Six Flags Qiddiya to Open in 2023 with World’s Tallest, Fastest, Longest Coaster
Six Flags announced today that it will open a new park in early 2023 in Saudi Arabia. Six Flags Qiddiya will be home to the world’s tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster along with the world’s tallest drop tower.
When it opens, the park will encompass 79 acres and will feature 28 rides and attractions across the six lands: The City of Thrills, Discovery Springs, Steam Town, Twilight Gardens, Valley of Fortune and Grand Exposition.
Six Flags Qiddiya will be located in the Qiddiya destination-resort community about 40 minutes from the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh.
Learn more about the lands of Six Flags Quiddiya below:
The Citadel is the central hub of the park. It is covered by a billowing canopy form inspired by traditional Bedouin tents.
It holds a variety of shops, cafes and restaurants while transforming into an interactive show space throughout the day.
From here, guests can pass through portals to enter each of the themed lands.
The City of Thrills
The City of Thrills is the embodiment of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030; a forward-looking, boundary-pushing, future city anchored in Arabic design motifs. Here visitors will find Six Flags Qiddiya’s most recognizable and anticipated thrill rides.
The Falcon’s Flight, inspired by the Kingdom’s iconic national bird is both a symbolic marker of the country’s culture and tradition, will be the longest, tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world.
See a video animation of Falcon’s Flight below:
Breaking News! Six Flags #Qiddiya, Saudi’s first theme park, will feature several record-breaking rides. Hold onto your seats tight and experience the longest, tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world, “Falcon’s Flight”!#QiddiyaSoMuchMore
— Qiddiya – القدية (@qiddiya) August 26, 2019
Currently, the world’s tallest roller coaster is Kingda Kat at Six Flags Great Adventure at 456 feet. The fastest is Formula Rossa at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates at 150 mph. The longest is Steel Dragon 2000 at Nagashima Spa Land in Kuwana, Japan, at 8133 feet.
Nearby, the Sirocco Tower will break more records with the world’s tallest drop-tower ride.
Discovery Springs reflects Qiddiya’s unique and timeless relationship between the desert and the sea as its collection of rides and experiences play with elements of earth and water.
It is an aquatic wonderland of waterfalls, aqueducts and geysers, as well as exotic plants and trees. This oasis offers visitors relief from the summer heat by creating the feel of a dense rainforest in the middle of the desert.
Visitors to Discovery Springs will discover a first-of-its-kind interactive ride called the Sea Stallion, where riders are propelled over rivers, behind waterfalls and through trees along a custom-designed course, as they control the speed and acceleration of their serpent.
Steam Town is where the past and future collide in a rugged frontier town that is powered by steam and echoes with screams. Themed around mechanical marvels and a collection of dynamic contraptions, the land’s signature ride is the Iron Rattler Mine Train.
On this ride the best elements of a roller coaster are linked to a hydraulic lift which releases passengers into a freefall plunge through a narrow, steam-filled mineshaft.
Other key features include the Steam Town Falls Water Coaster which combines a roller coaster track with a splashing boat ride, a spinning mechanical ride called the Steel Stampede and a custom-themed climbing structure called the Treehouse Trek.
Twilight Gardens is an oversized landscape of the imagination filled with colorful flowers and friendly creatures, all specially designed for younger visitors and their families.
This enchanted land’s key features include the Twilight Express Coaster, which takes passengers through a majestic garden.
Guests in Twilight Gardens will also find the Critter Chase, an interactive dark ride set in a 3D environment as well as the Kaleidoscope hot air balloon ride.
Valley of Fortune
Valley of Fortune is an exciting land of adventure that takes place amidst time-worn architectural ruins of old Arabian masonry, enlivened by the activity and trade of fortune seekers from around the world.
This land’s signature attraction is Spitfire, a triple-launch coaster, which will take guests into a sky roll before an acrobatic stall and a breathtaking dive back to the valley floor.
Other features of Valley of Fortune include Skywatch, a ride where riders are lifted into the sky, the auto-themed Treasure Trail and the Aeromax, a family plane ride that swings and rotates freely over the park.
Grand Exposition is a celebration of innovation combining the nostalgia of traditional carnival midways with the greatest feats of science and technology such as the Gyrospin Pendulum, which swings riders to record heights.
It is also home to Six Flags Qiddiya’s classic and most loved coaster Colossus, a gravity-driven wood-steel hybrid roller coaster which stretches over an 2,624 feet of track.
The land also features the Arabian Carousel, where Arabian horses march in a circular parade, the Expo Flyer swinging ride and Automania, with bumper car attractions themed as London cabs.
Learn more about Six Flags Qiddiya at the park’s official website.
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