Friday, December 9, 2011

Six Flags America: Apocalypse & Park News

Six Flags America has an exciting season planned for 2012, which will see the opening of a new stand-up roller coaster, Apocalypse.

In preparation of that season, the park has also announced that they have a new Park President, Rick Howarth.  Mr. Howarth will replace John Winkler, who was moved to Six Flags New England to serve as Park President.

"A native of Largo, Maryland, Howarth began his career in the theme park industry in 1992 as a finance intern at Wild World (later Adventure World before being rebranded as Six Flags America in 1999) while studying at the University of Maryland in College Park.  Howarth has held finance positions at Wild World, Adventure World, Six Flags America, various former Six Flags parks throughout Europe, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California, and the Six Flags Entertainment Corporation headquarters in Grand Prairie, Texas."

In other news, Six Flags America has been sharing some recent construction photos of Apocalypse, the park's new 2,900 foot long, 55 mile per hour stand-up coaster. 

© Six Flags America

Plenty of ground work is underway on the new ride, and pieces of the ride have arrived at the park and are being worked on.  Among the photos shared is one of the ride's trains being worked on, and the above photo of track sitting on site.  This is not the track's final colors, however, as it will eventually transform into a blazing orange and gray color scheme.

I look forward to seeing more of Apocalypse being built during this winter, and best wishes to the park's new leader!