Its that time of the year again, where rumors for next years attractions start to become strong. The long time rumor for Six Flags Great Adventure is the addition of a drop tower to the park, possibly attached to the support structure of Kingda Ka. If this is still in serious consideration for the park, the new Drop Tower would be the tallest Drop Tower on the plant.
If this becomes true, the only problem is there is no perfect path to the support tower of Kingda Ka, as it is far away from the current paths in the park. Last year, I proposed a path that just extended from the entrance of Kingda Ka, along the launch track, to the structure. While this seems like it would be the best idea to do, it doesn't seem like Six Flags wants to do this.
Another 2014 rumor besides the Drop Tower is the rumored removal of Rolling Thunder. The Coaster has been rumored to be removed for a long time, due to its age, lack of popularity, and condition. Screamscape received an email a few weeks ago warning people "Ride Rolling Thunder while you can." Also based on the history of SFGA, the park seems to love to remove Roller Coasters, as every few years they remove another one (it must be one of their hobbies.)
Also, we visited SFGA yesterday (8/12/13) and I spoke to a manager at the park walking around. I asked her if she heard the rumor about removing Rolling Thunder. She said "I have personally not heard anything, but I know the one side will not be in operation for the rest of the season. But remember, the ride is really old." Based on her tone she knew about it, but can't tell anyone official information.
I would be extremely sad if they remove Rolling Thunder. Not because I love the Coaster, it is a decently good Coaster, but I hate to see a Coaster removed, no matter how it is. Whatever SFGA decides to do, I hope they keep Rolling Thunder.
This picture shows an ariel view of the section of the park including Kingda Ka, Rolling Thunder, and El Toro. It shows that there is enough room to make a pathway extension from the entrance of Kingda Ka. Also, if Rolling Thunder is removed, there will be plenty of room to have a nice, large pathway to Kingda Ka, and possibly expand the park with more rides and Coasters in the future.
*Image provided by Google Earth*
If I had my choice for SFGA 2014 attractions, I would love to see a large S&S Drop Tower in Movie Town to see that section of the park back to life again. (I really hope SFGA will add more attractions in Movie Town.) But if SFGA decides to put the drop tower on Kingda Ka, I would like it, but I just hope they keep Rolling Thunder. (But if Rolling Thunder stays, wouldn't it be an awesome idea to keep one side of Rolling Thunder the same, and get Rocky Mountain to do an overhaul to the otherside of Rolling Thunder, similar to what American Eagle at Six Flags Great America might receive in 2014. Then we would have 3 awesome Wooden Coasters all right next to each other!)
What do you think Six Flags Great Adventure will receive in 2014? A Drop Tower? Also, do you think Rolling Thunder will be removed?
For the 2013 Dorney Park received no new attractions. This was the first time in years the park has not received any new attractions for an operating season. When an Amusement Park receives no new attractions for one year it is likely the following year we can expect a new, big attraction.
I believe in either 2014, 2015, or 2016 Dorney Park will receive a new Coaster, but 2015 is more likely. The last new Coaster Dorney received was Hydra The Revenge back in 2015. The Park has received other Coasters in years past, with Possessed in 2008 and Stinger in 2012, but they are both used Coasters from other parks. Dorney Park is in desperate need of a good new Coaster.
As what this new Coaster could be, I am hoping a new Wooden Coaster. Dorney only has one Wooden Coaster to its line up, Thunderhawk, built in 1923, and a new modern Wooden Coaster will fit perfectly into the park. The park has a good line up of Looping Coasters (Stinger, Hydra, Talon), large non-inverting Coasters (Possessed, Steel Force), and Family Coasters (Woodstock Express, Wild Mouse, Thunderhawk). A new Mid-Sized Wooden Coaster would fit perfectly into the park.
For what type of Wooden Coaster, I think Dorney would benefit from a GCI Twister Style Coaster, similar to the new Gold Striker at California's Great America. This would also fit into the parks budget, as those Wooden Coasters are less then $10 million, compared to a new Steel Coaster that could cost over $15 million dollars. I hope if Dorney would get a new Wooden Coaster, it would have a Western theme or feel.
There are a few locations this potential Coaster could be placed. My first bet is where the Thunder Canyon River Rapids Ride is located. The ride has a huge footprint, and is not a major popular ride (I always forget about it when I visit the park). If it gets removed, it will be a great location for the possible new Wooden Coaster, right along the main midway.
If Dorney would not want to remove any attractions, there is room by the entrance of Steel Force, around Dinosaurs Alive. This is a great location of a new park expansion and new Coaster. However, it is far from the entrance of the park, and is located in the far back corner of the park.
This picture shows the raft rapid ride, Thunder Canyon, the Main Midway, and Talon. This shows that Thunder Canyon has a huge footprint, and it would provide more then enough room for a new Wooden Coaster.
(Photo taken from Google Earth)
This picture shows the backwoods, behind Steel Force, where the Dinosaurs Alive is located.
Without Dinosaurs Alive, this would be a great area to expand the park, and add in a new Coaster.
(Photo taken from Google Earth)
If Dorney does not received a new Wooden Coaster, I would guess their new Coaster would be a family Coaster or some-sort. But my bet is on a new Wooden Coaster.
Here is a possible few year plan for Dorney Park
2014: New Ride in the park and new Waterslides at Wildwater Kingdom
2015: New Wooden Coaster
2016: Park Improvements
Do you think Dorney Park could receive a new Wooden Coaster in a few years?
For years there have been rumors that Terminator 2 3D at Universal Studios Orlando will be removed, sometime in the future. This rumor began for many reasons, including the low ridership, lack of popularity, its age, and the fact that it is based on a movie that is 22 years old and a franchise that is declining. Rumors increased when T2 3D at Universal Studios Hollywood closed in late 2012.
But, will Universal Studios Orlando remove T2 3D? The answer is probably yes, and eventually they will. The question now is 'when will this happen' and not 'will this happen.' I believe Universal Studios Orlando will remove T2 3D eventually, but not soon. When the park makes the decision to close down T2 3D, they will most likely replace it with another attraction. Universal Studios Orlando is among the most visited parks in America and will want to have as many attractions as possible. When Universal Studios Hollywood removed their version of T2 3D it was replaced with Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, which is being built now. Basically saying, Universal Studios Orlando would not remove T2 3D and have an empty space in their park. The park has a history of only removing attractions if they will be replaced with another one immediately. When T2 3D is planed to be removed, expect a new attraction to replace it.
But when will this exactly happen? It is hard to tell, but I would guess in a few years, at least in 2014. In the past few years and currently, Universal Studios Orlando has been adding a lot of new attractions. In 2012 they opened Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem and Universal's Cinematic Spectacular Show. In 2013 they will open Transformers: The Ride and the new themed The Simpsons Springfield area. Finally, in 2014 they will open the much anticipated second phase of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, called Diagon Alley/London. Universal Studios Orlando easily spent at least $300 million dollars in attractions between 2012 and 2014, and that's a lot of money. They would most likely save up money for a few years before adding a new attraction, which would replace T2 3D. With this reason, I would think T2 3D will be safe from being removed in the next few years.
Personally, I would be very sad to see T2 3D. It is hands down one of my favorite attractions ever at an amusment park. I am a big fan of the Terminator series. I dont know why, but for some reason I just
(On a side note, there is a problem that Universal Studios Orlando is facing, and T2 3D is a great example of it. A large number of their attractions is based on popular movie and TV franchises that are very popular today (ex: The Simpsons Ride, Men in Black: Alien Attack, Shrek 4-D, Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, Transformers: The Ride, and many more.) What will happen in the future, when these franchises are ended and are not popular with people anymore? Eventually, all of these attractions will not be popular by the general public anymore, and the park will have to be forced to remove it, and replace it with another attraction. Universal Studios Orlando will be stuck on a cycle of replacing old, not popular ride themes with new ones.)
So, I think that T2 3D at Universal Studios Orlando will be removed after 2014, only to be replaced by a new attraction. What do you think? Write your thoughts down below.
During Spring Break, on March 26th, 2013, we visited Busch Gardens Tampa, and began our 2013 Coaster season. While our day was very interesting (park trip report to come soon), one of our main focuses was Gwazi.
Gwazi's Tiger side has been out of operation for over 6 months. Rumor has it that Gwazi has suffered major budget cuts, and was forced to keep only one side in operation. This is extremely sad for the Wooden Coaster as there is no care for it. The Tiger sides trains have been stripped and there is a loading bridge over the track, for handicap and Quick Que riders to enter. The Tiger sides entrance has even been removed. It seems that Busch Gardens Tampa is trying to create Gwazi has only one side, and not two, to make the general public forget the true ride experience.
Now, what will the future for Gwazi be? No one knows the exact answer to that.
In all honestly, I think Busch Gardens does not know exactly what they will do with Gwazi, but they will need to come to an answer soon. When they first opened the Coaster, they wanted it to be a huge hit and one if the most popular rides in the park. Over time, it failed to live up to the parks, and the general public's greatest expectations. I'm not saying Gwazi is a terrible Coaster. It is a good Wooden Coaster, but not the best. If I had a choice to ride any Coaster at the park, I would hands down pick SkeiKra, Cheetah Hunt, Scorpion, Kumba, or Montu over Gwazi. A few years ago the park tried to improve the Coaster by adding Millennium Flyer trains to make the Coaster smoother. That certainly helped, but the Coaster didn't click with the general public. For now, they want to keep one side in operation, and see how that works for the Coaster. If they are successful, they will keep Gwazi like that. However, the park can not keep Gwazi like that forever.
An action will need to be done, but Gwazis future does not look to bright. Gwazi receiving budget cuts is scary in the first place. BGT will never make budget cuts to their major Coasters, like SheiKra or Cheetah Hunt. If there treating the Coaster like this, they will never pay money to improve it again, like add Topper Track.
If BGT will not improve it, Gwazi may be removed from the park. I was talking to an employee at the park, and she said the there are rumors that the park will remove Gwazi and put in a new Coaster in it's place... I was shocked to think that, as it will be a terrible idea. However, after much thought, I think it can be a good idea. Gwazi has a huge footprint, even bigger than the monster SheiKra. If Gwazi is removed, there will be a ton of new room to add a new section to the park and a nice new (steel) Coaster.
This picture shows the huge footprint of Gwazi, compared to other Coasters, like SheiKra and Scorpion. It also shows the employee center, located in the center of the park.
If Gwazi was removed, and the center was relocated, BGT would have a lot of new area to expand.
(Picture provided by Google Earth)
So IF Gwazi will get removed, when will it be? Personally I think it will be removed during the 2014 season or later, after the new Drop Tower (Desert Dive) is added to the park. I think the reason why the new Drop Tower has been delayed for quite so time was that the park was deciding what to do first: possibly remove Gwazi, or add the Drop Tower. I think they mad a good choice with adding the Drop Tower for the early 2014 season, and not making an action on Gwazi.
What do you think the future of Gwazi be? Remove it or restore it? I hope for restoring it, but if the park would want to remove it, they could always remove just one side. (How awesome would it be if the park removes the Tiger side, send it to Busch Gardens Williamsburg and resorting it? Then BGT will have room to add in a new ride or attractions. But that will never happen.)
What would you like to see happen to Gwazi, and do you care for it?
Photos of Gwazi: Taken by us (Coaster Of The Day)
Before I begin, I know this post may seem crazy to many of you, as so many people are not focused on the future of Cedar Point, as in 2013 they will receive the long awaited new Coaster, GateKeeper. But exactly a year ago now, everyone was excited and speculating on Cedar Point in 2013. Then, Cedar Point already had planned on getting GateKeeper in 2013. Now, the park already knows what they will receive in 2014, but speculation is so small, due to the focus on GateKeeper.
*Note: This post is JUST for speculation on what Cedar Point could receive in the future. We do not want to create rumors, we are just speculating the future of Cedar Point*
Based on the fact that Cedar Point is spending over $25 million dollars for GateKeeper in 2013, it is very rare that the park will add a new significant attraction in 2014. The park does receive something new each year, and will most likely add something new in the park, even if it is a small new restaurant, new kiddie ride, or small park improvements.
In 2015 I expect Cedar Point to receive a new ride, particularly some Thrill Ride, or even a few new small flat family rides around the park. Back in May 2012, I thought Cedar Point would add in a new small Kiddie Coaster in the park, near the Planet Snoopy Section, to increase popularity in that area for kids. Hopefully the park still has plans like that in the future (particularly 2014-2016) to increase their Coaster count.
However, I have a feeling that Cedar Points next "big" Coaster would occur in approximately 2016. It seems like the likely year. However, that year could move to 2017 if the park decides to add another family style Coaster before it adds in a new major Coaster. (Similar to how Knotts Berry Farm was rumored to add in a new major Giga Coaster in 2013, but decided to add in a family Wild Mouse Coaster instead, and their major Coaster project has been pushed back to 2015.) However, at the beginning of 2013, it is very hard to picture what exactly Cedar Point will add in future years. (Remember, this post is just speculation)
Now, it is very had to decide what type of new Coaster Cedar Point would add in the future. Based on their huge Coaster collection now, Cedar Point does only have 2 true Wooden Coasters. One is regarded as one of the worst Wooden Coasters, due to its roughness (Mean Streak.) The other, is a classic family Wooden Coaster that does not gain as much attention as it should (Blue Streak). Cedar Point is regarded as the best Amusement Park in the World, and its Wooden Coasters are kind-of-lame. They should invest in a new Wooden Coaster that would change the parks Coaster collection, the park, and its skyline. Myself, along with most of the Coaster community, would love to see a refurbishment to Mean Streak by Rocky Mountain. However, it is somewhat unlikely as the park is currently working on a mult-year system to fix the Coaster, which has been going on for years, and it is improving the Coaster. More people are starting to enjoy the Coaster, and it is gaining popularity. After Mean Streak is gaining more positive reviews, and the park is putting this much work into the ride, it will be unlikely they will transform the Coaster into a Hybrid Coaster, similar to New Texas Giant, or Iron Rattler. A new Wooden Coaster by Rocky Mountain (like Outlaw Run) would be more likely, and awesome. A new GCI or Gravity Group Classic Woodie would fit perfectly on the coast of Lake Erie. However, my personal favorite addition would be a new Intamin Pre-Fab Coaster, like El Toro. El Toro is regarded as the best Wooden Coaster on the planet, but it is the only one of its kind in the United States. Why has not an Amusement Park added a sister Coaster to El Toro after its huge popularity and fame? If Cedar Point will not invest in an Intamin Pre-Fab Wooden Coaster, hopefully another Amusement Park would. Imagine Cedar Point, the best Amusement Park in the world, gaining one of the best Wooden Coasters. It would be amazing, and a great investment. During Coaster Mania 2011, Dick Kinzel HINTED that he himself rode El Toro, and thought it was fantastic.
The location of Cedar Points next new Coaster would be interesting. The park is located on a peninsula, and land is very scarce and hard to find. They just removed 2 Coasters, and one ride, so a ride or Coaster removal is likely to happen. In 2011, there was a rumor that Cedar Points new Coaster would be located right next to Blue Streak and Raptor, where the former Dark Ride was, and where a few flat rides are located today. I am not sure if that area is still under consideration, or if it was regarded. Another few locations could be in Frontier Town, or another small spot along the shore line. Where ever the exact location will be, it is most likely it would occur in the middle section (around Top-Thrill Dragster and Magnum area) towards the back of the park, in Frontier Town (around Maverick and Mean Streak). The location would be here because they are currently remodeling the whole entrance and front of the park, and for the next Coaster would focus on other locations of the park.
That completes our speculation for Cedar Point for the future. We will have more news within the next few years.
Thanks for reading! What do you think Cedar Point's next attraction will be?
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!*
As always, Thanks for reading!
*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)
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What is your reaction to Cedar Points 2013 new Coaster - GateKeeper ?
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!
Yesterday, Kings Island has announced that it will remove the Son of Beast Wooden Coaster. After much evaluation, the park has decided it will remove the troubled Coaster.
Son of Beast opened on May 26th, 2000. When it opened, it broke 7 world records, including tallest, fastest, largest, and only looping Wooden Coaster. The ginormous Wooden Coaster was 218 feet tall, 7032 feet long, with a drop of 214 feet reaching speeds of 78.4 miles per hour.
Son of Beast was a very troubled Coaster and had many problems while it was in operation. On Sunday July 9th, 2006, a structural failure occurred on the ride. At 4:45 pm, a support beam on the ride broke and sent 27 people to the hospital. Luckily, no one was serious injured. The Coaster remained SBNO from July 10, 2006 to July 3, 2007. During its down time, the park removed the Coasters loop. The Coaster then operated normally until June 16, 2009. A women claimed she broken a blood vessel in her head, after riding Son of Beast on May 31, 2009. The park then did a full evaluation on the Coaster and found no problems with it. Many people (including myself) think that she was just making up the story. Nevertheless, for safety and lawsuit reasons, Kings Island has left the Coaster SBNO for the last three years...
A picture of the Son of Beast at Kings Island
(Photo taken by Coaster Of The Day)
Nevertheless, Kings Island will be removing the troubled Coaster. After talking to many park reps after the announcement, they seemed like they did explore many options to save the Coaster. It seemed like they were very involved in thinking about repairing the ride. For the last three years, there has been a ton of rumors on what will Kings Island do with the Coaster. Some rumors said Cedar Fair would remove the Coaster, just re-track the Coaster, and even hire many companies (Gravity Group, Intamin, Rocky Mountain) to modify the Coaster. (You can read the whole story over at Screamscape)
Many people are not shocked that the park is going to remove Son of Beast. The Coaster had a ton of problems, and a over 4 lawsuits, it would be just easier to remove the Coaster and start from scratch. When the Son of Beast is fully removed, Kings Island has plans to expand the park. It is now unknown what exactly will replace the Coaster, but it seems like it wont just be 'one attraction.' Son of Beast takes up a lot of room, and Kings Island will most likely make a new section of the park, with many new rides, attractions, and Coasters. What ever replaces Son of Beast, it will be much better than a troubled Wooden Coaster.
This is an areal photo of Son of Beast at Kings Island.
As you can see, the Wooden Coaster took up a lot of space, and Kings Island will have a lot of room to expand the park.
(Photo taken from Google Earth)
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Expect deconstruction to begin in late summer, and several months for the Coaster to be fully removed.
What is your reaction to the announcement that Son of Beast will be removed from Kings Island?
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