By Brady MacDonald
5:05 AM PDT, August 30, 2012
Six Flags unveiled its 2013 lineup of new roller coasters, thrill rides, water slides and live shows at the amusement park chain's 13 locations.
Six Flags' 2013 attractions include three roller coasters, two swing tower rides, four water slide complexes and two shows.
Among the highlights:
Six Flags Fiesta Texas (San Antonio) - The 1992 Rattler wooden coaster will be reborn as the Iron Rattler hybrid coaster with a steel track on wood supports. The remade ride will feature a barrel roll inversion and a series of beyond-vertical banked turns. Rocky Mountain Construction Group will to handle the rehab, which includes the removal of the cliff-top triple helix.
Six Flags Magic Mountain (Southern California) - The Full Throttle launch coaster will feature the world's tallest vertical loop (160 feet), with riders traversing the loop twice - once on the inside and again on the outside over a top hat element. Reaching 70 mph, the ride will feature three launches, including a backward launch.
> Photos: Full Throttle coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain
Six Flags Great Adventure (New Jersey) - The Wild Safari animal park will be converted from a separate admission drive-your-own-car attraction to a guided Safari Off Road Adventure tram tour included with theme park admission. The park will also add new up-charge zip lines throughout the animal park.
La Ronde (Montreal) - The Aqua Twist interactive water ride arms both riders and spectators on shore with water cannons for an epic water battle. Aqua Twist, a Twist N' Splash ride built by Mack Rides, combines a tea cup-style ride with water play.
Six Flags St. Louis (Missouri) - The 1989 Vekoma Boomerang coaster formerly known as Flashback will be relocated from Six Flags Over Texas and rechristened as simply Boomerang. The 125-foot-tall shuttle coaster features a cobra roll and a loop.
Six Flags Over Georgia (Atlanta) and Six Flags Over Texas (Dallas-Ft. Worth) - Both parks will install Sky Screamer swing towers for 2013, with Georgia adding a 240-foot-tall ride and Texas a 400-foot-tall version (setting a new height record for a swing tower). Six Flags has installed the Funtime Star Flyers at several parks in recent years.
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (Northern California) - The hybrid amusement park/marine park will add the "Cirque Dreams Splashtastic" show with dolphins, aerialists and acrobats after Discovery Kingdom sent Shouka the killer whale to SeaWorld San Diego.
Six Flags Great America (outside Chicago) - The "IgNight" fireworks show will combine lasers, music, singing and dancing into a nighttime finale for the park.
Six Flags Mexico (Mexico City) - The park will introduce Fright Fest for the first time with five haunted mazes, redubbing the annual Halloween event Festival del Terror.
Six Flags America (outside Washington) and Six Flags New England (Massachusetts) - The Hurricane Harbor water parks will each add Bonzai Pipeline water slides with free-falling launch capsules.
Great Escape (New York) - The Screamin' Eagles flying scooter built by Larson International will let riders control the side-to-side movement of the vehicle via a vertical wing. The cable-suspended carriages on the 1930s-era centrifugal force ride swing outward and upward at speeds reaching 35 mph.
Six Flags Great Adventure (New Jersey) - Great Adventure's Hurricane Harbor water park will introduce the Big Wave Racer head-first racing slide complex.
Six Flags Over Georgia (Atlanta) - The new Typhoon Twister slide at the White Water water park will feature a five-story drop into a bowl.
Six Flags Over Texas (Dallas-Ft. Worth) - The Hurricane Harbor water park will rechristen one of its water slides the Black Hole of Doom 4-D, adding holographic images and sound effects to the ride.
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