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September 17, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
Magic Mountain is in the middle of a four-year expansion of Fright Fest that will see the Six Flags amusement park in Santa Clarita add more monsters, better mazes, additional nights and longer hours to the annual Halloween event. Photos: Fright Fest 2013 at Six Flags Magic Mountain Magic Mountain's Fright Fest is playing catch-up to the 41-year-old Halloween Haunt at Knott's Berry Farm, the granddaddy of all Halloween events, which itself is furiously trying to keep up with the upstart Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood, which has emerged as an unstoppable beast to be reckoned with in recent years.  Magic Mountain's revamp of Fright Fest began in 2011 with the addition of Aftermath, a massive outdoor maze that significantly raised the bar for quality.  A complete renovation of the perennial Willoughby's Haunted Mansion in 2012 saw the addition of elaborate visual effects and improved props and sets to a haunted maze that had grown tired and predictable over the years.  This year Magic Mountain will convert the space used over the last 11 years for the woeful Jokester's Hideout into Toyz of Terror, a new maze that is expected to rival Aftermath and Willoughby's. And much like Willoughby's, Toyz will be located in a permanent year-round location that justifies the significant investment.  Looking ahead to 2014, Magic Mountain has already announced plans to further improve Fright Fest with the addition of at least...
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March 26, 2014 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
In the hyperbolic battle for the self-proclaimed title of "Roller Coaster Capital of the World," Six Flags Magic Mountain will jump out to a seemingly insurmountable lead this summer as rival Cedar Point continues to fade in the race for amusement park supremacy. The Valencia, Calif., and Sandusky, Ohio, parks have fought for decades over the grandiose title bestowed on the park with the most coasters. The current score: Magic Mountain 19 and Cedar Point 16 (or 17, depending on who's counting)
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July 20, 2013 | By Devin Kelly
Authorities in North Texas are investigating how an adult woman apparently fell to her death while riding a roller coaster at a Six Flags amusement park Friday evening.  The accident occurred just after 6:30 p.m. at the Six Flags Over Texas park in Arlington. The ride, the Texas Giant roller coaster , remained closed Saturday morning, “We are working closely with authorities to determine the cause of the accident,” Sharon Parker, a park spokeswoman, said in a statement.
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October 15, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
Like a lumbering and laborious monster intent on capturing his prey, Six Flags Magic Mountain continues to make slow but steady progress toward improving its annual Fright Fest event. Photos: Fright Fest 2013 at Six Flags Magic Mountain In hopes of keeping up with the twin beasts of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood and Halloween Haunt at Knott's Berry Farm, Magic Mountain's Fright Fest has added a spectacular new haunted maze each of the past two seasons that significantly raised the bar for quality at the Valencia amusement park.
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October 15, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
Like a lumbering and laborious monster intent on capturing his prey, Six Flags Magic Mountain continues to make slow but steady progress toward improving its annual Fright Fest event. Photos: Fright Fest 2013 at Six Flags Magic Mountain In hopes of keeping up with the twin beasts of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood and Halloween Haunt at Knott's Berry Farm, Magic Mountain's Fright Fest has added a spectacular new haunted maze each of the past two seasons that significantly raised the bar for quality at the Valencia amusement park.
BUSINESS
March 20, 2010 | Bloomberg News
Six Flags Inc. junior bondholders are expected to own the operator of Magic Mountain and other theme parks under a settlement reached Friday, ending a two-week bankruptcy trial. Company attorney Paul Harner announced the deal in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del., after a trial related to the now-defunct reorganization plan was halted so Six Flags and two competing groups of bondholders could negotiate. "Rather than argue in court, we decided to put our money where our mouth is," said attorney Tom Lauria, who represents the junior bondholders.
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July 23, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
There's no way around it: Rosy Esparza's death on a Six Flags Over Texas roller coaster ride in Arlington on Friday was horrific. On Tuesday, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office released more details on what happened when the 52-year-old woman fell out of her restraints while riding the Texas Giant roller coaster. She was seated in the third row, the medical examiner's office said, "and as the carts began the steep descent from the first large hill of track, she was ejected from her seat falling freely for an approximate distance of 75 feet, striking a support metal beam and then coming to rest on the metal roof of the tunnel.
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July 22, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
After a jet recently crashed on a San Francisco runway, a pack of federal investigators swiftly arrived to figure out what went wrong. When a Cirque du Soleil performer fell to her death during a Las Vegas show, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched its own investigation. But when a Texas woman made a fatal plunge from a Six Flags roller coaster in Arlington on Friday, it was left to the amusement park company itself to decide what went wrong.  Much of what flies, rises and falls in the United States -- from planes and trains to elevators -- is harnessed to state and federal regulations that dictate safety standards and give power to investigators to determine what happened when something goes awry.
BUSINESS
August 15, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Shares of Six Flags Inc. rose nearly 10% after the operator of Magic Mountain in Valencia and other amusement parks reported that third-quarter sales got a boost from higher attendance. Sales increased 7.6%, or $23.5 million, in the quarter through Aug. 12 over the same period a year earlier, Six Flags said. Attendance climbed by 5.1%, or 407,000, to 8.43 million guests, the company said. Guest spending also rose, by 1.6%, or 60 cents, to $38.56. Six Flags shares rose 10 cents to $1.13.
BUSINESS
May 9, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Amusement park chain Six Flags Inc. said its first-quarter loss narrowed as revenue increased at the fastest rate in six years. The loss shrank to $149.9 million, or $1.62 a share, from $170.6 million, or $1.86, a year earlier, New York-based Six Flags said. Revenue jumped 35% to $68.2 million. Total attendance rose 19% to more than 1.4 million, the operator of Magic Mountain in Valencia said. Six Flags shares fell 16 cents, or 6.7%, to $2.24.
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September 17, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
Magic Mountain is in the middle of a four-year expansion of Fright Fest that will see the Six Flags amusement park in Santa Clarita add more monsters, better mazes, additional nights and longer hours to the annual Halloween event. Photos: Fright Fest 2013 at Six Flags Magic Mountain Magic Mountain's Fright Fest is playing catch-up to the 41-year-old Halloween Haunt at Knott's Berry Farm, the granddaddy of all Halloween events, which itself is furiously trying to keep up with the upstart Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood, which has emerged as an unstoppable beast to be reckoned with in recent years.  Magic Mountain's revamp of Fright Fest began in 2011 with the addition of Aftermath, a massive outdoor maze that significantly raised the bar for quality.  A complete renovation of the perennial Willoughby's Haunted Mansion in 2012 saw the addition of elaborate visual effects and improved props and sets to a haunted maze that had grown tired and predictable over the years.  This year Magic Mountain will convert the space used over the last 11 years for the woeful Jokester's Hideout into Toyz of Terror, a new maze that is expected to rival Aftermath and Willoughby's. And much like Willoughby's, Toyz will be located in a permanent year-round location that justifies the significant investment.  Looking ahead to 2014, Magic Mountain has already announced plans to further improve Fright Fest with the addition of at least...
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September 3, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
Six Flags unveiled its 2014 lineup of new roller coasters, thrill rides and water slides at the amusement park chain's 13 locations. Photos: New rides coming to Six Flags parks in 2014 Six Flags' 2014 additions include four roller coasters, four thrill rides, five water attractions and a new water park. Among the highlights: Six Flags Great America (outside Chicago) By far the biggest addition at any Six Flags park for 2014 is the Goliath wood-steel hybrid coaster planned for Six Flags Great America in Illinois.
BUSINESS
September 3, 2013 | David Lazarus
Katherine Gould recently enjoyed a thrilling ride on Magic Mountain's fast-zooming, forward-and-backward-rotating, face-down-plunging X2 roller coaster. Then she underwent a frustrating experience trying to recover from Magic Mountain's lost-and-found department the smartphone that had gone flying from her pocket at some point during all that zooming, rotating and plunging. "I honestly didn't think I'd get my phone back," Gould, 45, told me. "But I did expect at least an attempt at customer service.
BUSINESS
August 8, 2013 | By Hugo Martín
ORLANDO, Fla. - Passengers waiting to board the Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride at Walt Disney World used to stand in long lines that snaked along the sun-baked pavement. Riders are now ushered into an air-conditioned tent, where kids can play on slides, a climbing tower and a toy fire engine while parents wait for the buzz of a pager telling them it's time to ride the attraction. "It's so much better this way," Russ Spence of Richmond, Va., said as he relaxed in the tent, waiting to take his 3-year-old grandson on the ride.
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July 23, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
There's no way around it: Rosy Esparza's death on a Six Flags Over Texas roller coaster ride in Arlington on Friday was horrific. On Tuesday, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office released more details on what happened when the 52-year-old woman fell out of her restraints while riding the Texas Giant roller coaster. She was seated in the third row, the medical examiner's office said, "and as the carts began the steep descent from the first large hill of track, she was ejected from her seat falling freely for an approximate distance of 75 feet, striking a support metal beam and then coming to rest on the metal roof of the tunnel.
BUSINESS
July 23, 2013 | By Hugo Martín and Adolfo Flores
The death of a roller coaster rider in Texas has focused attention on the vexing problem theme park operators face trying to accommodate passengers of various shapes in one-size-fits-all seats. News reports about a woman who fell to her death from a Texas roller coaster suggest her girth may have played a role. The accident follows one in 2011 in which an Army veteran who had lost both legs fighting in Iraq plummeted to his death from a New York roller coaster. Theme park ride designers and operators say the nation's obesity problem and the improved mobility of people who are missing limbs have forced them to bar more patrons from thrill rides that are designed for passengers of certain proportions.
BUSINESS
March 5, 2008 | Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writer
Six Flags Inc., the world's largest theme park company, announced Tuesday that it would develop a thrill park in the United Arab Emirates as part of a massive entertainment and amusement complex in the country known as Dubailand. The Six Flags park is the latest addition to Dubailand, a 3-billion-square-foot project that will include restaurants, hotels, Universal Studios Dubailand and DreamWorks Animation Park. Groundbreaking on the Six Flags portion is expected to begin in 2009. No specific cost of the project was given.
BUSINESS
August 5, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Amusement park chain Six Flags Inc., operator of Magic Mountain in Valencia, reported an unexpected second-quarter profit on a gain from paying off $107.7 million in debt. Including discontinued operations, Six Flags' net income was $94.6 million, or 63 cents a share, contrasted with a loss of $45.4 million, or 54 cents, a year earlier. The New York-based company's sales were little changed at $345.7 million, topping analysts' average projection of $344.3 million. Total attendance fell 3% to 8.6 million.
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July 22, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
After a jet recently crashed on a San Francisco runway, a pack of federal investigators swiftly arrived to figure out what went wrong. When a Cirque du Soleil performer fell to her death during a Las Vegas show, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched its own investigation. But when a Texas woman made a fatal plunge from a Six Flags roller coaster in Arlington on Friday, it was left to the amusement park company itself to decide what went wrong.  Much of what flies, rises and falls in the United States -- from planes and trains to elevators -- is harnessed to state and federal regulations that dictate safety standards and give power to investigators to determine what happened when something goes awry.
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