In the late 1950s, Angus G. Wynne, Jr., a Texas oil man, had a dream of a new form of family entertainment. He imagined theme parks that would be large in scope – even bigger than Disneyland – but closer to where people lived and therefore more affordable and easier to visit. Mr. Wynne also wanted his parks to have an emphasis on thrilling rides and family fun. Little did he know that this idea would one day become Six Flags Theme Parks.
Six Flags Over Texas, which opened in 1961, was named for the “Six Flags of Texas” – a display of flags representing the six countries whose flag has flown over the state. The theme park, designed to offer families thrilling entertainment close to home, was a success and became the first of many Six Flags parks around the country. Today Six Flags operates 27 parks in the US, Mexico and Canada with world-class coasters, family rides for all ages, up-close animal encounters and thrilling water parks.