Dallas, Texas, USA
A carousel of park presidential changes is taking place at Six Flags parks following the promotion of Bonnie Sherman Weber, who is joining the Six Flags corporate team in Texas. Succeeding her as park president of Six Flags Magic Mountain is Neal Thurman, who had been the park president of Six Flags Great Adventure. Taking over for Thurman is John Winkler, who most recently served as park president of Six Flags New England. Winkler, in turn, is being succeeded by Peter Carmichael, who was the park president of Six Flags St. Louis. Click the headline for more information
Concord, California, USA
Six Flags announced that the theme park chain has agreed to operate Waterworld California. The Northern California water park, which was formerly owned and operated by Six Flags, features more than 35 water attractions, including the region’s largest wave pool. Its newest attraction, Break Point Plunge, is a 270 foot (82 m) long looping thrill ride that launches riders in a capsule from a height of more than six stories. Click the headline for more information
Jackson, New Jersey, USA
Six Flags Great Adventure announced that Zumanjaro, the world’s tallest and fastest drop tower, will become Drop of Doom VR for a limited time. Beginning May 5th, riders will have the option of battling giant spiders high above massive city skyscrapers in a fully-integrated virtual reality experience on the 415 foot (126m) tall free fall tower.
Park guests will become pilots of a futuristic gunship under attack by mutant spiders during the interactive ride that features a vertical ascent while teetering off the edge of a helicopter. A high-intensity gun battle against a giant arachnid, spewing baby spiders that virtually crawl all over the rider’s body, is followed by a 10-second plunge at speeds up to 90 mph (145 km/h) that concludes in a final showdown with the giant spider. Click the headline for more information
Agawam, Massachusetts, USA
Six Flags New England announced that Mind Eraser is becoming Galactic Attack Virtual Reality Coaster, the world’s first “Mixed Reality Experience” on a roller coaster that combines Augmented Reality using the Samsung Gear VR’s passthrough camera functionality along with virtual content. This Spring the park’s Vekoma SLC will also feature trains that are being outfitted with new restraints to make “a more comfortable, smoother and exhilarating ride experience than ever before”. Click the headline to read more and watch videos
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
The New Orleans Industrial Development Board received three offers to purchase the former Six Flags site that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
TPC-NOLA Inc. proposed a $3.26M bid, including plans for a “Jazzland” theme park and water park valued at $50M, while Frank Scurlock made a $4.55M cash bid that will include a “Festival Theme Park” valued at $120M. The third proposal came from Henry Klein of 30/90 Management, who made an offer of $5.55 million, but what the company plans to do with the 227-acre (918,636 sqm) property is unclear.
Board members will appoint a committee to review the offers and make guidelines for purchase of the property, which will be presented at its March meeting. Click the headline for more information