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 5:06 PM

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

I can't see why it would be anything else. For this reason it will probably be similar to the noise pollution that can be found on your local Six Flags midway nowadays. If I had to take a shot in the dark at this point I'd say the 3 Doors Down song "Kryptonite". I hope I'm wrong.

Last edited by BullGuy, Tuesday, September 16, 2008 5:11 PM
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Tuesday, September 16, 2008 5:55 PM

Off all the things wrong in Six Flags parks and they pick the one piece of perfection that they have and tinker with it!?

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008 8:39 PM

I've never been to this park, but I've been told that this ride is the most fun you can have on a roller coaster. Since I have no plans to go this fall, it's too bad that I won't be able to experience it before they reinvent it.

Looking through the Six Flags announcements, it seem like an "off" year, with most of the new attractions done on the cheap- or at least nothing major. Or am I forgetting/missing something?

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008 10:43 PM

Goliath Freak suggested:

...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.

Ugh. That was what I hated about El Toro. Mostly because of the need to have the lap bar squashing me in places that really prefer not to be squashed, which served to make the airtime moments on that ride more painful than fun.

I still think they would be better off to adapt the overhead lap bars, as they appear to be doing on Pilgrims Plunge. Wraps around the rider so that the rider won't come out, has a safety belt to keep the rider from slipping out any other way, and eliminates the need for a conventional seat belt, which is something this industry really, really, really needs to do desperately...

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008 1:33 AM

If only they could reinvent their corporate image, maybe their stock price would climb to the point where they could make real capital expansion plans instead of some gimmick ones like these.

Last edited by Rye.D.Ziner, Wednesday, September 17, 2008 1:34 AM
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Wednesday, September 17, 2008 10:55 AM

The difference between X2 and this is that X was more or less broken while S:RoS is more or less perfect (when the fog is running).

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008 11:21 AM

ApolloAndy said:
The difference between X2 and this is that X was more or less broken while S:RoS is more or less perfect (when the fog is running).

Superman may not have been having noticeable issues, but how do you know it doesn't need similar work? I have a very good feeling that this is simply Six Flags making a necessary and sizable maintenance investment marketable. Something like "as long as we need new trains, why don't we add sound?"

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Thursday, September 18, 2008 6:47 PM

I meant the ride experience in general. Not the condition of the trains.

Last edited by ApolloAndy, Thursday, September 18, 2008 6:48 PM
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Thursday, September 18, 2008 6:50 PM

This is pointless. I don't understand this "revampering" of rides. I think SF should invest on new rides.

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