Astroworld....comments anyone?

Wednesday, June 5, 2002 7:45 PM


Since my other post about Great America evidently got deleted, I will start another with a different topic. Between reading the boards and news, I have not heard much about Astroworld. What does everyone think of the park?? Is it really bad, in that, I barely hear anything about it?? Please let me know your thoughts!

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Wednesday, June 5, 2002 7:58 PM


i like astroworld, why though?????


and that ride seriously kicks ass, ive never ridden it but from reviews and photos i too say it seriously rules


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Wednesday, June 5, 2002 8:05 PM
It's not terrible, but I havn't made many return trips. Mostly because I miss Texas Tornado.
Wednesday, June 5, 2002 9:15 PM
My brother visited last year for 2 days (in peak season). Both days 4 coasters did not operate, and it was not posted outside the gate. That's no way to run a park in my opinion. If half your coaster collection is not going to run, at least inform the customers before they pay.

- Peabody

Wednesday, June 5, 2002 9:20 PM
Astroworld is an OK park, not the best. The rides are too cramped up together. The area is too small. They have good rides. If they arent gonna run the Texas Tornado, get rid of it. I really like Batman: The Escape, more inversions though. Greased Lighning was good. It was a mild version of Mr. Freeze. Astroworld, please get rid of Serial Thriller too, the ride sucks, it a big headache. Get the original, smooth inverted Batman. Dungeon Drop was awesome, great view of Houston. I went to sleep on the Viper. Texas Cyclone is an original authentic woodie. Gotta ride it. Im looking for better maintanence in the park and clear out some of those sorry rides and put a floorless or hyper-coaster in there.
Wednesday, June 5, 2002 9:42 PM

I've never been to the park. I have no plans to visit Texas anytime soon.

I seem to remember it as being referred to as Six Flags Ghetto somewhere and it just stuck with me.

Is it really that bad?


Wednesday, June 5, 2002 9:48 PM

Ok, it's true that last year the park had some bad luck with rides breaking down. Currently the only ride not operating regularly is Texas Tornado, though I have credible reason to believe it'll finally be running again within two months.

There are a couple good rides: Texas Cyclone's my favorite ride in the park, it's certainly a lot smoother and re-rideable than Rattler or Texas Giant. Also, Dungeon Drop is currently the best drop ride in Texas, it's a little more intense than Scream. Greezed Lightnin's a best of breed launched Schwarzkopf looper, and Ultra-Twister is one of a kind in the country.

Appearances may not be up to par with most of the chain, but the place looks a little better this year than last. They've repaved a lot of the ground (check out the big yin-yang in the cement over by Oriental) and they've added little touches like a fish pond and some much needed landscaping over near the mountain.

The place just hasn't been given a deserved cash infusion like most of the other Six Flags obtained when Premier took over the chain. In all that time we've gotten one new coaster (Serial Thriller in 1999) and some upcharge attractions and we LOST a whole bunch of things (Excalibur rollercoaster, Astroneedle, Horizons, Great Texas Longhorn Revue, Shooting Gallery, Adventure Rivers, Texas Tornado for all practical purposes...). The current Six Flags ownership has really shortchanged this place, but there's still some charm here and there.

Wednesday, June 5, 2002 9:50 PM
I went when i was much younger (1994?) and remember thinking the park was awesome. Although, it was the first major park i had ever been to, so i guess my opinion may have been a little warped.

About half of the coasters are really good, and the other half i could do without. It has probably the most unique collection of any SF park, mainly because it gets lots of the coasters the other parks don't want anymore. I think it's really cool because i like more classic coasters. There's 3 original Schwartzkopfs, and no B&M's. Very unusual for a SF park. Worth the trip if you're in the area, but i wouldn't plan a vacation there unless you've been everywhere else.

Another note - everyone always says the Texas Tornado never runs. Does anyone know why this is? It looks like Schwartzkopf's masterpiece, and i don't believe there's any clones of it. It would be sad to see it die. =(


Thursday, June 6, 2002 5:31 AM

Another note - everyone always says the Texas Tornado never runs. Does anyone know why this is? It looks like Schwartzkopf's masterpiece, and i don't believe there's any clones of it. It would be sad to see it die. =(

Thriller was a custom built looper. Almost all of Anton Schwarzkopf's multi loopers were custom(excluding the Double Loop model like Lazer). There are many similar rides like Texas Tornado built by Schwarzhopf, but each ine has something unigue to it. Even the other close cousin of Texas Tornado that is in a circuit in Japan right now, has a the same set of loops but with different transitions and helixes added. You'll find triple to 6 loopers built by Schwarzkopf, but grant it, though they all look similar in a way, Schwarkopf kept in mind to give each one a different signature.

Actually, most of Schwarzkopf's rides were built custom and only cloned on request or asked to be built in series by traveling companies. He had so many different designs to offer, that there are still dozens of designs that he patent that he never got a chance to build. Only he could do that much with some steel and 200' by 150' feet of land.

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*** This post was edited by Vertigo on 6/6/2002. ***

Thursday, June 6, 2002 6:31 AM

You want a true unbiased opinion of what the park is like this year? Click on this link (;act=ST;f=7;t=198 ) and read my review. That pretty much sums up how I felt about the park.




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