Six Flags America is a theme park located in Largo in Prince George’s County, Maryland. It lies 15 miles (24 km) east of Washington D.C., and 30 miles (48 km) southwest of Baltimore. It sits on a site of 523 acres (2.12 km┬▓), 131 of which is currently used for park operations.
The park’s history dates to 1973, when Texas billionaire H. Ross Perot and a pair of Irish animal trainers first proposed a wildlife preserve on more than 400 acres (1.6 km┬▓) of corn and tobacco fields. ABC television later bought out Perot and his partners and opened The Largo Wildlife Preserve in 1974, projecting 850,000 visitors a year.
The initial projections that were expected never materialized. ABC bowed out two years later, citing massive losses. The park was then closed for several years and then reopened as a water park in 1981 as Wild World. It featured a number of water slides and a wave pool, with just a couple of dry rides ΓÇö a Ferris wheel, giant swings, teacups, and the like. When Boston’s Paragon Park closed in 1985, the Giant Coaster ΓÇö which had operated there since 1917 — was moved to Wild World, where it was renamed the Wild One and began service in 1986. cont – Wikipedia