Six Flags Will Not Be Announcing New Capital Investments for 2021 (and retrospective look at past SF announcements)
Update: We were just able to confirm with our Six Flags PR Contacts that there will be NO capital announcements this year. Basically, whatever is "new for 2020" is now "new for 2021".
It's now been 6 months since many of us have visited a theme park, at least those of us, like myself, who have been in CA since March.
This week we will start seeing the 2021 announcements coming out of Six Flags. It's sure to be a different kind of announcement than previous years.
Things we do know:
Things we kind of know:
Questions we have:
Those are some pretty big questions, and in a few days we'll have the answers.
But in the meantime, we figured we'd take a step back and look at the Six Flags announcements over the past few years, to maybe get us all hyped up for what is sure to be some unique announcements.
Finally, we'll have some final thoughts on what we may hear this week due to what didn't open in 2020.
These announcements were made August 28, 2014.
This was the first year we were around for the announcements, and it was a pretty significant one. You can check out our full update on the announcements below
Six Flags Announces 2015 Attraction Plans
2015 saw two RMC conversions, Justice League, S&S Free Spins and the start of the "coaster wars" with larson loopers.
Overall we felt this was a pretty solid year for attractions. But we did start to see a trend of the bigger parks in the chain getting a lot of attention while the smaller parks kept getting flats or hand-me-down attractions.
Another, what we felt at the time, was a pretty solid year for Six Flags attractions. Not much in the way of innovation, but at least those of us on the west coast got a re-done Revolution and RMC at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. You can see our full run-down below.
Six Flags Announces 2016 Attractions
This year saw more than one attraction that had a name change prior to opening. Can you name them?
This was definitely the year where the repetitiveness started getting to us. Even resulting in one of RD's most controversial articles ever. Well, for Six Flags. We got more than one email about this one, let me assure you. You can see our full article below.
Full Run Down of Attractions coming to Six Flags in 2017
This was one of those years that did not have a unique coaster in the chain. Everything was cloned of something else, and re-skinned to fit that individual park. We even saw two Wonder Woman rides, but two completely different rides.
This year brought with it another RMC conversion, 3 Harley Quinn rides (with 3 different ride systems) and the first of the RMC single rail coasters to the chain. Our full update is below.
Full Run Down of Attractions coming to Six Flags in 2018
Overall, again, the consensus was that this was a solid year for the chain, despite a few more clones. Thankfully only one larson looper this year and a couple of next gen flat rides were a welcome change.
Apparently for this year we decided not to go with our traditional "run down" article with all of the Six Flags announcements. I remember sitting in the Miami airport doing these in the very early hours as I was flying home from a work trip. So didn't have time to go through the stuff from the parks that didn't send us their announcements.
But here's what we did have.
I have to say, I have a hard time remembering what was even announced for any of the other parks. Here is the key-art for the entire chain.
And that brings us to 2020, the year that kind of wasn't. A lot of these announcements have fallen by the wayside. One 2019 attraction (West Coast Racers) didn't even "officially" open until January of this year. Which seems like another lifetime ago.
I was on a cruise when these announcements were made and knew after all of you. And wouldn't you know, this Thursday when the 2021 announcements are being made, I'll be moving.
But here are the announcements we had for 2020.
By all accounts, 2020 was going to be a great year for Six Flags waterparks. And the expanded RMC Single Rail coaster coming to New Jersey. In addition to a great family coaster coming to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. Heck, I was even looking forward to the enhancements to Fright Fest and Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Magic Mountain.
So as of right now, the only 2020 attractions that are open are at Six Flags Mexico and Six Flags Over Georgia.
So what should we expect for 2021 at this point? Things are in a very sticky situation, obviously. Their flagship park has been closed since March. Most of their other parks opened late this year and didn't open their new attraction.
Most of what you see on the image above will be what opens in 2021. And at this point, I don't think we could or should expect anything more out of the chain.
There is also the possibility of some restructuring of "where" these attractions going. I'd imagine they'd concentrate on the larger parks over the next few years, and that may mean filling it in with some of these attractions meant for the smaller parks. Especially if Six Flags is looking to ditch some parks due to the Covid epidemic.
Whatever happens, we'll have the announcements for you on Thursday, and maybe a live-stream at some point Thursday night. Because I'm gonna need to just sit and have a drink after moving.
One thing to note, next year is the 50th Anniversary of Six Flags Magic Mountain. It remains to be seen if they will do anything to mark this occasion.
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and Six Flags Magic Mountain Announce Temporary Closure of California Parks
VALLEJO, Calif. — March 13, 2020 — Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and Six Flags Magic Mountain in California have temporarily suspended operations until the end of March, at which time we will re-evaluate the situation. While there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at either property, the safety of our guests and team members is always our highest priority. We will continue to closely monitor these evolving conditions, and will follow the most current guidance from federal, state, and local officials.
For guests seeking information about a previously scheduled visit, please go to https://sixflags.com/discoverykingdom/coronavirus or https://sixflags.com/magicmountain/plan-your-visit/coronavirus-update.
For those of you not on the Six Flags Mailing List, the chains CEO Mike Spanos sent this email out this morning.
A note to our guests about the Coronavirus from CEO Mike Spanos
Dear Valued Guests,
The top priority at Six Flags is the safety and the well-being of our guests and team members. Regardless of the environment, this is our top priority every day. We also recognize and understand that you all have concerns about the coronavirus; therefore, I personally want to update you on everything that we are doing to provide a safe environment for you, your family, and our team members.
First, we are closely monitoring the latest developments and following the guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Additionally, we have hired a highly regarded infectious disease specialist with more than 30 years of experience as an advisor for this situation.
Second, we are taking several actions to help you feel confident about your health and safety while you are in our parks. We have significantly enhanced our cleaning and sanitation efforts on all guest and employee touch points; additionally, we are providing an abundance of anti-bacterial soap in all hand-washing stations, and have placed dozens of alcohol-based hand sanitizers throughout all areas of the parks. Finally, we are frequently cleaning and disinfecting all ride vehicles, queue lines, restrooms, food locations, and employee break areas.
In addition to these actions, we have increased hygiene signage throughout our parks and are strongly encouraging guests and employees to practice good hygiene with frequent and rigorous hand washing. We are asking employees who are sick to stay home. If anyone has a fever or becomes sick while at work, we will immediately release them to see their medical provider.
We hope that these measures give you confidence that we are taking the necessary precautions in this evolving situation. We remain committed to providing you and your family with friendly, clean, fast, and safe service.
For additional information about COVID-19, please read the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov, or your local health department website.
On behalf of everyone at Six Flags, thank you for your trust in us. I look forward to seeing you out in our parks.
President & CEO
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation
Happy Friday everybody and welcome to another update from Six Flags Magic Mountain.
It's been a couple of weeks since our last update, but there is now DEFINITELY something going on around Tidal Wave. So let's head in and take a look at what it can be.
Written by Gregg Condon
Welcome to Six Flags Magic Mountain!
Got a new phone this week so took some pics around the park to break it in a bit. So far I'm very happy with my iPhone 11 Pro. Can't wait to check it out during Haunt Season.
Old Glory flapping in the wind
I rode 3 different Premiere coasters at 2 different parks. Just because I could. =)
Screampunk District is still looking great!
We've got our update in video mode as well!!
Looks like some plumbing work going on in DC Universe
According to this, Tidal Wave will reopen at some point this year. Will it be it's last?
Some trimming has been going on in this area
I had never noticed that dividing wall there, but I don't usually wear my glasses in the park, so it could have always been there. =)
Definitely something going on over here
Some markers, this one is C-8
And just a few feet away, C-9
Does somebody not know what a Telephone is?
Something was torn up near the Metropolis restrooms
These are new, nice that they are there!
Alrighty, that's gonna wrap it up. We'll have an update from Universal Studios Hollywood up sometime tomorrow.
As always, thanks for reading and watching!
Happy Monday Park Journey Readers, we hope you had a fantastic weekend. Of if you're a 49ers fan like me, hope you're doing ok this morning (I am, thanks for asking).
Today we have an update from Six Flags Magic Mountain where we check out the rumored 2021 attraction location. We also finally have our last look at The Underground as the Speed Store is now officially open and the area appears to be completed. Let's head in for some fun!
Written by Gregg Condon
It was a beautiful day at the park.
My normal plan was to come for a couple of hours to take my mind off the game, but as an added bonus, my friend Chris was making his first ever visit to the park. So it was nice to join in with Chris and his friend Blake for a bit and ride some rides!! I will also add, it's always nice to see parks through fresh eyes. We get kind of jaded on our own parks, but it's cool to see them through somebody who's never been.
After a quick ride on Full Throttle and Goliath, I noticed they have a queue now for the Fish & Chips. I'm sure they've been here for awhile, but honestly, with West Coast Racers I don't think I've actually been to this area of the park since November.
The park was delightfully empty.
Last week Screamscape reported a rumor about a possible 2021 attraction replacing Tidal Wave. A Mack Power Splash. But this one would have a loop.
So, we figured we'd look to see if we could find anything.
The rumor of Tidal Wave's demise has been going around for at least a decade, but honestly, given the prime real estate and the fact that it's hardly ever open, it may actually be true this time.
We'll definitely keep an eye out over the next few months. If they do build something here, and it's DC themed, hopefully they'll actually connect DC Universe and Metropolis.
Heading over to The Underground, it looks like the area is finally complete.
The "at Six Flags" is new since media day.
As is the sign for the Pacific Speedway. Looks nice.
Some cool posters that I forgot to take a closer look at as I was leaving.
The Speed Shop wasn't open for us during Media Day, but it was yesterday.
Here's a look at all of our videos of The Underground we've taken over the past few months, including a land overview, the Speed Shop from yesterday and even the Candy Shop from the first day it was open last year.
Some cool looking merchandise.
Not even sure Universal has Fast & Furious merchandise.
Cool looking shirt.
This also wasn't here for Media Day.
Have to admit, the crew was really crushing it. Dispatches were very fast.
Alright, that's gonna wrap it up. This is generally the time of year where our Six Flags Magic Mountain Updates ramp up, but since there is no construction going on this year I honestly can't tell you when our next one will be.
Probably in a month or so unless anything major pops up.
Thanks for reading as always!!