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Park News - Breaking News - (3/3/16) Six Flags has announced some crazy news that will impact all of their parks in 2016, the addition of a new VR Coaster experience being added to a coaster at several of their theme parks. To put this new program in action as quickly as possible each of the parks will roll out one of two possible themed VR worlds on the selected coasters.
A Superman VR experience will be added to Superman: Krypton Coaster at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Superman: Ride of Steel at Six Flags America and Superman: The Ride at Six Flags New England. Unlike previous VR coasters experiences we’ve seen tested over the last couple years on smaller family sized coasters, you can imagine the added impact of visually taking the plunge off the top of a skyscraper with Superman while you are actually taking a 200 foot plunge down the coaster’s first drop yourself in the real world.
The second VR world experience is called “The New Revolution” and has been given a high-tech fighter jet theme as you fly over a city as an alien mothership descends and attacks. If this sounds a bit like the movie Independence Day, or the new sequel hitting the theaters this summer, I’m sure that was deliberate. You’ll be able to battle the alice invasion on The New Revolution at Six Flags Magic Mountain (launching March 26), on Shockwave at Six Flags over Texas and Dare Devil Dive at Six Flags over Georgia (launching March 12) as well as Ninja at Six Flags St. Louis, Goliath at La Ronde and Steamin’ Demon at The Great Escape soon afterwards.
To roll this new experience out to guests as quickly as possible Six Flags enlisted the aid of VR Coasters and will be using Samsung Gear VR headgear at the parks, which was co-designed with the aid of Oculus and actually uses a Samsung smartphone locked away inside the headset for the computing power and visuals. According to Six Flags the new VR experience will be offered to all riders FOR FREE, but you don’t have to wear it if you don’t want to, and there will be plenty of headsets to go around for the riders, including time to have them wiped down and cleaned between riders.
(2/19/16) During the conference call Jim Reid-Anderson confirmed that Holiday In The Park will be coming to two more new parks in late 2016: Six Flags St. Louis and Six Flags America.
(12/2/15) Six Flags has released a new version of their "New for 2016 at Six Flags" video that goes over what each park in the chain is adding next year. A reader noticed if you jump ahead to the La Ronde segment that starts at the 3:20 mark, they've changed the footage for Gravitor to show footage of a Chance Falling Star ride, in particular this is footage of the Rush Street Flyer from Six Flags St. Louis. I'm told that the Rush Street Flyer is being removed from SFSL to make room for the park's new Fireball ride in 2016.
2016 - Fireball - (4/30/16) One of our Screamscape readers who is a firefighter was chosen to be one of the first riders on Fireball at Six Flags St. Louis on Friday. Congrats to him and he reported in to say how much he enjoyed the ride and even sent us a quick video he shot.
(4/28/16) A reader has sent in pictures of the Fireball ride at Six Flags St. Louis that looks like it could open anytime.
(4/5/16) A Screamscape reader sent in some special pictures of Six Flags St. Louis this week, including a look at the new Fireball.
(3/8/16) According to the Six Flags St. Louis website they are seeking 24 brave firefighters to be the first to take on the new Fireball ride on Thursday, April 28th. Since the park isn't open to the public that day, I'm guessing the first day it will open to the public will be Saturday, April 30th.
(9/3/15) The park will add another Larson built Giant Loop for 2016 to be called Fireball.
2017 - New Coaster - Rumor - (4/22/16) We know it's been quite some time since Six Flags St. Louis added a new coaster, but the good news is that the park is apparently in the running for one in 2017. According to our sources the coaster is expected to be another S&S 4D Freespin style coaster like The Joker being added to Six Flags Great Adventure this year. While few things are 100% locked in until early July at Six Flags, they are apparently looking into several possible loations within the park for the new coaster, including the possible removal of older ride(s) to make room.
If the park gets passed over in favor of another park for this ride, then they may rise towards the top of the priority list for an even bigger coaster in 2018.