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Last year saw the arrival of Green Lantern, a looping stand-up coaster. This year, Six Flags Great Adventure is set to introduce more family-friendly attractions.
Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, NJ
For all of Great Adventure’s record-setting, Golden-Ticket-winning, fear-of-God-instilling coasters, it has for years lacked a healthy balance of milder thrill rides that is commonplace at other Northeast parks such as Hershey and Dorney. With the addition of the new Adventure Alley section slated to open later this spring, it seems that Great Adventure is taking long overdue strides towards building a more varied, family-friendly environment. SkyScreamer, a swing ride that whips riders around a 98-foot circle 24-stories in the air, is sure to satisfy the appetites of thrill-seekers as well as those who prefer a calmer experience. A scrambler, bumper cars, and flying elephants will help add classic theme-park charm.

Luna Park, Coney Island, NY
The Coney Island Cyclone celebrates 85 years.

Hershey Park, Hershey, PA
The “Sweetest Place on Earth” continues to solidify its reputation as a coaster haven. From the creators of Kingda Ka and perennial Golden Ticket winners Millennium Force and Bizarro comes Skyrush, an Intamin hypercoaster that has all the makings of an air-time-producing machine. The coaster, which touts a distinct four-across, winged-style seating (think Nitro with no floor and a skinnier track), will stand as the only of its kind in the U.S .when it debuts this summer.
Stinger, an inverted boomerang coaster, is a welcome addition to Dorney Park.
Dorney Park, Allentown, PA
Relocated and rebranded coasters have become a developing trend at parks around the region. Dorney’s Stinger, an import from California’s Great America, will occupy the area left vacant by the Laser. The “inverted boomerang coaster” pits riders face-to-face as they sail forward and then backwards through six total inversions. Also new for 2012 is Dinosaurs Alive! , an outdoor learning center where guests can interact with animatronic dinosaurs.
Six Flags America, Mitchellville, MD
It’s about time. Eleven years after the opening of Batwing, Six Flags America welcomes Apocalypse, a stand-up coaster courtesy of Six Flags Great America. As with Great Adventure’s Green Lantern, Six Flags implores riders to “Stand up to their fear.”
Fun fact: In 1994 Apocalypse — then Iron Wolf —appeared in Richie Rich as Richie’s backyard roller coaster.
Six Flags New England’s newest coaster Goliath nears completion.
Six Flags New England, Agawam, MA
Goliath, an import from Six Flags Magic Mountain, is a more extreme version of Dorney’s Stinger. Riders are propelled through the same boomerang configuration, except this time the ride begins with a near 20-story vertical drop and reaches speeds of 65 mph.

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