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Six Flags New England Announces Plans To Replace Cyclone Coaster

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.

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