Superman Ultimate Flight Open!

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Superman Ultimate Flight at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom! The one-of-a-kind Premier launched coaster opened at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom this weekend in the former location of Zonga, and more recently Pandemonium.

When this coaster was announced last September, I was puzzled. “Why would Six Flags put in a low capacity, low-thrill roller coaster?” Well, now I know why, because I was apparently wrong on the “low-thrill”. As described in the  NewsPlusNotes review,

The ride itself is fantastic.   The launches are quick and intense, but what really surprises is the abundance of airtime, which is enough to easily overshadow any other California ride.  Cresting over the vertical incline into the barrel roll as well as dropping off the “cliffhanger drop” offers unexpected doses of ejector airtime. The large barrel roll offers a huge thrill from the hang time you experience as you very slowly roll through.  And the base of the non-inverting loop gives some pretty decent positive Gs.

I heard some riders call it one of the best minutes on a roller coaster and many call this the most intense coasters on the west coast while ranking highly on people’s personal top 10 lists.  All in all, it’s clear the park has a real winner on their hands that deserves to be ridden by anyone who can make it to the park.

Every review I’ve read has described this as a thrill machine, and I am shocked to hear that this ride is forcing enthusiasts to rethink their Top 10 lists as they think it’s so darn fun!

GreatAmericanThrills was also at the park covering the opening of Superman Ultimate Flight, and they shot some great video of the ride with POV, interviews, offride and more. (Skip to 4:15 for the review of the ride)

This ride looks like a winner for Six Flags, and for the manufacturer Premier. This coaster joins the trending intense-compact coasters like the Intamin Zac-Spin model. This looks like a ride to influence, and finalize any coaster enthusiast’s trip to the Bay Area.

Photos by NewsPlusNotes

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May 2012 Recap

We’re almost half-way through 2012 and the theme park news shows no signs of slowing down. Over the course of the last month, we’ve seen openings, testing, announcements, and even new construction for next season!!! Let’s take a look at what happened in theme parks this month;

X-Flight Opening

The third B&M wing coaster for 2012 finally opened, in the form of the highly appraised X-Flight, at Six Flags Great America. Also, the park surprised us with a few water and fog effects to complement this cool coaster.

T0 see more photos from media day, check out http://sfgamworld.com/

Aquatica San Antonio Opening

SeaWorld’s second Aquatica waterpark opened in San Antonio this month. This one features the same tropical theme, with some new slides. I really think SeaWorld has a winner with this concept!

A full report can be found at http://behindthethrills.com/

Mr Freeze Reverse Blast Opening

Both Mr Freeze launch coasters have completed their train reversal and are now running backwards trains under the name of Mr Freeze Reverse Blast.

Read more about this chilling relaunch at http://newsplusnotes.blogspot.ca/

Shambhala Opening

What might just be Leviathan’s biggest competitor this year is Port Adventura’s Shambhala, which features a mid-course splash-down, and the new staggered seating trains from B&M. Can B&M make a BAD hyper?

The guys from http://www.themeparkreview.com/

Verbolten Opening

Busch Gardens’ themed launch coaster Verbolten made it’s debut recently, and I’ve really got to applaud the park for the amazing theming and backstory to this ride. The whole “Gunther and Gerta” characters, and the pitch black indoor section with the vertical drop section, makes this ride VERY unique.

A good review and gallery can both be found at http://www.adventuresbydaddy.com\

Transformers Opening

The highly anticipated Transformers: The Ride 3D is finally open, and based on what everyone else is saying, this ride doesn’t disappoint.

Read a full review at http://www.insidethemagic.net/

Manta Opening

SeaWorld’s second interpretation on the Manta concept opened in San Diego as a MACK launch coaster.

Skyrush Opening

What is this, the year of the mega coaster? The third new mega coaster to open for 2012 is Skyrush at HersheyPark. As the park’s 12th coaster, it joins amazing rides like Great Bear, Stormrunner, and the classic Comet.

http://allamericanthrills.com/

Goliath Opening

Deja Vu reopend in it’s new home as Goliath this month, and despite the normal technical difficulties, I think it’s better suited at Six Flags New England than it was in California. Now if only they’d remove Flashback………

http://sfneonline.org/

Harry Potter @ USJ Announced

The third Wizarding World of Harry Potter has been announced, and it is destined for Japan. Universal Studios Japan will be building another incarnation of the highly appraised land, the famed Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride, and presumably more for a 2014 opening date.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/has the full scoop.

Divertical Testing

Intamin’s new half aquatrax-half hyper splash has begun testing, and we should see Divertical open sometime soon.

Apocalypse Testing

The reworked and relocated Iron Wolf has begun testing at Six Flags America.

http://www.washingtonpost.com

Wildcat Closing

Cedar Point’s announced that WildCat would be removed this season, hopefully this means we’ll see some extra awesome rides next year!

Read all about is in my post here: https://purecoaster.wordpress.com/

The Storm Construction

Etnaland has already started construction of their new for 2013 coaster the Storm, the park must be aiming for a really early opening!

Roller Coaster Revolution



Leviathan Previews

Canada’s Wonderland’s newest coaster Leviathan held its previews on Friday April 27th, and the folks from PureCoaster were there to check it out! With the addition of Leviathan, Canada’s Wonderland is now that much better of a park.

Leviathan dominates the park, especially the entrance. The hammerhead turn takes up that whole little park in front of the entrance. Plus, the lift hill is visible from anywhere, and when you’re driving to the park, it’s the first thing you’ll see on the horizon.

The trains do in fact feature those cool zero car add-ons with snake head theming like on Diamondback, and it should be noted that this coaster is using classic style four across cars instead of stadium seating like on Behemoth.

As for theming, I’m glad Wonderland continued the Medieval theming, and not only on the station, but in the former Cyber Central arcade building. It used to look really out of place with a large futuristic metal facade, but in the off season, the completely redid it, and in the photo on the right, you can see everything fits together seamlessly.

My thoughts on Leviathan:

Leviathan is an absolutely fantastic ride. You pull amazing g’s on the drop, and you maintain high speeds throughout the ride. The high speed curve is surprisingly fun, and yes you do pull a little airtime on it! Each element is executed with speed and elegance, Leviathan is a coaster that should be on an enthusiast’s bucket list! if you ever have a chance to come up to Canada’s Wonderland,  take it!

And if you’re just dying to ride this thing, but sadly you can’t make it to the park, CWMania shot a great POV of the ride on preview night!

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April 2012 Recap

The month of April has come and gone, and as we progress into the year 2012, the attractions the public anticipates finally open their gates. As for the rest, they are all checking the last things off their check-lists, and getting ready for openings in the near future. Lets take a look at what happened at theme parks this month;

Leviathan Preview

Canada’s Wonderland unveiled their beast-of-a-coaster Leviathan at the end of April, and the folks from PureCoaster were there!!!! I’ll have a full photo update on the site real soon, (sorry for the delay.)

Oziris Opening

B&M inverts have become coaster classics, and Oziris looks like it can live up to the legacy left by coasters like Nemesis and Katun. Sporting Egyptian theming, and Montu style track and trains, this looks like a winner.

www.rollercoasterevolution.eu

Nemesis Sub-Terra

“Your worst nightmare underground,” opened at Alton Towers and just by the fact that this is the only attraction to ever get an an age rating by the British Board of Film Classification, this is not for the easily frightened!

www.themeparktourist.com

Phalanx members

Disney Dreams Premiere

Now this is a show that lives up to the name “night-time spectacular!” Disneyland Paris’ Disney Dreams is  a castle show, and with water fountains, digital projection, lasers, and plenty of pyro, Disney Dreams has to be seen to be believed!

www.insidethemagic.net

Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular: 100 Years of Movie Memories Previews

Disney Dreams isn’t the only new night-time show for 2012, Universal has begun showing their new night-time show that features numerous water effects, and of course fireworks.

www.attractionsmagazine.com

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Transformers Sneak Peek

Even though it’s not set to open for another month, Transformers is already in “Technical Rehearsals!” After all the hype this attraction has received since the announcement, this is looking REALLY good.

www.micechat.com

TurtleTrek Opening

Dubbed as the first 360 degree 3D attraction, TurtleTrek’s opening is the first of one of three attractions SeaWorld has planned for the next two years.

www.attractionsmagazine.com

Windseekers Openings

Continuing on the success from last year’s four Windseekers, Cedar Fair opened another two incarnations of this 301ft tower swing at Kings Dominion and Carowinds.

Carowinds @ www.thecoastercritic.com

Kings Dominion @ www.behindthethrills.com

Stinger Opening

Even though this is Dorney Park’s second relocated shuttle coaster, there’s something about this ride that makes me happy to see it open. Brought in from the almost sold California’s Great America, it’s a great fit at Dorney Park.

www.newsplusnotes.blogspot.ca

X-Flight Testing

The remaining “New for 2012” B&M wing coaster began testing this month. Think about it, it will only be a few weeks until we’ll be able to ride this epic coaster!

Shambhala Testing

Leviathan and Skyrush aren’t the only mega coasters opening this year, Shambhala has not only completed it’s track this month, but it’s begun testing as well!

www.park-logic.com

Verbolten Testing

We’re all one step closer to “Braving the Black Forest,” as Verbotlen is testing as well!

Mammoth Testing

Holiday World has beaten their own record for World’s Longest Water Coaster with Mammoth. Sitting next to it’s predecessor Wildebeest, Mammoth not only looks like a great ride, but it fits in with the Splashin’ Safari theme too!

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Apocalypse Track Completion

After virtually no updates from the park, Six Flags America’s hand me down Apocalypse has completed it’s track this month. Additionally, they have started re-painting the supports to match this coaster’s hot new black and orange paint job.

www.themeparkreview.com

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Divertical Track Completion

Mirabilandia’s Intamin Hypersplash/coaster combo with multiple splash-downs and coaster segments has it’s circuit complete. We can expect to see water dummy testing soon!

www.coastercommunity.altervista.org

Sky Screamers Topped Off

Even though Cedar Fair has beaten Six Flags on getting their tower swings running, Six Flags’ Sky Screamers were all topped off this month.

SFGAd @ www.newsplusnotes.blogspot.ca

SGFT @ www.newsplusnotes.blogspot.ca

La Ronde @ Facebook

And please, if I have missed anything, comment it!