SIX FLAGS OVER TEXAS
& Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Dallas / Ft. Worth, Texas
Six Flags Theme Parks
Park News - (9/12/21) Six Flags over Texas was apparently forced to close early last night during the park’s first night of Fright Fest due to fights breaking out between guests in the park. The fighting even continued as guests were forced out into the parking lot, as you can see in a video clip embedded below.
I haven’t seen an official news report on this yet, but there are several different videos online on social media talking about it, some reporting 50+ arrests or detainments made by the police due to park-wide fights that are said to have broken out. Early word is we may see some major operational changes at Six Flags going forward with Fright Fest as a result. I’m not sure what this may be, though one thought is that they could switch to a reservation only system for Fright Fest as they are currently doing at the park in New Jersey as a form of crowd control. We’ve also heard that the park has cut back on the hours starting TONIGHT, and will close Fright Fest at 8pm instead of 9pm.
As for Fright Fest itself, this year’s event to be held on select nights features six haunted houses (3 new ones - Labsics: Classified, The Do Drop Inn: Dead and Breakfast and Killer Theater, along with returning favorites: Piggy’s Blood Shed, Curse of Ra and Art of Torture) alogn with three scare zones and six shows.
(8/9/21) A quick update regarding the new paint spotted on Pandemonium. According to the latest rumor sent in, in addition to new paint colors, Pandemonium will likely get a new name once again. This would actually be the third name for the coaster, as it originally opened as Tony Hawk’s Big Spin from 2008 to 2010, and then was simply called Big Spin for 2011 before they went with the new Pandemonium name the following year.
Elsewhere in the park, I had not mentioned it before, but as part of the big 60th Anniversary celebration the park opened a small museum full of great pictures, ride models and costumes used in the park over the years. A reader was kind enough to send in some photos of the museum to share with everyone.
(8/8/21) A tweet from Roller Coaster Nerdz shows that a small section of red track on Pandemonium at Six Flags over Texas has been repainted a light purple color. Usually this is done when the parks are planning to repaint rides and want to test the look of new colors before committing to use the color across the whole ride. It doesn’t look bad with the dark grey colored support under it, where it appears that the support may have also gotten a fresh touch-up too.
While red shiny coaster tracks always look quite stunning when brand new, those same red tracks always have a tendency to fade rather quickly, losing their luster and shine, and before you know it, they transform from shiny red to a dull faded orange-ish looking tint.
On another positive note, construction has begun again on Aquaman for 2022.
(8/6/21) Six Flags over Texas Adding Pirates of Speelunker Cave in 2022
(7/25/21) The Return of the Spee-Lunker?
(7/3/21) Six Flags over Texas will host the Dollas Coyboys Cheerleaders today (July 3rd) for a special show leading up to the park’s fireworks show. You can catch them on stage in Gotham City at 7:45pm or 9:30pm, ahead of the big July 4th Fest fireworks show that will be shot off the 300-foot tall Oil Derrick Tower at 10pm. While the cheerleaders will only be there tonight, the park will put on the big fireworks show at 10pm on both Saturday and Sunday nights.
(6/25/21) Sad news from Texas this week, as a shooting apparently took place just outside the Six Flags Hurricane Harbor waterpark in Arlington. According to the local news a 16-year-old was shot around 7pm on Wednesday night just outside of the waterpark. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
(5/30/21) Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Dallas Opens New Slide
(5/29/21) Six Flags over Texas is bringing back a fan-favorite event… the “Best of Texas Festival” which started on Friday and will run through August 8, 2021. The event celebrates the unique food, music and culture of the Lone Star state. The opening will mix with the Memorial Day Weekend celebration that will feature fireworks shot from the top of the Oil Derrick tower on Saturday and Sunday night (May 29-30) at 10pm.
From my best understanding, it seems like the Best of Texas Festival will have special theme or focus events added in to the overall celebration. For example, the focus will be on Best of Texas Livestock on June 6-7, while a Best of Texas Food & Beer Festival will be offered on Weekends now through July 4.
(5/19/21) According to the latest post on Facebook by Six Flags over Texas, effective Saturday May 22, fully vaccinated guests to the theme park (and team members) will no longer be required to wear face masks. Temperature screenings will also end on this date, as well as the previous requirement for advanced reservations to visit. So effectively, it sounds like operations will pretty much be returning to the old ‘normal’ at the park.
(4/26/21) Six Flags over Texas launched a new festival event this weekend at the park called “°Viva la Fiesta!”, a celebration of latin culture, food and music, which will run on weekends and other select dates through to May 16, 2021 as part of the park’s 60th Anniversary celebration.
(4/25/21) The rumors and reports were right, Six Flags over Texas re-opened Casa Magnetica for the first time in over ten years. A first preview for Six Flags Members was caught on video which you can see below. This is said to be a permanent return of the attraction to the park and not just a temporary promotion. The grand opening to the general public is said to be next weekend.
According to one reader the attraction has been refurbished quite extensively, with improvements noted in the entrance area, the queue and to the interior scenes within the attraction. According to this reader, they’ve added a storyline to go with it now, though as I recall reading about the history of Casa Magnetica, it originally had a storyline about how the house was created by an eccentric inventor, Don Juan of Madrid. So I’m not sure if the old storyline was simply recovered or if Six Flags has added a new one.
Either way it is great to have a classic attraction like this returned to the park guests.
(4/17/21) More good news out of Six Flags over Texas this season. Last time we had heard that the park was preparing to reopen the long-closed Flume 1 of El Aserradero, and now we’ve been told that the park will reopen another classic attraction: Casa Magnetica.
Casa Magnetica opened way back in 1962 as a walk-through attraction similar to a roadside “Mystery Spot”, “Gravity Hill” or “Crooked House” style attraction, where guests are taken on a tour through an environment built at odd-angles, often using hilly, crooked or extreme landscapes to create odd-visual illusions that seem to defy gravity and logic.
The attraction style was popular with many theme parks built in the 50’s and 60’s, such as Knott’s Berry Farm’s once famous Haunted Shack (1954-2000). Around the start of the 21st century, I believe a number of the park based attraction began to close due to age or fading guest satisfaction numbers. In some cases, the unique structures were also rumored to have been forced into closure, as any modern “remodeling” to upkeep the aging structures may have required them to become more ADA compliant. I have no idea if those rumors were ever true, but obviously the steep walkways and un-level surfaces required for the attraction concept would not survive modern building compliance codes.
(3/31/21) I’m not sure if anyone can confirm this or not, but I’ve been told that Six Flags over Texas has been working on repairing the long closed “Flume 1” of El Aserradero. This particular flume is said to be the first ever log flume attraction in the world when it opened in 1963. Due to the popularity of the ride, SFOT built a second flume course next to the original in 1968.
Over the past few years, Flume 1 has been kept closed, possibly as a cost savings move, though we have heard some rumors claiming that Six Flags was keeping it closed because it was cost prohibitive to make the station ADA compliant. I can’t verify the truth of either rumor, but if they are really working on reopening the original flume once again, this can only be a good thing.
You can check out a POV of this flume in the video below.
(3/21/21) A little chaos erupted outside Six Flags over Texas on Friday night it seems. Police were called out to the park after there were reports of gunfire, as a group of teens began fighting outside the park’s entrance area, with one shooting another in the arm. To clarify, all of the trouble took place OUTSIDE of the theme park gates, and despite some social media reports to the contrary, there was not an ‘active shooter’ inside of the park. The park does use metal detectors that should prevent a guest with a gun from getting inside of the theme park.
(3/9/21) Six Flags over Texas is expanding their Spring Break Celebration in 2021. “Thrill Capital of Texas, is welcoming warmer weather as the park opens daily for Spring Break March 12-21 and continuing weekends through April 11. All-new live entertainment, The Hollywood Car Show Experience, island and beach-inspired food and drink, round out the offerings for Spring Breakers in Texas.”
What is the Hollywood Car Show Experience you ask? Well, it will give guests a chance to snap up pictures and selfies with famous cars from blockbuster films and popular television shows. The Hollywood Car Show Experience will only be at the park from March 12 to 21st however, but will feature many famous cars including: ECTO-1 (Ghostbusters), The Mystery Machine (Scooby Doo), Herbie: The Love Bug and Jeep 18 (Jurassic Park).
The park will also add the new Tiki Oasis, “an immersive area that features the new Tiki Oasis bar and Tiki Oasis stage, complete with palm trees, Hula dance performances and a steel drum show.”
(1/10/21) Fire & Ice Festival, Aquaman and Yosemite Sam News Updates added today.
Six Flags over Texas has announced a new special event for the park taking place on Weekends from Jan. 9 through to Feb. 28, 2021 (plus a few extra days) called the Fire & Ice Winter Festival. The event will see a number of fire pits added throughout the park where you can get s’mores, and you can watch a special fireworks show each Saturday night. Sledding will be available on The Frosty Snowhill as well as new entertainment in the park such as the Fire & Ice Light Show, a Dancing Fountain Show and Mystic Acres Winter Wonderland. You can fill your belly with warm new culinary delights as well as new frozen treats and special cocktails for adults.
2021 - Bonzai Pipeline at Hurricane Harbor - (5/30/21) According to a local news update, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in the Dallas area has opened their new Banzai Pipeline slide this weekend.
The Hurricane Harbor waterpark will open for the 2021 season on May 1st, and will open the new Bonzai Pipeline this season.
2022 - Aquaman: Power Wave - (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 90ļ 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 - (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.