Thursday, August 28, 2014

Two Six Flags Parks Announce New Justice League Themed Dark Rides for 2015

Two exciting announcements were made today: Six Flags Over Texas and Six Flags St. Louis will both build a brand new interactive dark rides in 2015 named Justice League Battle for Metropolis.  The new-age dark rides will be fully immersive, utilizing 3-D glasses for riders and motion based six-passenger vehicles.

As guests enter the queue they are filled in on the back story of the attraction.  The Joker and Lex Luthor are planning to fill Metropolis with laughing gas, and even worse they've managed to capture Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and the Green Lantern.  Riders must board a vehicle equipped with their own laser "stun gun" and enter Lex Corp. in order to save the good guys and thwart the villains.

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The ride will allow riders to blast at targets and bad guys throughout the ride, creating an interactive and competitive scoring aspect to the attractions.  Six Flags will be working with several big industry names on these rides.

Sally Manufacturing will create the animatronics for the ride, Pure Imagination will work on the 3D graphics for the ride film, the gaming aspect will be done by Alterface, and the "first-of-its-kind, fully programmable, multi-DOF (degree-of-freedom)" motion based vehicles will be manufactured by Oceaneering.  It is especially promising to see Oceaneering creating the ride vehicles, which are capable of full 360 rotations, since they have an extensive background in creating some of the most advanced ride systems on the planet.

At Six Flags Over Texas the attraction will span nearly 20,000 square feet, using a new space built over the retention pond of the park's river rapids ride along with a former simulator building.  Six Flags St. Louis will use the building that previously was home to a Scooby Doo themed dark ride, I would assume removing the existing boat transportation system in favor of the Justice League ride system.

While not the same story line or exact same ride system, you can check out the first Justice League dark ride that was created in Australia.  If the Six Flags rides are similar, patrons in Missouri and Texas are in for a treat next year!