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p. 416 - Fire and Ice Festival announced!

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Nitro’s description says that too. Six Flags is just dumb.

Wow, Six Flags. All of those things are really great.   We really are living in a fantasy world...

Six Flags Over Texas Introduces Fire and Ice Winter Festival All-New Shows, $19.61 Admission, and Saturday Fireworks Highlight Special Winter Event through February 28 ARLINGTON, Texas — Jan

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^Its because no one is managing their twitter account, they haven't tweeted anything since July 22!

 

Or their Facebook page. Well, somebody posted a picture of someone on the teacups a couple of weeks ago.

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sfot_header_2-965x302.jpg.6ce9a84bcf9bd3114e8bc233ba20f5e7.jpgNew in 2014, Six Flags Over Texas is expanding our children’s area, complete with new rides, attractions, and rest areas. Plus, Hurricane Harbor adds a multi-featured water slide.

 

The children's area of the park will debut an all-new refreshing expansion. The kid-friendly section will be the perfect place for thrill-seekers-in-training with tons of new features, including an interactive play area and brand new kids' rides. The pint-sized rides in the area offer gentle thrills with miniature drops, easygoing turns, and mild speeds so the little ones can work up to the bigger thrills.

 

The renovation will also provide more seating and shaded areas. Parents can sit back and watch the kids play, or the entire family can take a break from the action to rest and cool off in between rides.

 

In summer 2014, North Texas' largest water park, Hurricane Harbor, will also unveil a new slippery slide. The multi-featured water slide will take riders up over 45 feet in the air, then accelerate them through a winding slick course. The thrill slide will include rapid speeds, twisting spins, and plunging drops that provide an adrenaline rush and splashy experience like no other.

 

The new children's expansion and water slide are set to debut in 2014. Are you ready to take on these all-new thrills?

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Sigh... Can we at least look forward to having all of their existing coasters running at one time? This stinks. I know I am in the minority here, but I was really disappointed when they announced and pushed that swing on steroids as some big new "thrill ride" last year. They aren't even trying to appeal to thrill seekers this year. Ugh.

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Just think some of that money there not using on a coaster could be used to hire better workers to run things around the park. New improved kids area and new workers for 2014!

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The kids area is in terrible shape and has been for years, surprisingly they really didn't say what they were doing other than new kids area and rides, who wants to bet it won't be done until mid June?

 

Oh, and the seemed to have left something out of their announcent. We promise to have all rides operating at full capacity with courteous well trained staff and open concession stands.

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It's understandable that we didn't get anything major this year because of the accident and such. Here's to hoping 2014 is a better season all around. In 2015, I expect to see a major coaster though. They have been denying the flagship park of a unique attraction for so long. It's upsetting to say the least.

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It's understandable that we didn't get anything major this year because of the accident and such. Here's to hoping 2014 is a better season all around. In 2015, I expect to see a major coaster though. They have been denying the flagship park of a unique attraction for so long. It's upsetting to say the least.

 

Are you serious? This post is pretty stupid. Cause opening a huge Top 5 steel coaster two years ago isn't a unique attraction or anything... I'm also positive the accident didn't affect next years additions.

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Well I dont think anyone is too surprised about this. Especially consedering NTAG accident in all. As much as I am ready for a new coaster I'm not even mad or really dissapointed because the childrens area really needs it. When I took my little niece to the park a few weeks ago it was kinda depresssing, the rides are pretty sad. But if something (meaning a large coaster, perferrably custom) dosent happen in 2015 I would be pretty dissaponted.

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I've said this before and I'll say it again. The main thing to look for in 2014 is bulldozers in the old abandoned shopping area. It takes time to clear that area in preperation for expansion. So far no demolition of the old shops has begun. When it does, that can only mean expansion of some sort. Possibly for 2015.

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^ Im waiting for the day a bulldozer is in front of the park as well. The park is large nearly 250 acres. But how the rides are layed out in the park dosent leave much room for expansion without ride removal. With SFGadv removing American Eagle because of low popularity, maybe we will see the removal of JRS is a possibillty in the future. I wonder if the park has gotten on the permits needed for demolition for the shopping center.

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The accident has nothing to do with the park getting a coaster or not. Most of the time these parks have an idea of what they are getting months in advance. I seriously doubt they would cancel a planned coaster before it was supposed to be announced. Next year the park will see some improvements to the kids area and NTAG /Shockwave are operating which will be good.

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^ Right, I don't think it had anything to do with the accident. I really am excited for 2014. I have heard several upgrades will take place within the park.

 

Also really glad to hear them expanding/updating Looney Tunes U.S.A. To me a theme park is more then just roller coasters and big rides, I love that Over Texas has a large variety of rides for everyone. I would have to say Over Texas offers the best variety of rides over any other SF park.

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After this year, just getting to have all of the coasters open will feel almost like getting a new ride. And maybe keeping the youngins occupied at their "new expanded children's section" will shorten the lines for those of us there for things other than Looney Tunes Land. I know I would love a ride on Shock Wave, and get down right gitty at the thought of another ride on NTAG.

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I love this year's additions. It will really help the overall appearance of the park. The Looney Tunes area is in much need of a refurb. I am hoping for a Bulldozer as well. That area would be perfect for a small wooden Twister Coaster ( maybe like American Thunder)- then JRS goes away in favor of a Wing Rider ( or something big and custom) out and over the Lake.... It would provide an impressive first impression like CP's Gatekeeper.

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I kind of wish they would have announced some new shows for 2014 as well. I think that would have kind of helped lift the spirits around the park after such a tragedy. But I think once next season rolls around everything will be fresh, NTAG and Shockwave will be open, and most of the GP will have forgotten what happened this past July and this park can start its recovery.

 

^ Those are some great ideas that I never thought of!

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It's understandable that we didn't get anything major this year because of the accident and such. Here's to hoping 2014 is a better season all around. In 2015, I expect to see a major coaster though. They have been denying the flagship park of a unique attraction for so long. It's upsetting to say the least.

 

Are you serious? This post is pretty stupid. Cause opening a huge Top 5 steel coaster two years ago isn't a unique attraction or anything... I'm also positive the accident didn't affect next years additions.

I would say that leaving a space between larger additions (or truthfully) transformations is a better strategy. When a park follows the strategy of adding one coaster after another as seen in what Premier did back in the 90s, it invokes the law of diminishing returns on increasing attendance and racks up debt. This is a good move for this year for helping to address one of Six Flags weaknesses of not having a well balanced park for all audiences.

 

Having said this, SFOT hasn't had much investment since 2001 (their only new coaster is Pandemonium) despite its size and the growing community it is located next to and there are a number of segments that their line up is lacking. The NTAG is a transformation of an existing coaster which kept the coaster count the same and last year the gave their Boomerang (Flashback) to SFSTL causing it to drop. If SFGAm can get X-Flight and Goliath for giving Iron Wolf and Ragin' Cajun to SFA, I don't see that it is "stupid" patrons to expect to get a coaster before long for giving Flashback (Boomerang) to SFSTL. SFMM gets a coaster just about every other year whether or not they had to give one to another park and it isn't their official "flagship park," and to be honest it actually makes that park feel very incomplete because they don't focus enough on other attractions or on fixing what they have.

 

With the Texas Giant being transformed into a Steel Coaster, I would agree with the idea that retiring the Judge Roy Scream for a newer, better woodie should be considered as that coaster was the least impressive offering and is so short that there isn't much to work with for any kind of transformation. A GCI or Intamin woodie would make a great addition.

 

The park does need to consider adding a newer looping coaster someday as their line up is getting rather dated and very much overshadowed by SFFT whose looping coaster line up has much more variety of inversions and newer additions. I would tend to support the idea of a segment similar to Maverick which stands out more than adding another B&M and would be a lot more intense.

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I really am excited to see how well Looney Tunes U.S.A. will look next year. I wonder when they will have the area completed? Will they wait till the end of May again?

 

Also, I'm glad they decided to spruce up this area up, really shows how well balanced OT is. I believe it's the best balanced park in the entire SF chain. Therefore to me, it's my favorite park in the chain.

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We went to Fiesta Texas twice this summer. Overall it seems to be a somewhat smaller scale park than SFOT. But as a whole, we really enjoyed ourselves more there. The atmosphere was better and more with an exception of the little car ride, ride ops were more efficient. The lines weren't stagnant for the most part. I loved the "Lone Star Nights" fireworks/laser show they did at the end of the evening when they closed. Both times we were there all of the rides we wanted to ride (with an exception of IRAT the second time because of the NTAG accident) were open! We didn't make it over to the water park, but thought that was a neat idea to have that as part of the ticket in. This is the first year I had ever visited another Six Flags park besides SFOT. We really had fun there. We are talking about going back for HIP.

 

Maybe SFOT just had a bad year this year. I have read where people said that the employees have been rude. I have to say, I have gone a ton this year and only ran into one rude employee and one super annoying ride operator that ran the whole "Oh yeah!" thing into the ground while waiting for Mr. Freeze. Not to say that there weren't any, but most of the time they were pretty cool from our experience. Our biggest issues this year was the constant ride breakdowns and running one train making people wait forever. It seemed to even bug some of the ride ops and they would do their best to try and make up for it and apologized.

 

Maybe next year will be better with the new kids addition. I am curious if they are going to cater more to the littler kids or if they will put stuff in that older kids (8-12 year bracket) will enjoy, too.

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They have released the 2014 season pass price special. They don't post the price on the advertisement but they are running the free upgrade to gold on 4 or more passes if you buy them by the end of Fright Fest. That was like last year. Then they turned around and extended it through HIP. I got online and looked further for a price. They raised the prices by $5 a pass. So this year they are $65 plus tax for 4 or more. Add $20 if you want a combo pass.

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I am planning on loading my guys up and going here in a few minutes. I'm planning on taking a gander over there. I'll post any progress if any. Anybody been out there this weekend at all? How busy has it been?

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