Six Flags Hurricane Harbor

Hurricane Harbor is the name of a chain of water parks that are part of the Six Flags theme park chain. Although the parks are not identical, common features include a variety of body slides, speed slides, tube slides, wave pools, lazy rivers, and shopping areas.

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Location11 current locations and 1 former location in the United States, 1 current location in Mexico
OwnerSix Flags
Hurricane Harbor locations in blue and future locations in yellow.

History

Six Flags began using the Hurricane Harbor brand in 1995 with the opening of Six Flags Hurricane Harbor adjacent to Six Flags Magic Mountain. That same year, Wet 'n Wild in Arlington, Texas, was purchased by Six Flags. It operated as Wet 'n Wild — A Six Flags Park in 1995-1996 then was rebranded as Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in 1997.[1] The brand has since become a trademark of the Six Flags franchise. In 1999, Six Flags St. Louis was the first Six Flags park to construct its own intra-park water attractions section.[2] As Six Flags acquired and rebranded parks in the 2000s, some existing water parks within these theme parks were later upgraded and rebranded as Hurricane Harbor.

Only one Hurricane Harbor has closed. After Six Flags Worlds of Adventure was sold to Cedar Fair in 2004, the water park was renamed Hurricane Hannah's Waterpark. It was abandoned in 2006 and most of the attractions were relocated to a new waterpark on what used to be the marine life side of the park.[3]

Included with park's admission

Six Flags America

Hurricane Harbor is a water park located within Six Flags America. It was known as Paradise Island until 2005 when it was rebranded Hurricane Harbor.

Slides and attractions

NameDescription OpenedHeight RequirementThrill Rating
Bahama BlastA 517 feet (158 m) long inner-tube slide 2005Over 42" with adult, Over 48" aloneMild
Bamboo ChutesOriginally "Kid's Flumes" (198?-2005). Under 54"Mild
Bonzai PipelinesSix slides on one platform at each slide travels passengers at 40 MPH after where the floor drops out from under. 2013Max
Buccaneer BeachA children's play area 2005Under 54"Mild
Calypso CannonballsChildren's water slide. Originally "Caribbean Cannonball Flume" (198?-2005). Over 48"Mild
Wahoo RiverA lazy river Mild
Splashwater FallsMulti-platform play structure that features 7 slides, 100+ play features, and 1 giant bucket. Originally "Crocodile Cal’s Outback Beach House" (1997-2005) "Crocodile Cal's Caribbean Beach House" (2005-2015). 1997Over 42"Mild
HammerheadAn enclosed water slide. Originally "Black Hole" (1997-2005). 1997Over 48"Mild
Hurricane BayA wave pool with 4 feet (1.2 m) tall waves. One of the largest in the country. Originally "Monsoon Lagoon" (1982-2005). 1982Mild
MakoAn open air inner-tube slide. Originally "Bonzai Pipeline" (1997-2005). 1997Over 48"Mild
Paradise Plunge/Reef RunnerA water slide that leads into a 65,000 gallon pool. Originally "Tahiti Twister" (1994-2005). 1994Over 42" with adult, Over 48" aloneModerate
The HalfpipeA four-story high zero gravity water slide. Originally Tony Hawk's Halfpipe" (2008-2010). 2008Over 48"Max
TornadoA 132 feet (40 m) long, ProSlide Tornado slide 2005Over 48"Max
Vortex/RiptideBody slides. Originally "Luau Loop" (198?-2005). Over 48"Mild
ZoomAzon FallsFour body slides. Originally "Rainbow Falls" (1982-2003) and "Hurricane Mountain" (2004-2008). 1982 Over 48"Moderate

Six Flags New England

Hurricane Harbor is a water park located within Six Flags New England. The waterpark opened in 1997 as Island Kingdom and was rebranded Hurricane Harbor in 2003.

Slides and attractions

NameDescription OpenedHeight RequirementThrill Rating
Adventure RiverA 1,000-foot (300 m) long lazy river 1998Mild
Big KahunaFour slide intertube complex 1998Over 48"Mild
Bonzai PipelinesSix slides on one platform at each slide travels passengers at 40 MPH after where the floor drops out from under. 2013Max
Cannonball FallsThree body slides 1998Over 48"Moderate
Commotion OceanA 500,000 gallon wave pool 1999Moderate
Geronimo Falls and Zooma FallsA slide complex with a partially enclosed slide and a fully enclosed slide 2003Over 42 Moderate
Hook’s LagoonChildren's area 1998Over 42"Mild
Hurricane Bay 1998Mild
Hurricane Falls SlideSix slides 2003Over 36"Moderate
Kiddie OctopusChildren's area 1998Mild
Kiddie Pirate ShipChildren's area 1998Mild
Lagoon SlidesSix children's slides 2003Over 42 Mild
Monsoon Lagoon 2003Mild
Shark AttackFour kid slides 1999Over 48"Moderate
Splash IslandChildren's pool 1998Mild
Swiss Family TobogganA giant raft slide 1998Over 36"Moderate
TornadoA ProSlide Tornado slide 2003Over 54"Max
TyphoonA water coaster 2005Over 48"Max

Six Flags Over Georgia

Hurricane Harbor is a water park located within Six Flags Over Georgia. The water park opened in May 2014.

Slides and attractions

NameDescriptionHeight RequirementThrill Rating
Bonzai PipelinesMulti-slide complexOver 42"Max
Calypso BayWave poolMax
Paradise IslandChildren's areaNone with adult, Over 36" aloneModerate
Tsunami SurgeBowl slidesOver 48"Mild

Six Flags St. Louis

Hurricane Harbor is a water park located within Six Flags St. Louis.

Slides and attractions

NameDescription OpenedHeight RequirementThrill Rating
Big KahunaA six story, four person raft slide 1999Over 36"Moderate
Bonzai PipelineA 40 MPH slide where the floor drops out from under you. 2012Over 48"Max
Gulley Washer CreekA 1,100-foot (340 m) lazy river 1999Mild
Hook’s LagoonAn interactive children's play area 1999Mild
Hurricane BayA 30,000-square-foot (2,800 m2) wave pool 1999Moderate
Pirate Ship SlidesChildren slides 1999Mild
Speed SlidesThree 6-story-high tube slides 1999 (closed 2017)Over 48"Max
TornadoA ProSlide Tornado slide 2005Over 48"Max
Tree House SlidesChildren slides 1999Over 42"Mild
Tube SlidesFour 400-foot (120 m) long tube slides 1999Over 48"Max
Typhoon TwisterWater slide 2018Over 48"Max
Wahoo Racer6 lane, triple-drop, mat racer slide 2009Over 48"Max

The Great Escape

Hurricane Harbor is a water park located within The Great Escape. The waterpark opened in 1997 as Splashwater Kingdom and was rebranded Hurricane Harbor in 2019.


Separate admission

Six Flags Great Adventure

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, New Jersey is a water park located adjacent to Six Flags Great Adventure.

Slides and attractions

NameOpenedDescriptionHeight RequirementThrill Rating
Bada Bing, Bada Bang, Bada Boom!2000Three, five-story high slidesOver 48"Moderate
Big Wave Racer2013A multi-lane mat racerMax
Blue Lagoon2000A 1,000,000 gallon wave poolMild
Boreas, Eurus, Zephyrus and Nortus2000Four, 54-foot (16 m) high slidesOver 48"Moderate
Cannonball, Wahini and Jurahnimo Falls2000Three body slidesOver 48"Max
Caribbean Cove 2016 Interactive water play area, with 55 water features Mild
Discovery Bay2000A children's areaMild
Hurricane Mountain2001Two 51-foot (16 m) high slidesOver 48"Moderate
King Cobra2012 (closed 2017, removed 2018)A 25-foot (7.6 m) high dual slide. First of its kind in the United StatesMax
Taak It Eez Ee Creek2000A 700,000 gallon lazy riverMild
The Big Bambu and Reef Runner2000A 64-foot (20 m) high water slideOver 42"Mild
Tornado2010A 60-foot (18 m) tall ProSlide Tornado slideOver 48"Max

Six Flags Great America

Hurricane Harbor is a water park located at Six Flags Great America located in Gurnee, Illinois. Hurricane Harbor was added to the park in 2005.[4] Guests who do not have a Six Flags Great America season pass are required to pay an additional fee to enter.

Slides and attractions

NameDescription OpenedHeight RequirementThrill Rating
Bahama Mama and Bubba TubbaA six story raft slide 2005Over 42"Moderate
Buccaneer BayA children's play area 2005Mild
Castaway CreekA lazy river 2005Mild
Dive BomberA five story slide where the floor drops out from under you 2011Over 48"Max
Hammerhead and BarracudaFive story slides 2005Over 48"Max
Hurricane Bay500,000 gallon wave pool 2005Moderate
Hurricane MountainFour story tube slide 2005Over 42"Mild
Mega WedgieA five story slide where the floor drops out from under you 2011Over 48"Max
Monsoon LagoonA children's pool 2011Mild
Paradise Plunge and Riptide 2005Over 48"Max
Riptide BayHome to Dive Bomber, Surf Rider, Mega Wedgie, Wipeout, Monsoon Lagoon and luxury cabanas 2011Moderate
Skull IslandLargest interactive playground in the world 2005Over 36"Mild
Surf RiderBodysurf pool 2011Over 48"Moderate
TornadoA ProSlide Tornado slide 2006Over 48"Max
Vortex and TyphoonAn enclosed water slide 2005Over 42"Moderate
Big Wave RacerMulti-lane mat racer 2011Over 42"Moderate
WipeoutA ProSlide Tantrum slide with two funnels 2011Over 48"Max
Tsunami SurgeThe tallest and fastest water coaster. 2020

Six Flags Magic Mountain

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, Los Angeles is a water park located adjacent to Six Flags Magic Mountain.

Slides and attractions

NameDescription OpenedHeight RequirementThrill Rating
Bamboo RacerA six-lane 45-foot (14 m) tall mat racer 1997Over 42"Moderate
Black Snake SummitFour body slides, two of them are the tallest enclosed water slides in Southern California 1997Over 48"Max
Bonzai PipelinesTwo individual slides, both with a trapdoor which sends the rider hurdling into an enclosed body slide 2014Over 48"Max
Castaway CoveA children's play area 1995Under 54"Mild
Forgotten Sea Wave PoolA 6-foot (1.8 m) deep wave pool 1995Mild
Lightning FallsThree tube slides 1995Over 48"Moderate
Lizard LagoonA 7,000-square-foot (650 m2) pool for teens 1997Mild
Lost Temple RapidsA 60-foot (18 m) tall family raft slide 1995Over 42"Moderate
Reptile RidgeFive 35-foot (11 m) tall water slides 1997Over 48"Moderate
River CruiseA 1,300-foot (400 m) long lazy river 1997Mild
Splash IslandA children's play area. Interactive play area opened in 1995 as Shipwreck Shores and closed in 2011. Replaced by Splash Island, It was formerly known as Mr. Six's Splash Island only in its debut year. 2012Mild
Taboo TowerA variety of 65-foot (20 m) tall water slides 1995Over 48"Max
Tiki FallsA 400-foot (120 m) long tube slide 1995Over 48"Moderate
TornadoA ProSlide Tornado. 2004Over 48"Max

Incidents

On September 30, 2012, a 19-year-old man fell off the Venom Drop slide that was part of the Black Snake Summit slide complex. The man ignored the life guards and went down the slide head first on his stomach when protocol is to go down feet-first on the back. He fell off the slide halfway down and hit the concrete. The man was unconscious but breathing when he was taken to the hospital.[5]

Six Flags Over Texas

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, Arlington is located near Six Flags Over Texas. It was originally a part of the Wet 'n Wild chain, but was purchased by Six Flags in 1995.

Slides and attractions

NameDescription OpenedHeight RequirementThrill Rating
Blue RaiderA 530-foot (160 m) long tube slide. 1983Over 36"Moderate
Bonzai BoggansA 45-foot (14 m) long toboggan slide. 1987Over 36"Moderate
Boogie BeachSurfrider pool. 1999Mild
Caribbean ChaosA water slide propelled by 1,500 gallons of water. 1997Over 42"Moderate
Der StukaA 72-foot (22 m) high body slide. 1985Over 48"Max
Dive BomberA seven-story-high body slide. Originally a 2nd Der Stuka slide, it was modified with a capsule and drop platform and reopened in summer 2012. 2012Over 48"Max
GeronimoA 60-foot (18 m) high slide. 1989Over 48"Max
Hook’s Lagoon TreehouseA children's play area. 1999Mild
Hook’s ShipFour kid slides. 1999Under 42"Mild
Hook’s SlidesFour kid slides. 1999Over 42"Mild
Hydra ManiacFour enclosed slides. 1986Over 42"Max
Lazy RiverA lazy river. 1983Mild
Mega WedgieA four-story-high slide into a valley. 2008Over 42"Max
Raging RapidsA tube ride through six pools connected by a gradual slope. 1983Over 36"Mild
Sea WolfA 830-foot (250 m) long raft slide. 1997Over 36"Moderate
Shotgun FallsFour slides, two enclosed and two open air. 1985Over 42"Max
Suntan LagoonA one million gallon pool with geysers, fountains, and waterfalls. 1983Mild
Surf LagoonOne million gallon wave pool. 1983Mild
Surf RiderSurfrider pool. 1999Over 48"Moderate
The Black HoleTwo 80-foot (24 m) high slides. 1990Over 36"Max
TornadoA ProSlide Tornado. 2004Over 48"Max
Tsunami SurgeA ProSlide Tornado Wave. 2013Max
Typhoon TwisterA ProSlide Cannonbowl. 2013Max
Wahoo RacerA ProSlide Race. 2014Max

Six Flags Mexico

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, Oaxtepec is located in Oaxtepec, Mexico. It was originally independently owned, but was purchased by Six Flags in 2017.

Slides and attractions

NameDescription OpenedHeight RequirementThrill Rating
Adventure River2,132 foot lazy river Over 35"Moderate
AnacondaFour Body Slides. 2017Over 35"Maximum
Aqua RacerProslide ProRacer. Over 35"Maximum
Big SurfProSlide hybrid of Tornado and Bowl. 2017Over 35"Moderate
CowabungaTwo body slides. Over 35"Maximum
Coconut CoveKids play area. 2017Under 35"Minimum
Hurricane bay2 million gallon wave pool. Over 35"Max
King CobraDueling slide themed to a snake 2019Over 48"Max
Shark AttackTwo Body Slides. Over 35"Maximum
Splash IslandKids play area. Under 35"Minimum
TornadoA ProSlide Tornado. 2017Over 35"Maximum
TwisterSpeed Slides Over 35"Maximum
TyphoonFour Tube Slides Over 35"Maximum
Volcano Blaster33-foot (10 m) Speed Slide Over 35"Maximum

Phoenix

The water park is located in Phoenix, Arizona. Originally called Wet N' Wild Phoenix from 2009 to 2018, it was rebranded as Hurricane Harbor Phoenix for the 2019 season.

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, Splashtown

The water park is located in Spring, Texas. It was previously owned by Six Flags. In 2019, it will be rebranded as Hurricane Harbor.

References

  1. Brown, Jessmay (1995), "Six Flags operator buys neighbor Wet'n Wild - Facilities expected to stay separate" (PDF), Fort Worth Star Telegram
  2. Seifert, Jeffrey (2011). "Turning 40 in Mid-America". RollerCoaster! Magazine. Zanesville, Ohio: American Coaster Enthusiasts. 33 (1): 37–46. ISSN 0896-7261.
  3. "Geauga Lake Park Maps". GeaugaLakeToday.com. 2012. Retrieved January 20, 2012.
  4. Moschke, Will (2011). "35 Years at the Great America Parks". RollerCoaster! Magazine. Zanesville, Ohio: American Coaster Enthusiasts. 33 (4): 4–15. ISSN 0896-7261.
  5. "Man falls from water slide at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor". L.A. Times. October 1, 2012. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
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