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Six Flags Discovery Kingdom amusement park, in Vallejo. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

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Six Flags has record year

By From page A5 | March 10, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Six Flags in 2013 had its six consecutive year of record financial performance.

The company recently announced its EBIDTA – earnings before interest, depreciation, taxes and amortization – came to $404 million. That’s a 7 percent increase over the prior year.

Six Flags owns Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo. Park President Don McCoy said the firm doesn’t release financial information for individual parks, but that Discovery Kingdom had “a really good year.”

Among the changes the park has made is staying open on weekends in January and February. The park in past years closed during this period. Weather cooperated this year, with people able to comfortably be outdoors during a warm January.

“When there wasn’t lot of snow in the mountains, we had a great entertainment option for them here locally,” McCoy said.

The new schedule gives a better value to season pass holders, he said. The park plans to continue the practice in coming years.

“During this time of year, the crowds and lines are short and people can enjoy the park,” McCoy said.

The park is building a new attraction called the Tsunami Soaker. It is a tea-cup type of ride, with the riders able to squirt each other with water guns.

“I think this ride appeals to people of all ages,” McCoy said.

The Tsunami Soaker should open around Memorial Day. Construction time depends on the weather, McCoy said.

“One of the things we do at Six Flags, we have something new at the park every year,” he said.

Do you have a Biz Buzz item? Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929, or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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