Superman Ride of Steel to be Enhanced for 2009

Will the Best Coaster on the Planet Still Be the Best?Superman 2009 Transformation
When I first saw the news that Six Flags was going to add new enhancements to their masterpiece, Superman – Ride of Steel at Six Flags New England, I was cautiously pessimistic at best. I’m generally a very positive, easy-going guy, but I’m a bit concerned that Six Flags is messing with the best roller coaster on the planet. Since it’s debut in 2000, Superman has won 4 Golden Ticket Awards and its placed at the top of Mitch’s Internet Poll several times. It’s worth noting that Six Flags re-uses the Superman name on many of their roller coasters, but New England’s Superman is a completely unique and awe-inspiring ride.

According to the press release:
“Going above and beyond traditional steel coasters, this state-of-the-art invention will undergo a revolutionary makeover. The adventure will send riders up 20 stories while flying through fog banks, fire bursts and heart-pumping audio for three minutes and twenty two seconds of extreme thrills.”
Ride of Steel - Superman 2009I’m fine with the enhancements above, but the transformation will also include newly renovated trains. The trains are my biggest concern. Today, Superman offers an amazing, air-time packed ride. Although, I’ve heard that recently the ride is starting to show some age. I caught some flack for my negativity in a few message boards, but I’m just nervous and feel that it’s not a forgone conclusion that these enhancements won’t hurt the ride. I’m slowly being talked down from the ledge. Hopefully, I’m over-reacting and Superman will be as good as ever.

Read the full press release for more details.
Read my full review of Superman @ Six Flags New England.

What do you think about these enhancements? Do you think Superman will turn out better, worse, or the same. Images courtesy of CoasterImage.