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New Revolution at Six Flags Magic Mountain


Six Flags VR


US park chain partners with Samsung on new coaster projects


Six Flags ihas become the latest park operator to embrace virtual reality (VR) on a rollercoaster in a deal with Samsung Electronics America which appoints Samsung as the “official technology partner” of the US-based chain. The partnership will lead to the creation of no fewer than nine new coaster experiences using Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus – the first publicly available rides of their kind in the USA and the largest single roll of such a concept to date in the world. Some of Six Flags’ most popular coasters will be equipped with Samsung Gear headsets, allowing users to enter a 360º-degree virtual reality world with gyros, accelerometers and proximity sensors linking the action with the rides’ real life drops, loops, twists and turns. “This remarkable technology is a definite game-changer for theme park rides and represents everything our brand stands for,” says the new Six Flags president and CEO,


John Duffey. “This transforms the modern rollercoaster into a totally new, one-of-a-kind sensorial experience.”


Six rides will be positioned as New Revolution Virtual Reality Coasters, transporting passengers on a futuristic battle to save planet earth from an alien invasion. The rides in question will be Shock Wave at Six Flags Over Texas, Dare Devil Dive at Six Flags Over Georgia, The New Revolution at Six Flags Magic Mountain, Ninja at Six Flags St Louis, Steamin’ Demon at The Great Escape in Lake George, New York, and Goliath at La Ronde, Montreal. A further three rides – Superman Krypton Coaster at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Superman The Ride at Six Flags New England and Superman Ride of Steel at Six Flags America in Maryland – will be marketed as Superman Virtual Reality Coasters, transporting riders into a comic-book Metropolis. Although Mack Rides began pioneering the first VR Coaster experiments at Europa-


A split screen showing what riders see on Dare Devil Dive at Six Flags Over Georgia


Six Flags comes to Vietnam


Following its plans to build parks in China and Dubai, Six Flags Entertainment has confirmed that its has formed a strategic partnership with NaVi Entertainment to build a theme park and a waterpark in Vietnam using the Six Flags and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor brands. Both are expected to open near Ho Chi Minh City in the next three to four years. "Our international licensing strategy,” confirms Six Flags president and CEO John Duffey, "is gaining momentum and provides strong long-term upside for the company above and beyond the growth of our North America properties.” “We are delighted to bring the Six Flags brand to Vietnam" notes Tin Nguyen, Chairman of NaVi Entertainment. "We are confident we can offer guests unique and thrilling experiences like no other in the country.” The waterpark will be the second outside the US to feature the Hurricane Harbor name, following Six Flags’ acquisition of the former Parque Acuatico Oaxtepec park in Mexico, which it will soon rebrand and reopen.


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Park in 2014 before offering the concept to the public a year later, Six Flags Over Georgia is believed to be the first park in the world to offer virtual reality across a full rollercoaster (rather than just a few seats), unveiling its offering on March 12, days ahead of Alton Towers in England, which launched its new-look Galactica ride (see page 36) a week or so later. Meanwhile, Mack is understood to be in discussions on further VR Coaster projects, and Disney is also reported to be using virtual reality as part of its upcoming Star Wars themed lands at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort, though not necessarily as part of a rollercoaster. More will surely be announced in due course.


Bugs Bunny Boomtown


In addition to North America’s first virtual reality rollercoaster – now open (see above) – Six Flags Over Georgia is opening a new family area this season, and the first of its rides is already entertaining young guests. Daffy Duck Bucket Blasters (Zamperla Water Battle) is one of seven attractions planned as part of Bugs Bunny Boomtown. The interactive tea cup style water ride will soon be joined by Bugs Bunny High Seas Adventure from Intamin, Speedy Gonzales Speed


Boats (Zamperla), Yosemite Sam Wacky Wagons (Zamperla Ferris wheel), ACME Trucking Company (Zamperla monster trucks ride), Tweety Twee House (SBF/Visa) and Looney Tunes Adventure Camp from Heege Play.


APRIL 2016


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