Six Flags Theme Parks
Park News - Breaking News - (3/3/16) Six Flags has announced some crazy news that will impact all of their parks in 2016, the addition of a new VR Coaster experience being added to a coaster at several of their theme parks. To put this new program in action as quickly as possible each of the parks will roll out one of two possible themed VR worlds on the selected coasters.
A Superman VR experience will be added to Superman: Krypton Coaster at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Superman: Ride of Steel at Six Flags America and Superman: The Ride at Six Flags New England. Unlike previous VR coasters experiences we’ve seen tested over the last couple years on smaller family sized coasters, you can imagine the added impact of visually taking the plunge off the top of a skyscraper with Superman while you are actually taking a 200 foot plunge down the coaster’s first drop yourself in the real world.
The second VR world experience is called “The New Revolution” and has been given a high-tech fighter jet theme as you fly over a city as an alien mothership descends and attacks. If this sounds a bit like the movie Independence Day, or the new sequel hitting the theaters this summer, I’m sure that was deliberate. You’ll be able to battle the alice invasion on The New Revolution at Six Flags Magic Mountain (launching March 26), on Shockwave at Six Flags over Texas and Dare Devil Dive at Six Flags over Georgia (launching March 12) as well as Ninja at Six Flags St. Louis, Goliath at La Ronde and Steamin’ Demon at The Great Escape soon afterwards.
To roll this new experience out to guests as quickly as possible Six Flags enlisted the aid of VR Coasters and will be using Samsung Gear VR headgear at the parks, which was co-designed with the aid of Oculus and actually uses a Samsung smartphone locked away inside the headset for the computing power and visuals. According to Six Flags the new VR experience will be offered to all riders FOR FREE, but you don’t have to wear it if you don’t want to, and there will be plenty of headsets to go around for the riders, including time to have them wiped down and cleaned between riders.
(9/1/15) In The Loop has posted a fun video tour of La Ronde, which includes a quick look at (and review) of the park's new Maison Rouge haunted house attraction. While it looks like it may be more of a temporary attraction, they say it was pretty good in the end. Unfortunately they didn't or couldn't shoot footage inside.
They also posted a second video which has a great front row POV ride on Goliath which looks to be running great.
(8/10/15) According to an email sent my way, the Manitou flat ride (an Afterburner style swinging / spinning ride) is suffering from a technical problem and is likely to be closed for the rest of the season.
2016 - Avenue Adventure, Phoenix, Gravitor and Vampire Backwards - (12/2/15) Six Flags has released a new version of their "New for 2016 at Six Flags" video that goes over what each park in the chain is adding next year. A reader noticed if you jump ahead to the La Ronde segment that starts at the 3:20 mark, they've changed the footage for Gravitor to show footage of a Chance Falling Star ride, in particular this is footage of the Rush Street Flyer from Six Flags St. Louis. I'm told that the Rush Street Flyer is being removed from SFSL to make room for the park's new Fireball ride in 2016.
(9/7/15) One item I forgot to mention for the 2016 addition to La Ronde on the way is that the parks Vampire coaster (B&M Inverted Batman clone) will turn the trains around for the season and run it backwards next year. The limited runs of Batman: Backwards at the various Six Flags parks over the past couple years has been quite a hit with guests as it takes the already intense ride experience up to a new level where you can see the twists and turns coming, so this should be a nice addition to the park for 2016.
(9/3/15) The park is adding Avenue Adventure in 2016, an area with two new flat rides called Gravitor and Phoenix.