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For one weekend each year, Six Flags Over Texas treats the American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) to the ultimate theme park enthusiast event. This year's took place on September 15th and 16th, and we were there both days enjoying all that there is to do.
Saturday, September 15th
Lone Star Coasterthon began bright and early at 7:00am. Upon checking in, attendees received a custom drawstring bag as well as an event t-shirt, a complimentary ticket, 2 meal vouchers, as well as an event schedule. Breakfast began with the event at 7:00am, so we headed down to Johnny Rockets to fuel up before our long 15 hour day. The breakfast included many different pastries, drinks and juices, and fresh fruit.
At 7:30am, the park opened up The Riddler Revenge, Catwoman Whip, Harley Quinn Spinsanity, The Joker, Texas Skyscreamer, Judge Roy Scream, Batman The Ride, and Mr. Freeze: Reverse Blast for our nearly 3-hour ERT session. All of the rides were complete walk-ons, and there were typically only 2-10 people on each cycle. That meant that we were allowed to remain in our seats and re-ride our favorite rides all morning long!
As if those 8 rides weren't already enough to keep us satisfied, the park decided to open up 6 MORE rides for us at 8:30am. Included were Shockwave, Superman: Tower of Power, Pandemonium, Justice League: Battle For Metropolis, Mine Train, and Mini Mine Train. Just like the rides in Gotham City, these were complete walk-on's as well.
After our ERT sessions were complete, we took a group picture in front of Harley Quinn Spinsanity (seen below) and then proceeded to my favorite part of the event... a light's on tour of the new Hell Block 6 haunted house! While we won't be posting all of the photos until this week's park update, you can catch a sneak peak on our Instagram and Facebook pages. All I can say after the tour is WOW! This looks like it will be one of the best haunted houses in the Six Flags chain. The attention to detail is incredible, and the immersion will be top notch. I can't wait to experience the house with actors this weekend.
Once the Hell Block 6 tour was finished, we were ushered into the Majestic Theatre for the general session. The general session gave us a great load of information on Fright Fest, Holiday in the Park, and the new-for-2019 Lone Star Revolution. Directly after the general session came another event highlight for me.. the auction! Many unique and historic items were a part of this year's event, including my personal favorite; a "1 Hour From This Point" sign from the Flashback. I loved the sign so much that I ended up bidding $150 and winning it. It might seem like a lot, but 100% of it was donated to the ACE Preservation Fund and National Roller Coaster Museum. This means that each and every purchase helped preserve classic theme park attractions! In total, the auction raised $925 for the cause; and us enthusiasts went home with some pretty cool items.
After the auction ended at 12:30, we had 5 1/2 hours before our dinner. This gave us time to ride all everything that we might've missed during the ERT as well as everything else in the park. Best of all, our event lanyards acted as a front of the line ALL WEEKEND LONG pass which gave us priority boarding on all of the parks major attractions!
After running through the rain with no umbrella and no poncho, I finally arrived at the Titan Picnic Pavilians for our dinner. The park was serving up a variety of fajitas and nachos as well as cookies and novelty ice cream for dessert. During the dinner, a 70's playlist and gameshow got everyone in the mood for the exciting celebration ahead.
As soon as the park closed at 8:00pm, we were walked to Shockwave by the one and only "ACE Man." In case you didn't know, 2018 is ACE's and Shockwave's 40th anniversary. Because of this, we all got to sign one of Shockwave's supports and ride the ride as many times as we wanted during our 2 hour ERT. In addition, unlimited cupcakes, Dippin' Dots, drinks, and other ice cream novelties were served to us. I ended up riding Shockwave 16 times, and it was the perfect way to end day one of the event.
Sunday, September 16th
Our 2-hour ERT on Sunday began promptly at 9:00am. This morning we had New Texas Giant, Titan, Log Flume l, Runaway Mountain, Shockwave, The Riddler Revenge, Catwoman Whip, The Joker, and Harley Quinn Spinsnaity. Breakfast was also being served in the All American Cafe until 10:00am. During the ERT we rode The Riddler Revenge once, Harley Quinn Spinsanity once, Runaway Mountain (with the lights on) twice, and New Texas Giant 10 times!
After the ERT concluded and the park opened to the public, the park hosted the Wrapp Up Session once again in the Majestic Theater. The park and ACE representives gave speeches and more awesome items were given away in a raffle. We were given a few housekeeping reminders for the day, and then like that, the event was over.
This was my 5th time at Lone Star Coasterthon, and it definitely won't be my last. This event is always one of the things that I look forward to the most each year, not only because of the perks, but because I get to see my ACE and Six Flags Over Texas family as well. Every year acts as a big reunion for friends near and far, and it's just one of many reasons that I'm a proud ACE member. If you are thinking about joining the fun during next year event, we say go for it. You won't regret it one bit! And of course, we have to thank everyone from Six Flags Over Texas for hosting such an amazing event. Sharon Parker, Kris Rowberry, Diana Vega, Andrew Miller, Matt Hughey, Andrew Miller, and all of the other fantastic Six Flags Over Texas staff were just some the ones that made this event possible. Thank you again for all that you do with ACE; we can't say how much we appreciate it.
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Now that Fright Fest is less than 2 weeks away, it's time to start getting excited for all that this years event has to offer. With many fan favorites returning and new additions on their way, it's sure to be an exciting year for Six FLags Over Texas and Halloween fans. Without further ado, here are 5 things that we look forward to experiencing during this year's Fright Fest event.
1. New Scare Zones
If you've checked out our 2018 Guide to Fright Fest (which we highly suggest that you do), you would've seen that the park is introducing 2 new scare zones this season. Squeal Long Pig will be replacing Texas Scare-A-Tory in the Texas section of the park while Anarchy Unleashed will be located in Gotham City near Harley Quinn Spinsanity and the new Hell Block 6 haunted house. Anarchy Unleashed will actually be the pernament location for the Goblin Attack Squad, so be sure to check them out in their new home.
2. Hell Block 6
Yes, yes, and yes. Over the past couple of weeks, we have been sent more and more information regarding the new Hell Block 6 haunted house. While we can't spoil the details for you or share anything that we've been told, we can say that this is going to be one hell of a haunted house. (Yes, pun intended.) Hell Block 6 is sure to be a new fan favorite during Fright Fest, and if the rumors are true, during the spring and summer as well. We're beyond excited to see the elaborate sets and scares in person and share more information with you as soon as Fright Fest officially begins.
3. Arania's Nightmare
"Welcome to my nightmare, I think you're gonna' like it. I think you're gonna' feel, right at home." If the entire show plays out in your head like it does in mine, you know that you too are a fan of Arania's Nightmare. The show, played in the David Blackburn Southern Palace Theatre, is almost a right of passage for everyone visiting Fright Fest. This is by far one of our favorite parts of Fright Fest as the ever changing the pop culture references and engaging storyline keep me coming back again and again. For show times and more information, visit our 2018 Guide To Fright Fest.
4. The Awakening
Each night at 7:00pm, The Awakening commences to officially start Fright By Night. Featuring dozens of scare actors, fire and fog effects, and even a human sacrafice, this newly enhanced show is the perfect way to get in the mood for the night that lies ahead. And now that 2 new scare zones are being introduced, we're guaranteed to see a new script written to once again keep the show fresh and up to date.
5. The Atmosphere
There's just something about Fright Fest that always puts me in a good mood. The fall weather, specialty food vendors, music, and crowds all blend together and create an exciting park atmosphere that can't be matched any other time of the year. Plus, with the 11:00am-12:00am hours that can be found each and every Saturday of the event, there is more time than ever to experience everything that the park has to offer.
There you have it; 5 things that we look forward to experiencing during this year's Fright Fest. Is there something that you're excited about that we didn't mention? Let us know in the comments down below! Thank you so much for checking out our relaunched Thrill Time Blog and we hope you have a thrilling week.
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