Six Flags Entertainment Corporation and Riverside Tourism Investment Group Co. Ltd. have announced that Six Flags branded theme parks in China will include Garfield themed children’s areas.
Six Flags Zhejiang will be the first Six Flags theme park to open in China. The theme park is part of a 30 billion yuan (USD $4.6 billion) resort development on the coast of Hangzhou Bay. In December 2016 it was announced that a Six Flags Hurricane Harbor waterpark would be built adjacent to the theme park. Both the theme and waterparks are expected to open in 2019.
A second Six Flags branded theme park in China, Six Flags Chongqing, is scheduled to open in 2020. Both theme parks will feature a Garfield themed children’s area.
The Garfield comics strip was created by cartoonist Jim Davis in 1978 and now has nearly 17 million other fans, on Facebook and Twitter. The Garfield IP is owned by Paws, Inc..
Commenting on the announcement, John Odum, President, Six Flags International Development Company, said, “We are excited to partner with the great team at Paws Incorporated to create unique, themed sections based on the beloved Garfield character for children and their families. From themed rides and attractions to live shows, character meet and greets and merchandise, guests will be fully immersed inside the clever world of Garfield and friends.”
“This alliance is another major step toward building a world class park for millions of visitors. Garfield is already a beloved character in China and we look forward to bringing him to life inside Six Flags Zhejiang and Six Flags Chongqing,” added said Che Li, Chairman of the Riverside Investment Group.
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