SIX FLAGS AMERICA
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Park News - (6/17/16) The new VR Coaster version of Superman: Ride of Steel has opened at Six Flags America and unlike the New Revolution VR environment, the Superman one is much more story oriented, visually showing off a conflict between Superman and Lex Luthor that you get caught in the middle of, as each takes control of your journey for part of the ride experience through the busy landscape of metropolis. You can see the video with a reverse POV window embedded showing off the real coaster experience in the video below.
While I’ve yet to do this myself, and I never realized this before with the New Revolution video footage I saw, it seems there is no audio at all on these experiences at Six Flags which seems to be much more of a missing piece of the story when you have larger than life superheroes and villains right in your face and none of them are saying anything at all, when you know that Lex would be ranting and Supe’s would be saying heroic stuff like, “Don’t worry, I’ve got you” and so on. I love the way these look, but seriously, they need audio I think.
(4/8/16) In The Loop took a walking tour around all of Six Flags America this week, shot with a 360º camera. Think of it as having a personal tour-guide take you around the park to show it off and tell you about all the interesting factoids and popular rides. You can view this on YouTube directly (or below) and use your mouse to look around, or view it on your phone or with Google Cardboard or any Samsung VR Gear style headset.
(4/2/16) Our friends at In The Loop have posted a new video from Six Flags America, looking into all the construction going on for the new waterpark expansion and new refurbished trains on Superman, though the Superman VR Coaster experience wont be added until June. Other new features this season include a refurbished train for the park, track refurbishment on Roar that is now giving very smooth and fast rides.
(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.
(2/19/16) During the conference call Jim Reid-Anderson confirmed that Holiday In The Park will be coming to two more new parks in late 2016: Six Flags St. Louis and Six Flags America.
(2/19/15) Several readers who have taken surveys for Six Flags over Georgia, Six Flags America as well as Six Flags Great America were also asked questions to get an opinion about a proposed new Asian restaurant for the parks called ChopSix, much like the one issued to Six Flags Great Adventure guests.
It has been noted that many of the Six Flags parks already have Panda Express locations on site, so this could be a chain wide plan to replace these franchised out locations with their own branded restaurant concept as the Panda Express franchise contracts come to an end.
2016 - Splashwater Falls - Confirmed - (9/3/15) A new interactive water play area is coming to the waterpark in 2016.
Waterpark teaser sign is in Six Flags America, I'm told that the fence is actually blocking off where Crocodile Cal's Outback Beach House used to be, as the park has removed it. This was an old style water fortress style attraction, complete with the obligatory huge dumping bucket of water on top that also contained a number of smaller kiddie slides.
(5/28/15) For those wondering where the 2016
As the waterpark is now without such a staple attraction, it would almost be safe to think that a much bigger and better water fortress concept might replace it in 2016.
(5/27/15) Looks like Six Flags America is already promoting some kind of expansion to the park's waterpark for 2016, by way of promotional graphics on a construction fence.