Shocking many in the theme park fandom, Six Flags America announced on National Roller Coaster Day (August 16th) that it would be closing the only stand-up rollercoaster in Maryland, Apocalypse, forever. The final day for rides will be September 8th.
Apocalypse: The Last Stand debuted at Six Flags America in Largo, MD in the 2012 season, having been relocated from Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, IL. It is easily one of the most well-themed roller coaster experiences at the Maryland park.
Internet rumors say the park may not completely remove the ride, rather they may convert it to what's known as a "floorless" coaster with new trains for the 2019 season. The park hasn't commented on what's to come, but the Six Flags corporation is expected to announce all new additions to their chain of amusement parks on August 30, 2018.
Here's the full text of the park's press release regarding the ride's terminus:
UPPER MARLBORO, MD — August 16, 2018 — Six Flags America, DC’s Thrill Capital, today announced that its stand-up coaster, Apocalypse: The Last Stand will close forever on Saturday, September 8, 2018.
Apocalypse has reigned as the only stand-up roller coaster in Maryland and since its 2012 debut, has given more than 1.6 million rides. Set among thematic elements that included a plane crash, fiery explosions and macabre zombies, the coaster features two high-speed inversions and numerous twists, turns and drops.
“Our wheels are always turning when it comes to new and innovative thrills and attractions to bring to the park,” says Park President Rick Howarth. “The end is near but saying good-bye to Apocalypse will allow us to bring an all-new thrilling experience to our guests in 2019.”
Guests will be able to say their final farewells to Apocalypse on September 8 with special ride times offered to Gold Plus, Platinum, Diamond and Diamond Elite Members and members of American Coaster Enthusiasts.