News Column

BRIEF: Six Flags New England To Retire Cyclone Roller Coaster

June 24, 2014

By Russell Blair, The Hartford Courant

June 24--Six Flags New England plans to close down one of its two wooden roller coasters this summer, the theme park announced Tuesday.

The Cyclone, which opened at the Agawam, Mass. park on June 24, 1983, will host its last riders on July 20.

"It is always difficult whenever we say goodbye to a classic attraction, especially one that is so beloved like the Cyclone," John Winkler, president of the park, said in a statement.

The twisting and turning ride has more than 3,400 feet of track and features a 190-foot drop and speeds of more than 50 mph. Cyclone is based off of a similar ride at Coney Island that allowed for high speeds and drops in a small footprint.

Six Flags did not immediately announce what it plans to do with the current site of the coaster.

Thunderbolt, the park's second wooden roller coaster, which opened in 1941, will remain open.


(c)2014 The Hartford Courant (Hartford, Conn.)

Visit The Hartford Courant (Hartford, Conn.) at

Distributed by MCT Information Services

For more stories covering arts and entertainment, please see HispanicBusiness' Arts & Entertainment Channel

Source: Hartford Courant (CT)

Story Tools Facebook Linkedin Twitter RSS Feed Email Alerts & Newsletters