It's just this little chromium switch, here... (derspatchel) wrote,
It's just this little chromium switch, here...
derspatchel

LiveJournal, after careful consideration I have come to the conclusion that your post editor sucks.

The first thing you ought to know about Goliath, the new-for-2012 roller coaster at Six Flags New England, is that Six Flags went through a bit of bankruptcy last year and has been gasping financially ever since. While it will be adding brand-new coasters to some parks in 2012, they've been on an aggressive ride-swapping campaign to save costs. Last year Great Adventure in New Jersey ripped out the Great American Scream Machine (oh Ron Toomer I am so so sorry), sold it for scrap, and then moved over the stand-up coaster Chang, which had been SBNO (Standing But Not Operating) at the closed Kentucky Kingdom park. They painted it green, called it Green Lantern, and hey presto Great Adventure has a new ride. Next year, Iron Wolf, B&M's very first roller coaster and another stand-up, will be removed from Great America in Chicago and sent to Six Flags America in Maryland under the name Apocalypse. Six Flags America will in turn demolish one of their white elephants, the ill-fated Typhoon Sea Coaster, for the privilege.

Apocalypse is a perfect name for that B&M stand-up, by the way, because unless you board the train and bend your knees slightly while they raise the bicycle seat up to fit you, the ride will be so painful you'll wish the apocalypse would hurry the hell up already.

The second thing you ought to know about Goliath, the new-for-2012 roller coaster at Six Flags New England, is that it is indeed another proud member of the Six Flags ride swap program. It is currently at Magic Mountain in California under the name Deja Vu, and it looks like this:


Image found at parkz.com.au as you can see, though I'm hosting a copy on my own. Just saying.

Deja Vu is a Vekoma Giant Inverted Boomerang coaster. You sit below the track and your legs dangle and you better not be wearing flip-flops. It's a boomerang, which means you start by going backwards up a lift hill. At the top your train is released and you head back down, speeding through the station, going through a cobra roll and then a vertical loop before heading up a steep spike to stop near the top. Then you head backwards down the spike, back through the loop and the cobra roll, through the station and you brake on the lift hill.

The ride has a 177' vertical drop and the inversions are a hundred or so feet tall. Sounds pretty exciting, and it certainly is a big structure, if garishly painted. The Giant Inverted Boomerang coasters were very unreliable when they were first built, and when they broke down, they'd more often than not just stay down. I believe Vekoma finally handled all the technical problems with the ride, so hopefully SFNE won't be getting a busted-ass coaster cause that would be a real jerkwad thing to do.

The third thing you ought to know about Goliath, the new-for-2012 roller coaster at Six Flags New England, is that the park has another coaster in its line-up named Flashback, and it looks like this:

Flashback is a Vekoma Boomerang Coaster. You sit in cars on top of the track and for some inexplicable reason the restraint system involves a rubber hockey puck between your legs. (I am not making this up.) It's a boomerang, which means you start by going backwards up a lift hill. At the top your train is released and you head back down, speeding through the station, going through a cobra roll and then a vertical loop before heading up a steep spike to stop near the top. Then you head backwards down the spike, back through the loop and the cobra roll, through the station and you brake on the lift hill. Wow! I sure am glad I didn't have to type most of that again! Thanks, Ctrls C and V!

This boomerang only has a 116' drop and the model is so ubiquitous in theme parks everywhere that once you've ridden one you've pretty much ridden them all. There are over fifty of them world-wide ("How many have you ridden?" "Too many") although this particular coaster is the only one I know which inexplicably features hockey pucks between your legs. Seriously. I have no idea what they were going for here, unless it's to keep the harnesses from smacking down so much or something. I don't know. Forget it, Jake, it's Six Flags.

The fourth thing you ought to know about Goliath, the new-for-2012 roller coaster at Six Flags New England, is that they won't need to demolish Flashback to make room for the ride. Nope, they'll instead be taking out a water flume called Shipwreck Falls and putting Goliath in its place. Here, I'll show you part of the park map:

See? Shipwreck Falls is there on the right in the square number 74. And wouldja look at that! To the left of Shipwreck Falls, in the square numbered 73, is... huh. Flashback.

So Six Flags New England is installing a larger, inverted version of a roller coaster they already have, a model which has already been replicated to the point of mind-numbing madness, and they are placing the two right next to each other.

One of them was formerly named Deja Vu, and the other is named Flashback.

I don't think anybody will notice.

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