VALENCIA, Calif., Nov. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Six Flags Magic Mountain today announced its new capital plans for the 2008 operating season. The world's leading thrill park unveiled a lineup that includes an impressive new twist on the park's most popular, state-of-the-art coaster, X -- adding an innovative and totally immersive sight and sound experience -- elevating the world's first four-dimensional roller coaster into the 5th dimension to become X2. Also, for the littlest thrill seekers, the world-famous Thomas the Tank Engine(TM) pulls into the newly-created children's play area, Thomas Town(SM).
"X2 and Thomas Town are part of a very exciting season we have planned for 2008, as we continue our mission of making Six Flags synonymous with an entertainment experience that delivers thrills for the entire family," said Jay Thomas, Six Flags Magic Mountain Park President. "For our more adventurous guests, we will take our one-of-a-kind coaster, X, and deliver a whole new extreme experience with X2, while young children and their parents can spend quality time together in our new Thomas Town. Six Flags Magic Mountain has been thrilling guests and making family memories for over 36 years and our new additions will help us continue to do so for years to come!"
X LAUNCHES INTO A NEW GALAXY, BECOMING X2
X, the world's first 4th dimensional thrill ride, is once again pushing all limits and taking extreme to the next level in 2008. This $10 million investment features completely redesigned, sleeker trains and introduces all-new, innovative state-of-the-art visual, audio and sensory effects, X will move from the 4th dimension to the 5th and become X2!
"Since it opened in 2002, X, with its 360-degree rotating seats and head-first, face down drops, has been one of the most popular thrill rides on the planet," stated Jay Thomas, Six Flags Magic Mountain Park President. "With the redesign, X2 will take even the most daring riders on a journey to a unique and unchartered dimension of extreme only Six Flags Magic Mountain can deliver."
Unlike traditional coasters where trains only parallel the track, X sends riders screaming around its 3,600-foot maze of steel track aboard massive wing-shaped trains where the seats extend off the track to the sides of the vehicle allowing them to independently rotate guests head over heels, forward and backward creating a one-of-a-kind "don't know what to expect next" sensation. X2 launches the extreme thrills of X into a new dimension with the addition of a unique new tunnel and light experience that changes with every ride. X2 is one of 14 coasters at Six Flags Magic Mountain -- Southern California's leader in thrills!
In order for the transformation to take place, X will close in late 2007, and X2 will launch in spring 2008.
ALL ABOARD! THE NEXT STOP ON THIS TRAIN IS SIX FLAGS MAGIC MOUNTAIN, AS THE PARK WELCOMES THOMAS & FRIENDS(TM) IN 2008
A newly-created Thomas & Friends themed area called Thomas Town(SM), will open in spring 2008. Designed to entertain children of all ages, Thomas Town centers around a train ride on a Thomas the Tank Engine(TM) replica that transports guests on a journey through Thomas' home on the Island of Sodor. Visitors will be greeted by Sir Topham Hatt(SM), the Controller of the Railway, who is also available to pose for photos with Thomas fans. In addition to other attractions, the area features a Thomas & Friends store.
With Thomas & Friends, children enter a world of imagination through the tracks of a train and the words of a story. As children engage in fun with their engine friends, adventures unfold that lead to timeless life lessons. Parents and children enjoy a unique connection on every journey.
With the addition of Thomas Town, Six Flags Magic Mountain now includes over 30 rides and attractions for children and their families to enjoy together.
"We are very excited to welcome Thomas Town to Six Flags Magic Mountain," stated Jay Thomas, Six Flags Magic Mountain Park President. "This beloved character has engaged and inspired preschoolers' imaginations for more than six decades and will certainly offer a rich, exciting world for children and their parents to enjoy, as families look for more ways to spend quality time together."
Six Flags Magic Mountain, is located at 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia, north of Los Angeles off Interstate 5 at the Magic Mountain Parkway exit. The Park is currently open weekends and school holidays. For information call (661) 255-4111 or visit us online at sixflags.com.