many Coasters in its history, and should focus on adding more Coasters, and not removing them. I will be very frustrated and angry at SFGA. Time will tell and we will see what happens to Rolling Thunder in the future.
Below are some more photos we took during our VIP tour of Kingda Ka, showing the support tower, and the possible location for the Giga Drop Tower.
Also here is a new, updated possible 5 year plan for SFGA:
2013: Safari Off-Road Adventure and possible removal of Rolling Thunder ?
2014: Giga 400+ foot Drop Tower and part one of expansions
2015: Part 2 of expansions and internal features and updates
2016: New Coaster and final part of expansion
2017-2018 and beyond: ?
*remember, these are just our ideas, and nothing is confirmed by the park!*
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