Six Flags New England
May 27, 2014
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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.
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.
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.
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.
The new big, make that very big ride for Six Flags New England for his year
is the New England Sky Screamer.