Being one of the oldest modern day theme parks in the world, Six Flags Over Texas has had a rich past full of innovation and world's firsts attractions and experiences. While many of these creations have faded away into theme park history, some historical rides still exist and remain very popular. In this article we will be counting down the six oldest still-operating rides at Six Flags Over Texas. Let's get started!
6) Runaway mine train
Being the world's second tubular steel roller coater, many assume that the Runaway Mine Train is the oldest ride at Six Flags Over Texas. However, that is not the case. The Runaway Mine Train, which originally opened in 1966, is actually the 6th oldest ride at the park. Since opening, the ride has undergone several notable changes, both to the ride itself and to its theming and surroundings. It's thrilled tens of millions of guests, and it still remains a fan favorite to this day.
5) El Sombrero
Although it's been relocated multiple times throughout it's history, the El Sombrero is actually over 53 years old. When it originally opened back in 1965, the El Sombrero took the spot of the short lived La Cucaracha roller coaster. Years later, after the Fiesta Train closed for good, the ride was moved to a location near La Vibora and The Conquistidor. Most recently, to make room for the 2006 introduction of La Fiesta De Las Tazas, the ride was moved just dozens of yards away to it's new home in the Mexico section of the park.
4) El Aserradero Flume 1
Perhaps one of the most well known attractions at Six Flags Over Texas is the parks log flume, El Aserradero. When it first opened back in 1963, El Aserradero received rave reviews from guests and critics alike. It was so popular that, in 1968, the park built a second flume to help reduce the 1-2 long waits that the ride saw almost every day. So, while "Flume 2" doesn't qualify for our list, "Fume one" takes the #4 spot!
3) Silver Star Carousel
Much like El Sombrero, the Silver Star Carousel has had an interesting past of relocations and refurbishments. The carousel was first constructed in 1925 ,and opened in 1928 at Rockaway's Playland in New York. After eventually being removed in 1962, the ride was purchased by Six Flags Over Texas and installed in the Boomtown section of the park where Gunslinger is located today. At the end of the end of the 1985 season, the ride was removed as it underwent a multi-year refurbishment. Finally, 3 years after closing, the ride reopened in Star Mall section under the new Silver Star Carousel name.
2) Chaparral antique cars
The Chaparral Antique Cars are a classic among Six Flags Over Texas attractions. The ride opened way back in 1962, just one year after the park's grand opening. While not too many notable changes have occurred, the cars have received new looks over the years and the entrance has been moved twice. Once in 2011 to allow for the New Texas Giant extended queue, and again in 2016 to relocate the entrance back to it's original location.
1) Six Flags & texas railroad
As the only opening day attraction on this list, the Six Flags & Texas Railroad is the single oldest ride at Six Flags Over Texas. It opened with the park on August 5th, 1961, and has been circling the park ever since. While there have been changes to the attractions travel direction and station locations, the track itself remains mostly the same.
There you have it, the 6 oldest operating rides at Six Flags Over Texas. Be sure to come back every Wednesday for new posts on our Thrill Time Blog, and don't forget to check out our other pages for more special features like this one. Be sure to follow us on Instagram, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to us on YouTube, all at @OverTexasThrills. Thank you again for visiting OverTexasThrills.com, your #1 guide to all things happening at the thrill capital of Texas.