Escape plan: Six Flags America

It's out with the old and in with the new at Six Flags America this summer.

The waterpark Hurricane Harbor beckons thrill seekers with the opening of a faster, better and wetter attraction — ZoomAzon Falls, the park's first body slides for tweens, teens and adults.

Meanwhile, an old favorite – Skull Mountain – this week begins its countdown to retirement. The part-water flume and part-coaster ride ends its decade-long run on July 10, when it will be dismantled to make way for a new attraction. The park will donate a boat from Skull Mountain to the National Roller Coaster Museum in Texas after the final voyage.

The plan: Starting today, Six Flags visitors will have special photo opportunities for Skull Mountain. A pirate festival goodbye party is planned for July 9-10. After paying your respects to the old ride, head for the new Amazonian-themed water attraction at ZoomAzon Falls. Choose one of four twisting and turning body slides, each enhanced by a waterfall, tropical decor and an authentic jungle soundtrack. The new aquatic adventure is more than a half-mile of splashing fun, but you have to be a minimum 48 inches tall to ride the attraction.

The details: ZoomAzon Falls is open through Sept. 5. Admission prices vary for Six Flags. A 2011 Splash Pass is $54.99 – the same price as a one-day admission — and includes unlimited visits through Labor Day.

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