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I know it's been way too long since I did a photo TR, but I thought I'd share with you guys some photos I took today of the opening weekend for Six Flags New England. The park was intended to be open from 10-8pm today, but due to the low low crowds and weather, the park closed up early at 3pm.

 

To start off here are some changes that the park has made.

Nightwing: The George Foreman Grill Experience - Gone

Joker's Wildcard - Returned and is in the spot where nightwing was.

Timewarp - Gone

Superman Ride of Steel - Well everyone knows it's Bizarro now.

Slingshot - New upcharge ride in the DC area

Mind Eraser - Brand new paint job (first one since the ride opened back in 1997)

Thunderbolt - Got rid of the single lapbar and replaced them with individual lapbars, seat divider, new seatbelts, and they need to be unlocked by the ride attendant, not electric like before.

 

Other than that, all of the employees were down to earth people and friendly as can be, the park was very clean and well maintained, they were even vigilant in cleaning the bathrooms every 30 minutes. I made sure to look at the bathroom inspection log that's promptly posted in the bathroom.

 

So now onto some photos

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last picture, SFNE brought in Six Flags Radio and Six Flags TV Networks into the park. The entire park has good music playing, with of course Rockville and Crackaxle music themed to their areas.

 

Final words...I can't wait to see how Bizarro will be when the ride opens on Memorial day weekend and I think this will be a great year at SFNE.

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Fine selection of beer within the park. A plus about SFNE, is the ability to enjoy a beer while watching people enjoy having fun on the rides

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Carousal looking nice as can be. The roof could use a power wash.

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I still couldn't get over how dead the park was. But I will say it was nice walking around and taking photos

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They haven't gotten around to finish painting the station

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Now some shots of Bizarro for your enjoyment

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Thunderbolt looks like it's going to fall apart unless it gets a paint job.

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Overview of the park from the Skyway. I'm glad they still have this ride in the park. Riverside classic and one of my childhood favorites

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Another dead park photo shot

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They didn't do a good job in finishing the job in removing the foundations for timewarp yet.

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Looks odd without Timewarp being there

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Mr. six was out in the park doing his dance numbers...with no one watching! poor guy.

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Advertisement for Rollercoaster cuts on Route 66

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Bizarro themeing being built

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Mind Eraser looks great with the new paint job

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Wow, look at all those people.

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Route 66 cars got a coat of fresh paint. They even removed the canopy on some of the cars

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This is at the bottom of the first drop. I swear it looks like if you're not careful, the thing can take your hands off.

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They didn't finish painting bizarro yet.

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Good spot for the ride, I didn't ride it yet since I didn't feel like paying $25 bucks for it.

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This area of the park is now called The Sports Zone. This is where the new slingshot $25 upcharge ride is

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Something bizarre did happen. There's video footage of the ride getting struck by a purple lightning bolt.

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Bizarro! Bizarro! Bizarro!

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Ooooo, one of the new trains already ready to go.

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Original Joker's Wildcard signage from where the ride originally was

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Joker's Wildcard. You can see they added boarding where the hole was for Nightwing.

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New Park map that's much more accurate than the previous ones

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It's purple! The ride actually looks nice with the blue and purple paint scheme.

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Batman: The Dark Knight got re-turfed....

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One of the new advertising boards in the park

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Thunderbolt as you can see needs a paint job really badly. I would have taken Thunderbolt having a paint job than Mind Eraser.

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Looking up towards the main entrance

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Dead park.

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SFNE has a really beautiful park entrance

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Someone on the tram thought those what the six flags of Six Flags were...I advised her that New England having six states was just coincidental

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Oh yeah, this park is going to be busy

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Thank you guys for the compliments on my report so far .

 

Interesting report. Booo to Thunderbolt getting new lap bars and seat belts. I really liked that ride last year, I hope it is still just as good. Still can't deside if I like the whole Bizarro thing or not, but I really want to ride it again!

 

I didn't get a chance to ride it with the new restraints, but my friend Brian who I was at the park with did. He said it's not the same. You don't get that airtime you did with the old lapbar. With these, you get a bit of the airtime, but the restraints push you back down.

 

Now what really makes me scratch my head is, I thought the old style lapbars were a key feature of a classic wooden coaster to be able to receive the ACE coaster classic that it received in 2008.

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Will New England people really like that big Redskins logo on their field!?!?

 

Also, is this the first confirmation of the 'Funatics' thing we've seen? It was on the picture about upgrading to a season pass. I wonder if this will be chain wide or what. Craig, was there any info on the 'Funatic' thing?

 

I know we have a thread about it somewhere too.

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Thanks for the report! When you say Thunderbolt has to be unlocked by the attendant, are you talking about the seatbelts or the lap bars? Either way, that can't be good for capacity. I was also going to ask if it now has the hollow seat dividers, but I guess you wouldn't know since you said you didn't ride it.

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Will New England people really like that big Redskins logo on their field!?!?

 

Also, is this the first confirmation of the 'Funatics' thing we've seen? It was on the picture about upgrading to a season pass. I wonder if this will be chain wide or what. Craig, was there any info on the 'Funatic' thing?

 

I know we have a thread about it somewhere too.

 

Wow, you caught two things I did not even realize in my photos and I took them. haha

 

 

I don't know how New England residents would take it. It would have made more sense if they put down the New England Patriots...however, I'm pretty sure it's easier to use the Redskins logo with the new management. i.e. no need to file for use of a registered logo.

 

As for the funatics, I think I did see some advertisement in the bathroom where you could text a word to one of those text phone numbers and get discounts and special offers. But other than that, no. I didn't see anything or hear anything else.

 

Thanks for the report! When you say Thunderbolt has to be unlocked by the attendant, are you talking about the seatbelts or the lap bars? Either way, that can't be good for capacity. I was also going to ask if it now has the hollow seat dividers, but I guess you wouldn't know since you said you didn't ride it.

 

Thank you. The lapbar gets released by the attendant. They need to press on a foot pedal for each car to unlock the restraints. And it does have a seat divider. My friend Brian, was the one that disclosed me everything about how they gutted the thunderbolt trains and added the new restraints and seat divider.

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Yup, definately bad for capacity for sure. Attention riders of thunderbolt, you may expect some loading delays so please don't get pissed off at the park management!

 

Playland's Coaster, Coney Island Cyclone and Knoebel's Twister and Phoenix are perhaps the most efficient loaders i know of.

 

~ Jess "Stop bastardizing the beautiful woodies with modern features" Chan

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Yup, definately bad for capacity for sure. Attention riders of thunderbolt, you may expect some loading delays so please don't get pissed off at the park management!

 

Why not? They made the decision to change it!

 

I'm really starting to like the whole Bizarro thing. But I still think it's lame that it won't be open until Memorial Day.

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Yup, definately bad for capacity for sure. Attention riders of thunderbolt, you may expect some loading delays so please don't get pissed off at the park management!

 

Why not? They made the decision to change it!

 

I'm really starting to like the whole Bizarro thing. But I still think it's lame that it won't be open until Memorial Day.

 

It's usually around Memorial day is when the new rides generally open at the park. Dark Knight was intended to open for memorial day until SFNE decided to cancel the project and put astro turf over the foundation.

 

What I can't wait is the new trains, i hope the ride will be smooth just like when it first opened.

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When I first saw the theme panels going up on Bizarro, I wasn't sure how it would turn out. But now that I see the one at the bottom of the first drop finished and others starting to go up, I really like how its turning out. Can't wait to see the finished product.

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When I first saw the theme panels going up on Bizarro, I wasn't sure how it would turn out. But now that I see the one at the bottom of the first drop finished and others starting to go up, I really like how its turning out. Can't wait to see the finished product.

 

They say that the tunnels will have fog machines. Wouldn't that be pretty cool to see a wall of fog coming out of that bizarro panel opening with the coaster track kinda disappearing into the fog. Hopefully that's what they're intending to do, but we'll see what happens when Memorial Day Weekend rolls around.

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I was at the park this morning, and even though it wasn't raining, the park was just as dead. Everything was a walk-on, and I was able to ride everything in a few hours except for Pandemonium, which had vallied in the helix (!).

 

They were still working on Bizarro, and the exit/photo area was open to allow a closer look at the new shield flythrough. The new Thunderbolt train worried me too -- it easily adds a minute or more to the unload time, and there was only one train in sight (anyone know where the second one is?).

 

As to the Funatics thing, there were signs in the park directing you to sign up for it at http://www.sixflags.com/national/footerNav/enews.aspx . They don't ask for your season pass number when you sign up, so if they track how many times you visit they must be matching up your name and address.

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The Superman Shields, which overhang the photo area.

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Pandemonium, after valleying in the helix.

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They were still working on Bizarro, and the exit/photo area was open to allow a closer look at the new shield flythrough. The new Thunderbolt train worried me too -- it easily adds a minute or more to the unload time, and there was only one train on sight (anyone know where the second one is?).

 

They generally rotate in using the two trains every season. But as for running two trains on Thunderbolt, it cannot be done due to the braking system. If they had pinch brakes, then they would be able to have two trains since they stop a train much faster than the skid brakes on thunderbolt.

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Wow my old home park has changed so much in just a year. You can really see how bad the park is now. I used to just deal with it but now the park is just looking horrible. The crowds, lack of Superman, an upcharge attraction, really show how this park is going down the drain.

Thank God I moved 20 minutes away from Kings Island! Cedar Fair who is NOT Bankrupt!

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