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Six Flags Theme Parks

Updated on June 9, 2012

Theme Parks

Disneyland Theme Parks are known to cater to children, although many adults also enjoy their experiences at "the happiest place on earth."

Sea World Theme Parks are known for their water animals. They focus on sharing information about ocean wildlife as well as using them to entertain visitors.

Six Flags Theme Parks are known for their wild roller coasters and water parks. Teens and adults of all ages return to Six Flags parks for their wide variety of thrilling rides. Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world's largest regional theme park country. There are more Six Flags properties than any other company. The corporation owns 19 properties in North and South America. Some of them are theme or water park stand-alones and others are combined.

Six Flags Magic Mountain, Los Angeles, CA
Six Flags Magic Mountain, Los Angeles, CA
Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, IL
Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, IL
Hurricane Harbor @ Six Flags New England, Springfield, MA
Hurricane Harbor @ Six Flags New England, Springfield, MA

The Corporate Story

The Six Flags Entertainment Corporation began in 1961 and is headquartered in Grand Prairie, TX. Their first park was Six Flags Over Texas. The Six Flags Entertainment Corporation adopted their name after the park was named after the six flags that fly over the state of Texas over its history. They represented Spain, France, Mexico, Republic of Texas, the Confederate States of the America, and the United States of America.

The very first park in Texas contained the following attractions:

  • a Native American village
  • a gondola ride
  • a railroad
  • Wild West shows
  • a stagecoach ride
  • a pirate-themed adventure ~ Skull Island

The Take-Over

In 1966, the original park was sold to a Pennsylvania Railroad subsidiary. The new owners built two more parks, Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags Over Mid-America in 1967 and 1971, respectively. Along with Six Flags over Texas, these were the only three parks built by the corporation. All the rest were acquired from other companies. By 1984, four more parks were added to the list through purchases. That same year, the company gained rights to Warner Brothers' cartoon characters to be used in their parks just as the Disney characters are used to wander their properties. By 1993, Time Warner had purchased the shares of the company and owned it outright, changing the company's name from Six Flags Corporation to Six Flags Theme Parks, Inc.

The Sale

In 1998, Time Warner sold the company to Premier Parks for $1.86 billion. A new era of growth began while Premier Parks started to add the Six Flags name to the parks they already owned. The Six Flag name was used for parks all over the world as Premier Parks continued ot acquire new properties. Unfortunately, by 2004, the company was struggling with finances, forcing them to sell off all their European parks. Several parks in the United States started to close as well. In total, 27 theme parks were sold during this time of financial crisis. To make matters worse, Hurricane Katrina wiped out Six Flags New Orleans in 2005. In 2009, the company filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy. In the spring of 2010, the company experienced severe restructuring and pulled itself out of bankruptcy status. Currently, the company is back in the stock market today with 19 properties left in the Six Flags family.


Today, Six Flags Theme Parks continue to introduce new and updated rides to their fans focusing on big roller coasters and extreme thrill rides.

The parks are now competing well against Disney, Paramount, Anheuser-Busch, and Sea World. Six Flags roller coaster consistently make it to Top 5 and Top 10 roller coaster lists.


Six Flags Parks

Theme Park
Location
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Vallejo, CA (near San Francisco)
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Los Angeles, CA
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Los Angeles, CA
Six Flags Over Georgia
Atlanta, GA
Six Flags White Water
Atlanta, GA
Six Flags Great America & Hurricane Harbor
Gurnee, IL (near Chicago)
Six Flags America
Mitchellville, MD
Six Flags New England
Springfield, MA
Six Flags St. Louis (formerly Six Flags Mid-America)
St. Louis, MO
Six Flags Great Adventure
Jackson, NJ
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Jackson, NJ
Six Flags Wild Safari
Jackson, NJ
The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom
Lake George, NY
Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark
Lake George, NY
Six Flags Fiesta Texas
San Antonio, TX
Six Flags Over Texas
Arlington, TX
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Arlington, TX
La Ronde
Montreal, Canada
Six Flags Mexico
Mexico City, Mexico
 
 

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      Plangdon8 

      5 years ago

      Oh wow small world! I'm going to the university of LaVerne right now!

    • gypsumgirl profile imageAUTHOR

      gypsumgirl 

      5 years ago from Vail Valley, Colorado

      Glad you enjoyed it, Plangdon. I see you are from Claremont, CA. I went to school at Pitzer College!! :)

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      Plangdon8 

      5 years ago

      I love six flags! Good information as well.

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      Carnieman69 

      6 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      No prob just thought I let you know. I had worked there when Six Flags had owned it. Before they sold it.

    • gypsumgirl profile imageAUTHOR

      gypsumgirl 

      6 years ago from Vail Valley, Colorado

      -carnieman69: thanks for the info and thank for reading my hub!

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      Carnieman69 

      6 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      At one time they had bought Enchanted Village in Federal Way Washington but had sold a couple of years later to an independent. Just thought you might like to know that thanks.

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      emilybee 

      7 years ago

      Very nice hub. I personally don't care for Six Flags all that much but I do like the little Six Flags man in the commercials lol. Great hub, informative!

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