The Vodka God (allah_sulu) wrote,
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Six Flags, No People

   This is the fourth installment in my “Abandoned Six Flags” project, wherein I take pictures of the various corners of the Six Flags America park without people in them (which is getting harder and harder to do as the summer progresses and the crowds swell) and add some of my own commentary to them. The previous installments can be found here: first, second, third; and thanks go to my wife Q who took some of these pictures or spotted good subjects to take or areas from which to take them before I did.

   This building is right behind the Pirate’s Flight ride. There are many small buildings like this throughout the park, which are presumably is used for some sort of equipment storage, unless they’re just façades used for decoration. Most of them look old and unused, but they were probably designed to look that way when they were first constructed (especially in the “Coyote Creek” old West area of the park).

   These buildings are part of a string of skill booths in between the Apocalypse roller coaster and the entrance to the Gotham City area of the park. There’s a gap in between that isn’t being used for anything except what appears to be a door to an employee-only area. Those are scattered all over the park, and are used for taking breaks, storing medical equipment, and so forth.

   These two pictures were both taken from the gasoline-powered Great Race Antique Cars ride, which provides a different view of areas not normally seen from the rest of the park; including, in this case, the back side of the stroller rental building and the roller coaster in the Looney Tunes area of the park. As the leaves come in on the trees, it’s getting harder to glimpse some areas of the park from others as easily as it was during the Spring, when line of sight to various areas (like the not-yet-open-at-the-time waterpark) was unobstructed by nature. (The above pictures were all taken on 11 May 2013.)

   This long-range shot was taken from either The Wild One or the Falling Star in the Southwest Territory area. The Daffy Duck in Western duds which had in my previous pictures been left beside the train tracks has now been moved (mostly) out of sight to this storage area (which, from ground level, is mostly obscured by the wall and other rides). (The above picture was taken on 26 May 2013.)

   The Castaway Creek lazy river is a slow, circular river that you can slowly drift around on floating tubes. It completely surrounds a couple of other attractions (Calypso Cannonballs, Bamboo Chutes, and Vortex/Riptide; a number of waterslides and other attractions for children too big for the kiddie pools, but not yet big enough for the adult waterslides), and so has a number of bridges over which people can get to the attractions within the Castaway Creek, and for people on the creek to drift under. On the far side, however, are a few bridges that lead to nowhere and are blocked off – these are presumably there solely for people to drift under on that part of the creek, or possibly to allow access to future expansions if anything is ever built in the field beyond that fence.

   This is to the rear of Crocodile Cal’s Carribean Beach House, another part of the water park for older children (though not quite as deep or high as the area contained within Castaway Creek).

   These two pictures were taken from the Hurricane Bay wave pool, and show the Bonzai Pipelines (which are supposed to open this year) still under construction. There was also a thunderstorm rolling in that afternoon, so the call to evacuate the pool came in just about the time the second picture was taken (that picture was cropped from this one to remove the people and zoom in on the construction). (The above pictures were all taken on 2 June 2013.)

   They opened up the outside deck area for the Crazy Horse Restaurant and Theater in Coyote Creek, giving me a closer shot at the area behind it.

   I have no idea if they’re planning anything for that area behind the Superman roller coaster. I don’t recall seeing that tractor there before, but that area has always been pretty much flat and open.

   Behind / between the buildings at the end of the Main Street 1776 area (the shops between the entrance / exit on one end and the bridge to the park proper with the rides on the other) is another mostly hidden employee area with first aid equipment and a table for employee breaks. This area was visible from the back of one of the outside dining areas.

   We arrived late at the park on this day, and it was pretty crowded, meaning that we had to park all the way down at the butt end of the parking lots. (They run a tram back and forth from this end of the parking lots to the entrance / exit, for those who don’t want to walk all the way; but it’s often quicker to walk it than to wait in line for the tram.) Anyway, you can see strewn about the parking lot what appear to be pipe segments for the still under construction Bonzai Pipelines. (We haven’t been back to the water park yet to see what progress has been made, but it looked like there were less Bonzai Pipeline parts in the parking lot a week later.)

   Also visible from that parking lot, what appear to be a generator / transformer or other electrical equipment, and some junk. With the darkened windows, though, it’s impossible to tell whether or not anyone is inside it.

   Some form of security station in the parking lot. Last weekend, the observation deck was lowered to the ground; usually it’s raised up like in this shot.

   This picture was taken on the walk back to the back end of the parking lot from the park at the end of the day. This gate leads from the parking lot to where the Bonzai Pipelines are under construction. (The above pictures were all taken on 9 June 2013.)

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