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It's the most terrifying time of the year at Six Flags Over Texas! The park park kicked off their annual Fright Fest event on Saturday, September 23rd and Sunday, September 24th. As you would expect, we were at the park for over 29 hours this weekend with the American Coaster Enthusiasts to celebrate.
Piggy's Blood Shed - 9/10: Set as a cannibalistic BBQ joint gone wrong, Piggy's Blood Shed takes guests through the best 'swine dining' restaurant to be found along route 66. Throughout their dining experience, customers will be taken through the waiting room, bathroom, kitchen, dining room and of course slaughterhouse before realizing that they should've picked a different place to eat. The haunted house is full of jump scares, dark corners, graphic props and of course a pig-man hybrid with a chainsaw. The haunted house is the longest at Six Flags Over Texas with a time of about 3 to 4 minutes. This is also the only haunted house in a permanent building which means that the sets are much more elaborate than the park's other haunts. If you can only go through one haunted house while you're at the park, Piggy's Blood Shed should be the clear choice.
Cirkuz Berzerkuz: - 8/10: Cirkuz Berkerkuz is a 3D haunted house full of evil, deranged clowns. The haunted house received major improvements this season with new 3D paintings, lighting, props, masks, drop panels and a new, longer ending. The haunted house is full of jump scares and lots of in your face moments. One thing that I love about this attraction is that groups are usually sent in 2 at time.
This means that you have lots of individual encounters with the scare actors. Cirzkuz Berkerkuz is also the most popular haunted house in the park, so be sure to get there right when it opens.
Zombie Infestation - 8/10: As the newest haunted house in the park, Zombie Infestation is a solid attraction. The house features lots of animatronics, video screens and loud audio. Many scares are done by sensor triggered animatronics, with the scare actors mainly used to sell the scene. Luckily for the guests, Zombie Infestation isn't in the best location which leads to consistently short wait times. I recommend waiting until night time to do this one as a large amount of light shines into the tent during the day.
Cadaver Hall Morgue - 7/10: Cadaver Hall Morgue is an asylum themed haunted house full of loud audio, disturbing scenes and graphic props. As you would imagine, there are lots of patients being tortured throughout the experience which makes it unsettling to walk through for some. Just like Cirkuz Berzerkuz, the haunted house received substantial improvements this season. The lines for this one also move pretty slow, so I recommend that you knock it out at the beginning or end of the night.
Blackout - 6/10: Blackout is an interesting haunted house. While it features many jump scares, it lacks in just about everything else. The attraction is done in complete darkness, hence it's name, with flashes of light occurring every few seconds. I would rank this at the bottom of my list in the park, but if you have the haunted house pass I recommend that you still do it. I would love to see some additional elements be added next season such as textured walls and a new audio track. However, for what it is, it's a fun haunt.
Texas Scare-a-Tory - 9/10: My favorite scare zone in the park has to be Texas Scare-a-Tory. Nestled between Yosemite Sam and the Gold River Adventure and Rodeo, this scare zone is filled with fog, zombie cowboys, and great lighting effects. The scare zone is small in size but the energetic actors make up for it in every way possible. The park did a fantastic job with this one and I hope that it stays for years to come!
Freaktown Side Show - 9/10: Freaktown Side Show is themed to a group of circus rejects out for revenge. The set pieces, make up, costumes and soundtracks are all extremely well done. The large amount of actors in the scare zone is great as well! Behind Texas Scare-a-Tory, this is my 2nd favorite scare zone in the park.
Los Chupacabras - 8/10: New for this year is the Los Chupacabras scare zone. I had high expectations for this one and it did a great job of meeting them. To start, the costumes used in this one are absolutely fantastic. Like Texas Scare-a-Tory and Freaktown Side Show, this scare zone is filled with energetic, talented actors. Unfortunately, so many people stop the actors for pictures that there aren't many characters out scaring guests.
Voodoo Swamp - 8/10: Voodoo Swamp is has one of the best locations possible for a scare zone. On one side of the path is bamboo and on the other is Caddo Lake. This creates a natural, New Orleans feel that the scare zone is aiming for. Another great thing about Voodoo Swamp is that the scare zone is often filled with fog. At certain times you can't even see your hand in front of your face! This sets up amazing scares and a fun, creepy environment.
Bio-Mech Sector - 7/10: Located in the Star Mall section of Six Flags Over Texas, the Bio-Mech Sector sector scare zone sets the mood for what's in store as you walk into the park. The costumes are all steam-punk themed and make for some awesome photos. Unfortunately, the scare zone is always so crowded that very few guests actually get to have encounters with the Bio-Mech characters.
Boomtown Terror - 6/10: Boomtown Terror is what I call the "Blackout of scare zones." The scare actors try hard to get guests, but unfortunately there are no true spots for them to hide. If the park were to add a large set piece or two, I would rank this scare zone much higher on my list. For the time being, however, this is my least favorite scare zone in the park.
Arania's Nightmare - 9/10: Arania's Nightmare has become a tradition for families visiting during Fright Fest. This year, however, Six Flags Over Texas added new choreography, lines and an all new cast. While still following the same story line, Arania's Nightmare now features a fun new twist on the classic show that we've all come to know and love. Personally, we love all of the new changes to the already amazing show.
Dead Man's Pary - 8/10: Another returning favorite this year is Dead Man's Party. Aside from a bit new choreography and a new song to conclude the show, Dead Man's Party is nearly the same as it has been in seasons past. Despite this, we still love the show (especially the new song!!!) and recommend that you see it when you visit the park.
The Awakening - 8/10: This year’s Awakening was completely re-imagined. The show now has new characters, a new plot and a new, gruesome death scene. The show starts by introducing all of the scare zones and concludes with the ultimate sacrafice to kick off the night. The park also minimized the area used meaning that they’ve nearly doubled the space for guests to sit/stand!
Goblin Attack Squad - 7/10: This show is so much fun! Every night at 8:30 and 9:30, the Goblin Attack Squad gathers in front of the Gotham City Stage to showcase their latest tricks. The show is different every time and the Attack Squad does a great job of engaging the audience. The show gets busy, however, so plan to arrive around 10 minutes early!
Six Flags Over Texas is getting into the spirit of the season this year with exciting new food options exclusive to Fright Fest. With options such as pumpkin pie, fried Oreo's, German beer and more, this year's line up is sure to impress. Here's the official list from the parks website:
Our Fright Fest witches have concocted some twisted new menu items just for Fright Fest. Take a look at what we’ve brewed up this season.
The unique food offerings are just another thing to look forward to at this year's Fright Fest. The event runs select nights from September 23rd to October 31st. Visit SixFlags.com/OverTexas for hours!
There's no doubt that Fright Fest is our favorite time of the year at Six Flags Over Texas. With this year's event quickly approaching, we think that it's only appropriate to share 7 reasons why we LOVE Fright Fest.
1. The haunted houses
Visiting the haunted houses is an essential part of any Fright Fest visit. Featuring 5 unique mazes this season, there's no better way to enjoy getting scared than in the Fright Fest haunted houses. This year's lineup consists of retuning fan favorite Piggy's Blood Shed along with the Cadaver Hall Morgue, Cirkus Bezerkus, Zombie Infestation and Blackout. The haunted houses are an additional fee, but with a $25 wristband you can enjoy the 5 haunts all night long. For Season Pass holders, $25 gets you into the haunted houses all SEASON long.
2. the awakening
Each night at 7:00pm, Six Flags Over Texas performs THE AWAKENING. During the 8 minute show, The Collector and his assistant Cannibal raise all of the monsters from the dead and send them out into the park. You'll receive an introduction to all of the different scare zones and depending on where you stand, even a scare or two. In our opinion there's no better way to kick off your night at Fright Fest than by watching THE AWAKENING. (You can check out our video of last year's show here... https://youtu.be/9AEfdQf3cEo)
3. The goblin attack squad
For those of you that don't know, the Goblin Attack Squad is a group of actors that roam the park freely throughout the night. While they might look like your ordinary monsters, they're most certainly not. When the goblin's are ready to make an attack, they quickly slide on the ground in front of you, startling all of their unsuspecting prey. The group has become a Fright Fest staple over the past couple of years, getting bigger and better each season. We certainly look forward to seeing our goblin friends again once the event starts on September 23rd!
4. Rides in the dark
With Fright Fest being a nighttime focused event, the park stays open later than during any other time of the year. In fact, the park is open until midnight on select nights! This allows for hours of night rides on our favorite attractions. Dropping 255 feet on the Titan is one thing during the day, but doing it at night is a completely different experience! As an added bonus, select coasters actually turn of their lift hill lights meaning that you'll ride in complete darkness.
5. Bug's Bunny Spooky Town
During Fright Fest, Bug's Bunny Boomtown transforms into Bug's Bunny Spooky Town. Designed for young children, Bug's Bunny Spooky Town features trick or treating, kid friendly spooks and all of area's rides and attractions! Please keep in mind that all children attractions, including Bug's Bunny Spooky Town, close at 6pm to prepare the park for Fright by Night.
6. The Scare Zones
Spread out throughout the park, scare zones are areas overrun with clowns, zombies, monsters and more. Because they're unavoidable, it's quite funny to see unprepared guests get scared by the area's actors. This year the park will feature Texas Scare-a-Tory, Boomtown Terror, the Bio-Mech Sector, Freaktown Side Show and Voodoo Swamp. As mentioned previously, all 5 scare zones are unavoidable and free with Fright Fest admission.
7. Arania's nightmare
Arania's Nightmare is a Six Flags classic and a tradition for many guests. Starring the black widow bride herself, Arania is looking for husband #14 as for some reason, the 13 that came before have died tragic deaths. The show features a comedic take on classic love stories and a nudge or two at some of the year's pop culture. For us, no visit to Fright Fest is complete without seeing Arania's Nightmare!
There you have it; 7 things that we LOVE about Fright Fest at Six Flags Over Texas! Be sure to follow us on Instagram @overtexasthrills and like our Facebook page. Thanks for checking out overtexasthrills.com and we'll see you next time!
As Over Texas Thrills predicted two weeks ago, Six Flags Over Texas will be receiving an ABC Rides Tourbillon for the 2018 season. Themed to The Joker's partner in crime, Harley Quinn Spinsanity will begin flipping riders head over heals in the spring of 2018. We personally are VERY excited for this North America's first attraction as it will provide guests with yet another thrilling flat ride in the heart of Gotham City!
'Six Flags Over Texas, the Thrill Capital of Texas, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC Entertainment, announces the next generation in thrill rides and the first of its kind in North America--HARLEY QUINNSpinsanity. Staying true to its namesake, DC iconic Super-Villain HARLEY QUINN and inspired by the movement of a gyroscope, this ride promises to deliver a new level of thrills with unpredictable, gravity-defying flips, twists and turns.
“Once again, Six Flags is the leader in thrills with the most innovative, record-breaking rides and attractions in the industry. As the company’s flagship park, Six Flags Over Texas is home to a long list of world records and world’s firsts and we take great pride in continuing our legacy of one-of-a-kind thrills for all ages,” said Park President Steve Martindale. “HARLEY QUINN Spinsanity is sure to captivate guests with each sinister spin. This fascinating new ride will be perfectly placed with our other DC Super-Villain-themed rides, including THE JOKER, CATWOMAN Whip and THE RIDDLER Revenge in the GOTHAM CITY section of the park.”
HARLEY QUINN Spinsanity features a unique futuristic triple box design that allows the gondola to spin around three separate axes while rotating forward, backwards and sideways simultaneously at up to 70 feet in the air. Seated 24 across with over-the-shoulder harnesses, riders will experience a thrilling combination of negative and positive gravitational forces. By night, the attraction promises to light up the North Texas skies beckoning thrill seekers from near and far.
HARLEY QUINN Spinsanity highlights include:
Six Flags Over Texas is also announcing the start of 2018 Season Pass sales with its special Flash Sale through Labor Day weekend featuring the best deal of the year—savings up to 70% off on a 2018 Pass!
August 31 through September 4, guests will receive a free upgrade to a Gold Combo Season Pass with every Pass purchased. Gold Combo Season Passes include admission to Six Flags Over Texas and Hurricane Harbor-Arlington, and any other Six Flags theme park, as well as free parking and special admission offers for friends.
2018 Season Passes provide unlimited visits for the rest of the 2017 season (including park admission to Fright Fest® and Holiday in the Park®), and all of 2018. Pass holders may also purchase a Premium Season Dining Pass, which includes a lunch, dinner, and snack during every park visit, plus they will receive a 2018 All Season Drink Bottle for unlimited drink refills. Premium Season Dining Passes may be used at any Six Flags theme park.'
With the 2018 announcement coming up just 3 weeks from today, it's that time of year for coaster enthusiasts to start speculating on what's in store. While not much information has been given, we believe to have a pretty good idea on what we could see come to the park next season. Below we will list some possible attractions, what they could be themed to and where they could be located.
Option 1: ABC Rides tourbillon
Why it Fits: During a presentation this past June, former Six Flags CEO John Duffey stated that the company plans to open 5 record breaking or North American firsts for the 2018 season. With Six Flags Over Texas being a testing ground for new rides, it wouldn't be a surprise for the park to receive another unique flat ride to add to their collection. An ABC Rides Tourbillon seems like the perfect fit for them! Currently the park has only one flat ride that inverts rides upside down, that being Catwoman Whip. With the addition of an ABC Rides Tourbillon their flat ride collection would be nearly complete. Not only that, but the ride would be the first of its kind in North America!
Location: Just like the Mega Disk'o, I could see this ride coming to the Gotham City section of the park. With its bright lights and thrilling experience, the ride would fit in perfectly with the section.
Theme: Unlike the other rides, no definite theme sticks out to me when I think of this attraction. After some thinking, I could see a Two Face theme coming since riders sit back to back on two different sides. Another possible theme could be the Suicide Squad, with each ring representing a different character. No ride has ever been themed to the Suicide Squad despite Six Flags having the rights to use it. Either way, the theme will definitely be DC related!
Likelihood: I think that this attraction definitely has the potential of becoming reality. The ride would be a big hit with guests and attract riders from all over the Gotham City section of the park. I would give it an 85%-90% chance of becoming reality.
Option 2: Zamperla Mega Disk'o
Why it Fits: It's no secret that guests at the park love THE RIDDLER Revenge. For some, however, it's just too thrilling. A Zamperla Disk'o would be the perfect family ride that Gotham City needs. Adding a 3rd ride for families would give younger children (and older chickens) a third option on what to ride while the thrill seekers enjoy larger attractions.
A Zamperla Mega Disk'o could easily sit on the plot of land between The Joker, Catwoman Whip and Batman: The Ride. The attraction is compact and the bright LED's would make it fit in perfectly with the rest of Gotham City.
Since it's opening in 2016, the new section of Gotham City is often referred to as 'villain village' by park regulars. With all of the focus on DC villains, I think it's time to give the spotlight to a well known hero. Which hero you may ask... no other than Wonder Woman herself! That's right, I believe that the attraction would be named "Wonder Woman: Lasso of Truth." The circular motion of the ride perfectly resembles that of a lasso, giving the ride a suiting and memorable name.
I believe that this attraction has a decent chance of becoming reality. From the family friendly ride to the Wonder Woman theme, this would be a great addition to the Gotham City section of the park! I'd give this rumor about a 75% chance of coming true.
Option 3: Funtime sling shot
Why it Fits:
Those of you that have been to the park in recent years know that up-charge attractions are a huge hit. However, the Six Flags Speedway Go Carts and Dive Bomber Alley are the only two that the park features at this time. This can of course change with the addition of a Funtime Slingshot. The ride is thrilling, eye catching, and can be a huge money maker for the park!
Just like with the Zamperla Mega Disk'o, I believe that the Gotham City section of the park would be a perfect home to this attraction. With the 4 newest rides all in this one location, you can imagine that the section gets some pretty heavy foot traffic. Luckily for them, foot traffic is exactly what the ide needs in order to make the park money.
The theme of this attraction could go one of two ways. One option would be naming it after The Flash. By doing this, the ticket booth could be decorated with comic strips and the ride could have a red and yellow color scheme. The other (and more likely) option would be keeping the simple "Slingshot" name featured on many of these attractions.
A Funtime Slingshot would definitely be a welcome addition to the park. While it's not the most likely option, I still believe that we could see one coming in the near future. I'd give this rumor about a 60% chance of coming true.
Option 4: Major New RESTAURANT
Why it Fits:
Since its release a few years ago, the All Season Dining Pass has been a HUGE hit among guests! With the amount of guests eating in the park seeing a massive surge, more dining locations are sure to be on their way.
While more than one location could be added next season, the most likely would be in the Gotham City section of the park. The area features the most heavy foot traffic while still only having one place to eat. The park already has a building with a kitchen in the area making it a perfect candidate for a new dining location!
Unfortunately only one restaurant at the park has a true theme. If Gotham City was to add one, I could not see too heavy of a story behind it. Because of this, I'd assume that the location will feature theme park standards (pizza, hot dogs, etc.) as well as a few specialty food and drink options.
The chances of the park getting a new restaurant are very, very high. I would honestly be surprised if one (or more) wasn't added! I would give this a 85%-95% chance of happening.
Option 5: VR Attraction
Why it Fits:
For the past 2 seasons, Six Flags and Samsung have teamed up to bring new and exciting VR experiences to Shockwave. So far there has been The New Revolution, Rage of the Gargoyles and Galactic Attack. More expected to be rolled out for Fright Fest and Holiday in The Park later this season. Clearly Six Flags loves the partnership and plans to continue bringing new VR attractions.
Because VR is a layover of a current ride, there are a few options for what the park could choose to do. I think that the park will continue to run VR on Shockwave as they've already spent money on an extended queue, headset storage and sensors to calibrate the VR headsets. Transferring it to another ride would simply be unnecessary.
Since each season has its own unique theme, I have 3 predictions for the different times of the year. I think that they'll continue with their space theme for the spring and Gargoyle theme for Fright Fest. Holiday in the Park will likely be themed to riding on Santa's sleigh, similar to 'Santa's Wild Sleigh Ride' at Six Flags Magic Mountain.
conclusion: What I think is coming
2018 is sure to be another wonderful year at Six Flags Over Texas. While it might not bring a massive new coaster... new flat rides, restaurants and season experiences are nothing short of exciting. Here is our official prediction on what is in store for next season:
-ABC Rides Tourbillon
-Funtime Sling Shot OR Zamperla Mega Disk'o
-New year-round VR experience
-Brand new eatery in Gotham City
-New Coke Freestyle locations
-Additional 'All Season Dining Pass' options at existing restaurants
-Madri Gras Festival
-New Fright Fest haunted house
-New Fright Fest scare zone
-New Holiday in The Park show
-New light display at Holiday in The Park
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