America’s Most Amazing Theme Parks: No. 8 Hersheypark

Hersheypark opened in 1906! 1906 you guys! Can you imagine! It started as a park for employees but over the years has turned into one of the most popular theme parks in the country.

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The Park History

In 1903, Milton S. Hershey, founder of the Hershey Chocolate Company, surveyed the town that would become Hershey, Pennsylvania. Included in his plans was a site along Spring Creek that would be suitable for a leisure park for Hershey employees.

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In 1905, a bridge was built over Spring Creek, and a pavilion was built on the hill that overlooked it. While the bridge was able to be constructed, the land on the banks of Spring Creek, from Derry Church to Union Deposit, and areas further north of the creek (including the area currently occupied by Hersheypark Arena and Stadium) was then owned by J.H. Nissley.

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In February 1906, Hershey purchased all but two tracts of land, near Union Deposit, from Nissley. In early spring, the Hershey baseball club staked out an area for a baseball field; a baseball diamond, a track surrounding the field, and grandstands were built. The first game was played on May 5, which was a 4-0 loss to Felton Athletic Club. This is also noted as the first open-air event in Hershey.

On Wednesday, May 30, 1906, Hershey’s Park was opened to employees and formally called Hershey Park. The festivities included a baseball game, in which Hershey defeated the Crescent Club of Harrisburg by a score of 13-1.

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Music was performed by the recently formed Hershey Band and other events were held on park grounds.

The park officially opened in 1907.

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Throughout the years, the park had been called various unofficial names, including “West-end” Park and Hershey’s Park.

The first ride was added to the park in 1908 – a “Merry-Go-Round.” This was followed in 1910 with the addition of the Miniature Railroad, which remained in operation until the end of the 1971 season. The park has operated a bumper car ride since 1926, a variety of boat rides on Spring Creek, and six dark rides, three of which were funhouses. The park added its first two kiddie rides in 1926, The Prowler and The Regurgitator, and since has added well over 40 attractions.

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In 1970, after more than 60 years of operation, park management decided to redevelop the park into a theme park. The name was changed to Hersheypark in 1971, and it has operated under that name ever since.

The Addition of Roller Coasters

The park added its first roller coaster in 1923, the Wild Cat, which operated until 1945. It was replaced by the park’s second wooden roller coaster, Comet, in 1946. Between then and 1996, the park added six roller coasters, including SooperdooperLooper, the first complete-circuit, modern-day looping steel roller coaster on the East Coast, which opened in 1977.

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In 1996, Hersheypark added its third wooden roller coaster. Between then and 2015, the park added nine roller coasters.

Of the coasters that the park has had, only four are no longer in the park. One, a twin roller coaster called Toboggan (it was also called Twin Towers Toboggan or Twin Toboggans) which had been located in Carousel Circle, a water coaster called Roller Soaker which had been in Midway America and later The Boardwalk, a kiddie coaster with an oval track called Mini-Comet, and the Original Wild Cat. 

The Addition of Pools

The park has had several pools, the first located next to Spring Creek.  The first pool operated from 1908 until 1911, which included a toboggan-slide ride called Shoot-the-Chutes. This pool was replaced by a cement pool which opened in 1912 and remained in use through the 1928 season.

That pool was replaced by a new pool complex which included a large bathhouse, one large pool and a smaller pool, as well as a beach-like area and a lighthouse. It operated until 1971, when it was closed at the start of the Hersheypark themepark conversion renovation.

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Hersheypark did not add another pool until 2007 when The Boardwalk at Hersheypark opened. It is a small wave pool for children, called Bayside Pier. That was followed by the addition of a much larger wave pool, called The Shore, which opened in 2009.

Themed Areas

Hersheypark developed a number of themed areas, the first being Carousel Circle, Der Deitch Platz, and Animal Garden in 1972, followed by Tower Plaza in 1975, Pioneer Frontier in 1985, Midway America in 1996, as well as The Boardwalk at Hersheypark in 2007.

In 2014, Hersheypark merged several theme areas – Tudor Square, Rhineland, Founder’s Circle and Music Box Way into Founder’s Way. The coal mining region themed area Minetown was re-themed as Kissing Tower Hill.

Today, there are six themed areas, starting with Founder’s Way, an area which spans from outside the main gate, to a junction where three sections – Kissing Tower Hill, The Hollow and Pioneer Frontier – meet and make up the central and southern end of the park, while two sections, Midway America and The Boardwalk, make up the northern end of the park.

Each of the themed areas had featured different music such as polka-style songs being played in Der Deitch Platz and Carousel Circle, country music being played in the Pioneer Frontier themed area, the Beach Boys being played near Tidal Force and later in The Boardwalk, as well as Ragtime and jazz music being played in Midway America. However, the music was phased into being the same across the park, except in The Boardwalk and Pioneer Frontier.

In 2020, Hersheypark will open a new themed area called Hershey’s Chocolatetown, which will feature a new entrance plaza, ice cream parlor, flagship retail store, and a new hyper-coaster.

Hersheypark Rides

During it’s history, Hersheypark has had 142 rides.  There are currently 70 rides in operation. Over the years, the park has featured 16 roller coasters, two of which no longer stand – Twin Towers Toboggan and Roller Soaker.

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Hersheypark uses Hershey Company products as names for each height range to determine who can ride which rides.

  • Miniatures: 0 – 36 inches
  • Kisses: 36 – 42 inches 
  • Reese’s: 42 – 48 inches 
  • Hershey’s: 48 – 54 inches 
  • Twizzler: 54 – 60 inches
  • Jolly Ranchers: 60 inches and above 

Hersheypark uses a ride ratings system to alert guests to the aggressiveness of the ride. The “Ratings” for each ride are as follows:

1 – Children’s Ride

This is a low-speed, gentle ride intended for young children and may accommodate chaperones where permitted.

2 – Mild Thrill Ride

This is a low to medium speed ride with expected changes in elevation and speed. This ride may require some rider body control and is not recommended for unaccompanied toddlers or very small children.

3 – Moderate Thrill Ride

This is a medium speed ride where riders may experience unexpected changes in elevation and speed. This ride may contain moderate twists, turns, bumps, spins and loops and may require some rider body control.

4 – High Thrill Ride

This is a fast-paced ride experience with unexpected changes in speed, direction and/or elevation. This ride may contain significant twists, turns, bumps, spins, and loops and requires full rider body control.

5 – Aggressive Thrill Ride

This is a high-speed ride experience. Riders will experience many unexpected rapid changes in speed, direction, and/or elevation and requires full rider body control. This ride is not recommended for guests with physical, cognitive, and/or medical limitations.

Dining at Hersheypark

You can enjoy a meal, grab a snack, or treat yourself to something sweet at more than 60 locations throughout Hersheypark.

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There are facilities for accommodating particular dietary needs, including a kosher restaurant and a variety of restaurants offering gluten-free rolls and bread. Groups can pre-arrange catering in one of six private picnic areas inside the park.

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Zoo America

Also included in the price of admission is access to ZooAmerica. It is open year-round and offers 11-acres of land to visit and walk throughout. ZooAmerica houses “more than 200 animals from five regions of North America” and offers tours, birthday parties, and informational programs.

The Water Park

The Boardwalk is included with all summer admission tickets. The Boardwalk waterpark was officially opened in 2007 and featured five new waterpark attractions along with three already standing rides.

The centerpiece of The Boardwalk, East Coast Waterworks, is a seven-story-high water-play structure featuring body waterslides and nearly 600 different water play toys. The biggest splashes come courtesy of two huge tipping buckets that drench the guests who stand under them. 

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For a relaxing time, the lazy river ride on the Intercoastal Waterway is 1,360 feet of winding water and waterfalls or take a dip in The Shore, The Boardwalk’s 378,000-gallon wave pool with depths from zero to six feet.

For the little one is the family, there’s Shoreline Sprayground and Sandcastle Cove that includes misters, bubblers, water jets, cannons and fountains or Bayside Pier, a kiddie wave pool.

Official Hershey Resorts and Hotels

There are a few official resorts to choose from when visiting Hersheypark:  The Hotel Hershey, Hershey Lodge, and the Hersheypark Camping Resort.

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These official resorts offer some sweet VIP benefits for guests. 

  • Free front gate shuttle service
  • 1- hour early access with Sweet Start during the Summer Season
  • Best price on park tickets
  • FREE admission to Hershey Gardens, including the Butterfly Atrium 
  • FREE admission to The Hershey Story’s Museum Experience

Coming in 2020

In 2020, Chocolatetown will open and feature a 10,000 square foot boutique, the parks’s tallest and fastest coaster, an ice cream parlor and the largest full service themed restaurant, bar and patio in the city.

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The area will also include a 2,200-square foot Starbucks store and a kettle corn location that will be the largest in Hersheypark will also be part of Chocolatetown. A one of a kind Hershey’s Kisses fountain is planned to be completed.

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America’s Most Amazing Theme Parks: No. 7 Silver Dollar City

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Most Amazing Theme Parks Silver Dollar City is located in Branson, Missouri and welcomes over 2 million visitors annually. The park sits on over 60 acres of land and is home to over 50 rides and attractions.

The park is an 1880s-themed experience that fits Branson’s vision as a family-friendly vacation destination with down-home charm.

Silver Dollar City sits on top of Marvel Cave, one of Missouri’s deepest caves. The caves feature a 300 feet below the surface walking tour for those that are adventurous.

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A Chicago vacuum cleaner salesman, Hugo Herschend, purchased a 99-year lease on the cave in 1950, from The Lynch sisters.

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After Hugo Herschend’s death in 1955, his wife Mary took over the day-to-day operations of the cave. With the aid of her two sons, Jack and Peter, Mary Herschend was able to make vast improvements to the cave. They added concrete paths and stairs to the cave, and a tower from the sinkhole to the top of the debris pile. Also, they added a cable-pulled railway in 1957, whose trains pulled visitors a distance of 218 feet from the depths of the cave up to the surface. Before building the cable train, the Army Corps of Engineers said that it could not be built, because a cable train can not make a turn like the one the Herschends planned. The Herschends built it anyway, and it is still in operation to this day.

Once the cable train was in operation, the Herschends decided to recreate the mining village Marmaros, for tourists waiting to go on a tour. It opened in 1960, and is called Silver Dollar City.

The Herschend family wanted authenticity and preservation as well as preserving the natural beauty of the area, so built the Ozark frontier town on the land surrounding the site of the cave. Silver Dollar City originally was the site of five shops, a church, a log cabin, and a street production reproducing the feud between the Hatfields and McCoys several times daily.

The first year, Silver Dollar City drew more than 125,000 people, four times more visitors than the number that toured Marvel Cave. “We discovered we were in the theme park business,” Pete Herschend said.

In 1968, the park started charging admission.

In 1976, the Herschends purchased the Goldrush Junction theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, which they renamed Silver Dollar City Tennessee. In 1986, the Herschends partnered with Dolly Parton and renamed the park to Dollywood.

Silver Dollar City expanded its entertainment over the years by adding attractions such as a stage coach ride, a steam engine train, interactive activities and various thrill rides.

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At Silver Dollar City you can head back to the Wild West. In addition to dozen of rides, attractions and live shows, there are also more than 100 craftsmen demonstrating crafts like glass blowing, candle making, leather and pottery.

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Silver Dollar City is home to record breaking thrill rides. Time Traveler, their newest addition, is the world’s fastest, steepest and tallest spinning roller coaster. Outlaw Run, the world’s most daring wood coaster can also be found here.

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Throughout the operating season Silver Dollar City hosts six different festivals:

  • Festival of Wonder (April): a spring festival showcasing unusual acts and performances.
  • Bluegrass & BBQ Festival (May): a celebration of bluegrass music and BBQ from across the nation.
  • Star-Spangled Summer (June – August): a summer festival featuring shows and activities that appeal to families with children.
  • Southern Gospel Picnic (August – September): Gospel music is showcased during this festival along with picnic style dinners.
  • National Harvest & Cowboy Festival (September – October): a salute to an old time harvest celebration featuring visiting craftsmen.
  • An Old Time Christmas (November – December): a traditional holiday Christmas celebration with special shows, foods, and other attractions. In addition, the park is decorated with 6.5 million Christmas lights and a five-story special effects Christmas tree.

White Water Branson

White Water Branson is Branson’s only outdoor water park and is a short 5 minute ride from Silver Dollar City. It is a 13-acre commercial recreational water park that features a wave pool for swimming, water rides, private poolside cabana rentals, dining and shopping. It is open seasonally from May to September.

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This Branson water park features 2 million gallons of fun and 13 acres of water rides, slides and waves. Enjoy the high tide of the 500,000-gallon Surf’s Up Wave Pool, float your cares away on theAloha River or splash with little ones in Coconut Cove. For high thrills take a 70 degree, 40 foot plunge at a screaming 26 feet per second on KaPau Plummet or brave the side by side free-fall drop slides at Kalani Towers.

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America’s Most Amazing Theme Parks – No. 6 SeaWorld

SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, LLC, is a family-friendly entertainment, amusement park, and attraction company headquartered in Orlando, Florida.

It operates 12 theme parks including five water parks in the United States. SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment is the ninth largest theme park operator in the world and welcomed over 20 million visitors in 2018.

People either love the SeaWorld brand or hate it. Those that love it enjoy not only the rides and shows but learning about the care and training of some of the world’s most beautiful creatures.

All Parks Owned by SeaWorld

Busch Gardens

  • Busch Gardens Tampa – Tampa, Florida
  • Busch Gardens Williamsburg – Williamsburg, Virginia

SeaWorld

  • SeaWorld Orlando – Orlando, Florida
  • SeaWorld San Antonio – San Antonio, Texas
  • SeaWorld San Diego – San Diego, California

Other Theme Parks

  • Sesame Place – Langhorne, Pennsylvania
  • Discovery Cove – Orlando, Florida

Aquatica Chain

  • Aquatica Orlando – Orlando, Florida
  • Aquatica San Antonio – San Antonio, Texas
  • Aquatica San Diego – Chula Vista, California

Other water parks

  • Adventure Island – Tampa, Florida
  • Water Country USA – Williamsburg, Virginia

SeaWorld Abu Dhabi – Coming Soon

On December 13, 2016, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment announced a new partnership with Miral to bring SeaWorld Abu Dhabi to Yas Island. The park, which will be situated to the northeast of Ferrari World, is set to open in 2022 and will be the first SeaWorld without orcas. 

New Sesame Place Theme Park

On May 18, 2017, SeaWorld Entertainment announced that they would build another Sesame Place theme park in the United States by 2021 in addition to the one currently operating in Pennsylvania, with the option to build more Sesame Place parks after that.

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SeaWorld San Diego is the oldest of the SeaWorld parks opening in 1964. Orlando opened in 1973 and San Antonio in 1988.

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The parks feature orcas, sea lion, and dolphin shows and zoological displays featuring various other marine animals. SeaWorld parks also feature thrill rides, including roller coasters like Kraken and Manta at SeaWorld Orlando, and Steel Eel and The Great White at SeaWorld San Antonio. Journey to Atlantis, a combination roller coaster and splashdown ride, can be found at all three parks.

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The parks’ marine mammal collections have been the subject of public debate for years. The 2013 documentary film Blackfish, led to initial decreases in attendance and profits. In 2018, SeaWorld’s attendance and revenue began to recover with the addition of new rides, shows, and animal exhibits at its parks, as well as increased marketing about the parks’ conservation and rescue efforts.

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In 2016, SeaWorld announced that they would end their in-park Orca breeding program and eventually phase out their theatrical Orca whale shows altogether (due to state legislation in California that banned shows using orcas) starting in San Diego. It was announced later in the same year, that SeaWorld would build their first park without killer whales and outside of the United States in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Your visit to SeaWorld isn’t just a chance to feel connected to the ocean and its creatures and ride the rides! It’s also a way to be part of the park’s mission. Each ticket, each visit, each experience at the parks help fund wildlife rescue and rehabilitation efforts, habitat protections, and ocean health initiatives.

The SeaWorld parks are a combination theme park and marine zoological park. In Orlando,  when combined with its neighbors Discovery Cove and Aquatica, it forms SeaWorld Parks and Resorts Orlando, an entertainment complex consisting of the three parks and many hotels and is a vacation destination similar to Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort.

SeaWorld San Diego is an animal theme park, oceanarium, outside aquarium and marine mammal park. SeaWorld San Diego offers multiple aquariums and exhibits, like the Penguin Encounter and Shark Encounter attractions, as well as rides for every member of the family.

San Antonio offers thrilling rides and amazing animal encounters and is the largest of the SeaWorld parks. SeaWorld San Antonio is the perfect blend of amusement park fun and wildlife exploration. Backstage tours provide unbelievable up close and personal interaction with some of the most amazing creatures of the sea. 

Busch Gardens Parks

Busch Gardens Tampa opened on March 31, 1959 as an admission-free hospitality facility for Tampa Anheuser-Busch; in addition to various beer tastings, they had a bird garden and the “Stairway to the Stars”, which was an escalator that took guests to the roof of the brewery.

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The Tampa park is now home to rides that are fun for the whole family. You can take on a thrilling triple-launch coaster, a family spin coaster that’s a new ride every time, epic coaster legends and more.

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The Busch Gardens Williamsburg opened in 1975. The theme is classic Europe with artfully landscaped villages, like the Parisian streets of France, the hamlets of Scotland and the Oktoberfest celebrations of Germany. In all, there are nine villages centered around six countries for you to explore.

The Busch Garden parks are a combination of nature and adventure. The parks feature a combination of roller coasters and Broadway-style shows and the parks are widely known for the roller coasters.

Both Busch Gardens parks offer seasonal events and festivals that are enjoyed by millions.

Sesame Place

Sesame Place first opened in 1980. It is a children’s theme park and water park, located on the outskirts of Philadelphia in Langhorne, Pennsylvania based on the Sesame Street television program. It includes a variety of rides, shows and water attractions suited to young children.It is also the first theme park in the world to become a certified autism center.

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Families can have breakfast with the characters an hour before the rest of the park opens. The entire Sesame Place crew struts down Sesame Street twice a day in the “Neighborhood Street Party” parade, features all of the Sesame Place characters, large floats, dancers and music.

Discovery Cove 

A day at Discovery Cove can be as relaxing or as busy as you like.

It’s a beautiful park. It’s a one-of-a kind experience where you can interact with bottle nose dolphins, feed tropical birds, play inches from a family of otters and even walk on the Grand Reef floor-all in one day. Between adventures, recharge with unlimited island fare and refreshments.

Discovery Cove is definitely a one of a kind experience. Discovery Cove limits the number of tickets sold each day. Only 1,300 people per day are allowed to visit. This insures the park is never crowded not only for the enjoyment of all the guests but also for the stress and interaction with the marine life.

Aquatica Parks

The Aquatica parks are sister parks to the SeaWorld parks in Orlando, San Antonio and San Diego. The parks feature a wide array of attractions for all ages and swimming abilities, some of which pass by or through animal habitats.

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The parks have wave pools that feature man made white-sand beach area equipped with deck chairs, sun beds and umbrellas. Some of the best and most thrilling water slides call the Aquatica parks home.

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America’s Most Amazing Theme Parks: No. 5 Six Flags

With more than 25 amusement parks, water parks and family entertainment centers, the Six Flags theme park company is the largest in the world.

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Six Flags has properties in the US, Canada and Mexico. It is the largest amusement park company in the world based on the number of properties.

In 2018, Six Flags properties hosted 30.4 million guests.

Six Flags was founded in Texas in 1961. The name “Six Flags” referred to the flags of the six nations that have governed Texas: Spain, France, Mexico, Republic of Texas, the U.S. and the Confederate States of America.

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Six Flags Theme Parks was the idea of Angus G. Wynne and in 1957 he created, with other investors, The Great Southwest Corporation. Construction of Six Flags Over Texas started in 1960 and the park opened the next year for a short (45-day) season.

The original Six Flags park, Six Flags Over Texas was sold in 1966 to a subsidiary of the Pennsylvania Railroad. With the new owners came a more abundant supply of capital for geographic expansion and park additions. Six Flags opened Six Flags Over Georgia in 1967 and Six Flags Over Mid-America in 1971, which were the last two original parks constructed by the company.

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Six Flags continued to grow by acquiring independent parks. Six Flags purchased AstroWorld in Houston, Texas in 1975, Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey in 1977 and Magic Mountain in Valencia, California in 1979. In 1984, the Great America theme park in Gurnee, Illinois was acquired from the Marriott hotel chain.

Also in 1984, as a result of its acquisition of Great America, Six Flags acquired the rights to Time Warner/Warner Bros.’ Looney Tunes animated characters for use in Six Flags properties. Time Warner quickly began to gain more leverage in the company, gaining a 19.5% stake in Six Flags in 1990 and then 50% in 1991. Time Warner purchased the remaining stake in Six Flags in 1993, changing the company’s name from Six Flags Corp. to Six Flags Theme Parks, Inc. Six Flags Theme Parks, Inc. was purchased in whole on April 1, 1998 from Time Warner by Premier Parks for $1.86 billion. Premier began to apply the Six Flags name to several smaller parks that the company had already owned.

The Theme Parks

  • Frontier City – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • La Ronde – Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Six Flags America – Largo, Maryland
  • Six Flags Darien – LakeDarien, New York
  • Six Flags Discovery Kingdom – Vallejo, California
  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas – San Antonio, Texas
  • Six Flags Great Adventure – Jackson, New Jersey
  • Six Flags Great America – Gurnee, Illinois
  • Six Flags Great Escape Theme Park & Lodge –Queensbury, New York
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain – Valencia, California
  • Six Flags México – 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

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Water Parks Located within Theme Parks and Included with Admission

  • Six Flags Hurricane Harbor – Largo, Maryland
  • Six Flags Hurricane Harbor – Gurnee, Illinois
  • Six Flags Hurricane Harbor – Agawam, Massachusetts
  • Six Flags Hurricane Harbor – Austell, Georgia
  • Six Flags Hurricane Harbor – Eureka, Missouri
  • Six Flags Hurricane Harbor – Queensbury, New York
  • White Water Bay – San Antonio, Texas
  • Splashtown at Darien –  LakeDarien, New York

Water Parks separate from Theme Park with separate admission

  •  Six Flags Hurricane Harbor – Los AngelesValencia, California
  • Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Arlington – Arlington, Texas
  • Six Flags Hurricane Harbor New Jersey – Jackson, New Jersey
  • Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Oaxtepec – Oaxtepec, Mexico
  • Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Concord – Concord, California
  • Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Phoenix – Phoenix, Arizona
  • Six Flags Hurricane Harbor SplashTown – Spring, Texas
  • Six Flags White Water – Marietta, Georgia
  • White Water Bay – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Magic Waters – Cherry Valley, Illinois

Indooor/Resort

Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark is located in Queensbury, New York across from Great Escape and includes a resort.

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New Parks Coming

The Six Flags brand will expand into China and Saudi Arabia in 2020 and 2021 with the addition of 9 theme parks and 2 water parks.

Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or a live entertainment fan, Six Flags parks offer a world of fun for you, your family and friends. These classic American amusement parks feature thrill rides, water slides, live shows and movie and cartoon characters to entertain kids and adults.

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You’ll find Six Flags parks in states from coast to coast, each with a different theme and unique adventure, some open year-round. All Six Flags parks are divided into different themed sections.

Each park has its own admission prices, rules and regulations, and operating seasons and hours. Before visiting a park, plan your trip at the Six Flags parks website, where you’ll find complete information about prices, lodging options, parking and hours of operation.

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Many visitors flock to Six Flags because of its reputation for having some of the world’s scariest, most extreme roller coasters.

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America’s Most Amazing Theme Parks: No. 4 Universal Studios Hollywood

Amazing Parks Universal Hollywood! Universal Studios Hollywood opened in 1964. The park welcomes 9.1 million visitors annually.

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Do you love movies? If so, Universal Studios Hollywood is for you! The magic of movie-making comes to life at the park, which combines the quintessential Hollywood movie experience with  theme park attractions and shows.

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Universal Studios was one of the first movie studios in Hollywood when it opened in 1912. Shortly after opening the studio began offering tours. Admission was five cents and included a boxed lunch.

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In 1964 the movie studio launched as a theme park which included stage shows, stunt demonstrations and a petting zoo. The theme park is made up of two levels, the Upper Lot and the Lower Lot. Just like in Florida, Universal Studios Hollywood includes the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and CityWalk.

One of the most popular attractions in the Los Angeles area, Universal Studios Hollywood features rides and amusements based on some of the most popular scenes and characters from film and television.

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The Upper Lot

The Upper Lot is a mix of old and new Hollywood. Here you’ll find the Studio Tram Tour and Mel’s Diner. You will also find 3D and 4D simulator attractions and DreamWorks Theatre.

The world-famous Studio Tram Tour gives you a behind the scenes look at the magic of making movies. It takes you through the back lot featuring sets and props used in many films. The tour also includes rides on two attractions.

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The Upper Lot is also where you will find The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the Simpsons themed Springfield U.S.A.

This area is full of attractions, interactive experiences, gift shops and restaurants.

The Lower Lot

The Lower Lot is a much smaller area but includes just as much adventure! Revenge of the Mummy and Jurassic World call the Lower Lot home.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

This area of Universal Studios Hollywood opened in 2016 and includes six shows and attractions, 2 dining locations and 9 gift shops.

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Universal CityWalk Hollywood

The three block area is full of entertainment, dining and retail shopping. There is a 19 screen movie theater, dance parties and an interactive outdoor concert venue. 

The CityWalk area opened in 1993 and offers 32 dining locations, 23 gift shops and 4 shows and attractions.

Filming and Celebreties

If you’re a big movie fan and celebrity spotter, a couple of weeks before your park visit, check the official website to find out which celebs will be filming. “Extra” with Mario and “Tanika & Renee Live!” are often filmed in front of the Globe Fountain on weekdays.

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Celebrities don’t appear every day, but when filming, their times and locations are listed on the schedule. “The Voice” is filmed at Universal Studios Hollywood. If you want to attend a taping, you can find tickets here. It is best to attend on a day you are not visiting the theme park because tapings and check-ins are time-consuming and have dress codes.

Universal Studios Hollywood paved the way for other Universal theme parks throughout the world including Orlando, Japan and Singapore. You will find a full day of action-packed entertainment all in one place:  thrilling Theme Park rides and shows, a real working movie studio, and the area’s best shops and restaurants CityWalk. Universal Studios Hollywood is a unique experience that’s fun for the whole family.

Although there are no “on-site” hotels, there are several partner area hotels that offer vacation packages. The packages will include early admission to the theme parks.

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