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Will Great America's Racing Wooden Coaster Get a Steel Upgrade?

Will Six Flags Great America’s 2014 Attraction Involve a Rocky Mountain Conversion

I came across a really interesting rumor for Six Flags Great America’s next new ride. According to Screamscape, there’s a rumor that American Eagle, a twin track racing wooden roller coaster, could get a Rocky Mountain steel track conversion for just one of the circuits. Thus, making giving one of the tracks the ability to do extreme banking and even loops (like Iron Rattler and New Texas Giant) while the other track would continue to provide a traditional wooden coaster experience.
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Racing Woodies Need an Upgrade!

Even if this turns out to be just a rumor, this is an incredible idea. There are several racing wooden coasters around the country that are a bit stale in my opinion. This decades-old design could use some modern ingenuity.

Theme parks have already realized that they they could use some spicing up. In the past, some of these twin racers ran one of their tracks with backwards-facing trains. This did provide a different experience and a reason to ride both sides. More could be done to add some real variety to the experiences. A steel I-Box track conversion would really make for an interesting experience. Especially if they continue to race or even have a few points where the coasters duel. The steel side could do a corkscrew over the wooden side!

Keep The Racer, The Rest are Fair Game

The Racer at Kings Island is an ACE Roller Coaster Landmark seen as partly responsible for kicking off the Second Golden Age of Roller Coasters. So, I doubt that we’d ever see a revamping of that ride and I wouldn’t suggest one.

But American Eagle and the following are fair game in my opinion: Colossus at Six Flags Magic Mountain, Rebel Yell at Kings Dominion (could use a name change too!), Rolling Thunder at Six Flags Great Adventure, and Thunder Road at Carowinds (which straddles two states!).

Again, an American Eagle upgrade is only a rumor at this point. Other rumors point to one of those SkyScreamer tower swing rides that have been popping up at Six Flags parks. Here’s a video teasing Six Flags Great America’s 2014 attraction:

What’s Your Take
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