With the recent success of a large scale remake of Six Flags Magic Mountain's X into X2, Six Flags Inc. has decided to implement the same strategy on some of their other major attractions this off season, including Six Flags Great Adventure's Medusa.
When the park opened Medusa in 1999, the world was shocked by B&M's new minimalist train design. Described by some to be mere "flying chairs on wheels," the new Floorless rolling stock became an instant hit. The media attention garnered by this revolutionary new roller coaster thrust Six Flags Great Adventure into the limelight of the coaster community.
In years since then, however, the ride's popularity has waned. With record breaking new additions such as Kingda Ka and El Toro vying for public attention and Medusa's poor location in a back corner of the park, ridership began to fall.
But the new, money-conscious management of Six Flags decide to breath new life back into this trend setting ride. Last year they discovered that giving special effects and new advertising campaigns to existing rides can be a cost effective way to boost attendance. They are hoping that the same strategy will work for Medusa.
When Six Flags Great Adventure opens next year, the world's first floorless coaster will once again be the center of much attention. Medusa will boast carefully choreographed, state-of-the-art fire, fog, and water effects as well as an audio production orchestrated to seamlessly integrate into the ride experience.
This updated Medusa will be sure to provide a complete sensory overload experience to riders, all while continuing to thrill them throughout its spine tingling seven inversion course.