Six Flags 2016 Announcements and Analysis

The 2016 Six Flags announcements are finally here! With two new roller coasters and many new attractions, the 2016 is looking to be a season full of new thrills for Six Flags.

I’ll start off with the smallest parks and work my way up.

 

The Great Escape: Greezed Lightnin’

Here’s the official press release:

“Six Flags Great Escape today announced the addition of the hair-raising Greezed Lightnin’ in 2016. The all-new super looping thrill ride will rocket guests 360 degrees, reach exhilarating speeds and leave them hanging, waiting for more.

Greezed Lightnin’ will seat 24 riders in ‘face-off’ position and begin to rock forward and backward, pendulum style. Once the train reaches maximum height, guests experience one of the longest suspended hang-times – over 70 feet in the air, upside down. Thrill seekers are then hurled through a series of seven full inversions, both frontward and backward, offering sheer looping mayhem.

The new attraction will be located across from Thunder Alley in one of the most historic and visible sections of the park. Greezed Lightnin’s impressive lights and flames will transport guests back in time with its 1950’s theme and hot rod inspiration.

‘From high speeds, to suspenseful hang time and countless inversions, Greezed Lightnin’ will rev up the engine of every thrill seeker,’ said Eric Gilbert, park president, Six Flags Great Escape Resort. ‘We are also excited that the ride will have a flashy 50’s theme to ‘recharge’ this historic section of our park.'”

Personally, I think this is the only addition a park got this year that wasn’t needed. The Great Escape needs attention, something like a Premier Rides launch coaster or an Intamin motorbike. Anywho, it is a family resort, so in a way, this is a great addition. Kids who braved Boomerang: Coast To Coaster, can’t take the two and a half hour drive down to Six Flags New England, and are looking for a bit more will love this ride.

 

La Ronde: Le Vampire Backwards, Gravitor, and Phoenix

Again, we’ll start with the press release (translated from French):

“La Ronde leading destination in Quebec where refuel family fun and thrills, offer visitors new adventures in 2016. In addition, the park will be a back spin to Vampire and inaugurate the new Adventure Zone Avenue, which include two new rides.

Each year, thrill seekers from all over the world to visit La Ronde for the experience of the Vampire, the inverted roller coaster with bat-like, exclusive of the park. Next season, the course of the Vampire still begin with a climb to a height of 32 meters, but the train will then rollover to drive passengers in five incredible inversions at speeds of 80 km / h, in reverse . Yes, in reverse!

The Adventure Avenue area will be inaugurated at the opening of the park in 2016. The whole family will find something fun and thrills. This area will include among others two innovative new rides. Visitors can take control of Phoénix, a flying scooter, they will control and they will have to master upwind. Gravitor cause the high in the air while riding whirl again and again, in a sea of ​​light and sound creating a spectacular dance.

The whole family will have fun without fail aboard these two rides, here is a brief description:

Phoénix:

8 flying scooters
2 passenger scooter
High-speed rotation
Interactive flying experience that will appeal to passengers of all ages
Gravitor:

8 suspended platforms
2 passenger gondola
1 joystick for two seats allowing 360 degree rotation of the nacelle
1500 lights on seats, arms and the main column of the nacelle
‘During the 2016 season, people will have new reasons to come to La Ronde and over again,’ says Phil Liggett, President of La Ronde, ‘Adventure Avenue is the perfect complement to our range of rides and attractions, in addition to the Vampire now that roll in reverse and provide passengers with even more thrills.'”

La Ronde is finally getting some attention. Besides running Le Vampire backwards (which I’m sure will be very popular), Phoenix (Larson Flying Scooters) will be very fun for families. I have never seen something like Gravitor before, so this will be very interesting.

 

Six Flags St. Louis: Fireball

Here’s the press release for the Coaster Capital of Missouri’s new thrill ride:

“Six Flags St. Louis, the Coaster Capital of Missouri, will heat things up in 2016 with the new Fireball. This looping thrill ride will give guests a pure adrenaline rush as they go forward, backward and upside down. 

Fireball features a single loop that riders will travel back and forth in, pendulum style, as they build up speed to soar head over heels. Seated back to back, guests will rocket through a series of 360° revolutions stopping upside down for some insane hang time before reversing directions. 

‘This high-thrill attraction combines suspense and anticipation, and will be a hit with teens and families alike’ said Dave Roemer, park president. ‘With the forward and backward motion as well as the inverted hang-time, Fireball will deliver the kind of intense thrills our guests have come to expect from Six Flags St. Louis.’”

I saw people complaining about this earlier. I think this is a great addition to this fun, albeit small, park. I don’t think anyone against Larson Giant Loops understand what great rides these are, although cheap.

 

Six Flags White Water: Wahoo Racer

Press release:

“Six Flags White Water is off to the races in 2016 with the addition of the all-new Wahoo Racer. The thrilling multi-lane water slide complex will be the largest in the world and add to the park’s impressive line-up of more than 50 slides and attractions at the South’s Most Thrilling Water Park.

‘This new massive water slide complex will provide our guests the chance to challenge friends and family members for the ultimate crown of Wahoo Racer champion,’ said Six Flags Atlanta Properties Park President Dale Kaetzel. ‘Our new slide complex continues our commitment of providing Six Flags White Water guests with the best water park in the Southeast.’

The two-tiered mat slider will send racers through an intense, snake-like stretch of multi-colored tubes and then into track-like style sprinting lanes and will feature:

  • A tower standing nearly 60-feet and easily visible from Interstate 75 where the park is located;
  • Speeds of up to 40 feet per second; and
  • Six aero-dynamic designed water toboggans for the ultimate competing thrill.”

I’m not a big fan of mat slides, so I’ll leave my thoughts out of this one.

 

Six Flags America: Splashwater Falls

 

Here’s your press release for this small Maryland park:

“Six Flags America, the region’s largest theme park, today announced the addition of Splashwater Falls in spring 2016.  The giant new interactive water playground will feature dozens of slides, nets, sprays, geysers and thrills for the whole family to enjoy. To top off the fun a super-sized, tipping bucket atop the huge play structure will dump water on guests throughout the day.”

Splashwater Falls looks like a fun addition to the family, and further supports my theory that Six Flags America’s Hurricane Harbor is the best in-park one.

 

Six Flags Mexico: Justice League: Battle for Metropolis 4D

Press release, translated from Spanish:

“Six Flags Mexico, world-class theme park in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment announced today the next generation of interactive games in Mexico, the all-new interactive 4D attraction JUSTICE LEAGUE: BATTLE FOR METROPOLIS 4D this 2016.

Visitors will be part of the support team of JUSTICE LEAGUE, will be part of a fully sensory journey as they fight alongside ™ BATMAN, SUPERMAN ™, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and against Lex Luthor, the Joker and henchmen. The route is through six-passenger vehicles, where they will have to outsmart Lex Luthor and Joker to fulfill its mission: to save the city of Metropolis.”

Ah, it’s that amazing dark ride installed in two Six Flags parks last year. I do wonder what makes this one “Justice League: Battle For Metropolis 4D” and the other ones just normal “Justice League: Battle For Metropolis” though…. Could there be a special feature?

 

Six Flags Over Georgia: Bugs Bunny BoomTown & DC Super Friends

Here’s your press release for the first DC themed kids area:

“Thrilling family fun is in the works, as Six Flags Over Georgia today announced the all-new DC SUPER FRIENDS themed area and the all-new Bugs Bunny Boomtown for the 2016 season. The two new areas will feature 12 rides and attractions, in what will become the perfect family destination spot within the Thrill Capital of the South.

‘These two new sections of the park will offer families hours and hours of fun with attractions mom, dad and the kids can experience together,’ said Park President Dale Kaetzel. ‘This latest expansion continues our multi-year plan to provide thrills for guests of all ages and includes the addition of Hurricane Harbor in 2014, two new devious rides in Gotham City in 2015 and other additions planned for the future.’

The original Dolphin Show area, which has remained at the park since the 1990’s, will be transformed into the epicenter for the all-new DC Super Friends kids’ area and will feature 5 new attractions, including:

  • Superman Tower of Power, which releases the dare devil in the bravest of souls throughout this 65-foot tall bouncing thrill ride;
  • The Batcopters, an opportunity to help save the City of Gotham by flying high in the sky;
  • Wonder Woman Flight School, where pilots can take flight and control their own invisible jet;
  • Harley Quinn Mirror Maze, filled with disproportioned mirrors and devious stares; and
  • The Joker Funhouse Coaster, the ultimate family thrill ride to show no fear and conquer the Super-Villain through 900 feet of track at 30 miles per hour.  

The park’s current children’s area, Bugs Bunny World, will be re-themed to Bugs Bunny Boomtown and feature seven attractions, including:

  • Daffy Ducks Bucket Blasters, a wild and crazy family water battle;
  • Speedy Gonzales Speed Boats, where guests will be screaming “Andale Andale” on six speed boats;
  • Bugs Bunny High Sea Adventure, a chance to fly through the air on a junior sea-worthy quest;
  • Yosemite Sam’s Wacky Wagons, an old western spin on a junior ferris wheel perfect for junior cowpokes;
  • Looney Tunes Adventure Camp, an interactive playground with Bugs Bunny and all the Looney Tunes characters;
  • Acme Trucking Company, a monster truck driving voyage to help Wile E. Coyote try to capture the Road Runner; and
  • Tweety’s Tweehouse, a 20-foot up and down journey into the little chirping bird’s nest. 

Bugs Bunny Boomtown is scheduled to open for the 2016 season in early spring and the DC Super Friends themed area is scheduled to open Memorial Day weekend.”

I think that this may be the best addition of 2016. They’re working on an issue that needed to be addressed (lack of kids rides). I love the idea of using the DC in park for more than just big thrill rides.

 

Six Flags Fiesta Texas: Fireball, Hurricane Force 5, & Spinsanity

Here’s your press release for this trio of new rides coming to this San Antonio park:

“Prepare for sensory overload as three new mind-bending rides anchor an exciting new Fiesta Bay Boardwalk in 2016 at the Thrill Capital of South Texas, Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Guests will find themselves looping, spinning, and soaring as they experience the new high-adrenaline thrills on Fireball, featuring a massive 7-story looping frenzy; Hurricane Force 5, where riders take on the power of a storm and swirl round-and-round while soaring high into the air; and Spinsanity, the ultimate whirling adventure for daredevil riders.

‘The entire Fiesta Bay Boardwalk area at Fiesta Texas will undergo a spectacular transformation in 2016. The three incredible new attractions will bring completely new types of thrills for our guests, as will our new culinary and interactive games offerings,’ said Park President Neal Thurman. ‘The new Boardwalk will have all the excitement and ambiance of a favorite seaside getaway.’

Headlining the 2016 roster of thrills is a Texas-original, Fireball. With its unique seating pattern, Fireball will deliver an unanticipated weightless swirling action as guests encounter:

  • A ‘face-off’ with 24 riders seated face-to-face to begin their journey;
  • The thrill of being rocketed both forward and backward, through a bedlam of loops;
  • Being suspended upside down 72 feet in the air.

Another distinct offering in this new trio of thrills – Hurricane Force 5 will rotate both clockwise and counter-clockwise with guests sitting on motorcycle-like seats facing outward. This giant 24-passenger hurricane-shaped disc will arc from side to side on an almost 5-story high half-pipe track while rotating at 14 revolutions per minute. This innovative attraction is a first-of-its-kind in the state.

A third new attraction, Spinsanity, will send riders spinning, twisting and rolling through a cycle of classic, thrilling fun. This modern adaptation of a traditional Tilt-A-Whirl will provide more panoramic, unobstructed views and will be unveiled the same year as the 90th Anniversary of the original boardwalk favorite.”

I think this flat package is perfect for the park. Larson Loops are fun, as are Zamperla Disk’os.

 

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom: The Joker

 

Here’s your press release for “Northern California’s Most Anticipated Ride in 10 Years”:

“In Spring 2016, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom will open the most-anticipated new roller coaster in northern California in over 10 years, The Joker. This state-of-the-art extreme coaster will be the ‘must ride’ coaster of the season, adding to the park’s status as Northern California’s most thrilling theme park.

‘The Joker will be the most talked about new coaster in 2016,’ said Don McCoy, park president. ‘We are excited to introduce this innovative technology that marries the best of both classic and modern coaster designs to offer our guests an unparalleled and unique experience.’

The Joker ride is the second DC Comics-themed attraction at the park after SUPERMAN™ Ultimate Flight opened in 2012 and the villainous character’s personality is evident in the coaster’s chaotic twists and turns including a first ever “step-up-under-flip inverted roll” that takes riders horizontal. The Joker ride also features the ultimate “fake-out” with a unique breaking wave turn, the only one of its kind on the West Coast.

Additional highlights of The Joker include:

  • 3,200 feet of dual-colored purple and green track;
  • A wild Zero G barrel roll;
  • 3 inversions;
  • 15 extreme airtime moments; and
  • Maximum speeds of 53 mph.”

I know a lot of you won’t agree with what I’m saying, but I am personally disappointed by The Joker. Based on the front seat point-of-view (POV) released, the pacing is not that great, it has more floater airtime than ejector, and it doesn’t know what it wants to be (airtime machine, twisty, or inversion packed).  It still looks great, don’t get me wrong, but based on the POV, Wicked Cyclone, Medusa Steel Coaster, New Texas Giant, and Iron Rattler are better. This is subject to change when the actual ride gets released.

 

Six Flags Over Texas: The Riddler Revenge, Catwoman Whip, & Harley Quinn Spinsanity

Villains have taken over Six Flags Over Texas! Unfortunately, it looks like the villains hacked the press release and took it down!

Anyhow, the Mondial Frisbee’s colors are great, the Enterprise 2G will be exciting, as it’s the first of it’s kind. They’re also retheming a Troika for some reason…

 

Six Flags New England: Superman: The Ride & Fireball

Superman returns! Read all about it in this press release:

“Six Flags New England, the Coaster Capital of New England, today announced plans to add a giant looping roller coaster to its already impressive lineup of thrills. The Fireball will offer the ultimate in adrenaline and thrills as the theme park continues to introduce the latest in ride technology for its guests in New England. 

‘We take great pride in creating incredible, one-of-a-kind ride experiences for our guests here at Six Flags New England,’ said John Winkler, Park President. ‘Every year, we are excited to offer something new for our guests and this year is no exception. Our team is beyond thrilled to introduce our 12th coaster Fireball, opening in spring 2016.’

Fireball adds a unique ride experience to Six Flags New England featuring:

  • An exciting looping coaster seating 24 passengers in face-to-face positions;
  • A pendulum style takeoff with multiple 360⁰ revolutions;
  • An additional 360⁰ revolution when the train reverses mid-course;
  • Heights of over seven-stories tall;
  • An approximate two-minute ride time. 

The park is also thrilled to announce a change to the iconic steel coaster BIZARRO. The ride will be relaunched as SUPERMAN™ the Ride in spring 2016 and BIZARRO will be overwhelmed by his powerful arch nemesis, SUPERAN. The iconic coaster has been named Best Roller Coaster by the 10 Best Readers’ Choice travel by USA TODAY in 2015 and is the winner of five Golden Ticket Awards. To create an even better ride experience SUPERMANthe Ride, will offer superhero music and theming throughout this epic coaster. Riders will feel like SUPERMAN™ as they climb over 20 stories in to the air and race down like a speeding bullet at 77 miles per hour. Guests will also experience twists, turns and weightlessness along the coaster’s one mile of track. Thrill-seekers will not want to miss this heroic coaster as SUPERMAN™ regains his title at the Coaster Capital of New England.”

I think this is the best option for the park at this point. Larson Super Loops are, as I’ve said, really fun. Anywho, the return of Superman will be great for the park. From what I’ve heard, they won’t get new trains. There will be new audio and restraints however.

 

Six Flags Great America: Justice League: Battle For Metropolis 4D

Here’s the press release from the Six Flags park in Gurnee, IL:

“Six Flags Great America — in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment — today announced the next generation of interactive thrills with the debut of an all-new 4D interactive thrill ride, JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis 4D. This amazing thrill ride was named by USA Today readers as one of the Top Ten New Amusement Park Attractions of the year and was most recently awarded Best New Attraction by Theme Park Insider.

Slated to open at Six Flags Great America in 2016, guests will become members of the JUSTICE LEAGUE Reserve Team, and engage in a full-sensory journey as they battle alongside BATMAN™, SUPERMAN™, WONDER WOMAN and GREEN LANTERN against Lex Luthor, The Joker and his henchmen. Traveling in six-passenger vehicles, riders must outsmart Lex Luthor and The Joker and save the city of Metropolis.”

I am still not sure what the “4D” label at the end of the title means…

 

Six Flags Great Adventure: Total Mayhem 4D

Here’s the press release for the 4th four dimension coaster in the United States:

“Six Flags Great Adventure will dominate as the king of chaos in 2016 when the world’s largest theme park debuts the 14th and most unique scream machine in its history, Total Mayhem 4D.

After being lifted straight up a 12-story, 90-degree hill, this 4-D, free-fly coaster will wreak havoc as riders flip head-over-heels at least six times along the weightless journey. Thrill seekers will experience exhilarating leaps and dives along a horizontal plane, along with unexpected drops as they tumble from one level to the next. The wing seats amp up the pandemonium since riders will experience all of this chaos with no track above or below – just the sky, ground and adjacent Great Lake churning around them.

“We are thrilled to unveil one of the newest concepts in roller coaster engineering with Total Mayhem,” said Park President John Fitzgerald. “Six Flags Great Adventure’s world-renowned coaster collection will expand into the realm of insanity – or spinsanity – with this new, vertical coaster that delivers gravity-defying somersaults with utter unpredictability. It is the perfect addition to our dynamic line-up of award-winning roller coasters because this ride delivers next generation, cutting-edge thrills.” 

The unique design of Total Mayhem 4D features:

  • Massive, imposing, floating and twisting I-box track frame in a unique two-tone design
  • One-of-a-kind onboard magnetic technology featuring smooth head-over-heels free-fly flips providing guests the feeling of weightlessness as they soar outside the confines of a traditional track
  • 4-D wing vehicles that seat up to 8 per vehicle with a total of 5 vehicles
  • Face-off seats that allow riders to face each other as they tumble head over heels
  • A 120-foot-tall, 90-degree hill that is ascended by an elevator-style, chain link lift
  • Two beyond 90-degree “raven” drops giving the sensation of free-falling

Total Mayhem is expected to ensue spring 2016, and joins the ranks of legendary roller coasters like El Toro, Kingda Ka, Nitro and 2015’s legendary El Diablo.”

I think that this is a great addition to the park. It looks great along the lake and offers something completely new to the park’s lineup and even the entire east coast.

 

Six Flags Magic Mountain: The New Revolution

The flagship park is going back and refurbishing Revolution. Here’s the press release:

“Six Flags Magic Mountain, the ‘Thrill Capital of the World,’ and voted by USA TODAY readers as America’s Best Theme Park, today unveiled plans for 2016 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the world’s first 360-degree looping coaster. The New Revolution, featuring newly designed trains, special ride effects and a new look, will highlight the Valencia theme parks’ 45th operating season.

The New Revolution, the beloved steel roller coaster that has thrilled over 45 million guests in its 40-year reign at the park, will be repainted a brilliant white and blue color, while newly designed trains will be fitted with lap and calf bars, and feature Americana red, white and blue colors with a silver eagle hood adornment. For coaster fans, the elimination of shoulder harnesses will provide a smoother, sleeker ride experience with more airtime.”

This is exactly what Six Flags Magic Mountain needs. When I went this summer, Revolution had a lot of rattle and the over the shoulder restraint and lapbar combination is very uncomfortable. I’ve been hearing rumors of the trains to be manufactured by Intamin as well, which is great!

What do you think of Six Flags’ 2016 lineup? Post your comments below.

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