Down south around the city of San Antonio, Texas, Six Flags has announced that it's Fiesta Texas property shall receive another coaster, making it the park's eighth coaster. The new coaster is dubbed Goliath and shall be the forth track in a Six Flags park with that name. Though new to the area, the ride has quite a history behind it.
The ride is one of Bolliger and Mabillard's famous coasters, Batman: The Ride clones, sporting heights of 100 ft, five inversions, and speeds of 50 miles per hour. This particular coaster first hauled guests for Thrill Valley in Japan. Six Flags then purchased the coaster for the newest park in the chain in New Orleans. It became, however, quite clear after hurricane Katrina that the park was on the verge of an uncertain future. Now, the ride is to be erected at the San Antonio park, Fiesta Texas.
Notable changes to the ride other than location include a repaint to blue track with yellow supports and trains sporting orange, blue and yellow. Thus far, the track and trains are in storage at the Texas facility and preparations will be made soon to construct it.
The legendary daredevil Evel Knievel will take center stage at Six Flags St. Louis next summer. However, not as a daredevil attempting to perform yet another stunt, but as the theme around the park’s latest roller coaster, Evel Knievel.
Evel Knievel will be the park’s third wooden roller coaster, but will differ from the park’s other roller coasters, as it’s a compact twister style wooden roller coaster. This new $7 million wooden roller coaster was designed and will be constructed by Great Coasters International, one of the leading wooden roller coaster manufacturers in the industry today.
"The unpredictability and high energy of this coaster make it the perfect way to pay tribute to the king of adrenaline, Evel Knievel," said David Roemer, President of Six Flags St. Louis.
Evel Knievel will have a total track footage of 2700 feet, and will stand 82 feet tall. The ride begins with an 80-foot long first drop and then bottoms out into a 90-degree angle left turn. Guests willing to challenge Evel Knievel will face a 55-foot double-dip drop, a 40-foot fan turn, sixteen camelback hills, and a number of banked curves.
The ride’s layout features a total of fourteen crossovers and Great Coasters International’s very own Millennium Flyer trains will careen through the compact design at a top speed of 50 mph. These Millennium Flyer trains are specifically designed to handle the ride’s high-banked curves while still providing smooth ride. Evel Knievel will run two of Great Coasters International’s 24-passenger Millennium Flyer trains.
Evel Knievel was born Butte, Montana in the year 1938, and his career as daredevil officially began in 1965. During his 12 years career, Knievel earned the title as America's Legendary Daredevil because of his unbelievable and spectacular stunts. Evil Knievel was news worthy across the world in both his successful jumps and his terrifying crashes.
The Evel Knievel wooden roller coaster is scheduled to debut mid-summer of the 2008 season, and will be located in the front of the park near the Log Flume and the Moon Antique Cars. This is the forth-consecutive year that Six Flags St. Louis has made a capital investment add something new to the park’s lineup of attractions.
Earlier this year, Tony Hawk’s Big Spin spinning roller coaster debuted, and in 2006, the park introduced a new children’s area titled Bugs Bunny National Park along with Superman Tower of Power, a free-fall drop ride. Finally, back in 2005, the Tornado water slide premiered at Six Flags St. Louis’ Hurricane Harbor water park.
Hersheypark decided in 2007 it was time to cool things off on a hot summer day, and they did that by spending $21 million to create The Boardwalk water park. However, they feel it’s time to heat things up once again and the addition of Fahrenheit will do just that.
Hersheypark’s 11th roller coaster, Fahrenheit, will be known as one of the most unique in the amusement park industry to date. Fahrenheit will make its debut in May of 2008 at a cost of $12.1 million.
Fahrenheit will feature 121-foot tall lift hill that propels the three car, 12-passenger trains up to the sky at a 90-degree angle. Riders will then experience the steepest first drop in the US, which is angled beyond vertical at 97-degrees.
Riders will hit a top speed of 58 mph at the bottom of the first drop before flying into an element yet to be used on a roller coaster in the United States. This element is known as the 107-foot inverted loop, and then the train immediately barrels into inverted corkscrew roll. In all, riders will challenge six inversions, which include the two just mentioned, a cobra roll, an airborne inverted S roll, and a second inverted corkscrew roll.
Fahrenheit’s trains will travel 2700 feet of track and will feature stadium seating. This elevates riders who sit in the cars behind the front row and allow them to view the 97-degree first drop that lies before them. Three 12-passenger trains will be used on Fahrenheit to give it a capacity of 850 riders per hour.
Fahrenheit was designed and will be built by Intamin AG, also known as IntaRide LLC. Hersheypark worked with Intamin AG in 2004 to create the park’s 10th roller coaster, the ever-popular Storm Runner. Fahrenheit will be constructed just alongside The Boardwalk water park at Hersheypark.
Along with Fahrenheit, Hersheypark will open a second ride named the Howler for its 101st season of operation. The Howler will be a spinning ride designed for families and will be located in the Pioneer Frontier section of the park.
Six Flags New England, Six Flags Great America, and Six Flags Great Adventure have definitely gone to the dark side with today’s announcements. They've announced The Dark Knight, a new coaster that will sure take the chills out of anyone that’s afraid of the dark.
The Dark Knights will be an enclosed wild mouse style coaster. The ride will be 1213', 2:00 ride through Gotham City. Manufactured by Mack and designed by the Ingenieur Büro Stengel GmbH, this ride is sure to be a hit among Six Flags guests.
The ride's theme is a trip through Gotham City, with a terrorizing twist. The Joker has just vandalized Gotham City, and you have to go through the debris. The ride consists of unexpected drops, wild turns, and darkness. The only hope of the victims is the one and only Batman.
However, in order to install these new attractions around the Six Flags chain, there has to be consequences. Sadly, the signature attraction Batman and Robin: The Chiller will be permanently shut down in order to make room for the new ride. Also,Batman: The Dark Knight at Six Flags New England, has been renamed Batman: The Ride so the Dark Knight name can be for the new coaster.
Nether less, the rides, which will cost $22.5 Million in total, will not disappoint. The Dark Knightcoasters are each scheduled to open in April and May 2008.
After over 100 years of operation, Geauga Lake’s run as an amusement park has finally come to end. It was announced today by Cedar Fair that the rides section of Geauga Lake will close for good. However, the park’s Wildwater Kingdom water park, which opened in 2005, will continue to operate in years to come.
“The market demand simply isn’t there to support the park in its current structure,” Cedar Fair spokeswoman Stacy Frole said. She said Wildwater Kingdom, the $25 million water park Cedar Fair built on the south side of the lake, “has really been the most popular attraction at Geauga Lake. We believe that’s where the property is going to succeed — as a water park.”
Geauga Lake has been recognized as an amusement park rich in tradition and history. The park opened as a picnic grove in 1887, and the property became as amusement park in 1889. The park has changed ownership several times.
In 1969, Funtime Inc. bought the amusement park and had an impressive run of successful seasons while running the park. Premier Parks, Inc. then purchased the park in 1995, but when Six Flags purchased Premier Parks, Inc. in 1998, the park was renamed Six Flags Ohio the next season.
As a Six Flags park, the property continued to grow when in 2001, Six Flags purchased the nearby SeaWorld Cleveland at a cost of $110 million. The park was then renamed Six Flags Worlds of Adventure as it became a marine life, thrill, and water park. Then finally in 2004, the park was purchased by Cedar Fair and was renamed Geauga Lake. The marine life section of the park closed and from then on, attendance began to fall.
With the rides section of the park closing, the question is what will happen to all of the rides. That question has been left unanswered as of now, but Cedar Fair did confirm that some of the park’s major rides will be relocated to other Cedar Fair parks.
Geauga Lake’s 2008 operating schedule, admission pricing, and other operating details will be released at a later date. The 119-year-old park has had an impressive run, and it’s a disappointment for coaster enthusiasts and the general public to see the park fade into history.