Six Flags New England ready to reveal Giant Inverted Boomerang

Posted Wednesday, August 17, 2011 12:41 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Six Flags New England is working to replace one of its original rides with a new attraction, a roller coaster to be called the "Giant Inverted Boomerang." As for the cost of the new project, Mance said more information, though not necessarily the cost, will be released on Sept. 1.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 1:37 AM

Are there any other parks with 2 boomerangs?

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 1:54 AM

^ No, there aren't. This would be the first park.

I find it bizarre too, although La Ronde did put in a Vekoma SLC when they already had a B&M Inverted coaster.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 4:43 AM

kRaXLeRidAh said:
La Ronde did put in a Vekoma SLC when they already had a B&M Inverted coaster.

Well, those are 2 very different rides, no. But same layout, same manufacturer, just a bit bigger and inverted in stead of sitting? That makes no sense.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 7:02 AM

I don’t think it’s a huge deal. The GIB is much more intimidating than the standard boomerang. The public probably won’t even notice the similarities. The rides are almost aimed at different markets.

The fact that no other park has two is probably due to the fact that there are only five GIBs in existence, they’re not exactly flying off the shelves. It’s taken Vekoma the best part of 10 years to convince someone to buy another.

Shuttles are fun.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 10:10 AM

"Giant Inverted Boomerang"

So creative.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 10:13 AM

Rick_UK said:
The fact that no other park has two is probably due to the fact that there are only five GIBs in existence

Good point. I didn't know about the 5th until just now. I guess I have to go to China now to keep my collection intact. ;)

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 10:32 AM

Odd RCT type name they are giving this one. It's too bad, I was always partial to the name Deja Vu ;)

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 10:44 AM

Are we sure this is new? Doesn't Six Flags have one they took out from somewhere?

"As for the cost of the new project, Mance said more information, though not necessarily the cost, will be released on Sept. 1. "

Makes me think it's used...

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 10:49 AM

^All the indicators point to it being the one from SFMM... ;)

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 12:42 PM

The ride is boring. It looks so intimidating, but its elements are so large that it kinda just meanders through the course.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 12:55 PM

They aren't really naming this 'Giant Inverted Boomerang', are they? I'm thinking that the news article may be poorly written, having a 'the' when they meant 'a'. What will the next rides be called: 'big wood coaster' and 'really wet water ride'?

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 1:18 PM

Rick_UK said:
The public probably won’t even notice the similarities.

I disagree. People who visit parks and ride coasters have at least a slight interest in coasters. They aren't stupid, or blind. I think that most people look at the layout of the coasters that they are bout to ride. I also think that most people would easily notice the similarities between the two; that they both have a double upside-down thing, and then a loop, and then it does it all again backwards.

I bet even five-year-olds would notice.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 1:29 PM

From the top of this page:

"Six Flags New England is working to replace one of its original rides with a new attraction"

No one said there will be 2 boomerangs at the park.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 1:32 PM

They are replacing Shipwreck Falls with the GIB.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 1:35 PM

One hangs below the track, the other rides above the track. Based on my experience, I'd say that that critical distinction is what most park guests would note as being "completely different" between a standard Boomerang and a GIB. Vertical towers are important, and noticeable, but people seem to LOVE taking their shoes off on inverted rides.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 2:15 PM

Didn't they take one out of SFOG 2 years ago ?

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 2:39 PM

^Further back than that - RCDB has it leaving at the end of the '07 season -it's now running at Mirabilandia as Sky Mountain.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 3:02 PM

LostKause said:

I disagree. People who visit parks and ride coasters have at least a slight interest in coasters. They aren't stupid, or blind.

Not all people. I can't count the number of times I've heard "does this go upside down?" while standing in line for a non-inverting--or better yet, a wooden--coaster.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 3:52 PM

Jeff said:
The ride is boring. It looks so intimidating, but its elements are so large that it kinda just meanders through the course.

The first drop is quite alright, then the headbanging starts...

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