Six Flags has launched a new application for iPhone and iPod Touch devices that is designed to act as a portable, interactive guide for visitors to the chain's theme parks.
The application, known as Six Flags Fun Finder, is available for free through the Apple iTunes App Store. As well as offering interactive maps for all of Six Flags' parks, it includes information on attractions and amenities within the parks, plus event listings and a "Friend Finder" feature.
The application's map feature uses the built-in GPS capability of the iPhone to show guests their current location within a park, and to help them find rides, food outlets, shops, ATMs and bathrooms. Users can scroll around the maps, although zooming in and out is not currently supported.
The Friend Finder feature also utilises GPS, and allows users to locate friends who are also using the application within the park. It uses Facebook's Connect functionality to allow users to login using their Facebook credentials, chat with their friends and post updates directly to their Facebook pages.
Other social features of the application are "Social Club" and "Big Scream". These allow users to highlight the "coolest" areas within the parks and then arrange to meet with friends at those places.
Finally, event listings enable users to view information on special events at every Six Flags park throughout the entire season. Users can also add reminders to attend the events through integration with the device's built-in calendar functionality.
One key feature that is absent from the initial version of Six Flags Fun Finder is the ability to view current wait times for rides and shows. Six Flags says there are currently no plans to add this functionality, leaving guests reliant on third-party applications such as Ride Hopper which "crowd-source" wait time information from users.
The functionality of the Six Flags application is likely to be severely restricted on the iPod Touch, given its reliance on GPS and cellular connectivity (both features that are missing from the iPod Touch). Usage is likely to be limited to planning trips at home, where Wi-Fi connections are more readily available than within Six Flags parks.
Have you used the Fun Finder application in a Six Flags park? How accurate and useful did you find it to be? Let us know using the comments section below.