Six Flags Nebraska is a theme park & zoo located in Springfield, Nebraska near Omaha. It is owned and operated by Six Flags. The park was opened in 1977 by The Coca-Cola Company as Ak-Sar-Ben Safari Park, and was re-named to Columbia Movie Park & Zoo in 1983 after Coca-Cola's purchase of Columbia Pictures. The park was sold to Sony in 1989 along with Columbia Pictures and TriStar, who sold it to Premier Parks in 1998, who rebranded it as Six Flags Nebraska.
Six Flags Nebraska features several themed areas along with the Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Nebraska water park, which is the largest Hurricane Harbor in the Six Flags chain. 2 million guests visited Six Flags Nebraska in 2018. Six Flags Nebraska has been accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) since 1981.
Coca-Cola era (1977-1989)
In May of 1975, the Coca-Cola Company in cooperation with the local bottler Chesterman Company purchased several acres of disused farmland in Springfield, Nebraska off Platteview Road, causing the Omaha World-Herald to speculate that either a theme park or bottling plant was being planned for the site. The then-Ak-Sar-Ben Safari Park was announced on June 6, 1975 in a press conference at the Ak-Sar-Ben Coliseum. Groundbreaking occurred on November 2, 1975 and the park opened on July 4, 1977 (the Fourth of July of that year). For the years that the park was called the Ak-Sar-Ben Safari Park, Coca-Cola payed royalties to the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben.
In 1983, Omaha Safari Park was re-named to and expanded as Columbia Movie Park & Zoo to capitalize on Coca-Cola's purchase of Columbia Pictures. The park's new slogan was "Hollywood in the Great Plains".
Sony era (1989-1998)
Coca-Cola sold off Columbia Movie Park & Zoo along with Columbia Pictures and TriStar to Sony, and they started adding more movie-based rides.
Six Flags era (1998-present)
In 1998, Columbia Movie Park & Zoo was sold by Sony to Premier Parks for US$52 million. On June 2, 1998, the park opened for the 1998 season under it's new name of Six Flags Nebraska. In 2018, Six Flags announced that after the elephants die, it will not take in any other elephants to replace them, instead opting to demolish the old elephant enclosure for further theme park expansion.
- DC Superhero City
- Looney Tunes Jungleland
- Whistlestop Park (formerly known as "Thomas Town" [2008-2010])
Current rides & attractions
- Batman: The Ride (2000; a B&M Batman Clone, originally planned as FACE/OFF for Paramount's Great America) [DC Superhero City]
- The Joker (1997; a TOGO Stand up Coaster, relocated from Six Flags Taiwan where it was formerly known as Robot Coaster from 1997-2004, retracked by S&S Sansei in 2010) [DC Superhero City]
- Scooby-Doo Ghoster Coaster (1991; a Schwarzkopf sit down family coaster, formerly Ghostbusters Chase)
- Superman: Ultimate Flight (2012; A B&M Flying Coaster "Manta" clone)
- Ultra Twister (2007; A Gerstlauer 420/2 spinning coaster, formerly known as "Tony Hawk's Big Spin" [2007-2010], this was the only Tony Hawk's Big Spin roller coaster to not be renamed "Big Spin", "Pandemonium", or to have a DC Comics name)
- Spider (1985; An Eyerly Spider ride)
- Vertical Velocity (2000; An Intamin Gyro Drop tower ride)
- Taz's Tornado (A kiddie Wave Swinger ride)
- American Pine Martens
- European Polecats
- Sea Lions
- Sea Otters
Other zoo attractions
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Nebraska
Opened in 2004.
- Adventure River (2004; a 1,000-foot (300 m) long lazy river)
- Big Kahuna (2004; four-slide intertube complex)
- Dive Bomber (2004; a five story slide where the floor drops out from under you, originally had no trapdoor until 2014, and also known as "New Dive Bomber" for the 2014 season)
- Hook's Lagoon (2004; a family water playground)
- Hurricane Bay (2004; a 500,000 gallon wave pool)
- Hurricane Mountain (2004, a set of ProSlide Technology Inc. Pipeline slides)
- Tornado (2004; a ProSlide Technology Inc. Tornado "Rattler" slide)