Six Flags St. Louis will be adding a GCII wooden twister to its wooden arsenal. The coaster appears to be based on the GCII-built Thunderbird coaster at PowerLand Park in Finland. This action-packed twister, with its banked turns and fluid curves, should nicely complement the speedy Screamin’ Eagle and the giant and powerful Boss, giving St. Louis a nice and diverse collection of coasters. Curiously, the name is Evel Knievel.
Six Flags Great America, Six Flags New England, and Six Flags Great Adventure will each receive an indoor Mack coaster. The rather vague press release left out some very important details, but we do know that the coasters are to carry 32 passengers over 1,214 feet of track. A standard Mack Mouse is just that long, and eight individual cars holding four passengers each would accommodate 32 riders. As soon as we have more details, we will pass them along. In order to avoid confusion, it appears that New England’s B&M floorless known as Batman the Dark Knight will be renamed Batman the Ride (not to be confused with the seven inverted coasters currently known as Batman the Ride). Got it? Good—we’re still shaking our heads.
Fiesta Texas will receive the B&M inverted coaster from Six Flags New Orleans. This Batman the Ride clone began its life in Japan as Gambit in 1995 and was moved to New Orleans in 2003. Although smaller than three other coasters in the park, it has been rechristened Goliath. It will be dropped physically (if not thematically) into the Los Festivales section of the park. We are guessing they are hoping no one will notice that this is an exact clone of SeaWorld’s Great White just down the road. By the way, this is a mirror-image clone of the inverted coasters typically known as Batman the Ride, but this one gets a different moniker. Still keeping up? Good—we’re still shaking our heads.
Two more Tony Hawk coasters have been ordered for Six Flags Over Texas and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. If the stats on the press release are correct, these Gerstlauer spinners will be exact duplicates of the rides introduced last year at St. Louis and Fiesta Texas, although ACE had heard from the manufacturer that the one in California was to be different (similar to Hankatten in Denmark). The Kingdom's ride will occupy the huge concrete slab at the front of the park formerly occupied by Zonga. In Texas the ride will occupy the space that will soon be vacated with the removal of Wildcatter, one of two original Intamin Freefall rides. As to Tony Hawk in the Boomtown section of the park, you guessed it—we’re still shaking our heads.
To view photos of rides that are similar to those announced, go to ACE's online census.