SIX FLAGS OVER TEXAS
& Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Dallas / Ft. Worth, Texas
Six Flags Theme Parks
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(10/2/22) Aquaman Performing Wonderfully in Test Runs (MORE...)
(9/24/22) Mr. Freeze Returns! (MORE...)
(9/16/22) Aquaman Power Wave Testing (MORE...)
Park News - (9/24/22) Six Flags Over Texas will kick off the park’s Fright Fest event on Saturday, which will run on select dates through to October 31st. During the daytime hours the park will hold a Kids Boo Fest event as well as an Oktoberfest Food Festival featuring German cuisine. Once darkness falls, no one is safe as the monsters begin to roam the park, filling up six new Scare Zones, five live shows, and six haunted houses.
The list of this year’ s haunts includes Arania’s Muder Mansion (NEW), The Chamber of Torture (NEW), and returning haunts: Piggy’s Blood Shed, Curse of Ra, Labsics: CLASSIFIED and Killer Theater. Visit the official website for all the details on how you can visit.
Also, be sure to follow this link to learn the fate of Mr. Freeze that was just confirmed.
(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
(8/23/22) Bad news for Six Flags over Texas today, as I’ve been told that the lake around Judge Roy Scream and the creek on the opposite side near Shockwave have risen and overflowed into the park on Monday. The flooding is said to be pretty serious so far, with most of the buildings that took damage the last time it happened being hit once again by flood waters. As of a few hours ago, I was told that the water level was still rising (14 inches so far in some locations) as well, so it may be a few days until we know how serious any of the damage was.
(7/21/22) I hate to say it, but from what I’m being told things have taken a turn for the worse at Six Flags over Texas. New changes are coming into play which may play a bit of foreshadowing about how the company’s new initiatives are going so far this season. I know in the previous quarterly conference call it was pretty much said that they were looking to drop annual attendance a little bit in order to improve the guest experience. While I don’t think figures were released, they also confirmed that the number of passholders had been dropping so far this year based on their new higher pricing and the drop of the Membership program as an option for new guests.
Did they lose too many passholders? I’m thinking so based on the fact that the first thing to pop-up on my screen when loading the SFOT website is a giant button promoting a “Buy 2 Get 1 Free” Annual Pass sale. There is also a Buy 2 Get 1 Free sale on single day tickets as well right now good on visits through to the end of July.
Now about that bad news… you may recall early in the season the posted hours for Six Flags over Texas were less than ideal, and a far cry from the regular summer hours long-time guests have come to expect from the theme park. Effective immediately the park has adjusted their hours for the rest of July to now close the park at 7pm instead of 8pm every day, and then in August it just gets ugly, with the park closing at 6pm most days, 5pm on August 8th. August 8th is also the last day that the park is open daily for the summer, and it will be closed completely on August 9th and 10th that week, and after Aug. 14th the park is closed every weekday for the rest of August and all of September with the exception of Sept. 5th for Labor Day.
While the weekday closures are likely due to the early start of school in the region, for some reason I thought the park always strived to be open on Fridays or even some Thursday and Fridays throughout August in the past. Based on this current schedule, I can see why they gave up on opening Aquaman this year.
(4/12/22) Six Flags over Texas had a heck of a weekend, resulting with some unpleasant news headlines after an incident took place at Mr. Freeze resulting in an employee and six guests being treated for smoke inhalation. Around 6:30pm in the evening smoke began to fill up in the station, caused by “an electrical malfunction”. From the sound of things, this may have been coming from Mr. Freeze’s launch tunnel. The source of the smoke/fire was quickly put out by park staff, but I’m hearing that Mr. Freeze will be closed for a bit while they determined what happened and determine a course of action.
If that wasn’t enough, apparently a second small fire broke out in the park sometime late Saturday night or early Sunday morning at the construction site for the new Speelunker ride. Fortunately I’m told on-site crews spotted the fire in the outside queue area quickly and put it out before it could cause major damage. The good news is that we’ve finally heard some good news about the status of the new Pirates of Speelunker Cave attraction, who reported that the ride is nearly finished and is expected to open as early as Memorial Day weekend if possible.
No word on Aquaman however, as the ride is still in a very unfinished state. There is a very short period of time between now and the start of summer, just when guests are really going to want to enjoy a nice water ride due to the Texas heat… and it just doesn’t look like they are going to have it ready for quite some time.
Long before the fires however, a bunch of reports were sent into Screamscape about some drastic operational changes taking place in the park. For whatever reason, select park pathways have been closed off, with more expected to be closed soon, that were determined to be “low traffic” areas. There are signs on the walls blocking-off the paths saying they are working on future improvement projects here, but unfortunately this does not seem to be the case. Instead these low-traffic areas are being closed and everything within (merchandise, restaurants and even some rides) so that the park doesn’t have to staff them. Already the Rodeo is closed as that pathway has been closed, and I’m hearing that other paths could close next. Other things in the park already closed include Casa Magnetica, the Chop Six restaurant and all nearby retail. I’ve also heard that the park has closed the picnic areas in the parking lot as a way to encourage more in-park dining and less tailgating.
Speaking of trying to increase guest spending, remember all those new Single Rider lines the park was promoting? Apparently Six Flags over Texas has closed every single one of them, as they were biting into the park’s Flash Pass sales. Please note, the action of removing the new Single Rider lines here is not a corporate wide agenda, and so far the Single Rider lines at other parks will remain.
So where does this leave Six Flags over Texas? In a bit of a difficult spot now due to some other issues. I’m hearing that the park’s Joker coaster may be closed for a time, and possibly all the S&S Free Spins at the other Six Flags parks, due to an unknown incident at the New Jersey park. Mr. Freeze is down, Titan is still down (waiting on a new lift hill chain), Sidewinder closed (because the path to Titan is blocked), Judge Roy Scream down for re-tracking, Roaring Rapids closed (now a summer only attraction), Rodeo closed due to pathway closure, Casa Magnetica closed, Harley Quinn may be closed along with Joker, Aquaman not finished…
Well, it does sound like there is a lot to be desired about the current operational state of things at Six Flags over Texas. Let’s hope they can pull themselves together sooner than later, because Summer is Coming….
(3/17/22) After reopening Casa Magnetica in 2021 Six Flags confirmed on their Instagram that the attraction will be closing again at the end of Spring Break. The good news is that they do say it will reopen again to guests in the fall.
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?
(8/31/22) The other day an image was released throughout social media from some kind of meeting at Six Flags over Texas where the projected display in the background stated that the park’s Mr. Freeze roller coaster would be closing on Sept. 11th.
Obviously, panic ensued online amongst the fan-base. Season Passes were shredded, idle-threats were made, prized t-shirts were burned… ok… ok… I’m exaggerating quite a bit. Six Flags over Texas was quick to course-correct and sent out a Tweet to confirm that your last chance to ride Mr. Freeze: Reverse Blast is Sept 11… “But do you really think it’s going away? Not a chance! Stay tuned for more…”
So what’s really going on? On the surface… much like how regular Mr. Freeze was transformed into Mr. Freeze: Reverse Blast, I’m hearing that we’re going to see another small tweak made to the ride along with a tiny bit of rebranding that will allow the park to reopen the ride in 2023 with small bit of fanfare.
On the backend of things however, remember how Mr Freeze went down earlier this year, due to a reported small electrical fire in the launch tunnel? I can’t help but think that this may be related to that and the time has come to perform some much needed repairs and perhaps even upgrades to Freeze’s launch system. Mr Freeze’s LIM magnetic launch system, one of the oldest around these days, is prone to heating up. Given that Texas in the summer is just a few degrees cooler than Hades, it would make sense to try and upgrade the launch system to something newer that could run a little cooler and might even be more energy efficient.
Another positive note for Six Flags over Texas that the new CEO is sure to like is that Mr Freeze is supposed to be the most expensive ride to run in the entire theme park, with the powerful launch system sucking up juice faster than a vampire in a blood bank. With Freeze likely to be down for the next 6 months… just think of all the money you’ll save Selim? Maybe enough to let some of those poor performers you hired put on a show inside a climate controlled theater instead of in the streets. Just saying…
As for Mr. Freeze… it’s an incredible ride and simply one of the most intense launched roller coasters on the planet. If you haven’t had the pleasure of riding it, maybe consider planning a trip to Six Flags over Texas next season then if you can’t make it before it closes on Sept. 11th.
2023 - Aquaman: Power Wave - (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.
2022 - Pirates of Speelunker Cave - (5/14/22) The new Pirates of Speelunker Cave is opening today to the general public! Some preview riders were given over the past few days but if you want to see a POV for yourself, Six Flags over Texas has actually posted a great video showing off the new experience from start to finish.
(8/6/21) Six Flags over Texas has announced a second major new attraction is coming to the park in 2022 other than the delayed Aquaman: Power Wave. The former Yosemite Sam’s Gold River Adventure may be closed for good, a new dark ride will rise on the site called “Pirates of Speelunker Cave”. Guests will find themselves in the middle of a pirate treasure hunt by the resident Speelunkers, which is a great throw back to the park’s original dark ride on the site, Speelunker’s Cave that ran from 1964 to 1990 until Yosemite Sam moved in for the 1991 season.
“An all-new entry plaza will welcome adventurers with coastal theming and an open vantage point of the ride’s first descent into Speelunker Cave. Once aboard their six-passenger boat, riders will experience 17 brand-new scenes that combine state-of-the-art cinematic projection with immersive sets and animatronics.”
The new ride will feature 26 six-passenger boats, state-of-the-art animatronics throughout the attraction and “Cinema-style, wide-projection technology to fully immerse riders with high-tech digital and physical sets.”
If you know me, you know I love dark rides, and a park can never have enough in my opinion. What makes this one special is that finally, after 60 long years, Six Flags is starting to embrace the nostalgia of their own custom creations from their early days, and is now able to reimagine them for current and guests to enjoy. You don’t always have to go out and pay to use someone else’s IP (like Looney Tunes characters) when park’s can embrace their own history and custom creations from over the years.
(7/25/21) An interesting photo posted to Twitter which appears to be from a construction wall at Six Flags over Texas in reference to a “Spee-Lunker” brings up the question about the fate of the closed Yosemite Sam and the Gold River Adventure ride. The Gold River Adventure flume ride closed in 2018 after suffering extensive damage from a flood, but it was also a replacement for the park’s original Speelunker’s Cave ride that ran on the same site from 1964 to 1991.
It’s been said that the park is working on renovating the ride for a new replacement, and with the park celebrating a 60th anniversary this season, finding a way to bring back the Speelunkers for a new adventure would be a nice touch. It’s possible this may be our first hint that this may actually be taking place.
(1/10/21) In a surprising bit of news Six Flags over Texas officials confirms at the ACE Winterfest event that the closed Yosemite Sam and the Gold River Adventure dark flume ride would actually be reopening at some point in the future.
No timeline was given, but the news came as a bit of a shock as the dark ride has been closed since late 2018 when it was damaged by rising flood waters during storm. Screamscape sources at the time said that the interior of the attraction suffered from extensive damage due to the flood waters and that it would be a serious undertaking reopened it ever again. With no major details about the HOW and WHEN this will take place, we don’t have much more to say at this time, other than that this is indeed a very welcome piece of news to see the park reviving this classic family attraction for future generations.
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