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SIX FLAGS OVER TEXAS
& Six Flags Hurricane Harbor

Dallas / Ft. Worth, Texas
Six Flags Theme Parks

 

 

 

----    THE LATEST BUZZ    ----
    (11/19/22) Holiday in the Park Details (MORE...)
    (10/8/22) 2023 Season Pass Makes Changes To Hurricane Harbor Admission Benefit (MORE...)
    (10/2/22) Aquaman Performing Wonderfully in Test Runs (MORE...)
    (9/24/22) Mr. Freeze Returns! (MORE...)

 

icon_STOPPark News - (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?

 

 

icon_STOP2023 - 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.
 

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    (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 90 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.

 

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Track Record

Six Flags over Texas
Dallas / Ft. Worth, Texas
Six Flags Theme Parks

Abbreviation: SFOT
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Newest Developments:
2022 - Pirates of Speelunker Cave

2019 - El Diablo

2018 - Harley Quinn Spinsanity

2017 - The Joker

2016 - Riddler Revenge, Catwoman Whip and Harley Quinn Spinsanity (old Crazy Legs)

2015 - Justice League Battle for Metropolis

2014 - Bugs Bunny Boomtown and Wahoo Racer

2013 - Texas Skyscreamer,

2012 - Mr Freeze:Reverse Blast

2011 - New Texas Giant

2010 - Robots of Mars

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