Posted 09 September 2011 - 09:45 PM
I'll do this the way BeastFan did it. I'll also go into the name/paint conversation when I get to the Goliath portion.
Apocalypse at Six Flags America - Definitely the most needed addition. It fits nicely into that area, and into their collection of roller coasters. It's also their first B&M, granted it is 20 years old. I do hope it gets new rolling stock, if so then I see this as a good addition. Personally I would have liked to see it stay in its natural environment at SFGAm where it had more significance. Not to mention it would have given SFGAm five B&M's. Paradise. The colors and look great, I do like the name. Seems like a solid addition. It also adds life to B&M first roller coaster, which is never a bad thing in my opinion.
Superman: Ultimate Flight at Six Flags Discovery kingdom - Like BeastFan and everyone has said, this really did come out of nowhere. No real hints besides Big Spin probably leaving leaving a small footprint for a new attraction. Bringing Premier Rides in is huge. It shows Six Flags and Premier Rides are willing to think out of the box and that Six Flags isn't going to keep calling the same numbers for additions. They are willing to look different places. It fits in great with what they have, but is incredibly unique, which is something you have to have to attract people to parks in California. Though it may have some, not major, capacity issues I still think it'll be a thriller and a fantastic addition. It offers the diversity and thought the amusement industry so desperately needs. As soon as everything began to look the same 2012 seems to have pushed us forward again. It looks stunning up at the front of the park, and is going to be a great experience. Definitely in the top three as far as ranking these additions go.
Sky Screamer at Six Flags Fiesta Texas - Great addition. Park didn't really need anything so a substantial flat works. BeastFan also brings up a good point. This is things is going to look very good and very festive.
Sky Screamer and Ride Package at Six Flags Great Adventure - Simple but necessary and well thought out. Have the Sky Screamer anchor the addition and then add some much needed flats. It was weird seeing so many roller coaster and concrete slabs where flats used to be when I visited this summer. It'll add some life to the right side of the park and it makes the most sense. This is up there with SFA as far as needs go even though it is SFGAdv.
X-Flight at Six Flags Great America - Winner of the chain in my opinion. Never would have expected Six Flags to invest so heavily in one addition this year, especially a B&M Wing Rider. Unique addition that fits well in Splashwater Falls former spot. I would have like to see the old cars stay and seen X-Flight ride in, around, and over top of them. Ah well. One concern of mine is that while it shows the grown being grass, SFOG's animation of Dare Devil Dive did also and it's now concrete and gravel. X-Flight's area already has quite a bit of concrete, and my concern that they've just fill the rest in with gravel or concrete it over like they did with Dare Devil Dive, which has the same theme. SFGAm is deserving considering they haven't seen anything "major" since Superman - Ultimate Flight in 2003, that was eight years ago soon to be nine. They have lost Deja Vu and now Iron Wolf since then so this definitely brings a spark. It also fits into their lineup really well. I love how it interacts with the themeing elements.
Lex Luthor Drop of Doom at Six Flags Magic Mountain - The second place winner. SFMM has always been missing a drop ride from its collection and building it on the side of Superman The Escape is an effective use of space, finances, and is just downright awesome. It also gives them the tallest and fastest drop ride in the world without having to even build a tower. I'm a sucker for drop rides so I'm stoked to see this in action. I'm disappointed to see Deja Vu leave and not have anything fill the void, similar to Iron Wolf leaving, but this is really a great addition.
Goliath at Six Flags New England - I just don't get this addition. Yes, I see the argument that it does and will work, but I think it would have been better served staying at SFMM. Putting it beside another Vekoma Boomerang in Flashback, much less it being in the same park as another Vekoma Boomerang just makes no sense. It's facing almost the same direction. The name Goliath doesn't really make sense either. I understand multiple Mega/Hyper coasters having the name Goliath because it fits. Deja Vu is a much more unique and fitting name in my opinion. I don't have a problem with naming multiple rides the same thing, but this and a B&M Invert (Goliath at SFFT) just don't make much sense to me. Interesting to see if they'll repaint it or not.
The slides look great. They are becoming the norm of water park additions recently, kind of like the Star Flyers/Sky Screamers and Windseekers of the amusement industry. SFOG is getting six shows, which is fantastic because I saw parts of a few when I went this spring and was fairly disappointed. The other parks seem to be getting lighter stuff like shows and such. I imagine Six Flags Mexico will get Big Spin from Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.
2014 Agenda: Kings Island, Dollywood, and Beech Bend.
2015 Agenda: Luna Park at Coney Island, Carowinds, and potentially Dollywood.
Post-2015 Speculative Agenda: Dollywood, Holiday World, Kentucky Kingdom, Cedar Point, Silver Dollar City, Worlds of Fun, Tayto Park, and Kolmarden.
Coaster Count: 136 - Griffon Count: 52