Six Flags New Orleans

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

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]

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[edit | edit source]

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's Express).

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

Six Flags era[edit | edit source]

Following the acquisition of the park by Six Flags in August 2002[1], it was relaunched on April 12, 2003 as Six Flags New Orleans.[2] Rex's Rail Runner's name was changed to Road Runner Express

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.[3]

Roller coasters[edit | edit source]

Present[edit | edit source]

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

Past[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]