RUMOR - Six Flags to Announce New Rides for 2021
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RUMOR - Six Flags to announce new rides for 2021
Now we already know across the theme park world that due to the COVID-19 situation and mass theme park closures that majority of the new rides and attractions scheduled for 2020 opening have been put back to 2021 or beyond. We also know that all theme parks financially have taken a massive hit in 2020 with many such as Kings Dominion, California's Great Adventure, Carowinds and Valleyfair not reopening at all for the remainder of the 2020 season.
Over at Screamscape they have got wind that Six Flags is going to announce a number of new rides for 2021 that haven't yet been confirmed before. These projects are likely to have already been in progress before the COVID-19 pandemic struck and due to each individual parks current situation may or may not now come to fruition.
The announcement date is rumored to be August 27
The date that an official announcement is rumored to be scheduled for is Thurday August 27, 2020.
If the rumors are true the following rides could be on the horizon at Six Flags parks across the US:
- Zamperla style family flat rides
- A turbo-charged version of the S&S Screamin Swing
- For Six Flags Magic Mountain - A RMC, likely an extended Jersey Devil layout
- A S&S ride, rumored to be a follow-up to last summer’s Maxx Force at Six Flags Great America
- A mystery coaster project from Premier Rides
As we said, these are all just rumors at the moment but we will be sure to keep you updated with all the official announcements from Six Flags Parks when they appear.
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American entertainment company based in Arlington, Texas
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, more commonly known as Six Flags or as Six Flags Theme Parks, is an American amusement park corporation, headquartered in Arlington, Texas. It has properties in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Six Flags owns more theme parks and waterparks combined than any other amusement park company in the world, and has the seventh-highest attendance in the world. The company operates 27 properties throughout North America, including theme parks, amusement parks, water parks and a family entertainment center. In 2019, Six Flags properties hosted 32.8 million guests.
Six Flags was founded in the 1960s and derived its name from its first property, Six Flags Over Texas. The company maintains a corporate office in Midtown Manhattan, while its headquarters are in Arlington, Texas. On June 13, 2009, the corporation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection due to crippling debt, which it successfully exited after corporate restructuring on May 3, 2010.
The name "Six Flags" originally referred to the flags of the six different nations that have governed Texas: Spain, France, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the United States (Union) and the Confederate States of America. Six Flags parks are still divided into different themed sections, although many of the original areas from the first three parks have been replaced.
Six Flags Theme Parks originated in 1957 with the creation of The Great Southwest Corporation by Angus G. Wynne and other investors. Construction of Six Flags Over Texas started in 1960 and the park opened the next year for a short (45-day) season. The park initially featured a Native American village, a gondola ride, a railroad, some Wild West shows, a stagecoach ride and "Skull Island", a pirate-themed adventure attraction. There was also an excursion, inspired by the historical La Salle Expeditions in the late 1600s, called "LaSalle's River Adventure", aboard French riverboats through a wilderness full of animated puppets. Over the years, all of those attractions, except the railroad, were replaced by others, such as roller coasters, swing rides, log flumes and shoot-the-chute rides, as well as an observation tower.
Growth and acquisitions
The original Six Flags park, Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington (between Dallas and Fort Worth), was sold in 1966 to a subsidiary of the Pennsylvania Railroad, which was actively pursuing non-railroad investments in an effort to diversify its sources of income (in 1968, the Pennsylvania Railroad merged with the New York Central Railroad to form Penn Central Corp which was absorbed into Conrail in 1976). With the new owners came a more abundant supply of capital for geographic expansion and park additions. Six Flags opened Six Flags Over Georgia in 1967 and Six Flags Over Mid-America in 1971, which were the last two original parks constructed by the company.
Six Flags continued to grow by acquiring independent parks. Six Flags purchased AstroWorld in Houston, Texas, in 1975; Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, in 1977; and Magic Mountain in Valencia, California, in 1979. These purchases were followed by Penn Central selling assets to Bally Manufacturing in 1982.
In 1984, the Great America theme park in Gurnee, Illinois, was acquired from the Marriott hotel chain.
Also in 1984, as a result of its acquisition of Great America, Six Flags acquired the rights to Time Warner/Warner Bros.' Looney Tunes animated characters for use in Six Flags properties. Bally surrendered control of the chain to Wesray Capital Corporation in a 1987 leveraged buyout. Time Warner quickly began to gain more leverage in the company, gaining a 19.5% stake in Six Flags in 1990 and then 50% in 1991, with the remaining shares of the company being split by Blackstone Group and Wertheim Schroder & Company. Time Warner purchased the remaining stake in Six Flags in 1993, changing the company's name from Six Flags Corp. to Six Flags Theme Parks, Inc. In 1995, in an effort to reduce its debt load, Time Warner sold 51% of Six Flags for $200 million in cash to an investment group led by Boston Ventures, shifting $800 million in debt to Six Flags.
In 1996, Six Flags began to manage Fiesta Texas theme park in San Antonio, Texas, with a ten-year option to buy, and purchased the park (as Premier) from USAA in 1998.
History of Premier Parks
Premier Parks originally operated as the Tierco Group, Inc., an Oklahoma-based real estate company. The company purchased the Frontier City theme park in Oklahoma City in 1982 for $1.2 million, although Tierco had no intention of entering the amusement park business. Company officials described Frontier City as "beat up" and "run down"; they planned to demolish it, subdivide the land and build a shopping center. However, given an oil bust in Oklahoma, developers lost interest in converting the park into a shopping center. In 1984, Tierco hired Gary Story as general manager of Frontier City and invested about $13 million into improving the park. As the new head of Frontier City, he quadrupled the park's attendance and revenues. Under his leadership, two rides, a ticket booth, sales office, and a petting zoo were added to the park. Food service improved.
In 1988, Tierco shifted its strategic direction to amusement parks. It sold much of its property in the late 1980s, generating capital to reinvest in Frontier City. As this reinvestment paid off, more capital became available, creating further growth. By 1991, Tierco opened White Water waterpark in Oklahoma City (the name later became Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Oklahoma City). The company realized the key to boosting a park's attendance was to add new and exciting rides and make it family-friendly.
Tierco acquired the financially troubled Wild World in Largo, Maryland, in 1992 and later changed that park's name to Adventure World. With a $500,000 investment, Tierco expanded Wild World's kiddie section and remodeled its buildings to give the park a tropical look and feel. Story was promoted to executive vice president after the purchase of Wild World. In 1994, he was promoted again to president and chief operating officer (COO). More flat rides and two roller coasters were added to that park.
Since Tierco was on its way to becoming a "premier" regional theme park operator, in 1994 it changed its name to Premier Parks, Inc. Kieran E. Burke, chairman and chief executive officer (CEO), noted that the new name signified the beginning of a new era for the company.
In the second half of the 1990s, Premier picked up speed. In 1995, the company acquired these Funtime, Inc. properties: Geauga Lake near Cleveland, Ohio, Wyandot Lake in Powell, Ohio and Darien Lake near Buffalo, New York. In 1996, Premier added to its portfolio, buying Elitch Gardens in Denver, Colorado, the Waterworld USA waterparks in Sacramento and Concord, California, Riverside Park in Agawam, Massachusetts, and Great Escape and Splashwater Kingdom in Lake George, New York.
Geauga Lake, Wyandot Lake and Adventure World included water parks, while Frontier City was 14.8 miles away from White Water Bay that required separate admission. Riverside added one just before being sold. Premier Parks, in 1995 and 1996, added water parks to Darien Lake, Lake Compounce (immediately before the Kennywood sale), Elitch Gardens, and Great Escape.
Premier went public in 1996 and raised nearly $70 million through an initial offering at $18 per share. The company planned to use the money to expand its ten parks and acquire others. On September 26, 1997, Premier announced that they would purchase Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville for $64 million, the deal finalized on November 7. Also that year, the company purchased Marine World near San Francisco. A second public offering, at $29 per share, raised an additional $2 million. In December 1997, Premier entered a definitive agreement to purchase a controlling 94 percent interest in Walibi Family Parks in Europe. The deal was finalized in March 1998 adding five Walibi Parks and Bellewaerde to the chain. In 1997, almost 11 million people visited parks owned Premier.
Premier added amusement park rides and roller coasters to Marine World in 1998.
Acquisition of Six Flags by Premier Parks
Premier Parks purchased Six Flags Theme Parks, Inc. from Time Warner on April 1, 1998, for $1.86 billion. Premier began to apply the Six Flags name to several smaller parks that the company had already owned: Darien Lake, Elitch Gardens, Kentucky Kingdom and Marine World. Adventure World was rebranded as Six Flags America.
In 1999, Premier Parks purchased Warner Bros. Movie World Germany and the yet-to-be-built Warner Bros. Movie World Madrid from Warner Bros. As part of the acquisition, Premier Parks had the opportunity to open more European theme parks with Warner Bros. Movie World branding. Warner Bros. Movie World on the Gold Coast, Australia was not part of the deal. The same transaction saw Premier Parks obtain exclusive rights for Warner Bros. licensing in Europe and Latin America, in addition to their existing rights for the United States and Canada. In March 1999, Premier Parks purchased Reino Aventura for an estimated $59 million.
In 2000, Premier Parks assumed the Six Flags Theme Parks, Inc. name and continued re-branding its parks, including Geauga Lake park into Six Flags Ohio and Riverside Park to Six Flags New England. The company also rebranded one of the recently acquired Walibi parks — Walibi Flevo as Six Flags Holland, and Mexico's Reino Aventura as Six Flags Mexico.
In 2001, Six Flags acquired the former SeaWorld Ohio from Anheuser-Busch, merged it with the adjacent Six Flags Ohio and re-branded the combined park as Six Flags Worlds of Adventure. The park was positioned to compete against northern Ohio's Cedar Point. In May 2001, Six Flags negotiated with the city of Montreal to operate La Ronde in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Six Flags acquired the assets of the park and has a long-term contract to lease the land from the city. Walibi Wavre was rebranded as Six Flags Belgium.
Asset sales and shareholder revolt
In 2004, Six Flags began to close and sell properties in an effort to help alleviate the company's growing debt. On March 10, Six Flags sold its European parks, with the exception of the Movie World park in Madrid, Spain, to Star Parks, a division of Palamon Capital Partners. The Madrid park was sold back to Time Warner and renamed "Parque Warner Madrid". In April, Six Flags determined that the investment required to keep Worlds of Adventure competitive with Cedar Point in Ohio would be too great, leading to that park being sold to Cedar Fair. All Looney Tunes and DC Comics character branding was removed upon sale to Cedar Fair, since the latter owns the licensing rights to neither franchise. These sales raised $345 million in an effort to relieve Six Flags' massive debt.
In 2005, Six Flags endured even more turmoil. Some of the company's largest investors, notably Bill Gates's Cascade Investments (which then owned about 11% of Six Flags) and Daniel Snyder's Red Zone, LLC (which owned 12%), demanded change. On August 17, 2005, Red Zone began a proxy battle to gain control of Six Flags' board of directors. On August 29, 2005, Six Flags New Orleans was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina, and has since sat abandoned.
On September 12, Six Flags Chief Executive Officer Kieran Burke announced that Six Flags AstroWorld would be closed and demolished at the end of the 2005 season. The company cited issues such as the park's performance, and parking issues involving the Houston Texans football team, Reliant Stadium, and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, leveraged with the estimated value of the property which included the park. Company executives were expecting to receive upwards of $150 million for the real estate but ended up receiving $77 million when the bare property (which cost $20 million to clear) was sold to a development corporation in 2006.
On November 22, Red Zone announced it had gained control of the board. Kieran Burke was removed on December 14 and replaced by Mark Shapiro, former executive vice president of programming at ESPN. Six Flags then named former RepresentativeJack Kemp, entertainment mogul Harvey Weinstein and Michael Kassan, the former president of the Interpublic Group of Companies Incorporated, to their newly revamped board of directors.
Even with the new management team, the sell-off would continue into 2006. On January 27, Six Flags announced the sale of Frontier City and White Water Bay after the 2006 operating season. At the same time, Six Flags announced it would close corporate offices in Oklahoma City, moving its headquarters to New York City. Six Flags CEO Mark Shapiro said he expected the parks to continue operation after the sale, a lesson the company learned after its public relations debacle with the closure of AstroWorld. In June, Six Flags announced it was considering closing or selling up to six of its parks, including Elitch Gardens, Darien Lake, WaterWorld in Concord, California, Wild Waves and Enchanted Village in Federal Way, Washington, Splashtown in Houston, Texas and, most notably, Six Flags Magic Mountain. In addition, Six Flags announced the sale of Wyandot Lake in Powell, Ohio to the neighboring Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Ultimately, Six Flags Magic Mountain was spared, with the remaining six parks sold on January 11, 2007, to CNL Lifestyle Properties for $312 million: $275 million cash and a note for $37 million.
The company's cash flow had decreased by over $120 million annually during the Shapiro years. In October 2008, Six Flags was warned its stock value had fallen below the required minimums to remain listed on the New York Stock Exchange. With the financial crisis of 2007–2008 weighing both on consumer spending and the ability to access credit facilities, Six Flags was believed to be unable to make a payment to preferred stockholders due in August 2009. Management saw the business as a sound one, noting that attendance across the company's parks increased slightly in 2008 compared to 2007. Six Flags CEO Mark Shapiro said that the company's problem was the declining attendance and cash flow created by his new management initiatives. If not resolved, the company warned in its 2008 annual report that the situation might require a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, with Six Flags already retaining counsel should that occur. The company stated at the time that it expected business to continue as normal in the event of such a filing, although one analyst believed attendance at the company's parks would decrease by six percent, suggesting parents would be leery of letting their children ride a roller coaster operated by a bankrupt company. In April 2009, the New York Stock Exchange announced it would delist Six Flags' stock on April 20, a decision that the company did not intend to appeal. On June 1, 2009, Six Flags announced they would delay their $15 million debt payment further using a 30-day grace period. Less than two weeks later, on June 13, the firm filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, but issued a statement that the parks would continue to operate normally while the company restructured. On August 21, 2009, Six Flags' Chapter 11 restructuring plan was announced in which lenders would control 92% of the company in exchange for cancelling $1.13 billion in debt.
One component of the restructuring was negotiating a new lease agreement with the Kentucky State Fair Board, which owned much of the land and attractions for Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom. Six Flags had asked to forgo rent payments for the remaining nine years of its current lease agreement in exchange for profit-sharing from the park's operations. When it appeared that the offer had been rejected, Six Flags announced in February 2010 that it would not re-open the park. However, the Kentucky State Fair Board stated at the time that they were still open to negotiating a revised lease agreement.
On April 28, 2010, the company's bondholders reached an agreement on a reorganization plan. Junior note holders, including hedge funds Stark Investments and Pentwater Capital Management, assumed control of the company, while senior note holders were paid in cash. Despite objections from some parties who stood to gain nothing, the bankruptcy judge approved the plan on April 30, 2010. As part of the settlement, chairman of the board Dan Snyder was removed, while chief executive officer Mark Shapiro briefly remained in his post.
Emergence from bankruptcy
Six Flags officially emerged from bankruptcy protection as Six Flags Entertainment Corp. on May 3, 2010, and announced plans to issue new stock on the New York Stock Exchange. Amid suspected disagreements regarding the future of the company with the board, Shapiro left the company and Al Weber, Jr. was brought in as interim president and CEO. The company announced that several corporate positions as well as the corporate headquarters would be relocated from New York City to Grand Prairie, Texas. The building that served as the new headquarters, was located in the Great Southwest Industrial District and was a converted warehouse that had been in use by Six Flags for office space as well as a corporate operations center. Six Flags kept a portion of the Midtown Manhattan office and currently maintains a presence in New York City at that same location.
Six Flags announced that Jim Reid-Anderson would replace Weber and become chairman, president and chief executive officer (CEO) on August 13, 2010. John Duffey also joined the company in 2010, taking the role of chief financial officer (CFO). As of October 1, 2012, Al Weber, Jr. had retired as chief operating officer (COO) with no immediate successor.
On April 10, 2014, Six Flags announced a strategic partnership with Meraas Leisure and Entertainment (now known as DXB Entertainments) to build a Six Flags-branded theme park in Dubai, reviving the project.
On June 23, 2014, Six Flags also announced a strategic partnership with Riverside Investment Group to build multiple Six Flags-branded theme parks in China over the decade.
On February 18, 2016, Six Flags announced that Jim Reid-Anderson had been promoted as executive chairman and John M. Duffey succeeded him as president and CEO.
On January 11, 2016, Six Flags announced Six Flags Zhejiang, then named Six Flags Haiyan, in China. On the same day, a website was created along with concept art for the property. A month later on February 2, 2016. Six Flags announced Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Oaxtepec. The water park, originally named Parque Acuatico Oaxtepec, is a 76-acre park located in Morelos that went bankrupt in 2011.
On March 21, 2016, Six Flags announced a partnership with NaVi Entertainment to build a Six Flags-branded theme park and a Six Flags Hurricane Harbor-branded water park in Vietnam.
On March 29, 2016, Six Flags announced the revival of its previously canceled Six Flags Dubai. As part of the second phase of the Dubai Parks and Resorts project in Jebel Ali, the park was expected to open in 2019.
On July 20, 2016, Six Flags announced an agreement with Riverside Investment Group Co. Ltd. for the development of a second Six Flags-branded theme park in China together with a water park. The two parks will be located in Bishan District, a district of Chongqing.
On April 27, 2017, the company announced it would take over operations of Waterworld California in Concord, California making it Six Flags' 20th property.
On July 18, 2017, Six Flags announced that president and CEO John M. Duffey had retired from the company and Jim Reid-Anderson had re-assumed the roles of chairman, president and CEO.
On March 22, 2018, Six Flags and Riverside Group announced a partnership with Turner Asia Pacific to bring Tuzki and other Turner-owned IPs to its theme parks in China.
On May 22, 2018, Six Flags announced the purchase of operating leases for five parks owned by EPR Properties. The parks are Darien Lake, Frontier City, Wet'n'Wild Phoenix, Wet'n'Wild SplashTown and White Water Bay.
On October 9, 2018, Six Flags and Rockford Park District announced a lease agreement allowing Six Flags to operate Magic Waters Waterpark beginning Spring 2019.
On October 24, 2018, Six Flags announced that the future of its Six Flags Dubai theme park was "uncertain" following losses at the company and its partner DXB Entertainments.
On April 24, 2019, DXB Entertainments canceled Six Flags Dubai, stating that the development and establishment of a Six Flags theme park was not in the best interest of the company or its shareholders. Plans were made to direct the available proceeds to enhance the existing theme parks of Motiongate and Bollywood Parks.
On October 2, 2019, Reuters reported that Six Flags Entertainment Corporation had approached competitor Cedar Fair with an acquisition offer. Sources said that Cedar Fair was considering Six Flags' cash-and-stock offer, but there was no certainty that a deal would be reached. On October 4, 2019, Cedar Fair rejected Six Flags’ offer to purchase.
On October 24, 2019, Six Flags Entertainment Corporation announced that Jim Reid-Anderson would retire and Mike Spanos would be president and CEO of the company on November 18, 2019.
On January 10, 2020, Six Flags indicated that its projects in China have not progressed as expected and could be canceled due to debt problems with its partner Riverside Investment Group.
In January 2020, Six Flags finalized plans to move its corporate headquarters to the Centerfield Office Building at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. The offices were remodeled over the summer and Six Flags personnel moved in during the last few months of the year.
On March 13, 2020, with only a few parks already opened for the 2020 season, Six Flags announced that all its properties will suspend operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During the closure, parks donated supplies and food to their local communities.
As of August 2020, some Six Flags operations were still currently suspended. On May 13, Six Flags announced that when the parks reopen guests will be required to reserve their place online to enter the park, including purchasing their tickets to the park and parking. Six Flags Great Adventure opened its drive-through safari to the public on May 30. Frontier City became the first park of the company to reopen on June 5, with new health and safety protocols. Soon after Frontier City's announcement, several other parks in the company announced their reopening dates.
On March 22, 2021, Six Flags announced the 27th park in the Six Flags chain would be Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Chicago in Gurnee, Illinois, which was attached to Six Flags Great America.
In 2004, although DC Comics and Looney Tunes as well as Scooby-Doo still had a major presence at the parks, Six Flags began a new series of commercials for the parks. The commercials introduced a new mascot: "Mr. Six", a seemingly feeble old man in a tuxedo and red bow tie. In many of the commercials, Mr. Six would slowly exit a multi-colored bus, only to start frenetically dancing to the Vengaboys' "We Like to Party". The commercials were an immediate hit and Mr. Six almost instantly became the de facto mascot and his presence was felt for years after the character was retired. These ads have become widely parodied on the Internet, with faces from other Internet memes being superimposed over Mr. Six's face.
From 2008 to 2010, Six Flags' TV ads consisted of a "Fun-O-Meter" in which the beginning of the ad showed something boring or embarrassing and a man's face judges it "One Flag!" or sometimes " Oh! Two Flags!" Then roller coasters and attractions of Six Flags are shown and says "Six Flags! More Flags, More Fun!" for Six Flags parks. However, the thick accent of the Asian man in the original commercials had drawn criticism for being an offensive caricature. In 2009, the Mr. Six character came back from retirement and replaced the Asian man in Six Flags' ads, still using the Fun-O-Meter. In 2011, Six Flags' TV ads got a brand-new slogan "Go Big! Go Six Flags!" for its theme parks.
Licensing with other brands and companies
Six Flags has licensed its name and its theme park creations to other companies, who have used these assets to create licensed products. One notable example is the theme park simulation game Roller Coaster Tycoon 2, which featured recreations of Six Flags parks and rides that could be expanded and operated at the player's discretion.
Six Flags has approximately 18 known partners. These partners include Dole, Armitron, Mike and Ike, Barcel, Good Humor, Nathan's Famous, Coca-Cola, Icee, Ortega, Cold Stone Creamery, J&J Snack Foods, Red Gold, Coppertone, Johnny Rockets, Samsung, Dasani, Mars and Tyson Foods. These businesses help the park generate more income. Most importantly it provides more jobs for prospective employees. For example, Barcel USA expanded its partnership in 2013. This helps to import food and beverages to increase sponsorships within the United States.
In 2008, Six Flags partnered with Brash Entertainment to create a video game based on the Six Flags parks named Six Flags Fun Park. The game was first released on the Nintendo DS on October 28, 2008. The Wii version was delayed while the PC and PlayStation 2 versions were canceled after Brash Entertainment went out of business. On February 24, 2009, the rights to the Wii version were taken over by Ubisoft, who released it on March 3, 2009. The game allows players to explore the themed areas and mini-games representative of a visit to a Six Flags park. In the game, players are tasked with quests that encourage them to explore the park's universe. After creating a unique custom character, Six Flags Fun Park patrons can win prizes and compete with other players in 40 mini-games. Although the video game is called Six Flags Fun Park, it lacks any major reference of Six Flags outside of the names of the different areas. This caused some to speculate that the video game was created separately, then the rights to the name of the game were sold as a way to pay for the game's development. When the game was released, it eventually ended up getting abysmal ratings across the board. IGN gave the Wii version a 4.5 out of 10, saying "The quests are uninteresting and the game's '40 Thrilling Games' (as touted by the box) are far from entertaining."
In late 2010, Six Flags began the process of removing non-Warner Bros. licensed theming from attractions. They terminated licenses with Thomas the Tank Engine, The Wiggles, Tony Hawk, Evel Knievel, and Terminator. However, since then there has been an expansion of licensing agreements with Warner Bros., with whom the company has had a long-standing relationship. The expansion lies specifically with Warner Bros.' DC Comics brand, where the two teamed up to create the innovative Justice League: Battle for Metropolis as well as many other roller coasters and other rides.
On May 18, 2017, Six Flags and Riverside Group signed an agreement with Paws, Inc. to use Garfield in children's areas in Six Flags-branded theme parks in China.
On June 19, 2007, Six Flags announced it had purchased 40% of Dick Clark Productions, which owns rights to American Bandstand and other shows and productions.
In 2012, Jim Reid-Anderson stated that the company would sell its stake in Dick Clark Productions.
|Name||Location||Year Opened||Year Acquired||Notes|
|Frontier City||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma||1958||2018||Originally owned by Six Flags during Premier Parks era. Owned by EPR Properties; operated by Six Flags since 2018.|
|La Ronde||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||1967||2001||Built for Expo 67|
Emphyteutic lease from the City of Montreal through 2065.
|Six Flags America||Largo, Maryland||1973||1999||Acquired in Premier Parks deal. Formerly known as Adventure World, and before that Wild World.|
|Six Flags Darien Lake||Darien, New York||1981||2018||Owned by Six Flags from 1999 to 2007. Owned by EPR Properties; operated by Six Flags since 2018.|
|Six Flags Discovery Kingdom||Vallejo, California||1968||1997||Acquired in Premier Parks deal. Initially re-branded as Six Flags Marine World, it received its current name in 2007.|
|Six Flags Fiesta Texas||San Antonio, Texas||1992||1998||Originally owned by USAA and managed by Gaylord Entertainment from 1992 to 1995. Six Flags took over park management in 1996 and the park was purchased mid-season 1998.|
|Six Flags Great Adventure||Jackson, New Jersey||1974||1977||Safari Off-Road Adventure is attached to the park, making Great Adventure the second-largest theme park in the world.|
|Six Flags Great America||Gurnee, Illinois||1976||1984||Acquired from Marriott Corporation. By acquiring this park, Six Flags gained the rights to the Warner Bros. licenses. |
Purchase price $114.5M
|Six Flags Magic Mountain||Valencia, California||1971||1979||Acquired from Newhall Land and Farming Company. Purchase price $51M|
|Six Flags México||Mexico City, Mexico||1982||1999||Acquired from Reino Aventura. Purchase price $59M|
|Six Flags New England||Agawam, Massachusetts||1870||1997||Oldest park in the Six Flags chain, predating the founding of the first Six Flags Park by nearly a century. Acquired in Premier Parks deal, formerly Riverside Park.|
|Six Flags Over Georgia||Austell, Georgia||1967||Built by |
|Like Six Flags Over Texas, the park is owned by a limited partnership and is managed and operated by Six Flags.|
|Six Flags Over Texas||Arlington, Texas||1961||Built by |
|The first Six Flags park. The park is owned by a limited partnership and is managed and operated by Six Flags.|
|Six Flags St. Louis||Eureka, Missouri||1971||Built by |
|Last park built by Six Flags. Originally opened as Six Flags Over Mid-America (name changed in 1996). The only original park completely owned by Six Flags.|
|The Great Escape and Hurricane Harbor||Queensbury, New York||1954||1996||Acquired in Premier Parks deal.|
Included with admission
|Name||Location||Year Opened||Year Acquired||Notes|
|Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Los Angeles||Valencia, California||1995||N/A||Located adjacent to Six Flags Magic Mountain.|
|Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Arlington||Arlington, Texas||1983||1995||Acquired from Wet 'n Wild. Located across Interstate 30 from Six Flags Over Texas.|
|Six Flags Hurricane Harbor New Jersey||Jackson, New Jersey||2000||N/A||Located adjacent to Six Flags Great Adventure.|
|Six Flags Hurricane HarborOaxtepec||Oaxtepec, Mexico||2017||2016||Reopened in the former Parque Acuatico Oaxtepec location. One hour from Six Flags Mexico|
|Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Concord||Concord, California||1995||2017||This water park was built by Premier Parks prior to its purchase of Six Flags. It was sold to PARC Management in the 2007 property sell-off. On April 27, 2017, Six Flags announced it had entered into an agreement with EPR Properties to manage the park. On February 22, 2018, Six Flags announced that the park would be renamed Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Concord. Located about 15 miles from Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.|
|Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Phoenix||Phoenix, Arizona||2009||2018||Owned by EPR Properties; operated by Six Flags.|
|Six Flags Hurricane Harbor SplashTown||Spring, Texas||1984||2018||Owned by EPR Properties; operated by Six Flags.|
|Six Flags White Water||Marietta, Georgia||1983||1999||Located about 15 miles from Six Flags Over Georgia.|
|Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Oklahoma City||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma||1981||2018||Located about 15 miles from Frontier City, the park is owned by EPR Properties and is operated by Six Flags.|
|Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Rockford||Cherry Valley, Illinois||1984||2019||Owned by Rockford Park District, will be operated by Six Flags under a ten-year lease agreement ($425,000/year) beginning April 1, 2019.|
|Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Chicago||Gurnee, Illinois||2005||N/A||Located adjacent Six Flags Great America. In 2021, it became a separate gate from Great America, making it the company's 27th amusement park.|
|Name||Location||Year Opening||Year Acquired||Notes||Source|
|Six Flags Zhejiang||Haiyan, China||Unknown||N/A||First Six Flags theme park in China in partnership with Riverside Group|||
|Six Flags Kids World Zhejiang||Haiyan, China||Unknown||N/A||Six Flags theme park designed especially for families with young children. Located adjacent to Six Flags Zhejiang|||
|Six Flags Chongqing||Bishan, China||Unknown||N/A||This will be the second Six Flags-branded theme park in China.|||
|Six Flags Kids World Chongqing||Bishan, China||Unknown||N/A||Six Flags theme park designed especially for families with young children. Located adjacent to Six Flags Chongqing|||
|Six Flags Adventure Park Chongqing||Bishan, China||Unknown||N/A||Adjoining the Six Flags Chongqing complex|||
|Six Flags Nanjing||Nanjing, China||Unknown||N/A||This will be the third Six Flags theme park in China.|||
|Six Flags Kids World Nanjing||Nanjing, China||Unknown||N/A||Six Flags theme park designed especially for families with young children. 4th park announced in Six Flags Nanjing complex. Eleventh Six Flags theme park in China.|||
|Six Flags Adventure Park Nanjing||Nanjing, China||Unknown||N/A||Adjoining the Six Flags Nanjing complex|||
|Six Flags Qiddiya||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia||2023||N/A||This will be the first Six Flags-branded theme park in Saudi Arabia.|||
|Name||Location||Year Opening||Year Acquired||Notes||Source|
|Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Zhejiang||Haiyan, China||Unknown||N/A||Located within Six Flags Zhejiang|||
|Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Nanjing||Nanjing, China||Unknown||N/A||Part of four park Six Flags Nanjing complex|||
Former and abandoned properties
These properties are listed in alphabetical order by the final name of the park while under Six Flags control.
|Park||Location||Year opened||Fate||Year closed/Sold||Notes|
|American Adventures||Marietta, Georgia||1990||Closed||2008||This park was located adjacent to Six Flags White Water, and was marketed to families with young children. Six Flags leased the park to Zuma Holdings in 2008, who then separated the park from White Water, and was permanently closed in 2010. Six Flags purchased back the lease after the closure and now uses the site as an employee area.|
|Bellewaerde Park||Ypres, Belgium||1954||Sold||2004||This park was acquired in 1998 alongside the other Walibi-owned properties. The property was sold alongside the other European Six Flags parks to StarParks in 2004. The park remains in operation as simply Bellewaerde under the ownership of Compagnie des Alpes.|
|Movieland Wax Museum||Buena Park, California||1962||Sold||1985||Six Flags purchased this wax museum in 1970. They sold it in 1985, and later sold all of its holdings and moved many of the sets and wax figures to California, but sold the original clothing and props to the American Musical Academy of Arts Association. The venue eventually closed down in 2005.|
|Six Flags AstroWorld||Houston, Texas||1968||Closed||2005||AstroWorld was acquired in 1974. The park closed on October 30, 2005, and was demolished between late 2005 and 2006.|
|Six Flags Atlantis||Hollywood, Florida||1982||Destroyed||1989||Six Flags purchased this water park in 1984. Six Flags sold off the property in 1989 and was renamed to "Atlantis the Water Kingdom". It was closed in 1992 after the events of Hurricane Andrew and was demolished in 1994.|
|Six Flags AutoWorld||Flint, Michigan||1984||Closed||1985||This indoor entertainment venue closed after only six months by its investors. The park did reopen, but only operated scarcely until 1994, when it was closed permanently and was demolished in 1997.|
|Six Flags Belgium||Wavre, Belgium||1975||Sold||2004||This park was acquired as Walibi Wavre in 1998 alongside the other Walibi-owned properties. It was renamed to Six Flags Belgium in 2001, and was sold alongside the other European Six Flags parks to StarParks in 2004 and reverted to the Walibi brand, being renamed to Walibi Belgium, which is how it remains to this day under ownership of Compagnie des Alpes.|
|Six Flags Dubai||Dubai, U.A.E.||2009||Never opened||2019||Located in the second phase of Dubai Parks and Resorts. Was in development for more than ten years. Originally scheduled to open in 2011, then 2019, however, the developer had financial issues and the project was cancelled.|
|Six Flags Elitch Gardens||Denver, Colorado||1995||Sold||2007||This park was owned by Premier Parks when it purchased the Six Flags chain. It was sold to PARC Management in the 2007 property sell-off.|
|Six Flags Holland||Biddinghuizen, Netherlands||1971||Sold||2004||This park was acquired as Walibi Flevo in 1998 alongside the other Walibi-owned properties. It was renamed to Six Flags Holland in 2000, and was sold alongside the other European Six Flags parks to StarParks in 2004 and reverted to the Walibi brand, being renamed to Walibi World and currently as Walibi Holland, under the ownership of Compagnie des Alpes.|
|Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom||Louisville, Kentucky||1987||Lease ended||2010||This park was purchased by Premier Parks in 1997 prior to its purchase of the entire Six Flags chain. In February 2010, Six Flags announced it would close the park due to a dispute with the Kentucky State Fair Board, from which Six Flags leased much of the park's land area and attractions. In 2014, Kentucky Kingdom reopened under new management.|
|Six Flags New Orleans||New Orleans||2000||Destroyed||2005||Originally opened as Jazzland, this park was bought in 2002 and re-branded as Six Flags New Orleans in 2003. |
It was closed after severe damage from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The city of New Orleans sued Six Flags in 2009 for not making progress to re-open and for not making required lease payments; ultimately, the site was turned over to the city along with a cash payment. In 2011, the city made plans to auction the site and all remaining rides and equipment.
|Six Flags Power Plant||Baltimore||1985||Closed||1990||Located in the Inner Harbor district of Baltimore, This was Six Flags' second attempt at an indoor amusement park after AutoWorld. It was a little more successful, but it too closed down eventually. The site of the park was redeveloped into a Hard Rock Cafe, Barnes & Noble, Gold's Gym (closed 2010) and the world's first ESPN Zone location (closed 2010).|
|Six Flags Stars Hall of Fame||Orlando, Florida||1975||Sold|
(Closed by purchaser)
|1984||This wax museum was located near SeaWorld Orlando. It was acquired by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich alongside SeaWorld, but was closed almost immediately after the sale.|
|Six Flags Waterworld||Houston, Texas||1983||Closed||2005||This water park was adjacent to Six Flags AstroWorld. Much like AstroWorld, Waterworld was closed and demolished in 2005–06.|
|Six Flags Ohio/Six Flags Worlds of Adventure||Aurora, Ohio||1887||Sold||2004||Geauga Lake park was purchased by Premier Parks in 1995 prior to its purchase of the entire Six Flags chain. Re-branded as Six Flags Ohio for its opening season in 2000. It was then renamed Six Flags Worlds of Adventure when Six Flags annexed the adjacent SeaWorld Ohio marine park in 2001. In 2004, the entire property was sold to competing amusement park operator Cedar Fair. The park was closed after the 2007 season, but the attached water park remained open until the end of the 2016 season.|
|Warner Bros. Movie World Germany||Bottrop, Germany||1967||Sold||2004||Premier Parks purchased Warner Bros.'s European theme park chain in 1999, which included this park and the yet-unbuilt Movie World Madrid (see below). The property was sold alongside the other European Six Flags parks to StarParks in 2004, which caused the park to lose its Warner Bros. license. The park reopened as Movie Park Germany in 2005, featuring themes from other movie companies and is now owned by Parques Reunidos.|
|Warner Bros. Movie World Madrid||Madrid, Spain||2002||Sold||2004||This park was built in a joint venture, to be managed by Six Flags. The property was sold alongside the other European Six Flags parks in 2004, but unlike them, this park was instead sold back to Time Warner, and being renamed as Warner Bros. Park Madrid that year, and then again to its current name Parque Warner Madrid in 2006. The park is currently owned and operated by Parques Reunidos, with Warner Bros. holding a 5% minority stake.|
|Walibi Aquitaine||Bordeaux, France||1992||Sold||2004||This park was acquired in 1998 alongside the other Walibi-owned properties. It was sold alongside the other European Six Flags parks to StarParks in 2004. The park was renamed to Walibi Sud-Ouest (Walibi South-West) in 2010, which is how it remains to this day under ownership of Compagnie des Alpes.|
|Walibi Lorraine||Metz, France||1989||Sold||2004||This park was acquired as Walibi Schtroumpf in 1998 alongside the other Walibi-owned properties. The license to The Smurfs characters expired in 2003 and was renamed to Walibi Lorraine. It was sold alongside the other European Six Flags parks to StarParks in 2004, who sold the park to Claude and Didier Le Douarin in 2006, who renamed it under its current name Walygator Parc in 2007. Today, the park is owned by Aspro Parks.|
|Walibi Rhône-Alpes||Lyon, France||1979||Sold||2004||This park was acquired in 1998 alongside the other Walibi-owned properties. It was sold alongside the other European Six Flags parks to StarParks in 2004 and is currently owned by Compagnie des Alpes.|
|Wild Waves and Enchanted Village||Federal Way, Washington||1977||Sold||2007||This combination water park and amusement park was sold in 2007 and is currently owned by Premier Parks, LLC.|
|Wyandot Lake||Columbus, Ohio||1896||Lease ended||2006||Was purchased by Premier Parks in 1995 prior to its purchase of the entire Six Flags chain. The property was sold to the adjacent Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in 2006 and reopened under zoo management on May 26, 2008, as Zoombezi Bay.|
The Flash Pass
See also: List of Flash Pass attractions
The Flash Pass is an optional, pay-per-person virtual queue system offered at Six Flags amusement parks. The system, named after DC Comics character The Flash, allows guests to reserve places in line at participating attractions, and access must be purchased for a nominal fee in addition to the general park admission price. The first iteration, called Q-bot, was designed by Lo-Q and was first implemented at Six Flags Over Georgia in 2001. Guests are given handheld devices, which are then used to make reservations and receive notifications when it is their turn to ride.
A water park version of the virtual system called Q-band was first tested at Six Flags White Water in 2011. Guests wear waterproof RFID wristbands that can be scanned at kiosks near participating water park attractions.
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A list of events in 2021 related to Six Flags. Due to the currently ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the dates shown below are not 100% concrete and some may be inaccurate but this page is being regularly updated. For official information from Six Flags regarding COVID-19 go to sixflags.com.
- July 6 – Reservations for all U.S. Six Flags properties dropped. (Excluding Six Flags Great Adventure's Wild Safari Drive-Thru)
- July 22 – Six Flags Hurricane Harbor New Jersey discontinues one-day tickets temporarily and requires reservations for Season Pass Holders and Members.
Six Flags Over Texas Announces Two New Rides for 2022
To celebrate its 60th anniversary, Six Flags Over Texas announced today that two new rides will be arriving for the 2022 season.
The main announcement: Pirates of Speelunker Cave, is a re-imagined boat-like ride that will “place guests squarely in the middle of a pirate treasure hunt thwarted by resident Speelunkers.” This will open in early 2022.
Pirates of Speelunker Cave is actually an re-imagining of one of the park’s first attractions called The Cave, which operated from 1964 until 1991. The Cave featured original characters called Speelunkers that were created exclusively for Six Flags Over Texas. Afterward, it was changed and renamed to the current version of the attraction—Yosemite Sam and the Gold River Adventure, until a flood caused the ride to be shut down for almost two years.
We’re thinking there may be another PowerSplash in the future
Aquaman: Power Wave, which was previously announced as a “Power Splash” multi-launch water coaster by Mack Rides, will also debut next season. With a top speed of 63 mph, this launch-style water coaster will take riders to 90-degree angles, across more than 700 feet of track.
“As the world’s first regional theme park, Six Flags Over Texas has built a solid reputation of providing innovative thrills and lifelong memories for generations of families,” said Six Flags Over Texas Park President Ron McKenzie. “What better way to celebrate our park’s 60th anniversary than by announcing a brand-new attraction that pays homage to our past and launches us into the future,” added McKenzie.
According to a press release, Pirates of Speelunker Cave will feature:
- 26 six-passenger boats;
- State-of-the-art animatronics throughout the ride experience; and
- Cinema-style, wide-projection technology to fully immerse riders with high-tech digital and physical sets.
What do you think about Six Flags Over Texas’ 2022 plans? Let us know in the comments section below!
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Six Flags Magic Mountain to Reopen April 1
Six Flags Magic Mountain is wasting no time, allowing guests back into the theme park April 1, the first day the business is allowed to reopen.
Six Flags made the announcement Thursday morning, one day after Disneyland announced it would reopen April 30. Under the new state pandemic tier guidelines, large theme parks are allowed to reopen (at a small capacity and to in-state visitors only) once their county is in the red tier. Los Angeles and Orange County just moved into that tier.
Six Flags Magic Mountain will reopen to members and passholders on April 1-2, and then to the general public on April 3.
Universal Studios Hollywood and Knott’s Berry Farm have not yet announced reopening dates.
Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park will reopen April 30, and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa will reopen April 29.
“We’ve seen the enthusiasm, the craving for people to return to our parks around the world,” Disney CEO Bob Chapek said Wednesday. “We’ve been operating at Walt Disney World for about nine months, and there certainly is no shortage of demand.”
Disney said 10,000 furloughed employees would be recalled to work.
For the better part of a year, the major Southern California theme parks were in a bitter stalemate with Gov. Gavin Newsom, demanding a reasonable path for reopening. All the parks shuttered last March due to the pandemic.
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More than a year following the temporary closure of its rides, Six Flags New England announced opening day.
The theme park will reopen on Friday, May 14 for members and season pass holders and the following day for the general public.
“We are beyond thrilled that we can reopen our theme park with a full complement of our more than 100 rides, attractions, and unique experiences,” Six Flags New England Park President Pete Carmichael said in a statement. “Now more than ever families need an escape that is safe, accessible, and fun. The thrill is calling.”
The announcement comes a day after Gov. Charlie Baker announced a timeline for further industries reopening and loosening gathering restrictions.
Starting on Monday, May 10, amusement parks, theme parks and outdoor water parks will be permitted to operate at 50% capacity after submitting safety plans to the Department of Public Health. Large venues such as indoor and outdoor stadiums, arenas and ballparks will be allowed to increase capacity to 25%.
Safety protocols will remain in place at Six Flags. All guests - including members and season pass holders - will need to reserve tickets online to ensure the park doesn’t exceed 50% capacity. The park will continue to employ thermal imaging for temperature checks for guests upon arrival at the park and social distancing markers will be located throughout the park. Masks remain mandated for guests and staff.
Six Flags New England also has “‘clean teamers,’ folks who go around and make sure to sanitize and disinfect the common touch points that you would find throughout a theme park,” Carmichael told MassLive. “We accomplish that through the use of electrostatic guns that spray the sanitization chemicals to ensure that we are sanitizing on a regular basis.”
The park welcomed nearly 7 million guests in 2020, Carmichael said, despite rides not in operation.
Six Flags hosted its annual Holiday in the Park Lights this winter and introduced a new event, “Dinosaurs: A Walk Thru Experience,” this spring. Now, the parks over 100 rides - including a dozen roller coasters - will be able to reopen the experience will differ than in past years.
Guests will be separated by empty rows and/or seats on all roller coasters, rides, and attractions, Six Flags said and rides, restraints and handrails will be cleaned throughout the day.
“I’ve read through all the reopening plans and all their cleaning and disinfecting protocols, they are going above and beyond with what I think they really need to do,” Agawam Health Department’s Health Agent, Michael Theroux, told MassLive earlier this year.
“Six Flags is a big part of our community here in Agawam, and they’ve been really good to us,” he said. “They had a testing site there during COVID. They’ve offered up their grounds for vaccination sites if we needed it. They’ve really been a good neighbor of our community.”
Six Flags New England typically hires 3,000 seasonal workers.
The park retained its full-time staff throughout the pandemic, and is currently hiring for the 3,000 seasonal positions.
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ARLINGTON, Texas, July 07, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Six Flags Entertainment Corporation (NYSE: SIX) today announced it will release second quarter financial results before the market opens on Wednesday, July 28, 2021. An investor conference call will follow beginning at 7:00 a.m. Central Time. The call can be accessed through the Six Flags Investor Relations website, investors.sixflags.com, or by dialing 1-855-889-1976 in the United States or +1-937-641-0558 outside the United States and requesting the Six Flags earnings call.
About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company and the largest operator of waterparks in North America, with 27 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For nearly 60 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling waterparks and unique attractions. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com.
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