Six Flags New England is making other improvements around the park to coincide with the new Harley Quinn Spinsanity Frisbee ride. One of which is converting the former Mind Eraser into The Riddler Revenge. The red and teal color scheme is gone, and was repainted to green and yellow, much like Magic Mountain's stand-up coaster.
The ride has also received new trains from Vekoma. They include the new vest restraints meant to minimize head-banging when experiencing lateral forces. Altogether, the improvements may seem kind of pointless for a 21 year old SLC, but these trains should greatly improve the ride quality.
SLC's aren't bad rides, they actually have quite a forceful layout. It's their reputable roughness that gets them bad reviews.
Here's an update showing off some of the rehab going into various coasters this season...
Loch Ness Monster
Busch Garden's Park President has confirmed that Nessie will indeed be getting updated trains for the ride's 40th anniversary. While I believe that the chassis of the train has been reused and rebuilt, everything above is new. The train bodies, and headrests have been reshaped and resemble Arrow's later train models. Parts of the track are also being repainted to commemorate the historic ride's tenure.
Six Flags New England- "The Riddler"
Mind Eraser is currently being transformed into The Riddler. The red and teal paint scheme is turning into green and yellow, similar to that of Six Flags Magic Mountain's Riddler's Revenge coaster. Along with the new name and paint, I believe that the ride will also receive second generation SLC trains from Vekoma, like those found on Morey's Nor'easter.
Canada's Wonderland- Vortex
Along with the construction of their 2019 roller coaster, it seems like Canada's Wonderland is already getting a head start on the surrounding area refurbishment. Vortex's trains have gotten a cool new paint scheme, and is rumored to be getting a "timber" themed name as well.
Sources are unconfirmed, but by next season, the track may be getting a full paint job too.
Buzzsaw to close at Six Flags New England
In order to make room for the new Harley Quinn Spinsanity, the teacup ride will be moved from where it currently resides, to where Buzzsaw lies. As for Buzzsaw, while unconfirmed by the park, it is said that it will be completely removed from the park, and has reached the end of its operational life.
Originally, the park's website stated that the ride was closed due to cold temperatures during Holiday in the Park. Now, the webpage has disappeared altogether.
The 35 year old ride has been very reliable over the years, suffering from little down time. While Buzzsaw remains a fan favorite, it seems like SFNE is continuing its trend of removing older rides in favor of new ones. With the removal of Buzzsaw, this will be the 24th ride that the park has removed since 2005. That's a rate of nearly two ride removals per year.
While I am a firm believer in parks updating their ride selections, for the most part they should come as additions, and not merely replacements. Yes, SFNE is doing a good job of adding attractions to make up for removals, but it is sad to see the park has actually gone DOWN in total number of flats over the years. Once a park with one of the largest and most diverse set of flat rides now is becoming a carbon copy of other Six Flags parks.
Timberwolf at Worlds of Fun to get new element
As part of its yearly maintenance and re-tracking program, Worlds of Fun has decided to remove Timberwolf's double helix element, and replace it with an overbanked curve. This news is a delight to WoF fans, many of whom stating that the double helix was the ride's roughest section.
While this element will reduce the ride length and ride time, it should be a much more forceful finale, and make the ride more bearable for those who do not like rougher rides.