Six Flags Needs a Giga-coaster To Compete In the Coaster Game
Of the five giga-coasters in the world, Six Flags has none of them. Cedar Fair operates four giga’s in North America Millennium Force, Leviathan, Fury 325, Intimidator 305, while the remaining giga sits in Japan. At what point does Six Flags pull the trigger on building one of these monstrous coasters?
While Six Flags doesn’t have a giga-coaster, they do have a strata-coaster, Kingda Ka, the tallest coaster in the world. Although, there is a drastic difference in the experience of a strata-coaster and giga-coaster. You’d assume that they’d add something between a strata-coaster ( 400 ft.) and hyper-coaster ( 200 ft.) to appeal to ever coaster fan.
For 2017, Six Flags is adding its popular Joker 4D coaster too many of its parks.
While each Six Flags location does have its signature attraction, it’s not uncommon for them to recycle rides at their various locations across North America. Love it or hate it, that’s the way Six Flags operates.
We’ve seen only a handful of new coasters at over the last two years. These coasters include the
Joker RMC coaster at the Discovery Kingdom, and the original Joker 4D at Great Adventure. Everyone thought that a giga-coaster was coming in 2016 to Six Flags Magic Mountain for its 45th anniversary, however, that wasn’t the case.
What is unclear is to why they don’t partner up with B&M or Intamin to produce a giga-coaster. Both coaster designers have worked on giga-coasters for Cedar Fair. You’d assume getting a giga off the ground for Six Flags would be a worthwhile project, seeing as it would provide competition for the Cedar Fair parks.
With the DC superheroes as their mascots, Six Flags has all the possibilities in the world at creating and promoting a promising giga-coaster. Seeing as giga-coasters are some of the fastest in all the world, you could market it as “The Flash” coaster. You could call it ” Doomsday”, paying homage to one of Superman’s more fierce villains, for its menacing appearance. A lot of marketing opportunities exist, as in some cases the name of the coaster is just as important as the ride itself.
All of these suggestions are just pure speculation and fun, but they really could exist if we finally see a giga-coaster. It’s anyone’s guess as to why they haven’t built one. The time is now, as the theme park industry gets accustomed to bigger, taller, and faster rides. Let’s hope the future for Six Flags includes a giga-coaster.
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