Escape plan: Six Flags America
New ZoomAzon Falls promises the slide of your life
The Hurricane Bay wave pool is a popular way to beat the heat at Six Flags America. (Sun photo by Jerry Jackson / June 15, 2011)
The waterpark Hurricane Harbor beckons thrill seekers with the opening of a faster, better and wetter attraction — ZoomAzon Falls, the park's first body slides for tweens, teens and adults.
Meanwhile, an old favorite – Skull Mountain – this week begins its countdown to retirement. The part-water flume and part-coaster ride ends its decade-long run on July 10, when it will be dismantled to make way for a new attraction. The park will donate a boat from Skull Mountain to the National Roller Coaster Museum in Texas after the final voyage.
The plan: Starting today, Six Flags visitors will have special photo opportunities for Skull Mountain. A pirate festival goodbye party is planned for July 9-10. After paying your respects to the old ride, head for the new Amazonian-themed water attraction at ZoomAzon Falls. Choose one of four twisting and turning body slides, each enhanced by a waterfall, tropical decor and an authentic jungle soundtrack. The new aquatic adventure is more than a half-mile of splashing fun, but you have to be a minimum 48 inches tall to ride the attraction.
The details: ZoomAzon Falls is open through Sept. 5. Admission prices vary for Six Flags. A 2011 Splash Pass is $54.99 – the same price as a one-day admission — and includes unlimited visits through Labor Day.
Information: Go to sixflags.com/america