Posted Wednesday, August 7, 2002 11:11 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Amusement Today reports that Gambit, a Batman mirrored clone from Thrill Valley Amusement Park in Japan, was purchased by Six Flags and is now arriving at Jazzland, which is being managed by Six Flags.
Read more (while it is still posted) at Amusement Today in the "extra" section.
Somehow I doubt that they put a lot of thought into "saving a B&M" and "giving a struggling park a great coaster". Probably thought more along the lines of "oo! cheap to buy, will attract lots of people to drive up income!" But then again I'm not the biggest fan of Six Flags as a company ;)
----------------- Steel - #1 Kumba, #2 Millie, #3 Mantis ||| Wood - #1 Thunderbolt, #2 Villain, #3 Gwazi "The key to a happy life is moderation" -- Jon Stewart
In 2003, Jazzland will become Six Flags Jazzland, Six Flags New Orleans, or Six Flags Louisiana [I prefer the first option]. Since SF has already petitioned the city for the name change, this is almost certain.
A new section of the park will open, Gotham City, containing Batman The Ride and at least two new Gotham-themed flats.
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Damn, why couldnt they give it to the great ecpape. They have owned the park for a few years now, and still have given it $h*t. This would have been a great attendance booster there, and a great ride to start there expnasion.
This was a smart choice for Six Flags, it doesn't require a huge capital investment, it gives the park something new and exciting, and it should improve the ticket sales for next season which is exactly what ALL parks want to do! I mean, far be it for Six Flags to make a "business decision". Who cares if it's used or not. It's something new for the locals, and gives enthusiasts yet another credit at Jazzland, even if it is a Batman clone. It's a proven design that is still thrilling. I think locals near New Orleans are going to love this ride.