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Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, founded in 1961, is a corporate entity overseeing the operation of many theme parks and water parks. The company is based in Grand Prairie, Texas, mere miles from its first namesake park, Six Flags Over Texas in neighboring Arlington.

The first Six Flags parks were built by the Great Southwest Corporation, which was purchased by the Pennsylvania Railroad, which would become Penn Central Corporation in a couple of years. Time Warner gradually gained ownership in the corporation by 1993, then sold it to Premier Parks in 1998. Premier then changed its name to Six Flags Theme Parks Inc. in 2000. Six Flags filed for bankruptcy in June of 2009, but then reorganized and emerged from bankruptcy in May of 2010, selling off many of its parks in the process.


Current Six Flags-owned parks:

  • Six Flags Over Texas — Arlington, Texas, opened 1961
    • With Hurricane Harbor water park
  • Six Flags Over Georgia — Austell, Georgia, opened 1967
    • With White Water and Hurricane Harbor water parks
  • Six Flags St. Louis — Eureka, Missouri, opened 1971 (originally known as Six Flags Over Mid-America)
  • Six Flags Great Adventure — Jackson, New Jersey, opened 1974, acquired by SF in 1977
    • With Hurricane Harbor water park & Wild Safari zoological preserve
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain & Hurricane Harbor — Valencia, California, opened 1971, acquired by SF in 1979
  • Six Flags Great America — Gurnee, Illinois, opened 1976 as Mariott's Great America, acquired by SF in 1984note 
  • Six Flags America — Mitchellville, Maryland, opened 1973, acquired by Premier in 1992
  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas — San Antonio, Texas, opened 1992, acquired by SF in 1996
  • Great Escape (or Six Flags Great Escape) — Queensbury, New Yorknote , opened 1954, acquired by Premier in 1996
    • With Splashwater Kingdom water park & Great Escape Lodge hotel / indoor water park
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  • Six Flags Discovery Kingdom — Vallejo, California, opened 1968, acquired by Premier in 1997
  • Six Flags New England — Agawam, Massachusetts, opened 1940, acquired by Premier in 1997
  • La Ronde — Montreal, Quebec, Canada, opened for the 1967 World's Fair, acquired by SF in 2000
  • Six Flags Mexico — Mexico City, Mexico, opened 1982, acquired by SF in 2000
  • Frontier City — Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, opened in 1958, purchased by Tierco Group in 1987, sold off and stopped being a Six Flags park in 2007, leased back to SF in 2018; note that this park was never branded as a Six Flags park in its history
  • Six Flags Darien Lake — Darien, New York, opened 1981 as Darien Lake Fun Country, acquired by Premier in 1995, rebranded to Six Flags Darien Lake in 1999, sold to PARC Management in 2007 who renamed it to Darien Lake Theme Park Resort, changed ownership a few times, leased back to SF in 2018, and finally renamed back to Six Flags Darien Lake in 2019 (whew!)

Future Six Flags-owned parks:

  • Six Flags Zhejiang — Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province, China, opening 2020 (joint venture with the local Riverside Group)

Currently defunct Six Flags-owned park

  • Six Flags New Orleans
  • Six Flags Astroworld

Tropes associated with Six Flags:

  • Abandoned Playground:
    • Six Flags New Orleans. Opened as Jazzland in 2000 and acquired by Six Flags in 2002, the park was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and hasn't been open since. Plans are in the works to turn the park into an outlet mall.
    • For a few years, Kentucky Kingdom, located in Louisville, was this. It was purchased by Premier Parks in 1997, and became a Six Flags property in 1998 when Premier bought SF. It was closed after the 2009 season amid Six Flag's bankruptcy due to a dispute with Kentucky's state government (which owns the site), and stood vacant until reopening under new management in 2014. In the course of the closure, Chang, the park's stand-up coaster, was relocated to Six Flags Great Adventure and renamed Green Lantern.
  • Amusement Park of Doom:
    • The Haunted Castle maze attraction at Great Adventure. Thanks to a severe case of No OSHA Compliance, in 1984 an accidental fire that started when a disturbed kid with a lighter ignited a polyurethane bumper pad note  inside the castle destroyed the attraction and killed eight guests. This resulted in legal cases, but the juries found Jackson Township negligent in inspecting practices and Six Flags virtually escaped, though the fire, along with the rerise of Disney after a management shift later that year, still put a serious dent in Six Flags' business.
    • The aforementioned Six Flags New Orleans, which may have served as the inspiration for the Dark Carnival level in Left 4 Dead 2.
    • The original motif and waiting-line soundtrack for "The Demon" played with this trope, using the premise that an actual demon had possessed the roller coaster and was lurking in wait to prey upon riders as a promotional gimmick.
  • The Artifact: At Six Flags Over Texas, the red oil derrick observation tower. It used to have slides attached to it, and up top, there were two levels of observation decks. Now only one is barely open during the entire season (it has to be closed if the wind blows too much), and it's not even the tallest landmark at the park anymore.
  • Artifact Title: At any Six Flags park outside of Texas, the brand name loses much of its meaning, originally referring to the six countries that have flown their flags over Texas: Spain, Mexico, France, the Republic of Texas, the Confederate States of America, and the United States of America. And since 2017, they're all the USA flag.
  • Blackout Basement: The "Total Darkness" Fright Fest maze has guests wandering through a pitch-black maze.
  • Cool Old Guy: "Mr. Six", the bald bespectacled elderly character that was first seen in an oddball ad campaign in 2004, but would then serve as Six Flags' mascot for the next several years after that. Once you see him, you'll practically hear that Vengaboys song in your head.
  • Downer Beginning/Little Dead Riding Hood: The "Red's Revenge" maze at Magic Mountain's Fright Fest begins with the story of how Little Red Riding Hood was eaten by the wolf (as she was in the original tale), and how she came back to life to get her revenge on the townspeople that didn't rescue her. And she also takes her vengeance out on the guests!
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Raging Bull at Six Flags Great America is one of Bolliger & Mabillard's first two hypercoasters (the other being Apollo's Chariot at Busch Gardens Williamsburg) and it shows in the fact that it has a signature B&M pre-drop on it, something that hasn't been used on any B&M hypercoasters since then.
    • It's often debatable whether Rocky Mountain Construction's steel/wood hybrid coasters are considered all-new rides or renovations of pre-existing ones, but the New Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas comes closest to being the latter. The ride's layout is 90% identical to the original ride and features no inversions, whereas later RMC coasters would semi-drastically change the layouts, add one-to-multiple inversions, and even give them completely different names. Additionally, New Texas Giant and Iron Rattler at Six Flags Fiesta Texas are the only RMC coasters whose trains were made by a different company: Gerstlauer.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Certain rides.
  • Everything Sounds Sexier in French: La Ronde, SF's only park to be situated in Canada, is located in Montreal, Quebec. Because French is the primary language spoken in that province, all park workers, including many guests, will be heard speaking it.
  • Last Of Its Kind:
    • Whizzer at Six Flags Great America is one of only two Anton Schwarzkopf "Speedracer" coasters still in operationnote . The ride nearly was demolished in 2002 to make way for Superman Ultimate Flight, but was ultimately saved by fan protests, causing Superman Ultimate Flight to replace Shockwave instead.
    • Viper at Six Flags Magic Mountain is the last of a set of three seven-inversion looping coasters Arrow Dynamics built at the end of the late 1980s. Its sister coasters were Shockwave at Six Flags Great America (replaced in 2003 by Superman Ultimate Flight), and Great American Scream Machine at Six Flags Great Adventure (replaced by Green Lantern in 2011).
  • Let X Be the Unknown: X (now X2) at Magic Mountain.
  • Long-Lost Relative: In a sense. Six Flags Great America is the sister park of California's Great America in Santa Clara, California. The two parks were originally built, owned, and operated by Mariott Hotels. Six Flags bought the Illinois park, while Kings Entertainment Company got the California park, which later was a Paramount Park from 1993 to 2006 before the Paramount parks were bought out by Cedar Fair.
  • Mine Cart Madness:
    • The Runaway Mine Train at Six Flags Over Texas. Notable for being the first tubular-steel coaster in the nation, having opened in 1966.
    • Dahlonega Mine Train at Six Flags Over Georgia.
  • Name's the Same:
    • Roller coasters named Viper and Goliath are very common reused names across the parks, although each coaster with the name is very different.
    • There used to be two different Great American Scream Machines: a wooden roller coaster at Six Flags Over Georgia, and an Arrow Dynamics looping coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure. The New Jersey ride was demolished in 2010.
    • X-Flight at Six Flags Great America is not the first coaster with that name. There was a Vekoma flying coaster of that same name that opened at Geauga Lake during its time as a Six Flags park, which now operates at Kings Island as Firehawk.
  • On a Scale from One to Ten: The short-lived "More Flags, More Fun!" ad campaign in the late 2000s, where some lame, boring or squicky activity would be shown, along with a "flag meter" that would give it "One flag!" or "Two flags!" Meanwhile, of course, riding something at a Six Flags park merits "Six flags!" Later ads featured the Mr. Six rating the activities.
  • Politically Correct History: The original layout of Six Flags Over Texas was based on the six nations that laid claim to all or part of Texas. This included the Confederate States of America, whose area was known as the "Confederacy" until the 1990s, when it was Bowdlerised into "Old South".
    • To their credit, the "Stars & Bars" Confederate flag, and not the more notorious "Rebel flag", were flown much longer, from its 1961 opening to 2017 in the aftermath of the Unite the Right rally, when they were replaced with six American flags.
  • Retraux: Both the "Good Times" section at Six Flags Over Texas and "Rockville" at Fiesta Texas are themed after The ’50s.
  • The Rival: Six Flags is perhaps the second-best known theme park chain behind the Disney Theme Parks.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: The basic premise behind their Flash Pass. Pay upwards of $40 for the privilege of reserving specific times to bypass the long lines and ride the most popular rides.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After Hurricane Katrina, Six Flags ran the numbers on the heavily damaged Six Flags New Orleans locationnote  and decided it simply wasn't worth rebuilding it and abandoned the park despite the best efforts of the New Orleans governing bodies to hold them to their lease. The site is still abandoned as of 2017.
  • Shaped Like Itself / The Theme Park Version: The old-fashioned carnival section of Six Flags St. Louis is called "1904 World's Fair". And true to the nature of the latter trope, everything's safer and more sanitized than the original version may well have been.
  • Toon Town: The little kids area at most Six Flags parks is named "Looney Tunes Town" or "Looney Tunes USA". Guess which characters are featured.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: The "Aftermath" maze at Magic Mountain's Fright Fest takes place in a desolate town plagued by zombie. During this time, there's also a dark pathway elsewhere in the park populated by zombies.


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