Six Flags America

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Six Flags America
Previously known as Largo Wildlife Preserve (1974–1978)
Wild Country (1978–1981)
Wild World (1982–1993)
Adventure World (1994–1998)
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Location Bowie, Maryland, U.S.
Coordinates 38°54′22″N76°46′21″W / 38.90620°N 76.77257°W / 38.90620; -76.77257 Coordinates: 38°54′22″N76°46′21″W / 38.90620°N 76.77257°W / 38.90620; -76.77257
StatusOperating
OpenedJuly 16, 1974;48 years ago (1974-07-16)
Owner Six Flags
SloganD.C.'s Thrill Capital
Operating seasonMarch through October
Area523 acres (2.12 km2)s (131 acres currently used for park operations)
Attractions
Total54
Roller coasters9
Water rides3
Website Official website

Six Flags America is a theme park located in the Woodmore CDP of Prince George's County, Maryland, [1] [2] near Upper Marlboro, [3] and in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

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Founded as a wildlife center in 1973 by Ross Perot, ABC television operated the park as a drive-through safari called The Largo Wildlife Preserve beginning in 1974 until its closure in 1978. The property was bought by Jim Fowler's Wild Kingdom; thereafter the site was gradually converted from a wildlife preserve into a theme park named Wild World. In 1992, the park was renamed Adventure World after being acquired by Premier Parks, and ultimately was branded as the 10th Six Flags park when Premier Parks acquired Six Flags Inc. and adopted its name in 1999. The "America" in the park's name was chosen due to the park's proximity to the U.S. capital.

History

Early years

The park's history dates to 1973, when Texas billionaire Ross Perot and a pair of Irish animal trainers first proposed a wildlife preserve on more than 400 acres (1.6 km2) of corn and tobacco fields. ABC television later bought out Perot and his partners and opened the park as a drive-through safari called The Largo Wildlife Preserve on July 16, 1974, projecting 850,000 visitors a year. [4]

The initial projections that were expected never materialized. In 1975, the park added narrated tours through four-car 150-person trains. However, the park failed to generate a profit. In 1976, ABC bowed out, citing massive losses. The park stayed open with a decreased staff in 1977 and was closed altogether for the 1978 season.

Then at the end of 1978, the park was sold to Jim Fowler, the host of Wild Kingdom . In the 1979 season, the park reopened with the train tour through a safari and a small park with a children's playground, animal shows, and a petting zoo. [5] The park continued to not be profitable but stayed open summers through the 1979 season when Fowler's company bowed out as well. The park again was closed for the 1980 season.

Wild World

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Original Wild World Logo from 1988

In the Summer of 1980, the park was sold to a group of local businessmen and reopened on June 26, 1982. [6] The animal drive-through safari remained. The park added three carnival flat rides, two kiddie rides and a merry-go-round. Also that year, the park became known as Wild World. In addition to the few rides, four tube waterslides were added, along with two body slides and a children's water play area. This brought modest improvements in revenue.

In 1983, four more carnival rides, including the High Seas and giant swings, were added. The waterslide area was expanded at the time to a full water park with the addition of a couple more water slides and a large wave pool, which opened while the 1983 season was underway. Tragically, a child swimmer died later that summer in the Wave Pool, which resulted in operational safety changes. The park's attendance improved but the park still was losing money. For the 1983 season, the animal drive-through safari did not reopen; however, a train ride went from the main park train station, through the animal area, to the Village, through the rest of the animal area, and around to the station. The Village featured elephant rides along with various artisans and the very popular Guess Your Age Or Weight game featuring Regina Williams (so popular it was moved to the main park during the season). The animals were sold after the 1983 season. In 1984, most of the adult rides were removed from the park and put in storage, leaving only three. Some of the children's rides also remained. The park opted to move in the direction of being only a water park. A new stadium was built that year along with a couple more water slides. The park did very well on hot days but on cooler days attendance was very low due to the fact the park had mostly swimming and watersliding.

In 1985, the rides were therefore brought back out of storage. That year, Wild World's management wanted to build a major wooden rollercoaster for the park in the 1986 season, but the costs were too high. At the time, Knoebels park in Pennsylvania had acquired a used rollercoaster called the Phoenix from a defunct park in Texas. Wild World's management then recruited Charlie Dinn, who had worked in the industry since the 1950s and played a role in Knoebel's acquisition of the Phoenix, to find a similar coaster for Wild World.

Paragon Park closed at the end of 1984. The Giant Coaster—which had operated there since 1917—was put up for sale. During the spring of 1985, Wild World bought the old wooden coaster, renamed it The Wild One and rebuilt it in part of the former animal park. The coaster opened for the spring of 1986 to very positive reviews. [7] A kiddie coaster was added to the park at the same time.[ citation needed ]

For the 1987 season, Wild World added another water play area and a lazy river. In 1988, the park renovated the buildings and midways, but managed to add a couple more flat rides. In 1989, a log flume was added, along with a family raft waterslide in the water park area. In 1990, the park began to have maintenance issues with many of their flat rides. In 1991, only nine flat rides remained and the park was put up for sale.

Adventure World

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Adventure World logo from a ticket stub

In 1992, Wild World was purchased by Tierco Group Inc., later known as Premier Parks, and renamed the park Adventure World. [8] [9] That year several flat rides and a few kiddie rides were added. In 1993, Adventure World added its second adult rollercoaster. Premier Parks had acquired Lightning Loops from Six Flags. This was a dual-track steel single looping shuttle coaster located at Six Flags Great Adventure. One of the tracks was sent to Premier Parks' Frontier City located in Oklahoma City (where it still operates today as the Diamondback), while the other track became known as the Python and would be located at Adventure World. [10] Also, a water ride called Shipwreck Falls, in which a 15-person boat would run up a steel track and down a 45-foot (14 m) drop into a splashwater pool, was added. More flat rides were added in 1994. By this time, the new additions were well-received, shown as Inside Track Magazine named Adventure World as the most improved amusement park in the country for a third consecutive year in 1994. [11]

On May 20, 1995, Vekoma's first Mind Eraser, an inverted looping suspended coaster, opened. [12] This was branded a SLC. In 1996, a free-fall drop-tower ride called the Tower of Doom, now known as Voodo Drop, made by Intamin was added. In 1997, the park added a second dry water ride called Typhoon Sea Coaster, which was a log flume/junior rollercoaster hybrid. It was later renamed Skull Mountain and eventually closed in July 2011 [13] to make room for a new roller coaster. [14] In 1997, the water park was renovated, eliminating some older slides, adding newer slides and extensively remodeling the children's water play area.

Six Flags ownership

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Six Flags America - Upper Marlboro

In 1998, Premier Parks acquired the Six Flags amusement park chain from Time Warner, forming the company Six Flags Incorporated. The same year, a wooden roller coaster called Roar, which was built and designed by Great Coasters International, was added to Adventure World. [15] At the end of 1998 season, Six Flags announced that Adventure World would be branded with the Six Flags theme and renamed Six Flags America for the 1999 season. Other changes included the addition of Gotham City, a new section in the park, and three new coasters – Two Face: The Flip Side, The Joker's Jinx (the park's only launched roller coaster), and Great Chase replacing Cannonball in the kiddie area. [16] Python was closed and moved into storage.

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Six Flags America - ROAR Wooden Coaster
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Six Flags America - The Mind Eraser

For the 2000 season, a new hypercoaster called Superman: Ride of Steel from Intamin opened. [17] Its layout is a mirror image of Six Flags Darien Lake's Ride of Steel which opened the previous year. [18] The next year on June 16, the park opened Batwing, a Batman-themed Vekoma flying coaster located in the Gotham City area. [19] A bungee ride called Skycoaster also opened in the area in 2001. Several flat rides were added in 2002 and a river rapids ride called Blizzard River was added in 2003. In 2005, the Paradise Island water park was upgraded and retitled Six Flags Hurricane Harbor. The transition from Paradise Island to Hurricane Harbor saw the addition of a new Tornado water slide as well as renovations to existing attractions and buildings. Tony Hawk's Halfpipe water slide was added in 2008. [20]

In 2010, Six Flags America renovated the Hurricane Bay wave pool deck, adding a new stamped, concrete deck and additional shading. Also the same year, the Thomas Town family area opened featuring eight rides and attractions all themed to Thomas the Tank Engine. The 3.5-acre (14,000 m2) area was billed as North America's largest Thomas Town and marked Six Flags America's largest expansion in more than a decade. Several months later, Six Flags would announce the removal of several licensed agreements as a result of restructuring following the company's emergence from bankruptcy. Thomas the Tank Engine, Tony Hawk, The Wiggles and Evel Knievel themes would be removed from all Six Flags parks beginning in 2011. At Six Flags America, Thomas Town was renamed Whistlestop Park and Tony Hawk's Halfpipe slide was renamed Halfpipe. [21] [22]

For 2012, the park added Apocalypse, a stand-up roller coaster from Bolliger & Mabillard, which featured two inversions and a ten-story drop. The roller coaster had previously operated as Iron Wolf at Six Flags Great America. [23]

In 2013, the park added the six-slide complex Bonzai Pipelines to Hurricane Harbor. [24] [25]

In 2014, Six Flags re-themed a section of the park to feature Mardi Gras. The area would feature a new roller coaster named Ragin' Cajun and a set of Flying Scooters named French Quarter Flyers. [26] Like Apocalypse, Ragin' Cajun was relocated from Six Flags Great America and it was placed in the former location of Two Face: The Flip Side which was removed from the park in 2007. The Mardi Gras section replaced Southwest Territory and the area's existing rides were rethemed to match the new Mardi Gras theme. Tower of Doom, for example, was renamed Voodoo Drop. [27]

In 2015, a flat ride called Bourbon Street Fireball was added. [28] This ride is commonly known as a Super Loop. Similar rides were also added to three other Six Flags parks.

In 2016, Six Flags America added a new family water play structure to Hurricane Harbor named Splashwater Falls, which replaced the former Crocodile Cal's Beach House. [29]

Six Flags America announced on September 1, 2016 that they would be adding a Funtime Starflyer model, similar to the many SkyScreamer rides at other locations in the chain. At 24 stories (~250 feet), Wonder Woman: Lasso of Truth is the tallest ride in the park. [30]

Announced in August 2018, Apocalypse was converted into a floorless coaster and renamed Firebird for the 2019 season. [31]

Location

The park is located in Upper Marlboro, Maryland and is situated about 15 miles east of Washington, D.C. and 30 miles (48 km) southwest of Baltimore. The park covers 523 acres (2.12 km2), with 300 available for expansion.

The Flash Pass

The Flash Pass, named after the Justice League character, is a virtual queuing system that allows customers to wait in a virtual line, thereby allowing them to engage in other activities while they wait. With the introduction of the Flash Pass in April 2010, visitors can electronically "hold their place in line", allowing them to go elsewhere in the park while waiting for an attraction. They will be alerted by the Flash Pass device when it is almost their turn to ride. Three types of Flash Pass are available: Regular, Gold and Platinum, a Regular pass simply "holds your place in line" with an average waiting time of 50 minutes, the Gold holds your place as well as giving you a reduced wait time of about 20 minutes per ride and the Platinum reduces the waiting time to 5 minutes and allows you to "Get in line once, Ride Twice", while you are only allowed to ride once by any other means, Platinum gives you the opportunity to remain seated and ride the roller coasters again. The Flash Pass is purchased separately from the normal park admission. There are a limited number of Flash Passes available for purchase on a given day.

Themed sections

Six Flags America is divided into six themed areas inspired by the different extremes of the United States, as well as fictional settings like the City of Gotham, and Looney Tunes: Movie Town.

Main Street 1776

Main Street 1776, also known as Liberty Street, or just Main Street, is inspired by Colonial North America set during the American Revolution. The buildings feature a colonial design and host stores and restaurants. A replica of the Liberty Bell is featured at the entrance of the street.

Chesapeake

In Chesapeake guests can experience the motifs that surround life on the Chesapeake Bay. It embodies life on the water, featuring Life Savers and fishing nets caught on drift-wood. It is home to Shipwreck Falls, Firebird and Roar. Formerly this area was split into two different sections, Skull Island and Olde Boston. Skull Island, focused heavily on the inclusion of pirates. While the latter continued the colonial theming farther into the park.

Looney Tunes Movie Town

Looney Tunes Movie Town is inspired by the Looney Tunes cartoons of the 1930s and 1940s, and the aesthetic of the era. It allows guests the chance to visit the homes of the stars of the cartoons such as Bugs Bunny and Granny. The "town" features the Great Chase a children's coaster which takes guests through the set of the next Looney Tunes cartoon being filmed, starring Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner.

Mardi Gras

Formerly South West Territory, Mardi Gras is supposed to be an all year New Orleans Mardi Gras celebration. Added to the park in 2014, the new themed land features the Ragin' Cajun, a wild mouse coaster where guests are trying to escape the attack of alligators in the Bayou. This land also features The Wild One, a wooden coaster that turned 100 years old in 2017. As well as the Bourbon Street Fireball, a Larson International a 22M Giant Loop flat ride, themed to Fireball.

Gotham City

Added in the year 2000, Gotham City is a land that allows guests the experience to enter the dark and dirty industrial district of DC Comics' most notorious city. Guests can be held hostage by The Joker and forced to ride his Jinxed carnival coaster. They can soar above the clouds with Superman, on the Superman - Ride of Steel, or hope to stay dry while rushing down the Penguin's Blizzard River.

Coyote Creek

Recreating the pioneer days of the American frontier, the land drops guests in the frontier town of Coyote Creek. Entertainment and attractions include Renegade Rapids, a white water rafting ride down the dangerous rivers of the west inspired by the Colorado River. Coyote Creek is home to the Crazy Horse Saloon, a nod to the western saloons where cowboys used to drink and relax.

Current rides

Roller coasters

Ride NamePictureOpenedManufacturer/Ride TypeStatusLocationNotes
The Wild One The Wild One2.jpg 1986 Dinn Corporation/Wooden OperatingMardi Gras
Relocated from Paragon Park in Hull, Massachusetts as Giant Coaster. Built 1917.
Mind Eraser SFA-Mind Eraser 2.jpg 1995 Vekoma/Suspended Looping Coaster OperatingCoyote CreekThe first "Mind Eraser"; Vekoma built 27 Suspended Looping Coaster with the same Layout. [32] Six Flags built 3 more at Six Flags New England, Six Flags Darien Lake, and Elitch Gardens also called Mind Eraser.
Roar SFA-Roar-Entrance.jpg 1998 Great Coasters International/Wooden sit downOperatingChesapeakeThe first "Roar" and the only one still standing; had one duplicate at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.
The Joker's Jinx SFA-Joker's Jinx.jpg 1999 Premier Rides/LIM Spaghetti Bowl CoasterOperatingGotham CitySimilar layout to Flight of Fear coasters at Kings Island and Kings Dominion, and Poltergeist at Six Flags Fiesta Texas.
Great Chase GreatChaseSFA2010.JPG 1999 Zamperla/Family Gravity CoasterOperatingLooney Tunes Movie Town
Superman:
Ride of Steel
Superman - Ride of Steel (Six Flags America) 03.JPG 2000 Intamin/ Megacoaster OperatingGotham CityMirror image of Ride of Steel coaster at Six Flags Darien Lake.
Batwing SFA-Batwing.jpg 2001 Vekoma/Flying Dutchman OperatingGotham CitySimilar to Nighthawk at Carowinds, duplicate was Firehawk at Kings Island.
Firebird 2012 Bolliger & Mabillard/Floorless Coaster OperatingChesapeakeRelocated Iron Wolf coaster from Six Flags Great America Which Was Opened In 1990. Formerly known as Apocalypse: The Last Stand from 2012 to 2018. The ride has been converted from a stand-up coaster to a floorless coaster.
Ragin' Cajun Ragin' Cajun (Six Flags America) 1.jpg 2014 Zamperla/Twister Wild Mouse OperatingMardi GrasRelocated Ragin' Cajun coaster from Six Flags Great America on the site of Two-Face and Python.

Flat rides

NameOpenedManufacturer/Ride TypeLocationNotes
Capital Railways1983General Electric/Train rideChesapeakeThe 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge [33] train ride originally was opened during the Wild World years and was called Wild World Railroad. Under Premier ownership, it was mostly used for catered picnic customers only, it was opened to everyone in 2009.
Carousel 1983International Amusement/CarouselChesapeakeThe former stripe colors on the Carousel canopy were Yellow & Blue 1988–1998. Now 1999–present Red & White canopy was switched when Six Flags America opened.
High Seas1984 Intamin/Swinging shipChesapeakeThis ride was purchased from the defunct Little England Theme park in Florida
Pirate's Flight1982 Intamin/Flying DutchmanChesapeakeMoved to the former site of the Curving Dervish in 1996.
Coyote Creek Crazy Cars1990Preston Amusements/Bumper carsCoyote CreekFormerly named Los Coches Chocos
Cyclone 1993 Eli Bridge/ScramblerChesapeakeOriginally called Scrambler. Moved to the former site of Pirate's Flight in 1996. Formerly known as Scrambler (1993-1996), the ride was renamed to Cyclone when it was moved to the area that where French Quarter Flyers currently resides in Mardi Gras. The ride was moved again to Chesapeake in 2011 in the location where The Octopus formerly resided.
The Great Race1993Gould Manufacturing Antique carsChesapeakeBased on the 1965 film of the same name.
Zydeco Zinger1993 Chance Rides/Falling StarMardi GrasFormerly known as Falling Star, the ride was renamed to Zydeco Zinger due to Southwest Territory being rethemed to Mardi Gras in 2014.
Shipwreck Falls1993 Hopkins Rides/Shoot the chute water rideChesapeake
Renegade Rapids1995 Hopkins Rides/Rapids water rideCoyote Creek
Tea Cups1995 Zamperla/Tea cupsChesapeakeA cover was added for the Tea Cups when park became Six Flags America.
Flying Carousel1995 Zamperla/Flying carouselMain Street 1776
Big Easy Speedway1996J&J Amusements/Go-kartsMardi GrasExtra-charge attraction. Formerly known as Sahara Speedway (1996–2003) and Sonora Speedway (2004–2013), the ride was renamed Big Easy Speedway due to Southwest Territory being rethemed to Mardi Gras in 2014.
Riddle Me This1983 Frank Hrubetz & Company/Round upGotham CityOriginally Named World Wind, location moved to Gotham City section in 1999
Voodoo Drop 1996 Intamin/140 ft (43 m).tall Giant DropMardi GrasFormerly known as Tower of Doom (1996–2014), the ride was renamed Voodoo Drop due to Southwest Territory being rethemed to Mardi Gras in 2014.
Rodeo1999 Huss/BreakdanceCoyote CreekA Huss Breakdance style 4/rodeo with cow themed cars.
Penguin's Blizzard River 2003 WhiteWater West/Spinning rapids water rideGotham City
French Quarter Flyers2014Larson International/Flying Scooters Mardi GrasLocated where the rock-wall formerly resided.
Bourbon Street Fireball2015Larson International/Giant LoopMardi Gras
Wonder Woman Lasso of Truth 2017 Funtime / Starflyer Gotham CityA 24-story (242 feet) swing ride, similar to other parks. It is the tallest ride in the park.
Harley Quinn Spinsanity2021 Zamperla / Giant DiscoveryGotham City

Kiddie Rides

Six Flags America's Kid Sections are Looney Tunes Movie Town and Whistlestop Park. [22] Former Kid's Area was Thomas Town that only operated during the 2010 season.

NameOpenedManufacturer/Ride TypeLocationNotes
Up, Up & Away1993 Zamperla/Family size ferris wheelWhistlestop ParkUsed to be located in Olde Boston as Around the World in 80 Days from 1993 - 2009. Moved in Thomas Town in 2010 as Sodor Carnival Ferris Wheel and rethemed in 2011.
Elmer's Around the World in 80 Seconds1993 Zamperla/Kiddie balloon flightLooney Tunes Movie TownNamed Balloon Flight until 1999
Foghorn Leghorn's Tinsel Town Train1993 Zamperla/Kiddie train rideLooney Tunes Movie TownNamed Circus Train until 1999
Looney Tunes Prop Warehouse1999Kiddie soft play areaLooney Tunes Movie Town
Pepe Le Pew's Tea Party1999 Zamperla/Kiddie tea cupsLooney Tunes Movie Town
Sylvester's Pounce and Bounce1999Kiddie drop rideLooney Tunes Movie Town
Taz's Film Works1999Kiddie swings rideLooney Tunes Movie Town
Yosemite Sam's Hollywood Flight School1999Kiddie airplane rideLooney Tunes Movie TownOriginally called Movie Town Airport (1999–2004).
Happy Junction2010Kiddie convoy rideWhistlestop ParkIt was known as Diesel Derby in 2010 in Thomas Town and rethemed in 2011.
Sky Jumper2010Family drop rideWhistlestop ParkIt was known as Cranky the Crane Tower in 2010 in Thomas Town and rethemed in 2011.
Splash Zone2010Pop jet fountainWhistlestop ParkIt was known as Thomas Town Pop Jet Fountain in 2010 in Thomas Town and rethemed in 2011.
Whistlestop Bus Line2010 Zamperla/Kiddie crazy busWhistlestop ParkIt was known as Bertie the Bus in 2010 in Thomas Town and rethemed in 2011.
Whistlestop Park Playground2010PlaygroundWhistlestop ParkIt was known as Thomas Town Play Structure in 2010 in Thomas Town and rethemed in 2011.
Whistlestop Train2010Family train rideWhistlestop ParkIt was known as Thomas the Tank Engine in 2010 in Thomas Town and rethemed in 2011.
Whistlestop Whirlybirds2010I.E. Park/Mini flightWhistlestop ParkIt was known as Harold the Helicopter in 2010 in Thomas Town and rethemed in 2011.

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor

Hurricane Harbor is a water park located within Six Flags America and has no additional charge for entry. It was known as Paradise Island until 2005 when it was rebranded Hurricane Harbor.

NameOpenedManufacturer/Ride TypeNotes
Calypso Cannonballs2 small tube drop slidesNamed Caribbean Cannonball Flume until 2004
RiptideSmall body slidesNamed Luau Loop until 2004
VortexSmall body slidesNamed Luau Loop until 2004
Bamboo ChutesSmall body slidesNamed Kid's Flumes until 2004
Hurricane Bay1982Wave poolNamed Monsoon Lagoon until 2004; One of the largest wave pools in the world
Paradise Plunge1994 Proslide Technology Inc./PipelineNamed Tahiti Twister until 2004
Reef Runner1994 Proslide Technology Inc./PipelineNamed Tahiti Twister until 2004
Hammerhead1997 Proslide Technology Inc./Giant twisterNamed Black Hole until 2004
Mako1997 Proslide Technology Inc./Drop slideNamed Bonzai Pipeline until 2004
Bahama Blast2005 Proslide Technology Inc./Mammoth
Buccaneer Beach2005Kiddie/family activity area
Tornado2005 Proslide Technology Inc./Tornado 60
The Halfpipe2008Water Fun Products/SidewinderWaterslide half-pipe for one or two riders. It was known as Tony Hawk's Halfpipe from 2008 to 2010 and rethemed in 2011.
Bonzai Pipelines2013SplashTacular DownUnderSix slides on one complex structure. [24] [25]
Splashwater Falls2016Family water play structureContaining 7 Slides, a Tipping Bucket, and Interactive Elements
Wahoo River2018Wave riverContains tipping cones, and rolling waves

Former attractions

Roller coasters

NameOpenedClosed InManufacturer/Ride TypeFormer LocationNotes
Python 19931998Arrow Dynamics Launched LoopSouthwest TerritoryRide was moved from Six Flags Great Adventure (one half of Lightning Loops).
The Great Alonzo's Cannonball Coaster19931998Molina & Son's kiddie coasterA Day At The Circus
Two Face: The Flip Side 19992007Vekoma Invertigo roller coasterSouthwest TerritorySee Incidents at Six Flags parks for more information. This roller coaster was sent to Italy and opened in 2015.

Rides

Including Former Hurricane Harbor Water slides

NameOpenedRemoved inManufacturer/Ride typeNotes
Curving Dervish19821995Bayern CurveExact history not known.
Aerial Elephants19931998Kiddie ride
Clown Around19931998Kiddie ride
Clown Town19931998Kiddie attraction
Flying Trapeze19931998Kiddie attraction
Kiddie Bumper Boats19931998Kiddie ride
Lippazanion Stallions19931998Kiddie attraction
Roller Racers19931998Kiddie ride
The Juggler19931998Kiddie ride
SkyEscaper19832004Fahtz / IAD Enterprise 16The ride was closed in 2002.
Iron Eagle19952005Zamperla Rotoshake
Kids' Cove19822005Kids areaLocated in Hurricane Harbor
Krypton Comet20002005Chance-Morgan Chaos
Lily Pad Walk19822005Located in Hurricane Harbor
The Tilt19892006Tilt-a-Whirl
The Animation Department19992007Kiddie Carousel
Circus of the Stars19822007Kiddie bumper cars
Avalanche19992010Chance-Morgan Alpine BobsLocated in Gotham City. Named Penguins Bobsleds (1999–2003), Alpine Bobs (2003–2006) moved to former Krypton Comet location and renamed in 2006.
The Octopus 20002010Sartori Polyp, monster style rideLocated in Nantucket. On August 3, 2007, a 6-year-old girl was injured on this ride. See Incidents at Six Flags parks for more information.
Skull Mountain19972011Intamin Reversing Boat Ride 8 water rideNamed Typhoon Sea Coaster, ride was modified and name changed in 2007. The ride took its last voyage on July 10, 2011 and was replaced by Apocalypse: The Last Stand [34]
Crocodile Cal's Caribbean Beach House19972014Kids' activity areaNamed Crocodile Cal's Outback Beach House until 2005 – the "Cal's" portion of the name came from Baltimore Orioles' player Cal Ripken. Located in Hurricane Harbor. Replaced by Splashwater Falls.
Sky Coaster20012018 Skycoaster, Inc./Sky coasterLocated in Gotham City. Extra-charge attraction. Removed for future expansion.
ZoomAzon Falls19822020Four Water slides Located in Hurricane Harbor. Named Rainbow Falls until 2004, and Hurricane Mountain from 2005–2008. Formerly tube slides. Closed 2008–2010. Rethemed to an Amazon rainforest and reopened June 2011. Retired following the 2020 season.

Rehabs

These rides were renamed following an improvement to the ride

NameOpenedRemoved inManufacturer/Ride typeNotes
Castaway Creek19822017Lazy RiverBecame Wahoo River.
Apocalypse20122018Bolliger and Mabillard Stand-up coasterGained floorless trains and renamed Firebird.

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Alabama Adventure & Splash Adventure is a water park and amusement park, located off Interstate 20/59 in Bessemer, Alabama, just west of Birmingham and east of Tuscaloosa. It is owned by Koch Family Parks, which consists of members of the family who formerly had minority ownership in Holiday World & Splashin' Safari.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Six Flags Great America</span> Amusement park in Gurnee, Illinois

Six Flags Great America is a 304-acre (123 ha) amusement park located in Gurnee, Illinois, within the northern Chicago metropolitan area. The amusement park originally opened as Marriott's Great America on May 29, 1976, as one of two theme parks built by the Marriott Corporation. Six Flags acquired the amusement park in 1984 after the theme park division was an earnings disappointment for Marriott. The sale gave Six Flags rights to all Warner Bros. licenses, including DC Comics and Looney Tunes intellectual properties.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Carowinds</span> Amusement park

Carowinds is a 407-acre (165 ha) amusement park located adjacent to Interstate 77 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The park straddles the North Carolina-South Carolina state line, with a portion of the park located in Fort Mill, South Carolina. However, it has an official Charlotte address, and its business offices are located on the Charlotte side of the park. The park opened on March 31, 1973, at a cost of $70 million. It is the result of a four-year planning period spearheaded by Charlotte businessman Earl Patterson Hall. Owned and operated by Cedar Fair, Carowinds also features a 27-acre (11 ha) water park, Carolina Harbor, which is included with park admission. The park has a Halloween event called SCarowinds and a winter event called WinterFest.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Kentucky Kingdom</span> Amusement park in Louisville, Kentucky

Kentucky Kingdom, formerly known as Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom, is an amusement park in Louisville, Kentucky, United States. The 67-acre (27 ha) park includes a collection of amusement rides and the Hurricane Bay water park. Kentucky Kingdom is located at the intersection of Interstate 65 and Interstate 264, sharing a parking lot with the Kentucky Exposition Center.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Six Flags Hurricane Harbor</span> Water park chain

Hurricane Harbor is a chain of water parks that are part of the Six Flags theme park chain. Although the parks are not identical, common features include a variety of body slides, speed slides, tube slides, wave pools, lazy rivers, and shopping areas.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Six Flags México</span> Amusement park

Six Flags México is a amusement park located in the Tlalpan forest and borough, on the southern edge of Mexico City, Mexico. It is owned and operated by Six Flags, and is the most visited theme park in Latin America with 2.8 million annual visitors. It was previously known as Reino Aventura when it was Mexican-owned and featured the orca whale Keiko as its principal attraction.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Six Flags New Orleans</span> Abandoned theme park in New Orleans

Six Flags New Orleans is an abandoned theme park located near the intersection of Interstate 10 and Interstate 510 in New Orleans. It first opened as Jazzland in 2000, and a leasing agreement was established with Six Flags in 2002 following the previous operator's bankruptcy proceedings. Six Flags invested $20 million in upgrades, and the park reopened as Six Flags New Orleans in 2003. It was closed eight days prior to Hurricane Katrina making landfall on August 29, 2005, and because of serious damage from flooding, the park never reopened and was left abandoned.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Boomerang (roller coaster)</span> Steel roller coaster

Boomerang is a model of roller coaster manufactured and designed by Vekoma, a Dutch manufacturer. The roller coaster model name is from the hunting implement based on the traditions of the Indigenous Australians. As of October 2022 there are 55 Boomerangs operating.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Ragin' Cajun (roller coaster)</span> Roller coaster at Six Flags America

Ragin' Cajun is a steel mouse roller coaster at Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Manufactured by Zamperla and Reverchon Industries, the design is a "Crazy Mouse", which is similar to a "Wild Mouse." Crazy Mouse coasters' cars freely spin during the second half of the ride, but Wild Mouse coasters' cars do not. The ride runs five cars at a time, and each car holds up to four riders with a maximum of three adults. Ragin' Cajun previously operated at Six Flags Great America from 2004 to 2013.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">The Jester (roller coaster)</span> Closed roller coaster

The Jester is a steel roller coaster located at the abandoned Six Flags New Orleans amusement park in New Orleans. Built and designed by Vekoma, the ride originally opened at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in 1996 as The Joker's Revenge. After its closure in 2001, the coaster was sent to Six Flags New Orleans where it became The Jester. The ride opened to the public at Six Flags New Orleans on April 13, 2003. Following the devastation to the amusement park in August 2005 by Hurricane Katrina, the roller coaster ceased operation following the park's closure but remains standing.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Six Flags Discovery Kingdom</span> Zoological theme park in California

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is a 135-acre (55 ha) animal theme park located in Vallejo, California, off of Interstate 80 between San Francisco and Sacramento. The park includes a variety of roller coasters and other amusement rides. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom has been part of the Six Flags chain of amusement parks since 1999.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Djurs Sommerland</span> Amusement park in Djurland, Denmark

Djurs Sommerland is an amusement park located in Djursland, Denmark, just north of the village of Nimtofte, 23 kilometers west of Grenaa, and 36 kilometers east of Randers.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Kidzopolis</span> Themed kids area at some Six Flags parks

Kidzopolis is a themed kid's area with various rides at several Six Flags amusement parks.

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