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.Official Park Website
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!2006February 3rd, 2006 -Tava's Jungleland new family ride area being builtMay 10th, 2006 - Park in the process of removing ZongaJune 6th, 2007 - Six Flags to purchase park from the City of VallejoAugust 8th, 2006 - Six Flags files to rename park: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom2007January 17th, 2007 - Park reveals Land, Sea and Sky theming to go with the rebranded parkSepteber 26th, 2007 - Word of Tony Hawk's Big Spin appears on SFDK website2008November 2nd, 2008 - Park announces Odin's Temple of the Tiger a White Bengal Tiger show for 20092010June 5th, 2010 - 2 seriously hurt in tram accidentOctober 7th, 2010 - Skyscreamer announced for 20112011August 21st, 2011 - Teaser for a new ride in 2012August 31st, 2011 - New 2012 coaster info leakedSeptember 1st, 2011 - Superman Ultimate Flight offically announcedDecember 15th, 2011 - Premier confirms involvement in Superman coaster2012May 4th, 2012 - Superman Ultimate Flight construction updateMay 17th, 2012 - Shouka may be leaving the parkJuly 29th, 2012 - Superman Ultimate Flight stalls with riders!August 20th, 2012 - Shouka the whale has been moved to SeaWorld San DiegoAugust 30th, 2012 - Cirque Dreams SPLASHTASTIC Announced!
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.