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Was down in MD visiting friends this weekend and after making a quick stop at American Dream on Friday on the ride down (threw a couple pictures on FB), I started the ride back with a stop at American

I was at the park on that day, too. It was actually my first visit, and I couldn't have picked a better day to experience the desolation that is Six Flags America on a November Sunday. There's no way

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Maryland’s First Floorless Roller Coaster to Debut at Six Flags America in 2019

Epic Thrill Ride, FIREBIRD, Takes Flight

 

UPPER MARLBORO, MD — August 30, 2018 — Six Flags America, DC’s Thrill Capital, today announced FIREBIRD, the only floorless roller coaster in Maryland, will open in spring 2019. This all-new coaster experience will take thrill-seekers through incredible twists, drops and inversions, all while seated in state-of-the-art floorless trains.

 

“Six Flags is always taking thrilling innovation to the next level,” said Park President Rick Howarth. “FIREBIRD is a game-changer; offering guests an unparalleled, new riding experience. The floorless trains will give riders the sensation of being airborne as they soar along a half-mile of track with nothing beneath their feet but the wind.”

 

FIREBIRD’s exhilarating flight path takes off with a heart pumping, nine-story drop, and features two thrilling inversions and a smoother, faster riding experience.

 

FIREBIRD highlights:

 

· Two state-of-the-art sit-down floorless trains, precision designed and built by Swiss manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard ;

 

· Multiple high-banked curves with high-speed carousel and corkscrew rolls; and

 

· A twisted airtime hill plus an adrenaline pumping figure-eight finale.

 

Guests will be able to bid farewell to Apocalypse on September 8 with special ride times offered to Members and members of American Coaster Enthusiasts. FIREBIRD is scheduled to open spring 2019.

 

For more information on FIREBIRD and next season at Six Flags America, visit https://sixflags.com/America/newfor2019.

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I'm excited about this! Never made it out to SFA yet, but rode Apocalypse when it was Iron Wolf, and as with most Standups, "meh"... So any Floorless conversion is a good Floorless conversion to me! (Though, I'd like to check out Georgia Scorcher while it's still a stand-up, since it's regarded as one of the better ones - I'm glad it didn't get the conversion treatment this year!)

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Finally! After all of the laughing and clowning that Six Flags would never invest in this park, and making this conversion, they proved everyone wrong. Looking forward to seeing if anyone is all torn up over this. This is great. We've been talking about this happening for years. Well, it happened.

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Biggest surprise of the morning for me. I truly cannot believe they are hanging onto this hunk-o-junk.

 

At least you guys aren't losing a coaster?

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Are the new trains going to be six or seven cars?

 

6. See pic.

 

I think it's still an open question. Yeah the little diagram there shows 6, and that may be accurate. But the animation shows 8, and the picture shows 7. Most floorless trains have 7 or 8. Apocalypse currently has 7, and I think there's only one B&M floorless in the world with 6 car trains. Patriot, which is comparable, got 7 car trains.

 

I think 6 car trains would be better because they should help keep a good pace during the second half of the ride.

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Biggest surprise of the morning for me. I truly cannot believe they are hanging onto this hunk-o-junk.

 

At least you guys aren't losing a coaster?

 

Lol, I'm not surprised. People asked for years, now they have received

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Biggest surprise of the morning for me. I truly cannot believe they are hanging onto this hunk-o-junk.

 

At least you guys aren't losing a coaster?

 

Lol, I'm not surprised. People asked for years, now they have received

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Having skipped out on Apocalypse last year when the kiddo and I visited, I was going to try to make it down to SFA tomorrow while in transit to Williamsburg, but y'know what... I don't really need to ride a standup THAT badly before it closes, especially not if they're going to be converting it to a floorless next year. I'll save myself the leg and crotch pain (gods know I've got enough of that already!). Looking forward to giving it a spin with the new trains and new name!

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The only way I can judge this is by riding. Maybe it will be relaxing enough to enjoy a mild layout, or maybe they're exchanging one set of OTSR torture for another. I didn't find that the ride was too rough, so I never could figure out why I'd get a mild headache from the bottom of the drop to the brake run almost every time. I love a good standup, however riding it just made me miss having access to a good one all the more, because it wasn't.

 

I wonder if they will actually have a pool like in the video, or is that just from somewhere else? While the Apocalypse theming was impressive, it seemed the last thing SFA needed, which is anything more attractive.

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I was expecting this but still left disappointed lol. I just feel like this park deserves much more and even the GP will know that this ride is not new. Hopefully the experience is better but I don’t see them doing much to change the theming.

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This thread can be one of the worse at times, it's always the same thing over and over again.

 

Hopefully someday they will get a new coaster but they do have Superman, so that's a plus any park would want in my opinion. Also, at least the coaster count isn't going down by 1.

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Of course there is stuff to be happy about. However, superman is over 18 years old. Even the general public know the coaster here get boring quickly, but we continue to come back because it’s local and cheap. The park has been overdue for a new coaster, so it’s kinda hard to be happy every year.

This thread can be one of the worse at times, it's always the same thing over and over again.

 

Hopefully someday they will get a new coaster but they do have Superman, so that's a plus any park would want in my opinion. Also, at least the coaster count isn't going down by 1.

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