It has been over six months since the terrible and horrifying accident at Six Flags Over Texas when a mother, Rosa Esparza, fell off The New Texas Giant on July 19th, 2013. The court case is taking place after the Esparza family is suing Six Flags Entertainment Corporation and Gerstlaur Amusement Rides for over $1 million dollars, with both companies denying liability for the case. We will find out more as the case unfolds, and in the meantime read more about the case from our source.
In more Six Flags Over Texas News, the park has announced details to their re-themed kids area, Bugs Bunny BoomTown. The new area will be an 'expansion' of the current area, with five new attractions, a complete renovation, and more. From the announcement, the area does seem like it will be nice, but it didn't need to be necessary. The kids area was already themed around Bugs Bunny, so it seems more or less like a renovation and not a full expansion. It is sad we will have to wait at least one more year for another big attraction/Coaster for the park, but it is nice they are at least spending money to improve the park and the family experience.
Speaking of another big attraction, Six Flags Over Texas is long over due for a new Coaster. Besides the refurbishment of The New Texas Giant, the last new Coaster at the park was in 2008 with Pandemonium, and that was just a family Coaster. The last new large Roller Coaster Six Flags Over Texas built was Titan in 2001. 14 years for a new large Roller Coaster is a very long time, and the park deserves one.
It is early for rumors, but I will do a quick speculation. Looking at the Coaster list on rcdb and remembering the last time I visited the park (2011), I can think of one good possible direction the park can go for a new Coaster. First, they have a very strong list of family Coasters, one of the best for any park. They also have a few good tall non-loopers (Titan, Texas Giant), and small looping Coasters (Shockwave, Batman). However, they have only one really good large looper (Mr. Freeze) and NO large multi-looping Coasters. I hope the park will add in a nice multi-looping B&M, like a Floorless or perhaps a new Inverted Coaster (like the upcoming Banshee at Kings Island). But, my bets are on a new B&M Wing Coaster, just like X-Flight at Six Flags Great America. This would make sense because I heard from a highly respected website source that Six Flags has bought a copyright for the X-Flight design (so no other park can build that design) and they have plans to add it in other Six Flags parks. I think Six Flags Over Texas will be on the list to receive the next X-Flight. But remember, this is just me speculating.
For a possible location for the next possible Coaster, I'm hoping in the DC Gotham City area. A few years ago Screamscape posted that a long run plan for the park was to expand the area. This would be a perfect opportunity to expand the area and add in a long desired multi-looping Coaster.
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If you have not hear the horrible news yet, sadly a women died while riding the New Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, Texas on Friday July 19th, 2013. The victim was reported to be Rosy Esparza/Rosa Irene Ayala-Gaona, who was riding with her son right before she fell to her death. This tragic accident was very shocking and upsetting for her family, and everyone who witnessed it. It must have been very scary and heartbreaking watching your mother, or a random person, fall over 100 feet off of a Roller Coaster. Our hearts and prays are out to Rosy's family Rest in Peace.
While this accident surely occurred, it is too early for people to start blaming and pointing fingers, as this accident just occurred and has not fully been investigated yet. But, we can look to see what occurred though. We know before she rode the ride the victim, Rosy, was nervous about riding and did not feel secure. Based on her appearance, she was a bit overweight, which could have contributed to the accident, as she was probably to big and barely fit into the seat. Also, herself and others surrounding talked about how the lap bar did not "click" down enough. Finally, reports say she fell out during a "turn" of the Coaster.
The story is already strange for many reasons. First, if Rosy did not feel safe, why did she even ride then? Secondly, The Texas Giant's lap bars do not "click" when they come down, because they use a hydraulic system. Most Roller Coasters lap bars make a "click" when they come down, but not this one. Thirdly, it is highly unlikely that Rosy fell out during a turn of the Coaster. On a Roller Coaster, when you enter a turn, the Force of Gravity pushes you in your seat, not out of your seat. So if this happens, how could she have fallen out of her seat if Gravity was forcing her in her seat? This its self makes the whole story stranger, because the story from the source material is already false, so we will never find out the actual truth of what truly happened. All we know, and all we will ever know is someone fell out of The New Texas Giant and passed away.
You can read more about the incident here and here
This incident that has occurred brings up the question of safety of Amusement Parks and Roller Coasters. Even though someone recently passed away because of a Roller Coasters, they are still very safe. In-fact, they are among the safest things a person could do in their life. Only a few people die each year in the world because of Roller Coasters. You have a one in a 24 million chance of dying from a Roller Coaster, which is slim to none. This is nothing compared to the every 1000+ people who get injured in an automobile accident every day. But why are most Americans scared to look at a Roller Coaster, when most Americans just love to speed and get into automobile accidents, where they get injured and even die.? No one know exactly why. Most of the time its psychological.
A good way to explain it is by listening to some advice once said by Heath Ledger when he portrayed The Joker in the film The Dark Knight. He said basically that when a large people get killed, no one cares, but when a few people die in different, odd ways, everyone panics and goes crazy. This could be applied here. No one is scared to get into a car when they have an extreme chance of dying, but when one person dies on a Roller Coaster everyone panics, goes crazy, and say they will never ride a Roller Coaster again in their life. I believe this is obscene, crazy, and ridiculous. This gets me a little angry as I do not understand why people get so afraid after an incident like this occurs, when people see and cause death everyday. But again, that is just my view as I view it, being a Roller Coaster Expert. Sadly, we will never find out the reason why.
For now, we would like to wish everyone the best of luck, and to be safe at Amusement Parks.
*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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