This weekend The Great Escape opened for its 59th season. While there wasn’t any new huge roller coasters for the 2013 season the Great Escape did a lot of capitol improvements by filling a lot of empty spaces in the park. The park had two vacant domes at the end of last season and opening day this year the park had one occupied dome. All in all this is shaping up to be a great season for the park.
The first improvement the park made was to take down the 180 dome for the new Screamin’ Eagles ride.
Here is a close up of the ride tubs.
This is a amazing improvement to the park. You tell me which one looks better a nice open area with a new ride or a beat up green and white dome? While we didn’t get to ride the new Screamin’ Eagles ride on opening weekend, we already know that it is a upgrade from what was there last year. Screamin’ Eagles opens up on June 1st for season pass holders and June 6th for everyone else. Don’t get me going on why its not opening up on opening day. That’s a discussion for another day.
Now let’s take a look at Blizzard’s relocation. This is the ride sign and ride restriction information.
Entrance to the igloo.
Here is an overview of the dome. It looks a million times better than the previous paint scheme the dome had. The ride features lighting effects and music along with nice, cool air conditioning.
Another major improvement this year was moving the bumper cars into an indoor location. This is the ride sign:
There is no divider on the bumper car floor so you can hit people head on if you so choose.
To make up for Blizzard going back indoors the park decided to relocate Balloon Race to the scramblers former location.
Some other smaller improvements:
New beer stand. Don’t pay any attention to the directional sign on the right as Ben and Jerry’s is gone from all Six Flags parks.
See? Six Below has replaced it.
That’s it for major improvements and changes. Like every year, there are a lot of smaller changes around Great Escape this year. If you’ve never been to Great Escape you should try to make a visit this year. It’s a nice gem in the Six Flags chain. To end this report, I’ll leave you with a few more pictures of Screamin’ Eagles.
Since Six Flags hasn’t put any 2013 park maps online yet here are a few pictures of the major changes as displayed on the Great Escape map.
This concludes our update. Let us know in the comments if you would like to see anything specific the next time we visit Great Escape.