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#1 Kaiser

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Posted 28 August 2014 - 10:09 AM

As you've all heard through rumors and the official announcement, Great Adventure is getting a Larson Superloop.

I've included the press release and images below.

 

 

All further 2015 discussion should be in this topic.

 

So I'll start off the highly controversial topic with the most controversial issue: Is this a coaster? I say no.

 

 

 

From: https://www.sixflags...dragon/overview

 

 

 

 

 

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Six Flags Great Adventure Announces New Looping Coaster and Bigger Fright Fest for 2015


Six Flags Great Adventure, the world’s largest theme park, plans for more roller coaster thrills and Halloween scares in 2015. The 510-acre theme park, which was recently voted America’s second best theme park by USA TODAY readers, debuts the park’s thirteenth roller coaster — Looping Dragon, and expands its notoriously scary Fright Fest Halloween festival.
 

Looping Dragon Roars into Six Flags

In 2015, Six Flags Great Adventure introduces its thirteenth roller coaster, Looping Dragon. Twenty riders sitting in “face-off” seats rocket forward and backward pendulum style until the train gains enough momentum to complete a full revolution seven stories in the air. The coaster then kicks into high gear, completing full revolutions until it stops momentarily with riders suspended upside down, and then reverses direction for even more thrills.

Looping Dragon joins the park’s Golden Kingdom section, which is home to the world’s tallest and fastest drop ride, Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom, and the world’s tallest and fastest roller coaster, Kingda Ka.

“Looping Dragon is a great addition to our diverse roller coaster collection because it delivers speed and thrills that appeal to both our younger and more experienced thrill-seekers alike,” said Park President John Fitzgerald. The park’s roller coaster collection includes three of the world’s top roller coasters — Kingda Ka, El Toro and Nitro — plus unique coaster experiences that allow Guests to fly head first, stand and ride floorless. Looping Dragon will have a 48-inch height requirement. The ride is expected to debut in the late spring of 2015.
 

Fright Fest Terrorizes with Two New Indoor Mazes

The Northeast’s largest Halloween party will become even larger in 2015 with the addition of two new indoor haunt mazes and two additional operating days.

Circus Psycho, the park’s creepy clown section, introduces Big Top Terror, a 3-D, black light experience. Guests don 3-D glasses and wind their way through dark, disorienting halls, not knowing what is real or simply an illusion. “Big Top Terror will be a coulrophobiac’s worst nightmare,” said Tony Mandile, Fright Fest’s special effects expert. 

Across the park in Movietown, guests can experience the terror and anxiety of death row in Condemned. Once they enter the dismal halls of this maximum security prison, they must fight to make it out alive.

Fright Fest runs weekends plus Columbus Day September 18 through November 1, 2015.
 

New Outdoor Grill and Upgraded Cabana Cove at Hurricane Harbor

Guests can enjoy the delicious smell and taste of freshly-grilled food when Six Flags Hurricane Harbor debuts its new, outdoor grill. This open-air kitchen will feature giant turkey legs, hot dogs, hamburgers and Mexican-style steak. The park will also introduce an upgraded Cabana Cove, with new, luxury cabanas surrounded by a lush, tropical landscape. 

For more information about upcoming 2015 Six Flags rides and attractions, including a video highlighting the new rides and attractions, visit www.sixflags.com/2015news.
 

2015 Season Passes at Lowest Price of the Year 

Six Flags is also announcing the start of 2015 Season Pass sales with a limited time offer thru Labor Day weekend featuring the lowest prices of the year on 2015 Passes. August 28 through November 2, guests will receive a free upgrade to a Gold Season Pass with each two-pack Pass purchased. Gold Season Passes include admission to both Six Flags Great Adventure and Hurricane Harbor, and any other Six Flags theme park, as well as free parking and special admission offers for friends. Great discounts are available for renewing Season Pass holders. 2015 Season Passes provide unlimited visits any operating day for the rest of 2014 (including park admission to Fright Fest®) and all of 2015.  


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Posted 28 August 2014 - 10:21 AM

There is no reason not to have it ready for opening day other than marketing reasons (trying to get people who visit early in the season to come back and sell more season passes). If they started construction on November 3rd, even if it took 6 weeks to build the ride and queue area, that would be mid December. I guess we will never see another new ride operating on opening day again since if they can't get a carnival flat running for opening day, they will never get a coaster running either.


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Posted 28 August 2014 - 10:22 AM

I actually didn't see that picture of it sitting next to El Toro...And I'm now more upset. It seems that they're putting in where Rolling Thunder used to be...So we got rid of RT to get that garbage ride. And Kaiser, I 100% agree with you that it is not a Roller Coaster. 


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Posted 28 August 2014 - 10:25 AM

I would rather credit-whore kiddie coasters than count this as a coaster. :P


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Posted 28 August 2014 - 10:35 AM

This is not a roller coaster. I understand why they're marketing it as such, however. They're fully aware that it's not a roller coaster, but the general public will see a looping track and think it is. Hell, I've heard people call Zumanjaro a roller coaster. While I think it's great that we're getting another "inbetween" ride that people shorter than 54" can ride, I don't think this is the right way to go about it, and by way, I mean one at a time. This is going to be a low capacity ride that will be plagued with long lines because people are going to think it's a roller coaster. We're a big park and we deserved to get at least two new flat rides (this is a flat ride), like SFOG is getting with their Super Loop.

 

I just hope that they put more theming around it than in the drawing. There's really no excuse for them not to -- this type of ride is so cheap that I could probably save up enough to put one in my backyard. The park has an opportunity to build some nice temple ruins around the ride, and maybe have some cool music playing. I at least hope they give it a sign -- which seems like something I shouldn't have to clarify, but Skyscreamer and all the Adventure Alley rides STILL don't even have signs. I also hope they plant some more bamboo behind it, because Golden Kingdom is looking a lot less like a lush jungle and more like the parking lot it was built on top of.

 

I also think it's ridiculous that this isn't opening until "Late Spring." If they plan on opening it Memorial Day Weekend, I guess that means they plan on building it the day before, because it's probably like a 12-step process. 

 

P.S. I hope we actually get the baboons next year as well.


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Posted 28 August 2014 - 10:40 AM

it will be sad if SFGadv cant get this opened for opening day 2015. 


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Posted 28 August 2014 - 10:45 AM

^ I agree with that fully

That logo is better than the ride itself. I cringed seeing them call it a coaster. I'll ride it at least once to see how it is but not every visit like I do SkyScreamer or the log flume. I WON'T be adding this to my coaster count. Since it's an off the shelf ride how they theme it will determine how it fits in the park. If it's themed well, it plus the baboons and reopening the path can round out the area well. If they just plop down the ride like it shows in the pic then it will be pretty bad. Also if this is all they're adding then maybe they'll be able to do some smaller refurbishment projects in the park too.

Edit: I showed my mom the pic of Looping Dragon and asked her if she thought it was a coaster and she said no. If that's any indication a fair amount of the general public will know what it really is too.
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Posted 28 August 2014 - 10:46 AM

The park needs more flats, and this fits the bill, however it's no roller coaster. Not even carnivals that haul around a Fireball or Ring of Fire call them roller coasters! Luckily it's a 22m model instead of the usual 45 footers you see at fairs.


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Posted 28 August 2014 - 11:06 AM

it will be sad if SFGadv cant get this opened for opening day 2015. 

 

It's scheduled to open "late spring," so don't bother getting your hopes up! lol


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Posted 28 August 2014 - 11:55 AM

I think it's terribly placed. Really not the best spot for it. I understand the area needs life, but it kinda just halted any chance of direct expansion. I'm not gonna go into how the park is marketing this, because it's a battle that simply makes no sense to fight any more; the park can all this thing a water slide if they want to, it's just how it is. I'm just happy it's a new flat (well in our definition a flat).

As for the opening, it's Six Flags, they won't build this thing quick whatsoever. It'll open Memorial Day Weekend, maybe a bit earlier.
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Posted 28 August 2014 - 02:07 PM

so magic mountain and new england get a hybrid....and we get this stupid carnival ride????????

 

can we rally up together and show our disappointment, like we did with sky screamer height and they changed it.

 

we deserve better!!!!


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Posted 28 August 2014 - 02:22 PM

Get a second and interlock them. I'd be more than sold.


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Posted 28 August 2014 - 03:53 PM

I surprisingly have no problems with this addition.

The park needs flat rides, and this is a really good one. They also added it without removing anything else. For Six Flags and Great Adventure more specifically - That's progress.

I could certainly nitpick and say they should have added a couple more flats, or perhaps some other time wasters/people absorbers (A bar to hide in for adults like Busch Gardens, or a GOOD arcade like in Hershey) or even just one other flat ride to go with it. However, just taken in and of itself as a new addition - It's not a bad one. It addresses something the park desperately needs, and does so in a way where they can market it(lie) as a Roller Coaster to the people who don't know any better.
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Posted 28 August 2014 - 04:08 PM

I surprisingly have no problems with this addition.

The park needs flat rides, and this is a really good one. They also added it without removing anything else. For Six Flags and Great Adventure more specifically - That's progress.

I could certainly nitpick and say they should have added a couple more flats, or perhaps some other time wasters/people absorbers (A bar to hide in for adults like Busch Gardens, or a GOOD arcade like in Hershey) or even just one other flat ride to go with it. However, just taken in and of itself as a new addition - It's not a bad one. It addresses something the park desperately needs, and does so in a way where they can market it(lie) as a Roller Coaster to the people who don't know any better.

It's not a good addition at all. It's a single loop. Why would I go on this 70FT loop when I can go over the Green Lantern and go on a 120FT loop.

 

so magic mountain and new england get a hybrid....and we get this stupid carnival ride????????

 

can we rally up together and show our disappointment, like we did with sky screamer height and they changed it.

 

we deserve better!!!!

A bunch of us already have. Go onto their Facebook page, comment and like the comments that say that this ride sucks. Also go onto their youtube video they tweeted, and dislike it. Tweet them saying how bad this looks also.


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Posted 28 August 2014 - 04:11 PM

I surprisingly have no problems with this addition.

The park needs flat rides, and this is a really good one. They also added it without removing anything else. For Six Flags and Great Adventure more specifically - That's progress.

I could certainly nitpick and say they should have added a couple more flats, or perhaps some other time wasters/people absorbers (A bar to hide in for adults like Busch Gardens, or a GOOD arcade like in Hershey) or even just one other flat ride to go with it. However, just taken in and of itself as a new addition - It's not a bad one. It addresses something the park desperately needs, and does so in a way where they can market it(lie) as a Roller Coaster to the people who don't know any better.


I know me and Mangar have had our differences but he proves a valid point; nothing is lost. Yeah I know we are getting a carnival ride, but I rather get a carnival flat to add to out depleted arsenal over nothing at all. I wouldn't call it progress as a means of pushing the park to the top, but I will agree with you that the addition is beneficial and nothing is lost in the process.
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