Cedar Point will retain its crown as "coaster capital of the world" for another year, after Six Flags Magic Mountain delayed the opening of Mr Six's DanceCoaster until 2011.
Six Flags blamed construction delays for the decision to postpone the opening of its new ride, which was scheduled for this weekend. The decision means that Cedar Point will still have more rollercoasters than any other theme park in the world, with 17 in total compared to Magic Mountain's 16. Cedar Point has already revealed that it will add another thrill ride in 2011 - though this may not be a rollercoaster.
The track for Mr Six's DanceCoaster has arrived at Magic Mountain, and a space has been cleared for it close to the Déjà Vu boomerang coaster in the northwest corner of the park. However, the LA Times reports that construction workers have yet to pour cement footings for the ride, a prerequisite for installing the track.
Mr Six's DanceCoaster is named after the elderly character that features in Six Flags advertising. The ride itself is a Vekoma Junior Coaster, standing 28-feet-tall and reaching a top speed of 21mph during a 679-feet-long circuit. It will feature trains themed to look like a pair of Mr Six's black, white and red dancing shoes. A video of the ride in action prior to its move can be found at Theme Park Review.
According to RollerCoaster Database, the layout of Mr Six's DanceCoaster will be identical to Gadget Go-Coaster at Disneyland. Similar models are located at theme parks around the world, including two other Six Flags Parks - Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom (which has now closed) and Six Flags Mexico.
The coaster's previous home, Six Flags New Orleans, closed following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and has never reopened. Plans to open a Nickelodeon theme park on the site were dropped late last year.
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