Six Flags has revealed the new names for the former Wiggles World and Thomas Town areas at a number of its parks, following the cancellation of several major licensing deals.
A range of well-recognised characters will be dropped from Six Flags parks in 2011, as the company battles to improve its finances following its emergence from bankruptcy last year. Attractions based on Thomas the Tank Engine, The Wiggles, Tony Hawk and Evel Knievel will all be rethemed as a result, although Bugs Bunny, Superman and Scooby Doo themes will be retained.
With work having already begun to strip out Thomas Town theming from Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, plans to update the affected lands at a number of other Six Flags parks have now been confirmed. The changes are known to include:
- Six Flags New England - the former Wiggles World area will be rethemed as KIDZOPOLIS, with all of the rides being renamed. The park's website contains an updated list of attractions.
- Six Flags Fiesta Texas - the Wiggles World area will also become known as KIDZOPOLIS.
- Six Flags Over Georgia - the Thomas Town area will be receive a generic "Whistlestop Park" theme, with the Thomas train ride becoming Whistlestop Train.
- Six Flags America - North America's largest Thomas Town (which only opened in June 2010) will be rethemed as another Whistlestop Park area. The Tony Hawk Halfpipe waterslide at Hurricane Harbor will become The Halfpipe.
- Six Flags Great Adventure - according to Screamscape, the park's Wiggles World will be given a safari theme.
In addition to rebranding the Wiggles, Thomas and Tony Hawk attractions at its parks, Six Flags is also ending a number of other licensing arrangements. This includes updating Six Flags Magic Mountain's Terminator Salvation rollercoaster to become Apocalypse, and the renaming of Six Flags St. Louis' Evil Knievel coaster to American Thunder. However, the chain is still constructing coasters themed around the upcoming Green Lantern movie at Six Flags Magic Mountain and Six Flags Great Adventure.
Six Flags runs 12 theme parks across North America and Mexico, along with a number of associated water parks. The company successfully restructured its debt in order to emerge from bankruptcy earlier this year, with a new board of directors and CEO being appointed to replace the previous management team.