Sidewinder Safari Coaster Dropped From Six Flags Website
Over the last few weeks, COVID-19 has made a large impact on the amusement industry. From delayed openings to alterations of season passes, COVID-19 has mainly affected the operational standpoint of parks.
Until today, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom has been actively promoting the Sidewinder Safari coaster on their website.
As of today (4/8/2020), the Safari page has been taken down with access being restricted. The ride is not listed on the app as well.
The status of the safari coaster is currently unknown. The move could be part of Six Flags’ plans on eliminating $40-50 million spent on discretionary capital projects, as a way of enhancing liquidity.
The ride was described to be a highly themed and immersive attraction. Before boarding Sidewinder Safari, guests were to enter a safari-themed queue line. With snakes, lizards and other reptiles surrounding them, guests would board spinning coaster vehicles for an exhilarating experience families and teens alike would enjoy.
Other Sidewinder Safari highlights include:
- Multiple 360 degree sideway spins;
- Rapid-strike drops;
- Twisting and turning hairpin curves;
- Cars that allow four people to enjoy the fun together.
The question on whether Safari Sidewinder will be added to the park is still up in the air after the park released their plans for the 2021 season:
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, the Thrill Capital of Northern California, is currently open weekends with a walk-through event, The Marine World Experience, now featuring the return of the park’s favorite walruses, Uquq and Pakak. Renaissance Days is an all-new special event that transports guests back to the Renaissance Era through wondrous characters, colorful costumes, delicious hearty foods, period shops, and fanciful décor. In April, the park will help guests celebrate Spring Break with all-new activities and fun photo opportunities. The park is preparing to transition to full operation with its complement of thrilling roller coasters, rides, and attractions in accordance with the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
It may be possible the ride is being held over for the 2022 season, as the operating status of theme parks in California is still up in the air. At the current time, there are no references to the attraction on the Discovery Kingdom or cooperate site.
For tickets and more information, visit the official Six Flags website here. Go Big! Go Six Flags!
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