Since it's Memorial Weekend more rides are continuing to open across the country and one of the most anticipated rides in the Mid-West opens this weekend, The Joker at Six Flags Great America.
We were invited out to their media day yesterday and as you'll see from Scott's report below it went off perfectly. Not only was the event amazing but all indications are that the ride is running amazing. And as you can see from the video below, it looks smooth and fun!
Written by Scott Michels
We'll start off with our full Reverse POV, B-Roll and opening ceremonies.
Our ride back to Joker. Nothing but top of the line service.
We're all ready to go!!
We got a lot of awesome off-ride pictures of the ride
The ride entry
The Joker packs a lot of thrills into a very short footprint
You can see just how close it is to the original Batman. They'll be duking it out for years.
The extended queue for The Joker
You flip right over the bridge
More inside the queue
Heading up the vertical lift
As you can see, dispatches were happening pretty quickly, especially for a media day event.
A quick little action video
Everything blends in very well
Thanks Six Flags Great America for having us out. We loved the new ride and can't wait to ride more this summer!
Some addition ride pictures provided by the park
Today we headed out to Six Flags Magic Mountain to take in an offseason weekday and look at the progress on Justice League and Metropolis.
We'll also take a look at what's going on over at Hurricane Harbor which opens soon.
Written by Gregg Condon
From up on top of the hill you can see the new colors on Riddlers, well at least the track. The lighter shade is NOT the final color of the supports, that's just the primer.
It's going to be so nice to see this ride shiny and chrome again.
Through the trees you can see a bit of the final color of the supports. They definitely aren't as bright as they looked in the concept art.
Old and new. Much prefer the new.
The loop is staying green. Some reports we saw over the weekend indicated they were going to paint it yellow, but glad they went this way. You can see the final color of the supports on the right side of the loop.
One tidbit we did learn from the park is that there will be no additional hard hat tours of the ride or metropolis. This likely means they are very far along on the ride and want to keep the surprises a surprise.
A few other things will be coming from the park soon and we think you are going to like it but we've been sworn to secrecy.
As you can see here they are starting to build the entry into the building.
Some old, some new. It's going to be great to see the new look of this area.
Looks like JB's is getting ready for it's makeover.
Wanted to also touch on a couple of things regarding the delay of this version of Justice League:
So yes, while it sucks it's not open yet, SFMM is a year-round park and the hidden blessing in this is that they won't be going head to head with Guardians opening.
Moving on from Metropolis, since we were actually just taking it easy in the park today we noticed some new things that we probably missed on previous visits.
Looks like the Superman logo got some fresh paint recently. Weird spot for that trash can though.
Some new tables and planters just outside of Jet Stream. This will be nice overflow seating for the new food area.
All set for Grad Nite. The first one is tonight.
We've also been remiss in taking a look at Hurricane Harbor which opens for the season on Memorial Weekend.
The family raft ride got a new coat of paint.
And it looks like it's getting some new fancy rafts to match. Love little things like this that normally don't get noticed.
Hoping for a nice Hurricane Harbor expansion one of these years. Some of the original slides are in need of replacing.
Alright, that's going to wrap it up, we hope you enjoyed the update. Not sure when we'll have another update, just depends on a few things going on over the next couple of weeks.
Also, if you can't wait to see what Justice League is going to look like (minus the couple of surprises in the SFMM version) be sure to check out our Media Day Coverage of Justice League at Six Flags Over Georgia.
Yesterday Randy from Metro Atlanta Coaster Club was out at Six Flags Over Georgia for media day for their all new Justice League: Battle for Metropolis.
This is the first of three such rides to open at different Six Flags Parks for 2017. Below we've got some amazing pictures, POV and Reverse POV video and some additional information on how you can ride the ride starting this weekend!
Written by Randy Dewberry
(All photos courtesy of Metro Atlanta Coaster Club)
We'l start off with two amazing videos of Randy on Justice League. One a POV and the other Reverse POV. You can see just how fun this ride is!
Time to get our Justice League on
The all-important shade and misters are ready!
About to join some esteemed company
The walls look like real marble!
Cyborg sends us on our mission, and looks great doing so!
Eager to test out Six Flags' new Justice League 4D dark ride? You have two chances to ride it before the grand opening on May 26.
If you're a season passholder, you can try it out next Saturday and Sunday (May 20-21) just by showing your pass.
For an even earlier crack at it, purchase a special-edition souvenir T-shirt in the park and you can ride it THIS WEEKEND (May 13-14) between noon-6pm each day!
Some additional images courtesy of Six Flags Over Georgia
Today we're back at Six Flags Magic Mountain for another look at Metropolis and Justice League Battle For Metropolis.
Also, Apocalypse finally reopened this weekend after a lengthy refubishment and re-tracking. Did it help? Read on below.
Written by Gregg Condon
Here we are back in Metropolis, home of Tidal Wave?
Work has begun on Ace O' Clubs
Guessing we'll start seeing more visible work going on outside
Can't wait to see this done, guessing lots of great stuff is going on inside
It's going to look so great when it's all done
Repainting of Riddlers has begun
Old and new ... wish it was sunnier so you could see the difference better. I do like the green, haven't seen any of the new support color yet.
As we were walking by they were opening Apocalypse. You can see them removing the sign here.
It's great to see this ride back in action
So did the re-tracking help? Yes and no.
The parts that were re-tracked are great. Smooth and fun. They did re-track the worst parts of the ride so that's awesome. Still there are a few parts that didn't get re-tracked and it would have been nice to see the entire ride get a re-track. We're hoping this is a multi-year process and the ride will come back down next offseason for more work to bring it back to where it was on opening day.
We can definitely see the reason why the park wants to get the ride open for the busy Summer season.
The park is advertising a couple of movies, one of them would make an AMAZING Fright Fest maze. We'll let you guess which one.
They are also preparing for their Grad Nite festivities.
Swashbuckler is also closed for a refurbishment. Don't think there's any other ride at this park that get's as much refurbishment as Swashbuckler.
Drop of Doom was closed due to high winds and sadly not to move the VR off of Revolution and onto the drop ride like some other Six Flags parks.
And lastly, we'll leave you with some Twisted Colossus pictures, because why not.