Six Flags wants to throw its guests for a loop in 2015.
Or spin them around, or drop them nearly straight down.
Three new attractions are coming in late spring 2015, two of them classic rides at Six Flags Over Georgia and one a water slide at White Water. It’s part of the company’s effort to give its guests something new to do each year.
Two rides will be new additions to the amusement park’s Gotham City area. One, a seven-story looping ride called the Joker Chaos Coaster, will take thrill seekers back and forth along the inside of a loop of track, then around and upside down. An unusual twist is riders will sit face to face so they can watch each other’s reactions, and the train will pause at the top of the loop, leaving riders briefly suspended upside down 72 feet in the air.
A somewhat calmer ride, Harley Quinn Spinsanity, is the park’s version of a classic Tilt-A-Whirl, in which riders sit in cars that spin around on an undulating platform that rotates. While innocent at first glance, the ride can deliver surprising power, yet it’s a ride the entire family can enjoy.
Meanwhile, Six Flags White Water is modifying its existing Cliffhanger attraction into a 10-story water slide called Dive Bomber, which will be the park’s tallest water slide ever. Sliders will begin their trip standing enclosed in a clear capsule. Once a trap door is released, they will plummet down a steep drop at speeds exceeding 40 mph, then continue on the former Cliffhanger’s twists and turns.
“It will feel like you are dropping straight down,” said Trevor Leonard, park director of Six Flags White Water.
“We are listening to our guests. They’re asking for more that a family can do together,” said Dale Kaetzel, president of Six Flags and White Water.
Six Flags also will be giving a bit of a face lift to the Gotham City area, home to the popular Batman and Mind Bender roller coasters. In addition to the new rides, a character greeting area will be set up, and the restaurant in that area will be refurbished.
“It’s the first multimillion-dollar investment in Gotham City since it opened in 1997,” Kaetzel said. “We are re-imagining our most iconic area of the park, Gotham City. It’s part of our strategic, specific plan to deliver what our guests say they want.”
Six Flags also has several new features and events coming later this year. Its Fright Fest Halloween event will include a new terrifying maze built within the Axis Arena in the Gotham City area, and two new scare zones will be part of the festivities. Fright Fest runs from Sept. 27 through Nov. 2 on select days.
And coming this winter, the park will offer its Holiday in the Park celebration, in which more than a million lights will illuminate the park. Shops and restaurants will offer holiday treats and Christmas decor and atmosphere, and select rides will be open.
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