Six Flags America to retire Apocalypse roller coaster

Posted Thursday, August 16, 2018 3:25 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Six Flags America is closing its Apocalypse stand-up roller coaster. It will close forever on Saturday, Sept. 8. The park has not indicated what its replacement will be.

Read more from WTOP/Washington.

Thursday, August 16, 2018 3:53 PM

I rode it one time as Iron Wolf and that was plenty. It was kinda headbangy, but super boring. Sad that the very first B&M is on the chopping block, though.

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Friday, August 17, 2018 5:44 AM

I rode it one time last season, and that was enough. Been back several times and skip it like I skip the vekoma hang and bang.

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Friday, August 17, 2018 7:25 AM

Scrapheap or floorless?

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Friday, August 17, 2018 10:54 AM

I eventually wanted to ride it since it showed up at SFA a few years ago, but not enough to visit SFA again. It's been 15 years, and is one of the parks closest to where I live.

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Friday, August 17, 2018 11:38 AM

I didn't find the ride all that bad except for one spot I believe just before the helix. It slammed the entire train over when entering the curve, other than that spot the ride wasn't bad or painful, just not very good either.

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Friday, August 17, 2018 12:03 PM

...so what you’re saying is that it fits right in at SFA.

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Friday, August 17, 2018 4:02 PM

Guess that makes September the 8th the Apocalypse Apocalypse.

Glad I got to ride it this summer, but not surprised it's leaving. Maybe they'll replace it with an even bigger Larson Loop than the Bourbon Street Fireball.

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Sunday, August 19, 2018 9:02 AM

Interlocking Larson Loops!?

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018 2:04 PM

Queue the people who assume that it will be converted to a floorless.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018 2:38 PM

Where exactly will this "queue" be located? ;)

Last edited by maverick master, Wednesday, August 22, 2018 2:49 PM
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Wednesday, August 22, 2018 8:03 PM

Rick_UK said:
Scrapheap or floorless?

As far as the UK.

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Sunday, August 26, 2018 11:53 AM

It's a shame that B&M stand-ups did not age well! This is a piece of history, as it was the first coaster by B&M. It would be nice to see a car saved and go to NRCM. I loved it when it first opened as Iron Wolf. But by the time it closed at SFGA, it was just horrible! Converting it won't help much. It didn't with Mantis.

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Sunday, August 26, 2018 2:23 PM

Really? I thought Rogarou was a good ride. Way better than Mantis ever was.

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Sunday, August 26, 2018 10:00 PM

I agree. It’s an outstanding floorless.

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Monday, August 27, 2018 11:10 AM

The name got way worse, though.

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Monday, August 27, 2018 3:52 PM

I wouldn't say way better than Mantis...only slightly. I only rode a couple of times and still beat my head around.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018 10:29 AM

CoffinBoy said:

It's a shame that B&M stand-ups did not age well!

Steel coasters won't age very in general. Wooden coasters can be re-tracked pretty easily (literally removed portions of the ride and replacing them over the off-season) but re-tracking steel coasters is very difficult. Steel coasters will just have finite lives, and that's something that parks concede when they build the ride. Unless something is a true rare classic that's still popular, you're probably better off putting the money into removing aging steel coasters and building new ones. That way you not only have a ridable, more reliable ride, but you also have a cutting edge fresh coaster to market to guests.

The B&M coasters from the early 90's are obviously in their mid-20's now, and will be approaching 30 soon. I think that they're just hitting the age that tough decisions have to be made.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018 1:55 PM

I thought Rougarou was mediocre and rode it only to get the credit.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018 9:29 PM

Do you enjoy anything about this hobby?

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