AGAWAM, Mass. (WGGB) –It’s been a scorching hot summer. Bad news for farmers, but it’s hard to complain if you’re in the water park business.
Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags New England has been packed all season, and now they’re getting ready to build a brand new thrill.
“Business has been fantastic for the water park, we’ve had a really great weather summer,” says Melissa Pinkerton, public relations manager at Six Flags New England. “It’s been nice and warm so people flock to our water park, it’s one of our premiere attractions here at Six Flags.”
And if you couldn’t tell by the line of people waiting to get in, today was another busy day.
“I’ve been to Six Flags in New Jersey but my brother wanted to come and we realized this was bigger in Massachusetts,” says Dae Acosta from the Bronx, NY. “So, we came out here, which actually, so far from what I’ve seen, it’s way better.”
“We went on some of the rides and now we’re going to go in the water park for a while,” says Sarah Coon from Sharon, CT. “And, it’s a great day for it because it’s really hot.”
But, with only a few days left in the season, the park is looking ahead to next summer — and a new way to attract thrill seekers. Namely, Bonzai Pipelines.
“This is an incredible ride and the first of its kind,” says Pinkerton. “Bonzai Pipelines, it’s going to be 65 feet in the air and you’re going to step in individual capsules — they’ll be six of them so you can race your friends. But you step inside the capsule and you’ll look down and you’ll see the ground below you, and then a 3, 2, 1 drop.
She adds, “The floor will drop out from underneath you and then you’ll hit the slide at 40 mph, go through a spin and twist and land in a run out.”
Six Flags is already spreading word around the park. They’re hoping to drum up some excitement and repeat customers when the ride opens in 2013.
“We’re excited this year to launch that new ride and along with that we’re launching our 2013 season passes,” says Pinkerton. “So if you actually buy that season pass now, you can use it the rest of this year and all of next year, so you can be among the first to ride Bonzai Pipelines.”
Hurricane Harbor will close for the 2012 season on Tuesday. During the off season, crews will begin work on Bonzai Pipelines, which they plan to open in 2013.
Six Flags New England will remain open through October 28th.