Six Flags Hurricane Harbor

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Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Logo.svg
Location 7 current locations and 1 former location in the United States
Owner Six Flags

Hurricane Harbor is the name of a chain of water parks that are part of the Six Flags amusement park chain. Although the parks are not identical, common features include a variety of body slides, speed slides, tube slides, wave pools, lazy rivers, and shopping areas.

History[edit]

Six Flags began using the Hurricane Harbor brand in 1995 with the opening of Six Flags Hurricane Harbor adjacent to Six Flags Magic Mountain. That same year, Wet 'n Wild in Arlington, Texas, was purchased by Six Flags. The waterpark operated as Wet 'n Wild — A Six Flags Park in 1995 and 1996 then was rebranded as Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in 1997.[1] The brand has since become a trademark of the Six Flags franchise. In 1999, Six Flags St. Louis was the first Six Flags park to construct its own intra-park water attractions section.[2] As Six Flags acquired and rebranded parks in the 2000s, some existing water parks within these theme parks were later upgraded and rebranded as Hurricane Harbor.

Only one Hurricane Harbor has closed. After Six Flags Worlds of Adventure was sold to Cedar Fair in 2004, the water park was abandoned in 2006 and most of the attractions were relocated to a new waterpark on what used to be the marine life side of the park.[3]

Included with park's admission[edit]

Six Flags America[edit]

Further information: Official website

Hurricane Harbor is a water park located within Six Flags America. It was known as Paradise Island until 2005 when it was rebranded Hurricane Harbor.

Slides and attractions[edit]

Name Description Height Requirement Thrill Rating
Bahama Blast A 517 feet (158 m) long inner-tube slide Over 42" with adult, Over 48" alone Mild
Bamboo Chutes Under 54" Mild
Bonzai Pipelines Six slides on one platform at each slide travels passengers at 40 MPH after where the floor drops out from under, built in 2013 Max
Buccaneer Beach A children's play area Under 54" Mild
Calypso Cannonballs Children's water slide Over 48" Mild
Castaway Creek A lazy river Mild
Crocodile Cal’s Caribbean Beach House Five-story water treehouse with over 150 features Over 42" Mild
Hammerhead An enclosed water slide Over 48" Mild
Hurricane Bay A wave pool with 4 feet (1.2 m) tall waves. One of the largest in the country Mild
Mako An open air inner-tube slide Over 48" Mild
Paradise Plunge/Reef Runner A water slide that leads into a 65,000 gallon pool Over 42" with adult, Over 48" alone Moderate
The Halfpipe A four-story high zero gravity water slide Over 48" Max
Tornado A 132 feet (40 m) long, ProSlide Tornado slide Over 48" Max
Vortex/Riptide Body slides Over 48" Mild
ZoomAzon Falls Four body slides Over 48" Moderate

Six Flags Great America[edit]

Further information: Official website

Hurricane Harbor is a water park located within Six Flags Great America located in Gurnee, Illinois. Hurricane Harbor was added to the park in 2005.[4] Guests who do not have a Six Flags Great America season pass are required to pay an additional fee to enter.

Slides and attractions[edit]

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor located within Six Flags Great America
Name Description Height Requirement Thrill Rating
Bahama Mama and Bubba Tubba A six story raft slide Over 42" Moderate
Buccaneer Bay A children's play area Mild
Castaway Creek A lazy river Mild
Dive Bomber A five story slide where the floor drops out from under you Over 48" Max
Hammerhead and Barracuda Five story slides Over 48" Max
Hurricane Bay 500,000 gallon wave pool Moderate
Hurricane Mountain Four story tube slide Over 42" Mild
Mega Wedgie A five story slide where the floor drops out from under you Over 48" Max
Monsoon Lagoon A children's pool Mild
Paradise Plunge and Riptide Over 48" Max
Riptide Bay Home to Dive Bomber, Surf Rider, Mega Wedgie, Wipeout, Monsoon Lagoon and luxury cabanas Moderate
Skull Island Largest interactive playground in the world Over 36" Mild
Surf Rider Bodysurf pool Over 48" Moderate
Tornado A ProSlide Tornado slide Over 48" Max
Vortex and Typhoon An enclosed water slide Over 42" Moderate
Wahoo Racer Multi-lane mat racer Over 42" Moderate
Wipeout A ProSlide Tantrum slide with two funnels Over 48" Max

Six Flags New England[edit]

Further information: Official website

Hurricane Harbor is a water park located within Six Flags New England. The waterpark opened in 1997 as Island Kingdom and was rebranded Hurricane Harbor in 2003.

Slides and attractions[edit]

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor located within Six Flags New England.
Name Description Height Requirement Thrill Rating
Adventure River A 1,000-foot (300 m) long lazy river Mild
Big Kahuna Four slide intertube complex Over 48" Mild
Bonzai Pipelines Six slides on one platform at each slide travels passengers at 40 MPH after where the floor drops out from under, built in 2013 Max
Cannonball Falls Three body slides Over 48" Moderate
Commotion Ocean A 500,000 gallon wave pool Moderate
Geronimo Falls and Zooma Falls A slide complex with a partially enclosed slide and a fully enclosed slide Over 42 Moderate
Hook’s Lagoon Children's area Over 42" Mild
Hurricane Bay Mild
Hurricane Falls Slide Four slides Over 36" Moderate
Kiddie Octopus Children's area Mild
Kiddie Pirate Ship Children's area Mild
Lagoon Slides Six children's slides Over 42 Mild
Monsoon Lagoon Mild
Shark Attack Four kid slides Over 48" Moderate
Splash Island Children's pool Mild
Swiss Family Toboggan A giant raft slide Over 36" Moderate
Tornado A ProSlide Tornado slide Over 54 Max
Typhoon A water coaster Over 48" Max

Six Flags Over Georgia[edit]

Hurricane Harbor is a water park located within Six Flags Over Georgia. The water park opened in May 2014.

Slides and attractions[edit]

Name Description Height Requirement Thrill Rating
Bonzai Pipelines Multi-slide complex
Hurricane Bay Wave pool
Paradise Island Children's area
Tsunami Surge Bowl slides

Six Flags St. Louis[edit]

Further information: Official website

Hurricane Harbor is a water park located within Six Flags St. Louis.

Slides and attractions[edit]

Name Description Height Requirement Thrill Rating
Big Kahuna A six story, four person raft slide Over 36" Moderate
Bonzai Pipeline A 40 MPH slide where the floor drops out from under you, built in 2012 Over 48" Max
Gulley Washer Creek A 1,100-foot (340 m) lazy river Mild
Hook’s Lagoon An interactive children's play area Mild
Hurricane Bay A 30,000-square-foot (2,800 m2) wave pool Moderate
Pirate Ship Slides Children slides Mild
Speed Slides Three, 60 story high tube slides Over 48" Max
Tornado A ProSlide Tornado slide Over 48" Max
Tree House Slides Children slides Over 42" Mild
Tube Slides Four 400-foot (120 m) long tube slides Over 48" Max
Wahoo Racer A multi-lane mat racer Over 48" Max

Separate admission[edit]

Six Flags Great Adventure[edit]

Further information: Official website

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, New Jersey is a water park located adjacent to Six Flags Great Adventure.

Slides and attractions[edit]

Name Opened Description Height Requirement Thrill Rating
Bada Bing, Bada Bang, Bada Boom! 2000 Three, five-story high slides Over 48" Moderate
Big Wave Racer 2013 A multi-lane mat racer Max
Blue Lagoon 2000 A 1,000,000 gallon wave pool Mild
Boreas, Eurus, Zephyrus and Nortus 2000 Four, 54-foot (16 m) high slides Over 48" Moderate
Cannonball, Wahini and Jurahnimo Falls 2000 Three body slides Over 48" Max
Discovery Bay 2000 A children's area Mild
Hurricane Mountain 2001 Two 51-foot (16 m) high slides Over 48" Moderate
King Cobra 2012 A 25-foot (7.6 m) high dual slide. First of its kind in the United States Max
Taak It Eez Ee Creek 2000 A 700,000 gallon lazy river Mild
The Big Bambu and Reef Runner 2000 A 64-foot (20 m) high water slide Over 42" Mild
Tornado 2010 A 60-foot (18 m) tall ProSlide Tornado slide Over 48" Max

Six Flags Magic Mountain[edit]

Further information: Official website

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, Los Angeles is a water park located adjacent to Six Flags Magic Mountain.

Slides and attractions[edit]

Name Description Height Requirement Thrill Rating
Bamboo Racer A six-lane 45-foot (14 m) tall mat racer Over 42" Moderate
Black Snake Summit Five body slides, two of them are the tallest enclosed water slides in Southern California Over 48" Max
Bonzai Pipelines Two individual slides, both with a trapdoor which sends the rider hurdling into an enclosed body slide Over 48" Max
Castaway Cove A children's play area Under 54" Mild
Forgotten Sea Wave Pool A 6-foot (1.8 m) deep wave pool Mild
Lightning Falls Three tube slides Over 48" Moderate
Lizard Lagoon A 7,000-square-foot (650 m2) pool for teens Mild
Lost Temple Rapids A 60-foot (18 m) tall family raft slide Over 42" Moderate
Reptile Ridge Five 35-foot (11 m) tall water slides Over 48" Moderate
River Cruise A 1,300-foot (400 m) long lazy river Mild
Splash Island A children's play area. Built in 2012, it was formerly known as Mr. Six's Splash Island only in its debut year. Mild
Taboo Tower A variety of 65-foot (20 m) tall water slides Over 48" Max
Tiki Falls A 400-foot (120 m) long tube slide Over 48" Moderate
Tornado A ProSlide Tornado, built in 2004 Over 48" Max

Incidents[edit]

On September 30, 2012, a 19-year-old man fell off the Venom Drop slide that's part of the Black Snake Summit slide complex. The man ignored the life guards and went down the slide head first on his stomach when protocol is to go down feet-first on the back. He fell off the slide half way down and hit the concrete. The man was unconscious but breathing when he was taken to the hospital.[5]

Six Flags Over Texas[edit]

Further information: Official website

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, Arlington is located near Six Flags Over Texas. It was originally a part of the Wet 'n Wild chain, but was purchased by Six Flags in 1995.

Slides and attractions[edit]

Tornado at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Arlington, Texas.
Name Description Height Requirement Thrill Rating
Atlantic Panic A water slide propelled by 1,500 gallons of water Over 42" Moderate
Blue Niagara Two 77-foot (23 m) high water slides Over 36" Moderate
Blue Raider A 530-foot (160 m) long tube slide Over 36" Moderate
Bonzai Boggans A 45-foot (14 m) long toboggan slide Over 36" Moderate
Boogie Beach Surfrider pool Mild
Bubba Tub A 300-foot (91 m) raft slide Over 36" Moderate
Caribbean Chaos A water slide propelled by 1,500 gallons of water Over 42" Moderate
Der Stuka A 72-foot (22 m) high body slide Over 48" Max
Dive Bomber A seven story high body slide. Originally a 2nd Der Stuka slide, it was modified with a capsule & drop platform and reopened in Summer 2012. Over 48" Max
Geronimo A 60-foot (18 m) high slide Over 48" Max
Hook’s Lagoon Treehouse A children's play area Mild
Hook’s Ship Four kid slides Under 42" Mild
Hook’s Slides Four kid slides Over 42" Mild
Hydra Maniac Four enclosed slides Over 42" Max
Kamikaze Two mat slides Over 36" Moderate
Lazy River A lazy river Mild
Mega Wedgie A four story high slide into a valley, built in 2008 Over 42" Max
Raging Rapids A rube ride through six pools connected by a gradual slope Over 36" Mild
Sea Wolf A 830-foot (250 m) long raft slide, built in 1997 Over 36" Moderate
Shotgun Falls Four slides, two enclosed and two open air Over 42" Max
Suntan Lagoon A one million gallon pool geysers, fountains, and waterfalls Mild
Surf Lagoon One million gallon wave pool Mild
Surf Rider Surfrider pool Over 48" Moderate
The Black Hole Two 80-foot (24 m) high slides, built in 1990. Over 36" Max
Tornado A ProSlide Tornado, built in 2004 Over 48" Max
Tsunami Surge A ProSlide Tornado Wave, Open in 2013 Max
Typhoon Twister A ProSlide Cannonbowl, Open in 2013 Max

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brown, Jessmay (1995), Six Flags operator buys neighbor Wet'n Wild - Facilities expected to stay separate, Fort Worth Star Telegram 
  2. ^ Seifert, Jeffrey (2011). "Turning 40 in Mid-America". RollerCoaster! Magazine (Zanesville, Ohio: American Coaster Enthusiasts) 33 (1): 37–46. ISSN 0896-7261. 
  3. ^ "Geauga Lake Park Maps". GeaugaLakeToday.com. 2012. Retrieved January 20, 2012. 
  4. ^ Moschke, Will (2011). "35 Years at the Great America Parks". RollerCoaster! Magazine (Zanesville, Ohio: American Coaster Enthusiasts) 33 (4): 4–15. ISSN 0896-7261. 
  5. ^ "Man falls from water slide at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor". L.A. Times. October 1, 2012. Retrieved October 2, 2012. 
  • "Six Flags Over Texas" — 1995, 1996 and 1997 park brochures.