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Re: Six Flags Over Texas (SFOT) Discussion Thread

Postby PatrickFHam » Sun Feb 25, 2018 11:56 am

ComeRideWithMe wrote:I'm going out tomorrow. Did you see what the new Harley Q ride progress looks like?


Mud and parts wrapped up on the ground... :-/

Homepark is SFoG; this is my first trip to SFoT.
I’ve always known that, on paper, it is a great park with a lot of different ride types and experiences, but it’s always nice to actually experience it. What a great assortment of rides! I had a great day. Below is not everything I rode, but just a few noteworthy ones. Example: I skipped Batman. ;)

Starting with front gate crews... security and admissions were incredible. So nice and welcoming... definitely ready for opening day. (I cannot say that for any crews at SFFT for today, particularly maintenance. It’s like opening weekend sneaked up on em.) SFoT was ready.

Mr. Freeze was the surprise winner of the trip for me. I mean, wow. Rode this multiple times, including after sunset. LOVE that thing!!

New Texas Giant was exactly what I expected. Solid ride. No crazy review here, other than I loved it. Surprised that anything else wowed me more, cuz this was great.
I did have the thought that the last half-lap or NTAG made me glad our new RMC’d Cyclone does NOT have a full third lap. I’d rather our Twisted Cyclone end with a punch than “eh” at the end. No hate on NTAG... TONS of great moments. Night ride on that was great, too.

Joker is my first S&S 4D Freespin. Totally nuts!! I laughed, even howled the whole time. First time being genuinely concerned, even scared, on a ride in a long time. Ha!! Now that I’ve ridden one, I’d be totally fine with getting one of these at SFoG.(I was not originally a fan of that rumor before we found out about Twisted Cyclone. I was wrong; it’d be great.)

I’ll tell ya, JL:BFM is better than ours. I hate admitting that, cuz I love ours.

Judge Roy Scream was a delight. I love that classic experience, and it seemed really well maintained and tight. Reminded me a lot of CP’s Blue Streak.

Shockwave is GREAT!! I knew it would be, since we have it’s “triple-looping” cousin, Mind Bender. (Loose definition of the “dive-loop” as a “loop,” but they can call it whatever they want cuz it’s FORCEful!! xD. No but really, Shockwave’s special-ness is two loops in a row. Love that.

La Vibora was wild! Never been on one of those before. Couple of rough, painful bumps, but some fresh butt-padding (on the ride-car OR ME, ha!) would’ve taken care of that. Loved that non-programmed experience.

Texas Skyscreamer get UP there, and FAST! Kinda chilly up there, ha!

Runaway Mountain... am I weird for loving this ride?! I feel like I’m probably in the minority here, but it’s really fun! Totally different than the rest of the stuff there. I love the unique experience. The visible disco ball made me LOL, I will say. Haha!!

Yosemite Sam’s Gold River Adventure was cool to see. Couple of clever little things in there.

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I’ll tell ya, though... it has the WEIRDEST layout of any Park I’ve been to, I think. I’d hate to be a kid lost in there, cuz I’m a grown-up who got lost looking at a map a couple times. Haha! (I don’t feel stupid, maybe I am. *shrug*)

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Questions for the SFoT people.

1. What is UP with the “no single riders on the back row” rule?!? I’ve been a coaster and ride nut for a while, and have never heard of that before.

2. What’s goin on at Oil Derrick? Just painting? Saw some white paint at the base...? It is lookin kinda rough, like a Walking dead situation, or like SFoG’s Scorcher. Yikes! Show em some love, SF!!

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Re: Six Flags Over Texas (SFOT) Discussion Thread

Postby ALT2870 » Sun Feb 25, 2018 12:57 pm

PatrickFHam wrote:
ComeRideWithMe wrote:1. What is UP with the “no single riders on the back row” rule?!? I’ve been a coaster and ride nut for a while, and have never heard of that before.


It actually started around the time of the Texas Giant incident. As far as I was aware they only did it on Titan and Texas Giant. (Is it now on all rides?) Mainly from what I heard it is so there is a witness if something were to happen. What annoys me is that they don't have it posted so basically anyone like you who doesn't know gets on and sits down, locks the bar, and then they tell you. (Since they usually start at the front of the train.) When I went last Fall like I usually do I completely forgot about it on Titan and they shifted the whole car around. lol
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Re: Six Flags Over Texas (SFOT) Discussion Thread

Postby PatrickFHam » Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:10 pm

Ooohhh, ok gotcha.

I can’t say “all,” but it was definitely more than those two you mentioned. Even Yosemite... one that was interesting to me was the Mr Freeze front row didn’t correspond. Ha!
Makes sense that it is a part of set of demands for insurance/law purposes.

Yeah, they definitely had to re-arrange a whole car’s worth of people when I un-knowingly locked in the back row by myself. Poor people were as confused as I was. :-/

I sorta see why now. Wonder how long they’ll feel the need to do that.

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Re: Six Flags Over Texas (SFOT) Discussion Thread

Postby CoasterGuy06 » Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:16 pm

It was also a pretty common rule chain wide back in the 80s and 90s too.
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Re: Six Flags Over Texas (SFOT) Discussion Thread

Postby ComeRideWithMe » Sun Feb 25, 2018 2:35 pm

Was it a light crowd yesterday because of the rain?
Did you get to ride Riddler's Revenge? That's one of my faves.
I wasn't aware of the single rider rule myself, but I've always been with someone. Good to know if I ever pop in by myself, and I always sit in the back.
As far as the oil Derrick I don't even know if it's even been open in a while. It's always closed when I go. I'm about to head out there, I'll check out the paint situation you're talking about.
I'm glad you got to enjoy the park!

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Re: Six Flags Over Texas (SFOT) Discussion Thread

Postby bigboy » Sun Feb 25, 2018 8:19 pm

Opening day is usually pretty slow and I'm sure the cool, rainy start to the day slowed it down even more. The rain also moved out earlier in the day than expected. My daughter woke up with a fever, so we didn't make it out there today. I'm sure it was busier with the great weather.

The Oil Derrick is getting painted. I've heard that this is the first time it's been painted in more than 25 years.

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Re: Six Flags Over Texas (SFOT) Discussion Thread

Postby ComeRideWithMe » Mon Feb 26, 2018 1:14 am

Got there today around 6pm. Was a wait for most major rides. Did get to ride Tx Giant twice on back for some reason it was dead. Couldn't get a pic of Harley Q it was walled off. Not sure what was up with oil Derrick but snapped a pic and the way they had it gated made Shockwave look closed so no line there.
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Re: Six Flags Over Texas (SFOT) Discussion Thread

Postby TexasParkman » Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:18 am

I went Saturday at 11:00 ish. It was raining hard until I parked. It stopped raining and I went though the front gate at warp speed. There was not many in the Park. I walked through 3 sections and saw no Guests. I walk from the parking lot - through the front gate and around the perimeter twice and back to my car- almost 3 miles of entertaining terrain and people watching. The Park looks good. I saw new wood railings, and some construction as previously mentioned. The new construction is not far along and will not be open for awhile. The Host and Hostess Teams were nice. Lots of smiles. I did stop and eat. The Food Service crews were courteous but still in training. I expected that. Otherwise a nice afternoon. Most rides opened within 15 minutes of the end of Phase 1. It would have been a great day to ride. Things are looking up for this Park.

I was at SFOG in October. Their JL:BFM was awesome. More scenes than ours and a better queue. I am surprised that someone liked ours better. You never know.

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Re: Six Flags Over Texas (SFOT) Discussion Thread

Postby Lotologist492 » Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:36 pm

PatrickFHam wrote:
Homepark is SFoG; this is my first trip to SFoT.
I’ve always known that, on paper, it is a great park with a lot of different ride types and experiences, but it’s always nice to actually experience it. What a great assortment of rides! I had a great day.

SFoT has always been an enjoyable park. Like you my home park is Over Georgia. My very first SFoT visit was in 2001 for their Holiday in the Park! Since then I have been hooked. Nowadays me & my friends make an annual Texas trip to both Over Texas and Fiesta. NTAG was my first RMC - as it was also the SF chains' first. The experience holds up well no matter the RMC's that have come after it (Iron Rattler at Fiesta is GREAT).

You are right about the park layout being weird. Being the very first Six Flags and having had additions for nearly six decades make the park an easy place to get lost! This is a sharp contrast to the circular layout at SFoG.

While there are other parks in the SF chain with somewhat bigger and more thrills (I have been to eleven SF parks, including a couple now defunct), SFoT is a very special park with lots of history and an ambiance you cannot get at most parks. I guess that is why we make the I-20 journey every year!

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