New Park President Takes Over at Six Flags Magic Mountain

August 25, 2020, 5:55 PM · Six Flags Discovery Kingdom President Don McCoy is moving south to become the new park president at Six Flags Magic Mountain, the park announced today.

McCoy, a University of Central Florida graduate who got his start at Orlando's Wet n Wild, is a 35-year veteran of Six Flags parks, having also worked at the company's parks in Texas, Georgia and New York before coming to California.

Don McCoy

"Don is an outstanding leader with vast knowledge of theme park operations. He has a proven track record and a dynamic, collaborative management style that brings out the very best in people," Six Flags Senior Vice President of Park Operations Bonnie Sherman Weber said. (She's also a former Magic Mountain park president, by the way.) "We feel very fortunate to have Don leading one of our largest properties. He understands the California market, and we look forward to unprecedented growth under his strategic leadership."

In addition to taking over at Magic Mountain and its adjoining Hurricane Harbor water park, McCoy will oversee Six Flags' Hurricane Harbor Phoenix.

"I couldn't be more excited about this opportunity. Six Flags Magic Mountain is recognized throughout the world for its signature brand of innovative, record-breaking thrills and I am honored to join this incredible team," McCoy said. "Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Phoenix is a rising star in our portfolio, and I am equally honored to work alongside our team there as we continue to offer guests the best waterpark experience in the region."

McCoy replaces Neal Thurman, who has left the company to become the new park president at Busch Gardens Tampa.

While Six Flags Discovery Kingdom reopened its animal exhibits earlier this year under California's guidance for reopening zoos, theme parks in the state — including Six Flags Magic Mountain — remain closed due to the pandemic.

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