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LA RONDE Montreal, Canada Six Flags Theme Parks
Park News - (9/11/21) The party is about to begin at La Ronde. Over the next couple fridays, 18+ techno-dance party events (Soirees Techno) are slated to take place at the theme park that will include the ability to ride several of the park’s roller coasters along with plenty of dance music and fun throughout the park as a close-out to the summer season. The first one actually just took place last night, with the next ones on Sept. 17 and 24th.
CANCELED!! - Vipere - (4/23/22) A Screamscape reader sent in a new picture from La Ronde this week. Previously the park had confirmed that they no longer were planning to install the Vipere coaster at the park, despite having begun construction in 2020. At the time a large concrete foundation had been poured for the ride’s station, but as shown in the photo sent in, that foundation has now been broken up into large piles of debris situated between Chaos and Le Monstre. While not known in the photo, they report that all the Vipere track and support pieces appear to still remain on site at the park, which seems to indicate that Six Flags is likely trying to sell the roller coaster to a new owner.
(2/5/22) In an interesting development that may be seen as good news by some and bad news to others, La Ronde has confirmed that they have reassessed their future plans and will no longer be bringing the new “Vipere” roller coaster to the theme park. The roller coaster was shipped over to La Ronde from Six Flags Magic Mountain where it was known as Green Lantern back in 2019. The pieces were all repainted and laid out for assembly, with construction actually taking place through to mid-2020 to build the concrete foundation work for the coaster and station until the project was paused by Six Flags and delayed to the 2021 season. In early 2021 however, La Ronde officials confirmed that it would not be ready for the 2021 season either, adding a second delay to the project. Along with a confirmation that La Ronde will open for the 2022 season on May 21 the park issued a statement. “Due to the current context which affects several companies, we are reassessing all our long-term projects. Thus, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the construction of "Viper", the roller coaster we had planned for the 2020 season.” Given that there was no love lost by park guests with Six Flags Magic Mountain confirmed that they were removing the coaster, known for giving a very rough ride experience, this may be very good news for La Ronde fans. While the park will go yet another year without a new roller coaster being added, hopefully this means that some kind of new replacement coaster may be planned to come to the park sooner than later. As for the fate of the Vipere / Green Lantern roller coaster itself, no one knows if Six Flags plans to sell it or scrap it. So if you visit La Ronde this season, keep an eye out for the green and black pieces sitting in storage at the park. It should be easy enough to see if they are being carefully shipped out (indicating a sale) or simply being hauled away for scrap.
(2/27/21) While La Ronde will soon open for the 2021 season, it sounds like the Vipere coaster that was delayed from 2020 will also not be ready to open this year either. In a press release from Six Flags about what is coming to the parks this year, there was no mention of Vipere at all. As far as I know the supports and track pieces are still at the park, and construction work on the foundation for the ride had begun in 2020 before construction halted. Keep an eye on the site in 2021 to see if work begins again.
(9/12/20) La Ronde has now confirmed via their Social Media channels that they are officially pushing back the opening of their new “Vipere” roller coaster. The working however is a little odd, as it almost seems to say that the ride was planned for 2021 and is now delayed, which kind of sounds like it may be 2022 until it opens, so I’m not sure what is going on. After all, the intention was to open it in 2020, and of course it is understandable to delay it to 2021, but to delay it even further? Anyone know more?
(7/22/20) A reader sent in some pictures of Vipere’s track sections on site at La Ronde. As you can see, they are still sitting in a storage yard, with no work taking place to try and install them at this point in time. What construction had started earlier this year has stopped and the site is quiet and empty. La Ronde has now confirmed that Vipere will be delayed until the 2021 season.
(8/29/19) As long rumored, the former Green Lantern coaster from Six Flags Magic Mountain will journey to La Ronde in 2020 where it will be rethemed as Vipere. Riders will rise 107 feet into the air before speeding off on coaster cars able to flip them wildly upside down over and over, creating a unique ride experience every time.