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Six Flags New England
Previously known as Gallup's Grove (1870–1886)
Riverside Grove (1887–1911)
Riverside Park (1912–1995)
Riverside: The Great Escape (1996-1999)
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Location Agawam, Massachusetts, United States
Coordinates 42°02′16″N72°36′57″W / 42.0377°N 72.6157°W / 42.0377; -72.6157 Coordinates: 42°02′16″N72°36′57″W / 42.0377°N 72.6157°W / 42.0377; -72.6157
StatusOperating
Opened1870
Owner Six Flags
SloganThe Thrill Capital of New England
Operating seasonApril through October
Area235 acres (95 ha) [1]
Attractions
Total62
Roller coasters11
Water rides1
Website www.sixflags.com/newengland

Six Flags New England, formerly known as Gallup's Grove (1870–1886), Riverside Grove (1887–1911), Riverside Park (1912–1995) and Riverside: The Great Escape (1996–2000), is an amusement park located in Agawam, Massachusetts, a western suburb of Springfield, Massachusetts. Opening in the late 19th century, it is the oldest amusement park in the Six Flags chain, acquired by Premier Parks in 1996 and rebranded Six Flags New England in 2000. Superman The Ride is among the park's most notable rides, having appeared as a highly ranked roller coaster in the annual Golden Ticket Awards from Amusement Today since the ride opened in 2000.

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History

Throughout much of the 20th century, the park was known as Riverside Park. It began as a picnic grove in 1870 named Gallup's Grove. It was briefly changed to Riverside Grove, and then eventually Riverside Park in 1912. Prior to 1900, most of the park's patrons arrived via steamship. [2] The Springfield Street Railway extended its line to the park in 1900 and, although Riverside was at the end of the Springfield Street Railway, it was not owned by the railway and is, therefore, not considered a trolley park, contrary to published reports. [3]

In the early 1900s, a few mechanical rides and a carousel were added. The park was purchased in 1911 by Henry J. Perkins who transformed the park from a picnic grove to an amusement park. He built the park's first roller coaster, The Giant Dip, in 1912, which proved to be so popular that another coaster, The Greyhound, was added in 1915. [4] Under Perkins' ownership, the park continued to prosper and additional amusements were added, including a 300-foot-diameter pool that became known as Lake Takadip. [5] The original Giant Dip coaster was replaced in 1920 by a new, more thrilling coaster that was twice the size of the Giant and was eventually named Lightning. [6] A third coaster, Whirlwind Racer, was added in 1928.

Closure and re-opening

Postcard c.  1940s Kiddieland, at Riverside Park, Agawam, Mass (78426).jpg
Postcard c. 1940s

The Wall Street Crash of 1929 took its toll on the park and by 1931 it had gone into foreclosure. For the 1932 season, the park operated only Wednesday through Sunday, and in 1933 it closed. Several attempts to reopen the park failed and it remained closed through 1939, although the grounds were occasionally used for company picnics. [7] A drive-in movie theater operated in the parking lot from 1937 to 1939.

Edward Carroll Sr. purchased the abandoned park in 1939 and after making improvements, reopened Riverside Park on May 29, 1940. [8] Carroll is credited with rescuing Riverside and turning it into the largest theme park in New England. [9] He purchased the plans and cars of the 1939 New York World's Fair Cyclone Roller Coaster and opened a new coaster in 1941. [10] That coaster, now known as Thunderbolt, is operating at the park and is the oldest coaster — in its original location — within the entire Six Flags chain of theme parks. [11] The park continued to add new rides and removed some older ones. The theater and bowling alley were removed in the late 1950s, making Riverside Park a seasonal attraction.

Carroll took a liking to auto racing, a sport that was gaining popularity in the Northeast after World War II, and added it to his slate of attractions at Riverside, building the Riverside Park Speedway in 1948, replacing an open-air bandstand. [12] The 1960s was a popular period for stock car racing at Riverside Park. NASCAR began to hold events at Riverside Park Speedway in 1976. [13] in 1968 the park added its first steel coaster called the Wildcat and In 1977, Riverside Park added its first looping roller coaster, The Loop Coaster, later known as Black Widow. The park continued to be successful throughout the 1970s. In 1979 the park invested in an Arrow Development log flume known as Red River Rapids. It became the park's first water ride. It was later renamed Poland Spring Plunge. By the 1980s, the park stopped selling individual ride tickets and began charging a "pay one price" admission.

Six years after the opening of Black Widow, the Wildcat was removed and moved to the late Rocky Point Park in Rhode Island. In 1983, Riverside Park added its third roller coaster, which was also the park's second wooden coaster. The owners originally wanted a coaster exactly like the Coney Island Cyclone, but space was limited, so the coaster would need to take up less space and would have sharper twists and turns. It became known as the Riverside Cyclone. [14] In 1987, Riverside attempted to build a white-water rafting ride called the Lost River Water Ride. Plagued with problems, the attraction never opened and was subsequently abandoned. A majority of the ride was demolished in 1989 to make way for Wild River Falls, a waterslide complex consisting of three sets of slides: Riptide, Blue Lightning and Pipeline. A popular attraction, Wild River Falls remained in operation until the opening of the Island Kingdom Waterpark in 1997.

In 1994, Riverside partnered with Lady Luck Gaming in a proposal to build a hotel and dockside casino complex at the park, one of several competing casino proposals in the state. [15] The plan died after Agawam voters rejected a non-binding referendum in support of casino gambling in November. [16]

Purchase by Premier Parks

During the 1996 season, the track on the Musik Express was damaged and the attraction remained closed for a portion of the year. A Chance Chaos was ordered and was scheduled to open for the 1997 season. During the winter of 1996, the Carroll family was approached by Premier Parks of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, which subsequently purchased the park. Premier Parks renamed the park as Riverside: The Great Escape. [17]

Under Premier Parks, various changes were made to the park. For the 1997 season, the new owners invested more than $20 million on general improvements and several new attractions. Attractions included the Island Kingdom Waterpark, which featured a children's water play area, various slides and a wave pool. Other attractions included Mind Eraser (later renamed to The Riddler Revenge) and Shipwreck Falls. In the process of renovation, some older rides such as the Bayern Kurve were removed. Main Street U.S.A. was substantially redesigned, and the Southern Center midway was themed to a 1950s city and renamed Rockville. Other improvements included a new entrance plaza and the carousel being renovated and relocated to the front gate.

In 1998, the park added several attractions including a lazy river, another children's play structure named Hook's Lagoon, a speed slide tower called Cannonball, a family raft slide named Swiss Family Tobaggan and a multi-slide tower called Big Kahuna. The water park expansion was added to the south end of the park next to the park's log flume. The park also added The Hellevator, an S&S Worldwide Turbo Drop tower measuring 21 stories tall, which was originally painted red.

Six Flags

On April 1, 1998, Premier Parks acquired the larger Six Flags chain of parks from Time Warner. The park continued to be known as "Riverside" until the end of the 1999 season. In 1999, the Riverside Park Speedway was removed and the waterpark was doubled in size. Additions included a new slide tower named Shark Attack and a second wave pool called Hurricane Bay. The park added a Hopkins river raft ride named Blizzard River to the North End, replacing a set of dry slides and the old Bumper Cars. Blizzard River was themed to incorporate the Penguin character from the Batman franchise, but the name of the ride was never changed when the park was allowed to use characters from DC Comics on their rides. A new western area called Crack Axle Canyon was added and included four rides, three of which were new to the park. In 2000, Riverside was rebranded "Six Flags New England", reflecting similar changes made at other Six Flags properties. The main street running through the park was renamed "Carroll Drive" in honor of the family that had owned the place for much of its history. The park added a new front gate plaza. On the former site of the racetrack, a new DC Comics-themed section of the park was installed. The area featured several new rides, including Superman – Ride of Steel, a hypercoaster designed by Intamin. And the park added a third coaster called flashback which replaced the Black Widow and Rotor in the north end. Flashback was actually built on the site of the kiddie coaster rolling thunder. Rolling thunder now named great chase replaced the aging Rickie little twister coaster. In 2000. The Poland Spring Plunge log flume ride was removed in 2005 and replaced with Splashwater Falls in 2006.

In 2008, Six Flags New England was to open The Dark Knight Coaster, an indoor MACK Wild Mouse coaster based on the upcoming film of the same name. The park's other Batman-based attraction had its name briefly changed from Batman – The Dark Knight to Batman: The Ride to avoid confusion. However, due to apparent permit issues, the ride was canceled and dismantled, being sent to Six Flags Mexico, which built it in their park. The ride would have cost the park $7.5 million in exchange for bringing $280,000 in taxes for the state of Massachusetts. The cancellation angered the city of Agawam, which stated that issues with the ride were not evident. [18] The park then announced the new "Glow in the Park Parade". On November 8, 2008, the Town of Agawam allowed Six Flags the right to build roller coasters up to 200 feet (61 m) in height. This paved the way for many future roller coasters in the park. [19]

The 2010 season brought about the addition of a new children's area: Mr. Six's Splash Island located in Hurricane Harbor. This increased the number of children's areas in the park to four. In 2011, Gotham City Gauntlet: Escape From Arkham Asylum opened up in the DC Superhero Adventure section of the park. This ride replaced the football field and was placed on the same plot of land that the canceled Dark Knight Coaster was supposed to be built on. The same year, the "Mr. Six's" portion of Mr. Six's Splash Island was dropped, effectively renaming the area to Splash Island. In late August 2011, it was announced that Goliath would be coming for the 2012 season. Simultaneously, it was announced that Shipwreck Falls, a water ride located in the North End of the park, would be closing to make way for this attraction. The 2012 season saw the opening of Goliath in the CrackAxle Canyon section of the park as well as a new restaurant in the same area known as JB's Smokehouse. [20] A month before opening day in 2013, Catapult was unexpectedly removed and scrapped. In May of that same year, a new water ride opened in Hurricane Harbor known as Bonzai Pipelines. At the conclusion of the 2013 season, Taz's DareDevil Dive was closed to make room for New England SkyScreamer, and Twister, an inverting ride located in Rockville, was also removed. At the time of its opening in 2014, New England SkyScreamer was the world's largest swing ride at 408 feet in height. The SkyWay attraction closed forever at the conclusion of the 2014 season. [21]

On July 20, 2014, Cyclone closed forever. [22] Construction signs were quickly put up, and during August of the same year, it was announced that Rocky Mountain Construction would transform the ride into a steel hybrid coaster, which would include three inversions and a steeper drop. Wicked Cyclone opened in May 2015. [23] The 2016 season saw the addition of two new attractions: Fireball and Superman: The Ride. Fireball, a Larson Loop attraction, was installed in the former location of Twister. [24] Bizarro was transformed back into Superman, including a new red track color and other effects. In 2017, The Joker, a 4D FreeFly coaster, was installed on the former site of SplashWater Falls, which closed in 2016. [25] MindEraser, the park's SLC received new trains with an updated restraint style. Also during the 2017 season, Superman: The Ride had a limited run of offering Oculus Rift goggles to enhance the ride experience. Buzzsaw closed at the end of 2017. Harley Quinn Spinsanity was installed for the 2018 season, opening in May of that year. [26] To make room for it, the Tea Cups were moved to the former location of Buzzsaw and is now classified as an attraction in Rockville. The South End was transformed into Gotham City, also seeing the transformation of Mind Eraser into The Riddler Revenge (which received a new green and yellow paint job). For the 2019 season, Cyborg: Hyper Drive, a spinning flat ride, was installed inside the former Hall of Justice building in DC Superheroes Adventures area of the park. This ride is the first to include the fictional character Grid, a sentient cybernetic system and the arch-nemesis of Cyborg, in Six Flags' DC character roster.

For the 2020 season, the park announced the addition of Supergirl Sky Flyer, a Zamperla Endeavour located on the site of the former Kryptonite Kollider, which closed at the end of the 2019 season. [27] As a result of the park not opening in the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Supergirl Sky Flyer opened in May 2021 in the newly rethemed DC Universe area of the park, which features newly installed superhero statues and freshly painted buildings. Additionally, Goliath was left standing but not operating for the 2021 season and was removed from the park map. In July 2021, a tree fell onto Fireball during a thunderstorm, extensively damaging the attraction and leaving it closed for the rest of the season.

Attractions

Six Flags New England is home to many rides and attractions, including two World Class Roller Coasters: Wicked Cyclone and Superman: The Ride. Wicked Cyclone is the first hybrid roller coaster to hit the East Coast. It is 109 feet tall and reaches a top speed 55 mph. It includes three inversions, the world's first hangtime stall, 14 airtime hills, and the world's first double reversing banking airtime hill. Wicked Cyclone was voted the 2nd Best New Roller Coaster on the planet for the 2015 season with Fury 325 in first place. It has been in the top 30 of the Golden Ticket Awards ever since it opened. Superman: The Ride is 208 feet (63 m) tall and drops 221 feet (67 m) into a tunnel, reaching a top speed of 77 mph (124 km/h). It is considered one of the best steel roller coasters in the world according to the trade magazine Amusement Today, which awarded it the prestigious Golden Ticket award in 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Roller coasters

Ride NamePictureOpenedManufacturerModel/TypeLocationNotesThrill Rating
Thunderbolt Thunderbolt, Six Flags New England Entrance.jpg 1941Joseph E. DrambourFigure 8 wooden roller coasterMain StreetOldest roller coaster in the park.Moderate
The Great Chase Great Chase SFNE.jpg 1996 E&F Miler Industries Family Coaster/ 16 ft Outside Spiral CCWLooney Tunes Movie TownOriginally named Rolling Thunder.Mild
The Riddler Revenge Riddler Revenge (Six Flags New England) 1.jpg 1997 Vekoma Suspended Looping Coaster Gotham CityA Vekoma Suspended Looping Coaster. Formerly named Mind Eraser from 1997 to 2017. [28] Aggressive
Superman The Ride Superman - Ride Of Steel (Six Flags New England) 01.jpg 2000 Intamin Megacoaster DC Universe Formerly known as Superman – Ride of Steel (from 2000 to 2008) and Bizarro (from 2009 - 2015). This ride used Samsung virtual reality headsets during the 2016 season.Aggressive
Catwoman's Whip Entrance Catwoman's Whip.jpg 2000 Zierer Tivoli - Large DC Universe Originally named Poison Ivy's Tangled Train (from 2000 to 2006).Mild
Flashback Flashback a Six Flags New England (recadree avec plus de luminosite).jpg 2000 Vekoma Boomerang North EndOriginally at Star Lake Amusement Park as Boomerang, then Kentucky Kingdom as Vampire.Aggressive
Batman:
The Dark Knight
Batman SFNE.jpg 2002 Bolliger & Mabillard Floorless Coaster Gotham CityDuring the 2008 season, Batman: The Dark Knight was temporarily renamed Batman: The Ride to prevent confusion with The Dark Knight Coaster that was ultimately cancelled.Aggressive
Pandemonium Pandemonium, Six Flags New England.jpg 2005 Gerstlauer Spinning Coaster Model 420/4North EndOriginally named Mr. Six's Pandemonium. In 2007, Mr. Six was dropped from the title.Moderate
Gotham City Gauntlet:
Escape from Arkham Asylum
Gotham City Gauntlet Escape from Arkham Asylum 1.jpg 2011 Maurer Söhne Wild Mouse Classic DC Universe Originally Road Runner Express at Kentucky Kingdom.Moderate
Wicked Cyclone Wicked Cyclone Media Day (17745251928).jpg 2015 Rocky Mountain Construction I-Box North EndOriginally Cyclone, a wooden coaster designed by William Cobb and opened in 1983.
It was reconstructed and re-tracked with steel by RMC in 2015.
Aggressive
The Joker Joker (Six Flags New England) 1.jpg 2017 S&S Worldwide 4th Dimension roller coaster Gotham CityReplaced Splashwater Falls.Aggressive

Flat rides

Ride NameOpenedManufacturer/TypeLocationNotes
1909 Illions Carousel 1940 M.C. Illions CarouselMain StreetAmong the horses, a lion, a tiger and a zebra can be seen on the carousel as the only menagerie animals on the carousel.
Wild Wheelz1962 Arrow Development/ Gould Manufacturing antique cars Kidzopolis Known as Route 66 from 1962 to 2014. Originally all Arrow cars — many have been replaced with Gould cars.
Scrambler1973 Eli Bridge ScramblerNorth EndA scrambler ride.
Gotham City Crime Wave1979 Zierer SwingsGotham CityUp until the end of the 2006 season, the ride was located near Scream! under the name of "Adult Wave Swinger."
Kontiki1999 Chance Rides Alpine BobsRockvilleThemed around Polynesia.
Balloon Race1989 Zamperla Balloon RaceNorth EndNo minimum height requirement with an adult.
Stampede Bumper Cars1997 Zamperla Bumper Cars Crack Axle CanyonBumper Cars are powered from the floor, which means there is no receiver on the back of the car.
Scream 1998 S&S Worldwide 3-tower Combo ComplexMain StreetOriginally a one-tower Turbo Drop called Hellavator. Two combo towers were added in 2000. Original tower is still a Turbo Drop.
Blizzard River1999 Hopkins Rides River rafting ride North EndEight riders careen down a concrete channel in a raft while passing rapids, whirlpools and waterfalls.
Houdini – The Great Escape 1999 Vekoma Madhouse Crack Axle CanyonNo minimum height requirement with an adult.
Tea Cups1999 Zamperla Tea CupsRockvilleA tea cup ride. The ride originally had no canopy. Relocated to the former location of Buzzsaw for the 2018 season to make room for Harley Quinn Spinsanity.
Tomahawk1999 HUSS Frisbee Crack Axle CanyonReaches heights of 78 feet.
Nightwing2009SlingshotGotham CityFormerly named The Blitz and Slingshot. An upcharge attraction. After being relocated to the park from Six Flags St. Louis, the ride was located in the DC Superhero Adventures section before being moved to the South End in 2011. Relocated in front of The Riddler Revenge for the 2018 season to make room for Harley Quinn Spinsanity and renamed Nightwing.
New England SkyScreamer 2014 Funtime Star Flyer North EndIt was the tallest swing ride in the world until the Orlando Starflyer opened in spring 2018. The New England SkyScreamer stands at 408 feet in height.
Rock n' Rodeo2016SBF/Visa Traffic JamCrack Axle CanyonA spinning family ride located on the former Rodeo's pad.
Harley Quinn Spinsanity2018Zamperla Giant DiscoveryGotham CityA very large pendulum ride with outward-facing seats that swings back and forth. The pendulum reaches a top speed of 70 mph and soars 14 stories high. Slingshot and Tea Cups were relocated to make space for the ride.
Cyborg: Hyper Drive2019Chance Rides Freestyle DC Universe An indoor spinning ride with outward facing seats. Themed to Cyborg and Grid. The ride was announced as "Cyborg" in August 2018 but was changed to "Cyborg: Hyper Drive" in February 2019. Located inside the former Hall of Justice building.
Supergirl Sky Flyer2021Zamperla Endeavour DC Universe A spinning attraction that eventually lifts to a 90 degree angle inverting riders. The ride was meant to open during the 2020 season but was delayed to the 2021 season as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Located on the site of the former Kryptonite Kollider.

Children's rides

Ride NameOpenedManufacturer/TypeLocationNotes
Animation Department1998 Zamperla kiddie swings rideLooney Tunes Movie TownChildren's swing ride.
Daffy's Hollywood Tours1998 Zamperla Crazy BusLooney Tunes Movie TownChildren's bus ride.
Taz's Prop Delivery1998 Zamperla Big FootLooney Tunes Movie TownChildren's truck ride.
Tweety's Clubhouse1999 Zamperla Jumpin' StarLooney Tunes Movie TownChildren's drop ride.
Wacky Wheel2001Kiddie Ferris Wheel Kidzopolis Originally named Chuck Wagon Wheel and later Cold Spaghetti Western Wheel.
Whirlybirdz2001SBF kiddie ride Kidzopolis Originally named Timber Town Sky Patrol and later Wags' Doggie Copters.
Krazy Kups2001SBF kiddie tea cups Kidzopolis Originally named Tiny's Tea Party and later Dorothy's Rosy Tea Cups.
Zinger Swings2001SBF kiddie ride Kidzopolis Originally named Flight of the Bumble Bees and later Henry's Underwater Swing Band.
Krazy Kars2007 Zamperla Sports car ride Kidzopolis Originally named Big Red Cars.
New England Express2007Miniature train rideMain StreetOriginally named Thomas the Tank Engine from 2007 to 2010. (Closed from 2011 to 2012). Remnants of Whistlestop Park are used for theme of the train ride.
Ship's Ahoy!2007 Zamperla Rockin' Tug Kidzopolis Originally named Captain Feathersword's Rockin' Pirate Ship.
Splish Splash Zone2007Playground and water play area Kidzopolis Originally named Henry's Splish Splash.
Wile E. Coyote's Speed Trap1998Looney Tunes Movie TownThe ride was moved to the former location of the Looney Tunes Movie Town stage for the 2018 season to make way for an expanded bathroom in the area.
ZoomJets2007 Zamperla Telecombat Kidzopolis Originally Big Red Planes.

Former attractions

RideYear OpenedYear ClosedDescription
Roller Coasters
Giant Dip19121919 Wooden roller coaster.
Greyhound19151933 John A. Miller-built wooden roller coaster.
Lightning19201933John A. Miller-built wooden roller coaster.
Whirlwind Racer19281933 Harry G. Traver-built wooden roller coaster.
Wild Mouse 1957UnknownB. A. Schiff & Associates Wild Mouse roller coaster.
Wildcat19681983 Schwarzkopf Wildcat (65m.) roller coaster.
Black Widow19771999 Arrow Dynamics Launched Loop roller coaster. Replaced with Flashback. Coaster was relocated to the Old Indiana Fun Park in 2000, where it sat unbuilt until it was scrapped by mid 2006. [29]
Little Rickie's Little Twister1978 or earlier1999Little Dipper kiddie roller coaster. Coaster was relocated to the Old Indiana Fun Park in 2000, where it sat unbuilt until it was scrapped by mid 2006. [30]
The Dark Knight Coaster 20082008 Mack Rides Indoor Wild Mouse. Planned for 2008, partially installed and then cancelled. It was relocated to Six Flags México and opened in 2009.
Cyclone 19832014 William Cobb wooden coaster. Rebuilt as Wicked Cyclone, which opened in 2015.
Goliath 20122019Giant inverted boomerang. Formerly Déjà Vu at Six Flags Magic Mountain from 2001-2011. After the entire park remained closed for the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ride was not shown on the 2021 park map and left standing but not operating during the 2021 season - and was removed before the 2022 season.
Other Rides
Monorail [31] 19591996 Monorail attraction.
Rotor19731999 Rotor attraction Replaced with Flashback.
Noah's Ark19372019 Funhouse.
Poland Spring Plunge19792005 Log flume ride. Originally named Red River Rapids. Replaced by Splashwater Falls.
Colossus19872005150 ft. ferris wheel. Replaced by Crime Wave.
Chaos19972005 Chance Chaos. Replaced by a large bathroom building.
Spider19682006Octopus-style ride. As of 2018, the former ride pad still sits vacant.
Bumper Buggies1990 or earlier2007Children's bumper cars. The old ride building has yet to be replaced.
Rodeo19982007 HUSS Breakdance. Replaced by Rockin' Rodeo in 2016.
Double Trouble19992007 Chance Double Inverter. Replaced by a basketball game.
Time Warp19972008 Vekoma Air Jumper. Located near Pandemonium.
Nightwing20002008 HUSS Fly Away. Replaced by Joker's Wildcard.
Bertie The Bus20072010Children's ride located in Thomas Town.
Harold The Helicopter20072010Children's ride located in Thomas Town.
Foghorn Leghorn Tinsel Town TrainUnknown2011Children's ride located in Looney Tunes Movie Town.
Shipwreck Falls19972011Replaced with Goliath, a Giant Inverted Boomerang.
Marvin the Martian Earthbound Journey20002011Children's ride located in Looney Tunes Movie Town. Relocated to Six Flags Over Texas.
Catapult 20062012 S&S Sky Swat. Located in what is now the queue of New England SkyScreamer. Removed in March 2013. Formerly known as SWAT at Six Flags Astroworld from 2003 to 2005.
Taz's Daredevil Dive19922013 Skycoaster. Replaced with New England SkyScreamer. Originally named the Riverside Skycoaster.
Twister19972013 HUSS Top Spin. Located next to Kontiki, where Fireball stands today.
New England Sky Way19732014 Von Roll Sky-Ride. Transported riders between a station adjacent to Thunderbolt and the current site of the New England Sky Screamer. The supports for the ride remain in the park's North End area it got removed to build Wicked Cyclone. In 1998, the ride had received new trams from the defunct Skyride formerly located at Opryland USA.
Flying Aces2001, 20142006, 2015 Whistlestop Park biplane ride. Originally located in Tiny Timber Town, the ride was put in storage when Wiggles World was added.
Splashwater Falls20062016Formerly located in the South End. It was replaced by The Joker.
Buzzsaw19832017 Zierer Flying Carpet ride located in the South End section of the park. Originally named The Screamer and later the Slingshot. Removed at the end of 2017 season and replaced by Tea Cups.
Kryptonite Kollider20002019A Chance Rides Wipeout. Originally located in the Justice League building with the name "The Joker's Wildcard." It closed in 2004 and was put into storage. It returned for the 2009 season at the former location of Nightwing. The ride was rethemed to "Kryptonite" and then changed to "Kryptonite Kollider" for the 2017 season. [32] The attraction was retired at the end of the 2019 season to make way for Supergirl Sky Flyer, which occupies the same plot of land.

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Owner Six Flags
Overview of Hurricane Harbor Six Flags Hurricane Harbor New England.jpg
Overview of Hurricane Harbor

Hurricane Harbor is a water park located within Six Flags New England. The waterpark opened in 1997 as Island Kingdom and was rebranded Hurricane Harbor in 2003. It features a number of family-oriented rides as well as thrill rides. The most recent addition is Bonzai Pipelines added in 2013. For the 2020 season, Bonzai Beach is being expanded and renamed to Buccaneer Beach. This area is to include a larger bathhouse facility and a new pool.

Ride NameOpenedManufacturer/TypeNotes
Swiss Family Toboggan1998 Proslide Technology Inc. "Mammoth" family raft ride
Adventure River1998Lazy river
Big Kahuna1998 Proslide Technology Inc. "Pipeline"4 enclosed tube slides.
Cannonball Falls1998 Proslide Technology Inc. "Speed Zone"3 speed slides.
Hook's Lagoon1998SCS Interactive "Discovery Treehouse" with Proslide Technology Inc. "Twisters’ Zone" slides
Octopus Toddler Slide1998Climbing structure for children.
Kiddie Pirate Ship1998Fake pirate ship designed for kids to climb on.
Commotion Ocean1999A large wave pool.
Shark Attack1999 Proslide Technology Inc. "Atomic Coasters"4 half enclosed, half open tube slides.
Tornado 2003 Proslide Technology Inc. Tornado "Rattler"Funnel-shaped tube slide that uses four-person "cloverleaf" or two-person "whirly wheel" tubes.
Hurricane Bay2003Wave pool with family activity area.
Monsoon Lagoon2003Family wave pool along with slides and interactive water play area.
Hurricane Falls20036 slide Proslide Technology Inc. Twisters complex
Geronimo Falls and Zooma Falls20032 Proslide Technology Inc. Mammoths
Typhoon Water Coaster2005 Proslide Technology Inc. "Rocket" slideThe first water coaster in New England.
Splash Island2010Kids area including a wave pool and lazy river. Originally named "Mr. Six's Splash Island" but the prefix was removed after one season.
Rip Tide Cove2013Water play area.
Bonzai Pipelines2013SplashTacular DownUnder6 body slides with trap doors.

Park entertainment

Formerly The Hall of Justice Hall of Justice - Six Flags New England.jpg
Formerly The Hall of Justice

During the park's branding as a Six Flags in 2000, the Looney Tunes characters were added to the park. The line-up of Looney Tunes characters includes: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety Bird, Sylvester, Foghorn Leghorn, Porky Pig, Petunia Pig, Pepé Le Pew, Roadrunner, Wile E. Coyote, Marvin the Martian, Taz, Granny, Lola Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Speedy Gonzales, Yosemite Sam and Gossamer.

In 2006, the park underwent a massive expansion in the entertainment department when Mark Shapiro took control of Six Flags. With this expansion, Six Flags New England has added Justice League characters, along with the Hall of Justice. In 2007, enemies of the Justice League known as the Legion of Doom came to Six Flags. This addition brought the following characters to the park: Batman, Robin, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Hawkgirl, Green Lantern, The Flash, The Joker, The Riddler, Sinestro, Cheetah, Lex Luthor and Captain Cold. The Hall of Justice is located in the building where the Jokers Wild Card flat ride used to be, transforming it into a secret lair. Times are posted outside indicating when guests will be able to meet the characters and pose for pictures. However, the Hall of Justice building has recently become the home of Cyborg: Hyper Drive.

The park also has some of the characters from Mystery Inc including Scooby-Doo, his best friend Shaggy Rogers and his nephew Scrappy-Doo.

In the 2008 season, the Glow in the Park Parade was introduced. It was the unique brainchild of world-renowned creative director Gary Goddard and featured five custom-designed floats, 65 performers, and more than 35 support staff members and technicians. Each float was adorned with vibrant-multicolor lights that illuminate the park and surrounded the streets with custom-composed cirque-inspired music. The parade featured drummers, puppeteers, singers, dancers, and kinetic stilt walkers to create an unparalleled nighttime spectacular. The parade did not return in the 2009 season, but it did return in 2010. The parade never got to complete its full-season run in 2010. It was canceled in July after new management took over the Six Flags Corporate office.

Fright Fest

During the month of October, the park gets transformed for its annual Halloween festival, Fright Fest. This transformation include the addition of Halloween decorations to several of its midway areas (making them Haunt Zones with roaming characters monsters), several shows and five premium haunted attractions: Nightmares, Terror Tales, The Aftermath: Zombies Revenge, Slasher Circus 3D and Midnight Mansion. In early 2009, Six Flags New England received an award within the chain for the best Fright Fest of 2008.[ citation needed ]

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Six Flags Darien Lake</span> Amusement park

Six Flags Darien Lake is a 1,200-acre (4.86 km2) amusement park and resort located in Corfu, New York, off of Interstate 90 between Buffalo and Rochester. Six Flags Darien Lake features a theme park, water park, campground and lodging. It is owned by EPR Properties and operated by Six Flags.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Geauga Lake</span> Defunct amusement park in Ohio

Geauga Lake was an amusement park in Bainbridge Township and Aurora, Ohio. It was established in 1887, in what had been a local recreation area adjacent to a lake of the same name. The first amusement ride was added in 1889, and the park's first roller coaster – later known as the Big Dipper – was built in 1925. The park was sold to Funtime, Inc., in 1969 and was expanded over the years with additional rides and amenities. Funtime was acquired by Premier Parks in 1995, and for the 2000 season, they re-branded Geauga Lake as Six Flags Ohio, adding four new roller coasters. The following year, Six Flags bought the adjacent SeaWorld Ohio and combined the two parks under the name Six Flags Worlds of Adventure.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Six Flags Over Georgia</span> Theme park in Austell, Georgia

Six Flags Over Georgia is a 290-acre (1.2 km2) theme park located in unincorporated Cobb County, Georgia, United States, near Austell. Opened in 1967, it is the second park in the Six Flags chain following the original Six Flags Over Texas, which opened in 1961.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Six Flags Fiesta Texas</span> Theme park in San Antonio, Texas

Six Flags Fiesta Texas, formerly known simply as Fiesta Texas, is a theme park located in Northwest San Antonio. It opened on March 14, 1992, in the La Cantera master-planned development and district as the first business in that development. Spanning 200 acres (81 ha), the park was originally built to become a destination musical show park with its focus on the musical culture of the state of Texas. The park was purchased by Time Warner in 1995, and branded as a Six Flags park for the 1996 season.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Six Flags Magic Mountain</span> Theme park in Valencia, California

Six Flags Magic Mountain, formerly known and colloquially referred to as simply Magic Mountain, is a 262-acre (106 ha) amusement park located in Valencia, California, 35 miles (56 km) northwest of downtown Los Angeles. It opened on May 29, 1971, as a development of the Newhall Land and Farming Company and Sea World Inc. In 1979, Six Flags purchased the park and added "Six Flags" to the park's name.

Riverside Park Speedway was a 1/4-mile oval paved race track, located at the present site of Six Flags New England in Agawam, Massachusetts, one mile north of the Massachusetts–Connecticut state line.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Superman: Ultimate Flight</span> Roller coasters at three Six Flags parks

Superman: Ultimate Flight is the name of three flying roller coasters currently operating at three Six Flags amusement parks in the United States, those being Six Flags Over Georgia, Six Flags Great Adventure and Six Flags Great America. Each of these steel coasters were designed and built by Swiss manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard and opened in 2002 and 2003. Since 2003, Six Flags has installed Superman: Ultimate Flight in three of their parks. Themed to the popular comic book character, Superman: Ultimate Flight simulates flying by positioning its passengers parallel to the track, supported by harnesses and facing the ground through most of the ride. In the station, riders board the train sitting down. After the train is locked and checked, the trains are raised into the flying position. After the ride, the seats are lowered back into the sitting position for the next round of riders.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Volcano: The Blast Coaster</span> Defunct roller coaster at Kings Dominion

Volcano: The Blast Coaster, or simply Volcano, was an inverted roller coaster located at Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia. Designed by Werner Stengel, it was the first launched roller coaster manufactured by Intamin and the first of its kind in the world to be inverted. Its launch mechanism was based on linear induction motor (LIM) technology. After a series of delays, Volcano officially opened to the public on August 3, 1998. The ride's soft opening was held two days earlier on August 1. A portion of the ride was enclosed inside a man-made volcano, which previously housed other attractions and was constructed in 1979. Volcano's final year of operation was in 2018, and in the off-season that followed, Kings Dominion made the sudden decision to retire the roller coaster.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Wicked Cyclone</span> Roller coaster at Six Flags New England

Wicked Cyclone is a steel roller coaster located at Six Flags New England amusement park. The ride originally opened as a wooden roller coaster named Cyclone on June 24, 1983. Its name and design were inspired by the historic 1927 Cyclone roller coaster located at Coney Island. In 2014, after 32 seasons, Cyclone was closed while being re-tracked with steel. It reopened as Wicked Cyclone on May 24, 2015.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">La Ronde (amusement park)</span> Amusement park in Montreal

La Ronde is an amusement park in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, built as the entertainment complex for Expo 67, the 1967 World Fair. Today, it is operated by Six Flags under an emphyteutic lease with the City of Montreal, which expires in 2065. It is the largest amusement park in Quebec and second largest in Canada.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom</span> Amusement park in Pennsylvania

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom is an American amusement and water park located between Allentown and Emmaus, Pennsylvania in the Lehigh Valley region of eastern Pennsylvania. The park features 64 rides, including six roller coasters, other adult and children's rides, and a waterpark, Wildwater Kingdom, with 19 water rides.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Six Flags Discovery Kingdom</span> Zoological theme park in California

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is a 135-acre (55 ha) animal theme park located in Vallejo, California, off of Interstate 80 between San Francisco and Sacramento. The park includes a variety of roller coasters and other amusement rides. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom has been part of the Six Flags chain of amusement parks since 1999.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Possessed (roller coaster)</span> Launched roller coaster at Dorney Park

Possessed is an Inverted Impulse launched roller coaster located at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Manufactured by Intamin and designed by Werner Stengel, the roller coaster originally debuted at Six Flags Ohio amusement park as Superman: Ultimate Escape on May 5, 2000. After Cedar Fair purchased the park and renamed it back to Geauga Lake in early 2004, the coaster was immediately renamed Steel Venom. The ride closed in 2006 and was moved to Dorney Park. It reopened in 2008 briefly under the name Voodoo, and was renamed Possessed for the 2009 season. The model is identical to five other impulse coaster installations at other amusement parks. A larger version called Wicked Twister was located at Cedar Point until its closure in September 2021.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Superman The Ride</span> Steel roller coaster

Superman The Ride is a steel roller coaster at Six Flags New England in Agawam, Massachusetts. Built by Swiss manufacturer Intamin, the hypercoaster opened to the public as Superman – Ride of Steel in 2000. It features a 208-foot (63 m) lift hill, a 221-foot (67 m) drop, and a maximum speed of 77 mph (124 km/h). In 2009, the park changed the name to Bizarro, named after a DC Comics character portrayed as the antithesis of Superman. In accordance with the theme change, the coaster's track and supports were repainted with a purple and dark blue color scheme, and other special effects were added. In 2016, the Six Flags reverted to the original theme, but instead of restoring the name, it was changed to Superman The Ride. A virtual reality feature was added the same year, which created an optional 3D experience for passengers, but was removed prior to the 2017 season.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">SkyScreamer</span>

SkyScreamer is an amusement ride located at several Six Flags theme parks in North America. Designed by Funtime, an Austrian ride manufacturer, the attraction is one of their "Star Flyer" models. Since 2011, Six Flags has installed SkyScreamers in ten of their parks.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Superman: Ultimate Flight (Six Flags Discovery Kingdom)</span> Launched roller coaster

Superman: Ultimate Flight is a steel Premier Rides roller coaster located at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California. It opened to the public on June 30, 2012.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Goliath (Six Flags New England)</span>

Goliath was a steel shuttle roller coaster located at Six Flags New England in Agawam, Massachusetts. Manufactured by Vekoma, the ride originally opened as Déjà Vu at Six Flags Magic Mountain in 2001. The ride was a larger, inverted version of Vekoma's popular Boomerang sit-down roller coasters. In 2021, the park removed the ride from its map indicating it would not reopen for the remainder of the season. In late 2021, demolition of the coaster began.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Six Flags Great Escape and Hurricane Harbor</span> Amusement and water park

Six Flags Great Escape and Hurricane Harbor is an amusement and water park owned and operated by Six Flags. It is located approximately 60 miles (97 km) north of Albany, in Queensbury, New York. It was one of three Six Flags parks not to be officially branded with the "Six Flags" name until 2022, with La Ronde in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and Frontier City in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, being the last two without the Six Flags branding.

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