Six Flags Entertainment Corp. (referred to as Six Flags) is a theme park corporation founded by Angus G. Wynne on August 5, 1960. It currently operates sixteen theme parks throughout North America, as well as five water parks and two wildlife parks. However, the only park fully owned by the company is Six Flags St. Louis, the rest being partially owned by limited partnerships and other companies.
Six Flags is the largest theme park company in the world in terms of the amount of properties owned, and is ranked seventh in terms of highest total attendance.
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation was founded by Angus G. Wynne on August 5, 1961, taking its name from its first property, Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, Texas. The company maintains a corporate office in Midtown Manhattan, New York City and its headquarters are in Grand Prairie, Texas.
On June 13, 2009, the corporation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and successfully exited the restructuring 11 months later on May 3, 2010. Disagreements arose and Mark Shapiro left the company, leaving Al Weber Jr. to be interim President and CEO.
On February 2, 2016, Six Flags confirmed to acquire Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Oaxtepec. The water park was originally a 76-acre park that went bankrupt in 2011.
On February 18, 2016, Jim Reid-Anderson stepped up to Executive Chairman. John Duffey became the CEO and President.
On March 21, 2016, Six Flags announced a partnership with NaVi Entertainment to build a Six Flags park and a Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Vietnam.
On March 29, 2016, Six Flags announced that the cancelled Six Flags Dubai project was revived. The park is expected to open in 2019 in its second phase.
On July 20, 2016, Six Flags announced an agreement with Riverside Investment Group Co. Ltd. for the development of a second Six Flags park in China, along with a water park. The two parks will be located in the Bishan District of Chongqing.
- Six Flags Over Texas – Arlington, Texas (opened 1961)
- Six Flags Over Georgia – Austell, Georgia (opened 1967)
- Six Flags St. Louis – Eureka, Missouri (opened 1971)
- Six Flags Great Adventure – Jackson, New Jersey (opened 1974; acquired 1977)
- Six Flags Magic Mountain – Valencia, California (opened 1971; acquired 1979)
- Six Flags Great America – Agawam, Massachusetts (opened 1976; acquired 1984)
- Great Escape – Queensbury, New York (opened 1954; acquired 1996)
- Six Flags Discovery Kingdom – Vallejo, California (opened 1968; acquired 1997)
- Six Flags New England – Agawam, Massachusetts (opened 1870; acquired 1997)
- Six Flags Fiesta Texas – San Antonio, Texas (opened 1992; acquired 1998)
- Six Flags America – Largo, Maryland (opened 1973; acquired 1999)
- Six Flags Mexico – Mexico City, Mexico (opened 1982; acquired 1999)
- La Ronde – Montreal, Quebec (opened 1968; acquired 2001)
- Six Flags Darien Lake – Darien Center, New York (opened 1981; acquired and operated 1999-2007, 2019-)
- Frontier City – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (opened 1958; acquired 2018)
- Six Flags Dubai – Dubai, U.A.E. (opening 2019)
- Six Flags Zhejiang – Haiyan, China (opening 2019)
- Six Flags Kids World Zhejiang – Haiyan, China (opening 2020)
- Six Flags Kids World Chongqing – Bishan, China (opening 2020)
- Six Flags Adventure Park – Bishan, China (opening 2020)
- Six Flags Chongqing – Bishan, China (opening 2020)
- Six Flags Nanjing – Nanjing, China (opening 2020)
- Six Flags Adventure Park – Nanjing, China (opening 2021)
- Six Flags Kids World Nanjing – Nanjing, China (opening 2021)
- Six Flags Riyadh – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (opening 2022)
- Six Flags AutoWorld – (opened July 4, 1984; closed 1985)
- Six Flags Power Plant – (opened July 1985; closed January 1990)
- Six Flags Worlds of Adventure – Aurora, Ohio (closed in 2004)
- Six Flags Belgium – Walibi, Belgium (acquired 1998; sold to Palamon Capital Partners on April 3, 2004)
- Bellewaerde – Ypres, Belgium (acquired 1998; sold to Palamon Capital Partners on April 3, 2004)
- Walibi Aquitaine – Bordeaux, France (acquired 1998; sold to Palamon Capital Partners on April 3, 2004)
- Walibi Lorraine – Metz, France (acquired 1998; sold to Palamon Capital Partners on April 3, 2004)
- Walibi Rhône-Alpes – Lyon, France (acquired 1998; sold to Palamon Capital Partners pn April 3, 2004)
- Warner Bros. Movie World Germany – Bottrop, Germany (acquired 1999; sold to Palamon Capital Partners on April 3, 2004)
- Parque Warner Madrid – Madrid, Spain (opened April 6, 2002; sold to Time Warner on April 3, 2004)
- Six Flags AstroWorld - Houston, Texas (acquired 1975; closed in 2005)
- Six Flags New Orleans - New Orleans, Louisiana (opened April 12, 2003; closed August 21, 2005)
- Wyandot Lake - Columbus, Ohio (acquired in 2006)
- Six Flags Elitch Gardens – Denver, Colorado (closed in 2007)
- Wild Waves and Enchanted Village – Federal Way, Washington (sold in 2007)
- American Adventures – Marietta, Georgia (closed in 2008)
- Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom – Louisville, Kentucky (closed in 2010)
Yearly addition announcements
- Six Flags 2019 Announcements – August 29 & August 30, 2018 (Six Flags Magic Mountain first, the rest of the parks the next day.)
- Jim Reid-Anderson – Chairman, President, and CEO (July 2017-)
- Lance Balk – General Counsel (September 2010-)
- Marshall Barber – Chief Financial Officer (February 2016-)
- Kathy Aslin – Senior Vice President of Human Resources (January 2017-)
- David Austin – Senior Vice President of Information Systems, Chief Information Officer (December 2017-)
- Tom Iven – Senior Vice President of U.S. Park Operations (April 2014-)
- David McKillips – Senior Vice President of International Park Operations (January 2018-)
- Brett Petit – Senior Vice President of Marketing & Sales (June 2010-)
- Stephen R. Purtell – Senior Vice President of Investor Relations, Treasurer (October 2016-)
- Leonard Russ – Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning & Analysis (February 2016-)
- Bonnie Sherman Weber – Senior Vice President, In-Park Services (January 2018-)
Board of Directors
- Jim Reid-Anderson (August 2010-)
- Nancy A. Krejsa (March 2017-)
- Kurt Cellar (May 2010-)
- Jon Luther (May 2010-)
- Usman Nabi (May 2010-)
- Stephen Owens (May 2010-)
- Richard Roedel (December 2010-)