First of all, no... that wasn't announced. We're just speculating. Nothing concrete was announced. I do believe that they'll eventually paint it red, remove the speakers and re-name it because it's marketable and they can sell more merchandise that way. Just painting the ride isn't marketable and it costs the park money so this is a clever way to make a profit but I doubt the ride experience will change much. I won't fault them for that but I'm not all that interested. I'm not reading too far into the line about "new technology" because that could mean anything. Maybe it will be cool but until something is announced I'm not getting excited about it.
And second of all... Yes. I am hung up on the "measly" sky ride. I'm hung up on the sky ride because it's just another ride in the endless list of rides that this park has removed and not replaced with anything because this park has no concept of the fact that a park needs more than just roller coasters to be enjoyable. This park was better 10 years ago in 2005 than it was in 2014 and for that to ever be the case at any park is truly amazing. I can't think of any other park anywhere where you could honestly say that but in this case it's the truth.
Here's a list of non coaster rides closed since 2005...
Log Flume (good ride replaced by an ugly, awful piece of crap)
Colossus (iconic ride that was not replaced at all, a ride was relocated here that already existed in the park and an up-charge carnival ride was added)
Chaos (not replaced)
Spider (not replaced)
Rodeo (not replaced, highly visible eyesore pad and queue is still there 8 years later)
Bumper Buggies (not replaced)
Double Trouble (not replaced)
Time Warp (not replaced, pad is still there 6 years later)
Nightwing (replaced with a ride that we already had only now it's outside so it's far less interesting)
Shipwreck Falls (actually replaced but with the current State of Goliath and it's new train I'd almost rather have Shipwreck Falls back)
Catapult (not replaced)
Taz's Daredevil Dive (actually replaced)
Twister (not replaced, and despite the rumors I'll believe it when I see it)
New England Skyway (we all know this will never be replaced)
In that time the following adult non coaster rides have been added
Splashwater Falls (replaced the log flume... the log flume was a much better ride)
Slingshot (an up-charge Carnival ride)
New England Skyscreamer
Yup... that's it. So yes, I'm annoyed about the Sky Ride. I'm really annoyed, because this park just continues to do this stuff year after year.
Similar to Great Adventure's story for 15 years.
Basically the story of every single Six Flags park.