Six Flags New Orleans

Six Flags New Orleans
Six Flags New Orleans Logo.jpg
amusement park
Location
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New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Status Standing but not operating
Operated 2000 to August 21, 2005
Owner New Orleans
Previous names Jazzland (2000-2002)
Area 140 acres[1]

Six Flags New Orleans is an abandoned amusement park in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. It closed after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005.

History[edit | edit source]

View across the central lake
Entrance to the park in 2004

The possibility of building a Jazz-themed park, Jazzland, was being discussed as early as 1990 however the project was delayed due to difficulties in obtaining both public and private financing.[2] In July 1998 the project was approved by the City Council, who would supply $10 million towards its construction.[3]

Construction on the park commenced in 1998 and took 18 months. During construction, a concrete platform had to be built for the park as the ground in the area is too soft to support the park on its own. On May 20, 2000, the park opened as Jazzland. It was owned and operated at the time by Ogden Entertainment.[1][4]

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.

Following the acquisition of the park by Six Flags in August 2002[5], it was relaunched on April 12, 2003 as Six Flags New Orleans.[6] Rex's Rail Runner's name was changed to Road Runner Express Several rides purchased as a package from the closed Japanese park Gotemba Thrill Valley were added, including Batman The Ride.[7]

In August 2005, the park closed for Hurricane Katrina.

After Katrina[edit | edit source]

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.

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.

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 filmed a movie at the park, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.[8]

Former roller coasters[edit | edit source]

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Fate
Batman: The Ride Bolliger & Mabillard Inverted 2002 2005 Relocated to Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Jester Vekoma Steel 2003 2005 Standing but not operating
Mega Zeph Custom Coasters International Wooden 2000 2005 Standing but not operating
Muskrat Scrambler L&T Systems Wild Mouse 2000 2005 Standing but not operating
Road Runner Express Vekoma Family 2000 2005 Relocated to Six Flags Magic Mountain
Zydeco Scream Vekoma Shuttle 2000 2005 Standing but not operating

Former attractions[edit | edit source]

This list is incomplete, please expand it if you can.
Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Fate
Catwoman's Whip Mondial Shake June 2003 August 2005 Standing but not operating
Dizzy Lizzy Fabbri Frisbee May 20, 2000 August 2005 Standing but not operating
Joker's Jukebox Wieland Schwarzkopf Polyp June 2003 August 2005 Standing but not operating
Lex Luthor's Invertatron Soriani & Moser Top Spin 2002 August 2005 Standing but not operating
Skycoaster Sky Fun 1 Inc. Skycoaster May 20, 2000 August 2005 Standing but not operating
Sonic Slam and Bayou Blaster S&S Worldwide Drop Tower May 20, 2000 August 2005 Relocated to Great Escape
Spillway Splashout Hopkins Shoot The Chute May 20, 2000 August 2005 Standing but not operating

References[edit | edit source]

The category Six Flags New Orleans contains additional media.
  1. 1.0 1.1 "Jazzland", The Daily Advertiser (14 May 2000), pp. 49. Retrieved on October 30, 2020.
  2. "Jazzland Park master plan OK'd by council", The Daily Review (April 3, 1998), pp. 6. Retrieved on October 30, 2020.
  3. "N.O. theme park won't go to public bid", The Times (July 9, 1998), pp. 15. Retrieved on October 30, 2020.
  4. "New N.O. amusement park a real thriller", The Town Talk (21 May 2000), pp. 45. Retrieved on October 30, 2020.
  5. Six Flags Completes Acquisition Of Jazzland Theme Park - Ultimate Rollercoaster
  6. Six Flags New Orleans Opens - Coaster Globe (Wayback Archive)
  7. B&M; coaster track, other rides, now arriving at Jazzland - Amusement Today (Wayback archive)
  8. http://www.wwltv.com/news/local/Outlet-Mall-Project-Progressing-At-Six-Flags-Site-157612665.html