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Re: Six Flags Over Texas (SFOT) Discussion Thread

Postby rskapcat » Mon Oct 01, 2018 6:14 am

They have cut back on the scare zones and ramped up the haunted houses this year. The areas in Texas and Mexico have the props used for the scare zones in prior years, but no scare actors, so there are just, like, random doors and whatnot. It makes sense from a money standpoint...why give away the spooky for free when you can make people pay for the haunted houses? But it does make the park feel anemic compared to years past for those of us who are perfectly fine with the level of scares the scare zones provide, ha. Only scare zones we encountered were the sideshow folks near Looney Tunes land, the swamp folks near Superman, and some pig hybrid folks near Yosemite Sam. Might be one in the Gotham area? We haven't made it over there.

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Postby ComeRideWithMe » Mon Oct 01, 2018 6:30 am

Gotham has the zombies that run and come sliding on their knees at you, same as last year.
Those were the same scare zones I encountered when I went. Last year they had the swamp people scare zone fogged out which made it so much better. So when I asked what was going on with no fog, that's when I was told some things were damaged in the flood.

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Postby Sportsdude360 » Mon Oct 01, 2018 6:37 pm

^^ There is, in fact, a scare zone in the Gotham area. It's populated by "Escapees" from "Hell Block 6".

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Postby ComeRideWithMe » Mon Oct 01, 2018 9:14 pm

Sportsdude360 wrote:^^ There is, in fact, a scare zone in the Gotham area. It's populated by "Escapees" from "Hell Block 6".


Are those the ones that slide at you on their knees as you walk into Gotham? Or is it the new one by HQ? I didn't walk over by HQ or Joker so I missed seeing that new haunt and area.
Since you get a wristband to all the haunts, which one do you think is the best?

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Postby Sportsdude360 » Tue Oct 02, 2018 5:32 pm

ComeRideWithMe wrote:
Sportsdude360 wrote:^^ There is, in fact, a scare zone in the Gotham area. It's populated by "Escapees" from "Hell Block 6".


Are those the ones that slide at you on their knees as you walk into Gotham? Or is it the new one by HQ? I didn't walk over by HQ or Joker so I missed seeing that new haunt and area.
Since you get a wristband to all the haunts, which one do you think is the best?


Hell Block 6 is easily the best haunted attraction the park has ever had. Just don't bend over to pick up the soap in the shower stall. The scare zone is supposed to be near Harley, but the sliders may be part of it.

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Re: Six Flags Over Texas (SFOT) Discussion Thread

Postby cardinalfan828 » Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:23 pm

coasternut wrote:I was at the park yesterday - Friday, and today. This evening the park was slammed. You couldn't even walk around, it was so packed. Even the line for Judge Roy Scream was long. :wtf:


I was there till close on saturday, crowds were insane. It only let up at 11pm. I thought I was slick using the single rider line at joker seeing that the main queue was almost full, till i got all the way down just to see 25 people in the single rider line, noped back out real quick. :lmao: :lmao: It was impossible to get anywhere, people were blocking every walkway going every which direction with no rhyme or reason.

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Re: Six Flags Over Texas (SFOT) Discussion Thread

Postby bigboy » Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:34 am

I couldn't find a topic on the park (lots of trip reports where people tacked it on to an SFOT visit), but Sandy Lake Amusement Park north of Dallas announced on Facebook yesterday that they are closing down and the property has been sold. Sandy Lake was a quaint, family-owned picnic park with a couple of kiddie coasters, some pretty cool nostalgic flat rides and kiddie rides, a dark ride, and a swimming pool. The park was noteworthy around here because anyone that was in a school band or choir in this area in junior high likely visited for their annual competition festival.

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/business/2018/10/18/after-48-years-entertaining-families-carrolltons-sandy-lake-closes-gates

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Re: Six Flags Over Texas (SFOT) Discussion Thread

Postby rskapcat » Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:56 am

Got an official answer on a question I asked a while back, since my son and I made an unplanned trip to the park today. (When in doubt, go to Six Flags, ha.) If you have a Diamond Elite membership and do not make a parking reservation, you can park in the regular preferred lot.

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Re: Six Flags Over Texas (SFOT) Discussion Thread

Postby TurnOfTheCentury » Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:14 am

Went to this park for the first time yesterday. I was playing hooky from a conference and so I only had a few hours in the park in the morning /afternoon. A couple of observations:

* I was pleasantly surprised how relatively lush / full of trees it seemed

* It "felt" like an older, quainter park in some respects. For example, the walkaways seemed narrower, and the park was a navigational nightmare, with bizarre dead-ends and cross-overs everywhere, but I (somewhat) enjoyed being utterly lost at certain points without a map. Would have been more fun if the park wasn't pretty jammed pack.

* The Reverse Mr. Freeze blast was the surprise hit of the trip. Mother-of-god: that thing was a whole lot more powerful and wild than I was expecting. A sat in the last (which was really the first) car, and it was spectacular fun (maybe just a tad rough, but I loved it). I can't remember being as startled and surprised with a ride in long time.

*. The New Texas Giant grew on me as both it (and I) warmed up in the day. I thought the back seat ride was a bit better in terms of air, and I appreciated that the ride ops did not staple me as compared to Steel Vengeance. Lots of fun. But, in truth, Steel Vengeance has somewhat spoiled me as my first RMC.

* I loved the nostalgia of the Shockwave and had my first grey-out experience ever on the loops (which is weird because the G's didn't seem that extreme?). Maybe I am getting old? Surprising airpops in the back, but some of the transitions were a bit roughish. Loved all the swaying track / supports.

* I was also pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Titan (despite the ridiculously intense mid course full stop). I thought the first helix was surprisingly intense. I sure wish I could have experienced the second helix without such a strong midcourse - how much lighter was the midcourse in its initial season?

Overall, lots of fun and pretty good operations too.

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Re: Six Flags Over Texas (SFOT) Discussion Thread

Postby Sportsdude360 » Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:12 pm

^Titan's mid-course was much weaker in it's inaugural season. In some instances it didn't slow you down at all. But folks blacking out in the helix soon caused that to change.

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