Six Flags Theme Parks
Park News - (7/3/21) It’s been a rough week for Six Flags New England, as the park was hammered by a nasty storm earlier this week that caused some in park flooding, as well as dropping a few trees. In fact, a couple of trees actually fell right onto the park’s Fireball ride, so I’d expect that to be out of action for quite awhile, if not the rest of the season.
The park was closed for the days that followed to conduct some much needed cleanup, which is understandable, as the fury of that storm looked like a hurricane was hitting, and I’ve seen the cleanup needed in Florida when that happens. The good news is that the park will be up and running once again this weekend for the Independence Day / July 4th holiday celebrations.
(5/31/21) Six Flags New England updated their COVID safety restrictions over the weekend. Starting May 29, reservations and temperature screenings were no longer required to enter the park, and all fully vaccinated guests were welcome to visit the park without face masks.
(5/24/21) I think I missed this tid-bit before, but Six Flags New England’s troubles with Goliath (Vekoma Giant Inverted Boomerang) are not only not yet over, but the park’s website is also confirming that Goliath will not open at all for the 2021 season. Six Flags had a long history of troubles with these coasters, having bought the first three off the assembly line and marketing them as Deja Vu at Six Flags Magic Mountain, SF over Georgia and SF Great America back in 2001.
The SFOG and SFGA were both sold by the chain, with the Georgia ride shipped off to Brazil where it never reopened, and the other sent to Silverwood, Idaho where that parks seems to have tamed the beast and it runs with regularity. The Magic Mountain version ran at that park for 10 years (and with far more regularity than the other two) before the corporate office decided this one was a keeper and shipped it off to Six Flags New England in 2012, renaming it Goliath. The troubles returned and as I recall Goliath sat dormant for the 2013 season while Six Flags opted to hire Premier RIdes to build an entirely new 4-across seating train design for it. Unfortunately this failed to make the ride any more reliable, brining us to today’s situation.
Given what we’ve seen happen at other parks this year, and knowing that Six Flags is looking to remove any costly and troublesome attractions from the chain, I would think that there is a chance that the company may be considering the possible retirement of the Goliath all together. While there have been no rumors of the chain quietly shopping it around on the used-ride market, I would not be surprised if they were not at least looking into the possibility at this point.
If you want one more piece of evidence that Goliath’s days at Six Flags New England are likely over, take a look at the new 2021 season park map on the website you’ll notice that the company has taken the time erase Goliath entirely from the current park map, leaving a big empty green space where the coaster is located.
(4/30/21) Six Flags New England has confirmed that the theme park WITH RIDES, will reopen to guests on May 15th as the state moves into the next reopening phase. There will be a Passholder/Member preview held on May 14th.
2021 - Supergirl Sky Flyer - (6/12/21) Six Flags New England is now open daily, and according to the local news the park has also opened their newest ride, Supergirl Sky Flyer. Like many parks this Summer, the hours are a little more limited than what you may be used to, as theme parks everywhere have been experiencing trouble in finding enough workers. This has caused most parks to either trim their operational hours a little bit, or in more extreme cases, it has forced a few to limit operations to just 5 days a week.
Fortunately SFNE is open 7 days a week, with both the waterpark and theme park open daily. A quick look at the park hours for June shows it open 11am to 7pm on most weekdays, stretching to 8pm close later in the month, and 10:30am to 9pm on weekends. Hours are always subject to adjustment, so check the official website before you head out to the park.
(8/29/19) As expected, Six Flags New England will add a new flat ride to the DC Comics area of the park called Supergirl Sky Flyer. The new ride will spin riders head over heels nearly 7-stories in the air on this new Zamperla Endeavor ride.
(8/14/19) One of our readers has sent in an excellent possible explanation to the “252” clue posted on the theater marquee at Six Flags New England. If you do a Google search for DC Comics issue #252 the first thing that comes up is that the character Supergirl was first introduced in Action Comics #252.
This gives us a likely name / theme for whatever SFNE is adding in 2020, and based on last year’s additions, the very first Supergirl themed ride was added to Six Flags St. Louis as Supergirl Sky Flyer, a Zamerpla Endeavour ride. Six Flags has also installed another one of these at Six Flags over Texas as Catwoman’s Whip in 2016, but that name is already taken for the family coaster already at SFNE.
Adding a little more thought to the matter, it would also make sense if SFNE were to possible remove the Kryptonite Kollider (Chance Wipeout) flat ride, as the new Cyborg Freestyle ride really is an updated version of this same ride concept. I’m also been told that the Kryptonite Kollider pad was formerly home to Nightwing (2000 - 2008) which was a Huss Fly Away. So just thinking that a Zamperla Endeavor would offer a similar ride experience, minus the flying posture, and should still fit on the same pad if they were to go this route. Of course they could always keep the Kollider and install the new ride somewhere else, but just in case, you might want to get your rides on the Kollider now. (Fun Note: originally the Kollider started out as “The Joker’s Wildcard” and was once located inside the same building where Cyborg is now before being moved outside.