I was invited to attend the Bizarro Media Day at Six Flags New England on behalf of Theme Park Review. The event itself was amazing. It was basically ERT from 9am until 6pm and they opened up a few rides in the superhero area of the park (Catwoman, Joker, and the new Blitz slingshot tower). Johnny Rockets was open with complimentary, well, everything! Food, drinks, milkshakes and more.
The event was open to media, Ace members and winners of both radio contests and the golden ticket scavenger hunt. Onto the photos!
Last detail at the exit.
In all seriousness, the additions made the number one steel rollercoaster in the world better. It is now more of a ride "experience", similar to what you can find at a Universal / IOA / Busch / Disney type park. For hardcore enthusiasts, I can assure you that it actually rides better (smoother, maybe faster, and possibly even more ejector air, if that is possible) than Superman did before. For the general public, who may not know what air time is, never mind the kinds of airtime, are sure to walk away with more fulfillment of waiting in line than ever before. Good Job Six Flags. Thanks for holding the event.
Hot Fuzz gives two thumbs up (the other is behind me ) for Bizarro!
View from the exit ramp.
Last of the exclusive shots. Again, the changing audio effects through this tunnel are right on the mark.
Second of three mist tunnels. The lights on this section are bright in the day. Look forward to riding at night.
We interrupt this Media Event for a service road advisory....."Dump bodies"...LOL
On the return trip.
There is really so much going on it is hard to take everything in between the ride itself, the themeing and the audio.
I cannot wait to see this ride at night...I was told by many a staff that it will be amazing. Lights have been added everywhere.
These fit in very nicely in this section of the ride.
The attention to detail is astounding as you can see those are real flowers in the upside buildings. Something I didn't notice while on the ride.
Though tough to see, Bizarro has punched a crater in the earth....the raised art are the continents or Htrae.
Here is what you look at entering the first tunnel from the first drop.
I would like to thank the creator of "burst mode" as a camera setting for being able to capture choice photos. Hi Steve.
Good stuff right?
No, I did not suddenly go to Cedar Point. This is an exclusive view from the service road. Thank you Melissa Pinkerton for setting this up. You are awesome.
I like this picture. Everyone is wearing Bizarro tshirts. I still have the old newspaper clipping of the first riders wearing the old Superman tshirts back from way back. Funny though, these riders were declared the first riders despite the coaster being open for two hours....(shrugs)
The wind picked up in the afternoon stopping the nukes from firing....so you will have to settle with the "through the trees" version instead.
At SFNE we can have our cake and eat it too.
He is a portion of the group with many costumed heros and villains.
Park President Larry Litton addressed the crowd at 11am. He is so happy to have this coaster in his park. He thanked the coaster enthusiast community for their (our) continued support for the park and his award winning coaster.
You can notice two things here: Derry sitting with all of her friends and the new speakers. The sound is a bit too loud while sitting on the transfer track however and seemed to be the consensus of many who road. A small issue I am sure will be addressed over time.
To counteract the heat, there are now three misting areas...not fog, mist. One in the first tunnel, one in the new "S" tunnel and the last in this tunnel. It is nice to see it return after being off for so many years.
The sounds playing on the train change and coincide nicely with each of the integrated effects.
Oh yea, and you can bet your intamin butt you can feel the nuclear blast while riding too.
The heat from these things are immense. They can be felt in the queue line on the ground and inside the station if waiting for the seats near the back of the train.
And as Bizarro dives into the first helix, the LAVA throwers kick on if it its not too windy.
The new slingshot tower Blitz in the foreground. Only $6 bucks for us to ride and the money went to charity.
Oh, and it's painted purple now, in case I needed to mention that...
You always were number 1.....always. The attention to detail is really superb.
Here is the 100,000 megawatt sound system control for the trains. Putting it in the middle of the train was absolutely a great move as putting in the last car would take away from the best seat in the house.
Here are the new restraints on the new trains. Gone are the days of the leg shackles.
If I had hair, it would be standing up on end....should have seen Christiana's 80's hair though afterwards
Many monitors were playing in the queue but unfortunately didn't spend any time watching them as there was NO LINE!
Me Bizarro now at Xis Sgalf.
Auger of doom! No auger here in Agawam as it is an auger free town, or state for that matter. (Oh, there is one more story board but that pic didn't come out.)
Too bad the blast didn't hit El Toro.....calling it El Bizarro.
More...but hopefully you won't be this far back in line to have to read this.
Ninjas make everything cooler.
The first of many queue line story boards.
Here is the ceiling image inside the locker area just after the entrance. Loose articles bad! Store them or me smash you.
First change would be the signage over the station. I didn't notice the stupid tree limb until just now...sorry.
Empty midways are becoming synonymous with things related to TPR. Gotta love that.
My media pass and a Bizarro pin were given to, well, the media...duh.
I have found all you need is a TPR bag to become a VIP! (kidding, don't go and try that)
Maybe something for you all to look forward to?
Arrival at Agawam, home of the #1 Steel Coaster in the world....