Six Flags New England has announced its plans to replace the venerable Cyclone roller coaster, which was closed in July.
The theme park said in a statement Thursday that the wooden Cyclone will be replaced by the "Wicked Cyclone," a hybrid coaster featuring a steel track on a wooden structure. The ride will be the first of its kind on the east coast, according to the company.
"We take great pride in creating incredible, one-of-a-kind experiences for our guests here at the Thrill Capital of New England," Six Flags New England President John Winkler said in a statement.
The Cyclone was built in 1983 and served more than 15 million riders before it closed. While the wooden-tracked coaster sometimes meant a bumpy and uncomfortable ride, many were sad to see it close and some traveled from far away for the attraction's last day on July 20.
Wicked Cyclone promises a smoother ride along its 3,320 feet of track, two zero g rolls and speeds of up to 55 mph. The ride will be open in time for the 2015 season, officials said.