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Six Flags New England


The USA: for many people a real coaster-heaven. Again and again the big players among the amusement parks create new thrilling roller coasters which all pass daring manoeuvres and therefore impress the guests by their size and speed, regardless if they are made of wood or steel, if flying or inverted, or if they rush through multiple loops. Some of these parks will be presented on Parkscout in random order. This time we will focus on Six Flags New England, the probably most beautiful park within the Six Flags group.

Entrance area in typical New England style
The main street and the buildings in the centre of the park are constructed in the typical New England style and are real eye-catchers. Unfortunately, this atmosphere gets lost when entering the border areas of the park and the typical Six Flags charm arouses. Located in the US-state of Massachusetts, it adjoins the Connecticut River on its eastern boarder, which gave him the name "Riverside Park” in the 20th century. First mentioned in 1870 as picnic grove, it was converted into a amusement park in 1912 by Henry J. Perkins which opened the first roller coaster "Giant Dip” in 1912. Due to the stock market crash in 1929, the park had to close in 1933. Reopened in 1940, it underwent several changes in ownership, before it began operating as today's "Six Flags New England" in 1999.

To date eleven coaster can be found there and in addition to that a river rafting, which is themed in an Arctic style, several flat rides and a big water park in the southern area of the park. Without its water park, Six Flags New England's ride portfolio is only of a medium size. The eleventh coaster found its way to the park from California in the 2012's season, where Six Flags Magic Mountain gave off their Vekoma Giant Boomerang, which was most of the time not operating. Relocated and renamed as "Goliath”, the coaster now works without any problems at Six Flags New England.

"Bizarro": One of the world's best steel roller coasters
The highlight of the park is the Intamin Mega-Coaster "Bizarro”, which previously operated under the name "Superman: Ride of Steel” until 2008. Since then, Superman's evil twin respectively distorted opposite hand is eponym of the ride, which also caused an upgrade with special effects and an on-board sound-system. It seems like Superman was too well-behaved and unspectacular in the long run. For most of the guests the coaster with its 63 metres height and 1.6 kilometres length not only is the best ride in the park, but also won the Golden Ticket Award as best steel roller coaster in 2003 and from 2006 till 2009. The setting is insofar interesting, as the train climbs the lifthill along the Connecticut River and afterwards winds its way back to the station through several tunnels and hills. After such big rushes of adrenaline the picnic grove "Rivers Edge” with its ten pavilions, which differ in size, is the right place to recover. Located a little distance outside of the main park and separated by a secondary channel of the river, it truly is an oasis of revival.

Six Flags New England
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