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.