Six Flags Theme Parks
Park News - (10/18/13) Techni-Lux shared a video with us this week, showing off the incredible custom lighting job they helped make for Six Flags New England’s FrightFest this season called LightmosFEAR, adding an impressive special effects lighting package to the park’s Pandemonium coaster.
In other news you can read through the Q&A event questions held the other weekend with the park president at SFNEOnline
(10/14/13) During an ACE meet at Six Flags New England the other day, a few interesting items came up during a Q&A session with the park president. I’m told that he confirmed that Twister (the park’s Top Spin) will be removed from the park this winter and that another unknown ride is also on the chopping block either this year or the next. It also seems that there may have been some talk with the corporate office about changing Bizarro back into Superman: Ride of Steel at some point in the near future.
(8/27/13) Looks like Six Flags has put an all new version of their website up this week, ahead of the big announcement day on the 29th. Right now it looks like it is only testing out on the Six Flags New England park page, but I’ve got to say that I do like it better than the old one. Check it out.
(8/5/13) Add this one to the weird news pile, but it seems that a woman visiting Six Flags New England this week was bitten by a rabid skunk inside the park. Local health officials are urging anyone else who may have come into contact (bitten or scratched) with the skunk at the theme park between July 21st and July 31st to contact them as you may have been exposed to rabies. Apparently there was a group of three skunks seen at the time and one bit the woman on the foot. It was caught and tested positive for rabies, so it is likely that the other two in the group are also infected.
(6/19/13) Quick update on Twister at SFNE... not only is the ride closed, but has been removed from the park’s list of rides on the official website as well.
(6/18/13) A reader reports that Twister at Six Flags New England (a Top Spin) is currently closed and according to the staff, the rumor around the park is that it may be removed to make way for a new future attraction. Anyone else know more?
2014 - New Trains on Goliath - Test & Adjust - (6/27/13) Good news for Six Flag
s New England fans… Goliath is now open for the season, though with the same old train from before. Looks like they’ll have to take the new one back to the shop for some adjustments and try again next season.
(6/10/13) The latest rumor from Six Flags New England is that we may see Goliath open towards the end of June… but as rumored… most likely with the old train back on the track. There are still too many issues with the new train from Premier Rides at this time it seems. Rumor has it that the new train is a bit too light compared to the old one. I believe it was designed to be lighter on purpose to help solve some issues with the vertical lift hills, but now it seems it may be a big too light and has suffered increased problems with valleying. I’d expect to see it get revamped to add a little more mass and come back for another round of testing for the 2014 season.
(5/30/13) Perhaps Six Flags New England has not given up entirely on adding those new trains to Goliath. A video was posted by Coaster Crew showing off the new train on the track shortly after a test run failed and the train failed to catch to the second lift. After a time they managed to get it hooked up to the lift and completed the test run, though it looks like it was going a bit too slow through the boomerang element.
(5/27/13) While nothing has officially changed at Six Flags New England, Screamscape sources tell us that we can indeed expect to see the new train removed from Goliath in the near future, and the original train used last season put back on the rails for the rest of the summer. Unless any recient testing with the new train has gone better than it was going… but a picture from the park taken the other day was making the rounds showing off the train valleyed between the loop and second lift tower. In other words… it doesn’t sounds like things are going to well right now.
(5/22/13) While SFNE guests await the opening of Goliath, a reader did snap a picture of the new train sitting in the station with the water dummies loaded and ready to ride. While there was hope to have the ride tested and open in time for this holiday weekend, the latest rumor send in does not paint a pretty picture.
According to our source, the new train was seen being taken OFF the rails. While this could just be for some kind of maintenance project, I’m told that there seems to be some kind of issue with the new trains moving too fast for the lift hill catch car. (Of course, the original trains also didn’t play well with the catch cars, so this isn’t entirely a new issue.)
While I suppose they could be trying out a more sticky wheel to try and slow down the train a bit, the more concerning rumor going around is that the old trains may be put back onto the coaster this week instead and the new Premier Rides trains could be sent back for some retooling. Anyone know more?
(4/17/13) Thanks to one of our readers, we have a nice picture of the new Goliath train sitting in the station on the tracks. There is still plastic wrap on the restraints, so it doesn’t look like they’re tried to load it with water dummies or start testing just yet.
In other news, Six Flags New England will offer a new bad weather guarantee to park guests this year. If bad weather hits the park during your visit that causes the park to shut down the park’s 15 major rides for at least an hour straight, then you qualify for a free return ticket to the park good any day within the same year. According to Six Flags, this is a test program that may be rolled out to the rest of the chain’s parks in the future if it works out well for everyone.
2014 - New England Sky Screamer - (12/10/13) A construction update from Six Flags New England for the 2014 Sky Screamer project has been posted to SFNEOnline this week.
(11/4/13) New construction pictures taken at SFNE for the New England SkyScreamer have been posted to SFNEOnline.
(8/29/13) As listed last year, the New England Sky Screamer is now official and it will swing riders around 400 feet in the air at 40 mph. Check out the official page and video here.
(8/23/12) Don’t ask me how or why... but listen to me know and believe me later. Six Flags New England will NOT be adding a Star Flyer ride until at least the 2014 season, opening up 2013 for something else entirely. Stay tuned...
(8/1/12) Six Flags New England was given unanimous approval to build their proposed world record breaking Star Flyer ride, which will apparently replace the park’s Sky Coaster ride. Even better, the town has also given the park permission to build up to 410 feet if necessary, to prevent anyone else from trying to swoop in and steal the record before they can.
(7/25/12) The local media has confirmed that the Sky Screamer ride proposed by Six Flags would be the biggest one in the world. The ride would stand 385 feet tall and be capped off by a decorative topper that would reach a total height of 400 feet.
(7/23/12) From what I’ve heard from a local source who attended the town meeting, the Sky Screamer ride Six Flags New England pitched to the town was for a ride tower up to 400 feet tall. The town did approve it, but before it is finalized, it must go before the zoning board at a meeting on Monday.
(7/11/12) In addition to the Sky Screamer proposed for 2013, I’m hearing that SFNE may also opt to add something new to the waterpark.
(7/6/12) According to the report filed from the Town of Agawam, Six Flags New England will be attending a board meeting on July 19th to show off the Site Plan for their 2013 projects… listed as “Main Street – Star Flyer”. Looks like Six Flags will be adding a few more Sky Screamer rides in 2013 it seems.