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Great Escape has big plans for 2013

Great Escape has big plans for 2013

Six Flags Great Escape officials said Wednesday the park had an excellent 2012 and they are planning

Six Flags Great Escape officials said Wednesday the park had an excellent 2012 and they are planning an even stronger 2013 with the launching of a new interactive flying ride at the long-running amusement park near Lake George.

Six Flags Entertainment Corp., parent company of The Great Escape, announced record financial results for 2012 on Wednesday, reporting $1.1 billion in annual revenue and $383 million in adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, the highest in the company’s history.

Rebecca Close, a Great Escape Properties spokeswoman, said Six Flags does not release financial numbers for individual parks so she couldn’t say whether the Great Escape had a record year for profits in 2012.

Close did say The Great Escape, Splashwater Kingdom and Whitewater Bay Indoor Water Park had a very successful 2012. For example, the new ride for 2012, the Alpine Free Fall, a two-level water slide, “was a huge success for us,” Close said.

Along with Screamin’ Eagles, the new-for-2013 aerial ride, Close said The Great Escape will be announcing a number of changes and improvements prior to the park opening.

“To build on the success of 2012, The Great Escape has a dynamic 2013 season planned with new attractions, special events and fun for the entire family,” park President Eric Gilbert said in a statement.

In March, Great Escape Properties will begin hiring more than 1,500 seasonal employees. Applications are being accepted online at in advance of a major hiring event at the end of March.

The all-new Screamin’ Eagles interactive flying ride will allow guests to pilot their own flight, with no two trips the same. Open-air vehicles and high-speed rotation allow guests to control their own experience as they dip, dive and soar to new heights, according to a company statement.

The Great Escape opens for its 59th season May 18. The park will be open weekends and select weekdays through June 13, then every day after that. Splashwater Kingdom will open for the season May 25.

For 2013, single-day tickets are $52.99 and season passes are $62.99, or $52.99 for four or more. Guests purchasing four or more passes will also receive a free season parking pass.

Six Flags Entertainment Corp. is the world’s largest regional theme park company, with 18 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada.

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