Six Flags America is closing its Apocalypse stand-up roller coaster

Roller coaster Apocalypse: The Last Stand
The roller coaster Apocalypse: The Last Stand takes you up 10 stories. (Courtesy Six Flags America)
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On the roller coaster, Apocalypse at Six Flags America, you go 55 mph. (Courtesy Six Flags America)
You encounter zombies on the roller coaster, Apocalypse: The Last Stand, at Six Flags America. (Courtesy Six Flags America)
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The roller coaster is 2,900 feet long and the ride takes 2 minutes. (Courtesy Six Flags America)
Roller coaster Apocalypse: The Last Stand
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WASHINGTON — Six Flags America is closing its Apocalypse stand-up roller coaster.

Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro, Maryland is planning a new thrill ride for next season, and that means closing one of its existing rides.

News of the closure comes on National Roller Coaster Day.

The roller coaster Apocalypse: The Last Stand will close forever on Saturday, Sept. 8.

Apocalypse debuted at Six Flags America during the 2012 season. Six Flags says since then, it has given more than 1.6 million rides.

The stand-up roller coaster is set among thematic elements, including a plane crash, explosions and zombies. It features two high-speed inversion and several twists, turns and drops.

“Our wheels are always turning when it comes to new and innovative thrills and attractions to bring to the park,” said Six Flags America President Rick Howarth.

“The end is near but saying goodbye to Apocalypse will allow us to bring an all-new thrilling experience to our guests in 2019.”

Howarth did not say what new ride would replace it.

Six Flags America has several other roller-coaster rides in its park, including one of the first virtual reality roller coasters in the country, Superman – Ride of Steel, and dozens of other rides.

Six Flags America is one of 25 parks across the U.S., Canada and Mexico owned by Six Flags Entertainment Corp., the largest regional theme park company and largest operator of waterparks in North America. It had $1.4 billion in revenue in 2017.

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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