Six Flags has revealed the full line-up of new attractions for its theme parks for the 2013 season, confirming several strong rumors in the process.
Jim Reid-Anderson, the Chairman, President and CEO of the chain, announced the planned additions in a video message on August 30. They include a record-breaking roller coaster for Six Flags Magic Mountain, towering SkyScreamer attractions for Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags Over Texas and a radical makeover for the Rattler coaster at Six Flags Fiesta Texas.
A full round-up of the new additions to Six Flags parks in 2013 is given below:
- Six Flags Magic Mountain - will open Full Throttle, a Premier Rides-designed roller coaster boasting three launch sections and a record-breaking vertical loop (full details).
- Six Flags Great Adventure - will convert the former Wild Safari park into a new, free attraction dubbed Safari Off Road Adventure (full details).
- Six Flags Fiesta Texas - will overhaul the former Rattler roller coaster to become a wood-steel hybrid named Iron Rattler (full details).
- Six Flags Great America - will debut igNIGHT, a musical show featuring a variety of laser and pyrotechnic effects. This will be performed every night during the summer season.
- Six Flags Over Texas - will open Texas SkyScreamer, a 400-foot version of the vertigo-inducing "chair-o-plane"-style rides that have debuted at several other Six Flags parks in recent years. In addition, the Hurricane Harbor water park will update its Black Hole attraction to boast new audio and light effects, renaming it as Black Hole of Doom 4-D.
- Six Flags Over Georgia - will open its own version of SkyScreamer, standing at 242-feet-tall. The Six Flags White Water park will open the twisting, turning Typhoon Twister slide.
- Six Flags America and Six Flags New England - both locations' Hurricane Harbor water parks will add versions of Bonzai Pipelines, each of which will feature six drop pod slides. The planned record-breaking SkyScreamer for Six Flags New England was not included in the announcement, and is rumored to have been slipped to 2014.
- Six Flags Discovery Kingdom - will debut Cirque Dreams Splashtastic, a circus-themed dolphin show.
- Six Flags St. Louis - will install Boomerang, a Vekoma Boomerang coaster. This will be the relocated Flashback coaster from Six Flags Over Texas.
- The Great Escape - will install a new Flying Scooter ride, named Screamin' Eagles. It is currently rumored that an update to the Comet roller coaster will be announced later this year or early in 2013.
- La Ronde - Six Flags' Canadian outpost will add a new Mack Twist 'N' Splash ride dubbed Aqua Twist. Combining a traditional spinning tea cup attraction with a "Splash Battle" ride, this will be similar to SpongeBob's Splash Bash at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
Announcing the 2013 attractions, Reid-Anderson revealed that Six Flags is planning on investing 9 percent of its annual revenue on capital investments every year. Around 60-65% of this will be spent on new attractions, equating to around $60 million based on its $1 billion annual earnings for 2011.
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