Friday, August 17, 2018

Apocalypse: The Last Stand to Meet Its Demise on September 8th at Six Flags America

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The end is near for Apocalypse: The Last Stand at Six Flags America, as the theme park has announced that it will close for good on September 8th, 2018.

The stand-up roller coaster opened at Six Flags America in 2012 and has given more than 1.6 million rides since then, or about 228,000 rides per season.

“Our wheels are always turning when it comes to new and innovative thrills and attractions to bring to the park,” says Park President Rick Howarth. “The end is near but saying good-bye to Apocalypse will allow us to bring an all-new thrilling experience to our guests in 2019.”

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At least we know that the ride is being removed in order to bring a new attraction to the park next year - we will hear more about that on August 30th when all Six Flags parks make their announcements.

Apocalypse got its start as Iron Wolf at Six Flags Great America where it opened in 1990.  It is credited as Bolliger & Mabillard's first roller coaster created from the ground up, the start of what has become a prolific career for the company.

The coaster features two trains, each with 7 rows of 4 passengers.  The first lift stands 100 feet tall, followed by a swooping 90 foot first drop.  The 2,900 foot long layout features a vertical loop and a corkscrew along with numerous low to the ground twists and turns.

Apocalypse is not the first B&M coaster to meet its end, as we saw the very permanent removal of Dragon Challenge at Islands of Adventure just last year.