Pandemonium (roller coaster)

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Pandemonium
Pandemonium at Fiesta Texas.jpg
Pandemonium at Fiesta Texas
Previously known as Tony Hawk's Big Spin and Big Spin at some locations and Mr. Six's Pandemonium at Six Flags New England
Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Park section Fiesta Bay Boardwalk
Status Operating
Opening date March 10, 2007 (2007-03-10)[4]
Six Flags New England
Park section North End
Coordinates 42°02′26″N 72°36′52″W / 42.040456°N 72.614562°W / 42.040456; -72.614562Coordinates: 42°02′26″N 72°36′52″W / 42.040456°N 72.614562°W / 42.040456; -72.614562
Status Operating
Opening date April 14, 2005 (2005-04-14)[1]
Six Flags Over Texas
Park section Boomtown
Status Operating
Opening date May 17, 2008 (2008-05-17)[2]
Cost $6,500,000
Six Flags St. Louis
Park section Britannia
Status Operating
Opening date April 21, 2007 (2007-04-21)
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Park section Sky
Status Relocated to Six Flags México[3]
Opening date May 23, 2008 (2008-05-23)
Closing date January 1, 2012 (2012-01-01)
Cost $6,500,000
Replaced Zonga
Replaced by Superman: Ultimate Flight
General statistics
Type Steel – Spinning
Manufacturer Gerstlauer
Designer Werner Stengel
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Drop 27 ft (8.2 m)
Length 1,351 ft (412 m)
Speed 31 mph (50 km/h)
Inversions 0
Duration 1:51
Capacity 1400 riders per hour
Height restriction 42 in (107 cm)
Cars Riders are seated 2 across, in 2 rows, for a total of 4 riders per car.
Flash Pass Available at the four Six Flags parks.
Single rider line available at Six Flags New England

Pandemonium is the name of multiple Gerstlauer steel spinning roller coasters that are located at several Six Flags theme parks including Six Flags New England, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Six Flags St. Louis, Six Flags Over Texas, and previously at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom which was relocated to Six Flags México as The Joker.[3] Its design consists of several cars holding four riders each. While the cars traverse the track, they spin around according to the angle of the track and the shifts in the riders' weight. All five rides were installed by Ride Entertainment Group, who handle all of Gerstlauer's operations in the Western Hemisphere.[5][6]

History[edit]

Tony Hawk's Big Spin logo from 2007-2010.

The original Pandemonium opened at Six Flags New England on April 14, 2005 as Mr. Six's Pandemonium (Six Flags dropped the "Mr. Six's" prefix one year later).[7] It was the only Gerstlauer spinning roller coaster at a Six Flags park until 2007 and 2008 when Six Flags opened another 4 spinning roller coasters — all named Tony Hawk's Big Spin.[8][9][10][11][12] The rides were originally billed as the "total Tony Hawk experience" and were designed to have the look and feel of giant red-and-black skateparks.[13]

They offered a full "extreme sports" experience, with monitors in the queue lines displaying highlights of the history of action sports and a large spinning Tony Hawk figure crowning the rides. Tony Hawk's Big Spin merchandise was also available at the rides' exits. They were named after the skateboarding trick of the same name, which is a body varial with the skateboard rotating fully once, or 360 degrees. Prior to the opening of the rides, Tony Hawk's Boom Boom HuckJam toured through several Six Flags parks in 2006 and 2007.[14] In late 2010, Six Flags began the process of cancelling licensed intellectual property deals they had with various brands including Tony Hawk. The 4 Tony Hawk's Big Spins were originally renamed to Big Spin before being renamed and rethemed to Pandemonium.[9][10][11][12][15]

After January 1, 2012 (the end of the 2011 season at Discovery Kingdom), Pandemonium at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom was closed to be removed to make room for the park's newest coaster Superman: Ultimate Flight for the 2012 season.[16][17][18] Days after January 1, Pandemonium was starting to be removed and then towards the end of January 2012, Pandemonium was completely removed from the site where the coaster was located.[19] By March 2012, Pandemonium from California traveled to the Roller Coaster Museum in Plainview, Texas before being sent to Six Flags México in Mexico City possibly to once again operate.[20][21] On September 6, 2012, Six Flags México announced The Joker, which was the Pandemonium at Discovery Kingdom.[3]

Layout[edit]

The layout consists of several "segments" separated by brakes. The first segment comprises a swooping drop and climb into the second segment, which is a series of S-shaped turns. The third segment is a heavily banked figure-8; the fourth is a series of hills that form a semicircle; the fifth is a pair of small hills; and the sixth is a helix into the seventh segment; a long loop, which leads to a massive hill, and finally into the brake run. For most of the ride, the cart is spinning around rapidly.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Lamothe, Dan (April 15, 2005). "Six Flags unveils roller coaster". The Republican (All ed.). p. C08. 
  2. ^ Chimbel, Aaron (May 16, 2008). "Six Flags opens first new roller coaster in 7 years". Texas Cable News. Retrieved June 5, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c Six Flags Mexico (September 6, 2012). "Six Flags Mexico is ready ...". Facebook. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  4. ^ Zjawinski, Sonia (April 20, 2007). "Tony Hawk Builds a Roller Coaster". Wired. Retrieved June 5, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Gerstlauer busy in 2011". Park World Magazine. 29 December 2010. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Projects". Ride Entertainment Group. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  7. ^ Marden, Duane. "Pandemonium  (Six Flags New England)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 5, 2011. 
  8. ^ Marden, Duane. "Roller Coaster Search Results". Database Search. Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 5, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Marden, Duane. "Pandemonium  (Six Flags Fiesta Texas)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved May 25, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b Marden, Duane. "Pandemonium  (Six Flags Discovery Kingdom)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 5, 2011. 
  11. ^ a b Marden, Duane. "Pandemonium  (Six Flags Over Texas)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 5, 2011. 
  12. ^ a b Marden, Duane. "Pandemonium  (Six Flags St. Louis)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 5, 2011. 
  13. ^ Harpaz, Beth J. (May 20, 2008). "New theme parks, rides provide plenty of thrills this summer". USA Today. Retrieved June 5, 2011. 
  14. ^ Lamothe, Dan (June 28, 2006). "Six Flags to host skateboard icon". The Republican. Retrieved June 5, 2011. 
  15. ^ MacDonald, Brady (November 25, 2010). "Six Flags amusement parks prepare for thematic makeovers". LA Times. Retrieved November 26, 2010. 
  16. ^ Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (November 18, 2011). "When is Pandemonium closing?". Facebook. Retrieved November 20, 2011. 
  17. ^ Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (November 19, 2011). "why is the Pandemonium going". Facebook. Retrieved November 20, 2011. 
  18. ^ Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (September 1, 2011). "Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Announces New Thrill Coaster in 2012 — SUPERMAN Ultimate Flight". Press Release. Six Flags. Retrieved September 1, 2011. 
  19. ^ Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (January 23, 2012). "What a different two weeks makes ...". Facebook. Retrieved January 23, 2012. 
  20. ^ McDonough, Doug (March 27, 2012). "Six Flags roller coaster now in Plainview". My Plainview. Retrieved March 31, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Historic Greezed Lightnin’ moving to Cliff’s Amusement Park". Amusement Today. May 4, 2012. Retrieved May 4, 2012. 

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