Six Flags Great America removes Hanna-Barbera theming
Six Flags seems to be rolling back on the Hanna Barbera IPs chain-wide, as now it has been reported that SFGAM has removed characters from the Camp Cartoon area, and has left the rides with generic names. While it's very unfortunate that these classic characters will be no more, I can't imagine seeing Six Flags spend money on licensing for an aging franchise.
Children probably do not relate with the brands as much as they used to. I would assume that the contract with Hanna Barbera has expired, since Six Flags Fiesta Texas has also removed their Scooby Doo dark ride. Hopefully the Looney Tunes themes will not suffer from the same fate in years future...
Frontier City gives Diamondback new train wraps
Frontier City refurbished Diamondback's (Arrow Launched Loop) train over the offseason, giving it new paint and a train wrap. The train really pops, and breathes some new life into the ride. This is similar to the train wrap that Darien Lake put on Viper a few seasons ago.
If anyone knows the company or manufacturer who produces these, please let me know! Their work is fantastic, and I hope that more parks catch on.
After months of being called the "World's Largest Loop Coaster", Six Flags has finally given Great America's new ride a name. Mardi Gras Hangover will be the world's largest Larson Giant Loop ride, standing at 100 feet tall. This is nearly a 30 foot increase of the traditional model that Six Flags has been installing around the country.
The ride will be installed in the park's Mardi Gras area, replacing "King Chaos", a unique Huss Top Spin ride. A hurricane related theme was slated to be the original name for the ride, but the idea was scrapped due to coincidental timing with hurricane season, and Hurricane Harvey. This move was likely made to save the company from bad PR.
Personally, while I am not a huge fan or enemy of the Super Loop model, I would rather have seen King Chaos stay a little longer. Nonetheless, I am happy to see that this model will feature a larger structure, and a larger train, which should be the whole point behind the "looping coaster" gimmick.
Unfortunately, the ride is seeing some bad press already due to the play on words with "hangover". All I have to say about that is people need to lighten up a little. Advertisements and graphics for the ride show no suggestion to alcohol or its effects on people. I love the play on words, and it is a nice little easter egg for adults visiting the park. The ride itself features many hanging moments, and poses no bad influence or graphics that could harm children.