Six Flags New England- Harley Quinn Spinsanity
My visiting habits to SFNE are sort of odd. I usually visit 2-3 times before Labor Day and 2-3 times after Labor Day. If I visit in the summer, usually it’s only for 2-3 hours around closing because I force my route through Springfield. Since I purchased a season-long Flash Pass during last year’s Flash Sale, I may change those habits a bit this year. But this visit was my usual summer visit.
My goal was to ride the big two coasters and Harley Quinn Spinsanity. Anything else would be gravy. My sister wasn’t interested the least bit in Harley Quinn, so I figured I’d Flash Pass that a few times and hope Wicked Cyclone and Superman had modest waits. However, I wasn’t too optimistic when I pulled into the parking lot.
For those familiar with SFNE, I was parked way back in the second lot. Usually I walk, but I figured this was an occasion for the tram. About halfway through the main lot, the tram crawled to a stop and we were transferred over to a bus. I’d say it was planned, but I honestly think we ran out of gas
Once in the park, the first order of business was to process my membership. I wasn’t planning on upgrading until next year, but I needed to expedite it in order to ride Fiesta Texas when I was in San Antonio for work on the membership preview weekend. I think any enthusiast would have done the same.
The membership house was a complete madhouse. The staff members were friendly, but most of them needed to defer their questions to the lone on-duty manager who was seemingly helping 3-4 customers simultaneously. Hopefully the membership process flows more smoothly in the future.
Despite parking in the absolute boonies, crowds in the ride park were actually quite manageable. My sister and I walked right onto the back row of Wicked Cyclone. This is definitely my most ridden RMC. For an RMC, it’s middle-of-the-road, but that’s still an easy 10 out of 10
The layout is a non-stop barrage of floater airtime in the inversions and ejector airtime on the drops. The ending bit after the zero-G roll was crawling, but even when this happens, the final outward banked airtime hill and two hills leading into the brake run still provide satisfyingly strong pops of ejector air.
Superman had a considerably lengthier wait. The entire queue house was filled, but speedy operations had us in the station within 20 minutes. Then we waited an extra 20 minutes for the front row. That is the absolute money seat on Superman. It’s one of the few hypers where that’s the case for me.
Superman was running pretty well early in the season despite the 40-50 degree weather, but Superman loves summer more than Olaf. It was absolutely hauling like it was for much of last year. I don’t know what SFNE did to Superman last year, but it hasn’t run this well since the Bizarro conversion.
The layout is near perfection. The beginning is like any other hyper, except the airtime is sustained ejector. The fourth hill in particular is one of the most powerful airtime moments on the planet. Then the second half is a tangled mess of airtime and positive Gs. When it runs like this, it’s still my favorite in the park over Wicked Cyclone. 10 out of 10
It was time for the newest hotness- Harley Quinn Spinsanity. Harley Quinn forever changes the South End (err Gotham City) skyline. It’s truly unbelievable walking towards it and seeing just how close it gets to Joker. It really looks like Harley Quinn is about to bang the Joker.
I had reserved Harley Quinn during my Superman ride, so I was able to bypass the posted 70 minute wait. The queue line was overflowing onto the midway so it looks like the park has a hit on its hands! The lengthy cycle and loading procedure also contributed. I hope the park keeps the cycle as-is, but they need to do something about the latter.
To load Harley Quinn, the park cattle pens a group of 20 riders by Gate A and another 20 riders at Gate B. After the previous ride, SFNE opens both gates which leads to a free-for-all reminiscent of Black Friday shopping. Then the groups who can’t ride together inevitably circle the attraction a few times. Some separate while others re-enter the queue, which leads to the ride not running at max capacity. They really need to assign riders seat numbers in sequential order to minimize confusion and keep groups together.
As for the ride, it is now SFNEs best flat, and that’s no easy feat when you have a 400 foot tall star flyer. These Zamperla giant discoveries take a while to reach their max height, but once they do, it’s pure bliss. You experience sustained floater air in all sorts of different positions. And there’s probably 8 or so maximum swings, which far exceeds the norm for this type of ride. Beyond the airtime, you absolutely feel the 70MPH on the downswings. It’s crazy this is almost as fast as Superman.
I do prefer the Intamin giant frisbees (it only feels natural to prefer Intamin over Zamperla), but these are the next best option out there. 9.5 out of 10
I suggested we ride Riddler Revenge next, but my sister absolutely refused. She’s not particularly tall, so the old restraints beat her head into submission so badly that she lost a pair of earrings. That experience could never be erased from her mind. I tried explaining that it was retrofitted with better restraints, but right as I said that someone came down the exit ramp saying it hurt so she didn’t exactly believe me.
Though the proof is in the pudding. I will actually ride this SLC now! It still tracks as poorly as the other SLCs out there, but the complete elimination of headbanging lets me enjoy the intense, rapid-fire succession of inversions instead of entering into the concussion protocol. 7 out of 10
We wanted to finish our night with last rides on Wicked Cyclone and Superman. We rode the former in the first row and it was hauling through the finale unlike our first ride. Then we tried to get one last ride on Superman, but it broke down due to a train issue. We wanted to hit Nicky’s before continuing our drive down south and since this awesome pizza place closed at 10 pm, we bailed early, so I’m not sure if they got Superman back up and running before the night ended.
SFNE has been knocking it out of the park lately with their additions. In the past 5 years, they’ve given us the (formerly) world’s tallest star flyer, an awesome RMC, a restored Superman, a chaotic free fly (say what you want, but I love Joker), and now an outstanding giant frisbee. Harley Quinn is definitely a ride that’s a must in any future visit to this park.