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 Review of Flashback @ Six Flags New England
1 Rating Posted by: Canobie Coaster on 7/22/2007 12:47:00 PM
Flashback wins the award for the best boomerang I've been on. Granted that's not saying much, but I will go as far to say that this one is tolerable and enjoyable even in a non-defensive riding position. Can you say that about most boomerangs? I think not.

Relocated from Kentucky Kingdom, Flashback stands out with its vibrant blue and yellow paint job, but I just don't like it for some reason. I don’t know, but the colors just seem to not compliment each other properly and the attraction just doesn’t really seem to fit in with the park all that well in my opinion. Anyway, lines move slowly due to the shuttle nature of the ride, but they are generally pretty short due to the ride’s rather low popularity in comparison to SFNE’s other coasters.

My favorite seat like on all boomerangs is the back thanks to the absolutely incredible first drop, which typically the sole reason why I go on boomerangs again and again. Not only does it have considerable height and speed, but it also nice free-falling sensation that few coasters can match. Prior to my initial ride, I was expecting a bashing, but actually found the first half to be glass-smooth. I was shocked, but could it keep it up during the second half? Again, I was shocked and it did for the most part. There's some minor headbanging on the cobra roll, but other than that, the ride is totally smooth from beginning to end. Past the headbanging, the vertical loop is still one of the most intense and thrilling elements on any coaster, especially while in reverse.

Thanks to the minimal headbanging, Flashback is easily my favorite of the trinity Vekoma boomerangs I've been on. While not as good as many of the park's other coasters, it's worth checking out since it's a credit and actually a decent coaster to boot. Plus, despite it’s low capacity, generally it’s almost a walk-on. Flashback is a rarity for Vekoma boomerangs thanks to its shockingly smooth and very intense ride.
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