SIX FLAGS OVER TEXAS
& Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Dallas / Ft. Worth, Texas
Six Flags Theme Parks
Park News - (10/17/19) If you’ve been to Six Flags over Texas you probably noticed one of the park’s famous neighbors… Globe Life Park, home to the Texas Rangers baseball team from 1994 through the 2019 season. In 2020 the Texas Rangers will move into the new Globe Life Field stadium, which will leave Globe Life Park open to new opportunities. For example the field will be changed to allow for football to be played and become home to the XFL’s Dallas Renegades, but the stadium will soon have a large vacant office space and the city thinks they have struck a deal for a new tenant.
According to the local news the city council has approved as deal to offer the stadium’s office space as a new corporate headquarters location for Six Flags if they move from their current home in Grand Prairie. To sweeten the deal the city has offered to reimburse Six Flags up to $6 million in costs needed to renovate the office space as well as a $3 million investment to the company in exchange for Six Flags signing at 15-year lease. Not to worry however, as $5.3 million of that cost would actually come from payments the Texas Rangers still owe the city and the $3 million in investments would be made $200,000 per year over the 15-year time period.
(9/16/19) Interesting note from Six Flags over Texas over the weekend as a car on the Pandemonium spinning coaster stalled out in mid-ride and forced the crews to evacuate the riders in the middle of a banked turn. No word yet on what caused the car to valley in mid-ride.
(3/22/19) I’ve got a few more attraction notes for Six Flags over Texas today to share. According to Screamscape sources, once again, they are saying that Aquaman is done and that the site will eventually be cleared to make way for something new in 2020. We’re also hearing again that the Gold River is likely history… but the problem is what to do with the site in the future, as it sits in an area of the park known to have flood water issues. I’m also hearing that the park’s train is also not expected to reopen this year at all, likely due to damage to the tracks caused by the same floodwaters that are still in need of repair.
In other news, I’ve been hearing about a possible issue with the park’s log flume attraction, El Aserradero. The attraction features two separate and different flumes, though lately I’m told that only flume #2 is ever open. There may be an issue with Flume #1, in which the park might need to remodel the loading station of the classic flume ride, but the unfortunate side effect of this would be that any remodeling of the station would mean it would then have to be made ADA accessible. I’ve been told the ramps down to the Flume #1 platform are very narrow and quite steep compared to the wider and more flat access to Flume #2, so to make it ADA compliant would require some very drastic (and costly) changes. As a result… Flume #1 may simply be kept closed, and eventually retired.
2020 - Aquaman: Power Wave & Banzai Pipeline - Aquaman: Power Wave & Banzai Pipeline - (8/29/19) Just as rumored, Aquaman is coming back to Six Flags over Texas, but in a new and improved form, using the Mack Power Splash ride system to bring the hero to life again, bigger, better and faster! I believe this will be the first such version of this new ride concept to open in North America, combining the best elements of a magnetic launch shuttle coaster experience with the experience of a big boat splash ride. According to the press release the water coaster will hit speeds up to 63mph and after the backwards launch, will suspend riders at a 90º angle on the backwards spike before dropping them down into the big splash at the bottom. Aquaman: Power Wave will also count as a coaster, making this the park’s 15th.
One item of note… unlike the prototype ride experience that first opened in Europe that featured a unique turntable loading station, this version will not feature that particular element, and use just a single boat.
Six Flags over Texas will also expand their operations schedule in 2020, bringing year-round operations to the park at last with weekend and special holiday dates of operation in January and February 2020.
Nearby, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor will add Banzai Pipeline, a new slide tower experience that will feature three different tube slides.
(7/28/19) Another bit of evidence now points to a Mack PowerSplash ride coming to Six Flags over Texas to replace the former Aquaman attraction, with 60 shipments listed as coming to the park.
(3/31/19) An interesting rumor was thrown by way about that rumored Mack PowerSplash ride that may replace Aquaman at Six Flags over Texas. Not that it matters where it comes from, but the way the story goes is that the ride may have actually already been under contract with Mack and intended for the Six Flags Dubai park that is now on indefinite hold. No one wants to see a good ride just sitting around waiting to be built, so Mack may have made a special deal with Six Flags to bring the project to America instead, which could also explain why they included the concept in a number of guest surveys to guests about possible new attractions.
(3/28/19) I heard an interesting rumor about what could possibly replace Aquaman at Six Flags over Texas in 2020… and if true, the good news is that this would be considered both a new coaster and a water ride. I also wouldn’t be surprised if this new attraction also attempted to carry the Aquaman name once again, but taking the form of a Mack PowerSplash attraction. Adding to the rumor is the fact that Six Flags was asking guests about this very attraction concept in a guest survey not long ago.
The Mack PowerSplash is really a launched shuttle coaster with a spike on each end, built to ride just above a body of water, and dip into a “splashdown” section which is flooded with extra water just before the boat arrived to create the classic “big splash” moment. The attraction system also features a turntable at the station to allow for one boat to load while the other runs through the course.
Check out the video from Mack featuring the first PowerSplash ride called Pulsar that opened at Walbii Belgium in 2016 below.