Six Flags America Introduces 8th Roller Coaster

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.

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