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SIX FLAGS OVER TEXAS
& Six Flags Hurricane Harbor

Dallas / Ft. Worth, Texas
Six Flags Theme Parks

 

 

 

----    THE LATEST BUZZ    ----
    (2/8/2024) Six Flags over Texas Fans Say NO to DINOS!
    (1/22/2024) Are Dinosaurs Coming to Six Flags over Texas?
    (1/21/2024) Two New Rides Confirmed for Six Flags over Texas for 2024
    (1/1/2024) El Diablo Update + Possible Returning Attraction (MORE...)
    (12/30/2023) Six Flags over Texas May Be Planning To Remove Another Flat Ride (MORE...)

 

icon_STOPPark News - (1/1/2024) The last update where we received a rumor that El Diablo “might” be coming down sometime in 2024 at Six Flags over Texas must have hit a nerve. Obviously fans are tired of the park removing rides without adding new ones, but several of these sources also responded that they believe El Diablo will be safe for years to come.
    Instead, hints were sent indicating that a removed attraction may be coming back instead in 2024. The former Bucket Blasters ride that was removed in 2021 to make way for Aquaman: Power Wave may be coming back to the park in a new location, so keep your eyes open.
 
    (12/30/2023) I can’t verify this yet, but a reader tells us that the El Diablo (Larson Giant Loop) may be leaving Six Flags over Texas in 2024. Combine this with the removal of Harley Quinn Spinsanity, and it would be the second large-scale flat ride being removed from the park within the past 12 months. Unlike Harley Quinn however, the word on the street is that El Diablo would be moved to another park, we just don’t know where yet.
    It is interesting to note Diablo’s close proximity to the log flume, which despite having some bigger plans to merge the two into one ride canceled, the existing flumes are supposed to undergo some substantial refurbishment before reopening in 2024. Moving El Diablo out of the way would give the crews better access to work on the flume ride.
    While not even rumored, I do wonder about the long-term future of the park’s La Vibora (Intamin Bobsled coaster) as well. It takes up a good sized bit of property in this area, leading out to the front of the park, and currently I believe it is the last ride of it’s kind operating anywhere in the world with the closure and demolition of the one at Six Flags The Great Escape. La Vibora first opened at Six Flags Magic Mountain in 1984 before being sent to Texas in 1986, so I do have a gut feeling that before too long we may be saying goodbye to yet another ride in the park’s Spain themed area. Of course this could lead into a big renovation as well once the merger of Six Flags and Cedar Fair is complete.
    In the mean time, keep and eye out when passing by El Diablo for signs that they may be preparing to shut it down for good.
 
    (11/10/2023) Six Flags over Texas closed the Harley Quinn Spinsanity ride back in early 2022, and walled off the pathway to it as well as removing it from the park map. I believe it may have quietly reopened briefly for a time later that year before shutting down once again, while never being returned to the park map or app. The park also confirmed earlier in 2023 that the ride was now closed for good, but according to on site reports, the ride is now finally coming down to be removed. It isn’t expected to be shipped off to any other park, as even on the best of days, this particular ride was known to have severe downtime issues.
    For whatever reason, Harley’s twin, the Cyborg Cyber Spin at Six Flags Great Adventure has had a better operating history and as far as I know, is still running at that the New Jersey park. So maybe Harley was just something of a lemon, or the harsh Texas weather was just too much of a challenge.

 

icon_STOP2024 - 2 New Rides in Boomtown and Other Projects - (2/8/2024) Remember that little rumor we posted a couple of weeks ago, claiming that a potential renovation could be coming that would add Dinosaurs to the Chaparral Antique Cars ride? Well… Six Flags has yet to announce or confirm any of this, but the locals are already in quite an upROAR about stopping the concept before they even get started. To that end, they’ve launched an official “Save the Chaparral Antique Cars” petition on Change.org that you can check out. To help navigate better, it seems they’ve even purchased the SaveChaps.org domain name which links you right to the official petition sign-up page.
    Considering that so much of the chain’s parks were just purchased willy-nilly and added to the chain over the years, it is easy to forget that Six Flags over Texas is the original Six Flags park, and the theming placed around each of the lands was really meant to represent the history of the state over the decades. So they are quick to point out that Dinosaurs, while popular with the kids on and off over the years, really does not have much of a history within the state of Texas. In fact, the most well known Dinosaur that comes from the state of Texas would be Barney the Dinosaur, who’s creators birthed him in Dallas.
    The rest of the world may never forgive Texas for unleashing that purple demon upon the world, but I digress…
    After all…kids still always seem to love Dinosaurs, so I can’t blame them for coming up with the idea. Heck, even Legoland California is remodeling a couple of their rides and adding Lego Dinosaurs. From Six Flags point of view, as they scramble to find new things to add to SFOT after their log-flume-merger concept fell apart, they did the same thing at Six Flags New England last year and the kids seemed to enjoy it. So I get how we got here. A quick chat with another reader also revealed that the Chaparral Antique Cars location also is one of the first places in the park to flood when the waters rise, which is probably not going to go over well with those dinosaur figures, especially if any are animatronic.
   As for the rest of the park… well… I’m hearing things are a bit of a mess currently. With Spring Break on the horizon, apparently the park is said to still have a lot of Christmas season decor still up, due to lack of staffing to remove it. Meanwhile towards the end of last season they put that new Speedy Parking system into place that was just not working well and created some serious traffic concerns. With the world watching how things play out between the potential merger of Six Flags and Cedar Fair, it seems an odd time to let your original park get a bit “sloppy” looking, because that won't please your investors at all. Let’s hope they can renew their focus sooner than later…
 
    (1/22/2024) A series of interesting photoshopped posts added to the Texas Thrill Seekers group on Facebook seem to be throwing out hints that Dinosaurs should be expected to arrive at Six Flags over Texas in the Spring or Summer of 2024. As odd as it sounds, Six Flags over Texas could be trying to steal an idea put into effect at Six Flags New England last season where dinosaur figures were added all over the landscape of a kiddie car driving ride to create Dino Off-Road Adventures. In the case of Six Flags over Texas they could also be easily added to t he park’s Chaparral Antique Cars ride, which many would normally consider to be a little on the dull side due to the layout’s use of extremely long sections of straight roadway with nothing to look at.
 
    (1/21/2024) While the article doesn’t have the details about what rides are coming, the Dallas Express does report that Six Flags over Texas will be adding two new rides to Bug Bunny Boomtown this year and provides a link to a filing. The official document confirms a project that will provide ‘New Paving and foundations for two new rides in the Bugs Boomtown section of the park” with work to start Feb. 20, 2024 and to be complete by May 31, 2024.
    This matches up with a rumor we posted on Jan. 1st that was sent in, claiming that the park was going to bring back the former Bucket Blasters ride. No word on what the second ride might be yet, though a much older rumor claimed that the park’s former Troika ride, “Crazy Legs”, that was removed in 2018 is in storage and might someday return. (Fun fact, in 2016 Crazy Legs was renamed Harley Quinn Spinsanity as well only to be removed in 2018). Again, no current rumors floating that it may be the second ride, just a leftover hanging thread from a much older tale.

 

2024 - El Rio Lento - CANCELED - (10/6/2023) While the news is unverified at this time, some comments made on Screamscape’s Facebook post indicated that the rumored cancelling of the SFOT 2024 Log Flume project came about after some initial inspections were done. According to one comment, the two flumes will remain and see some maintenance work and updates done to each, but they are no longer planning on linking them together for one super sized flume ride.
 
    (10/5/2023) Screamscape in unable to verify this at the moment, but according to a Screamscape source, Six Flags CEO, Selim Bassoul, is rumored to have quietly canceled the El Rio Lento attraction project for 2024, which would have seen the two El Aserradero log flumes combined into one super-sized log flume ride. According to our source, Selim is rumored to have canceled the project before it even began due to high costs.
    I’m not really sure how this all went down, as you would have assumed that Six Flags would have had a pretty solid lock on the costs before giving the project the green light. With any project, once you get into it there are always items that can cause cost overruns, but since they had not even started construction yet, it is hard to believe that this is what happened. The only alternative is that either Six Flags just announced it without doing the proper research ahead of time, or perhaps early inspections of the existing attraction infrastructure may have revealed that they were going to have to rebuild / restore more of the original attraction to make this work than initially anticipated.
    Again… this is just a rumor right now, as Six Flags has not announced anything, but I also no longer see any mention of the “El Rio Lento” attraction name on their website either. However, mentions of it still exist on some of Six Flags’ social media channels as well as the press release itself on BuisnessWire. Given that Six Flags over Texas promoted the heck of this new ride with the Season Pass sales media, I’m not sure how everyone who signed up for Season Passes is going to take to the news about this project being canceled, leaving the park with no new attraction at all in 2024. Or at least if this is true…
    On another strange note, according to our source it seems Selim Bassoul hasn’t been around the corporate office much as of late. (Update: Selim was spotted at a few of the company’s parks in the park couple weeks, so perhaps he may be making an effort to make some visits to the various properties.) Prior to his last move of canceling the log flume project, it was confirmed that yet two more executives had parted ways with the company. The first was Six Flags’s Chief Legal Officer,  who is apparently departing with a golden parachute worth $1.6 million in severance. The second departure which I had heard about but could not originally confirm was the departure of Don McCoy, park President of Six Flags Magic Mountain. I’ve lost track of how many park Presidents and corporate VPs have come and left the company over the past couple of years. The rotating door at the corporate office has been spinning so far, it has become a unique thrill ride of its very own.
 
    (8/30/2023) Six Flags over Texas has something special planned for 2024… El Rio Lento (The Lazy River). According to the statement, not only will this be “the world’s first ever log flume”, but it will now become “one of the world’s longest”. The official description ends there, but it sounds as if a rumor that Screamscape had first posted a couple of years back may now finally be coming to pass.
    The description of the El Rio Lento is essentially the same text that the park currently has posted under the current El Aserradero name, but if this is indeed the old rumor coming to fruition, then you are about to see El Aserradero’s Flume #1 and #2 somehow linked together to become one massively long flume ride. Exact details are not being given, only that a new lift hill will be added and that the flume will now feature two drops instead of just one.
    Years back El Aserradero’s original flume was kept closed, and according to rumors at the time, in addition to just being a labor saver, the original station was not ADA compliant and there was no good way to update it so the park just kept using the second flume for the most part. Thankfully Flume 1 was refurbished and returned to service in 2021 for the park’s 60th anniversary, along with the return of Casa Magnetica. So now it does indeed look as if the two flume’s will be linked into one giant flume by adding a new lift hill to connect the two together.

 

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Track Record

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

Abbreviation: SFOT
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Newest Developments:
2023 - Aquaman: Power Wave

2022 - Pirates of Speelunker Cave

2019 - El Diablo

2018 - Harley Quinn Spinsanity

2017 - The Joker

2016 - Riddler Revenge, Catwoman Whip and Harley Quinn Spinsanity (old Crazy Legs)

2015 - Justice League Battle for Metropolis

2014 - Bugs Bunny Boomtown and Wahoo Racer

2013 - Texas Skyscreamer,

2012 - Mr Freeze:Reverse Blast

2011 - New Texas Giant

2010 - Robots of Mars


 

 
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