December 8, 2006
Park officials announced Wednesday their plans for a new family style attraction they say will leave riders spinning with delight. The newest attraction at Six Flags, will defy gravity just like Tony Hawk does with acrobatic spins on his skateboard.
Tony Hawk's Big Spin is a brand new roller coaster that adds a new level excitement to the traditional coaster experience of a lift hill, drop and turns. The added thrill on this one comes from the unique cars that spin round and round, uncontrolled throughout the ride.
"When Tony Hawk appeared here at Six Flags Fiesta Texas last July, his amazing talents made quite an impression on our guests," said Martin Bozer, vice-president/general manager of Six Flags Fiesta Texas. "We're delighted that soon we'll be able to offer a sampling of those thrills everyday with a new family inclusive coaster, Tony Hawk's Big Spin."
Six Flags says the new attraction will be visually impressive and designed to appear as a giant red and black skate park. Television monitors in the queue lines will display highlights of the history of action sports. A large Tony Hawk figure will crown the ride and merchandise will be sold at the ride's exit.
"After receiving such a great response to our Boom Boom HuckJam Tour at several Six Flags parks earlier this year, I'm honored and excited to be part of this opportunity," said Bozer.
Thrill-seekers will be seated two abreast in individual cars with two rows that face each other. The face-to-face seating allows riders to share the experience together.
After climbing a five-story lift hill the individual cars will travel up, down and around the quarter-mile long track while spinning. Since the spinning is uncontrolled each ride will be a total different experience depending on the weight distribution of the passengers in the car.
"On the Big Spin, riders will be able to experience their own spinning aerial moves whenever they choose," added skateboarding legend Tony Hawk, added Bozer.
Six Flags anticipates that this attraction will be popular with families. The ride's height requirement is only 42 inches for those riding with an adult and kids 47 inches and taller can ride alone.
Tony Hawk's Big Spin will sit at the far end of the Fiesta bay Boardwalk area. Construction of the new roller coaster is already underway and the park plans to have the new attraction ready when it re-opens for the 2007 season in March.
In addition to the new spinning roller coaster, Six Flags Fiesta Texas plans to give the surrounding area a fresh new look, including all new planks for the boardwalk's deck and a new dining choice.
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