Six Flags New England, the Thrill Capital of New England, today announced plans to add a new state-of-the-art roller coaster that integrates the latest in ride technology and innovation to Massachusetts — Wicked Cyclone. The Wicked Cyclone will offer the ultimate in thrills and adrenaline combining the extreme characteristics of both steel and wood to build the first hybrid roller coaster to hit the East Coast.
“We take great pride in creating incredible, one-of-a-kind experiences for our guests here at the Thrill Capital of New England,” said John Winkler, Six Flags New England Park President. “This project has been years in the making, and the addition of Wicked Cyclone enhances our commitment to delivering world-class thrills to Six Flags New England every year.”
With its unique construction, Wicked Cyclone will be:
A hybrid integrating a steel track on a wooden structure
The first coaster of its kind to hit the East Coast
A coaster with more airtime than any coaster in New England
The first coaster of its kind to have a 200 degree stall and two Zero G Rolls
The world’s only Double Reversing Bank Airtime Hill
Wicked Cyclone’s steel track provides riders with a smoother and more intense ride along its 3,320 feet of track. The ride stands 10 stories in the sky and reaches speeds of up to 55 mph. Once the twenty-four thrill seekers board Wicked Cyclone, it quickly climbs the 109-foot hill to then plummet at maximum speeds while providing riders with weightlessness and a truly wicked ride. Wicked Cyclone will be the first coaster of its kind to have a 200-degree stall and two Zero-G Rolls. Riders will also be able to experience more airtime than any other coaster in New England on Wicked Cyclone.
Wicked Cyclone will be storming into Six Flags New England, summer 2015 and will be a “must ride” for the ultimate thrill seekers.
Following last week's accident on Six Flags New England's Superman: Ride of Steel, a couple reports have been released today.
The first report says Stanley Mordarsky was thrown from the ride because of his restraint not being properly secured by the ride operator. However, the report also assigns blame in this accident to Mr. Mordarsky for not informing the operators of his medical condition (cerebal palsy) which is required by state law and to Intamin AG, which built the roller coaster. Mordarsky had also been denied the right to ride the coaster earlier.
Stanley's brother Daniel said that is was obvious that he had a medical condition considering he rode up to the coaster on a scooter, entered through a handicapped entrance, and even had help from the attendants to get into the car. The 20-year-old operator failed to pull the restraint down to a proper level, reportedly because of Mordarsky's large girth. The operator's name was not released, but they did test negative for intoxicants after the accident.
Although no mechanical defects were found, the T-bar restraints will remain banned in the state of Massachusetts. This Superman coaster will be the only one in the state affected by this. To follow the new law, the restraints will receive shorter seatbelts, the lapbar itself will be modified to fit more securely against the riders, and possibly the seat bottoms will be extended to make the new restraints even more effective.You can read more by using the links below to the two reports talked about in this post.Restraint ModificationsAccident Report
Last Saturday, a man fell from to his death off of Superman: Ride of Steel, and now, Massachusetts state officials are stopping a handful of rides featuring the use of the "T Lap Bar Restraint".The state is calling for testing, technical evaluation, and maybe even a redesign of the restraint. By the end of the week, the department hopes to issue the report on last Saturday's accident.The memo sent out was not intended to scare any park-goers, and is not saying that these rides featuring the "T Lap Bar Restraints" are unsafe.
At 3:45 today, a guest to Six Flags New England died after falling from the park's mega-coaster Superman: Ride of Steel.
Today's tragic incident occured as the train was making its way back to the station just before the end of the two and a half minute ride as the train was entering a banked curve. The man, 55-year old Stanley Movarsky, was riding in the last car of the train.
After flying from the train around 3:00, Movarsky was taken to a nearby hospital where he died from injuries sustained. Superman is closed while an investigation takes place.
In 1999, a rider on a similar mega-coaster, Intamin AG's Superman: Ride of Steel at New York's Six Flags Darien Lake, fell from the ride's train but survived the fall.