DISCOVERY KINGDOM BECOMES WEST COAST’S FIRST SOLAR-POWERED THEME PARK

 BY GABRIELLE

Six Flags’ Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California, has become the first theme park on the West Coast to be powered by renewable energy.

Working in partnership with Borrego Solar Systems and sPower, the official switch to solar power at Discovery Kingdom was made during a special event to mark the theme park’s 12th Holiday in the Park.

The annual Holiday in the Park features festive F&B and themed entertainment, as well as visitors being able to ride of Six Flags’ iconic rides, rollercoasters and attractions.

Bob Sampayan, mayor of Vallejo, turned on a giant switch at the event, which lit up millions of Christmas lights powered by solar energy.

80% of the theme park is now powered by a 7.5-megawatt solar carport, which is one of the largest solar carports in the United States. The solar carport installation will create 11.9 million kilowatt hours of energy every year, offsetting around 8,400 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.

Tom Iven, senior vice president of the US park operations, said: “We are thrilled to be introducing the nation’s first solar powered Holiday in the Park event.

“The marvellous wonder of this special time of year truly comes alive in our parks with a smorgasbord of seasonal delights to see and experience.”

Hurricane Harbour New Jersey expands with 100,000-gallon activity pool

BY GABRIELLE

Hurricane Harbour in New Jersey has undergone a significant expansion with the addition of Calypso Springs, which features a 100,000-gallon activity pool.

The Calypso Springs activity pool is home to an erupting geyser and obelisk-style fountain. The pool is Six Flags’ Hurricane Harbour’s biggest new attraction since the waterpark was launched at the Six Flags Great Adventure site in New Jersey in 2000.

The popular, family waterpark is already home to a lazy river that stretches for half a mile, a million-gallon wave pool, over 25 rides and two interactive playgrounds for children.

John Winkler, Six Flags Great Adventure president, spoke of the expansion.

“Hurricane Harbor is an industry leader with the biggest and best water slides and thrilling interactive family attractions.

“This is the perfect time to debut our largest new addition to date with Calypso Springs. Its enormous new pool, expansive lounge deck and dining area offer the best place in the region to cool off, play and relax Six Flags style with family and friends,” Winkler added.

SIX FLAGS TO RECEIVE $7.5 MILLION FROM DXB ENTERTAINMENTS

BY GABRIELLE

Six Flags, the US theme operator, is to be given $7.5 million from DXB Entertainment, the Dubai-based operator of leisure and entertainment destinations and experiences.

The pay-out has been arranged after DXB pulled out of plans for a Dubai Six Flags site due to financing for the project no longer being available. The decision was made during a meeting with shareholders in April this year.

DXB agreed to pay compensation to Six Flags for pulling out of the project, with DXB retaining first refusal rights for the use of Six Flags’ intellectual property in the UAE for five years.

In May 2019, DXB Entertainments revealed a $58.73 million loss on its operations.

Six Flags is planning for a project to go ahead in Saudi Arabia.