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La Ronde is a Six Flags amusement park in Montreal, Canada. The park is under an emphyteutic lease with the City of Montreal, which expires in 2065.

History

The City of Montreal sold La Ronde to Six Flags in a deal completed on May 4, 2001. It acquired all of the assets of the park for $20 million USD and signed an emphyteutic lease with the City of Montreal to operate the park until 2065.

Before the announcement of the Six Flags purchase, the city had considered offers from other bidders including Paramount Parks, Cedar Fair, and Parc Astérix.

In May 2002, Six Flags announced the installation of Le Vampire, which was the first major investment since the park's acquisition.[1]

In May 2006, La Ronde opened its ninth roller coaster, Goliath.

For the 2007 season, La Ronde painted its iconic observation tower bright orange to advertise Pizza Pizza, an Ontario pizza chain that, at the time, was just emerging into the Quebec market. All of the pizza stands inside the park were renamed from Pizza Ronde to Pizza Pizza.

2007 was La Ronde's 40th anniversary. The park celebrated with Expo 67 themed events commemorating the world fair.[2]

In January 2009, Six Flags announced it's intention to make La Ronde a Six Flags branded park.

In 2010, Ednör - L'Attaque opened.[3] It features special effects and theming from an alleged sea monster that was reported to have appeared in the Lac des Dauphins.[4]

On March 9, 2010, La Ronde announced that Terminator X: A Laser Battle for Salvation, an interactive laser-tag attraction themed around the Terminator series, will also be featured in the park for the 2010 season.[5]

On January 19, 2012, Six Flags announced Vol Ultime for La Ronde.

In 2013, the park opened a water-themed attraction, Aqua Twist.

On August 29, 2013, Six Flags announced Demon for the 2014 season.[6]

As a world premiere, Goliath was the first roller coaster equipped and exploited with virtual reality headset.

On August 28, 2014, Six Flags announced Maison Rouge for the 2015 season.[7]

On September 3, 2015, Six Flags announced Avenue Aventure which includes Bateau Pirate, Condor and two new rides; Phoenix, Larson flying scooters, and Gravitor[8].

On September 1, 2016 Six Flags announced Titan.

On May 19, 2018, Le Tourbillonne opened at La Ronde.

Attractions

Roller coasters

Ride Name Opened Manufacturer Model/Type Notes
Boomerang 1984 Vekoma Rides Boomerang
Cobra 1995 Intamin Worldwide Stand-Up Coaster Relocated from Skara Sommarland
Dragon 1994 Intamin Worldwide Indoor/Family Roller Coaster
Ednör – L'Attaque 2010 Vekoma Rides SLC (689m Standard) Relocated from Six Flags AstroWorld
Goliath 2006 Bolliger & Mabillard (B&M) Hyper Coaster
Marche du Mille-pattes 1967 Arrow Dynamics Mini Mine Train
Le Monstre 1985 William Cobb & Associates Wooden Roller Coaster
Super Manège 1981 Vekoma Rides MK-1200
Toboggan Nordique 2003 Zamperla Zig Zag Coaster
Le Vampire 2002 Bolliger & Mabillard (B&M) Inverted Coaster

Thrill rides

Name Installation Year Manufacturer Ride Type
Bateau pirate 1988 HUSS Maschinenfabrik Pirate Boat
Orbite 1999 S&S Power Space Shot
Vertigo 2003 Zamperla Hawk
Manitou 2003 Zamperla Discovery
Vol Ultime 2012 Funtime Star Flyer
Demon 2014 Mondial Roll Over
Maison Rouge 2015 Acmé Immsersif Haunted House
Gravitor 2016 Chance Falling Star
Titan 2017 Zamperla Giant Discovery

Family and children

Name Installation Year Manufacturer Ride Type
Le Galopant 1967 Bairolle Carousel
Pitoune 1967 Arrow Dynamics Log flume
Joyeux moussaillons 1967 Arrow Dynamics Boat ride
Tchou Tchou 1967 Arrow Dynamics Train ride
La grande envolée 1990 Zamperla
Grand carrousel 2003 Chance Morgan
Air papillon 2005 Zamperla
La danse des bestioles 2005 Zamperla
Monsieur l'arbre 2005 Zamperla
Marais enchanté 2005 Zamperla
Ourson Fripon 2005 Zamperla
Pommes d'Api 2005 Zamperla
Aqua Twist 2013 Mack Rides Teacup ride
Phoenix 2016 Larson International Flying Scooters

Intermediates

Name Installation Year Manufacturer
Disco Ronde 1986 HUSS Maschinenfabrik
Condor 1990 HUSS Maschinenfabrik
Autos tamponneuses (Bumper cars) 2003 RDC Bumper Cars
Tour de Ville 2003 Zamperla
Splash 2004 Intamin

Panoramic

Name Installation Year Manufacturer
Minirail 1967 Von Roll Habegger
Spirale 1967 Von Roll
Grande Roue (Ferris wheel) 1984 Vekoma

Name Installation Year Price
Sling shot 2002 $20 per person
Catapulte 2008 $20 for 1 person, $15/person for 2 people, $10/person for 3 people

Former rides and attractions

Name Manufacturer Operating Years Replaced by
Terminator X: A Laser Battle for Salvation Sudden Impact! Entertainment Company (SIEC) 2010
Tasses Magiques Zamperla 2003–2009 Ednör – L'Attaque
La Momie : La Tombe de l'empereur Dragon Sudden Impact! Entertainment Company (SIEC) 2009 Terminator X: A Laser Battle for Salvation
Sky Ride (Le Téléférique, Chairlift) 1967–1990
Salem Aleikum Grand Orient-Les Mille et une nuits  ?-1984 Le Monstre
Hydroid '94 (Sub-Oceanic Shuttle) Iwerks 1994–1995 Volcanozor (Dino Island II)
Volcanozor (Dino Island II) Iwerks 1995–2004 Bob L'Éponge 3D (SpongeBob)
Bob L'Éponge 3D (SpongeBob) Iwerks 2004–2007 Experience Nintendo
Le Twister Heintz Fahtze 1985–2008
Maëlstrom Mack 1985–2008
OVNI HUSS Maschinenfabrik 1986–2006
Le Diablo (Troika) HUSS Maschinenfabrik 1978–2003 Le Splash
Le Tapis Volant (The Flying Carpet) Zierer 1986–2002 Les Autos Tamponneuses
Les Autos Tamponneuses Reverchon 1983–2002 Le Toboggan Nordique
Astronef (Sky Flyer) Vekoma 1985–2002 Le Manitou
La Course Zierer 1976-1976
Les Montagnes Russes Schwartzkopf 1968–1984 Le Monstre
Les Astrobolides Sartori 1984–2004 Le Marais Enchanté
La Petite Roue Sartori 1984–2004 Pommes D'api
Le Mont Blanc Reverchon 1978–2000
Gyrotron 1967–1981 Le Monstre
Le Moulin de la Sorcière Pinfari 1969–2005
Le Palais des Glaces 1985–2003 Le Splash
Mini Rallye Sartori 1993–2004 Monsieur l'Arbre
Les Bagnoles Arrow 1967–2004 Air Papillon
Le Chat et la Souris Sartori 1984–2004 La Danse des Bestioles
La Tornade Huss 1997–2010
Rock Wall 2001–2010 Phoenix
Eurobungy 2002–2011 Gravitor
Le Rotor Anglo Rotor Corporation ?

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