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Went to opening day today; I couldn't stay long because I had other things to do, but I had just enough time to get my season pass processed, take a few pictures, and even get a ride or two in. The park actually wasn't that crowded, but I've experienced a few opening days for the park, and none of them were particularly busy. But as was expected, there were a few hiccups in operations as both the employees and the rides got comfortable with guest throughput. Anyway, onto some pictures.

 

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The skyline for the park has changed DRAMATICALLY with New England Sky Screamer. It's so tall that you can see it all the way from the bridge crossing the Connecticut river in Enfield, CT. Driving up to the park, it was pretty breath-taking seeing just how big this ride was.

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The parking lot wasn't quite empty, but there was still a decent amount of people for opening day. At least it kept the lines down.

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NESS was all the park goers could talk about.

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I still find it crazy that the red portion of the tower alone is taller than Cyclone.

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Hello Bizarro! I've missed you. This is my first to the park since 2012, so you'll forgive me if some of the changes I mention were made for last year rather than this year.

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The biometric scanners were in place, and gone were the turnstiles. Because so many people were getting their season pass card at the front gate, the line moved a little slowly; but I have a feeling the pace will pick up the further into the season it gets.

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New maps with NESS on the cover.

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Season Pass Processing is no longer in its old building, but in the old gift shop of Whistlestop. It was a bit odd seeing the ride operating behind people's pass processing.

So aside from the young employees getting used to the system and the expected queue, the season pass processing system is actually fairly quick. I guess since everything is now automated and you don't have to wait for a picture of yourself on a card it really speeds up the process. Overall, it's an improvement over the old system, unless you're one of those types of people who likes to collect old passes containing your photo

 

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Thunderbolt is boasting a sexy paint job!

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The ride looks really good now, very fresh.

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Despite not having a lot of time in the park, there's always time for Bizarro!

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The mist in the tunnels were not running, even though temperatures were pushing close to 70 degrees all day.

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Sorry for the dark picture. I am in need of a new camera soon.

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In the queue for Bizarro, I was very surprised to see the monitors play an episode of Merrie Melodies.

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I couldn't hear what was going on, but I'd MUCH rather watch some classic cartoons than listen to some of the stuff they usually play.

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The lines moved very slowly, but they remained short all day. This is the set of switchbacks right before entering the station. These filled up again a few minutes after I took this picture, but it never got overwhelming for the crew.

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The lift hill felt like it's been slowed down, and the ride felt a little sluggish. It was still a very fun ride, and the airtime on this hill was still intense, but I hope the summer brings back those powerful rides I've come to know.

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Well this is awkward...

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You can pretty much see NESS anywhere in the park. I don't think you could have even seen the skycoaster from this point last year.

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I can confirm that Twister is gone...... It was a very sucky ride, but now it means that Six Flags New England is completely without an inverting flat ride. I love SFNE, and I'll be the first to come to the park's defense, but I'll also be the first to put in some criticism where criticism is due. SFNE desperately needs flats; but NESS is a good step in the right direction.

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I didn't ride Mind Eraser, but they seem to have a good, quick crew this year. Then again, for the past few years I've seen some of the best crews at Mind Eraser.

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Also didn't ride Batman: The Dark Knight, but it's always good to see it running.

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It looked to be running a little slower than normal, but again, it might just be because it's opening day and only just returning to action.

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Sorry Scream! You're no longer the high and mighty towers you once were.

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Goliath was not running, but there was a reason why.....

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.....Premier train on the tracks.

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Especially after last year, I'm not holding my breath for the new train taking over, but there were plenty of maintenance workers all over the ride and up the first tower.

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These fellas sure aren't afraid of heights.

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Another look at Thunderbolt's paint and a train full of happy riders.

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They had water dummies in the trains.

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It didn't look like they were ready to test the ride, at least in the time while I was there, but there is definitely work being done on the train; so hopefully that work is finishing touches.

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It looks out of place, but I'm really glad Goliath could join Six Flags New England's family.

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Flashback was up and running.

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The line was a one-train wait, but I've kind of given up on this Boomerang.

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I really wouldn't be that upset if Flashback were to go away in the near future, just so long as it actually gets replaced with something worthwhile.

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Employees can also be seen at NESS.

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This ride is just massive. Given the years of height restrictions imposed on SFNE in the past, I still can't believe it finally got something like this.

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The water feature was an extra nice touch.

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I've been on both Windseekers and Star Flyers, and I prefer Star Flyers. I can't wait to experience New England Sky Screamer later this year.

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Poor Catapult. It wasn't the most comfortable rides, but it was unique and I always enjoyed it.

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This archway of sorts was placed above the stairs leading to the north-most end of the park.

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Didn't ride Pandemonium, but it's still a hit with families. The operator working the ride also sounded very enthusiastic.

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Goliath may be down, but it is not lacking in attention.

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It doesn't appear that they've changed the air gates. It's a little hard to tell if those dummies look comfortable in those seats or not.

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I wish Goliath's crew the best of luck. Whether they succeed or not, I hope to be able to ride Goliath again soon.

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Very disappointed to see that the shortcut from Crackaxle Canyon to the front of the park has been closed off :(

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A lot of the shops on Main Street have undergone name changes. Only a few seemed to cater to a brand name, so I'm not so sure why they felt the changes necessary. Oh well.

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And a look at their map with the addition of New England Sky Screamer.

 

So that was opening day at Six Flags New England, and it was pretty much everything I expected: New employees learning, frequent ride breakdowns, the "new for 2014" ride not running yet, etc. I certainly had a good day, but there is a lot of room for improvement, particularly in the current flat ride lineup. I really hate to complain, but I seriously hope that SFNE can make a comeback in this department, even if it means putting a major coaster planned on hold. That was really my only big problem, I'm hoping that the smaller problems I had like ride and employee performance (I would say food prices, but I almost never buy food in the park) will improve over the course of the season. The employees were nice, the park was clean, I can still see this being a good year.

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That Sky Screamer is just nothing but jaw-droppingness the whole way through, or rather, up. I'll probably never ride it anyway, as I don't go along well with Chairswing rides anyway, but I'm certain the view from the top will be unmatched.

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^ I think it was closed most if not all of the season. I was there opening day last year when they had first moved the Season Pass processing to its current location in Whistlestop Park and First Aid to the location near Hurricane Harbor. I seem to remember the shortcut being closed at that time since there wasn't a need to provide easy access to First Aid.

 

As for Goliath, I don't think it will be open this weekend. The station platform looked like it was full of water dummies and other stuff and while I was at the park, there were people working on it in the station, and at various points in the day, up in different sections of the two towers.

 

NESS looks like most of the actual ride and ride platform are ready but the queue is still under construction in the former Catapult area.

 

Some thoughts I had regarding the rest of the park. First, Bizarro, Mind Eraser and Batman were all running 2 trains the entire time I was there.

 

Cyclone really needs the topper track from the top of the lift through the first drop. It was pretty rough in the back seat today. I know I was probably asking for it by riding in that seat, but the topper track sections were noticeably smoother.

 

Bizarro was running well but they seemed to be having trouble getting the train dispatched due lap bars not being down far enough. It appeared that the only person who was able to tell if they were in the correct position was the operator in the booth and she kept having to lean down a squint to see if the display said it was OK. I'm not sure if it was just glare on the monitor or what, but it definitely slowed the process down a lot.

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As an operator said at the park, NESS will most likely open in May. I had a problem getting in too. I used my "10 dollar tickets for a friend" with my season pass. We got to the gate, and were told to go to the ticket booth to purchase the ticket. Then they told us to get the ticket at the entry way first. I finally got a park manager, and I had to get in with my season pass, the lady gave my friend a ticket, and he had to go buy it then enter. The park was awesome though, and it looks like they have something good where twister was..

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Went to SFNE on the second day of the season. It was a pretty good day all though we didn't stay the whole time. It was cloudy and rainy in the morning but then cleared up. The only long lines were Bizarro (but moved pretty fast). Pandaemonium and Cyclone which has the worst ride ops in the park. Bizarro was only running okay today. Better than the end of last season when it was running awful. Hopefully all it needs is some warming up. I also saw the new New England Sky Screamer which is pretty cool. This is my first trip report so enjoy!

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View from the parking lot of the beautiful sky screamer

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Goliath the GIB

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Walking over the bridge toward the park.

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Here is the new biometric system using your finger print. Unfortunately the guy yelled at me when i tried to take a picture.

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heading on main street.

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Waiting in line outside of the que. There were problems with Bizarro for a while.

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They put the audio back on both trains. It was removed from one last season. but was only playing on one train.

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Tiviloi model and the side of a SLC.

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The hang and bang. It was a walk on line.

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The secret to a enjoyable ride is try to keep your head in one place against one side of the restraint.

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In case you forgot what you were riding.

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Off to batman B&M floorless.

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It was also a walk on.

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The circuits on this ride get shorter and shorter each season.

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They removed the twister as most people were expecting.

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The closed goliath and the sky screamer

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Thunder bolt rocking that new paint job from last year.

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It's been like 2 years and I still have not gotten this credit.

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Most people don't know that the cyclone is only 2 years older than the flashback.

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The sky screamer down the mid way.

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Hard to see, but they are working on the train.... again

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The only sports bar at a six flags.

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Scream. Got to love S&S

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Here is the original tower which was originally painted red. May be time for a new paint job.

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Intamin godness.

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Here is more of mostly the sky screamer and bizarro

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The NESS and pandemonium.

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I thought it would look like an eye sour but I really adjusted fast.

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A new portal for the north end.

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A nice water fall.

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All of the gondolas are attached.

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Cyclone. I didn't get to ride it because of the long line, Terrible ride ops, and they were only running one train.

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The gondolas are further down from where they attach than all of the other Sky Screamers.

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The paint fading pandemonium with the now finished lighting system on it.

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Thunderbolt.

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I am the first and only person ever to get this view of the ride!

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Brake run

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Bizarro was only running okay today.

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Anyone else hear anything about the rumor of turning it back into superman?

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Air Time!

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NESS down the mid way. Pretty American picture.

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They repaved and did some brick work in some spots.

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It really is tall i saw it miles away on the Connecticut river.

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Ended they day early. Today was really just to register the season passes.

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I decided this year to go on Opening Day. Bizarro was running a bit sluggish; I found a group of ACErs in front of Pandemonium who were discussing the possibility of a RMC Cyclone; and (worryingly) I found a loose metal floorboard on Bizarro. The thing was coming up and hitting the restraints on every hill. The ride-op wouldn't listen to my repeated pleas to have someone take a look at it until it came completely loose (I was right next to it, and I ended up holding it down on the more intense hills). I picked it up, walked up to the ride supervisor with it under my arm, handed it to her, said, "I believe this belongs to you", and explained where it had come from. Unfortunately, I left soon after, so I did not get to see what, if anything, they did about it.

 

I did not have a camera on me at the time (because I don't usually take photos), so I don't have any pictures of the floorboard. It did not appear to be structurally integral to the train; it covered what appeared to be a thicker metal plate below it. It was steel, with rhombus-shaped protrusions of the type usually seen on steel plate. Anyone know about the design of the Bizarro trains enough to explain what the heck was going on there?

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I decided this year to go on Opening Day. Bizarro was running a bit sluggish; I found a group of ACErs in front of Pandemonium who were discussing the possibility of a RMC Cyclone; and (worryingly) I found a loose metal floorboard on Bizarro. The thing was coming up and hitting the restraints on every hill. The ride-op wouldn't listen to my repeated pleas to have someone take a look at it until it came completely loose (I was right next to it, and I ended up holding it down on the more intense hills). I picked it up, walked up to the ride supervisor with it under my arm, handed it to her, said, "I believe this belongs to you", and explained where it had come from. Unfortunately, I left soon after, so I did not get to see what, if anything, they did about it.

 

I did not have a camera on me at the time (because I don't usually take photos), so I don't have any pictures of the floorboard. It did not appear to be structurally integral to the train; it covered what appeared to be a thicker metal plate below it. It was steel, with rhombus-shaped protrusions of the type usually seen on steel plate. Anyone know about the design of the Bizarro trains enough to explain what the heck was going on there?

 

Thats Crazy! But I did see some welding on the train some time in the day.

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I found a loose metal floorboard on Bizarro. The thing was coming up and hitting the restraints on every hill. The ride-op wouldn't listen to my repeated pleas to have someone take a look at it until it came completely loose (I was right next to it, and I ended up holding it down on the more intense hills). I picked it up, walked up to the ride supervisor with it under my arm, handed it to her, said, "I believe this belongs to you", and explained where it had come from. Unfortunately, I left soon after, so I did not get to see what, if anything, they did about it.

 

While I am surprised to hear that this happened, I'm not surprised to hear about how they handled it. This park has a serious issue with their staff and they have for the last few seasons. We usually go to about 20 different parks each year and SFNE consistently has the worst staff of any of them. They're extremely inefficient, inattentive and usually flat out rude. They also ignore all posted park policies and make up their own.

 

How you don't even go over and glance at the ride vehicle in question when someone brings this to your attention is beyond me. It could be a serious safety issue if it detaches when the ride is going over 70 MPH.

 

Unfortunately the guy yelled at me when i tried to take a picture.

 

Yup... sounds like they're in mid-season form.

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In all honesty, I think they should fill the Twister spot with another flat, because as mentioned before, the park is anemic in terms of flats. Also, Flashback needs to go. It's definitely started to run its course. It's been through the product placement phase of its life, and I don't think any amusement park needs two boomerang coasters at once. Fill the Twister spot with a flat, and the Flashback spot with another flat, perhaps one that is intense enough to make up for taking out a coaster.

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In all honesty, I think they should fill the Twister spot with another flat, because as mentioned before, the park is anemic in terms of flats. Also, Flashback needs to go. It's definitely started to run its course. It's been through the product placement phase of its life, and I don't think any amusement park needs two boomerang coasters at once. Fill the Twister spot with a flat, and the Flashback spot with another flat, perhaps one that is intense enough to make up for taking out a coaster.

 

You have some great ideas but this is Six Flags New England we're talking about here. They don't usually replace flats, they just remove them or replace them with a flat they already had and then they leave that ride's old pad empty.

 

Rodeo, Time Warp, Colossus (this one really is unforgivable), Spider, Double Trouble, Chaos, Nightwing and now Twister have yet to be replaced with rides. Colossus was replaced with a swing ride we already had and that ride wasn't replaced... Nightwing was replaced with a Trabaunt we already had and that was never replaced. Besides that all we have in place of these rides are smoking areas, a bathroom, games, or usually nothing.

 

They've left much larger pads empty... this ride had a small footprint so it's easy for them to pretend it never existed. There's no way they're going to replace it with a ride.

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Two boomerangs? Really? Is this how we treat a park with one of the best coasters on earth!? and by donating a low-capacity, maintenance nightmare? A max-air would fit perfectly where flashback is but I noticed in one of the pictures that there is already a revolution-type ride in there (I forgot what the make is called).

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^^ Fair point. It's a shame really, especially since the park could really benefit from classic flats. I remember when they had a damn Ferris Wheel (I think where they now have ErUPtion and the occassional stage show) and it really feels barren, especially if you are meandering from one quote unquote "signature ride." I rode all of the flats you mentioned at least at one point and remember each experience distinctly.

 

 

Do you know if they still have Kontiki, the kind of Matterhorn flat? That one is dreadfully easy to miss as it is tucked away. (Actually, the only full front view I can think of is from the exit pool of Tornado).

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Two boomerangs? Really? Is this how we treat a park with one of the best coasters on earth!? and by donating a low-capacity, maintenance nightmare? A max-air would fit perfectly where flashback is but I noticed in one of the pictures that there is already a revolution-type ride in there (I forgot what the make is called).

 

The one you are thinking of is Tomahawk in Crack Axle Canyon, if I am not mistaken.

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Do you know if they still have Kontiki, the kind of Matterhorn flat?

 

For some ridiculous reason yes, they still have it. They have no problem removing popular rides in prime locations and not replacing them but the one ride that nobody will ever see is still operating. It used to be a little better when it was near the entrance to the waterpark but now it's down a pathway that's not inviting at all and almost looks like the entrance to a backstage area. It makes no sense.

 

Two boomerangs? Really? Is this how we treat a park with one of the best coasters on earth!? and by donating a low-capacity, maintenance nightmare?

 

The problem isn't really Goliath, everyone loves Goliath. A lot of people, even people on this site (myself included) consider it the best coaster in the park since Bizarro is a shadow of it's former self at this point. Goliath is a great ride which always has long lines and it's a coaster that I think is really underrated.

 

The problem is that Flashback is still there even though Goliath is much better, but to be fair it's still really popular even though it's a horrible ride.

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Two boomerangs? Really? Is this how we treat a park with one of the best coasters on earth!? and by donating a low-capacity, maintenance nightmare?

 

The problem isn't really Goliath, everyone loves Goliath. A lot of people, even people on this site (myself included) consider it the best coaster in the park since Bizarro is a shadow of it's former self at this point. Goliath is a great ride which always has long lines and it's a coaster that I think is really underrated.

 

The problem is that Flashback is still there even though Goliath is much better, but to be fair it's still really popular even though it's a horrible ride.

 

 

I love Goliath too. It was a crowd favorite at Great America as Deja Vu. But I question why the chain would take it out of three parks and gift it to a fourth, given the headaches it causes. SFNE surely had to spend money on it and I am pleased to see they are giving it new trains. Hopefully you guys will be able to enjoy it longer than we did, but to be safe, enjoy it while it lasts.

 

I am not too familiar with SFNE's bizarre/superman situation. Though it may have already been talked about to death, can you shed some light in one quick paragraph on why the coaster is a shadow of its former self? Is it slower? Did new theming interfere with the ride experience in some way? Thanks!

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The fact that there are two boomerangs right next to each other seems odd... Until you start to think about how six flags knew they wanted to put new trains on Goliath... They probably knew there would be problems getting it into a solid state of performance and said "let's leave flashback up and running until we get this new toy working the way we want, then take it down." It's a decent piece for land, that they could definitely reuse for a future ride (maybe a euro fighter or el loco) in the future, but unlike the flat ride conversation, six flags still likes to boast about how many coasters are in a park, they don't care if there are two of the same idea, all they care about it "Six Flags New England, come check out our 11 world class coasters, including the #2 steel coaster in the world!"

 

I think when Goliath gets going with the new trains, we will see them take down flashback, we can only hope it's replaced immediately with something else...

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