6 Best Theme Park Tips Posts

Over the years I’ve tried to share my tips for theme park trips. Here are my best posts in that category. Flash Pass or No Flash Pass No one likes waiting in line at amusement parks. But when is it a good idea to fork over the extra cash to pay for a flash pass? In this post I offer a guide that’ll help you decide whether buying a flash pass or other line-skipping pass is a good idea f...[Read More]

Six Flags America Removes Skull Mountain for 2012 Attraction

As I reported today on Gadling, Six Flags America (near Washington D.C.) is removing their unique Intamin water ride known as Skull Mountain. I remember it as the Typhoon Sea Coaster when the park was in its Adventure World days. The ride’s like many water flume rides, but it also incorporates roller coaster-like elements. In addition, it had these sections (or just one section, I can’...[Read More]

Rides: How Kentucky Kingdom Died & Will Be Reborn

Ever wonder why Kentucky Kingdom was the black sheep of the Six Flags chain? I have. A new video posted by the new developer of the park charts the immense attendance growth that the park saw in its initial 9 years as notable and World-record setting (yes, WORLD) were added. And then its shows the sad decline after Premier Parks and then Six Flags managed the park. Basically, when Kentucky Kingdom...[Read More]

Green Lantern Coaster & The Coaster Crown Are Coming to Magic Mountain

Six Flags Magic Mountain has tipped their hand via a YouTube video that touts their 2011 plans.

Texas Giant’s New Trains & Construction Photos

UPDATE 4/24 – The New Texas Giant has arrived! I rode it on opening Read my full Texas Giant review including a new POV video.     Texas Giant’s Unique Transformation Continues In the vein of the new Six Flags mantra of roller coaster makeovers, Six Flags Over Texas is in the middle of a massive overhaul of the Texas Giant. The Curtis D. Summers-designed wooden roller coaster...[Read More]

Six Flags & Cedar Fair Merger Rumors

There have been a number of shakeups in the amusement industry since I’ve started this blog in 2006. Closings, acquisitions, and sales have been a sign of the times for the industry. If the latest rumor in the theme park business World comes to fruition it would be more like an earthquake than a shakeup. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that there may be a Six Flags Cedar Fair merge...[Read More]

Texas Giant Goes Steel: Abomination or Giant Improvement?

Six Flags’ Texas Giant Gets a Steel Makeover for 2011 For months we’ve known that Texas Giant was closed and would not be open until the 2011 season. It was pretty clear that Six Flags was going to give the 24 year old woodie some needed rehab and/or re-tracking. But recently it was announced that Rocky Mountain Construction Group is going to give Texas Giant a first-ever upgrade. The ...[Read More]

Six Flags Closes Kentucky Kingdom

Six Flags announced today that they will close their Louisville, Kentucky park known as Kentucky Kingdom due to a disagreement over the lease for the land that the park is located on. Here’s part of the official statement: Six Flags announced today that as it nears the scheduled end of its restructuring process, it has decided to reject its lease with the Kentucky State Fair Board relating t...[Read More]

New Orleans to Get Nickelodeon Universe for 2010-11

Nickelodeon Universe Coming to Former Six Flags New Orleans While Nickelodeon branded rides and attractions are leaving several Cedar Fair parks like Carowinds and Kings Dominion, the company will be opening its largest theme park in a rebirth of the former Six Flags New Orleans and Jazzland park. That theme park has been closed since Hurricane Katrina caused damaged it in August 2005. Nickelodeon...[Read More]

Six Flags Magic Mountain’s 2010 Roller Coaster

Six Flags Magic Mountain┬áMay Tie Cedar Point with 17 Roller Coasters in 2010 It’s time once again to speculate on another new roller coaster project. This time Six Flags Magic Mountain is looking to add yet another roller coaster to their already huge arsenal of thrill rides. Last week, NewsPlusNotes reported that during the Six Flags Blogger Call, CEO Mark Shapiro mentioned that Magic Mount...[Read More]

Advertising on a Roller Coaster?

While I was at Six Flags Over Georgia last summer I saw a pretty unusual sight. As I boarded the popular Mind Bender I noticed that the train was plastered with ‘NASCAR on TNT’ ads. Mind Bender is a classic Anton Schwarzkopf steel looper. It’s over 30 years old, but still had a pretty busy and enthusiastic station. Among coaster enthusiasts, Schwarzkopf loopers are praised for th...[Read More]

Is the Six Flags Flash Pass Worth It?

Should You Get a Flash Pass? Are Six Flags Flash Passes Worth It? Flash Passes are electronic or paper-based systems that guests can use to bypass lines at amusement parks and in essence skip to the front of the line. I’ll never forget my last visit to Six Flags Great Adventure. El Toro had just opened and the wait was somewhere around 2 hours. Thanks to my flash pass, I simply made an appoi...[Read More]

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