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. It operated as Wet 'n Wild — A Six Flags Park in 1995-1996 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 renamed Hurricane Hannah's Waterpark. It 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 Opened Height Requirement Thrill Rating
Bahama Blast A 517 feet (158 m) long inner-tube slide 2005 Over 42" with adult, Over 48" alone Mild
Bamboo Chutes Originally "Kid's Flumes" (198?-2005). 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. 2013 Max
Buccaneer Beach A children's play area 2005 Under 54" Mild
Calypso Cannonballs Children's water slide. Originally "Caribbean Cannonball Flume" (198?-2005). Over 48" Mild
Castaway Creek A lazy river Mild
Splashwater Falls Multi-platform play structure that features 7 slides, 100+ play features, and 1 giant bucket. Originally "Crocodile Cal’s Outback Beach House" (1997-2005) "Crocodile Cal's Caribbean Beach House" (2005-2015). 1997 Over 42" Mild
Hammerhead An enclosed water slide. Originally "Black Hole" (1997-2005). 1997 Over 48" Mild
Hurricane Bay A wave pool with 4 feet (1.2 m) tall waves. One of the largest in the country. Originally "Monsoon Lagoon" (1982-2005). 1982 Mild
Mako An open air inner-tube slide. Originally "Bonzai Pipeline" (1997-2005). 1997 Over 48" Mild
Paradise Plunge/Reef Runner A water slide that leads into a 65,000 gallon pool. Originally "Tahiti Twister" (1994-2005). 1994 Over 42" with adult, Over 48" alone Moderate
The Halfpipe A four-story high zero gravity water slide. Originally Tony Hawk's Halfpipe" (2008-2010). 2008 Over 48" Max
Tornado A 132 feet (40 m) long, ProSlide Tornado slide 2005 Over 48" Max
Vortex/Riptide Body slides. Originally "Luau Loop" (198?-2005). Over 48" Mild
ZoomAzon Falls Four body slides. Originally "Rainbow Falls" (1982-2003) and "Hurricane Mountain" (2004-2008). 1982 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 Opened Height Requirement Thrill Rating
Bahama Mama and Bubba Tubba A six story raft slide 2005 Over 42" Moderate
Buccaneer Bay A children's play area 2005 Mild
Castaway Creek A lazy river 2005 Mild
Dive Bomber A five story slide where the floor drops out from under you 2011 Over 48" Max
Hammerhead and Barracuda Five story slides 2005 Over 48" Max
Hurricane Bay 500,000 gallon wave pool 2005 Moderate
Hurricane Mountain Four story tube slide 2005 Over 42" Mild
Mega Wedgie A five story slide where the floor drops out from under you 2011 Over 48" Max
Monsoon Lagoon A children's pool 2011 Mild
Paradise Plunge and Riptide 2005 Over 48" Max
Riptide Bay Home to Dive Bomber, Surf Rider, Mega Wedgie, Wipeout, Monsoon Lagoon and luxury cabanas 2011 Moderate
Skull Island Largest interactive playground in the world 2005 Over 36" Mild
Surf Rider Bodysurf pool 2011 Over 48" Moderate
Tornado A ProSlide Tornado slide 2005 Over 48" Max
Vortex and Typhoon An enclosed water slide 2005 Over 42" Moderate
Wahoo Racer Multi-lane mat racer 2011 Over 42" Moderate
Wipeout A ProSlide Tantrum slide with two funnels 2011 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 Opened Height Requirement Thrill Rating
Adventure River A 1,000-foot (300 m) long lazy river 1998 Mild
Big Kahuna Four slide intertube complex 1998 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. 2013 Max
Cannonball Falls Three body slides 1998 Over 48" Moderate
Commotion Ocean A 500,000 gallon wave pool 1999 Moderate
Geronimo Falls and Zooma Falls A slide complex with a partially enclosed slide and a fully enclosed slide 2003 Over 42 Moderate
Hook’s Lagoon Children's area 1998 Over 42" Mild
Hurricane Bay 1998 Mild
Hurricane Falls Slide Four slides 2003 Over 36" Moderate
Kiddie Octopus Children's area 1998 Mild
Kiddie Pirate Ship Children's area 1998 Mild
Lagoon Slides Six children's slides 2003 Over 42 Mild
Monsoon Lagoon 2003 Mild
Shark Attack Four kid slides 1999 Over 48" Moderate
Splash Island Children's pool 1998 Mild
Swiss Family Toboggan A giant raft slide 1998 Over 36" Moderate
Tornado A ProSlide Tornado slide 2003 Over 54 Max
Typhoon A water coaster 2005 Over 48" Max

Six Flags Over Georgia[edit]

Further information: Official website

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 Over 42" Max
Calypso Bay Wave pool Max
Paradise Island Children's area None with adult, Over 36" alone Moderate
Tsunami Surge Bowl slides Over 48" Mild

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 Opened Height Requirement Thrill Rating
Big Kahuna A six story, four person raft slide 1999 Over 36" Moderate
Bonzai Pipeline A 40 MPH slide where the floor drops out from under you. 2012 Over 48" Max
Gulley Washer Creek A 1,100-foot (340 m) lazy river 1999 Mild
Hook’s Lagoon An interactive children's play area 1999 Mild
Hurricane Bay A 30,000-square-foot (2,800 m2) wave pool 1999 Moderate
Pirate Ship Slides Children slides 1999 Mild
Speed Slides Three, 60 story high tube slides 1999 Over 48" Max
Tornado A ProSlide Tornado slide 2005 Over 48" Max
Tree House Slides Children slides 1999 Over 42" Mild
Tube Slides Four 400-foot (120 m) long tube slides 1999 Over 48" Max
Wahoo Racer A multi-lane mat racer 2009 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
Caribbean Cove 2016 Interactive water play area, with 55 water features Mild
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 Opened Height Requirement Thrill Rating
Bamboo Racer A six-lane 45-foot (14 m) tall mat racer 1997 Over 42" Moderate
Black Snake Summit Four body slides, two of them are the tallest enclosed water slides in Southern California 1997 Over 48" Max
Bonzai Pipelines Two individual slides, both with a trapdoor which sends the rider hurdling into an enclosed body slide 2014 Over 48" Max
Castaway Cove A children's play area 1995 Under 54" Mild
Forgotten Sea Wave Pool A 6-foot (1.8 m) deep wave pool 1995 Mild
Lightning Falls Three tube slides 1995 Over 48" Moderate
Lizard Lagoon A 7,000-square-foot (650 m2) pool for teens 1997 Mild
Lost Temple Rapids A 60-foot (18 m) tall family raft slide 1995 Over 42" Moderate
Reptile Ridge Five 35-foot (11 m) tall water slides 1997 Over 48" Moderate
River Cruise A 1,300-foot (400 m) long lazy river 1997 Mild
Splash Island A children's play area. It was formerly known as Mr. Six's Splash Island only in its debut year. 2012 Mild
Taboo Tower A variety of 65-foot (20 m) tall water slides 1995 Over 48" Max
Tiki Falls A 400-foot (120 m) long tube slide 1995 Over 48" Moderate
Tornado A ProSlide Tornado. 2004 Over 48" Max

Incidents[edit]

On September 30, 2012, a 19-year-old man fell off the Venom Drop slide that was 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 halfway 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 Opened Height Requirement Thrill Rating
Atlantic Panic A water slide propelled by 1,500 gallons of water. 1997 Over 42" Moderate
Blue Niagara Two 77-foot (23 m) high water slides. Removed in 2013 to make room for Wahoo Racer. Over 36" Moderate
Blue Raider A 530-foot (160 m) long tube slide. 1983 Over 36" Moderate
Bonzai Boggans A 45-foot (14 m) long toboggan slide. 1987 Over 36" Moderate
Boogie Beach Surfrider pool. 1999 Mild
Bubba Tub A 300-foot (91 m) raft slide. Removed in 2013 to make room for Wahoo Racer. 1991 Over 36" Moderate
Caribbean Chaos A water slide propelled by 1,500 gallons of water. 1987 Over 42" Moderate
Der Stuka A 72-foot (22 m) high body slide. 1985 Over 48" Max
Dive Bomber A seven story high body slide. Originally a 2nd Der Stuka slide, it was modified with a capsule and drop platform and reopened in summer 2012. 2012 Over 48" Max
Geronimo A 60-foot (18 m) high slide. 1989 Over 48" Max
Hook’s Lagoon Treehouse A children's play area. 1999 Mild
Hook’s Ship Four kid slides. 1999 Under 42" Mild
Hook’s Slides Four kid slides. 1999 Over 42" Mild
Hydra Maniac Four enclosed slides. 1987 Over 42" Max
Kamikaze Two mat slides. Removed in 2013 to make room for Wahoo Racer. Over 36" Moderate
Lazy River A lazy river. 1983 Mild
Mega Wedgie A four story high slide into a valley. 2008 Over 42" Max
Raging Rapids A rube ride through six pools connected by a gradual slope. 1983 Over 36" Mild
Sea Wolf A 830-foot (250 m) long raft slide. 1997 Over 36" Moderate
Shotgun Falls Four slides, two enclosed and two open air. 1985 Over 42" Max
Suntan Lagoon A one million gallon pool geysers, fountains, and waterfalls. 1983 Mild
Surf Lagoon One million gallon wave pool. 1983 Mild
Surf Rider Surfrider pool. 1999 Over 48" Moderate
The Black Hole Two 80-foot (24 m) high slides. 1990 Over 36" Max
Tornado A ProSlide Tornado. 2004 Over 48" Max
Tsunami Surge A ProSlide Tornado Wave. 2013 Max
Typhoon Twister A ProSlide Cannonbowl. 2013 Max
Wahoo Racer A ProSlide Race. 2014 Max

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brown, Jessmay (1995), "Six Flags operator buys neighbor Wet'n Wild - Facilities expected to stay separate" (PDF), 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.