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The Top Coaster Makeovers

January 2, 2012

I got the Idea for this post from Theme Park Geekly, The coaster critic listed six of the most common elements of a coaster’s makeover. He had examples of things like adding a sound system or adding theming.

Here is a list of the most extensive coaster renovations:

4th Dimension roller coaster

X2 at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

X was the world’s first 4th Dimension Coaster. It opened in 2002. In 2008 it was given new paint colors, new trains, and pyrotechnics. These trains were equipped with an on board sound system that plays all sorts of different songs, anything from Aerosmith to Frank Sinatra. The name was chaned from X to X2. This was the first ride to be renovated in the “Six Flags Makeover Era.”

Bizarro at Six flags New England and Six Flags Great Adventure

Superman Ride of Steel

Superman: Ride of Steel was a hyper coaster at Six Flags New England.  Medusa was a floorless coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure. Although the two rides were nothing alike they had the same renovation. The ride was given new paint colors, new trains and pyrotechnics. These trains were equipped with an on board sound system that plays music. (Does all this sound familiar?) Their names were changed to Bizarro.

Thunderbolt at Kennywood

Kennywood had a 1924, John Miller designed wooden coaster called Pippin. It dove into a ravine several times. The park wanted to get a new coaster but didn’t want to get rid of Pippin so they expanded it and turned it into Thunderbolt. It now not only dove into a ravine but also had a twister-like section. The ride has been said to be one of the best wooden coasters in the world.

The New Texas Giant at Six Flags over Texas.

By far the most extensive makeover of a coaster, The New Texas Giant converted a rough wooden coaster into a smooth steel

The Texas Giant'', a large wooden roller coast...

ride. The old Texas Giant was very rough, it had a great layout and a fun surprise drop off of the brake run though. Rocky Mountain Coasters took off the wood track and added on steel I beam rails. They also added 10 feet to the height and gave the ride three highly banked turns. Its tunnels were given lighting and fog effects. The trains are some of the most unique in the coaster world, they are themed to look like a Cadillac DeVille they even have cattle horns on the front of each train. They also added an oil rig that explodes. They didn’t give it any music though, probably the only thing they didn’t do. The ride is considered to be one of the best coasters in the world.

I think coaster makeovers are an excellent idea for any park that wants to add a new attraction without all the cost.

What do you think? Please comment. Thanks for reading! 🙂

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One Comment
  1. Matt P permalink

    Yeah, this is a good idea for some coasters. Definitely for texas giant. However, I wonder if I would have liked bizarro better as superman. I heard that the trains had handlebars, more room, and were more comfy on the superman version. The trains are why I didn’t like Bizarro that much. However, the other bizarro at great adventure was a good makeover. I don’t think they changed the trains, just altered them. It is now more fun and a better ride. I love the audio. I didn’t even know about thunderbolt being a makeover until now. I want to go on thunderbolt. Overall this is good, especially the theming part. Some of the older hypers(arrow and morgan) or older loopers(Arrow, Vekoma, and Schwarzkopf) should get this. It would make them much better.

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