Full Throttle – Magic Mountain’s Rumored 2013 Roller Coaster

UPDATE 8/30 –Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Full Throttle has been announced. See a video, images, and more here. [divider] The LA Times Funland Blog reported yesterday that Six Flags Magic Mountain may have something large in store for 2013. A loop to be specific. The rumored ride’s details are based on a supposed leak that occurred during Theme Park Review’s West Coast Bash. ...[Read More]

Dare Devil Dive @ Six Flags Over Georgia | Roller Coaster Reviews

It took a while, but I finally made it down to Six Flags Over Georgia to ride Dare Devil Dive. It was a part of a guys getaway weekend. I was the only one in our group that had already been to the park, so I took the lead for that part of the trip. The ultra-steep, Gerstlauer-designed looper, Dare Devil Dive, was high on the to-ride list in my mental itinerary. It opened earlier this year as the p...[Read More]

Six Flags Engineer & New Texas Giant Creator Featured in Wall Street Journal

Six Flags Chief Engineer, Larry Chickola was recently featured in an article on the Wall Street Journal’s website. The article gives us a look into Mr. Chickola’s education and career which might be of interest if you’re an aspiring roller coaster designer. It also details some of his projects including his work on Superman Escape from Krypton and the New Texas Giant. It was inte...[Read More]

Six Flags America Announces Apocalypse Stand Up Coaster for 2012

Six Flags America (Washington D.C.) will be replacing the recently removed Skull Mountain ride with the park’s first new roller coaster in years. The park will be re-theming Six Flags Great America’s stand up coaster Iron Wolf as Apocalypse – The Last Stand. The Bolliger & Mabillard stand up coaster will be 100 feet tall, 2,900 feet long, and top out at 55 mph. Apocalypse is ...[Read More]

X-Flight Wing Coaster Headed to Six Flags Great America

Chicago area theme park Six Flags Great America recently announced their 2012 roller coaster, X-Flight. The Bolliger & Mabillard designed roller coaster will feature a new seating system where riders sit on either side of the track instead of on top or below it. With a more open riding experience and no place to hide, X-Flight will be the first of its kind in the United States. B&M debuted...[Read More]

6 Best Theme Park Tips Posts

Over the years I’ve tried to share my tips for theme park trips. Here are my best posts in that category. Flash Pass or No Flash Pass No one likes waiting in line at amusement parks. But when is it a good idea to fork over the extra cash to pay for a flash pass? In this post I offer a guide that’ll help you decide whether buying a flash pass or other line-skipping pass is a good idea f...[Read More]

Six Flags America Removes Skull Mountain for 2012 Attraction

As I reported today on Gadling, Six Flags America (near Washington D.C.) is removing their unique Intamin water ride known as Skull Mountain. I remember it as the Typhoon Sea Coaster when the park was in its Adventure World days. The ride’s like many water flume rides, but it also incorporates roller coaster-like elements. In addition, it had these sections (or just one section, I can’...[Read More]

Rides: How Kentucky Kingdom Died & Will Be Reborn

Ever wonder why Kentucky Kingdom was the black sheep of the Six Flags chain? I have. A new video posted by the new developer of the park charts the immense attendance growth that the park saw in its initial 9 years as notable and World-record setting (yes, WORLD) were added. And then its shows the sad decline after Premier Parks and then Six Flags managed the park. Basically, when Kentucky Kingdom...[Read More]

Green Lantern Coaster & The Coaster Crown Are Coming to Magic Mountain

Six Flags Magic Mountain has tipped their hand via a YouTube video that touts their 2011 plans.

Texas Giant’s New Trains & Construction Photos

UPDATE 4/24 – The New Texas Giant has arrived! I rode it on opening Read my full Texas Giant review including a new POV video.     Texas Giant’s Unique Transformation Continues In the vein of the new Six Flags mantra of roller coaster makeovers, Six Flags Over Texas is in the middle of a massive overhaul of the Texas Giant. The Curtis D. Summers-designed wooden roller coaster...[Read More]

Six Flags & Cedar Fair Merger Rumors

There have been a number of shakeups in the amusement industry since I’ve started this blog in 2006. Closings, acquisitions, and sales have been a sign of the times for the industry. If the latest rumor in the theme park business World comes to fruition it would be more like an earthquake than a shakeup. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that there may be a Six Flags Cedar Fair merge...[Read More]

Texas Giant Goes Steel: Abomination or Giant Improvement?

Six Flags’ Texas Giant Gets a Steel Makeover for 2011 For months we’ve known that Texas Giant was closed and would not be open until the 2011 season. It was pretty clear that Six Flags was going to give the 24 year old woodie some needed rehab and/or re-tracking. But recently it was announced that Rocky Mountain Construction Group is going to give Texas Giant a first-ever upgrade. The ...[Read More]

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