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Six Flags Plans One-of-a-Kind Coaster

The Wonder Woman ride in Texas will have only a single rail

(Newser) - Roller coasters typically have two rails, which can sometimes make for a rickety ride. If that bothers you, a new coaster in the works at Six Flags Fiesta Texas may either delight or terrify you—or perhaps both. The San Antonio park is constructing the Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster,... More »

Police: 'Human Error' Behind Girl's Six Flags Fall

Police agree there was no malfunction

(Newser) - After a 14-year-old fell some 25 feet from a gondola ride and onto the crowd below at Six Flags Great Escape in New York on Saturday, park officials said they hadn't uncovered any malfunction that would have precipitated her fall. Now police are saying much the same. Though the... More »

Teen Tumbles 25 Feet From Six Flags Ride

Incident happened Saturday night on the 'Sky Ride'

(Newser) - A teenager fell from a stopped gondola ride at an upstate New York amusement park Saturday night, tumbling into a crowd of park guests and employees gathered below in an effort to catch the victim before she hit the ground. The Warren County Sheriff's Office said late Saturday the... More »

24 Rescued From Stuck Maryland Roller Coaster

No serious injuries when Joker's Jinx malfunctions at Six Flags

(Newser) - It took five hours to rescue 24 people stranded on a roller coaster in Maryland yesterday. Prince George's County fire officials said 17 adults and seven children were stuck at the top of the Joker's Jinx roller coaster at Six Flags America in Maryland. An assistant fire chief... More »

Roller Coaster Stops Dead Near Peak

Passengers at Six Flags forced to walk back down

(Newser) - Roller-coaster riders in New Jersey were left stranded Friday when their ride climbed more than 200 feet and stopped dead in its tracks, Pix 11 reports. Park personnel at Six Flags amusement park in Jackson reached the passengers via access stairs, released them, and walked them back down. Nobody riding... More »

Dozens Dangle for Hours on Six Flags Ride

Fallen tree derails Magic Mountain's Ninja

(Newser) - Around two dozen riders got more terror than they bargained for yesterday when the Ninja ride at Six Flags Magic Mountain hit a fallen tree branch, derailing the first car and leaving them suspended about 40 feet from the ground. The Los Angeles County fire department says the riders were... More »

Fatal Six Flags Coaster Saw 14 Injuries in 5 Years

Rosa Ayala-Goana died of 'multiple traumatic injuries': coroner

(Newser) - Injury, it seems, is nothing new on and around the Six Flags roller coaster where a woman died last week . Between April 2008 and April 2013, the park reported 14 injuries tied to the Texas Giant, though three occurred before or after patrons rode it, the AP reports. The gravest... More »

Cops Won't Run Coaster Death Investigation

Six Flags running own investigation

(Newser) - Don't expect an independent probe into the death of a woman on Six Flags' Texas Giant roller coaster : The amusement park is conducting its own investigation, the Dallas Morning News reports. Since the death is seen as accidental, police and fire authorities aren't likely to dig deep on... More »

Family Identifies Victim in Coaster Fatality

Rosy Esparza reportedly killed; Six Flags remains mum on cause

(Newser) - Not much more is known yet about yesterday's roller coaster fatality at Six Flags Over Texas, but the family of Rosy Esparza has identified her as the victim, reports WFAA . As details trickle out about her and the accident, Six Flags itself is staying mum. "It would be... More »

Woman Dies on Six Flags Roller Coaster

Park confirms death, but details still scarce

(Newser) - Tragedy in Texas last night: A rep for Six Flags Over Texas has confirmed that an adult woman died while riding a 14-story-high roller coaster. WFAA has a statement from the park on the incident, which happened around 6:30pm local time: "We are deeply saddened to share that... More »

Hand-less Man Sues After Six Flags Won't Let Him Ride

Even though Clint Bench had gone on ride before

(Newser) - A Texas amusement park enthusiast who was born without hands is suing Six Flags for refusing to let him onto a ride. Clint Bench alleges that last May a Six Flags Over Texas employee wouldn't let him on the Aquaman Splashdown (a variation on the classic log flume). When... More »

Dozen Stuck on Roller Coaster for Hours

Newly-opened Superman ride leaves passengers hanging in California

(Newser) - A dozen Six Flags visitors expected to soar like Superman yesterday; instead, they got stuck in the air for two hours. The Superman Ultimate Flight ride at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in northern California stopped working when twelve riders were 150 feet in the air, at the ride's peak,... More »

10 Worst-Managed Companies of 2010

Yahoo, Boeing are new entries

(Newser) - has its least favorite companies listed on its site. It has two new additions and many returning losers. New to its list of the most egregiously poor performers is Yahoo. Both Yang and Bartz are dissed equally. Then there's Boeing—making the F grade for the so far... More »

Bankrupt Companies Now Look Like Great Bargains

Improving economy pulls companies from the brink

(Newser) - For big, public companies, it's a good time to be bankrupt. With earnings skyrocketing—77% of the S&P 500 has beaten expectations so far this quarter—a lot of companies that had been left for dead suddenly have life, and their shareholders have a fighting chance of keeping their... More »

Six Flags Files for Bankruptcy

(Newser) - Theme park operator Six Flags has declared bankruptcy, Bloomberg reports. The company has not had a profitable year since 1998 and is burdened with $2.4 billion in debt. Six Flags underwent a wide-ranging reorganization starting in 2005 when Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder became chairman. The company, whose 20... More »

Roller Coaster Decapitates South Carolina Teen

He wasn't on the ride but got hit while walking in a restricted area

(Newser) - A teenager was decapitated by a roller coaster after he hopped a pair of fences and entered a restricted area today at Six Flags Over Georgia, authorities said. Officials are uncertain why the 17-year-old from Columbia, SC, scaled two 6-foot fences and ignored signs that said the restricted area was... More »

World's 10 Best Thrill Rides

Rides featuring heart-stopping plunges and gravity-defying loops

(Newser) - For intense thrill-seekers blessed with strong stomachs, the Boston Globe offers this list of the 10 scariest rides on the planet:
  • Superman Ride of Steel, Six Flags New England, Agawam, Mass.: Speeds of more than 77 mph and a 221-foot drop into a tunnel.
  • X2, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia,
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Dubai Is the New Mecca for Theme Parks

Abu Dhabi, Shanghai also among locations planning impressive amusements

(Newser) - The big US amusement companies—Six Flags, Universal, SeaWorld, Warner Bros., MGM—have all seen the future, and it's in Dubai. That's where the world's largest playland—a sprawling $64-billion collection of theme parks, golf courses, museums and hotels—is going up, but it's only the most dramatic of projects... More »

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