Posted Friday, March 23, 2012 9:24 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Six Flags said Thursday it is reversing trains on its Mr. Freeze roller coasters at Six Flags Over Texas and St. Louis. Now, riders will travel backwards through a 190-foot tunnel, into a 180-degree inversion before climbing more than 200 feet in the air, where they will be suspended before repeating the ride face-forward.
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^I always think about that too, Concrete Enchilada :)
An even worse crime would be the horrible color schemes inflicted on Shockwave over the years. I mean, that blue and green don't go together at all, uck!
Blue and green work well together, especially if yellow or violet is present in the color scheme as well. :p
I love color theory.
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Management can spend minimally and still have something to point to as a new attraction. Lets take a gander at some of Six Flags recent moves:
The interesting thing is how well it all has worked out. Enthusiasts complain and moan and grumble, but Six Flags is doing better than it has in a long time. Rides have nice, new (to them) rides, or re-themed attractions that have upped their ridability and caused people to go back and try something old again.
Texas Giant was definitely a hit last year, and for good reason. I hope the company decides to spend money to do that to some of their other coasters. The $10mill pricetag wasn't cheap, but it's still cheaper than buying a while new dynamic steel coaster. I'm sure they're on the way to seeing a return on that investment.
Adding drop towers (If the other rumors are to be believed) to existing structures not only adds rides/capacity, but is cheaper for the parks AND a great marketing tool for Intamin.
And its amazing what adding some theming and painting a ride can do. People actually thought Bizarro was a new ride when I went to SFGAdv.
Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.
Texas Giant rebuild was genious. They took a ride that was not very rideable, and turned it into a re-rideable coaster. It definitely was a new ride at a fraction of the cost. This could be done with many poor riding wooden coasters. As much as purists think wood coasters should be wood, most of them don't ride that well over time.
Adding drop tower to Superman at Magic Mountain was also good use to put a new ride in at lesser costs.
Turning around trains on a shuttle is pretty pointless, but it gives them something to market. Mr Freeze is an amazing ride, and IMO a backwards launch is not going to be very pleasant on any coaster unless it is slowed down.
Just about any coaster that is losing its popularity could be turned into a new ride with minimal costs. For example, Adventure Express at Kings Island could be extended after the final lift hill and a new ride would be born.
I think the drop ride fits in great on Superman escape from krypton but I have trouble picturing it on Kingda Ka. Maybe that's cause the supports are rounded.
Cedar Point will always be The Roller Coaster Capital of the World, regardless of the number of coasters they have.
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