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Park News - (2/4/21) It has been confirmed that Six Flags America now has a new park President with Richard Pretlow now confirmed as taking the reins of the theme park. Pretlow previously served as the Director of in-park services at Six Flags: The Great Escape Resort before coming to SFA. Before joining Six Flags, Pretlow started off his theme park career in positions at Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Sesame Place with a background in Culinary Operations. He is taking over from the previous park President, Rick Howarth, who has been promoted to a new position within Six Flags.
I have to say that after hearing so many reports over 2020 about how great an experience guests had at Six Flags America, adding a new park president who has a lot of experience with things that matter to the guest experience does indeed seem like the park is going to be put in very good hands going forwards. And when the park is successful in the eyes of the corporate office, budgets for really cool new attractions usually soon follow.
(11/12/20) Has Six Flags America really improved their standing this year? According to some tales sent our way Six Flags America actually seemed to have benefited from all the COVID madness in 2020. With the closure of Kings Dominion and Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Virginia all year long I’m told that Six Flags America definitely benefited from increased crowds as Virginia residents took a short drive north to get the theme park fix this year instead.
Six Flags America has long held a bad reputation for staffing issues, which I’ve been hearing couldn’t have been farther from the truth this season. Tales about good and efficient employees throughout the park was a welcome change of pace, including some ride ops crews who were focused on maintaining high throughput and a maintenance crew that has been on the ball, keeping virtually everything up and running well all season, including rides known to be more troublesome such as Batwing.
We’ve all seen news stories in past years, almost on an annual basis about various security issues that have come up at the park, but so far we’ve heard nothing of the sort. In fact we’ve heard security has only been strengthened and improved.
It’s such a pleasant surprise to have such good news to report about Six Flags America, after seeing so many bad things said about the park year after year prior to 2020. With things seeming to be turning around, it’s no wonder there are rumors that the corporate office has been taking notice of the park and looking into possible capacity improvement plans over the coming years.
Now to touch on an issue we mentioned last week, the Six Flags corporate office has mentioned that they planned on removing a total of 15 rides from the chain over the winter. This comes out to about one ride per park, so we’ve been listening for suggestions about what could be removed from each park. According to a few reader guesses, I’m told we shouldn’t be surprised if Penguin’s Blizzard River (a waterslide style raft ride) or Rodeo (Huss Breakdance) may be retired.
2021 - Harley Quinn Spinsanity - (9/11/20) According to a post from the @sixflagsamerica_fans IG page new construction has been spotted over at the Harley Quinn ride once again on what looks like the operator booth, as well as work on the queue too from what I’m told.
(8/3/20) Screamscape sources tell us that more work is still taking place on the new Harley Quinn Spinsanity site this week, as workers appear to be trying to finish it up.
(7/22/20) A quick update about Harley Quinn, it seems that the park has decided to get busy and finish installing the ride hardware. They’ve done nothing to set up the control infrastructure, landscaping, queue or anything else, but based on what I’ve seen posted to the SixFlagsAmerica_fans IG page, the ride itself is now fully up.
(7/3/20) A reader stopped by Six Flags America and sent back a photo of the current status of Spinsanity. Unfortunately, as you can see, it looks like work had stopped on the ride back in March or April and they still have several weeks to go before it could be finished. WIth that in mind, it seems a fairly safe bet that the new for 2020 attraction will be officially pushed back to open in 2021. (Photo credit - Eric Stehmer)
(8/29/19) New for 2020 is Harley Quinn Spinsanity, a giant pendulum ride that will swing 40 riders at a time up to 15-stories tall at 120º and hit speeds up to 70mph.
Future Development -
(7/22/20) You may also see some infrastructure upgrades taking place near Penguin’s Blizzard River as well as around Whistlestop Park. I’m told that the park is performing some needed upgrades to their electrical grid, upgrades that some future projects may need to take advantage of. No one knows for sure what is planned, though one rumor suggests that some of the kiddie rides in Whistlestop Park may be relocated elsewhere in order to make room for something bigger to take over the Whistlestop area.
A new coaster seems to be the key rumor, but they are said to be looking around at possible ideas, including some launched coaster ideas from S&S.