New flash pass devices
Just this past weekend, the park rolled out their brand new Flash Pass devices. Being a touch screen wristband, reserving and cancelling rides is now done with various different swipe motions. While they were difficult to pick up on at first, it becomes much easier after a few minutes with the device. While they have already received a good bit from other All Season The Flash Pass holders, I actually liked having the device on my wrist rather than clipped onto a belt loop or in my bag.
mr. freeze gets a 3rd train
Now that the ride is open year-round, Mr. Freeze: Reverse Blast has received a 3rd train. Coaster fans can almost immediately identify this as the train from the Batman & Robin The Chiller coaster that operated at Six Flags Great Adventure until 2007. While it's impossible to run all 3 trains at the same time, this third train will be in rotation and will occasionally run on the track while one of the other 2 is down for it's annual maintenance procedures. This means that the ride will be running with 2 trains all year.
justice league adds loose article bins
Justice League: Battle For Metropolis no longer allows loose articles on the ride. Now, all bags, cups, plush, and anything else that can not fit in your pocket must be left in the ride bins. To accommodate the new loose article storage, rows 3 and 4 (really rows 1 and 2, just staggered) have been eliminated and only one cycle at a time will be grouped.
boomtown sports bar cancelled
If you follow us on social media (Facebook and Instagram @overtexasthrills) you would've already known that the Boomtown Bar project has been cancelled. The cleared land has had asphalt poured over it and it is now just another pathway.
With Holiday In The Park 2018 now underway, this week's park update will be heavily focused on everything happening at this year's event. Below we'll discuss ride statuses, new food options, a special opportunity to donate to kids in need, and the possible (and likely) removal of the Gold Plus membership.
mr. freeze open for holiday in the park
As we first reported 2 weeks ago, Mr. Freeze: Reverse Blast is open for this year's Holiday In The Park. However, the ride is only running one side while the other side is getting its annual maintenance and inspection done. This has led to extremely long wait times, so if you want to ride Mr. Freeze, be sure to do it early.
harley quinn spinsanity has reopened
Last week we reported that Harley Quinn Spinsanity was rumored to be reopening for the start of Holiday In The Park. As expected, this is the case! We took a couple of rides on it now that it's finally back open, and it was running as great as ever. We seriously love this ride, and we're so happy to be able to ride it again!
buy one, give one holiday special
Six Flags Over Texas is giving back this holiday season with their buy one, give one plush special. Plush are being sold for $12.99 each, and for each one purchased, the park will donate another one to Mission Arlington. To purchase your buy one, give one plush, head on over to the Looney Tunes Mall or Indian Village Trading Post.
That's all for this week's park update. Lots of exciting things are going on at the park every week, and we love covering them all for you. Don't forgot to check out our 2018 Guide To Holiday In The Park, and be sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and subscribe to us on YouTube. We'll see you next week!
This week's park update is a big one. Because it's been just over a month since we last gave you an update on the park (despite us having gone over 8 times since), we have collected lots of rumors, news, and photos that we're excited to share. Grab your popcorn, because this is going to be a very, very, interesting update!
is the gold river adventure closed forever?
As you may have heard (or experienced if you live in the area), North Texas has received extreme amounts of rainfall over the past couple of months. Unfortunately, on the night of September 21st and the morning of September 22nd, Six Flags Over Texas was hit by flash floods that caused damage to nearly 1/4 of the park. Water levels in the Tower and Boomtown sections reached nearly 8 feet, causing damage to restaurants and buildings and forcing rides to be closed for repairs and/or inspections. One of the locations that was hit the hardest is Yosemite Sam And The Gold River Adventure. The ride has been closed ever since the flood occurred, and the rumors that we've been hearing haven't been good. From what we've been told, there is a chance that the ride may never reopen. The damage inside is said to be extensive as the entire building flooded and the boats floated into walls, set pieces, and animatronics. As you could imagine, repairs costs are likely to be through the roof as the building is already extremely old and likely didn't take the flooding very well at all. Over Texas Thrills is your first and only source to report on this, as the news hasn't picked up much traction despite guests noticing the ride's extended closure. We will keep you updated as we learn more. For now though, all we can do is wait and see what the park has in store. Will the ride ever reopen, or will it simply float into history?
mr. freeze rumored to stay open year-round
While most rides remain open for Holiday In The Park, Mr. Freeze: Reverse Blast has always been one of the few that's been closed. This year, however, that changes! Over Texas Thrills sources have reported to us that the ride will indeed be open for Holiday In The Park 2018. This is exciting news for many, as the ride is a fan favorite at the park!
panda express is gone for good... what's next?
As mentioned previously, the Tower and Boomtown sections of the park received significant flood damage back in September. One of the many buildings that got flooded was the Panda Express restaurant across from the Oil Derrick Tower. Since then, the building has been stripped of all Panda Express signage and branding and the windows have been covered in tarp. The Six Flags and Panda Express contract was rumored to expire at the end of the season anyways, but due to the flood, Panda Express decided to leave early. This means that the park now has a vacant restaurant space waiting for something new. And what better restaurant is there to take its place than Chop Six? Six Flags parks have been replacing their Panda Express locations with Chop Six's for years now, so it wouldn't come as a surprise if Six Flags Over Texas did the same. Adding a Chop Six would fill the parks Asian food gap that Panda Express once held together, and it would also add more diverse offerings to the All Season Dining Pass. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled on opening day, as a new restaurant might just be on the horizon.
the riddler revenge/harley quinn downtime
Everyone that frequents Six Flags Over Texas knows that The Riddler Revenge is a fan favorite among guests. It's not uncommon to see the ride with a 45+ minute wait, even when lines for other attractions harley exceed 10 or 15 minutes. Everyone that frequents Six Flags Over Texas ALSO knows that The Riddler Revenge is closed... a lot. This Zamperla Giant Discovery suffers from extreme downtime issues every season, often being closed for weeks at a time while it waits on parts. The contender for all of the downtime is the massive motor that powers the ride and swings it back and forth. It burns out quite often, and replacements are expensive and take a long time to deliver form the company's headquarters in Italy. Well unfortunately the ride is closed yet again, just a couple of months after the ride reopened for the same issue. Rumors are that it could be closed for 3 or 4 more weeks, and possibly for the rest of the season. The same situation is going on over at Harley Quinn Spinsanity as well. The ride has been closed for nearly a month now, and apparently it's not going to reopen anytime soon either. Just a heads up for everyone visiting the park... don't expect to ride these ones anytime soon.
That's all for this Six Flags Over Texas park update. We hope that you enjoyed all of our Over Texas Thrills exclusive news and rumors. While it's always sad to see possible ride removals and downtime, it's great to see that the park is making up for things by adding Mr. Freeze to their Holiday In The Park lineup. Be sure to stay follow us on social media @overtexasthrills for notifications as soon as new articles like this are released. Until next time, this has been Over Texas Thrills!
On Saturday, January 20th, the American Coaster Enthusiasts hosted their annual Winterfest Event at the ZDT's Amusement Park in Seguin, Texas. Each year, parks from around the South Central region give presentations on what's new for the upcoming season. During their 20 minute presentation, Six Flags Over Texas announced 3 new changes coming to the park for the 2018 season.
1) Harley quinn spinsanity being removed
Harley Quinn Spinsanity, a HUSS Troika ride, took its final spin on January 7th, 2018. While it won't be returning for the 2018 season, management hopes to relocate the ride elsewhere in the park within the next couple of years. Until then, it appears that the ride will remain disassembled in storage.
2) Front gate restrooms being remodeled
Those that have visited the park within the past couple of years know that the front gate restrooms have been in desperate need for a refresh. Thankfully, the front gate restrooms will receive a dramatic remodel before the park reopens for the 2018 season.
3) oil derrick tower getting a new coat of paint
The Oil Derrick Tower has been the icon of Six Flags Over Texas since its opening in 1969. At a whooping 300 feet tall, the tower is visible to 10's of thousands of people each day as they drive down 1-30 and other surrounding highways. After going years without a repaint, the Oil Derrick will finally be returned to its full glory with a brand new, rustic orange paint job.
4) Pandemonium gets continuous loading
Since its opening in 2008, Pandemonium has consistently had some of the longest waits at Six Flags Over Texas. The ride, manufactured by German company Gerstlauer, is also forced to close any time that even the slightest bit of rain drops from the sky. With a moving station, capacity will increase and the ride will no longer have to close because of light precipitation. This will drastically improve guest experience on this fan favorite ride!
2018 is sure to be an exciting season at Six Flags Over Texas! With the addition of Harley Quinn Spinsanity, the changes mentioned above and even things that haven't yet been mentioned, there's more to look forward to than ever. Six Flags Over Texas opens up for the 2018 season on February 24th!