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Six Flags New Orleans

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New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Six Flags New Orleans is an abandoned amusement park located in New Orleans, Louisiana, which opened under the title Jazzland in 2000. In 2002, Six Flags had purchased the property and renamed it Six Flags: New Orleans beginning with the 2003 season. The park had closed after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. After Hurricane Katrina, the Six Flags company made multiple efforts to save the park while it remained closed during the 2006 and 2007 seasons. Shortly after, Six Flags had ended their lease and the park is now under ownership by the City of New Orleans. In March 2012, it was announced that the park would be transformed in a mall, entitled Jazzland Outlet Mall, possibly as a tribute to the original park name.

As of July 2019, the park remains closed to the public and is still in very poor condition. To prevent unauthorized entry, the New Orleans Police Department have been sent to patrol the park to arrest trespassers.

History

The park was located in Eastern New Orleans, in the Ninth Ward of the city off Interstate 510. The park first opened under the name "Jazzland" in 2000, operated by Alfa Smartparks before Six Flags took over the park's lease in 2002.

The land, owned by the city of New Orleans, was leased to and operated by Six Flags.

Jazzland era

The park opened in 2000 as Jazzland. Opening day roller coasters included: Mega Zeph, Zydeco Scream, Muskrat Scrambler, and Rex's Rail Runner (the name was later changed to Road Runner Express).

It continued to operate with the name of Jazzland until 2002.

Six Flags era

The park changed its name in 2002 to Six Flags New Orleans after Six Flags took the lease over. Rex's Rail Runner's name was changed to Road Runner Express

In 2005, the park closed for Hurricane Katrina.

After Katrina

After Hurricane Katrina, Six Flags sought to end its lease on the site.

The owners claimed the park must remain shut down as long as outstanding claims with insurance companies remain unsettled.

On August 18, 2009, it was announced that the land would be redeveloped into a Nickelodeon-branded water/theme park.
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The flooded park in 2005.

On September 18, 2009, the city of New Orleans fined Six Flags $3 million and ordered the park to vacate its lease.

As of early 2010, the site was overgrown with debris and weeds. Removal of the debris and underbrush had begun.

As of April 11, 2010, the site was still shut down with no future clear, since New Orleans officially now owns the property and the plans for the Nickelodeon-branded theme park fell through three months after bonds failed to come through.

As of October 2010, Southern Star Amusement Inc. was still working to recover the park.

In February 6, 2012 it was reported that the selection committee rejected the plan for the site of Six Flags New Orleans to become a theme park, leaving the upscale outlet mall as the only proposal being considered by the committee. Despite the commitee's actions, one of the original eight entrepreneurs is continuing to try to get public support for their proposal. Jazzland Park aims to return the park to its roots. They also plan to add a water park and movie studio back lot to the site.

In March 2012, it was announced that the park would be transformed in a mall, entitled Jazzland Outlet Mall, possibly as a tribute to the original park name. The mall will use rides from the theme park depending on condition.

20th Century Fox will be filming a movie at the park, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.[1]

Present Roller Coasters (4)

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Status
Jester Vekoma Sit-Down 2003 SBNO
Mega Zeph Custom Coasters International Hybrid 2000 SBNO
Muskrat Scrambler L&T Systems Wild Mouse 2000 SBNO
Zydeco Scream Vekoma Shuttle 2000 SBNO

Former Roller Coasters (2)

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Relocated
Batman: The Ride Bolliger & Mabillard Inverted 2002 2005 Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Road Runner Express

Vekoma

Family

2000

2005

Six Flags Magic Mountain

References

  1. http://www.wwltv.com/news/local/Outlet-Mall-Project-Progressing-At-Six-Flags-Site-157612665.htmldead link, 2016-05-06
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