SIX FLAGS AMERICA
Baltimore, Washington DC
Six Flags Theme Parks
Park News - (8/21/2023) A reader dropped in to Six Flags America the other day and reported back that the Zydeco Zinger ride has now been completely removed. Nearby the Fireball is still up, however as seen before the cars have all been removed and are sitting on the ground nearby. A number of rides were also not running during their visit including Wild One, Harley Quinn’s Spinsanity, and Batwing along with the Lazy River and nearby pools in the waterpark. On the plus side, there were some crew members actually working on the RipQurl construction site.
And now for the wild rumor time, as there is apparently talk about reopening Mind Eraser at some point. Maybe as a special addition for Fright Fest, but the bigger rumor suggests that Six Flags might invest in a new modern train(s) for Mind Eraser for the 2024 season. For that one, I say we’ll have to wait and see, but no promises.
(4/8/23) With the announcement of the new RipQurl Blaster waterslide, Six Flags America has also updated their park map on the website. In this latest version they have entirely removed the entire Coyote Creek area of the park from the map (it was just below Roar), along with the various attractions within that have been closed since they shut that area down last season. This includes the removal of the Mind Eraser roller coaster, Renegade Rapids, Coyote Creek Crazy Cars (bumper cars) and the Rodeo.
As expected, also shut down in late 2022 was the park’s Whistlestop Park kiddie ride area, and it too, and all the attractions within, have also been removed from the map and website. Formerly it was located on the map in the vacant area between Joker’s Jinx and Superman: Ride of Steel. Whistlestop Park was home to the rides: Up Up & Away, Happy Junction, Sky Jumper, Whistlestop Bus Line, Whistlestop Whirleybirds and the Whistlestop Train.
While the closure of two areas and their respective attractions is a huge loss for the theme park, it would also represent a savings for their operations and maintenance budget as the park no longer needs to staff, operate or repair any of the attractions in those areas, as well as operate any gift shops or restaurants that resided within. As those areas were both quietly closed down during the 2022 season when attendance levels plunged at the Six Flags parks, I can only imagine these areas were selected due to the ease in which they were able to simply be closed off from the rest of the park, as well as the fact that they mostly featured less popular attractions.
2024 - RipQurl Blaster - Delayed to 2024 -
(7/9/2023) Things are looking a little dire for the RipQurl Blaster project at Six Flags America. If the guest post on social media is true, no real construction has been completed to build this new waterslide for the park thus far. So far the website is promoting it as a “Late Summer 2023” addition, but as we are now in mid-July, and so little time left to promote a new waterslide that is really only open in the summer, this project seems destined to be pushed back in 2024. If anyone knows more, please let us know.
(3/26/23) We knew something new was coming to the waterpark at Six Flags America… but this announcement was a bit of a surprise. While the teaser video seemed to indicate that the slide would feature a Drop Pod, this was entirely a misleading bit of marketing, as the park instead announced RipQurl Blaster, an awesome new Master Blaster style water slide from WhiteWater. Powered by currents of blasting water that will propel the two-passengers rafts through the up-hill segments, the slide experience will be 557 feet long, featuring three big drops, AquaLucent hairpin turns and a “pitch-black wall-hugging helix finale” before the big splashdown at the bottom. So big props to Six Flags America for introducing an amazing new waterslide to the park as a replacement for the loss of Bonzai Pipelines.
(3/5/2023) Six Flags America is teasing a new attraction announcement is coming on 3/23/23. Based on the teaser video, it seems to clearly indicate some kind of Drop Pod style slide is coming. The letter “Q” is also prominently featured, so perhaps this may be a hint as to the name to be used.
2024 - SteamTown - (8/30/2023) Six Flags America has announced SteamTown is coming in 2024 for the park’s 25th Anniversary. This will be a new steam-punk themed area to revive some existing attraction space (the former Coyote Creek area) within the park with a new storyline, three re-imagined attractions (the former Mind Eraser with all new trains, Renegade Rapids and Crazy Cars), the return of the stunt show, new food and retail spaces and “new surprises of prehistoric proportions”. Oh, and an all new ride: the SteamWhirler (Zamperla NebulaZ).
Nothing was mentioned about the area’s former Rodeo flat ride however, so we can only assume it will be removed to make way for the new SteamWhirler.
2024 - Kiddie Ride Expansion - Rumored - (5/15/2023) According to a couple of pictures posted by the “sixflagsamerican_fans” account on IG, the park has put up promotional posters advertising a “Future Expansion” is on the way for 2024, with images of a kiddie train ride and a balloon themed mini ferris wheel.
If these rides look familiar to Six Flags America fans, then you would be correct, as both attractions are currently in the closed Whistle Stop kiddie area of the park, tucked between Joker’s Jinx and Superman: Ride of Steel.
One line of thought is that any of the Whistlestop rides they want to keep may be relocated to the Looney Tunes Movie Town kiddie area closer to the front of the park and the former Whistlestop area could be used for a new DC character themed ride expansion in 2025 or later.