The D.C. area's largest theme park, located in Prince George's County, officially introduced its eighth roller coaster ride.
Six Flags America parent Six Flags Entertainment Corp (NYSE:SIX) rolled out its 2012 line-up of new rides and attractions across the country. The D.C. area will get the Apocalypse: The Last Stand, a 100-foot roller coaster ushering in 2012; a year that some have proclaimed will be the planet's last.
Manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard, the Apocalypse is a standing-only-ride that's 2,900 feet in length, including a 90-foot drop and top-speeds of 55 miles per hour. The ride's grand opening is expected to commence May 25, 2012 with a fire display show in the evening.
“We are bringing new attractions to every Six Flags park every year,” stated Jim Reid-Anderson, Chairman, President and CEO. “This season’s guest satisfaction scores are the highest in our history, and we want to continue that momentum by offering a combination of family-friendly fare and thrill rides for guests of all ages to enjoy.
The Apocalypse replaces the Skull Mountain pirate-themed-water-ride which "set sail" on its final voyage July 10, 2011.