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Six Flags pulls out
New at Busch Gardens
of Kentucky Williamsburg
Six Flags has announced it is to pull out of its operation in Louisville, Kentucky,
Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, Virginia, is
having failed to secure a new lease deal with the Kentucky State Fair Board.
revamping its Ireland section (pictured) with two
According to the Fair Board, four other operators have now come forward and
new attractions. Europe in the Air is a simulator
expressed an interest in operating the park.
ride that will swoop, dive and float as if flying in a
In recent weeks, Six Flags proposed a new lease arrangement that would
helicopter over the European countryside, viewing
apparently have “enhanced the viability and future of the park,” which sits on part
such landmarks as Stonehenge in England,
of the State Fair exposition grounds. Those proposals were not accepted an Six
Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany, and the
Flags will cease operations. The company intends to re-locate employees and
Coliseum in Rome. The new ride replaces and
wants to move several rides and attractions to parks in other markets.
uses the same motion base as Corkscrew Hill,
"We are deeply disappointed to be leaving such a great fan base in the greater
which opened in the same building in 2001.
metropolitan area of Louisville and we are grateful to the thousands of employees
The Williamsburg park is also adding a new
at Kentucky Kingdom and the millions of guests for their dedication, support and
live show featuring Irish dance, song and
loyalty over the years," reports Six Flags CEO, Mark Shapiro.
storytelling in the Abbey Stone Theatre.
"This action relates solely
to Kentucky Kingdom," he
continues. "The substantial
lease payment has been a
significant hurdle for this Harry Potter opening nears
park in recent years. Our
other parks, which reside
The magnificence of Hogwarts Castle will be unveiled soon inside the
largely on company-owned
Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort.
land, will be completely
The castle will house a new, state-of-the-art multimedia attraction
unaffected and will open as
called Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. Located inside
scheduled for the full 2010
Universal’s Islands of Adventure park, the Wizarding World of Harry
Potter will also feature two rethemed rollercoasters, a restaurant and
multiple retail opportunities.
Hogwarts Castle
Mr Six is Magic Mountain’s
17th coaster
Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia,
California, will introduce Mr Six’s
DanceCoaster, named after the
company’s fun-loving, dancing mascot,
as its 17th rollercoaster.
The Vekoma family coaster will be
located near last season’s new Terminator
Salvation wooden coaster and is
designed for the entire family. The ride
will be 679ft long with a 28ft lift hill,
reaching speeds up to 21 miles per hour.
A single 16-seater train, built to look like
Mr Six’s shoes, features eight cars.
18 MARCH 2010
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