Great seeing you and the gang at HW today. I don't think I'll be able to make it down for ERT on Diamondback, but I should still be in the park after my shift at Coney.
Proud Coney Island Ride-op for 6 years! Kings Island MSD/Racer crew of 2011 Kings Island Vortex/Windseeker crew of 2012-2013 Best Coaster Ever: Phoenix Top Steel: Intimidator 305 (Maverick in CLOSE 2nd)
Change in plans, I decided Managerial Accounting 201 can wait as hanging out with Big Mike is truly the chance of a lifetime. I'll be there first thing in the morning! Alas, I can't get out of working later, but oh well, at least I'll get some diamondback rides in...
Six Flags Great Adventure had thier Media Day for Bizarro this past Thursday and Robb invited his East Coast Division's top in depth reporter Big Mike to cover it for all The Valuable Big Mike Readers and the rest of the TPR community!
Big thanks to Robb for making this happen for The Mighty Big Man because Robb knew that I was dying to cover this!!
Many of you could figure out why I am sure.
Well of course Robb wanted a top notch job done also, so it was a match made in heaven.
I wanted to make Robb proud and cover every aspect of the ceremony, and I wanted to make Angel proud and get the word out to everyone that Bizarro is now open and a lot of fun to ride with the new elements.
I hope I was able to make both of you proud!
Peace, Big Mike
PS - I also hired a new Public Relations mascot for The Big Mike Road Show 2009, see it at the end of the report.
SOARS INTO SIX FLAGS
Park Debuts the Most Anticipated Coaster Transformation of 2009
Jackson, N.J. – Six Flags Great Adventure today announced a transformation of epic proportions – the debut of BIZARRO. Themed around the DC Comics character Bizarro, this newly-enhanced roller coaster offers thrill-seekers the exhilaration of a Six Flags signature coaster combined with the unique storytelling of the twisted world of Bizarro. The experience features high tech special effects and precisely orchestrated on-board audio production designed to assault the senses for a world-class “show” on a roller coaster.
The DC Comics character, Bizarro, is best known as a peculiar Superman-like creature from a parallel Earth known as Htrae where inhabitants believe in “doing the opposite of all Earthly things.” Because he is the imperfect duplicate of Superman, his powers and abilities manifest themselves as opposites of Superman’s powers including freeze vision, heat breath, spotlight vision and x-ray hearing.
The BIZARRO experience begins the moment guests enter the ride queue through a custom-created comic designed exclusively for this ride by DC Comics. Guests quickly uncover the mysterious background of the Bizarro character and his destructive takeover of the attraction before stepping onto the ride.
Unlike traditional coasters, BIZARRO is floorless, giving riders the sensation of flying as their feet dangle above the track. The three minute and fifteen second thrill begins with a pulse-quickening 146-foot climb before plummeting 61 miles-per-hour through Bizarro’s freeze vision “cool zone.” The rush continues as riders twist and turn through seven loops – including 114-foot vertical and 96-foot dive loops – blast past bursts of Bizarro’s fire breath and race by bizarre scenes and illusions. The mind-boggling 3,985-foot twisting journey of storytelling and high-tech elements ends by sending riders head first into a spiked-shaped Auger of Doom, set inside interlocking corkscrews. Throughout the entire journey, riders experience the adrenaline rush with heart-pounding, on-board audio taking them to a whole new dimension of imagination.
“Six Flags Great Adventure is recognized for our unique coaster collection and for continually pushing the envelope season after season,” said Mark Kane, Six Flags Great Adventure’s President. “With this transformation, guests experience a thrill ride so surreal and so menacing, no other coaster compares.”
Six Flags introduced a unique multimedia, interactive marketing campaign for the BIZARRO launch, generating community engagement via an alternative reality game (ARG). After an intense five months of online play and more than 500,000 participants, Six Flags Great Adventure hosted a final in-park scavenger hunt rewarding 30 key players exclusive access to the grand opening and the opportunity to be the first riders on the all-new BIZARRO.
The BIZARRO debut at Six Flags Great Adventure coincides with the grand opening of BIZARRO at Six Flags New England in Agawam, MA. The height restriction is 54 inches to ride. Guests can receive up-to-the minute park news and purchase a 2009 season pass online at sixflags.com.
Media Day for Bizarro and Big Mike has his press pass for Theme Park Review.
The new Bizarro design!
Not everyone is familiar with Bizarro, so here are his attributes!
The new ride sign!
Balloons and Ribbons for the ceremony!
First lets announce the special guests attending today:
Josh! (josh davidson)
Joe! (Bubba Z)
Free eats and drinks too.
Now lets announce the main presenters:Park General Manager Mark Cole!(I told Mark that Angel was the best PR girl I have ever seen and I wanted to steal her for The Big Mike Road Show PR job)
Larry! (Chief Engineer)
Last but not least, here she is, the lovely and talented Angel Aristone!
Mark led things off and excited the crowd.
Angel finished things off by absolutely captivating the crowd with her smart wit, excellent enthusiasm, and stunning beauty.
Everyone is the crowd loved listening to Angel.
Every single media outlet has the same old pictures, people speaking in front of the podium. So just to be different, Big Mike wanted to give everybody a different and MUCH better angle to look at.
Next up was the ribbon cutting ceremony with the two NJ ACE reps.
Once the ribbon was cut, streamers were shot off.
The streamers blew right on to the track lol.
I have a strong feeling that there will be no streamers next time.
A crew had to be called to remove it.
This gave us ample time to take a few shots of the new trains.
The audio box.
Angel on the phone talking about:
A. Someone getting fired for the streamers.
B. Discussing with her agent a possible job switch to The Big Mike Road Show.
C. Telling her friend that she just met and had her picture taken with a really hot guy.
The first riders who won a previous scavenger hunt.
The lift where you hear the audio from your speakers. If you are expecting pumping rock music like X2, there is none.
Cool zones a plenty on this ride.
I really enjoyed the mist.
You also traveled through a pair of cut outs.
You face the fire here, unlike X2, MUCH BETTER!
Lots of fire!
Josh gave it a thumbs up!
Jordan liked it too.
In an exclusive interview after his ride, Mr. Six said he liked it too.
The Bizarro transformation, according to Head East Region Theme Park Review In Depth Reporter Big Mike is a success!
A big shout out to Mark and Angel for a job well done!
We will finish the coverage of Media Day with a picture of Angel and Big Mike together! No offense to the TPR girls, or Elissa's mom, or all the super models out there.... THIS is the hottest girl on the planet right now :)Getting serious though, excellent job Angel! I am very impressed and proud of the job you are doing for Great Adventure! You have a very bright future. (I know she is going to read this, YES!)
So I go back to Big Mike World Headquarters after the Media Day and I tell Lucky Dog that I need to find myself someone as talented as Angel to do public relations work for The Big Mike Road Show 2009.
Lucky Dog feels my pain of missing Angel already and offers to try out for the job opening.
We hop in the new Hot Rod and start his public relations work.
Lucky Dog looks out the window for potential people to tell about Big Mike's awesome in depth coverage of Six Flags Great Adventure's Media Day for Bizarro!
Here you see him hanging out the window telling people to go ride Bizarro!
We stop at a park and he runs all over the place saying "Go ride Bizarro!"
Lucky Dog ran and ran and told about a million people before he ran out of gas.
I was impressed with the job Lucky Dog did, so I hired him and awarded him his very own Big Mike Road Show 2009 Dog Tag.
I am not sure what Angel is making over at Six Flags (hopefully a ton), but I think I overpaid for Lucky Dog! Hope you enjoyed! Peace, Big Mike
Awesome TR big mike! Lucky dog is awesome,but I think he is getting paid more than me with all that food, oh well, at least california is the state with the highest minimum wage(until I get taxed out the @$$)
Bizzaro has to be the most awesome re theme of a coaster I've seen, bar none. SFNE's version looks interesting too, but for some reason I really dig it on a floorless even more. The flames, mist, and other items go way beyond the simple repaint I was expecting when I first heard about this.
Great TR Mike, and it's nice to see your dog gets treated so well too.
Coming to Lakemont, Del Grossos, Idlewild, Kennywood, and Waldameer, the week of July 17th.
That was an awesome report Big Mike! I think to fire position is pretty cool how it's just off to the side of the track and perfect for the train angel. I know Six Flags is going to over do the fire effect (X2, Terminator, Bizarro) but I like it!
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