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Six Flags New England
Six Flags New England 2 logo.png
Location Agawam, Massachusetts, United States
Coordinates 42°02′16″N 72°36′57″W / 42.0377°N 72.6157°W / 42.0377; -72.6157Coordinates: 42°02′16″N 72°36′57″W / 42.0377°N 72.6157°W / 42.0377; -72.6157
Owner Six Flags
Opened 1870
Previous names Gallup's Grove – 1870 to 1886
Riverside Grove – 1887 to 1911
Riverside Amusement Park– 1912 to 1999
Area 284 acres (1.15 km2)
Rides
Total 45 (excluding water park)
Roller coasters 10
Water rides 2
Website Official Website

Six Flags New England (SFNE), formerly Riverside Amusement Park, is a Six Flags theme park, named for the New England region, in which it is located. Located off of Massachusetts State Route 159, Six Flags New England is located less than 3 miles (4.8 km) from the major City of Springfield, Massachusetts, in the nearby town of Agawam, Massachusetts. Six Flags New England is less than a mile from the Connecticut border, making it very popular with Connecticut residents as well as Massachusetts residents.[1][2] Like most Six Flags parks, Six Flags New England consists of a theme park and a water park. Although it did not originally open as such, it is the oldest of the Six Flags parks.

History[edit]

Riverside Park (late 1800s)[edit]

Throughout most of the 20th century, the park was known as Riverside Park. It started out as a picnic grove called Gallup's Grove in 1870, and was eventually renamed to Riverside Grove, then Riverside Park. Prior to 1900, most of the park's patrons arrived via steamship. 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]

Amusement park (early 1900s)[edit]

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.

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.

Expansion (1940s-1990s)[edit]

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 currently operating at the park, and is the oldest coaster within the Six Flags Chain of theme parks.[11]

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.

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. The 1960s was a popular period for stock car racing at Riverside Park. NASCAR began to hold events at Riverside Park Speedway in 1976. The winner of the first NASCAR-organized event at Riverside was Bob Polverari.[citation needed]

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, and a log flume ride was added in that period. By the 1980s, the park stopped selling individual ride tickets and began charging a "pay one price" admission.

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.

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.[12] The plan died after Agawam voters rejected a non-binding referendum in support of casino gambling in November.[13]

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.[14]

For the 1997 season, the new owners invested upward of $20 million on general improvements and several new attractions. Attractions included the Island Kingdom Waterpark, which featured children's water play area, several tube slides, a couple of body slides, and a wave pool. Other attractions included a Mind Eraser (a Vekoma Suspended Looping Coaster), Shipwreck Falls (a Shoot the Chute ride), Time Warp (a Vekoma Air Jumper), and Chaos, which was quickly replaced by Twister, (a HUSS Park Attractions TopSpin).

The children's area, Kiddlie Land North, was re-themed and renovated as Startoon Studios. In the process, some older rides such as the Bayern Kurve were removed, leaving only the Bumper Buggies (kiddie bumper cars) in what was Kiddie Land South and the Flying Elephants, Kiddie Himilaya and Rickie's Little Twister coaster in Startoon Studies, which then added several rides from Zamperla; Speedtrap, Rio Grande train, Bigfoot Trucks, Crazy Bus, and Kiddie Swings.

In addition to new attractions, many parts of the park were renovated and themed: Main Street U.S.A. was given a makeover, and the Southern Center midway was themed to a 1950s city called Rockville. In the north section of the park, a Balloon Race attraction was installed, replacing the Wave Swinger, which was relocated to the center of the park in the former location of the park offices. Other improvements were a children's play structure called Paul Bunyan's Buzzsaw Company, which included kiddie rides, a new entrance plaza, and the Carousel being relocated to the front gate, also receiving a new building covering the ride.

The water park at Six Flags New England

In 1998, the park added several more attractions, improving the water park with new features that included 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, replacing two rides, Tri Star and Swiss Bobs. In addition, the park relocated the Spider next to Mind Eraser, and relocated the Mind Scrambler (which was enclosed) to the north end under the park's Sky Ride, where it sits now. With The Spider being moved next to Mind Eraser, the park's Sea Dragon was moved next to the Antique Cars.

In 1998, the park also added The Hellevator, an S&S Worldwide Turbo Drop tower that is 21 stories tall, which was originally painted red. The park also brought back Chaos and located it next to Mind Eraser, and installed a (HUSS Breakdance) named Barrels of Fun next to the kiddie bumper cars and the entrance to the waterpark. A new food court was added to the north end, located partially in Startoon Studios.

Six Flags era (1998-present)[edit]

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 park made a 50% expansion to the water park adding a new slide tower named Shark Attack and a second wave pool called Hurricane Bay. The park added a (Hopkins River Raft) named Blizzard River ride to the North End replacing a set of Dry Slides, 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. An example can be seen at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom. A new western area was added on a hill behind Shipwreck Falls named Crack Axle Canyon. Crack Axle Canyon included 4 rides, three of which new to the park. Barrels of Fun was moved and renamed Rodeo, which resided on the top of the hill next to the Tomahawk (Huss Frisbee) and Houdini's Great Escape (Vekoma Madhouse.) The fourth ride to the area was a new floor-powered Bumper Cars from (Zamperla.) The park added new additional rides to the South End of the park. The first was a (Chance Double Inverter) named Double Trouble located next to the newly placed Chaos and a (Zamperla) Tea Cups, which replaced the parks Slingshot (Flying Carpets) in front of the Colossus Ferris Wheel. Kontiki a (Chance Alipine Bobs) replaced Barrels of Fun.

At the end of the 1999 season, the racetrack was destroyed at that point for a major expansion in the very near future.

The turn of the millennium marked a huge change in the park. Riverside, like many Premier Parks was "flagged" or re-branded as a Six Flags Park. Some of the other parks kept their names with Six Flags branding. Others, like The Great Escape in Lake George, never did get re-branded, but are still Six Flags properties. Riverside Park, however, was re-branded as "Six Flags New England". The main street running through the park was renamed "Carroll Drive" in honor of the family that had owned it for much of its rise to a major New England park. With the re-branding of Six Flags the park added a new front gate plaza.

After the Riverside Park Speedway was removed in 1999, a brand-new section of the park was built, themed to DC Comics. The area had several new rides including "Superman: Ride of Steel", the parks premier attraction, which was later rethemed to Bizarro, a steel hyper-coaster. It was designed by Intamin. The layout differs vastly from the other versions of Superman – The Ride Of Steel at sister parks Six Flags America and Darien Lake. A Batman Stunt Show arena was added to the area, a second coaster named Poison Ivy's Tangled Train from (Zierer), Nightwing (Huss Flyaway), and Joker's Wildcard (Indoor Chance Wipeout.)

Besides the DC Comics area the park added a third Coaster called Flashback (Vekoma Boomerang), which replaced the Black Widow and Rotor in the North Area. Flashback was actually built on the site of the kiddie coaster Rolling Thunder. Rolling Thunder, now named Great Chase, replaced the aging Rickie's Little Twister coaster in the renamed/rethemed Startoon Studios, which had been giving the name and theme of Looney Tunes Movie Town. The Flying Elephants were replaced by a similar ride themed to Marvin the Martian and a live stage show replaced the Kiddie Himilaya. Other additions were an expansion to the Hellevator adding two additional towers that were capable of a three-mode operating mode, which included the Turbo Drop, Space Shot, and Double-Shot modes. The original Hellevator tower can only operate in Turbo Drop mode. The parks Slingshot was brought back with a new paint job, theme, and name of Buzzsaw.

In 2001, the parking lot was moved across the road, and a bridge was built to allow access to the entrance of the park. There were a few changes with the Paul Bunyan's play structure becoming a small kiddie area called Tiny Timber Town with the addition of three new kiddie rides; a kiddie ferris wheel and helicopter built within the play area and a third (Zamperla LoliSwing) replacing the Sea Dragon. Buzzsaw's theme helped to blend in the theme of Tiny Timber Town, which had a logger theme.

Batman – The Dark Knight (B&M Floorless coaster) was added in 2002, the water park was doubled in size and renamed Hurricane Harbor in 2003, and two new rides were introduced for the 2005 season: the spinning coaster Pandemonium (originally themed to Mr. Six) and a water coaster named Typhoon.

For the 2006 season, the SWAT flat ride from the now-defunct Six Flags Astroworld (now renamed Catapult) and Diablo Falls, also from Astroworld (now renamed Splash Water Falls) were added to the park's ride lineup.

In 2007, two new kids areas were added, The Wiggles (Wiggles World) and Thomas the Tank Engine (Thomas Town). Wiggles World took over the Tiny Timber Town area retheming some of the existing rides and removing the play structure. Wiggles World also added new rides, wet and dry play elements, and a live stage show. Thomas Town was added next to the main entrance and included a train ride on Thomas and two new kiddie rides. The Hall of Justice was also built into the vacant building of the Joker's Wildcard near the Bizarro coaster.

In 2008, Six Flags New England was to open The Dark Knight, an indoor MACK Wild Mouse coaster based on the upcoming film of the same name. The park's other Batman-based attraction had its named changed from Batman – The Dark Knight to Batman: The Ride to avoid confusion. However, due to permit issues, the ride was cancelled and dismantled. The ride would have cost the park $7.5 million in exchange for bringing $280,000 in taxes for the state of Massachusetts. Thus the cancellation angered the city of Agawam, which stated the issues with the ride were not present.[15] Instead, the park announced the new "Glow in the Park Parade". On November 8, 2008 the Town of Agawam approved Six Flags the right to build roller coasters up to the height of 200 feet (61 m). This will pave the way for many new roller coasters in the future.[16]

On September 15, 2008, Six Flags announced a makeover to the Superman roller coaster, adding an in-ride soundtrack and special effects, a makeover also undergoing with Medusa at Six Flags Great Adventure and similar to what was done with X in its conversion to in 2008 at Six Flags Magic Mountain. The ride is now called Bizarro, named after Superman's enemy. The makeover has included a re-paint of the track, which it is now purple. It is the same high-tech qualities of the old ride, just upgraded with pyrotechnics and special effects.

In February 2010, it was announced that there would be a kiddie water park section added. It is called Mr. Six's Splash Island, which includes 16,000 square feet (1,500 m2) of drenching thrills and relaxation for the entire family. It features a 30,000-gallon shaded wave pool designed specifically for little ones, and a 150-foot (46 m) interactive lazy river with dumping coconuts, rain curtains, and squirting water to keep the whole family cool. It also includes ten private cabanas. However, at the end of 2010, Six Flags dropped Mr. Six from rides in parks again and Mr. Six's Splash Island, just became Splash Island.

On September 1, 2010 the park announced that they would be receiving a new roller coaster to be added to the DC Comics section of the park. It is a standard wild mouse coaster that previously resided at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom. They announced "Gotham City Gauntlet: Escape from Arkham Asylum" on February 7, 2011.

In late 2010, Six Flags began the process of removing licensed theming from attractions. They terminated several licenses including their licenses with The Wiggles and Thomas the Tank Engine. Thomas Town was reopened in 2013 as Whistlestop Park. Wiggles World was rethemed to KIDZOPOLIS.[17][18]

In August 2011, several media sources reported that the park is going on building Déjà Vu from Six Flags Magic Mountain, a Vekoma Giant Inverted Boomerang for the park's 2012 season.[19][20][21] Then on September 1, 2011, Six Flags New England officially announced Goliath for the 2012 season, a Vekoma Giant Inverted Boomerang roller coaster, that will be located where the former Shipwreck Falls was.[22][23]

In July 2012, Six Flags New England began seeking to build the world's largest swing set. The park proposed to build a 385-foot (117 m) tall Funtime Star Flyer ride, similar to the SkyScreamer found at other Six Flags parks. The new swing ride was approved by the city of Agawam on July 30, 2012. The city also announced that the park can also build onto the tower to 410-foot (120 m), to keep it the worlds tallest. The Star Flyer is expected to replace the Taz's Dare Devil Dive skycoaster.[24][25] Six Flags announced on August 30, 2012, that Six Flags New England will be adding Bonzai Pipelines a SplashTacular DownUnder water slide at their water park Hurricane Harbor.[26] Bonzai Pipelines will feature six different slides on one complex tower with each of theme going different directions.[27]

In February 2013, Six Flags New England announced that they would be removing the SWAT ride, Catapult, from the park's ride lineup and bringing back the former Thomas Town that operated from 2007 to 2010 for the 2013 season as Whistlestop Park.

On August 29, 2013, Six Flags officially announced the addition of New England SkyScreamer for the 2014 season. New England SkyScreamer is dubbed as the world's tallest Swing ride at over 400 feet (120 m) manufactured by Funtime. The swing ride was installed in the North End section of the park, replacing Taz's Dare Devil Dive, with the queue going where Catapult was located.[28]

On June 24, 2014, Six Flags New England announced the closure of one of their wooden roller coasters, Cyclone. Cyclone closed on July 20, 2014.[29]

Attractions[edit]

Six Flags New England is home to many rides and attractions, including Bizarro. It 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[edit]

Ride Name Picture Opened Manufacturer Model/Type Location Notes
Thunderbolt Thunderbolt, Six Flags New England Entrance.jpg 1941 Joseph E. Drambour Main Street Oldest roller coaster at the park.
The Great Chase Great Chase SFNE.jpg 1996 E&F Miler Industries Looney Tunes Movie Town Originally named Rolling Thunder
Mind Eraser SFA-Mind Eraser 2.jpg 1997 Vekoma Suspended Looping Coaster South End
Bizarro Superman - Ride Of Steel (Six Flags New England) 01.jpg 2000 Intamin Megacoaster DC Superhero Adventure Originally named Superman: Ride of Steel
Catwoman's Whip Entrance Catwoman's Whip.jpg 2000 Zierer Tivoli - Large DC Superhero Adventure Originally named Poison Ivy's Tangled Train
Flashback Flashback à Six Flags New England.jpg 2000 Vekoma Boomerang North End Originally at Nanhu Amusement Park as Boomerang, then Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom as Vampire
Batman:
The Dark Knight
Batman SFNE.jpg 2002 Bolliger & Mabillard Floorless Coaster South End
Pandemonium Pandemonium, Six Flags New England.jpg 2005 Gerstlauer Spinning Coaster Model 420/4 North End Originally named Mr. Six's Pandemonium. In 2007, Mr. Six was dropped from the title.
Gotham City Gauntlet:
Escape from Arkham Asylum
Kentucky Kingdom - Road Runner Express.jpg 2011 Maurer Söhne Wilde Maus Classic DC Superhero Adventure Originally Road Runner Express at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom
Goliath Stuntfall.jpg 2012 Vekoma Giant Inverted Boomerang Crack Axle Canyon Originally Déjà Vu at Six Flags Magic Mountain

Thrill rides[edit]

Ride Name Opened Manufacturer/Type Location Notes
1909 Illions Carousel 1940 M.C. Illions Carousel Main Street
Balloon Race 1989 Zamperla Balloon Race North End
Blizzard River 1999 Hopkins Rides River rafting ride North End
Buzzsaw 1983 Zierer Flying Carpet South End Original named the Screamer and later the Slingshot
Crime Wave 1979 Zamperla Swings South End Location moved in 2007, was named Adult Wave Swinger.
Houdini – The Great Escape 1999 Vekoma Madhouse Crack Axle Canyon
Joker's Wildcard 2000 Chance Rides Wipeout DC Superhero Adventures Removed in 2004. It was located in the Justice League building and put into storage until 2009. It is now currently in operation located at the former location of Nightwing.
Kontiki 1985 Chance Rides Alpine Bobs Rockville
New England SkyScreamer 2014 Funtime Star Flyer North End Replaced Taz's Dare Devil Dive.
New England Sky Way 1974 Von Roll Sky-Ride North End
Route 66 1962 Arrow Development antique cars Kidzopolis
Scrambler 1973 Eli Bridge Scrambler North End
Scream 1998 S&S Worldwide 3-tower Combo Complex Main Street
Slingshot 2009 Slingshot South End Formerly The Blitz; Extra Charge. Located in the DC Superhero Adventures section but was moved to the South End in 2011.
Splash Water Falls 2006 WhiteWater West Spinning Rapids South End Relocated from Six Flags AstroWorld
Stampede Bumper Cars 1997 Zamperla Bumper Cars Crack Axle Canyon
Tea Cups 1999 Zamperla Tea Cups South End
Tomahawk 1999 HUSS Frisbee Crack Axle Canyon Reaches heights of 78 feet.

Kiddie rides[edit]

Ride Name Opened Manufacturer/Type Location Notes
Animation Department 1998 Zamperla kiddie swings ride Looney Tunes Movie Town
Daffy's Hollywood Tours 1998 Zamperla Crazy Bus Looney Tunes Movie Town
Flying Aces 2001 Biplane ride Whistlestop Park Originally located in Tiny Timber Town, put in storage when Wiggles World was added
Krazy Kars 2007 Zamperla Convoy Kidzopolis Originally Big Red Cars
Krazy Kups 2001 SBF kiddie tea cups Kidzopolis Originally Tiny's Tea Party and later Dorothy's Rosy Tea Cups
New England Express 2007 Miniature train ride Whistlestop Park Originally Thomas the Tank Engine from 2007-2010. (SBNO 2011-2012)
Ship's Ahoy! 2007 Zamperla Rockin' Tug Kidzopolis Originally Captain Feathersword's Rockin' Pirate Ship
Splish Splash Zone 2007 Playground and water play area Kidzopolis Originally Henry's Splish Splash
Taz's Prop Delivery 1998 Zamperla Big Foot Looney Tunes Movie Town
Tweety's Clubhouse 1999 Zamperla Jumpin' Star Looney Tunes Movie Town kiddie drop ride
Wacky Wheel 2001 Kiddie Ferris wheel Kidzopolis Originally Chuck Wagon Wheel and later Cold Spaghetti Western Wheel
Whirlybirdz 2001 SBF kiddie ride Kidzopolis Originally Timber Town Sky Patrol and later Wags' Doggie Copters
Wile E. Coyote's Speed Trap 1998 Zamperla kiddie whip ride Looney Tunes Movie Town
Zinger Swings 2001 SBF kiddie ride Kidzopolis Originally Flight of the Bumble Bees and later Henry's Underwater Swing Band
ZoomJets 2007 Zamperla Telecombat Kidzopolis Originally Big Red Planes

Hurricane Harbor[edit]

Overview of Hurricane Harbor
Ride Name Opened Manufacturer/Type Notes
Swiss Family Toboggan 1998 Proslide Technology Inc. “Mammoth” family raft ride
Adventure River 1998 Lazy river
Big Kahuna 1998 Proslide Technology Inc. “Pipeline” 4 enclosed tube slides
Cannonball Falls 1998 Proslide Technology Inc. “Speed Zone” 3 speed slides
Hook's Lagoon 1998 SCS Interactive “Discovery Treehouse” with Proslide Technology Inc. “Twisters’ Zone” slides
Octopus Toddler Slide 1998 climbing structure for children
Kiddie Pirate Ship 1998 fake pirate ship designed for kids to climb on
Commotion Ocean 1999 wave pool
Shark Attack 1999 Proslide Technology Inc. “Atomic Coasters” 4 half enclosed, half open tube slides
Tornado 2001 Proslide Technology Inc. Tornado “Rattler” funnel shaped tube slide that uses four person “cloverleaf” or two person “whirly wheel” tubes
Hurricane Bay 2003 wave pool with family activity area
Monsoon Lagoon 2003 family wave pool along with slides and interactive water play area
Hurricane Falls 2003 6 slide Proslide Technology Inc. Twisters complex
Geronimo Falls and Zooma Falls 2003 2 Proslide Technology Inc. Mammoths
Typhoon Water Coaster 2005 Proslide Technology Inc. "Rocket" slide
Splash Island 2010 kids area including a wave pool and lazy river
Rip Tide Cove 2013 water play area
Bonzai Pipelines 2013 SplashTacular DownUnder

Past Rides[edit]

Ride Year Opened Year Closed Description
Giant Dip 1912 1919 Wooden roller coaster.
Greyhound 1915 1933 John A. Miller built wooden roller coaster.
Lightning 1920 1933 John A. Miller built wooden roller coaster.
Whirlwind Racer 1928 1933 Harry G. Traver built wooden roller coaster.
Wildcat 1968 1983 Schwarzkopf Wildcat roller coaster. Anton Schwarzkopf's first roller coaster.
Rotor 1973 1999 Spinning room where the floor drops out leaving ride goers stuck to the wall. (Next to Black Widow).
Black Widow 1977 1999 Arrow Dynamics Launched Loop roller coaster. Replaced with Flashback.
Little Rickie's Little Twister 1978 or earlier 1999 Herschell Little Dipper kiddie roller coaster.
Poland Spring Plunge 1979 2005 Log Flume ride. Originally named Red River Rapids. Replaced by Splash Water Falls.
Colossus 1986 or 1987 2005 150 ft. Ferris wheel
Chaos 1997 2005 Chance Chaos
Spider 1968 2006 Octopus style ride
Rodeo 1998 2007 HUSS Breakdance. Located next to Tomahawk.
Bumper Buggies 1990 or earlier 2007 Kiddie bumper cars. Located in Rockville.
Double Trouble 1999 2007 Chance Double Inverter. Located between Batman – The Dark Knight and Mind Eraser.
Dark Knight 2008(cancelled) Mack Rides Indoor Wild Mouse.
Time Warp 1997 2008 Vekoma Air Jumper. Located within Pandemonium.
Nightwing 2000 2008 HUSS Fly Away. Replaced by Joker's Wildcard
Foghorn Leghorn Tinsel Town Train 2011 Located in Looney Tunes Movie Town
Marvin the Martian Earthbound Journey 2000 2011 Located in Looney Tunes Movie Town
Shipwreck Falls 1997 2011 Replaced with Goliath
Catapult 2006 2012 S&S Sky Swat. Located between Cyclone and Taz's Dare Devil Dive
Twister 1997 2013 HUSS Manufactured Top Spin. Located next to Kontiki.
Cyclone 1983 2014 William Cobb wooden coaster

Shows and parades[edit]

  • Looney Tunes We Got The Beat
  • Daffy Duck Dance Party
  • Hall of Justice
  • Magic and Marvels
  • Storytale Fumbled Fables

Park entertainment[edit]

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, Pepe 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, 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, Hawk Girl, Green Lantern, The Flash, The Joker, The Riddler, Sinestro, Cheetah, Lex Luthor, and Captain Cold. The Hall of Justice was were the Jokers Wild Card flat ride used to be, which was transformed into a secret lair. Times are posted outside indicating when guests will be able to meet the characters and pose for pictures.

The park also has some of the characters from Mystery Inc including the great dane detective himself 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 is the unique brainchild of world-renowned creative director Gary Goddard and features five custom-designed floats, 65 performers and over 35 support staff members and technicians. Each float is adorned with vibrant-multicolor lights that illuminate the park and surround the streets with custom-composed cirque-inspired music. The parade features 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 cancelled in July after new management took over the Six Flags Corporate office.

Fright Fest[edit]

During the month of October, the park gets transformed for its annual Halloween festival, Fright Fest. This transformation includes the addition of Halloween decorations to its Crackaxle Canyon, Main Street, and Rockville areas, making them Haunt Zones with roaming characters to give the areas the themes of a ghost town, a graveyard and an Area 51 complex, respectively. In addition, several shows and attractions are added, including Mayhem Mission and The Trick-o-Treat Trail for kids, Dead Legends Live on Main St., Haunting Illusions, Wheel of Fright, and three up-charged "haunts". Dead Legends Live has all past singers together and parody their songs about being dead. "Haunting Illusions" is a magic show in the Rockville Gymnasium Theater featuring illusionist David Garrity. The Wheel of Fright is a wheel and whatever you spin it to land on you have to eat or do. Such things to eat are cockroaches or worms. Prizes include season passes. The three haunts are called Wicked Woods, Total Darkness, and Midnight Mansion. Wicked Woods is in the picnic groves wooded area comprising a trail with people popping out at you and chasing you. Total Darkness is in the picnic grove and it is a walk through in a pitch black area, filled with frights. Midnight Mansion takes place on the ride Houdini. They transform the whole ride building into a haunted mansion. In early 2009, Six Flags New England received an award within the chain for the best Fright Fest of 2008.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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