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New Holiday in the Park Festival Captures the Magic of the Season at Six Flags America

holiday-in-the-park_-bugs-bunny-sylvester-and-childThis winter, the Santa tracker will have a new destination: Six Flags America, just minutes from Washington, DC. Millions of glittering lights, dazzling holiday entertainment, delicious seasonal treats, Santa’s Village, and many popular rides will magically transform the popular theme park into a winter wonderland for the region’s first-ever Holiday in the Park® celebration. The park will be open weekends and select days November 19 through January 2, 2017, giving visitors a completely new way to enjoy the most magical time of year.

Holiday in the Park will provide an escape from the hustle and bustle of the shopping rush, and a way for guests to create their own magical, memorable holiday moments. A visual feast will await just inside the gates, as six areas of the park undergo a massive makeover that showcases the world’s best holiday traditions. Each area will be an emotional journey and bring the warmth of the season to guests in an entirely new way.

“Holiday in the Park will be a winter spectacular on every family’s must-do list and is included with every season pass and membership,” said Six Flags America President Rick Howarth. “We have invested years of research into making this the most incredible and immersive seasonal experience it can be, combining holiday traditions with thrills that are uniquely Six Flags.”

Stunning light displays; illuminated, towering trees; the iconic smells of fresh pine and crisp peppermint filling the air; and festive vendors offering sweet and savory treats will provide a multi-sensory journey of winter delights. Kids can join Santa in his workshop for a fun photo opportunity. A new entertainment program will feature a grand stage production, hilarious stunt show, live carolers and of course a special show just for kids.

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Six Flags America Announces New WONDER WOMAN Lasso of Truth to Open in 2017

SFA Wonder Woman Laso Of Truth 1Six Flags America, in partnership with 
Warner Bros. Consumer Products on behalf of DC Entertainment, announced today a new addition to its already stellar lineup of thrilling rides and attractions. WONDER WOMAN Lasso of Truth, a 242-feet tall, sky-high swing ride and the tallest new attraction at the NationCapital of Thrills will open in 2017.

Based on the worlds most iconic female Super Hero, WONDER WOMAN Lasso of Truth is an extreme swing ride that spins guests in a 98-foot circle at speeds of 40 miles per hour atop a24-story tower. With a capacity of thirty-two riders, guests sit two across in open-air swings as they climb to the top of the tower while spinning round and round, offering a breathtaking view while soaring high above the beautiful Maryland and D.C. landscape.

We are thrilled to announce a new experience that will take our guests to new heights at Six Flags America, said Rick Howarth, park president. “At 242 feet tall, WONDER WOMAN Lasso of Truth will be the tallest structure at Six Flags America and the first to feature the most famous heroine of all time.”
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invadr-logoBusch Gardens has announced the logo for InvadR,  its first wooden roller coaster coming in 2017. In a Decide the Ride vote, the red shield with dragon emblem won in a narrow decision.

For the first time in the park’s history, fans were able to decide the logo for a roller coaster. The winning emblem edged out the blue shield with dragon logo by only 33 votes. Here’s the voting percentage breakdown:

Red dragon: 27.2%

Blue dragon: 26.8%

Blue crossed: 25%

Red crossed: 21%

Fans are urged to stay tuned for the next Decide the Ride opportunity.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Retains Honor As “World’s Most Beautiful Amusement Park”

logo_buschgardenswilliamsburgBusch Gardens Williamsburg has earned the distinction of “World’s Most Beautiful Amusement Park” for the 26th consecutive year.

The National Amusement Park Historical Association recently bestowed the honor upon Busch Gardens, continuing an annual tradition that dates back to 1990.

“This is a great honor for Busch Gardens and the team members who work so hard to ensure that our park is looking beautiful for our guests every day,” said Busch Gardens® Williamsburg President David Cromwell. “To continue the tradition of being recognized for this honor is something we’re very proud of.”

The award was part of the 30th annual NAPHA Amusement Park and Attractions Survey, the oldest of its type.

The NAPHA is an international organization dedicated to the preservation, documentation and enjoyment of the amusement and theme park industry—past, present and future.

Six Flags America opens Superman: Virtual Reality Coaster

americaSix Flags America welcomes the addition of an all-new, ground-breaking experience incorporating the most innovative and cutting-edge technology—the world’s first Superman-themed Virtual Reality (VR) Roller Coaster. Six Flags America is taking roller coaster thrills to the next level and beyond in a fully immersive, 360-degree experience on the 200-feet tall SUPERMAN Ride of Steel hyper coaster. Wearing VR headsets, riders will feel the rush of the coaster’s steep drops and powerful twists and turns plus the adrenaline of being in the middle of a realistic 360-degree virtual reality world. Whatever thrill-seekers have experienced before… This Changes Everything!

On the new SUPERMAN Ride of Steel Virtual Reality Coaster, once riders take their seats and fasten the headsets, they will be fully immersed in the comic-book world of Metropolis. Guests will be taken on a leisurely (or so they think) tour of the city of Metropolis, courtesy of Metropolis Sky Tours. Just after departing the station riders encounter Lex Luthor who uses an anti-gravity gun, along with his army of LexBots, to create chaos throughout the city with cars, taxis and buses floating in mid-air around the rider’s vehicle. As the LexBots continue to attack the vehicle, SUPERMAN soars into action. Riders will be taken through hairpin twists and turns, dips and dives all while Superman fights to save the day from Lex and the LexBots.

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