SIX FLAGS OVER TEXAS
& Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Dallas / Ft. Worth, Texas
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(8/30/2023) El Rio Lento Coming in 2024 (MORE...)
(6/10/2023) Latest "Reorganization" Rumored To Have Dismissed Two Park Directors (MORE...)
(3/12/2023) Aquaman: Power Wave Seems To Be A Hit (MORE...)
(3/10/2023) Local Reporter Takes On Aquaman: Power Wave (MORE...)
(2/23/2023) Rodeo and Harley Quinn Updates (MORE...)
Park News - (6/10/2023) It’s been no secret that the corporate structure at Six Flags over Texas has been quite chaotic over the last couple years. As the closest park to the corporate HQ, the original Six Flags park is often put under a microscope (and one might say a bit micro-managed) as well as being subjected to some odd operations experiments from time to time. To be honest, I’ve lost track of the number of stories I’ve been sent about management team members who were said to have either quit, been fired by order of the CEO, or even said to have been forced into early retirement as a way to save face.
Unfortunately, today we have yet another rumored story of woe. According to a trusted Screamscape source, we’ve heard that Six Flags over Texas has now parted ways with the park’s Operations and Maintenance directors as part of a reported “reorganization” of the park’s management team. We don’t know how many others may have been affected by this latest attempt at restructuring at the park, but sources tell us that some kind of issue over downtime with the new Aquaman ride may have been the spark behind these latest dismissals in terms of how things may change in Arlington.
Regardless, our sources do indicate that the “reorganization” plan coming from the corporate office will eventually take root company wide. If past actions are any indication, this will all come to a head before the end of June, to ensure the changes are complete before the end of Six Flags Q2 2023 report. According to Q1 2023, that period covered the three month period that ended on April 2, 2023 (effectively the months of January, February and March) so Q2 would cover April, May and finish up with whatever results Six Flags can pull out of the remaining days for the month of June.
Now this may be speculation, but based on past actions, any new dismissals as part of a new corporate reorganization plan taking place right now may be indicative that the financial end of things for Q2 may not be going as they had hoped, and they are attempting to stop the bleeding in whatever way they can before facing the judgmental eyes of Wall Street.
(2/23/2023) While Rodeo was missing from the Six Flags website, I’m told that the park actually had reopened Rodeo and that section of the park sometime in January. In addition, it was mentioned at an event not long ago that they were planning on repainting it, so it sounds like Rodeo is safe from removal.
Elsewhere, I’ve also seen it confirmed that Harley Quinn is indeed slated to be removed from the park, with a confirmation posted by SFOT social media. On a side note, I’ve also heard the park was considering bringing back their old Crazy Legs ride (Huss Troika) which towards the end was also named Harley Quinn Spinsanity before the new ride arrived.
(2/19/2023) Last season we know Six Flags over Texas closed off access to the pathway that led to the Rodeo ride at some point during the season, but it is worth mentioning that all mention of the Rodeo is still missing from the website even now. We don’t know if they want to remove it, move it elsewhere, or if they plan to eventually reopen it as-is. Anyone know more?
(2/12/2023) So has Six Flags over Texas thrown in the towel on the Harley Quinn Spinsanity ride? I’ve heard for much of the past year or so that the future was not looking bright for this particular attraction. Despite being one of the newer rides in the park, the new style attraction has suffered from a lot of downtime issues and currently it isn’t even listed as a park attraction on either the official website, or on the Six Flags mobile app.
In an interesting twist however, the sister ride (Cyborg Cyber Spin) at Six Flags Great Adventure is still listed as an active park attraction. So it does make one wonder what was different about the version installed in Texas. Of course, attractions have vanished from time to time from the Six Flags website, only to appear again weeks or months later, so we’ll have to hold off confirming Harley’s removal from the park until we know more.
(11/19/22) Holiday in the Park begins at Six Flags over Texas today. This year’s event features the new Lone Star Spectacular light display, the Christmas At The Southern Palace show, Looney Tunes Holiday Meet & Greets, Singing Reindeer, Merry Carolers and more. Also new this year is the Holiday Market, featuring live animals, a place to write letters to Santa, hear stories read by Mrs. Claus, make S’Mores, enjoy Smokehouse BBQ and other sweet treats.
(10/8/22) A quick note, now that the new 2023 Season Pass offerings are live on the Six Flags over Texas website there has been a benefit change where access to Six Flags Hurricane Harbor is concerned. If you look at the benefits for the different tiered 2023 Season Passes, the lower tier (Gold) no longer includes access to the nearby waterpark in Arlington. You will have to pay more to purchase the Platinum tier pass to regain access for the 2023 season.
(9/6/22) Six Flags over Texas has announced a collection of festivals and special events that will take place over the end of this year and into next season. The list includes:
Fright Fest - Select Nights Sept. 24 through Oct. 31
Kids Boo Fest - Select Days - Sept. 24 through Oct. 30
Oktoberfest Food Festival - Sept. 17 through Oct 30
Holiday in the Park - Nov. 19 through Jan. 1st, 2023
Spring Break - March 11 through March 19, 2023
Summer Vibes - June 3 through June 30, 2023
Mr. Freeze Returns - (9/24/22) Six Flags over Texas has confirmed on Facebook that Mr. Freeze Reverse Blast is being retired, and the original front-facing version of Mr. Freeze will return. The early word has it that the coaster may be ready to reopen to guests as early as today. Now I wonder if they will follow through with the promise to reopen Casa Magnetica once again this fall?
2023 - Aquaman: Power Wave - (3/12/2023) From the sound of things so far, Aquaman: Power Wave is turning out to be a huge hit for Six Flags over Texas. The posts from both ride enthusiasts as well as the general public on Social Media platforms I’ve seen so far have been overwhelmingly positive for this Mack Rides creation.
Knowing Six Flags loved to clone rides… I guess the next question is where might we see the next Aquaman: Power Wave arrive? Already there has been some mild-speculations that Six Flags Magic Mountain may be preparing to make some room for one, tucked in between their Wonder Woman and Riddler’s Revenge roller coasters. Elsewhere I’ve also heard that Six Flags over Georgia is also wringing their hands in eager anticipation. With the wide-spread removal of water rides we’ve seen at theme parks across the nation over the past decade or two, is Aquaman: Power Wave the next big thing park’s have been waiting for?
(3/10/2023) A local news station has posted a fun video showing off their reporter taking the new Aquaman: Power Wave ride for a spin! Check it out!
(2/15/2023) Six Flags over Texas fans, the day you have been waiting for is here. Six Flags over Texas has confirmed that the new AQUAMAN: Power Wave ride will open to park guests on Saturday, March 11, 2023.
“Six Flags Over Texas is known for providing innovative thrills and delivering the special moments that create fond family memories,” said Six Flags Over Texas Park President Richard Douaihy. “We are so excited to introduce AQUAMAN: Power Wave to legions of thrill seekers, and we feel that Spring Break is the perfect time for the grand opening of this epic new attraction”.
AQUAMAN: Power Wave will serve as the park’s 14th roller coaster, launching riders both forwards and backwards in giant boat shaped vehicles across 700 feet of track at speeds up to 63mph. Traveling up and down 150 foot towers on each end, and ending with a 90º plunge into a giant splashdown finale.
As briefly mentioned above, keep in mind this will be “Spring Break” for the region, and while the park will be open daily from March 11 - 19, this should also mean crowds. However, one other thing to keep in mind is that the park will be trying out something new during this time period called “Scream Break”. Scream Break will be a special ‘after-hours’ extra ticket event that will offer guests night rides on select thrill rides, and even open up some haunted houses and other attractions for that extra fee. Currently regular park hours this week show a 11am to 9pm schedule, with the upcharge “Scream Break” slated to take place from 9pm to Midnight, adding in 3 extra hours of night rides on Aquaman, plus Mr. Freeze, Batman: The ride, The Riddler Revenge, Texas SkyScreamer and Catwoman Whip. Tickets for the after-hours event are not yet on sale, and a price has not been set just yet.
(2/6/2023) It has been a very long wait, but according to a new video short on social media, it looks like Aquaman: Power Wave is finally very close to opening. Hopefully Six Flags will be able to announce an opening date soon.
(10/2/22) Check out the video below for a fun video showing off the new Aquaman ride taking test runs up close, as shot during an official tour of the park and construction site. It’s great to see such good footage of Aquaman in action at last, even though it wont open until the 2023 season, it looks like it will be ready to go as soon as it gets warm enough to open it. Otherwise it’s looking really good right now!
(9/16/22) Finally some good news from Six Flags over Texas, a video was posted online showing off the new Aquaman Power Wave testing as seen from a couple of angels. The splash-down on this thing is massive! Follow the link to check it out.
(8/28/22) Last time I mentioned the unique placement of the Aquaman boat in the photos of the construction site. I have confirmed that this is a maintenance spur track, but due to the placement of the station for the new ride so close to the main midway, it was necessary to put this maintenance track in a new location. In previous installations, including the original ride (Pulsar) in Europe, Mack Rides normally includes this maintenance bay as part of the station building itself, allowing the boat to enter or leave the maintenance bay from the loading position. Apparently that was not possible in the Texas version once they opted to convert it from single to double boat operations, so changes had to be made.
(8/24/22) A Screamscape reader has sent in a picture of one of the Aquaman boats now on site at the new ride at Six Flags over Texas. The positioning of this track is a little odd, which makes me wonder just how the whole multi-boat turn-table system is going to work at Six Flags, as this does not appear to be how the ride system was first built in Europe that just had two side-by-side tracks on a turntable.
(7/7/22) Don’t say I didn’t warn you, but Six Flags over Texas has now officially confirmed that the opening of their new Aquaman: Power Wave attraction is being delayed once again, this time until Spring 2023.
I know this is sure to be frustrating to many, especially those of you who have been paying for park Season Passes or Memberships ever since the ride was first announced as being intended to open in 2020. All I can say is that Six Flags really needs to go back and adjust their project time-tables to try and open all new attractions in the Spring rather than Summer. This way, when delays do happen, most of these big capital projects would likely only be pushed back to the start of Summer rather than losing an entire season.
I’m showing my age, but I recall a time when that was actually the normal thing for them to do at many parks across the chain. But somewhere along the way, projects began shifting more and more towards Summer openings instead.
(6/26/22) For those wondering about the state of things with Aquaman Power Wave, an anonymous reader sent in a couple pictures taken a couple weeks ago. These at least paint a better picture of things, as the ride does look closer to opening than we previously had thought. Don’t get me wrong, this looks like it would still need anywhere from 4-8 weeks to complete and test the ride to be ready for opening. Best case, if they seriously put the work in (not easy to do under the hot Texas sun) I think it could be ready to open sometime in August, but as I said before, there isn’t going to be enough “summer” left for the park to reap the benefits of any kind of promotional effort they put forth to announce the opening.
While there is a whole new corporate structure running things now it’s hard to say what will happen, though historically it always seems like Six Flags would made their final decisions on what their plans for the next season are based on how their various park’s perform up through the July 4th holiday. This is designed to give them a feel as to how the rest of the summer season will turn out in order to predict their future performance trends and needs.
I’m not sure how attendance has been this year at Six Flags over Texas thus far, as the park has had a bit of a rough year so far with extended closures of several major attractions, some for maintenance and others said to be closed due to staffing issues on select weekdays. On the bright side the park did open the new Pirates of Speelunker Cave dark ride, so it isn’t as if the park has been without anything new this season. But Aquaman has been a very visible “issue” to address since 2020.
(6/25/22) We’ve got some possible bad news for you Six Flags over Texas fans… would you believe that the new Aquaman Power Wave ride may be delayed again? While the park’s website still has it listed as “Coming in 2022”, those who have visited the park so far this season know that the attraction still has several weeks worth of work to be done before it would be able to open.
With the July 4th holiday weekend starting next weekend, I’m told that the re-evaluation of the project timeline has determined that essentially there isn’t enough “summer” left to open Aquaman and get a proper return on investment for any promotions they put towards it. Since they don’t want to open a water ride in the fall or cooler winter months, it sounds like there is talk about holding off opening of Aquaman until the 2023 season. Of course, they could still opt to soft-open Aquaman later this year and just hold off the grand opening promotion and celebrations until early 2023. With the sequel film now set to hit theaters on March 17, 2023, holding off their own grand opening until this same time period would be a very ‘Six Flags’ thing to do based on past practices, allowing them to take advantage of the nationwide free promotion of the film.
(8/8/21) Good news, a reader sent in a picture from the Aquaman construction site where you can see that the old station track section has now been removed to make way for the new turn-table loading station.
(1/10/21) Six Flags over Texas released some official information yesterday at a special ACE Winterfest event at the park, confirming that the delay of Aquaman: Power Wave to 2022 will indeed see the addition of a second boat and a turntable loading station for increased capacity.
(1/9/21) While Six Flags over Texas has not said much officially about why AQUAMAN: Power Wave has been delayed until 2022, a reader did send a tweet my way that they posted, responding to a fan complaint about the issue that says, “our team is working to create the biggest and best water coaster experience for our guests. Stay tuned for more details!” So while nothing is promised, perhaps this is a hint that some of the rumored changes or upgrades to the ride hardware may be in the works after all, such as the desired turntable loading station.
Another thing that I’ll mention now is that when you click on the ride listing on the website to see more details, the official site clearly says that AQUAMAN “Goes upside down”. I’ve since ignored bringing this up in the past, as this is clearly an error on the Six Flags over Texas website, as EVERY attraction on the page also says it goes Upside Down currently. So the site is in dire need of fixing.
(12/13/20) Sorry Six Flags over Texas fans, it seems you are going to have to wait a lot longer before you can ride the new Aquaman: Power Wave ride. Despite the fact that all of the ride’s track sections were already fully assembled by Summer 2020, Six Flags website now states that Aquaman: Power Wave is now “Coming in 2022”.
This also has me a bit concerned about the state of all the other attractions that Six Flags previously announced as being on the way for 2020 before COVID-19 struck the global landscape. While a handful did manage to open, many others went through their construction paces over 2020 towards what we assumed was going to be an opening in 2021. But if a ride like Aquaman that is nearly complete is being delayed until 2022, I do have to wonder about what new rides may open in 2021 at all across the chain. And I’m just talking about rides where construction had started, and not about some of the rides announced for 2020 that never even started construction that could possibly be canceled entirely.
So at this point, best to stay cautious about what new attractions may be coming to all the Six Flags parks in 2021 because our ride on the COVID train isn’t over yet. There is a possible bit of good news that could come from this, as one possible rumor about the extra delay for Aquaman may be that Six Flags is addressing one of the big concerns over the concept in terms of capacity. The original Power Splash ride concept from Mack Rides that opened as Pulsar in Europe featured a unique turntable system in the loading station that would allow for two-vehcile operation. While one vehicle was on the track, the second was attached to a turnable which spun it around into a side-area for loading/unloading, thus allowing for the second car to be loaded and launched on the track as soon as the first arrived back to the turntable section.
When Aquaman was announced as coming, but without the turntable and only one vehicle capacity, many questioned why this feature was cut from the attraction, as surely Aquaman was destined to be a popular addition to the park, especially in those months under the hot Texas sun. We can only hope that perhaps Six Flags saw the light and will seek to correct this misstep by 2022.
(7/31/20) A reader sent in some new pictures of Aquaman at Six Flags over Texas. As you can see the ride’s structure and main hardware is complete, but they still have to install the station and complete the splashdown pool area.
(7/23/20) Six Flags over Texas has revamped their Aquaman Power Wave page and animation to now confirm that the ride will now open in 2021.
(6/21/20) Six Flags over Texas is now open again and thanks to the tweet below we get our first good look at the status of Aquaman. While it appears that all the ride track and major hardware is installed, construction was reported to have looked like it had all stopped, and no further work was taking place to finish the area around the ride, no concrete pours, and no station or other theming to be found.
As previously reported, Six Flags had essentially removed all information about the previously announced ‘New for 2020’ attractions from all of their park websites during the mandatory shutdown and announced that some of these attractions would be delayed until 2021. While construction work is active on some new rides, such as DareDevil Dive at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, but no work is taking place here, there is a good chance that the opening of Aquaman could possibly be delayed until 2021. Add in the fact that this is a water attraction that will mostly appeal to guests during the hot summer months. With at least a month or so of solid work left to go to finish it, including the likely need to get reps from Mack Rides in Germany into the country to certify and sign off on the ride, the likelyhood of Aquaman opening in 2020 may be very slim at this point as the summer window closes.
(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.
(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.
2024 - El Rio Lento - (8/30/2023) Six Flags over Texas has something special planned for 2024… El Rio Lento (The Lazy River). According to the statement, not only will this be “the world’s first ever log flume”, but it will now become “one of the world’s longest”. The official description ends there, but it sounds as if a rumor that Screamscape had first posted a couple of years back may now finally be coming to pass.
The description of the El Rio Lento is essentially the same text that the park currently has posted under the current El Aserradero name, but if this is indeed the old rumor coming to fruition, then you are about to see El Aserradero’s Flume #1 and #2 somehow linked together to become one massively long flume ride. Exact details are not being given, only that a new lift hill will be added and that the flume will now feature two drops instead of just one.
Years back El Aserradero’s original flume was kept closed, and according to rumors at the time, in addition to just being a labor saver, the original station was not ADA compliant and there was no good way to update it so the park just kept using the second flume for the most part. Thankfully Flume 1 was refurbished and returned to service in 2021 for the park’s 60th anniversary, along with the return of Casa Magnetica. So now it does indeed look as if the two flume’s will be linked into one giant flume by adding a new lift hill to connect the two together.
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