While attending a conference just last week in Dallas, I had the chance to briefly visit Six Flags over Texas. The park immediately reminded me of Six Flags Great Adventure, with tons of attractions and lots of space to cover. Because of my limited time there, I didn't really have the chance to hunt for credits; rather, I sought to ride the few rides that I knew I would want to do for sure.
Tony Hawk's Big Spin was extremely busy, especially as conference attendees (Six Flags over Texas was our special event for the conference) began to pile into the queue, pushing the wait time to well over an hour. It looked like a pretty good spinner, but I figured I could skip it in favor of some of the larger, more intense coasters.
I started my visit out with Mr. Freeze, and I was pleasantly surprised to find how much I enjoyed it. Having ridden multiple Premier spaghetti bowls on the East Coast/Behemoth trips, I wasn't expecting much for this launcher (though the lack of OTSR's was great), but from start to finish, I was thrilled. The ride has an innovative duel loading station with three essential positions for loading and the launch. To try to make this explanation simple, platforms A and C are parallel to each other with a gap between them (position B). Each of the two platforms is rigged up to a massive conveyor belt of sorts, which pulls the entire loading platform away from the air gates into position B where the launch and brakes are placed. The ride then thrusts you into a nice straight-away, followed by in an inverted top hat (like the one that used to be on Great Adventure's The Chiller), leading into a banked turnaround into the ride's vertical spike. Addition Lim adorn the spike, adding momentum on the reverse descent which sends you back through the entirety of the track backwards. All in all, the attraction was fantastic--running really well (better and better with each ride) and was a great surprise. I ended up riding Mr. Freeze three times during the course of the visit.
Next up was Texas Giant. I made it a point to grab a ride on this, not only because of its good reputation but for the fact that it would be retracked starting at the end of this season. The ride itself is very large and a good length, making the experience thoroughly enjoyable. The track is certainly in need of some work, and I walked away with a knee that had been jammed a few times, but the ride was truly a fun, wild ride. We rode Texas Giant twice that day.
After roaming for a little while with one of my fellow officers, I met up with my good friend Uma, riding Titan as quickly as I could. My first Giovanola coaster, the thing was about as intense as I could have imagined based on previous descriptions. The airtime was decent following the first drop, but the star elements of the ride seem to be its two helices, both of which induced near-blackout moments. Funny enough, my non-coaster-enthusiast friends kept going on and on about seeing green and black spots over their eyes during the ride; I figured I wouldn't tell them what happened, trying not to scare them.
Our last coaster of the was Shockwave, the park's Schwartzkopf looper. Having ridden Mindbender at Six Flags over Georgia, I had high expectations for this one. Though not particularly large, the ride features two signature Schwartzkopf loops with a real bite, followed by a few airtime hills that deliver on a scary level. The ride from the ground looks to be very small, but in this case, size mattered not, as the few dips provided offered knee-to-bar moments that rivaled those of its Georgian cousin.
Following my new credits (I'm now at 191 credits, so I'll hit 200 on the Deep South trip), I stopped at the park's parachute tower, having not done one before. Just last Summer, I marveled at the beauty of Coney Island's parachute tower and had longed to ride one, so now I had my chance. The ride was only running one side but moved along quickly without more than a five minute wait. It wasn't anything too special, but now I can say I've ridden one.
Overall, my impression of the park was pretty strong. I loved to see how friendly the cast members (if that is what they are called here) were to our conference attendees and enjoyed the visit wholeheartedly. The park's layout is a little confusing, but nothing too terrible. Id probably say that is my second favorite Six Flags park, with Great Adventure taking the lead as of now.
Now, lets move on to some photos!
What's that I see?
Bloons and coasters...
These are a few of my favorite things!
Now this is interesting!
A nice entrance to the park.
I couldn't really think of a caption to describe this one.
I genuinely believed that this man was a guy dressed up as Mr. Six! Gets me everytime!
Mr. Six needs to elevate the fun levels like he does over at Six Flags Hard Rock America...
See what I mean?
We did this. Mistake.
Mr. Freeze was actually pretty well themed. For an older Six Flags ride, I actually felt like I was at a theme park... But remember, if it has theming, its an amusement park, right Andrew?
Now this, I like. (No implications here.)
Though I didn't get to ride it this time, it seemed like the queue for Batman: The Ride was also themed well.
Time for some TPR Park Index love!
Concrete: The Ride.
Definitely a solid attraction.
It rocks my world.
My compliments to Schwartzkopf for creating a little monster such as Shockwave.
Titan doesn't get much photo love, but its really great.
Blackouts bring out the white in my eyes...
Uma really liked Texas Giant, even though I forced her to ride in the back row.
Am I in the right park?
My first parachute tower!
Get your mind out of the gutter!
Can I Flashback to a moment before I saw this monstrosity?
This is just one of those photos that I'm really proud of, and I don't know why.
Up they go. Down goes my liking for this park.
Uma and I on the parachute tower!
I love historical touches like this in parks... Six Flags over Texas is home to a working oil well/pump right in the middle of its grounds (near the parachute tower).
Time to head out...
Proof that I was really here.
"I'll be back for you later..."
Oh, and I forgot. This update was sponsored by Coca Cola and presented by the Six Flags over Texas cowboys!
Special thanks to Uma for sharing some of her photos with me...
Change the scheme, Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls if you would be so kind!
Indeed, Titan will do that to ya. Will make you see trippy light spots and maybe walk weird afterwards. Infact I had to go to first aid that time because my mom was so worried I might pass out (I was already hungry, tired, thirsty, and abit sick before I rode Titan). Although have yet to meet somene who doesn't have a problem with Titan. Were you coughing when you got back to the station because the forces made it hard to breathe?
Shockwave is a fun lil machine indeed. So glad to lose my Schwartzkopf virginity to it. Those two loops sure are intense! I actually almost "folded in half" on the second loop.
Did you find Flashback smooth? I found quite smooth, no headbanging for me. I hear it's one of the smoother boomerangs out there.
Did you ride Conquistador (The Intamin pirate ship in the Spain area)? If so, did you get any airtime on it? I didn't get any for some reason. Kinda disapointed with it.
My Favorite Coasters: Mime-Big Thunder(DLA), Sit Down-Hulk,Viper(SFMM),Standup-Riddlers Revenge, Floorless-Medusa(SFDK),Scream, Indoor-Revenge Of The Mummy(USO), Space Mountain(DLA), Rock N Roller(DHS), Launch-California Screamin, Flyer-Tatsu, Woodie-Colossus(SFMM), Other-X2,Matterhorn Bobsleds, Hyper-Goliath(SFMM), Inverted-Batman(SFMM),Dueling Dragons,Montu, Boomerang-V2(SFDK)
^No, they removed it for Tony Hawk...thus his caption.
Glad someone else feels the same way about Mr Freeze. I love it and was plesantly suprised by the theming in the queue, lighting effects in the station and fog in the launch tunnel. As for Batman, its queue rivals the SFOG version for length...its truly massive.
That picture with Mr. Six reminds me of something a friend told me. He's an actor at SFOG in the gunfight comedy show, and he said that the first year they had Mr. Six, the guy had so much makeup on that he could only stay out in the heat for about 15 min. because he would start to melt. But now they've started using latex masks. He also said the original guy (at least at SFOG) was, I think, 28 years old. Interesting, huh.
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