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SIX FLAGS OVER TEXAS
& Six Flags Hurricane Harbor

Dallas / Ft. Worth, Texas
Six Flags Theme Parks

 

NOTE - News regarding the Texas Giant Accident can be found here.

 

icon_STOPPark News - (8/21/14) While our attention has been focused on the possible Justice League themed dark ride construction area, we haven’t been keeping an eye on the closed rapids ride. A park guest tells me that during their visit this week the park was advertising a new “Extreme Roaring Rapids” in 2015. Are they upgrading this old ride to have some new tricks?  Something to keep an eye on.
    Elsewhere in the park, the site of the old Flashback coaster has been paved and two walls put up, with a tent covering the area in between. Looks like the park will have a new haunt experience this fall as well.
    (7/7/14) As I mentioned previously, Batman: Backwards has opened at Six Flags over Texas and they’ve released a POV and reverse POV videos to show you what it’s like!


    (6/17/14) Batman Backwards may have left Six Flags Magic Mountain this week, but a tweet from Six Flags over Texas confirms that Batman Backwards will open at their park starting July 4th.
    (5/30/14) Good news, the latest report from SFOT guests indicate that while the mandatory test-seat fitting is still in required for everyone who wants to ride The Texas Giant, they have stopped with the grouping and safety speeches. People just jump in the seat, a loud buzzer goes off if you fit and you are waived on into the main queue area, which has speed things up significantly. Up in the station, the picture is also good… everyone jumps in their seats, ride ops come back to put down and check each lapbar and off you go. No crazy stapling or double checks of the entire train for belt then lapbar, just a fairly smooth operation.
    The only bit of concerning news may only just be a situation that is taking place this week, but I did hear reports that the Giant has not been ready to roll for guests at park opening, but has been opening a little later… around 10:30 am or so. Gold Passholders are being let into the park a little early and put in a special area until the rope drops which positions them to be the first to get to the Giant each morning. With the late opening, many guests are still opting to jump in line as soon as they get there, which results in an immediate long line for the ride as soon as it opens.
    (5/23/14) I’ve received word of a disturbing new procedure currently taking place at Six Flags over Texas for everyone who wants to ride the Texas Giant.  The park has set up an interesting additional queue outside of the ride’s main entrance forcing all guests to wait in this new line first. When you get to the front, they are pulling guests, 12 to 15 at a time, into a group where an employee verbally goes over “the rules” of riding the Texas Giant and answers questions. Once this phase is done, the group is taken to the “test seat” and each and every single person is placed in the test seat to see if they fit. In the buzzer goes off, the lap-bar went down far enough and you are allowed to proceed into the main ride queue. Once the group has been tested, they go back and gather the next group to start the cycle over again.
2014_0523_TexasGiant_TestSeatGroup    I’m told the problem here is that the procedure is simply too slow, especially because there is only one test seat. As such, I’m hearing that the coaster has been frequently seen sending out trains only half-full at times, because they can’t get people through the line fast enough.  The other flaws to the system is that anyone who has been granted handicapped access to the ride platform, along with anyone with a Flash Pass, are not put through the same procedure, and are backdoored right to the station.
    According to what people are being told by park employees, apparently just “a test” of a new possible system, because someone in management really likes the idea, but it clearly sounds like it is in need or work. There is no telling just how long this test will last however. Enjoy the picture sent in by a reader showing off one of these groups being tested, one at a time, in the single test-seat out front.
 
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2014 - Wahoo Racer @ Six Flags Hurricane Harbor - (2/14/14) Six Flags over Texas has announced that their nearby Hurricane Harbor waterpark will build the world’s tallest multi-lane racing slide in the world, to be called Wahoo Racer. Six lanes wide, Six Flags’ list it as being 60 feet tall, which does seem to be the tallest such slide I can find on record. It looks quite exciting, starting off through an enclosed section with an interwoven twist with the lane next to you, then into a high speed 360 before blasting out into the final downhill run to the finish line.

    (8/29/13) Six Flags over Texas will expand the park's kids area in 2014, adding new rides and shaded rest areas.  Meanwhile Hurricane Harbor across the way will also add a yet to be named new multi-featured waterslide, with details to be announced later.

 

2014 - Bugs Bunny BoomTown - (4/30/14) Bugs Bunny Boomtown is now open at Six Flags over Texas.

   
(1/29/14) The details for Six Flags over Texas’ 2014 project have finally been released as the park will open Bugs Bunny BoomTown, an expansion and complete renovation to the park’s existing kids area. Bugs Bunny BoomTown will feature 10 rides and attractions when it opens in Spring 2014. New attractions include:
    Looney Tunes Adventure Camp – Interactive Play Structure
    Taz Tornado – Family Wave Swinger
    Bugs Bunny Cloud Bouncer – Likely a Frog Hopper style ride
    Marvin the Martian Space Rockets – Spinner
    Daffy Duck Bucket Blasters – Water Guns + Spinning Barrels! But this is not a copy of the Tsunami Soaker (Mack Twist ‘n’ Splash) being added to other Six Flags parks.
    Check out the video preview below!

    (8/29/13) Six Flags over Texas will expand the park's kids area in 2014, adding new rides and shaded rest areas.  Meanwhile Hurricane Harbor across the way will also add a yet to be named new multi-featured waterslide, with details to be announced later.

 

icon_STOP2015 - Justice League: Battle for Metropolis - (9/1/14) Six Flags over Texas has posted a new construction video showing off the current look inside the building structure where the new Justice League: Battle for Metropolis dark ride will be placed.

First Look at JUSTICE LEAGUE: BATTLE FOR METROPOLIS from Six Flags Over Texas on Vimeo.


SF_SFOT_JusticeLeague    (8/30/14) I’ve got some great new details regarding the Justice League: Battle for Metropolis dark rides coming to Six Flags over Texas and Six Flags St. Louis in 2015. First a correction, as I mistakenly mentioned Triotech yesterday as being inolved with Alterface and Sally for the Justice League dark ride in Australia, but they were not.
   As previously mentioned, Sally Corp. is behind this major new dark ride experience and it sounds like it is going to be a huge hit. I reached out to Sally to get a little more information on the players involved and for any more details they can give and I couldn’t be more pleased with what they have told me.
   First off Oceaneering is supplying a fleet of custom designed 6-passenger cars for the ride that will will be Multi-DOF Motion-based vehicles. Yup… these aren’t just plain old scoot you through the building cars, but will have the ability to move you in several directions at once, as needed by the action involved in each scene in the 4-minute long experience.
   Lexington Scenic is busy fabricating the massive dimensional sets and scenery pieces that will bring the dangerous city streets of Metropolis to life. (Note: Lexington created the incredible 28 foot tall Optimus Prime figure that stands atop the Transformers ride at Universal Studios Florida).
   Pure Imagination is creating incredibly realistic 3D CGI media footage.
   Alterface has been brought on board as the providor for the interaction elements and will provide their state-of-the-art interactive shooting system, as well as Alterface Project’s Eagle Eye: a powerful dark ride monitoring and auto-diagnostic tool.
   Also involved is Wyatt Design Group, RealD 3D and Bose Audio.
    (8/29/14) While this isn’t the same ride that Six Flag over Texas and St. Louis are getting, InPark Magazine has just published a great dark ride feature that talks about Sally Corp’s first Justice League interactive dark ride (with the help of Tiotech and Alterface) at WB MovieWorld Australia.
    (8/28/14) Finally... we get the Justice League dark ride that the public has been begging for for years! JUSTICE LEAGUE: BATTLE FOR METROPOLIS! It’s the ultimate superheroes adventure mission during this 3D interactive dark ride experience. Get ready to match wits against Lex Luthor, The Joker and his henchmen as you join the JUSTICE LEAGUE Reserve team. After touring the fully immersive 3D Hall of Justice, you’ll receive your very own stun gun to battle the bad guys then it’s a swift ride through a dazzlingly designed Metropolis cityscape, deep into the shadows of Lex Corp. Lifelike animatronics, cutting edge special effects, 3D video, eye-popping graphics, real-time gaming and a mind-tingling sound-scape make this journey to justice an utterly interactive experience. Will you help SUPERMAN and BATMAN rescue the other members of the JUSTICE LEAGUE from Lex Luthor’s and The Joker’s evil plans? Join the JUSTICE LEAGUE Reserve Team today to save your favorite superheroes! I'm looking forward to this one!

    (8/26/14) Coaster-Net did some incredible digging into the official Six Flags website and using their knowledge of Drupal, the content management system Six Flags uses for it, apparently they were able to pull the names for many of the new 2015 attractions to be announced on Thursday.
    According to their report the Justice League themed dark ride coming to Six Flags over Texas and St. Louis will be called Battle for Metropolis.
    (8/21/14) While our attention has been focused on the possible Justice League themed dark ride construction area, we haven’t been keeping an eye on the closed rapids ride. A park guest tells me that during their visit this week the park was advertising a new “Extreme Roaring Rapids” in 2015. Are they upgrading this old ride to have some new tricks?  Something to keep an eye on.
    Elsewhere in the park, the site of the old Flashback coaster has been paved and two walls put up, with a tent covering the area in between. Looks like the park will have a new haunt experience this fall as well.
    (8/15/14) Posts to the Texas Thrill Seekers Facebook page earlier today mentioned that Six Flags over Texas somehow announced to some guests that the 2015 project would be a Justice League themed dark ride. Unfortunately those posts, some of which I saw myself earlier, are now all gone. Deleted… poof… as if someone made them disappear. UPDATE - Seems the missing posts may have been due to a  Facebook hiccup, they have returned and are located here. .
    (8/8/14) A new picture of the large platform under construction over the water behind the Adventure Theater can found here.
    (8/7/14) Six Flags over Texas has posted their first teaser for their 2015 attraction, assumed to be a dark ride or simulator ride at this point. We’ve got what looks like a foggy glass door image, with a graphic of a black cat in the corner and a sign that says Please Wait For Attendant. Any clues?
    (7/4/14) A resourceful local reader did some digging to find out just what Six Flags over Texas is up to. A couple of permits have been filed by the park so far… one for the demolition of the interior of the old 9,654 sqft Adventure Theater building (now in progress) and a second permit applying to build an addition to the building for another 5,600 sqft of space, which explains what the support piers under the Skycoaster are for then. The combined building will be quite large… you might even say large enough to build a new dark ride inside, as the combined structure would be near in size to that used for Runaway Mountain. Oh... and this means that the Skycoaster will either be removed, or moved to another site elsewhere in the park.
    (6/30/14) While we don’t know exactly what Six Flags over Texas has planned for 2015 just yet, we think we know more about the location. According to park guests photos on twitter, construction work has begun to repurpose the park’s old Adventure Theater building, once home to The Right Stuff: Mach 1 Adventure attraction. Meanwhile a second image shot from an aerial view shows off the area just behind the Adventure Theater building, home to a Skycoaster, where more construction equipment has started to arrive as well as the installation of a number of concrete footers of some kind in the water reservoir area that were not there before as you can see when comparing the new image to an old one here. Perhaps even more interesting is that whatever they seem to be planning to build here, it appears as if they will have to remove the Skycoaster as well to do it.
    (6/24/14) According to a picture tweeted out over the weekend, a new “Spectacular” attraction is on the way to Six Flags over Texas in 2015, and they have closed the park’s Roaring Rapids ride “temporarily” as a result. Now I’m very curious about what this could be… anyone know more?  Construction walls are already up around the area.
   The rapids ride takes up a good bit of property, using a very long but narrow footprint, which I would think would make it difficult to add something new into the area while leaving the rapids intact. I guess we’ll have to wait for someone to go up into the Oil Derrick and shoot some pictures of what’s going on behind the walls.

 

???? - DC Universe - Rumor - (2/27/12) While we shouldn’t expect to see this right away, I’ve heard that there are long term plans in the works for Six Flags over Texas to expand DC Gotham City themed area between Mr. Freeze and Batman into an entire DC Universe themed area, much like what was done at Six Flags Magic Mountain last year when they added the Green Lantern coaster. Given that the park owns the land used by the closed mini-mall behind Batman, this site has long been rumored to be used for a possible DC Universe themed expansions over the years, including once being considered as a home for another Dark Knight indoor mouse coaster project by Shapiro’s crew back in the day.
    No word on if Flashback will remain or be removed in the process as that coaster has certainly been showing it’s age as of late.

 

New Texas Giant Accident / Lawsuit News Reports - (7/15/14) The legal battle between Six Flags, Gerstlauer and the Esparza family over the death of Rosa Esparza on the New Texas Giant is still ongoing, as Six Flags and Gerstlauer continue to point fingers at each other over who is to blame. You can catch up on the recap of what has taken place so far and where the case is heading at the Star-Telegram.
    (3/18/14) The latest news from the Texas Giant lawsuit now comes to us from Gerstlauer, who places the blame for the accident entirely in the lap of Six Flags. For example, they say that Six Flags ordered Gerstlauer to not use seat-belts in the train’s original design. “The trains were designed according to Six Flags’ specifications. Six Flags expressly designed and specified in writing that there be no seat belts on the trains for the Texas Giant.”
    Gerstlauer also says that they delivered the test seat, with a red light that would indicate if a rider was too big to get the restraint down property, to Six Flags two whole years before the accident occurred. Six Flags chose not to use it in the park for this purpose until AFTER the accident.
    Gerstlauer also claims that the Texas Giant staff running the ride the day of the accident were not properly trained. They did not perform the proper ”push-pull” test on the victim and should not have allowed the ride to begin a cycle with the lap bar in an incorrect position. They also point out that at least one employee on the station had access to a mobile Emergency Stop button, which if pressed, would have stopped the ride and prevented the accident. “This accident was caused solely by the failure of Six Flags’ own personnel to follow the ride and safety instructions and rules issued both by Gerstlauer and by Six Flags.”
    (2/24/14) The other shoe fell this week, as Gerstlauer has now stated that they will file a counter lawsuit claim against Six Flags over the Texas Giant accident, similar to the one that Six Flags put against Gerstlauer last week.
    (2/19/14) In an interesting development, Six Flags has decided to join up with the family of Rosa Esparza is suing Gerstlauer, the maker of the train used on the New Texas Giant from which she was thrown to her death. Six Flags says they followed all the maintenance procedures, inspections and instructions as supplied by Gerstlauer and now says that the train that caused the death “was a defective product that was unreasonably dangerous in design, manufacture, distribution and promotion.”
    (1/27/14) The report from the trial over the Texas Giant accident says that the judge called the legal teams from both sides in for a private meeting to discuss allegations of misconduct filed by both sides against each other. Click here to read the details.
    (1/16/14) Interesting things and statements are coming to light in the courtroom concerning the fatal accident on the Texas Giant. For complete details read the article over at the Star-Telegram.
    (11/4/13) According to the latest update the family lawsuit against Six Flags over Texas over the death on the New Texas Giant was amended to also include Gerstlauer as a co-defendant. This isn’t surprising as Six Flags has said all along that they denied any claims of negligence and that they followed all safely protocols and standards from the manufacture of the train and restraint system, Gerstlauer, which was previously not named in the lawsuit. Click here to read more.
    (10/9/13) Six Flags has responded to the lawsuit filed over the death of a rider on the Texas Giant in July. In short, Six Flags says that they followed all procedures and policy from the manufacture of the train, Gerstlauer Amusement Rides of Germany. Gerstlauer also designed the restraint system as well as the green light safety system mentioned as possibly being at fault in the lawsuit from the family, and as such Six Flags says they should not be held liable. Six Flags met all the proper safety standards and the coaster and all systems also passed inspection from an independent inspector at the start of the season as well. As for Gerstlauer… they have strangely not been named in the lawsuit from the family, only Six Flags.
    (9/18/13) A Screamscape reader reports back from the newly reopened Texas Giant. It seems that Six Flags or Gerstlauer has opted to remove those little green lights that would report if the lap bar was down far enough or not. The procedure now is for the ride ops to load and check the train’s restraints as you would expect, and then wait for the panel op to give the thumbs up if they are all good, or if a certain row needs to be rechecked.
    Unfortunately, I’m also told that they only had two ride ops working the load station, checking the restraints, which was causing the dispatch interval to skyrocket up to about 6 minutes per train, unless they had members of management pitching in to help. Seems they really need to double-down put four ops on the train, but that’s an argument for another time.
    I’ve also been told that the new lap bar / seat belt combo has indeed made things a tighter fit than before, and riders who had previously been ok to ride before the accident are now finding themselves taking the walk of shame. Of course the good news is, for the majority of guests who still fit just fine, the new restraint pad is said to be ‘quite comfy’.
    (9/16/13) As mentioned, the Texas Giant has reopened and has added a test seat outside the queue. You can see the seat and new lapbar shape sent out on Twitter.
    (9/12/13) Last night Six Flags announced they would reopen the Texas Giant and now the other shoe has dropped, the lawsuit filed by the family of the woman killed has also been announced. The lawsuit claims that the green-light safety system used on the train is dangerous because it creates “a false sense of security and complacency on the part of the operators of the ride”. The lawsuit also alleges that “inspections later found there were inconsistencies in the relative locking positions of the safety bars” and that a “limit switch” for a restraint in the car that the victim fell out of was replaced after it was found to be defective.
   They fail to explain exactly what this “limit switch” does however, and while they say it was replaced on a restraint in the car that the victim fell out of, they do not claim that it was from the victim’s actual restraint.
   In the end, this is a terrible tragedy for everyone and I’ve got a feeling we will end up seeing this settled out of court before too long.
    (9/11/13) The Texas Giant is slated to reopen this weekend!
    Six Flags has released the following statement:
    Six Flags Over Texas today announced that it has completed the investigation of the recent accident involving the Texas Giant roller coaster, with the ride train manufacturer, internal engineers and external experts ruling out any mechanical failure of the ride. Due to litigation, the company is not releasing any further information about the outcome of the investigation.
    Park officials plan to re-open the Texas Giant coaster this weekend, following the addition of incremental and overlapping safety measures for the ride that include re-designed restraint-bar pads from the manufacturer and new seat belts. As with other rides in the park, guests with unique body shapes or sizes may not fit into the restraint system. The company is providing a coaster seat at the ride entrance so guests can test their fit prior to entering the ride line.
    "We are heartbroken and will forever feel the pain and sadness of this tragic accident. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and friends of Ms. Esparza," said Steve Martindale, park president of Six Flags Over Texas. "The safety of our guests and employees is our company's absolute highest priority and we try to take every reasonable precaution to eliminate the risk of accidents."
    The Texas Giant has undergone extensive testing and has received approval from the state of Texas, Department of Insurance, to resume operation.
    "The Texas Giant is one of my favorite rides in the park," added Martindale. "My staff, family and I are pleased to be among the first riders as we prepare to re-open the Texas Giant for our guests."
    Six Flags has successfully operated regional theme parks for 52 years and takes great pride in the quality of its safety record, ride maintenance and employee training, safely delivering approximately
200 million rides each year. According to data gathered by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, the industry safely provides approximately 1.7 billion rides annually in the United States and the likelihood of a person being seriously injured on a permanently-located amusement park ride is extremely remote.
    (7/25/13) A few new details about the death of “Rosa Irene Ayala-Gaona” were released by the Medical Examiner’s Office (formerly identified as Rosy Esparza). They say she was ejected from her seat and fell about 75 feet before striking a metal beam. While they have not listed the official cause of death, they also say that her body was found on top of a tunnel for the Texas Giant.
    There are three tunnel segments, all during the final moments of the ride. I would think it might be hard for her to have fallen on the second one, but there is a twisted air-time hill right over the entrance to the first tunnel. I think there is an airtime hill coming out of the first drop that is near the ride’s third and final tunnel, which is also very close to the ride’s queue. The news report is confusing however, as it says she was, “ejected from her third-row seat as the ride began a steep descent along the track’s first large hill.” I have serious doubts she was ejected on the first drop, as I would think she would have needed an extreme pop of negative-G at the top of a hill to be ejected.
    The rest of the news report seems full of false facts, as they claim a dozen people were injured on the Texas Giant in the last 5 years… but the ride has only been open a little over 2 years.
    (7/22/13) After a couple of days, we know just a little more about the accidental death that took place on the Texas Giant on Friday evening. @NewsBreaker on Twitter posted a picture of the victim on Saturday as Rosy Esparza. Later updates by the local news stations also claim to have interviewed a woman who was next in line for Rosy’s seat in the station who claims that she showed concern about how the lap bar did not “click” more than once, but in reality Texas Giant’s lap bars use a hydraulic restraint system that does not produce any kind of “click” with a double redundant safety system to hold it in place. I believe there are also small green lights on the back of the train cars that come on to tell the ride ops that the lapbars have been lowered far enough and locked in place. Unless all the seat lights are lit green, the train should not be able to be dispatched out onto the ride course.
    So for now the investigation is ongoing to determine just what happened. I’ve going to avoid any kind of speculation about how this may have happened because it is not my place and there is far too much we do not know. This is a tragedy from anyway you look at it, both for the family of the deceased and for the Six Flags family as well, so our thoughts are with you all right now. 
    For anyone wondering, as a precaution Iron Rattler at Six Flags Fiesta Texas is also closed indefinitely while the accident investigation is ongoing.
    (7/19/13 - 9:40pm EST) Horrible news from Six Flags over Texas this evening as the park has confirmed that a woman has died during a ride on the Texas Giant. “We are deeply saddened to share that earlier this evening an adult woman died in the park while on the Texas Giant. Park medical staff and local paramedics responded immediately. Since the safety of our guests and employees is our number one priority, the ride has been closed pending further investigation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends during this difficult time.”
    The park has yet to mention exactly how she died, but according to possible witness reports on Twitter, she somehow slipped out of the restraints and fell out during a turn. More on this as we find out.

 

 

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Six Flags over Texas
Dallas / Ft. Worth, Texas
Six Flags Theme Parks

Tickets: as of 9/3/12
Adults: $59.99
Child (under 48”): $42.99
Ages 2 & Under Free
Parking: $18 / $23 Preferred

Abbreviation: SFOT
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Newest Developments:
2013 - Texas Skyscreamer,

2012 - Mr Freeze:Reverse Blast

2011 - New Texas Giant

2010 - Robots of Mars

2009 - Glow In The Park

2008 - Tony Hawk’s Big Spin,
Fly Me To The Moon 3D & Mega Wedgie

2007 - Coobrilla, Aquaman

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