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Hey everybody!


This thread is simple! Rather than having a million little threads about everything that goes on at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, this thread is designed to consolidate it all into one user-friendly thread. Feel free to use it to post updates, trip reports, questions, comments, and of course, general discussion. For pictures and videos of the park as well as past updates, see TPR's Park Index Page.


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Below are some links to past updates from the park, you may be interested in. Enjoy!






March 1st, 2005 - Discussions underway for Six Flags Corporation to outright purchase Six Flags Marine World - SEE BELOW!



February 3rd, 2006 -Tava's Jungleland new family ride area being built

May 10th, 2006 - Park in the process of removing Zonga

June 6th, 2007 - Six Flags to purchase park from the City of Vallejo

August 8th, 2006 - Six Flags files to rename park: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom



January 17th, 2007 - Park reveals Land, Sea and Sky theming to go with the rebranded park

Septeber 26th, 2007 - Word of Tony Hawk's Big Spin appears on SFDK website



November 2nd, 2008 - Park announces Odin's Temple of the Tiger a White Bengal Tiger show for 2009



June 5th, 2010 - 2 seriously hurt in tram accident

October 7th, 2010 - Skyscreamer announced for 2011



August 21st, 2011 - Teaser for a new ride in 2012

August 31st, 2011 - New 2012 coaster info leaked

September 1st, 2011 - Superman Ultimate Flight offically announced

December 15th, 2011 - Premier confirms involvement in Superman coaster



May 4th, 2012 - Superman Ultimate Flight construction update

May 17th, 2012 - Shouka may be leaving the park

July 29th, 2012 - Superman Ultimate Flight stalls with riders!

August 20th, 2012 - Shouka the whale has been moved to SeaWorld San Diego

August 30th, 2012 - Cirque Dreams SPLASHTASTIC Announced!



August 29th, 2013 - Tsunami Soaker is announced and park extends operating season to year round



March 13th, 2014 - Skyscreamer to run backwards from March 15th - April 27th

May 12th, 2014 - Tsunami Soaker to open May 31st

August 28th, 2014 - Dare Devil Chaos coaster announced for 2015



May 23rd, 2015 - Daredevil Chaos Coaster Media Day

July 16th, 2015 - Closure of Roar announced

September 3rd, 2015 - Roar to be transformed into The Joker Roller Coaster in 2016 by RMC



January 8th, 2016 - Park confirm Pacific Rim 5D

February 6th, 2016 - Construction tour of The Joker

May 25th, 2016 - Joker Media Day Report & POV Video!

August 5th, 2016 - "Rage of the Gargoyles" VR coming to Kong coaster

September 1st, 2016 - Wonder Woman: Lasso of Truth announced



Augus 31, 2017 - Harley Quinn Crazy Coaster (Skyline Attractions' Skywarp) announced for 2018



August 30, 2018 - Batman The Ride (S&S Free Fly) announced for 2019



May 24, 2019 - Media Event - Batman: The Ride






From Times-Herald

http://www.timesheraldonline.com/Storie ... 80,00.html


City hopes to start talks with Six Flags to sell theme park back


By CHRIS G. DENINA, Times-Herald staff writer


A theme park operator may be returning to the bargaining table to buy Six Flags Marine World, only months after saying it might need five more years to close the deal.


The Vallejo City Council plans to meet behind closed doors Tuesday to discuss the price and payment terms for the city-owned theme park to Six Flags, Inc. The Oklahoma City-based company runs the park, sharing its profits with the city, and has an option to buy the property.


In December, the city extended Six Flag's contract, giving the company until 2010 to buy Marine World.


"We still maintain that vision that we're pursuing the opportunity to purchase the park," park spokesperson Paul Garcia said earlier this week. "We'll continue to work with the city on moving forward with that."


Garcia couldn't confirm if the park was actively negotiating to buy the park. Six Flags corporate officials were unavailable for comment Friday.


City officials apparently are readying for a potential sale. On March 7, the Planning Commission is expected to vote on updating paperwork for an eventual sale.


The park could fetch about


$52 million, which is how much the city owes for the property. Vallejo borrowed money to save the ailing park from closure about a decade ago.


Six Flags has since invested millions in the park, building roller coasters, acquiring more animals and adding new shows.


The city now pulls in roughly


$2 million a year as its share of profits. If Six Flags takes ownership, the city instead would take a cut of ticket sales of as much as $750,000 a year.


City officials declined to comment on the potential sale, saying the matter is confidential because it involves real estate negotiations.


"It's a work in progress," City Manager Roger Kemp said.


Last summer, Six Flags officials delayed their option to buy the park, citing financial issues and uncertainty over a proposed renewal of the neighboring Solano County Fairgrounds. A developer is pitching a year-round attraction including shops and restaurants.


In a July letter to the council, chairman and chief executive Kieran Burke said the fairgrounds project could leave little overflow parking for Marine World visitors and cut into parking revenue. He also noted financial issues.


"Although we are having a good year at Six Flags Marine World, our performance in other markets has been inconsistent," Burke wrote.

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So they have to give the city a cut of the gate.

So THAT'S why they practically give it away every year with cheap passes and admission discounts, BAF ect.


Hopefully that will end the debate for now.


Why oh why can't this park just build a damn LOG FLUME. Isn't there one just sitting in a field in Indiana or something?




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A log flume, or even a ride like Arrow Head Splashdown would be a really good addition to the park being as those summer days can get quite hot. SFMW would then have a nice collection of water rides and be equal w/ PGA as far as water rides go (excluding Boom Bay)...Better yet, they should add a water coaster.

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Parking garage key in Six Flags sale

By Chris G. Denina/Times-Herald, Vallejo




Vallejo may have a buyer for Six Flags Marine World if the city promises to commit as much as $7 million for a new public parking garage.

Six Flags Inc. was close to buying the city-owned theme park last year, but backed out, citing concerns about lost parking if the nearby Solano County Fairgrounds is redeveloped.


The parties said it's too early for details on a parking structure, only that 2,450 spaces are needed.


The Vallejo City Council plans to vote today on a new deal with the Oklahoma City-based theme park operator. Under the new terms, Six Flags would get five more years to decide whether it wants to buy the park for an estimated $52 million.


The deal also needs the OK of the Marine World Joint Powers Authority and Vallejo Redevelopment Agency. The council doubles as the board of directors of each group. "We fully intend to exercise our option to purchase the park within that period of time," said park spokesman Paul Garcia.


Under the current arrangement, Six Flags runs the park, sharing its profits with the city. If the company buys Marine World, the city instead would charge a park operation fee.


Well, what are your thoughts?

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Make sure to burn it down while you are there .. thanks


Um, a member of PETA?


While SFMW is certainly not a great park - it could use more decent coasters, and the ride ops tend to be lackadaisical - I find it to be a perfectly nice place. Fairly well-maintained, clean, and friendly. And they've done a good job of integrating the beasties they got from SFWOA, even redoing a whole section of the park. Still, perhaps you object to animals in captivity, in which case I can see why you might think of arson as a moral imperative...

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^ I've said before that there seems to be a difference between the ride ops, who seem more interested in their cellphones than dispatch times, and the employes who deal with the animal attractions. The walrus keepers, staff at the butterfly house, tiger trainers, and the women who run the bird show have, when I've shown any interest whatever, all been what I'd describe as "friendly and helpful." However, I guess it depends on what you put out...

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According to EastCoastin07 in a post under the topic 2006 SFMM Coaster,

on Thrillnetwork.com,


"As crazy as it sounds, there are tons of markers scattered on the east side of Six Flags Marine World...Some staff for the website I work on were at the park one day and supposedly saw one of the memebers of B&M inspecting the Zonga area...This leads to the rumor that Zonga will be removed at the end of the season. I know it's still a rumor, but there are markers and where theres markers theres footers. These things are scattered all over the place on the one side of the park so it wouldn't make sense to say it was a flat ride or buildings for that matter, because a lot of them are in the middle of pathways."


They are talking about the SFMM coaster for 2006 but it is clearly stated that there appear to be markers at SFMW.

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