Cyclone at Six Flags New England is Retiring July 20, Riders ‘Devastated’

The Cyclone, the famous wooden rollercoaster at Six Flags New England, is reitiring July 20.
The Cyclone, the famous wooden rollercoaster at Six Flags New England, is reitiring July 20. –Six Flags New England

Bye, bye Cyclone.

Six Flags New England is retiring its famous wooden rollercoaster on July 20. The rollercoaster has entertained thrill-seekers for more than three decades, since it opened on June 24, 1983. With more than 3,400 feet of track, it is one of the largest wooden rollercoasters in the world. It climbs 109 feet and drops at speeds of 50 miles per hour.

The Cyclone in action. —Six Flags New England

Folks can get a final ride on the coaster through July 20. Until then, they will drown their sorrows on Twitter using the hashtag #ripcyclone. Here is some of the reaction we’re seeing to the announcement.

Why is it retiring? Here’s what John Winkler, the park’s president, had to say in a press release: “It is always difficult whenever we say goodbye to a classic attraction, especially one that is so beloved like the Cyclone. As the Thrill Capital of New England, we are always searching new ways to provide thrills and enhance our guests’ experience and sometimes retiring older attractions is part of the process.’’

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How do you feel about the Cyclone closing? Will you take one final ride before July 20?

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