Times-Herald (Vallejo)

New coaster later this month at Six Flags

- Times-Herald staff report

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom announced Tuesday an opening date of May 28 for Sidewinder Safari, a new family coaster and animal exhibit experience.

The attraction features real live encounters with various reptiles, immersing guests in a jungle-like setting as they prepare for a wild ride along 1,378 feet of slithering track.

The new attraction will be the year-round theme park's 11th roller coaster, while also adding a new animal encounter to the diverse number of animal experience­s the park offers.

“As the world leader in thrills, Six Flags continues to raise the bar to deliver the most unique and innovative experience­s in the industry,” said Park General Manager Dameon Nelson. “Sidewinder Safari is unlike any other ride in Northern California, featuring the thrill of a unique, spinning roller coaster combined with an opportunit­y to encounter reptiles up-close, which continues Six Flags Discovery Kingdom's long legacy of promoting animal conservati­on through education. This new experience solidifies our place as the Thrill Capital of Northern California.”

Before boarding Sidewinder Safari, guests will enter a safari-themed queue line.

With snakes, lizards and other reptiles surroundin­g them, guests will board spinning coaster vehicles for what the park says will be an exhilarati­ng experience families and teens alike will enjoy.

Other Sidewinder Safari highlights include:

• Multiple 360 degree sideway spins.

• Rapid-strike drops.

• Twisting and turning hairpin curves.

• Cars that allow four people to enjoy the fun together.

For more informatio­n about Sidewinder Safari visit www.sixflags.com/ discoveryk­ingdom/attraction­s/sidewinder-safari.

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