Six Flags America Announces Firebird Floorless Coaster for 2019

We now know what will become of Six Flags America’s Apocalypse standup coaster. The B&M coaster will be reborn in 2019 as “Firebird Coaster” with a new look and new floorless trains.

Six Flags America announced earlier this month that it would close Apocalypse in September, leaving the fate of Bolliger & Mabillard’s first roller coaster uncertain.”Six Flags is always taking thrilling innovation to the next level,” said Six Flags America park president Rick Howarth.

“Firebird is a game-changer, offering guests an unparalleled, new riding experience. The floorless trains will give riders the sensation of being airborne as they soar along a half-mile of track with nothing beneath their feet but the wind.”

The coaster (as it stands today — no pun intended) is 100 feet tall and features a 90-foot drop. It reaches a top speed of 55 mph. The 2,900-foot layout includes two inversions: a vertical loop and a corkscrew.

Firebird Floorless Trains:

Firebird will receive two new, sit-down floorless trains designed and built by Swiss manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard (the manufacturer of the coaster).

Guests will be able to ride Apocalypse one last time on September 8 with exclusive ride time for Six Flags membership holders and members of American Coaster Enthusiasts.

Firebird is expected to open in the spring of 2019.

For more information, visit the Six Flags America website.

See more of Six Flags’ 2019 announcements here.

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