2012 Attraction Removals

As the major announcement dates for 2013 coasters come nearer, I’m starting to see something unfortunate happen at many parks, COASTER REMOVAL. Now, I know the world we’re in, the old must make room for the new. Here are a few current, newsworthy examples.

Cedar Point

It has been long known, and disliked that Cedar Point was planning to remove Disaster Transport and the Space Spiral observation tower rides to make room for the park`s 2013 coaster Gatekeeper, but sadly those plans have come through as both rides have seen their last days of operation.

Kings Island

Yes I know, this has been commented on before here on PureCoaster, (read my other post here.) In short, Son of Beast has been SBNO since 2009, and although many enthusiasts were hoping for a refurb, it is now slated for demolition.

Six Flags Over Texas

It was just announced that Six Flags Over Texas will be closing 2 attractions on September 3rd. One of these is the park`s boomerang Flashback, which will supposedly be rotated to another Six Flags park for the 2013 season. However, the news that a second ride will be closing really saddens me, as that ride is Flashback`s neighbour Texas Chute Out, certainly a classic ride and seeing that there aren`t a lot of parachute towers out there, this ride will be missed.

Six Flags New England

Although nothing`s been confirmed, but rumour has it that Six Flags New England will be saying goodbye to their sky coaster Taz`s Daredevil Dive to make room for what will supposedly be the world`s tallest tower swing ride. The park has been granted an exception to the current height limit to build a tower swing similar to the SkyScreamers at other Six Flags parks, except the proposed height would be 400ft tall.

Despite the removals, I’m really excited to see what the amusement industry has to show us for next season. Keep checking PureCoaster for news on 2013 coasters!

2nd Photo by Six Flags Over Texas

Mr Freeze Reverse Blast: New for 2012

Last week I posted regarding the then rumoured reversal of Mr Freeze trains. But today, that rumour was confirmed, and a trailer was released showcasing the reverse launch. Mr Freeze Reverse Blast has a planned opening of something in May, this year at Six Flags Over Texas and Six Flags St. Louis.

Reverse Mr. Freeze for 2013?

It looks like Superman: The Escape isn’t the only coaster to be reworked by Six Flags with backwards launches, according to Screamscape, we might see the Mr. Freeze coasters launching reversed trains in 2013 season.

Recent rumours state that next year, at Six Flags St.Louis and Six Flags Over Texas, the Mr Freeze coasters will be launching trains backwards. Currently, both rides are closed, and as stated below by Screamscape, something is definitely brewing for next year.

Guests to visited SFOT over the weekend for the start of that market’s Spring Break, confirmed that not only was Mr. Freeze closed, but there was a sign at the entrance of the closed ride stating that there would be an exciting announcement coming soon.

Based on what we saw a few years ago at Six Flags Magic Mountain, with the mysterious ride closure and the sign outside the ride saying “Something BIG is happening at Superman: The Escape” plus the fact that both parks haven’t seen a brand new coaster since 2008, I think everything is right on track for us to be seeing a Mr Freeze: Reverse Blast at both Six Flags St. Louis and Six Flags Over Texas in the near future

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