AGAWAM, Mass. — Six Flags New England will be retiring the infamous wooden roller coaster Cyclone on Sunday, July 20. To commemorate this special day, the property will host state employees and American Coaster Enthusiasts to take one of the final rides on Cyclone at 12:00pm. The park will be celebrating the fine efforts of the state's local heroes along with the biggest coaster fans on the planet to commemorate such a special ride.
Cyclone opened at Six Flags New England on June 24, 1983, and has inspired generations of coaster lovers. The concept of the attraction was based off of a popular ride at Coney Island that provided high impact thrills in a small footprint. While the current frame is different than the old attraction, Cyclone at Six Flags New England quickly established its fan base and has remained a popular and beloved coaster over the last thirty years.
The amazing wooden architecture, designed by William Cobb, unfurls over a 3,400 feet of track. State employees and American Coaster Enthusiasts will board Cyclone and climb 109 feet to the top to then plummet down at speeds of over 50 miles per hour. These riders will also experience twist and turns around every corner as they face a variety of hills and weightlessness. Like any wooden coaster, the clicks and rattles from the frame only enhance the element of thrill. Cyclone currently is one of the two wooden coasters housed at Six Flags New England.
"We are so pleased to be celebrating the retirement of Cyclone with some of our biggest fans from throughout New England". Said John Winkler, Six Flags New England's Park President. "As the Thrill Capital of New England, we are proud to continuously support state employees along with the American Coaster Enthusiasts."