Six Flags Theme Parks
Park News - (9/18/14) Screamscape sources tell us that Six Flags New England will retire their classic Von Roll Sky Way attraction at the end of the season. Unlike your typical Von Roll skyride you may have seen elsewhere over the years, the one running at Six Flags New England features unique globe shaped cars that were originally built and run at Coney Island back in 1963 before being moved to the New England park in 1973. It’s sad to see a classic ride with a history like this retired.
(6/25/14) Six Flags New England confirmed on Tuesday that the Cyclone wooden coaster would close forever on July 20. So if you want a final chance to ride it, you best get to the park quickly before it’s too late.
As for what will come next… in typical Six Flags form, they aren’t even giving a hint yet, but I’ve got a feeling we could see Cyclone go under RMC’s talented knife to become a new and unique hybrid creation, perhaps offering speed and thrills similar to what they did to Medusa this year at Six Flags Mexico. Stay tuned for the latest rumors about the possible conversion to “Steel Cyclone”… or would you rather see the name “Psyclone” return to the Six Flags chain?
(4/15/14) A brief trip report from Six Flags New England on opening day has been posted to SFNEOnline.
2015 - Wicked Cyclone - (9/16/14) A new animated piece showing off both the off-ride footage as well as the complete POV animated footage of what Wicked Cyclone is going to look like can be found below. Looks pretty “wicked” for sure… even more impressive after seeing the POV. This is going to be one hell of a ride.
Meanwhile SFNEOnline has posted another photo construction update from this past weekend as well, so enjoy!
(9/12/14) According to the official Six Flags New England Instragram, RMC topped off the Wicked Cyclone lift hill this week.
(9/11/14) The latest Wicked Cyclone construction update can be found in a video posted by Coaster Crew this week. They’ve really torn it up quite a bit now.
(9/8/14) The latest Wicked Cyclone construction update has been posted to SFNEOnline as they near the top of the lift hill with the new I-Box track segments.
(9/2/14) The latest construction pictures of Wicked Cyclone were sent in just a few hours ago from a park guests. RMC has already replaced the track from the brake run, through the station and to about a third of the way up the lift hill.
(8/28/14) Cyclone will be reborn as Wicked Cyclone, a hybrid coaster offering intense speed, drops and inversions. It will be 3,320 feet long, 109 feet tall, hit 55 mph down the 78º first drop, feature the first 200º Stall and two Zero G Rolls. Don't forget the 14 Negative-G Hills!
Check out the video below to see it in action.
(8/27/14) Ok... a few of you make a good point today. While many of us were busy complaining and being amused by the choice of naming the new ride Wicked Cyclone, it seems there is somewhat of a reason for it. From what I’m told, and after doing a little bit of searching online, it seems the wacky people in the Boston / New England area are apparently fond of throwing about the word “Wicked” in front of just about anything to provide emphasis. I’m not from New England... in fact I’ve never visited New England, and never knew anyone from there, but based on my Southern California upbringing, which included the occasional use of the word “Wicked” ourselves, I think I got this. I’m led to believe that New Englanders use the word in much the same way that we felt the ‘Zoners (that’s Arizona folks for the rest of you) and NorCal peeps would drop in the word “Hella” excessively into conversations until we begged them to stop. So that said... it seems the name Wicked Cyclone is a nod to the local slang.
Local slangs are fun anyway... as long as people understand what’s going on. Though as a California boy transplanted into the Carolina’s I still find myself giggling every time older folks around here talk about how they went “Shagging” and actually mean dancing, and not the Austin Powers kind of Shagging I was thinking about. *Snicker!* See, I can’t help it.
(8/26/14) Coaster-Net did some incredible digging into the official Six Flags website and using their knowledge of Drupal, the content management system Six Flags uses for it, apparently they were able to pull the names for many of the new 2015 attractions to be announced on Thursday.
According to their report Cyclone at Six Flags New England will be reborn in 2015 as Wicked Cyclone. Ummm… I don’t like that one at all. Between Twisted Colossus and Wicked Cyclone, I’m starting to get an image of the Six Flags Execs sitting around a boardroom with some giant dice that have various buzz-words printed on them and whatever random word comes up gets used. Not that I was a fan of Steel Cyclone either, but even a re-launch of the old “Psyclone” name would be better than Wicked Cyclone.
(8/25/14) The latest construction update on the Cyclone conversion project can be found at SFNEOnline. The lift hill is seeing some significant change, with added supports now in place to take it up at a steeper incline which seems to indicate that the new 2015 version will be taller than the old one.
(8/19/14) The latest Cyclone construction update from SFNEOnline shows that the first sections of Rocky Mountain I-Box track are already on site. Looks like they opted to stick with the standard orange/red looking rails instead of trying the rumored blue rail color we heard about over the summer.
(8/17/14) For any doubters still out there, or reading the sites who are still claiming that Rocky Mountain “MAY” be converting Cyclone into a new hybrid coaster, here is your proof. Rocky Mountain in the house, yo!!
(8/15/14) A new teaser image for SFNE’s 2015 attraction (Steel Cyclone) was sent in this evening… or perhaps instead of a teaser, it is a Warning…
(8/13/14) The latest construction updates from the Cyclone can be found at SFNEOnline and a video posted by CoasterCrew I’ve embedded below.
(8/11/14) More construction pictures from the Steel Cyclone site can be found over at SFNEOnline, as they aren’t wasting any time removing big sections of the Cyclone’s old hardware.
(8/8/14) Six Flags New England is already starting to tease their 2015 new addition. Take a look at this graphic, showing violent lightning with the words, ‘Shelter In Place’. Steel Cyclone anyone?
(7/31/14) SFNEOnline has posted their first construction update from the closed Cyclone coaster as workers begin the process of removing the old rail system.
(7/22/14) A photo trip report from the Cyclone’s last day at Six Flags New England has been posted to SFNE Online. Enjoy a few final pictures of the Cyclone sent in by a reader, taken during the twilight hours before it closed for good on Sunday evening.