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ALL ABOARD! SIX FLAGS MAGIC MOUNTAIN WELCOMES THOMAS THE TANK ENGINEâ„¢ TO THE ALL-NEW THOMAS TOWN SM

Valencia, CA (June 5, 2008) /PRNewswire/ – Six Flags Magic Mountain announced today the opening of Thomas TownSM , a newly created children's area based on the popular Thomas & Friends brand.

 

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This exciting play area is designed to entertain children of all ages, and is centered around a train ride on a Thomas the Tank Engineâ„¢ replica that takes guests on a journey through Thomas' mythical home on the Island of Sodor. In addition, the area includes a Percy roller coaster and Cranky the Crane interactive water play area. Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway, is on hand to pose for photos and greet visitors. A Thomas & Friends store located within the play area will feature an assortment of merchandise, including the popular Thomas & Friends die cast trains; adult and children's apparel; storybooks; and other items.

 

"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."

 

Gary Krakower, Senior Vice President, Business Development, HIT Entertainment stated, "Six Flags Magic Mountain has been providing families with quality entertainment for 37 years and we're pleased to have worked with them to debut Thomas Town at their park. Thomas is the #1 engine, and we're confident that this attraction will be the #1 destination for kids and their families at Six Flags."

 

Six Flags Magic Mountain now includes over 30 rides and attractions for children and their families to enjoy together, including a petting farm and Bugs Bunny World.

 

The opening of Thomas TownSM marks the beginning of a summer long series of exciting new events at Six Flags Magic Mountain. On June 14, the new CSI LIVE! stage show debuts. Based on the top-rated CBS television series, audience members join the adventure as our CSI forensic team investigates the evidence, examines the clues and solves the mystery. On July 5, a series of 14 weekend concerts will begin with various performers appealing to all ages such as Lupillo Rivera, Colby O'Donis and Hawk Nelson. Additionally, Sunday Rocks! presented by DanceDanceRevolution®, will feature performances by Mario, Menudo and Raven among others.

 

Six Flags Magic Mountain continues its commitment to provide better entertainment, better service and better value to its guests... and is also close to home. Located at 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia, a short drive north of Los Angeles off Interstate 5 at the Magic Mountain Parkway exit. The Park is open daily. For additional information, current operating days and hours, and to purchase a ticket, visit us on the internet at sixflags.com or call (661) 255-4111. Save time and buy your tickets online for just $29.99 and go straight to the entrance gate when you use Six Flags quickest ticketing system, Print-N-Go. Log onto sixflags.com to purchase your tickets today.

 

About Six Flags, Inc.:

Six Flags, Inc. is the world's largest regional theme park company with 21 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. Founded in 1961, Six Flags has provided world class entertainment for millions of families with cutting edge, record-shattering roller coasters and appointment programming with events like the popular Thursday and Sunday Night Concert Series. Now 47 years strong, Six Flags is recognized as the preeminent thrill innovator while reaching to all demographics – families, teens, tweens and thrill seekers alike – with themed attractions based on the Looney Tunes characters, the Justice League of America, skateboarding legend Tony Hawk, The Wiggles and Thomas the Tank Engine. Six Flags, Inc. is a publicly-traded corporation (NYSE:SIX) headquartered in New York City.

 

About Thomas & Friendsâ„¢:

Thomas the Tank Engine was created by a father for his son more than 60 years ago and today is enjoyed by families in more than 145 countries. The #1 blue engine and his friends invite children to enter a world of imagination through the tracks of a train and the words of a story. Children embark on adventures with their engine friends while experiencing timeless life lessons of discovery, friendship and cooperation. Thomas & Friends makes tracks to great destinations on PBS KIDS®, PBS KIDS SproutSM and with downloadable episodes available through iTunes. For more information about the world of Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends, please visit www.thomasandfriends.com.

 

About HIT Entertainment:

HIT Entertainment, owned by private equity investment group Apax Partners, is one of the world's leading independent children's entertainment producers and rights-owners. HIT's portfolio includes properties, such as Barney™, Bob the Builder™, Thomas & Friends™, Pingu™, Fireman Sam™, Angelina Ballerina™ and Rainbow Magic™. HIT represents Chapman Entertainment's Fifi and the Flowertots™ and Roary the Racing Car™ in North America and Japan, as well as Wallace & Gromit™, Shaun the Sheep™ and Aardman Classics from Aardman Animations. HIT also acts as a worldwide representative for The Jim Henson Company's library of classic family brands and as representative for The Wiggles® in the UK. Launched in 1989, HIT's lines of business span television and video production, content distribution, publishing, consumer products licensing and live events and has operations in the UK, US, Canada, Hong Kong and Japan. HIT is a part-owner of US-based preschool channel, PBS KIDS SproutSM, and international preschool channel JimJam (outside of the US, UK and China). For more information, visit www.hitentertainment.com

 

SIX FLAGS and all related indicia are trademarks of Six Flags Theme Parks Inc. © 2008.

Thomas & Friends © 2008 Gullane (Thomas) Limited

LOONEY TUNES, and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

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Media Contact:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Public Relations

661-255-4819 or 661-255-4818

 

I know we really don't NEED another children's area or a redo, but this would be great to have. A rethemed Looney Tunes Seaport and the lot vacated by Riptide would make an excellent area for an extended train ride (with multiple style trains) into the woods. It would be great to once again have a family style train ride on the site of the original Great Train Ride that opened with Great Adventure in 1974!

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GAdv has 4 kiddie areas, that is more than the park needs but it really needs more family flats! But MM has a shortage of both kiddie rides and family flats so this should help that park some.

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But changing LTSP into a Thomas Town would not be adding a new area, just revitalizing an area that needs it, and adding a train which so many people think the park needs. The difference would be marketability. A Thomas Town would be something that brings a LOT of families.

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No doubt in Thomas being a huge draw to families with young children. If they want to use Seaport I know I'm fine with them doing so at this point, and a train would be nice in the park, though I doubt I'd be going anywhere near a Thomas Town until my children are coming to the park.

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A train ride would be good if they would have it do a lap around the backside of the lake, also they would be able to make a haunted train ride durring fright fest! My kid loves thomas and wouldnt ever want to leave that area of the park if they had it.

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I don't if they chane Loony Toons Seaport into Thomas either but I would be mind if they ripped out more family flats to make room for Thomas (like they did with the Riptide Flume). If GAdv added a new train ride I would want a full size normal train like Dorney's Thunder Creek RR, no way I would ride a Thomas train since I don't have kids and I would probably get beat up if I did, LOL. Also I doubt SF would ever turn a Thomas train into a real scary haunted train ride for FF. Is it me or is that mayor like guy in the second picture creepy looking?

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I don't if they chane Loony Toons Seaport into Thomas either but I would be mind if they ripped out more family flats to make room for Thomas (like they did with the Riptide Flume). If GAdv added a new train ride I would want a full size normal train like Dorney's Thunder Creek RR, no way I would ride a Thomas train since I don't have kids and I would probably get beat up if I did, LOL. Also I doubt SF would ever turn a Thomas train into a real scary haunted train ride for FF. Is it me or is that mayor like guy in the second picture creepy looking?

 

Riptide was having major problems for a considerable amount of time prior to their decision to finally remove it. Like Chiller, it was hardly open for its entire last season, but they gave it every possible rehab for it to have a chance. Sadly, it wasn't enough.

 

As for getting beaten up, four of us on the forums here have been on the big red planes (some of us multiple times) and have never had a problem...

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