New England SkyScreamer Construction Tour
Today, we took part in a New England SkyScreamer construction tour with the Six Flags New England Communications Manager, Jennifer McGrath. Here are some pictures that Josh took along with all the information we learned during the tour. The tour went through the whole park so there is a lot to cover. Let”s get to it.
We were parked in the preferred lot and taken directly to the brand new New England SkyScreamer. We noticed a few things along the way however.
The first big change everyone will notice this year (besides the massive new tower at the northern end of the park) is that Six Flags New England (along with the rest of the Six Flags chain) is going biometric!
Okay so here”s the deal on the new biometric entry system. I know a lot of you are wondering what it is as we”ve been posting about it on Facebook lately. Gone are the days of waiting in that massive line at the beginning of the season to get your picture taken for your new season pass. You will now be processing your pass at the gate on your first visit. You will scan your finger and a new card will be printed out right there. Instead of a picture the verification is the much more secure biometric code. Keep the new picture-less season pass card with you though. You”ll still need it to get in on the next visit and you”ll need it to use your coupons. More on that in a bit.
For those who are concerned with security and are worrying about having to give your fingerprint to a massive corporation like Six Flags, do not worry! You are not giving Six Flags or anyone else your fingerprint. Basically the scanner takes a picture of your finger and assigns an encrypted numerical code based on the distance between the indentations of your fingerprint. That code is what Six Flags sees and that code then gets linked to your season pass. It gets more complicated than this but this is the easiest explanation I can give you. You can always Google biometric scanning if this didn”t explain it clearly for you.
Some of you may have got your 2014 season pass with your picture back in the fall. Don”t worry. We learned today that you will be able to scan your finger when you first go to the park this season and it will be linked to your season pass. Another thing we learned is that there will be no more paper coupons! I could go into more detail with this but there”s no point. Our friend Kurt at The Coaster Guy has written up a very thorough post about the new coupon system and I don”t feel like I could explain it as well as him. Haha. Click here to read his post. You can check the season pass portal now at sixflags.com/pass but just know that it hasn”t been updated with home park coupons just national ones right now. By the time the park opens everything on the website will be up. You will no longer have to cut out/print your coupons (yay trees!), everything is loaded on your pass. That means on “bring a friend free” days you no longer have to have a ticket printed out for them. You will now just bring your friend to the turnstile with you, scan your pass, and you”re both allowed in.
Today we also confirmed rumors we had heard about the food department. While we don”t have a picture of it, the Looney Tunes Commissary in Looney Tunes Movietown is becoming Take Six. It”ll include pasta and make your own subs. In addition, Riverboat Cafe is being remodeled which is great to hear. That is one of the oldest food courts in the park and it desperately needed some TLC. Also, the two best restaurants in the park, Johnny Rockets and JB”s Smokehouse BBQ, will be added to the dining pass this year. Another rumor we heard, though as of right now this is unconfirmed, was that a new seafood stand was coming to the dry park. We already have a few places in Hurricane Harbor that sell seafood but all the seafood places in the dry park are gone. Hopefully this rumor is true. What kind of park is it if you can”t get New England clam chowder anywhere?
The snow actually sort of makes Pandemonium look less faded. Fingers crossed Pandemonium gets a paint job soon! At night you won”t notice the faded paint on Pandemonium too bad. The lighting package that was added to Pandemonium during Fright Fest is confirmed to be staying. Both New England SkyScreamer and Scream will be receiving lights similar to the ones used on Goliath. The North End is going to be the place to be at night when you”re at SFNE.
And now for the reason you came to this post.
Here it is! Our first look at the start of Six Flags New England”s new skyline. This piece is only 30 ft., it is hard to imagine another 370 ft. on top of it.
This is the base of New England SkyScreamer along with the water fountain that will run below it. I”m going to say it right now – this is going to be the best looking SkyScreamer a Six Flags park has ever put in.
The base and this piece in Catapult”s spot were the only tower pieces on site. The rest of the pieces are still in the parking lot which you will see later on in the post.
Close up of the base of the 400 ft. tower. The new stone wall they put up looks really nice. You can also get a better look at the waterfall/fountain in this picture.
Heading back in the other direction. There were workers working on Goliath to get the new train ready (they hope for opening day). Hopefully all the bugs were worked out. If you don”t recall, the new train looks like this:
Crime Wave is one of the many flat rides that is taken down and brought in for the winter while it gets refurbished. We didn”t get a picture of it but Twister is still in the park. We couldn”t get any information on what the plans for it except that we should stay tuned.
The skeleton of one of Mind Eraser”s trains is sitting out on the transfer track with maintenance working on it.
Once done with the park it was time to head out to the main parking lot to check out all of the NESS pieces.
There were literally pieces laying all over the place.
These gold things you see above are the ride carriage. The seats will be attached to those. Speaking of seats. Here is a picture SFNE posted on Facebook a few weeks ago of one of the chairs.
They are assembling most of the ride in the parking lot, then loading them back on the truck and bringing them across the street and into the maintenance lot. Then the pieces will go down the maintenance road behind Cyclone. They will then stage the completed tower pieces over in Catapult”s former spot and assembled one by one.
The pictures above and below show the uppermost pieces of the topper for New England SkyScreamer. It”s going to look similar to Texas SkyScreamer once completed. In the picture below you can see the blue piece with a circular top. This is the first thing on the topper. The star next to the blue piece then goes on top of that and then the flags.
The flat things coming off the top of the star are where the six flags of Six Flags are going to sit.
The star is quite massive. 20 ft. tall to be exact. Don”t believe me? Look at the next picture with Josh standing next to it! It is important to note that the star won”t be white once installed. The white is a protective covering for the true color, which is a glossy gold color. They don”t want it getting scratched during construction. Also mentioned was that this is definitely going to break the record put in place by Texas SkyScreamer, though the official height isn”t ready to be made public yet.
These pieces that say “Six Flags” will go on either side of the blue piece shown above.Het lobby van Roxy Palace is duidelijk, waardoor houders van geregistreerde account de mogelijkheid hebben om voor echt geld te spelen of hun skills willen verbeteren door gratis spellen te spelen. In addition to the lighting similar to Goliath, the little circles in the lettering are LED lights that will change colors.
While leaving we noticed that they had begun putting together the massive crane that”s needed to install New England SkyScreamer.
We want to give a huge thank you to Jen McGrath for taking time out of her day to take Josh on this tour today!! It means a lot to us. Even more things were announced while there. In fact there is so much to cover that Josh is going to go over the rest of the stuff on our video podcast, The Grove Show. The show goes live every Thursday night at 9 PM at www.thegroveshow.org. Stay tuned to that for further information. Thanks for reading, we hope you enjoyed this post!