On July 1, 2016, a Six Flags roller coaster got stuck on the tracks in Arlington, Texas. According to NBC, the New Revolution Virtual Reality Coaster stopped during the initial ascent of the ride.
Several people got stuck on the formerly known Shockwave roller coaster, at Six Flags, over Texas, at about 9 a.m. PDT. After nearly 40 minutes, workers of the regional theme park finished safely removing everyone from the tracks. Also, people wearing orange vests and hard hats climbed up on the tracks and brought water to the passengers while the crew worked.
The Arlington Fire Department offered to help Six Flags, however, the park declined the offer. The workers escorted each passenger down a staircase adjacent to the track where the roller coaster was stuck.
According to the park officials, the roller coaster got stuck on the tracks because a sensor registered a potential problem with the ride. The coaster, however, was stuck in a place considered secure. After the issue had been investigated and people were safe on the ground, the coaster was examined for a couple of hours while it was empty. Later in the afternoon, the Six Flags over Texas visitors were able to enjoy the New Revolution Virtual Reality Coaster, which was reopened.
In March 2016, the previously named Shockwave roller coaster was updated with a system of visors. Through the use of the New Revolution virtual reality headsets, passengers can now experience riding a fighter plane between buildings.
Largest Amusement Park in the U.S.
According to Themed Entertainment Association, based on the number of locations, Six Flags is the largest amusement park corporation in the United States. Also, the company is the fifth-most popular, in terms of attendance.
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation was founded, on August 5, 1961, in Texas. Currently, it has 25 properties all over the U.S. and Canada; 13 amusement parks, 11 outdoor water parks, and one indoor.
- Great Escape; Queensbury, New York
- La Ronde; Montreal, Canada
- Six Flags America; Largo, Maryland
- Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, California
- Fiesta Texas; San Antonio, Texas
- Great Adventure; Jackson, New Jersey
- Great America; Gurnee, Illinois
- Magic Mountain, Valencia, Calif.
- Six Flags Mexico; Mexico City, Mexico
- Six Flags New England; Agawam, Massachusetts
- Six Flags Over Georgia; Austell, Georgia
- Six Flags Over Texas; Arlington, Texas
- Six Flags St. Louis; Eureka, Missouri
Outdoor Water Parks
- Hurricane Harbor; Mitchellville, Md.
- Hurricane Harbor; Gurnee, Ill.
- Hurricane Harbor; Agawam, Mass.
- Hurricane Harbor; Eureka, Mo.
- Splashwater Kingdom; Queensbury, N.Y.
- White Water Bay; San Antonio, Texas
- Hurricane Harbor; Valencia, Calif.
- Hurricane Harbor; Arlington, Texas
- Hurricane Harbor; Jackson, N.J.
- Hurricane Harbor; Marietta, Ga.
Indoor Water Park
- Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark; Queensbury, N.Y.
Three Properties to Be Opened
Three other properties have been planned in the next years. Two amusement parks will be opened in Zhejiang, China and in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.), in 2019. A water park is scheduled to open in 2017, in Oaxtepec, Mexico.
The building of the Six Flags theme park in Dubai has begun. According to “The National,” the amusement park “will contain 27 rides across six themed zones,” and will cost over $700 million.
The Six Flags property will be one of the four theme parks of Dubai Parks and Resorts, along with a Motiongate, a Legoland and Bollywood park. The other three parks will open in October 2016. The Dubai resort officials believe that the park will ensure the city as “a must-visit destination in the region.”
By Bianca-Ramona Dumitru
Edited by Jeanette Smith
FOX 4: Riders get stuck on Six Flags over Texas rollercoaster
NBC DFW: Roller Coaster Stuck on Tracks at Six Flags Over Texas
The National: Building begins at Six Flags theme park in Dubai
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