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February 28, 2007

Six Flags Theme Parks To Add Thomas & Friends Areas

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Eric Gieszl, Editor

Agawam, MA and Vallejo, CA -- In an ongoing effort to improve the family attractions at its theme parks, Six Flags announced today that it will add a newly themed area based on the popular Thomas & Friends brand to its theme parks in New England and Northern California.

Six Flags' Thomas Town areas at Six Flags New England and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom will feature a real Thomas the Tank Engine replica that guests can ride.

The new half-acre areas will also have a Harold the Helicopter ride and Bertie the Bus ride. Sir Topham Hat, controller of the railway, will also be on hand to pose for photos and greet visitors on their journey through life-sized models of Thomas' mythical home on the Island of Sodor.

As expected Six Flags will open an in-park Thomas & Friends store to sell related merchandise.

"Thomas & Friends is part of the exciting season we have planned for 2007, when we continue our mission of making the Six Flags brand synonymous with an entertainment experience that delivers for the entire family," said Mark Sharpiro, Six Flags president and CEO.

"Parents and children alike will revel in the chance to spend time in the world of Thomas & Friends, from rides to characters to photos and favorite merchandise, a unique opportunity they will only find at Six Flags," added Shapiro.

Marc Schneider, Senior Vice President & General Manager for HIT Entertainment who spearheaded the agreement commented, "Six Flags theme parks have been providing families with quality entertainment for more than 40 years and we're excited to work with them to debut all-new Thomas Town play areas at their parks."

For Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Northern California, Thomas Town is part of an entirely revamped and re-imagined park. Earlier this year the park announced its name would change from Marine World to Discovery Kingdom. The park also unveiled new themed areas called Land, Sea and Sky, to orient guests through the park.

"The park will look different, feel different and be different," said Martin Lathrop, park president. "And with the addition of Thomas Town, we have expanded our kids' play areas, which include Tava's Jungleland, which opened last year, and our Looney Tunes Seaport fun area."

In total, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom will now have three separate children's areas.

Both Thomas Town's are expected to open at the two Six Flags parks on Memorial Day weekend.

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