Six Flags outlines 2008 capital in single press release

Posted Wednesday, October 3, 2007 12:44 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Reinforcing the company's position as the premier family entertainment destination, Six Flags, Inc. announced today a sweeping capital expansion plan for the 2008 operating season, one of the largest capital investments in the company's 47-year history.

As part of the company-wide program, Six Flags parks will introduce new thrill and family rides -- featuring the industry's most innovative and exciting attractions -- as well as new special events to offer guests of all ages world class entertainment and more reasons to make Six Flags part of their vacation or day trip plans.

"In 2006 our capital efforts were focused on cleaning up the parks -- improving guest service and restoring the image of the Six Flags brand," said Mark Shapiro, Six Flags President and CEO. "Last season we made great strides in balancing the parks' rides and attractions by adding family offerings like Wiggles World and Thomas Town(TM). In 2008, we round out the revitalization of the company with the unprecedented introduction of seven coasters and new thrill attractions that will equally appeal to teens and families."

Read the press release on PR Newswire.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007 1:34 PM
I guess that explains the mysterious eighth coaster... as in, it doesn't exist.
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Wednesday, October 3, 2007 1:37 PM
I picture Evel reading this quote with a gun against his head:

"I've been thrilling people all my life with death defying stunts. What better way to create a new generation of Evel Knievel fans than by partnering with Six Flags for this exciting attraction."

What's the over/under on the number of years it'll take before this ride is renamed?

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Wednesday, October 3, 2007 1:49 PM
^^Maybe, they sold that mystery coaster (Serial Thriller) to Wild Waves owners which is an SLC ironically. Isn't it funny that they bought that park from Six Flags, and Six Flags has an SLC? Maybe not. It's a reported rumor by Screamscape they are getting a SLC next year.

Look at the Dark Knight picture (on the logo) on the website. The coaster doesn't look like a mouse!!!*** This post was edited by Spinout 10/3/2007 1:49:41 PM ***

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Wednesday, October 3, 2007 2:02 PM
Good point. Is it possible that the SLC was included in the sale of those parks? I saw that Screamscape rumor and immediately thought that no U.S. park would likely buy a new Vekoma SLC at this point in time and it was going to come from somewhere. I didn't even think to put two and two together.
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Wednesday, October 3, 2007 2:54 PM
What's the over/under on the number of years it'll take before this ride is renamed?

Isn't this the same man who beat his Snake River Jump promoter Sheldon Saltman with an aluminum bat and [allegedly?] beat his wife and kids?

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Wednesday, October 3, 2007 8:15 PM
Just add a "Jr" at the end of the name and it will suddenly appeal to a much younger audience.
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Wednesday, October 3, 2007 8:27 PM

I picture Evel reading this quote with a gun against his head:

"I've been thrilling people all my life with death defying stunts. What better way to create a new generation of Evel Knievel fans than by partnering with Six Flags for this exciting attraction."

What's the over/under on the number of years it'll take before this ride is renamed?


I'm not sure. I want to say that the name will hold for as long as the ride is standing, but at the same time, I feel like once Evel Knievel expires completely from pop culture, it'll get renamed.

Again, I hope for the name Superman - Ride of Wood to be used.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2007 9:27 PM
Yep, the very same Moosh!

By the way, at SFKK I know the Top Eliminator Dragsters have been closed for 4-5 years now, but how long has it been since they put up the banner that says something along the lines of "This area close for future improvements...blah, blah"?

Maybe I haven't been looking very closely over the course of the season, but I never noticed it until Sunday. Has that been up a while? Or is it fairly new?

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Wednesday, October 3, 2007 10:13 PM
Isn't the SLC at TGE?

Well now I'm just sitting back waiting for KD's announcement for Dominator because I'm done with six flags.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2007 10:25 PM
A true fan sticks with the object of his fanaticism in good and bad times. If you skip SFA this year you're not a true fan.
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Wednesday, October 3, 2007 10:39 PM
^ As his username implies, he's only a fan of the Batwing flying coaster, not of the park it is installed at. ;)
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Wednesday, October 3, 2007 11:12 PM
TED at SFKK closed in 2005, and that banner has been there ever since the 2006 season.

Does anyone think we could have been the park to get that mysterious eighth coaster?

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Thursday, October 4, 2007 12:10 AM
And what happens BatwingFanSFA if for some unknown reason, Dominator isn't installed at KD, and goes somewhere else instead, or isn't installed this year at all? Then what? Nothing has been offically announced anywhere.

We know you're angry with Six Flags. I think the whole coaster community knows you're angry at Six Flags. We might have to wait at SFA until 2009 before we see anything new. A quick jump in the car up to the Harrisburg area will take care of that problem, and who knows, maybe The Flying Turns will be done by then as well!

Remember that your Six Flags season pass could get you into SFGadv. as well, which has a bunch of coasters you should get on. Is it a transportation problem, or a stubbornness problem of "They're not putting anything in my park, so I won't support any other Six Flags parks?"
*** This post was edited by Intamin Fan 10/4/2007 12:13:42 AM ***

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Thursday, October 4, 2007 1:11 AM
BSBMX...quite possibly. I think the T.E.D. area is a large enough area to fit in one of the enclosed mice rides being added at other SF parks in '08. The Dark Knight theme probably would work well there too since it's near Penguin's Blizzard River. Still, I'd rather see SFKK continue to add unique attractions like they did this year with Deluge.
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Thursday, October 4, 2007 10:39 AM
I don't think SFKK would get a Dark Knight ride, it already has a standard MS mouse coaster. Although I wouldn't put it past Six Flags. That area back there could fit a coaster, but what it really needs to fit first is the pathway connection back to Twisted Twins. What I would love is something like a compact Farenheit or Xcelerator back there, either that or a couple of flats.
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Thursday, October 4, 2007 6:20 PM
I read this...

"Reinforcing the company's position as the premier family entertainment destination..." and almost did a spit take. Then I kept reading and thought...

oh wait, they're being serious.

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Saturday, October 6, 2007 5:17 PM
Is this the first time 'Great Escape' has been called 'Six Flags Great Escape'?

R.

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