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.
(7/29/19) A little good news from a reader who visited Six Flags over Texas on Sunday, as they tell us that two attractions that have seen a lot of closure this year, Harley Quinn Spinsanity and Catwoman’s Whip, were both up and running again.
(7/26/19) A reader reports that while the Cloud Bouncer at Six Flags over Texas is still closed, it has also returned to the website, but listed to be closed for the season. The site is also being used for access into the demolition site for Aquaman as well, so it sounds like it could return next season.
(7/2/19) Another quick update from Six Flags over Texas, as I’m told that in addition to Aquaman coming out, the park has removed the closed Cloud Bouncer family ride from their website and has also put up walls around it, so it looks like it will be removed as well.
I don’t know if the ride is being fully removed from the park, as there is always a chance it could be moved to a new location and reopened at some point in the future. Anyone know more?
(7/18/19) According to this photo posted to Twitter, demolition work is now going full tilt on the former Aquaman attraction at Six Flags over Texas, which seems to lock in this as the location for whatever the park has in store for 2020. Could it still be a Mack Rides PowerSplash, or could it be something else entirely? All we know is that as HOT as it gets in Texas, and with Aquaman and the log flumes mostly closed, and the rapids running at less than capacity, this park is in need for a new ride to cool their guests off with a little wetness.
(7/3/19) While we thought that whatever SFOT had planned for 2020 would take the place of Aquaman, we’ve been hearing that particular project may have been canceled or delayed, possibly in favor of something else. I imagine they’ll finalize the details internally as soon as the July 4th holiday season closes, because then comes the mad rush to finalize plans for all the parks in time for the big announcement day(s) in August.
Unfortunately the park is still suffering through numerous issues this season however that just are not being addressed it seems. According to the park website, they have now posted that both the Train and “Cloud Bouncer” are both closed for the rest of the season, which is unfortunately for the Railroad as it was rumored to be closed for the season earlier this year, only to suddenly reopen for about six weeks. Meanwhile I’m told that last year’s big ride, Harley Quinn, is still closed and I believe it has yet to run since last year, which just doesn’t look good on the park for such a new ride to fail so soon. Add in the closed swing ship attraction, plus the other retired attractions that we’ve mentioned previously, and this is just not looking to be the good season to be visiting this park.
We do have one good bit of news however, as I’m told that the park’s Skycoaster is now offering the option to ride onboard the new Sky Sled instead of the old fashioned way. There are only a few locations with the Sky Sled yet and from the videos I’ve seen of test runs on the one in Orlando, this really adds a new terrifying aspect to the experience.
(5/22/19) A local source tell me that the Lone Star Theater at Six Flags over Texas has been completely removed. I’m told that it really hasn't been used in quite some time anyway, and was mostly used for storage. The real question at this point is to determine what future use the park may have for that space going forward into the future.
(5/13/19) Six Flags over Texas has announced that they will add “The coolest parade, ever!”... the Six Flags Splash Water Parade, running from July 13 through August 11. More details to come!
(5/4/19) A beacon of light came in for Six Flags over Texas fans this week, as I’m told that the park had unexpectedly reopened the train ride around the park this week. The railroad is now expected to remain open at least through to the end of the daily-operations part of the season. Always good to have another attraction open when so many others are experiencing downtime issues or in the process of being closed.
(4/9/19) According to a Screamscape source, Aquaman definitely appears to be on the way out of Six Flags over Texas. The “pumps are out, electrical disconnected and panels gone, entry signs taken down”. They also sent over two new pics, where you can see the water pumps have been removed from the location they were seen in an older photo sent in.
I’m also told that while the train is closed and has some areas that are in need of repair, there is another bigger reason that the train will be closed for the season… one that will be made more clear in the next month or two. Hmmm….
(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.
(3/14/19) According to another source, the boats spotted in the boneyard are “old boats” and that there are three current boats for Aquaman sitting in the park’s maintenance shops, awaiting the ride to reopen. So maybe there is still life left in Aquaman just yet, so we’ll have to wait and see if they decide to refill the attraction with water or not.
(3/13/19) A reader went by Six Flags over Texas this week and sent back some pictures of the closed Aquaman ride. I’m told that normally it is set to operate during the park’s Spring Break time period, but currently the attraction is closed, the water drained, and so sign of the boats at all on site. The rumor claiming that the ride is closed for good seems to be holding strong, with it still missing entirely from the park’s website as well.
To make matters worse, I’m told that the boats were spotted in the park’s “boneyard” area behind Titan, where discarded items go to sit, which to many is the sure sign that this Aquaman attraction is gone for good.
(3/9/19) Is Six Flags over Texas preparing to remove Aquaman, the park’s shoot the chutes big splash water ride? It could be so, as the attraction is now no longer listed on the park’s website. If anyone drops by the park, take a look to see if they have closed it, or perhaps even walled it off. On the subject of closed rides, we are hearing that there are no plans to reopen the Yosemite Sam Gold River Adventure dark flume ride this season. As locals will attest, the ride was in fairly poor shape anyway as one of the oldest in the park and being damaged by floodwaters twice in the past couple years did not improve matters. According to one reader who questioned an employee about the fate of the ride, they were told that it would be different when it eventually reopens, so perhaps they are working on a much larger plan to scrap and replace the attraction with a modern concept in the next season or two. Stay tuned!
(3/2/19) We know Six Flags over Texas was hit with flood waters late last season which caused some damage in various areas of the park. One particular item of note was that it was rumored that the park’s Yosemite Sam Gold River Adventure dark boat ride was hit pretty hard by the excessive waters and is rumored to have suffered some extensive damage. We know it was severe enough that the ride has not reopened with the rest of the park, and there are rumors saying that the costs to repair such an old and fragile attraction may cost more than it may be worth to restore it.
So is the Gold River Adventure gone for good? I honestly don’t know, but if anyone with connections does know a bit more and can fill us it, it would be appreciated.
(2/7/19) Screamscape sources have confirmed that the former Panda Express at Six Flags over Texas is now gone and will be replaced by an Six Flags’ branded Chop Six restaurant. In other news, I’m hearing that the park has been having some motor issues with their Riddler ride, so it may be down for a bit while they search for a solution.
(1/8/19) I’ve been told that Six Flags over Texas has purchased one of the former trains from Batman & Robin: The Chiller. In this case, it seems they bought one of the red “Robin” side trains, with the overall goal being to repaint and refurbish this train eventually and use it as spare train for Mr. Freeze, which will allow Freeze to continue to run with two-train operations all season long.
2019 - El Diablo /
Lone Star Revolution - (5/29/19) Six Flags over Texas opened their new El Diablo attraction on Tuesday, which you can see in action in the video clip below.
(1/25/19) Surprise! Remember how we all thought El Diablo, the Larson Giant Loop that was just removed from Six Flags Great Adventure, was heading north to Canada at La Ronde? Six Flags surprised us all this week with the announcement that El Diablo is actually going to Six Flags over Texas where it will open in Spring 2019 near the front of the park in the Spain section of the park.
The really odd thing however is that the park did announce that they would be getting a Larson Giant Loop for 2019 back in August… only they were calling it the Lone Star Revolution. I’m guessing they had a change of heart for the location of the ride and opted to change the location and theme at the same time, which is fine with me.
Now, to be honest here, technically the actual ride removed from the New Jersey park was reported as being shipped to La Ronde where it will reopen as Chaos… so the ride coming to SFOT should be a brand new unit, but reviving the old name and if they are lucky, maybe the’ll get the cool demon statue they had at SFGAdv in front of the ride that goes along with the logo.
(8/30/18) Six Flags over Texas will open the latest in a series of Larson Super Loop rides, this one being called Lone Star Revolution, which will stand 100 feet tall. It will send riders " back and forth propelling them head over heels through a series of 360° revolutions. The coaster changes direction halfway through the ride cycle; leaving riders suspended upside down at the top of the loop for even more intense thrills."
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.