Six Flags made a very interesting announcement this past week concerning existing coasters at two of its parks, Six Flags St. Louis in Missouri, and Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, Texas. The company announced that for the 2012 season, it would be relaunching those two parks Mr. Freeze coasters with a new twist, launching them backwards.
To be called Mr. Freeze: Reverse Blast, the new-old coasters will become “even cooler” this year, turning the trains around and blasting them off backwards. Six Flags announced the relaunch of the coaster in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment. In 2012, Mr. Freeze will launch at 70 mph, travel through a 190-foot tunnel, traverse an inverted top-hat, and climb 200-feet up in the air, all now in reverse.
Al Weber, Six Flags COO, stated in the press release, “reversing the direction f the trains on two of our most popular coasters is a fun twist on the ride experience…Mr. Freeze: Reverse Blast demonstrates Six Flags’ commitment to continually push the envelope and deliver new and innovative thrills to our guests.”
The story and general theme of the ride will remain the same, with the queue taking guests through “Snowy’s Cones” ice cream warehouse, hideout for Mr. Freeze (the “villain of chillin”). The coaster awaits guests as Mr. Freeze’s “coolest coaster on the planet.”
This isn’t the first time Six Flags has modified, upgraded, or renovated an old coaster into a “new” experience. Several years ago, many of the company’s Superman: Ride of Steel coasters were overhauled by his opposite, Bizarro, with the coasters getting a new paint scheme, on-board audio, and fire effects. The company did the same thing with X2, overhauling X with a much friendlier color scheme (red and black vs. pink and yellow), new trains, and pyrotechnic effects. Last year, Six Flags modified Superman: The Escape at Magic Mountain and turned it into Superman: Escape from Krypton, featuring new paint and turning one of the cars around to launch it in reverse.
The updated Mr. Freeze coasters are set to make their debuts at both parks in May. Six Flags Over Texas has already opened its gates as of March 3, but Six Flags St. Louis will not open until April 6.
Dinosaurs Alive won't be the only new thing to hit Cedar Point next year. Pointbuzz and the Toledo Blade have managed to squeeze out some details regarding a brand new night time attraction that will feature fireworks, dancing, and a DJ. TheToledo Blade is reporting that the attraction will debut in June.
The new attraction will be named Luminosity: Ignite the Night. It is aiming to keep guests at the park later into the night. Pointbuzz told the Toledo Blade that the show will feature, "25 dancers, 3 drummers, 2 [acrobats], a DJ, and singers." This is on top of the lights, lasers, and fireworks that the show will bring.
The show is supposed to last around 40 minutes, but it will be followed up by a dance party led by a DJ. Also, the show will contain four themes land travel, sea travel, space travel, and a finale with fireworks. Most of these details have been confirmed by Cedar Point, according to the Toledo Blade.
A new stage is going to be built in the midway near Iron Dragon to host the DJ-led dance party. During the day time the stage will be used for a show featuring the Peanuts characters during the day. The new area will be named Celebration Plaza according to Point Buzz.
In an interview with the Toledo Blade, Cedar Point Spokesperson Bryan Edwards said, "It's unlike any other show we've ever done here at Cedar Point. It's really going to revamp the whole midway." He also said the show, "is really kind of our way of rejuvenating the night. After a seven or eight-hour day of riding some of the best coasters in the world, you can feel a little run down by the end of the day."
So if you're taking a trip to Cedar Point this summer be sure to stay a little later to catch the new show. Also, watch out for the show to make its way to other Cedar Fair parks if it proves to be successful at the chain's flagship park, Cedar Point.
The LA Times has reported that Nickelodeon Universe, the massive amusement park within the walls of the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN, will be getting a new attraction this year. Dubbed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Shell Shock, or just “Shell Shock” for short, is a Gerstlauer Sky Flyer ride, and will be the first of its kind in the US when it opens on March 17.
Once on the ride, guests will be hoisted up to 70-feet in the air in single-seat winged gondolas at the end of a cantilevered arm which will rotate them around at speeds of up to 25 mph. As they spin around at the end of the arm, riders will be able to control the pitch of their wings, and thereby cause their seats to “roll.” Having the ability to control your individual seat will allow everything from a smooth spin, to a rocking motion, to all out barrel-roll spinning.
The ride is based on Gerstlauer’s Sky Roller, which made its debut at Belantis Leipzig in Germany, and will have two “sister” rides open up at France’s Nigoland and Legoland Germany. From the images provided by Nickelodeon Universe through the LA Times, guests will enter through a sewer way, the Turtles home/underground headquarters. The remainder of the ride and structure are also adorned in a sewer-theme, and the ride gondolas will be painted with turtle shells and ninja weapons for fighting off villains.
In its press release, the park is calling for fans to attend the grand opening at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 17 to set the world record for the largest gather in of Ninja Turtles, which currently stands at 786. Those who attend will be given a free ride on Shell Shock, and a limited number of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle t-shirts and masks. Jennifer Lauerman, marketing director for Nickelodeon Universe, stated “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shell Shock continues the momentum of fun and excitement that Nickelodeon Universe offers to Mall of America guests every day.
Nickelodeon Universe will also be opening the Dutchman’s Deck Anchor, a stainless steel spiral tube slide system, which will have two tubes twisting around one another, one 56-feet tall, the other 35-feet tall. The tallest will be situated at the top of the Flying Dutchman Ghostly Gangplank Adventure Ropes Course.