Six Flags New England plans to "reinvent" Superman for next season

Posted Tuesday, September 16, 2008 10:42 AM | Contributed by Lord Gonchar

Six Flags New England announced today plans to reinvent what has already been named the best Steel Coaster on the Planet, according to Amusement Today, the nation's leading theme park industry publication. Since its debut in 2000, SUPERMAN: RIDE OF STEEL has electrified guests around the world. In 2009, this incredible machine will be redesigned with imaginative special effects and newly renovated trains. The transformation will be complete by Memorial Day.

Read the press release from Six Flags.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008 10:48 AM
The Mole's avatar

So it's pretty much EXACTLY what they did with X, only with a sit down coaster. So what does Superman have to do with fog clouds, flame effects, and pumping audio? Granted not much more than what they have now, but it seems more like Generic Coaster Name 10384 would make more sense than this loose tie in.

*gets off soap box*

Tuesday, September 16, 2008 10:55 AM
eightdotthree's avatar

They are trying to move into theming their rides with more than just a name and color choices. I think it will work.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008 10:57 AM

Yes, but didn't you know that Superman can fly through fog clouds, flame effects, AND pumping audio unscathed? I bet he could even get through some serious strobe lighting without having a seizure or anything . . .

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008 10:58 AM

Hopefully they'll be smart enough to use music from the Superman cartoons and movies on the ride.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008 11:12 AM
rollergator's avatar

LOL Mole...when I first saw this last night (on another board), the first thing I typed was "X2 v2.0". Why is SF spending this kind of money upgrading the star attractions in the park...spend money upgrading rides, shows, infrastructure, anything. Don't spend money *enhancing* rides that all already drawing maximum lines as they are...."fixing what ain't broke". ;)

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008 11:47 AM
Jeff's avatar

It's like putting lipstick on a pig, only it's the prettiest pig that doesn't need it.

Boneheaded waste of money if you ask me.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008 11:49 AM

You shouldn't talk about Sarah Palin that way!!1!1!!!!11!

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008 12:11 PM
rollergator's avatar

^^"Gilding the lily", as it were. "Lipstick on a pig", by most accounts, is spending money on the new SLC trains... ;)

Tuesday, September 16, 2008 12:37 PM
ShiveringTim's avatar

Outside of adding speakers to the trains, how much are they going to "renovate" them? Correct me if I'm wrong, but these trains have already been hacked up with their updates to the restraints after the accident. I haven't been there since 2000, but how bad are the trains today? Are they in need of a paint job too?

Last edited by ShiveringTim, Tuesday, September 16, 2008 12:37 PM
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Tuesday, September 16, 2008 12:49 PM
eightdotthree's avatar

They will probably end up with the OTSR treatment with speakers in the head rest.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008 12:50 PM

The restraints seemed to be very similar to other intamin rides, like Millennium Force, except that there was an extra bar attached to it that would rest near the shin. I didn't think the extra bar changed the feel of the restraint too much. The thing I did notice is that it felt like the seats were a bit more cramped than Millennium Force.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008 1:43 PM

My guess is they'll put the new El Toro style lap bars on them

Tuesday, September 16, 2008 2:32 PM

Instead of revamping good rides, why doesn't SF invest in some NEW BIG rides?

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008 2:43 PM

I must say that even as a local I agree with everyone else. I would much rather have this money spent on a new attraction. Their last major roller coaster built was Batman in 2002. And that is not a very good floorless coaster compared to others. There last major thrillride of any kind was the catapult in I think 2005.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008 2:54 PM
delan's avatar

But the trains really are 'toe up' though. The last time I rode it I was aghast at the condition. Like Gator said though, spending the money on the SLC would be a better choice.

Last edited by delan, Tuesday, September 16, 2008 2:56 PM
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 3:51 PM

I think this is GREAT! I like this trend of re-launching rides that can still draw people from all over. It's a great business move and the ride in question gets a nice makeover. If each park does this to one of their marquee attractions every year, I thinks it's money well spent. And if you're going to do it, why not benefit finantially. I'd love to know if X2 paid off for SFMM this year.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008 3:56 PM

I approve as well. In a tough economic environment, this sounds like an efficient use of cap ex bucks to make a big bang with the customers. I'm hoping CP will consider a similar makeover for Mean Streak -- no fireworks or special effects required, but a nice reprofiling and new trains would go a long way toward making the ride what it should have been. Millenium Flyers, anyone?

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008 4:10 PM
ApolloAndy's avatar

Ugh. Does that ride really need to be any better? The fog in the tunnels did greatly add to the ride (when it was working), so I can imagine that fire and audio might as well, but there have to be better places to put the money.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008 4:24 PM

Wow, did the X2 renovation really make this much of a difference to the ride? They were overdue for new trains that would replace the current modified lap bars, I've heard the new trains will feature the same type restraints that El Toro utilizes with the U shaped lap bars and double lock seat belts. Whatever the case is, hopefully the ride will be better, and they will get the same ROI that SFMM has gotten with X2


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