Once again, every park in the Six Flags chain will be opening something new for the 2014 season. That doesn't necessarily mean that each park will be getting a major-league thrill ride (although there will be some pulse-poudning thrill machines), but you can rest assured that there will be something new to see when you return to the parks next year.
In order to see some of the new goodies, you will have to look up -- way up. Two of the thrill rides, Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom and New England SkyScreamer, will break height records. We're talking nosebleed-worthy, acrophobics-need-not-apply attractions. Zumanjaro, especially, will test the mettle of even the most seasoned ride fan.
Also among the highlights will be Goliath, a ride that Six Flags is billing as the world's tallest, fastest, and steepest wooden roller coaster. It will be plenty tall, fast, and steep, but will it really be a wooden coaster? Read on to learn more about these and other new attractions at the parks.
In addition to the Six Flags announcements, many other parks have great things in store for the season. Find out what's happening at What's New at Theme Parks and Amusement Parks.
THE SIX FLAGS 2014 RIDE GUIDE
Arranged alphabetically by U.S. state. Canada's La Ronde and Six Flags Mexico can be found at the end of the list.
Vallejo (near San Francisco), CA
Imagine that you are in a circular boat-like vehicle that spins around in a pool of water. You will be equipped with a water gun to spray other riders. The only problem: The other riders will be spritzing you as well. You might want to think about bringing an extra pair of socks and underwear when you ride this. Also, the park will be open year-round (operating on weekends only during the off season) starting next season. Hmm. Would you ride Tsunami Soaker on a cold winter day?
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Revamped Kiddie Area with New Coaster and More
What's up Doc? I'll tell ya what's up. Bugs Bunny World will be getting a makeover, including a small coaster (which will be the park's 19th!). Also, passengers will be able to experience the two coasters, Batman: The Ride and Colossus, while facing backwards. That seems weird to me. How about you?
Six Flags Over Georgia
Austell (near Atlanta), GA
New Water Park
Up until now, if you wanted to hop on a water slide, you had to head across town to Six Flags White Water. In 2014, the amusement park will be getting its own, on-site water park, Hurricane Harbor. it will include a huge wave pool, a bowl ride, and an interactive water play area. Perhaps the best feature? Entrance to the water park will be included with admission to the amusement park.
Six Flags Great America
Woo baby! This is going to be one thrilling ride. But will it be able to lay claim to three wooden roller coaster world titles as Six Flags is hyping? I dunno. Read my overview of the new ride to learn more.
Six Flags America
Mitchellville, MD (near Washington, D.C.)
The off-the-shelf spinning Wild Mouse ride will be relocated from Six Flags Great America (so it's not exactly a "new" ride). It will anchor a new Mardi Gras area at the park.
Six Flags New England
Agawam, MA (near Springfield, MA and Hartford, CT)
New England SkyScreamer
There are quite a few other tall swing rides at parks. But there is tall, and then there is crazy tall. Passengers will rise 400 feet into the air and spin around tethered by nothing more than a swing seat dangling from a couple of cables. Yikes! Will you brave the world's tallest swing tower ride?
Six Flags St. Louis
Eureka, near, would you believe it, St. Louis
See the Six Flags Discovery Kingdom entry above, which is getting the same ride.
Six Flags Great Adventure
Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom
By repurposing the top hat tower of the world's tallest roller coaster, Kingda Ka, Six Flags will build the world's tallest drop tower ride. It will rise an astonishing 400 feet and plummet back to the ground at a top speed of 90 mph.
- Read more about Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom
The Great Escape
Queensbury (near Lake George), New York
The spinning pendulum ride will deliver extreme thrills. My advice: Hold off on the funnel cakes until after the ride.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas
San Antonio, TX
The White Water Bay water park (which is included with admission) will be getting a new slide complex featuring launch capsules. Riders will be released via trap doors into the body slides.
Six Flags Over Texas
Arlington (near Dallas), TX
Kids Area Expansion
The tykes will be getting an expanded land with new rides. The adjacent Hurricane Harbor water park will also be getting a new water slide.
A wacky flat ride that will contort into all kinds of positions to disorient its passengers.
Six Flags Mexico
Medusa Steel Coaster
The former Medusa wooden coaster will get a steel track (but retain its wooden structure) and deliver a new wood-steel hybrid ride experience. It will drop 98 feet and reach a top speed of 58 mph.