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Six Flags New England, Agawam, Massachusetts

Six Flags New England was a surprise for me when I visited back in 2009.  Since then I had been looking forward to getting back there with Bond; who was not on that trip, in order to spend some more time riding the Cyclone, Bizarro, Batman and Thunderbolt.

Six Flags New England, Agawam, Massachusetts

We only had five hours at the park so our plans were simple; start at one end of Six Flags New England and work our way to the other end riding whatever we wanted along the way.  Why walk to one end of the park if you can ride?  The New England Skyway with its funky cars were to take us to Six Flags New England's north end where our coaster quest was to begin.

Six Flags New England, Agawam, Massachusetts

Since Bond was a baby sky rides have always been a favorite of his.  He loved riding the ones at Indiana Beach and Lake Winnepeseukah again and again.  He's always enjoyed the views you get of the park and they are really one of the most relaxing rides out there.  The gondolas on The New England Skyway are a little different than most as they are not ski lift seats or bucket type gondolas.  These kind of feel like you're in a hamster ball floating above the midway.

Six Flags New England, Agawam, Massachusetts

Like most of the sky rides and observation towers at amusement parks the New England Skyway was made by Von Roll.  This one actually opened in New York at Coney Island in 1963 at Astroland.  The cars were supposed to be UFO like to go along with Astroland's outer space theme.  Riverside Park, as Six Flags New England was known as before 1999 purchased the Skyway from Astroland and added it to the park in 1974.


Six Flags New England, Agawam, Massachusetts

The new big, make that very big ride for Six Flags New England for his year is the New England Sky Screamer.



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