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Six Flags Magic Mountain Announces New Attraction Lineup for 2008 Season

Thursday November 1, 10:10 am ET

X2 and THOMAS & FRIENDS™ Highlight the Thrill Park's Additions


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 to X2. Also, for the littlest thrill seekers, the world-famous Thomas the Tank Engine™ 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, 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.






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™ 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.


About Six Flags, Inc.:


Six Flags, Inc. is the world's largest regional theme park company. Founded in 1961, Six Flags celebrated its 45th Anniversary in 2006. It is a publicly-traded corporation (NYSE: SIX - News) headquartered in New York City. Visit http://www.sixflags.com for more information. In 2008, Six Flags will debut eight new roller coasters.


About Thomas & Friends


Thomas& Friends invites children to enter a world of imagination through the tracks of a train and the words of a story. Thomas the Tank Engine was created by a father for his son more than 60 years ago. Today, families in more than 145 countries enjoy fun and adventure with their engine friends while experiencing timeless life lessons of discovery, friendship and cooperation. Thomas & Friends is making tracks to great destinations on PBS KIDS® and PBS KIDS Sprout(SM). For more information about the world of Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends, please visit http://www.thomasandfriends.com.


About HIT Entertainment


HIT Entertainment, owned by private equity investment group Apax Partners since June 2005, is one of the world's leading independent children's entertainment producers and rights-owners. HIT's™ portfolio includes internationally renowned children's properties, such as Bob the Builder™, Barney™, Thomas & Friends, Pingu™, Rubbadubbers™ and Angelina Ballerina™. HIT acts as a representative for The Wiggles® in the UK, US and Canada and as a worldwide representative for The Jim Henson Company's library of classic family brands, including Fraggle Rock™. HIT also owns the Guinness World Records™ publishing and television property and Fireman Sam™, a joint venture with S4C. Launched in 1989, HIT's lines of business span television and video production (including studios in the US and the UK), publishing, consumer products licensing and live events. With a catalog of more than 1,000 hours of young children's programming, HIT sells its shows to more than 240 countries worldwide, in more than 40 different languages and has operations in the UK, US, Canada, Hong Kong and Japan. In 2005, the Company joined Comcast Corporation, PBS and Sesame Workshop to launch PBS KIDS Sprout(SM), a 24-hour digital cable channel and VOD service for preschoolers. For more information, visit http://www.hitentertainment.com.


SIX FLAGS and all related indicia are trademarks of Six Flags Theme Parks Inc. © 2007.


Thomas & Friends © 2007 Gullane (Thomas) Limited

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If this is the "8th coaster" that SF said they were getting, that's pretty lame. This seems cool. I wonder if this tunnel will just be on the break run? Also, what are these "sensory effects?" It's making me think of something like The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter.


-Dainan "AE meets X? Sounds scary" Rafferty

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innovative state-of-the-art visual, audio and sensory effects

They must be adding on-board sound and lights.


At $10 million, this renovation cost more than any of the other new coasters Six Flags is installing so calling it an 8th new coaster kind of makes sense.

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With this I wonder if these effects will even be any good, and if they are will the park actually keep them there/working. (like they failed with Chiller and B:TR at GAdv)

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