3/23/2023 0 Comments
Six Flags America Unveils Plans for Regions Tallest Master Blaster Water Coaster at Hurricane Harbor Maryland
Park Undergoing Largest Capital Investment in a Decade
Bowie, MD — March 23, 2023 -- Six Flags America today announced its newest attraction --RipQurl Blaster — will launch this summer at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Maryland. This latest addition is part of the park’s largest capital investment in over a decade. RipQurl Blaster is an innovative water coaster, which takes riders in a raft for a white-knuckle ride through three powerful uphill rip currents while zig-zagging through 550 feet of twists and turns. The ride features three breathtaking drops, three AquaLucent hairpin turns, and a pitch-black wall-hugging helix finale before the final splashdown.
“We are excited to debut RipQurl Blaster, which will be both a thrilling and refreshing experience for guests visiting this summer,” said General Manager Ramar Vaughan. “This is just one of many investments we’re making to be the DMV’s most convenient and enjoyable out-of-home experience for the whole family.”
Six Flags America opens for the 2023 season just in time for Spring Break on April 1, with the park open daily through April 10. For a limited time, when guests purchase a Gold Pass they will receive a FREE upgrade to Platinum, which includes unlimited visits to Six Flags America & Hurricane Harbor Maryland all season, free parking and a variety of other perks and discounts.
To amp up the fun, Six Flags America is debuting Scream Break on select weekends in April – 1-2 & 8-9. When the sun goes down, stay late and experience this all-new, limited-capacity event that will bring vitamin scream to your Spring Break.
Upcoming 2023 Events
Guest Enhancements Coming in 2023
The popular Season Dining Pass is back! The dining program offers guests with any level Pass a convenient way to fuel up for their day. The Season Dining Pass allows up to two meals per visit with a 3-hour window between meals.
About Six Flags America
Six Flags America is home to a host of thrilling rides, shows and attractions, including nine heart-pounding roller coasters, a special section just for kids and rides for the whole family. Hurricane Harbor Maryland water park features a variety of water slides, a lazy river, three kid’s areas and an 800,000-gallon wave pool. Six Flags America and Hurricane Harbor are recognized by IBCCES as a Certified Autism Center™.https://www.sixflags.com/america
This past weekend we headed out to Six Flags Magic Mountain for the opening night of their all new Scream Break event. I'll be honest, we hadn't planned on going on opening weekend but they opened it up to a limited amount of passholders each night so we figured we'd go check it out. And we are glad we did!
I headed up with Gabe from Theme Park Duo to check out the event, but not before doing some update stuff first.
I also have some thoughts on how they can incorporate some of the amazing operational things they did for Scream Break into this years Fright Fest event. I outlined them in the video below, but if you "don't have time to watch a video" (actual comment from somebody who had been spending hours looking for info on the event) I'll share my thoughts here as well. You can see that at the bottom of this update.
So, how would I incorporate operational changes from scream break to fright fest?
Anybody who's visited Fright Fest knows that at least on a Saturday night the event can get overwhelmingly busy with families and teenagers with no supervision. I'll be honest, I've never encountered any major problems at the event other than annoying people who seem hell-bent on ruining everybody else's time with the shenanigans. But I know the talent, blackouts and security have a tough go of it some nights.
With Scream Break, they kind of did what I think is a test for the future of Fright Fest. And it worked!!
There were essentially three categories of guests at the event.
Basically, if you want to go with your Pass/Membership you need to get there early, but we don't think were all gone the night we went.
And this is what they need to do with Fright Fest. You need to have those three groups, and limit the event to a smaller number while doing a "soft closure" of the park.
So how do they do this?
Doing this gives you a smaller crowd, likely gives you more people buying a Fright Fest Ticket/Fright Fest pass than you have now, and makes the event that much more enjoyable.
In addition, as we've been saying for years, Fright Fest should have a similar footprint to what they had for Scream Break. Six Flags Magic Mountain is simply too big a park to have scare zones and monsters in every corner. It's just not possible to fill out your mazes and scare zones.
Fright Fest should be:
And THAT IS IT! 4 mazes is enough for the event.
So what do you think?
Over the weekend we headed up to Six Flags Magic Mountain for our first update from the park in quite awhile. Since Fright Fest actually.
Our visit was actually quite pleasant, it was a beautiful day, crowds were very low and everything we wanted to ride was open. That's not to say that there aren't a lot of offseason refurbishments going on, because there are. In addition, it does seem they're still having a few issues with Wonder Woman. It's been opening later in the day and has had a lot of downtime. We have every confidence they'll figure out these issues and the ride will be ready to go full time for Spring Break.
Let's head into the park and see what's new!
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