Six Flags America announces Apocalypse

Posted Thursday, September 1, 2011 12:30 PM | Contributed by Jeff

[Ed. note: The following in an unedited press release. -J]

The end is near as Six Flags America prepares to face the Apocalypse in 2012! Mayhem comes to Maryland’s favorite theme park in the form of a 100-foot mean machine roller coaster. Guests will take a stand against the end of the world in an all-new, stand-up, steel adventure.

Upon approaching Apocalypse, located in the Skull Island area of the park, guests will wind through a queue stepping further and further into an end of the world scenario. Just when it looks bleak, riders will break out to make the final stand against obliteration. They’ll stand four abreast together, while making the 100-foot ascent to the ride’s apex. For two minutes, they’ll hurtle along the 2,900-foot steel track, feeling the rush of 55 miles-per-hour speeds, hairpin turns, and pulse-pounding inversions.

The Apocalypse is planned to begin at Six Flags America on Friday, May 25, 2012 with a grand opening observance in the morning as the park opens and a thrilling display of fire in the sky that evening. 2012 Six Flags America Season Pass holders will be invited to be amongst the first to brave the ride in a two-day preview event on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20, 2012. Season passes are on sale today at sixflags.com/America.

Apocalypse has been designed by Bolliger & Mabillard (B&M) of Switzerland. This is Six Flags America’s first B&M coaster as well as the park’s first stand-up coaster. Apocalypse promises to add to a whole new high-intensity thrill to Maryland’s favorite theme park, complementing the park’s arsenal of world-class roller coasters, thrill rides, and water park. The seven current roller coasters at Six Flags America are anchored by the 200-foot SUPERMAN: Ride of Steel; and highlighted by BATWING, Maryland’s first flying coaster; and the classic wooden Wild One, which celebrates its 95th year of thrills in 2012.

For more information, including a video, on Apocalypse and other upcoming 2012 Six Flags attractions, visit sixflags.com/2012news.

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Thursday, September 1, 2011 5:27 PM

Neato!

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Thursday, September 1, 2011 6:20 PM

First new standup in over a decade?

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Thursday, September 1, 2011 6:23 PM

Nope. It's Iron Wolf.

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Thursday, September 1, 2011 6:58 PM

Apt name - as I rode Wolf this past weekend, it felt like the world was ending. Apocalyptic ride... :(

Heard good things about Green Lantern at GAdv...*shrug*. To me, both of those relocated stand-ups are just moving trash from one park to another - the B&M invert was a completely different deal altogether. "Ride relocations are back, now at Six Flags!"

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Thursday, September 1, 2011 8:06 PM

Makes more sense now.

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Thursday, September 1, 2011 11:35 PM

Are they keeping the skull facade? I doubt that they will, but I really hope they do.

I'm pretty upset that the world will have one less flume ride yet again, but it's for a coaster, so I'll forgive I suppose.

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Thursday, September 1, 2011 11:38 PM

LostKause said:
Are they keeping the skull facade? I doubt that they will, but I really hope they do.

Looks like they are.

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Friday, September 2, 2011 12:26 AM

Thanks. I haven't had time to take all this in yet.

Too bad they aren't using the skull to ingeract with the "new" coaster in some way. Looks like it was either keep it there for no reason or spend money to take it down.

I would be cool if the skulls mouth became the entrance to the new ride, but something would have to be done to keep Wild One from distracting from the theme. (okay, now I am just thinking out loud. lol)

I'm happy anyways. I love that skull.

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Friday, September 2, 2011 6:59 AM

Good I visited the park this year. If I would have done it next year, I'd probably have let myself ride it, and I'd probably regret that. Glad they're waiting until next year to move it!

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Friday, September 2, 2011 8:53 AM

I wondered if it was a moved ride, but I didn't recognize it at first. I'm sure B&M wishes it could have been new also.

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Saturday, September 3, 2011 2:27 PM

I honest-to-God thought the video said "BRAVE MASSIVE INJURIES" ... oh... "inversions"

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Saturday, September 3, 2011 11:40 PM

I love the name and the animation. I rode it as Iron Wolf once. That was enough. ;)

-Tina

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Sunday, September 4, 2011 1:38 AM

Wouldn't it be ironic if the Apocalypse came before the ride opened, and no one got to ride it? :D

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Monday, September 5, 2011 6:00 PM

"...guests will wind through a queue stepping further and further into an end of the world scenario. Just when it looks bleak, riders will break out to make the final stand against obliteration"

Unless they bought fast pass, of course.

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Monday, September 5, 2011 8:08 PM

They could market that as being Raptured...

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011 12:56 AM

Where is that freekin' "Like" button again?

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011 6:33 PM

I wonder if this is a new train, or the old train - rehabbed:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150398869000995&set=a.184...=3&theater

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011 6:57 PM

^ Those are the old trains, without any visible modifications except for new harnesses and new seat padding. So when it opens at SFA, it will be at least as rough as it was when it closed at SFGAm.

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