Disclosure: I was invited to attend this event as a member of the media. All opinions of this incredible coaster and awesome park are my own.
OK you guys…I love my job. Seriously. I know I complain sometimes about long hours staring at my computer screen, and back pain from my not-even-remotely-ergonomic desk set up, but, with this job comes some pretty awesome opportunities!
Today, I got to be one of the very first people to ride the highly anticipated, Wicked Cyclone roller coaster, opening May 24th at Six Flags New England!!!! And let me tell you, It. Was. INCREDIBLE! It has moved right into the #1 spot on my Top Ten Coaster list!!
I’ll tell you a bit more about the coaster in a second, but first, let me take a moment now to show you this adorable little blog and photo assistant: Look at her posing with her little media badge!!!
Avery got to tag along on this adventure, and while she’s not big enough to ride, that didn’t stifle her excitement! Of course, she may have just been excited about all the free Friendly’s Ice Cream they were handing out… (Thank you Friendly’s!!!) We arrived at the event, and grabbed a spot up front for the opening ceremony. We were surrounded by celebrities!! Bugs Bunny, Wonder Woman, Miss Massachusetts, and even Rob from Biggest Loser! We got to hear from Six Flags New England Communications Manager Jennifer McGrath, Extreme Meteorologist and Storm Chaser Reed Timmer, Six Flags New England President John Winkler and Friendly’s Ice Cream EVP and COO Steven Weigel. They were all just as excited about this coaster as all of us were!
The Red Cross was also on hand to talk about what they do for our communities when disaster strikes.
Six Flags New England made a donation of $5000.00 to The Red Cross of MA and 5000 park tickets to the Red Cross employees and volunteers. Friendly’s then matched the $5000.00 donation and gave 5000 cartons of ice cream!! How awesome it that?!
Take a minute (well, a minute and 46 seconds) to watch this animated ride along video.
Seriously. Best. Coaster. EVER! And I’ve ridden quite a few!
The track is unbelievably smooth, at no point do you feel like you’re being rattled, or shaken, or tossed around like some coasters. I also love that it utilizes a locking lap restraint, (a very secure locking lap restraint, that even prevents your legs from moving) as opposed to the over the shoulder style restraints we’re all used to on coasters with inversions. Oh, and it is fast! Super fast! Had I been by myself, I’d have ridden until they kicked me out! Avery wasn’t all that interested in waiting for me, though, so today, it was just one ride. #sadtrombone
Here are a few fun facts about Wicked Cyclone:
- Designed by Engineer (and my hero!) Alan Schilke of Rocky Mountain Construction
- It is a Hybrid coaster integrating both wood and steel
- Built using much of the existing structure from the original Cyclone rollercoaster
- This coaster has 3,320 feet of track
- It stands 10 stories tall
- Reaches speeds of up to 55 mph
- 24 seatsper train
- 109 foot hill
- First coaster of its kind to have a 200 degree stall and two Zero G Rolls
The world’s only Double Reversing Bank Airtime Hill
Riders experience more airtime than any other coaster in New England
The themeing of the queue and surrounding area was great, and we made a quick stop in the gift shop (of course) to check out the cool Wicked Cyclone merch! Then it was time for lunch!! Six Flags was kind enough to provide all in attendance with a free, and delicious, lunch! Avery was in heaven with her fruit, hot dog and mac & cheese! After lunch it was time to take a few more photos and head home. We had an incredible day at Six Flags New England, and cannot wait to go back for a few more rides on Wicked Cyclone, as well as all the other rides and attractions the park has to offer!
So what do you think? Are you brave enough to weather the storm and ride Wicked Cyclone?
Wicked Cyclone opens May 24, 2015. Season Pass Holders can get an exclusive early preview on May 22 and 23.