AGAWAM Mass. – The number six is making a big splash at Six Flags New England. The biggest water ride ever at the thrill park opened this year, Bonzai Pipeline, at six stories in height, with six twisted tubes and one huge freefall through a 257-foot enclosed water slide that ends with a splash into six inches of water.
Spring of 2013 marked the opening of the park's four-acre expansion, Bonzai Beach, to Six Flags' already popular tropical oasis, Hurricane Harbor, the home to a previously existing lineup of 33 slides, two sandy beaches, two wave pools and a lazy river. The highlight of the new addition, Bonzai Pipeline is the first of its kind in the world, consisting of a 75-foot tall waterslide complex that features six fast and intense drop-hatch and looping body slides.
What can you expect from the attraction? After climbing to the top of the six-story tower, guests step inside one of the six state-of-the-art launching capsules and seconds later, the floor drops out from under them. Riders reach speeds of up to 40 mph as they slide through more than 250 feet of enclosed tubing and after conquering the 360-degree loop, the journey ends with a splash into 6 inches of water in the slide's run-out. All six body slides have their own unique path of twists and turns resulting in six different heart-pounding, free-fall experiences.
"Bonzai Beach is the largest expansion Hurricane Harbor has seen in over a decade, giving us the ability to welcome more guests for more fun," said John Winkler, president of Six Flags New England. "Bonzai Pipeline is a great addition to an already stellar lineup of attractions and another great way for guests to cool off."
The tubes offer a "mind-blowing" experience, according to Winkler, as riders start out first in clear tubing, then in pitch-darkness for an added rush of adrenaline. Hurricane Harbor houses 3 million gallons of water and offers water thrills for every member of the family.
Six Flags New England also is known for its incredible arsenal of more than 60 other rides that range from mild to extreme on the thrill meter. Boasting 46 dry rides and 14 different types of water rides, not just slides. The park has 11 coasters and is home to the steel coaster Bizarro, which according to the park was rated as one of the top steel coasters in the world, offering two tunnels and a 220-foot drop. Other popular rides include Cyclone, Flashback, Pandemonium, Mind Eraser and Batman the Dark Knight.
When it comes to fun for the little ones, Six Flags New England offers three areas dedicated to children including Looney Tunes Movie Town, Kidzopolis and Splash Island.
Food and refreshments are available throughout the park.
For more than 50 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling water parks and unique attractions. For more information or tickets, visit them online at www.sixflags.com/newEngland.