Coaster101 Exclusive: Six Flags Announces Orlando Park

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Mickey Mouse and Harry Potter will soon have to make room in Orlando for Bugs Bunny and Batman. The Six Flags Entertainment Corporation announced late Monday night that they plan to build the 12th United States park under the “Six Flags” banner, Six Flags Orlando. The park plans to break ground later this year and be completed by mid-late 2016.

“It was a logical decision to build our next United States park in Orlando,” said Brett Petit, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Six Flags. “The greater Orlando area entertains more than 50 million worldwide visitors on an annual basis, and we wanted to expose these guests to the excitement and thrills that Six Flags’ guests have experienced for decades at our other parks around North America.”

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Six Flags has purchased the property currently occupied by the Festival Bay Mall on International Drive, as well as the 70 acre parcel of land adjacent to the mall. This property was previously rumored to be the site of the Baker Leisure Group’s “Orlando Thrill Park.” Many of the stores in the Festival Bay Mall have already been made aware of the impending closure, and will soon relocate, as demolition of Festival Bay will begin in early June, and groundbreaking of Six Flags Orlando will occur later this fall.

While specific attractions were not discussed, Petit did mention that “guests of all ages will be able to enjoy over 50 rides and attractions that are unique to Six Flags Orlando and the Orlando area, featuring some of Six Flags’ most beloved characters including the Looney Tunes and Superheroes of D.C. Comics.”

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Petit also noted that due to the limited acreage, that there would not be a water park constructed as part of Six Flags Orlando.

The new will create nearly 1,000 new jobs between construction and park operations. “We’re looking forward to becoming a part of the Orlando Community,” John Odum, Senior Vice President for Six Flags’ East Coast Park Operations said. “We hope Orlando will welcome us with open arms.”

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11 Responses

  1. marco says:

    april fish 🙂

  2. Jeremy says:

    lol. you got me, good

  3. Ethan says:

    I wish this were real. I know its april fools day, but honestly six flags should totally do that in real life.

  4. CoDAce says:

    While an April Fools joke it could be a successful venture. While Florida is already saturated with parks (Universal, Busch Gardens (extended out of Orlando), Sea World and Disney), Disney is family oriented, Sea World has only three major rides, Universal the same with few major thrill rides. Six Flags could be the major thrill park in Orlando and Florida.
    While they do have Six Flags over Georgia in the wider area and it may seem odd, Cedar Fair has two parks in Ohio and California (King’s Island and Cedar Point) and they have two parks in Texas and California, I know that they’re big states, but they had three parks in Texas at one point (Six Flags Astroworld), and the Orlando market is big. The only problems I see would be standing out in such a market early on as parks don’t usually open right away with many large coasters and with Incredible Hulk, Dragon Challenge, Manta and Kraken it may be difficult to draw the people in. It could be the Six Flags Magic Mountain of the South, throw in one-of-a-kind rides (not stupid clones) and quality rides and you could have a winner.

  5. Eric says:

    Six Flags Orlando would sound like a promising park. Staple to most/all Six Flags park is Looney Tunes/DC Comics themed rides and areas, and the SkyScreamer swing ride. I would agree with CoDAce about proposed SFO getting one-of-a-kind rides (unique and original, and not just clones). Coaster line-up: Out-and-back family-friendly wood coaster, Premier Rides launch coaster, Vekoma Boomerang, either B&M or Chance-Morgan hypercoaster, either Zamperla or Chance-Morgan family/kiddie coaster, and Gerstlauer mine train. Water rides: Intamin river rapids (Thunder River or Roaring Rapids) and Hopkins shoot-the-chutes (Tidal Wave). Flat rides: Other than SkyScreamer… either Intamin or S&S drop tower ride, and several smaller flat rides (like Extreme Supernova inspired Frisbee ride and Zamplerla disk-o), upcharge rides (like SkyCoaster and Go-Karts), and train and sky buckets to transport guests around the park or from ones side of the park to the other. Hurricane Harbor waterpark probably wouldn’t be in SFO’s immediate future… unless SFO is able to expand at a later date. SFO would probably operate on a year-round schedule, like SFMM and SFDK.

    Another idea or 2 that I could picture for Six Flags. Trading Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom to CNL Lifestyle Properties/Premier Parks, in exchange for Elitch Gardens. For a very far-fetched idea… Herschend Family Entertainment owned theme parks (and waterparks) Wild Adventures, Dollywood, and Silver Dollar City becoming Six Flags properties.

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  7. Joshua says:

    Definitely el torro,galiath,x,kinda ka,superman ultimate flight, would be nice to have a serious rollercoaster theme park to compete against local competitors!

  8. Andre says:

    I thought they doing six flags in spring hill florida it’s coming in 2018

  9. Andre says:

    Six flags is going to at Orlando when?
    Six flags is coming to spring hill florida in 2018.

  10. jaylen says:

    Ticket prices

  11. Zachary says:

    Ha ha.

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