Six Flags México

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Six Flags México
Batman the Ride
Batman: The Ride at Six Flags Mexico
Location Mexico City, Mexico
Coordinates 19°17′42″N 99°12′32″W / 19.295°N 99.209°W / 19.295; -99.209Coordinates: 19°17′42″N 99°12′32″W / 19.295°N 99.209°W / 19.295; -99.209
Owner Six Flags
Opened April 11, 2000
Previous names Reino Aventura
Operating season Year round, remaining closed some Mondays and Tuesdays
Area 110 acres (0.45 km2)
Rides
Total 48
Roller coasters 8
Water rides 2
Website Six Flags México

Six Flags México is an amusement park located in the Tlalpan forest and borough, on the southern edge of Mexico City, Mexico. It is owned and operated by Six Flags Inc. and the only Six Flags park operating in Latin America. Six Flags México has become one of the most important theme parks in Mexico and one of the largest in Latin America. It was previously known as Reino Aventura and was a Mexican-owned and run theme park, during which time the orca whale Keiko (featured in the movie Free Willy) was its principal attraction.

History[edit]

Reino Aventura (Spanish for "Adventure Kingdom") opened its gates in 1982, and is ever since the largest theme park in Latin America. The park's mascot was a purple cartoon dragon named Cornelio. Since its opening, no new attractions were added, thus attendance dropped. In 1992 the park was closed for an extensive remodeling as well as adding new rides, opening once again on July 3, 1993, with the new moniker El Nuevo Reino Aventura (The New Adventure Kingdom) featuring new rides such as Río Salvaje (Wild River, a raft ride), Viaje Inesperado (Unexpected Trip, a motion simulator) and Roller Skater (a Vekoma Kiddie Coaster) and Power Tower (Now is Kilahuea) In that same year, the feature film Free Willy was shot in the park. This attracted numerous animal rights organizations, which pressured the park to free the orca Keiko. After Keiko left, Cornelio the dragon became once again the Park's official mascot.

In 1999, Premier Parks bought Reino Aventura for an estimated $59 million. Under new administration, the park's name was officially changed to Six Flags. Twenty new attractions were added to the park, including Batman: The Ride and Medusa, a wooden roller coaster. It opened its gates again on April 11, 2000 as Six Flags México.

Premier Parks bought the rest of the stocks on Six Flags, and became Six Flags Inc., which is their current name. Six Flags México has the last Vekoma Waikiki Wave Super Flip, named Hurricane. Latest coaster openings in Six Flags México include Superman el Último Escape (2004), Magic Light Parade (2008), and The Dark Knight (2009).

In 2011, the park opened Terminator X: A Laser Battle for Salvation, an indoor themed laser tag attraction.[1] On September 6, 2012, Six Flags México announced The Joker a Gerstlauer spinning coaster for the 2013 season.[2] The Joker was relocated from Six Flags Discovery Kingdom as Pandemonium from 2008-2012.[3][4] Also announced is two new events in October and December, Festival del Terror and Christmas in the Park, both starting in 2012.[2] In June 2013, Six Flags México announced on Facebook that an attraction at the park will be closing at the end of summer 2013. On July 1, 2013, Cowboy Stunt Show was announce for the park, which will play at The Chinese Theater. On August 29, 2013, Six Flags officially announced the renovation of Medusa to Medusa Steel Coaster that will feature steel tracks and multiple inversions for the 2014 season.[5]

Attractions[edit]

Horstacio, the world's former largest piñata.
Vuelo Alpino.
Wonder Woman and Chinese dragon car from Magic Light Parade.

Pueblo Mexicano (Mexican Village)[edit]

  • Río Salvaje ("Wild River"- Intamin Rafting)
  • Superman el Último Escape ("Superman: Ultimate Escape"-Chance Hypercoaster)
  • La Fiesta de las Tazas ("Tea party" -SFB Tea Cups)

Pueblo Francés (French Village)[edit]

  • Mundo Marino (Dolphin Show)
  • Le Mans (Zierer Bumper Cars)
  • Terminator X (Laser Tag)
  • Carrousel
  • The Joker (Gerstlauer Spinning Coaster- originally Six Flags Discovery Kingdom's Pandemonium)

Pueblo Polinesio (Polynesian Village)[edit]

  • Piña Loca (Huss Crazy Pineapple)
  • Kilauea (S&S Worldwide Combo Tower)
  • Tsunami (Zierer Tivoli Large coaster)
  • Vudú ("Voodoo"- SFB Dance Party)
  • Curandero ("The Healer"- SFB Space Gun)

Hollywood[edit]

  • Batman: The Ride (Vekoma SLC)
  • Boomerang (World's first Vekoma Boomerang)
  • Rock & Roll (Schwarzkopf Polyp)
  • Splash (Hopkins Shoot-the-chutes)
  • SkyScreamer (Tower Swinger - Star Flyer - Spring 2015)
  • Hollywood Speedway (Go Karts)
  • Hollywood Tours (Chance Antique Cars)

Pueblo Suizo (Swiss Village)[edit]

  • Vuelo Alpino (Zierer Wave Swinger)
  • Roller Skater (Vekoma Junior coaster)
  • Catapulta (Chance Double Inverter)
  • Expreso Musical (Mack Music Express)
  • Vampire Infestation ~ formerly known as Van Helsing Live! Experience from 2009-2012

Pueblo Vaquero (Cowboy Village)[edit]

  • Huracán ("Hurricane"- Vekoma Waikiki Wave Super Flip)
  • Rueda India (Ferris Wheel)
  • Ruleta (Chance Trabant)
  • The Dark Knight Coaster (Mack Wild Mouse-Enclosed)
  • Medusa Steel Coaster (Rocky Mountain Steel Hybrid Coaster)

El Circo de Bugs Bunny (Bugs Bunny's Circus)[edit]

  • Globo de Elmer (Elmer's Balloon)
  • Convoy del Correcaminos (Road Runner's Convoy)
  • Periférico
  • Euro Bungy
  • Jet Acrobático
  • Chiquimotor
  • Orca Aventura
  • Circo Express
  • Super Cornelio
  • Tamborcitos
  • La Casa de Piolín
  • Látigo
  • Gran Turismo
  • Oruga

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Six Flags Entertainment Corporation Investor Meeting Presentation". Six Flags. 4 November 2010. Retrieved 21 November 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Six Flags Mexico (September 6, 2012). "Six Flags Mexico is ready ...". Facebook. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (November 18, 2011). "When is Pandemonium closing?". Facebook. Retrieved November 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (November 19, 2011). "why is the Pandemonium going". Facebook. Retrieved November 20, 2011. 
  5. ^ "New for 2014". August 29, 2013. Retrieved August 29, 2013. 

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