This past weekend was a cold and rainy one which led to the park closing early both Saturday and Sunday. Despite this though, we were able to get our weekly update and ride some rides in the process. There is a lot to cover, so lets take a look!
New Smith street ice cream parlor
Last week we reported that a brand new Blue Bell Ice Cream shop would be coming to the Old South section of the park. Not much visible progress had been made at the time, but much to our delight that has changed this week! The location is now officially named the Smith Street Ice Cream Parlor, and much of the interior infrastructure is already in place. Blue Bell coolers have now been installed, and the Coke Freestyle machines are still in there from Holiday In The Park. We are extremely excited to see this new ice cream shop progressing, and we couldn't be more pleased with the beautiful vintage sign. We wouldn't be surprised to see the location open in the next 1 or 2 weeks, hopefully in time for Spring Break.
mr. Freeze queue Theming Fixed
Mr. Freeze: Reverse Blast features my favorite queue in the park due to it's 2 story design and elaborate theming, and it continues to get better and better. Much of the thematic lighting has been repaired, and the Mr. Freeze animatronic is back in the station as well with blinking lights and full movement. The figurine was uncovered this past season, but it is now 100% working. It is GREAT so see small things like this being restored as it really adds to the guest experience.
Spring break stage and photo op set up
Spring break is almost here which means that preparation for the 2-week celebration is well underway. A photo op has been installed near the parks front gate, and the Live & Local stage is looking better than ever. The park will be open daily from March 9th though the 24th, so be sure to brave the crowds to come out and visit.
Low crowD lEvels
I like to describe the crowds this weekend as "the calm before the storm," as due to the 30-40 degree temperatures and drizzly, wet, weather, the park was absolutely dead. We didn't encounter a single line during our visits, and we were able to ride some of our favorite rides and attractions multiple times in a row without leaving our seats. The park did close early both days this weekend (5:00pm instead of 8:00pm on Saturday and 2:30pm instead of 7:00pm on Sunday) due to the lack of crowds, but that didn't stop us from having a great time.
batwing’s new extended queue
Now that Batwing is the only family ride in the Gotham City section of the park, it has seemed to grow in popularity. It's quite normal to see the line for this family favorite extend across the pathway, so the park has added new fencing to wrap the line around the ride instead of in the way of guests trying to walk to and from Batman and Mr. Freeze.
Runaway mountain colored lighting returns
While colored lighting has been in Runaway Mountain's station for awhile, many of the light bulbs burnt out last season and were replaced with basic white LED's. This season though, the park has installed all new lighting in the queue, station, and exit to add to the ambience of this exciting indoor roller coaster.
twix Ads Removed from pandemonium
For quite some time now, Pandemonium has had "left Twix" and "right Twix" ads wrapped around all of it's 8 trains. The ads were quite an eyesore, so when we saw that they were removed this weekend we were quite excited. Ads still cover the rides queue and station, but we wouldn't be surprised to see them taken down before the weekend.
New paint adDed Around ma hunkel’s
Ma Hunkel's Famous Chicken, which opened this past September, has now gotten a bit of love. In addition to the new tables and shaded seating, the wall that wraps around the back of the restaurant has received new blue paint that compliments the formally bland gray quite nicely.
macho naCho exterior wall/fence Added
When the old Boomtown arcade was demolished before last season, it was planned that a sports bar would take its spot. However, due to the area being in a flood zone, the park decided to cancel the project and instead just pave over the cleared land. Because of this change in plans, Macho Nacho's back area was exposed and was just hidden by an unsightly chain link fence covered in tarps. Over the off-season the park finally installed a new wooden fence around the restaurant and gave it a new paint job too. We would love to see some new seating added to this area as the wide open space looks somewhat odd in a park that is otherwise pretty full of buildings and attractions.
storage building in old south gets painted
With the new Smith Street ice Cream Parlor soon opening up in the Old South section of the park, the area has received a bit of love and attention. One of these projects includes the repaint of this park storage building to make it much more visibly pleasing. While it isn't the biggest news, it is still great to see the park giving some older buildings attention and making the area look much nicer to guests. Keep up the great work, Six Flags!
That's all for this weeks update! The 2019 season and it's changes are now officially underway and we couldn't be more excited. For more updates like this, be sure to tune in to OverTexasThrills.com each and every Monday. Also be sure to check out our Thrill Time Blog page which has new articles released every Wednesday. Thank you so much for supporting us and our site and we will see you again next week!
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