Today we're going to have a bit of fun talking about Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, namely the last major attraction they added (Superman: Ultimate Flight) and their new RMC Coaster (The Joker) and how they could actually tie in the rest of that area to a specific theme.
If you are familiar with the characters of DC you'll know that having Superman and The Joker right next to each other really doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Since Batman is nowhere to be found at the park (in ride form) it doesn't really mesh.
Obviously everything below is pure hypothetical on our end, but we have a few ideas of how they can actually tie in the rest of the area with a DC Universe theme without a whole lot of additional effort other than what they are doing now.
First, let's take a look at the area we are talking about.
Yellow area is the area we are suggesting be re-themed to DC Universe. Green is for future expansion. Red would be the entry to DC Universe
So within this area the existing attractions are Superman: Ultimate Flight, the all new Joker RMC Coaster, V2 and Tsunami Soaker. So basically surrounded by two major DC themed rides are another coaster that has no theme and a water ride with a generic theme.
First step: Re-Theme V2 to Batman: The Ride. or Batman and Robin
Sure, we aren't the first people to think about this or suggest it. I'm guessing less than an hour after The Joker was announced somebody mentioned that they should do this. I'm pretty sure we tweeted something out about it as well.
There are two possible solutions here for what they could do.
They could re-paint V2 Batman colors (the ride could use a repaint anyway).
They could just re-do the station in Batman colors, keep the ride the same color and name the coaster "Batman and Robin" as the red on V2 would match that theme.
Second step: Re-Theme Tsunami Soaker to Aquaman
With the new Justice League being formed and a new Aquaman coming out in the next few years this is another easy fix. Obviously the depths of what they can do to this ride are somewhat limited but with a few changes they could re-theme the ride without a whole lot of effort.
Third step: DC Universe re-theme for the area.
There are already some DC Universe decorations and a store near Superman: Ultimate Flight, and we're assuming some of the area near The Joker will get some re-themeing so this would require some re-name/re-theme to the other eateries in the area which again could be done rather easily.
This may just be my own special love for Penguins talking, but how cool would "The Penguin" theme be for the nearby Penguin exhibit? Sure, it'd have to extend the DC Universe theme a bit, but that would be pretty awesome.
Future plans could include a Justice League: Battle for Metropolis dark ride using the area where the Go-Karts are (with some other space being used).
In addition, at some point V2 could be replaced with an S&S 4D coaster once that ride is ready for a change-out. It's not really the most popular ride, but maybe a re-theme as we mentioned above would rejuvenate the ride.
Re-themeing individual area's along with new rides has worked out REALLY well for some other Six Flags parks namely Six Flags Magic Mountain. In the past few years that park has re-done the area's around Green Lantern (DC Universe), Full Throttle, Bugs Bunny World and soon, Revolution.
So what do you think? Would you like to see SFDK re-theme this area of the park to DC Universe? This is definitely one of the best Six Flags parks and having an entire new area to celebrate their new RMC coaster seems like a great move for this park.