Six Flags Theme Parks
Park News - (5/6/13) Guests to SFDK may have noticed some people picketing in front of the park over the weekend. It seems the park’s only unionized workers, the ride mechanics, were locked out of their jobs after their shifts ended on Thursday after negotiations with their union fell apart. Look for this to continue until the park and union workers can come to some kind of agreement on a new contract or the park opts to hire new staff I suppose. From the sound of the article, the 24 workers opted to vote in a union for the first time just six months ago and they’ve been in negotiations for their first contract ever since.
So far there is no word on just who is overseeing the maintenance and upkeep of the rides in the park for now… though I would suppose Six Flags will be able to bring in maintenance staff from some of their other parks to fill in the gaps for the time being.
(3/15/13) A strange video surfaced this week shot at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom that shows a park trainer splashing in the water with a white tiger. The tiger gets a little aggressive with the man who turn suddenly turns into a UFC cage fighter and quickly ends the encounter by punching the tiger square in the face three times.
It is an interesting example of a human’s natural “fight or flight” instincts in action, but before PETA gets their panties tied in a knot, the footage in question now in the spotlight is also over a decade old. Six Flags Marine World has unfortunately been getting the brunt of the bad press about this “newly” discovered video online, taking place in the park’s old Tiger exhibit. According to SFDK’s spokesperson Nancy Chan, the problem was address right away and, “That trainer was terminated because he wasn't acting inside our protocols. We don't condone the behavior depicted in the video, whatsoever.” As for the trainer in question... we’ve no idea where he ended up after being fired, but maybe UFC President Dana White knows. (I kid! I kid!)
(3/4/13) In an interesting development Six Flags Discovery Kingdom apparently has a long-standing agreement with the city of Vallejo, where the city would contribute $7 million to help the SFDK build a parking garage. If the park chooses to go that route and build a 2,450 space parking structure, they have until 2014 “to seek a site development application, or forfeit the city’s financial assistance”.
(1/25/13) Six Flags Discovery Kingdom has a new park President this week. According to the announcement sent out from Six Flags, Don McCoy has been tapped to move over from The Great Escape park to take over SF Discovery Kingdom. Dale Kaetzel, former park President of SFDK will be moving to oversee Six Flags over Georgia and SF WhiteWater Atlanta.
(8/21/12) In a move that will surprise and likely disappoint many local residents, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom apparently realized their chances of ever adding a companion killer whale to the park for Shouka was slim to none. On Sunday night Shouka was removed from the park and transported to a new home at SeaWorld San Diego. While Six Flags was never willing to comment about it, back in May Screamscape reported that the park had been in talks with an unnamed park in Canada, which was likely Marineland who also has a solitary killer whale. Given the recent media troubles involving Marineland, the new deal made with SeaWorld can only be viewed as a positive thing for Shouka.
2013 - Cirque Dreams Splashtactic and Drench - (5/13/13) A new progress update from Six Flags Discovery Kingdom has been posted by ThemeParkOverload this week, showing off changes to the park entrance, Splashtastic and even the ongoing Union protestors outside the park.
(4/8/13) ThemeParkOverload reports in from Six Flags Discovery Kingdom today with a review of the new Drench dolphin show as well as other additions and items of note throughout the park.
Also, ThemeParkPOVs shares some pictures this week from Six Flags Discovery Kingdom where some kind of evacuation platform has been installed at the top of Superman: Ultimate Flight.
(2/22/13) Screamscape sources tell us that Six Flags Discovery Kingdom will rename the former Shouka Stadium as Toyota Stadium, and will then introduce a new and different dolphin based show here called Drench.
(1/7/13) A reader who dropped by Six Flags Discovery Kingdom the other day noticed that work crews were busy removing the stage set pieces from the old Shouka Stadium. While not seen in the photos, the water level was down to about half of what it normally is as well. No idea just what is in store for the old show site, but clearly something is in the works.
(9/5/12) ThemeParkOverload has posted an interesting story this week about Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. With the new Cirque Dreams Splashtastic show going into the park’s Dolphin Harbor Theater, this has left many to wonder what will happen with the former Shouka Stadium, now renamed as Pacific Stadium. During a conference call with SF CEO Jim Reid Anderson, ThemeParkOverload asked about the future of the venue and was told that they have another secret project in the works for it that will also open in 2013 after some renovations are performed.
(8/31/12) As rumored, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom will add a new cirque style dolphin show to the park called Cirque Dreams Splashtastic.
(8/24/12) With Shouka gone from the park, it seems painfully obvious that the park will attempt to fill that gap in 2013 with a new animal show. According to the latest rumor, the park may try to add a Cirque styled Dolphin show, taking a queue from SeaWorld’s Blue Horizons shows.