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Six Flags Winnipeg is an amusement park located in the Rural Municipality of Headingley in Manitoba, Canada but under the extraterritorial jurisdiction of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The park opened in 1984 as Kid City after being rebuilt and expanded from the former Funland Winnipeg park, and was purchased by Premier Parks in 1996, rebranding under it's current name of Six Flags Winnipeg for the 1998 season.

The park's mascot is Leon the Otter (voiced by Martin Berger since his 1985 commercial debut), and he is notable for having been retained as the park's mascot even after the Six Flags rebranding.

From 2004-2011, Leon the Otter was replaced by Mr. Six on the parking lot sign, but that didn't stop Leon from being the mascot of the park, and he even appeared in his usual animated form at the end of the Six Flags Winnipeg version of the original Mr. Six advertisement.

History

In 1984, six years after Swiss-Québécois entrepreneur Jean-Claude Botrel purchased the Funland Winnipeg theme park and the adjacent The Haunted Mansion of Manitoba, Botrel rethemed Funland Winnipeg and built several new rides and attractions, naming the new park Kid City, inspired by Sesame Place in the United States.

The new park was heavily advertised on TV stations throughout Manitoba and Ontario throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, and featured attractions based off The Raccoons and the long-running TV series Polka Dot Door. The Haunted Mansion of Manitoba remained as part of Kid City, and still is part of the current Six Flags Winnipeg park to this day.

In 1996, Seagrounds Financial Group sold Kid City to Premier Parks for US$1 million. In 1998, the park rebranded as Six Flags Winnipeg.

Special Events

The park hosts numerous concerts every summer at the McDonald's Amphitheater at Six Flags Winnipeg. The concerts are included with the park admission. It also hosts the Montreal Expos' current spring training park RBC Park at Six Flags Winnipeg. Attendance for games is included with park admission and vice-versa.

Fright Fest

A Halloween-oriented haunt event that was introduced in 2002 with Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street (played by Robert Englund in the commercials and Ryan Kennedy in the live performances) as the event's "entertainment chairman". Starting in 2017, performers in the scare zones wear padding underneath their costumes and have a "panic button" walkie-talkie hidden in their costumes in case they are attacked by a guest they scared.

Holiday in the Park

In 2001, Six Flags Winnipeg debuted "Holiday in the Park", a Christmas event with lights and entertainment throughout the park.

Areas

  • DC Universe
  • Fun Zone
  • Gotham City
  • Highway of Thrills
  • Kidzopolis (formerly "Wiggles World" from 2008-2010)
  • Looney Tunes Seaport (formerly "Popeye's Seaport" from 1997-1998)
  • Main Street
  • The Raccoons' Evergreen Forest
  • Whistlestop Park (formerly "Thomas Land" from 2008-2010)

Current rides & attractions

Roller coasters

  • Batman: The Ride (2017, a RMC wood-steel hybrid roller coaster; rebuilt from the former Flying Brigade roller coaster which stood from 1973-2015) [Gotham City]
  • Bentley's Fun Coaster (1993, a Vekoma Junior Coaster) [The Raccoons' Evergreen Forest]
  • Big Spin (2007, a Gerstlauer 420/4 Spinning Coaster, formerly known as "Tony Hawk's Big Spin" from 2007-2010, only version of Pandemonium to retain the Big Spin name, not to be confused with Big Spin Halfpipe) [Highway of Thrills]
  • Boomerang: Coast to Coaster (2000, a Vekoma Boomerang, original Vekoma trains replaced with Sunkid trains in 2020) [Highway of Thrills]
  • Harley Quinn's Wacky Racers (1990, a Vekoma Wild Mouse, formerly known as "Mouse Chase" from 1990-2008, one of the trains repainted gold in 2011 for the 50th chainwide anniversary) [Gotham City]
  • The Joker (1988, a Soquet Looping Coaster that is a clone of Diabelska Pętla at Legendia (formerly Soopa Loopa at Lightwater Valley and Iron Wolf/Gladiator/Twin Looper/JCB Twin Looper at American Adventure), formerly known as "Loopster" from 1988-2002) [Gotham City]
  • Magic Flyer (1984; A PTC wooden kiddie coaster, formerly known as "Thomas' Railway" [2008-2010] before reverting back to the ride's original name "Magic Flyer") [Whistlestop Park]
  • Mind Eraser (1999; A B&M inverted roller coaster that is a clone of Raptor at Cedar Point, painted blue track with red supports until 2009, when it was repainted orange track with yellow supports) [Highway of Thrills]
  • Superman: Ultimate Flight (2004; a B&M Floorless Coaster, clone of Superman: La Atracción de Acero at Parque Warner Madrid) [DC Universe]

Flat rides

  • Big Spin Halfpipe (2008; A Zamperla Mega Disk'O ride, formerly known as "Tony Hawk's Big Spin Halfpipe" [2008-2010]) [Highway of Thrills]
  • Jump Around (2001; a Tagada ride)
  • Leon's Otter Twist (1986; A Traver Caterpillar ride themed to Leon the Otter) [Fun Zone]
  • Scrambler (2000; A Huss-TechEruo Scrambler ride) [Highway of Thrills]
  • Superman: Tower of Power (2003; a Intamin Giant Drop tower) [DC Universe]
  • Twirlybirds (1973; A Eyerly Aircraft Company Loop-O-Plane ride; was briefly closed temporarily in 2018 after an incident on another Loop-O-Plane at a state fair in the United States) [Main Street]
  • Wind Chaser (1984; A Zierer Wave swinger ride) [Highway of Thrills]

Kiddie rides

  • 40 Winks (1973; A Mangles kiddie Ferris Wheel ride, formerly known as "Wee Wee Wheel" [1973-1996]) [Looney Tunes Seaport]
  • Bugs' Rabbit Transit (1973; A Chance Rides kiddie train ride, formerly known as "Anchors Away Railway" [1997-1998] and "Lil Tooter" [1973-1996])
  • Seaport Coastal Delivery (1984; A Chance Rides kiddie umbrella ride with jeeps, formerly known as "Bluto's Monster Trucks" [1997-1998] and "Junior Jeeps" [1973-1996]) [Looney Tunes Seaport]
  • Taz Twister (1984; A Zierer kiddie Wave Swinger ride, formerly known as "Swee Pea Swings" [1997-1998] and "Whirlygig" [1984-1996]) [Looney Tunes Seaport]

Other

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Winnipeg

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Winnipeg logo
Opened in 2007. Located on land on the property that was originally planned to be an expansion of The Raccoons' Evergreen Forest (which did get a minor expansion in 2015). Entrance is included with the park admission and season passes.
  • Adventure River (2007; a 1,000-foot (300 m) long lazy river)
  • Aqua Splash (2007; a WhiteWater West water coaster)
  • Blackbeard's Vengeance (2013; a trapdoor body slide that follows a clockwise turn and then exits at water-level close to the entrance of Hurricane Bay)
  • Big Kahuna (2007; four-slide WhiteWater West innertube complex)
  • Dive Bomber (2007; a five story slide where the floor drops out from under you, originally called "Cliffhanger" and didn't have a trapdoor until 2013, it is rather close to Hurricane Bay)
  • Hurricane Bay (2007; a 500,000 gallon wave pool)
  • Hurricane Raceway (2016; a clone of H2Go Racers at Raging Waters Sydney)
  • Hurricane Mountain (2007; a set of ProSlide Technology Inc. Pipeline slides)
  • Leon's Discovery Island (2007; a WhiteWater West water play structure with slides, fountains, and a tipping bucket)
  • Leon's Wild Flume (2007; a Mack Rides Log Flume)
  • Soaker Coaster (2002; a Setpoint USA Suspended Coaster with water buckets similar to Flying Super Saturator at Six Flags Carowinds, originally in the Highway of Thrills area)
  • Tornado (2007; a ProSlide Technology Inc. Tornado "Rattler" slide)

Former rides & attractions

Roller coasters

  • Flying Brigade (1973-2015, a PTC wooden coaster that is made to not look that intense at first... until after the mid course break run) [Highway of Thrills]

See Also

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