Six Flags St. Louis 2006 announcement

Tuesday, February 14, 2006 8:49 PM
The SFSL announcement that will happen tomorrow is already released on http://www.sixflags.com/parks/stlouis/index.asp.

The names of the drop ride and the kids area were changed from their originally planned names (Acrophobia and Looney Tunes National Park) after Shapiro visited the park. This was the reason that the announcement didn't happen 3 weeks ago as was orginally planned.

There is more happening at the park that is not mentioned in the press release (complete change of the former Looney Tunes Town - will still contain 3 or 4 kids rids, the addition of more track length to the Moon Cars and a lot of other changes throughout the park).

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Tuesday, February 14, 2006 9:15 PM
Thats a pretty stupid color scheme for a Superman ride now they should have stuck with Acrophobia.
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Tuesday, February 14, 2006 9:34 PM
Right...because only rides with that color scheme can be named Acrophobia? Huh? I suppose you'd think Titan was a stupid name for SFOT's hyper because the other two rides with that color scheme are called Goliath?

If it's a big deal the ride can be repainted but seriously...what park guest isn't going to ride it because it has "a different ride's colors"?

LOL!

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Tuesday, February 14, 2006 9:35 PM
I believe the ride will be repainted again to Superman colors before the season starts in about 6 weeks.

The ride list is as follows:

Superman: Tower Of Power - Intamin Giant Drop (from SFAW)

Bugs Bunny Ranger Pilots - kiddie bi-plane ride (was Daffy Duck Airways in Looney Tunes Town)
Daffy Duck Duccaneer - Sartori kiddie swinging ship (from SFFT?)
Elmer Fudd Weather Balloons - Zamperla Samba Tower (NEW)
Foghorn Leghorn National Park Railway - Zamperla Rio Grande – kiddie train ride (was Looney Tooter in Looney Tunes Town)
Marvin The Martian Camp Invasion - Zamperla Crazy Sub (from SFAW)
Taz Twisters - Zamperla Mini Tea Cups (NEW)
Tweety Twee House - Zamperla Jumpin’ Star – kiddie drop tower (NEW)
Yosemite Sam Tugboat Tailspin - Zamperla Rockin’ Tug (NEW)

Name TBA - Koala Play Group “treehouse” (NEW)
Name TBA - Mini Pop Jets – interactive fountain (NEW)

*** Edited 2/15/2006 2:36:15 AM UTC by SFZIP***

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Tuesday, February 14, 2006 9:39 PM
Anyone else think Sparky and co have been very busy lately?

Sheesh! But good for them :)

Chuck

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Tuesday, February 14, 2006 9:40 PM
HAHAHAHAHA!

A drop ride like that does NOT say Superman to me. I could see an S&S tower being themed to Supes because of the bouncing, but this is just stupid...imho.

I think that one of the biggest deciding factors in the decision to name the ride Superman has got to be the release of the new Superman Returns movie due later this year.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2006 9:48 PM
I really don't get the whole "color" and "ride type" arguments. HOW, exactly, is it stupid Dex? How does "bouncing" say "Superman?" And if only an S&S tower can be appropriate for Superman does then what manufacture is appropriate for a coaster named Goliath: B&M, Giovanola, or Intamin?
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Tuesday, February 14, 2006 9:50 PM
^But they just repainted it,thats my point. *** Edited 2/15/2006 2:51:47 AM UTC by CedarPoint420***
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Tuesday, February 14, 2006 9:54 PM
And, according to Swoosh, they're going to repaint it again. Happy? ;)
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Tuesday, February 14, 2006 10:00 PM
It's a good sign they are striking a balance though between family and thrill seekers, and not giving up on either audience.
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Tuesday, February 14, 2006 10:02 PM
I think it's great that they are calling it Superman now. It's just another way to add a little more of the licensed characters into the parks.

Hoepfully, we'll see more new flats soon, it's such a great park, but it needed a little more.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2006 10:10 PM
I agree John, Just from observations when I visited, It was the best run SF I've been too. The park did need a bit more to do though.

Chuck

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Wednesday, February 15, 2006 8:10 AM
john nailed it on the head. They are naming it Superman because of the license is already owned by SF. More use of the license and I believe I also heard Superman would be wandering the midways of the parks. It all ties together.

I bet it's pretty easy to repaint the ride.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2006 2:09 PM
Fyi: The ride gets a repaint starting next week. And they had to remove a 8 or so foot of the SE to get the 230+ foot crane out of the park.

Oh Swoosh did you get invited to the "media day"? We were told that a few websites were invited, but he was unsure which ones.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2006 3:23 PM
What's the new color sceme going to be?
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Wednesday, February 15, 2006 7:40 PM
SFZIP, you can remove the ? about the swinging ship. Dave Roemer told me at the re-hire party it was from Fiesta Texas. *** Edited 2/16/2006 12:41:05 AM UTC by angnjc***
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Wednesday, February 15, 2006 9:41 PM
Not sure I'm buying the rumor that it is going to be repainted. I mean, seems like a real waste of money to paint a ride, then come back a few weeks later and paint it again, especially considering it would cost CONSIDERABLY more to repaint it now that the ride is vertical. Look at it from Shapiro's point of view, he complained when one of the parks told him that a third of the picnic pavillians at that park were already a reserved for the year, but would cost six figures to fix. I doubt he'd approve a several thousand dollar repaint when the ride was just painted before being erected.

Maybe calling it "Superman" instead of "Acrophobia" is just Shapiro's way of putting the nail in the coffin of all the SFStL fan's hopes of getting a Superman themed Intamin hyper... (remember how long those rumors lasted?)...

Either way, my guess is this won't be the last new kids' area at a SF park... look for at least a couple more in 2007 (let's see, already had 3 new kids areas in 2005, now another 3 more in 2006...).

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Wednesday, February 15, 2006 10:03 PM
The re-theme of Acrophobia to Superman makes sense to me. This ride is going into the Illinois section of the park. Are people not aware that Metropolis is in Illinois?

http://www.metropolischamber.com/

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Wednesday, February 15, 2006 10:51 PM
That's a huge stretch, thrillerman. You know they aren't going for that with the theme/re-theme.
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Wednesday, February 15, 2006 11:05 PM
They should be. Originally the SF parks themed sections related to their geographic areas.
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