Six Flags reveals 2014 projects
Six Flags theme parks across North America have revealed plans to open an array of new rides and attractions beginning from early next year.
The award for the most exciting project for 2014 has to go to Six Flags Great America, Illinois, who announced that they will soon begin construction on a 50-metre-tall wooden roller coaster, called Goliath.
The roller coaster will feature several exhilarating elements, including an inverted zero-G roll, three overbank sections and a 56-metre near-vertical first drop.
Goliath will be built by roller coaster manufacturer Rocky Mountain Construction and is set to open in summer 2014.
Over at Six Flags Great Adventure, New Jersey, the world’s tallest roller coaster — Kingda Ka — is about to get a whole bunch cooler. The theme park is embarking on a project to build the world’s tallest free-fall drop ride on the side of Kingda Ka’s skyscraper-like tophat.
The free-fall drop ride, dubbed “Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom”, will consist of three individual drop towers lifting riders 126 metres into the air before sending them back to Earth at speeds greater than 144 km/h.
Other Six Flags announcements include:
- Medusa roller coaster to become a steel/wooden hybrid (Six Flags Mexico, Mexico)
- Hurricane Harbor water park (Six Flags Over Georgia, Georgia)
- Extreme Supernova flat ride (Great Escape, New York)
- New England SkyScreamer flat ride (Six Flags New England, Massachusetts)
- “Demon” flat ride (La Ronde, Canada)
- Tsunami Soaker water-based flat ride (Six Flags St. Louis, Missouri)
- Tsunami Soaker water-based flat ride (Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, California)
- Kid’s area expansion (Six Flags Magic Mountain)
- Kid’s area expansion (Six Flags Over Texas, Texas)
- Bahama Blaster water slide (Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Texas)
- Bonzai Pipelines water slide (Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, California)
- New Mardi Gras area with two new rides (Six Flags America, Washington)
Six Flags Magic Mountain has also revealed that it will operate the Batman and Colossus roller coasters backwards for a limited time, starting in spring 2014.
Photo: Six Flags Great America