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Frontier City is a western-themed amusement park in Oklahoma City. It is owned by CNL Lifestyle Propreties and operated by Premier Parks, LLC. The park is the subject of the song "Frontier City" by the Nashville band Kings of Leon, as drummer Nathan Followill once worked there. Currently Frontier City is the only theme park in Oklahoma after the 2006 closing of Bell's Amusement Park that was located in Tulsa OKlahoma.

Frontier City was opened in 1958 as a Western "town" theme-park. It opened up at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds, but moved to its current location a few years later to become a "boom town," since it sprung-up quickly. The park added spinning rides, several roller coasters and a log flume ride starting in the 1960s and 1970s. Rather than a traditional ribbon cutting, Frontier City was scheduled to have an old fashioned six shooter aimed at a piece of rope stretched across the stockade entrance. The rope stretched across main street is still used today for the opening of the park.

On January 27, 2006, Six Flags put Frontier City and White Water Bay, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Elitch Gardens, Darien Lake, a couple of waterparks, and Wild Waves/Enchanted Village for sale. At the same time, Six Flags also announced its plan to close corporate offices in Oklahoma City and move to New York City. Six Flags CEO Mark Shapiro had said he expected the parks to continue operation after the sale. But rumors surfaced that some of them could close.

Frontier City was originally owned and operated by Premier Parks. It was the company's first and flagship park. Premier Parks' corporate offices were located at the southeast corner of the Frontier City property until 2006 when the company's offices were moved to New York. Premier Parks purchased Six Flags Inc. 1998. It was thought that Frontier City, Wild Waves/Enchanted Village, and Great Escape would eventually be re-branded as Six Flags parks, but they never were. The other two parks sold Six Flags season passes good at all Six Flags parks except for Frontier City and White Water Bay. The Frontier City passes were only good there and not at other Six Flags parks. But in some years, Six Flags passes were also available for purchase at a higher price. Six Flags corporate offices remained in Oklahoma City, but left in 2006, despite Oklahoma City's now booming economy.

On January 11, 2007, Six Flags opted to keep Magic Mountain, but then announced that it would sell Frontier City and White Water Bay, along with Elitch Gardens, Darien Lake, Splashtown (near Houston), and Wild Waves/Enchanted Village to PARC 7F-Operations. As a part of the deal, the Six Flags prefix was removed from the names of Elitch Gardens and Darien Lake. Frontier City and White Water Bay were never branded as Six Flags parks.

Since the management was changed from Six Flags to PARC Management, Frontier City has been granted the largest capital investment that the park has seen in its 50 years. The new ownership allowed for the addition of the Steel Lasso, as well as a few minor changes within the park.

On November 24, 2010, CNL announced that it had reached an agreement to terminate PARC's lease of Elitch Gardens and up to 17 other locations. The move came after, according to their 2010 SEC filings, PARC defaulted on their lease obligations on the properties. Five of the original six parks originally purchased from Six Flags are also involved in the lease termination.

CNL Lifestyle Properties, Inc., owners of Frontier City; Frontier City theme park and White Water Bay water park again will be getting the Six Flags management touch when former Six Flags executives Kieran Burke and Gary Story begin managing the properties as Premier Parks, LLC.

Present Roller CoastersEdit

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Status
Steel Lasso Vekoma Suspended Family Coaster (Steel) July 17, 2008 Open
The Wildcat National Amusement Device Company Wooden Coaster 1991 Open

The Silver Bullet

Schwarzkopf Looping Star (Steel) 1986

Open

The Diamond Back Arrow Dynamics Shuttle Loop (Steel) 1994 Open
Wild Kitty Allen Herschell Company Children's Coaster 2013 Open
The Nightmare Mine S.D.C Galaxi (Steel) 1989 Standing but not operating

Present RidesEdit

 
Name Manufacturer Type Opened Status
Quick Draw Sally Corporation Dark Ride 2007 Open
Tornado Sellner Tilt-a-Whirl Open
Sidewinder Eli Scrambler Open
Rodeo Roundup Huss Enterprise Open
Mindbender Chance Inverter Open
Casino Chance Trabant Open
The Prairie Schooner Intamin

Bounty

(Swinging Pirate Ship)

Open
Dodge 'Ems Bumper Cars Open
Eruption S&S Power Sky Sling 2003

Standing But Not Operating

(Last ran in 2012)

Grand Centennial Ferris Wheel Ferris Wheel Open
Grand Carousel Carousel Open
Ol' 89er Express Train Ride Open
Tin Lizzy's Open
Winged Warrior Larson Flying Scooters 2014 Open

Tumbleweed

Formerly known as "Terrible Twister"

Chance Rotor

Standing But Not Operating

Children's Rides And AttractionsEdit

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Status
Flying Dragons Open
Indian Canoes Children's Lazy River Open
Paul Bunyan's Timbertown Open
Petting Zoo Open
Rio Grande Children's Train Open
Tina's Tea Party Open
Tom Toms Children's Swings Open

Extra-Fee RidesEdit

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Status Price
Geronimo Sky Coaster Skycoaster Free-Falling Attraction Open
Thunder Road Raceway Go-Karts Open

Water RidesEdit

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Status

Mystery River Log Flume

Formerly known as "The Ozarka Splash"

Log Flume Open
Renegade Rapids Raft-Style Open
Wild West Water Works 2012 Open

Past Roller CoastersEdit

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Relocated
Excaliber Arrow Dynamics Runaway Mine Train 2005 Scrapped
The Wild Kitty Allen Hershcell Company Children's Coaster 1991 2012

Past RidesEdit

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Relocated
Treasure Mountain Indoor Dark Ride 2007

Modified to become "Quick Draw"

Tomahawk Zamperla Hawk 48 2006
Swinging Six Guns 2008
Bumper Boats Kiddie Ride 2008
Hangman Chance Tower/Drop Ride 2014

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