Thursday, April 7, 2005 10:55 PM
Hey, I am taking a trip to Six Flags Over Texas next week and was wondering if anyone one had any tips on that park. I have heard better things about SFOT than other Six Flags parks, but is this true?
Any help would be really appreciated, I also plan to go on a Friday, and Im assuming everyones already had Spring Break down there so I hope it wont be too crowded.
Friday, April 8, 2005 11:29 AM
I think SFOT is one of the better, if not the best run Six Flags park. Spring break is over, and the school groups have not yet started to assault the park (they usually arrive in May) so you should have a fairly pleasant visit. Last Sunday the park was pretty dead.
As for tips I don't really know what to tell you. There are no new rides so no one runs to a particular ride at opening. You might want to go to La Vibora first as that is a very slow moving line. I wouldn't run to Titan first as that line always seems to keep moving so it doesn't matter what time of day you go. Be sure to ride Shockwave--don't let its appearances fool you, I think it is the best ride in the park. If lines are long for Superman Tower of Power use the single rider line. Also don't overlook Runaway Mountain, it's a very smooth Windstorm [like] coaster in the dark.
*** Edited 4/8/2005 7:55:42 PM UTC by Jeffrey Seifert***
Friday, April 8, 2005 11:36 AM
Get a park map, or look at the one online. There are sections of the park near Titan and Texas Giant that are hard to navigate. By the second day, I could've given tours to other guests. You'd constantly see people walking in one direction, getting that confused look on their face, and start walking the other direction. The problem is with the narrow paths that don't provide much of a sightline ahead, due to the game buildings and shops, plus some deadends.
There are two attractions that are kind of removed from the rest of the park, or could be missed (and you don't wan't to do that). Judge Roy Scream can be seen from the parking lot, but to get to it, you have to enter somewhere near the kiddie area. It's not real obvious. Shockwave is all the way at the back of the park passed the Observation Tower.
Whatever you do, don't miss the dark ride about the Texas Rangers (not the baseball team)featuring the Looney Tunes gang. You ride through on boats and it's excellent. It's easily missed. Runaway Mountain is the best indoor coaster at a Six Flags, in my opinion. Mr. Freeze is just out-and-out sick. Trust me, you'll be wanting a re-ride, and another re-ride and....Both mine trains should be ridden.
I suggest that you ride Texas Giant in the front seat with a person who's as light as you, if possible. The experience was greatly enhanced when I rode in the front seat with 2Hostyl, who's a thin guy. When I rode with a woman who was fairly heavy, it wasn't as good.
I was there during May of 2002, and the crowds weren't that bad (Your mileage may vary). *** Edited 4/8/2005 3:39:28 PM UTC by Intamin Fan***
Friday, April 8, 2005 11:49 AM
LOL, Shockwave is not only the best steel coaster in the park, it just may be the best steel looper ANYWHERE...
MANY thanks to SFoT for keeping the "Spirit of Anton" alive! :)
bill, think TX Giant is the next best thing to the second coming...
Friday, April 8, 2005 4:33 PM
Here's my advice.
EARLY EARLY EARLY
EVERYtime I go top OT, once a year, it is packed packed packed. You really need to get ther at least 30 minutes before the park opens to park and get to the gate. This park stays very busy compare to the parks I am used to!
Advice # 2
Eat outside. There is a decent Denny's style restruant right across the parking lot. For the same amount of money you will spend at OT eating, you can get a much better meal across the parking lot.
Get stamped, walk over and eat, and head back. The walk will only take about 10 minutes.
Friday, April 8, 2005 5:16 PM
Well, unfortunantly I am unable to get to the park till about 11 or 12 and I will be there for 3 to 4 hours. So ill make sure to hit Titan, Texas Giant, Batman: The Ride, Mr. Freeze, Shockwave, and Superman Tower of Power. I think thats all I will have time for.
Is there anywheres in the park that has food that is better than your average park food?(as I will be having lunch there).
Saturday, April 9, 2005 12:25 AM
One of meals I had was at a restaurant called Gator Mc'Gee's Mountain Grill next to Runaway Mountain. I seem to remember that they had some really good food. From the 2002 park map [edit: I just verified that it's still there and has the same menu]: Regular & Buffalo chicken tenders, flame broiled sirloin burgers. Gator's onion strips, crisp salads, and kid's meals. Scenic patio settings. You could hit that on your way towards Shockwave, Titan, or Texas Giant. And what the hell, if the line isn't long, for goodness sakes, ride Runaway Mountain. You'll be glad you did. I hope you can get everything in. Good luck. *** Edited 4/9/2005 4:33:57 AM UTC by Intamin Fan***
Saturday, April 9, 2005 1:21 AM
Since you're only gonnna be there 4 hours and I assume you've never been to SFOT before, I would suggest riding the rides you haven't been on or can't easily get back to first (If you've been on Goliath, skip Titan. BTR is just a BTR. If you've been on StL Freeze, skip Freeze.). If you're really concerned about not getting to ride everything, get a Q-bot when you come in the park (directly to the left after walking through the gate), if they are offering it that day. I'm up there pretty much every day they're open, and I think it's a nice park.
Saturday, April 9, 2005 11:48 AM
Thanks for all your help guys!
I haven't been there before, and no I have never rode any of the clones of any rides there (besides B:TR). I will try to get a Q-bot when I get into the park. Anyone know how much these are? And I looked at their website and it said that there is some sort of Texas Day going on on the 22nd (thats the day im going) so hopefully that wont effect the crowds too much.
Saturday, April 9, 2005 11:53 AM
Well I know at SFOG they were like $20. I'm not sure if it would be different at SFOT or not.
Saturday, April 9, 2005 5:06 PM
20 bucks sounds reasonable. Being that my home park is a Cedar Fair park, can someone explain for me just exactly what a Q-bot does?
Saturday, April 9, 2005 9:50 PM
Q-bot is a pager-like device that holds your place in line, while you go and enjoy other attractions--for an extra fee of course. You store rides in order, and the pager stores a time for you to come back. Once you've enjoyed ride X, you can then go onto your next ride Z. The pager is very specific about the time window in which you can ride. It you get to an attraction and you're early, you have to wait until the pager says "Enjoy your ride". It's a great device if you're going to a very busy park, but it takes some strategy as well. Since you have time to go to other attractions, you have to be fairly good at predicting how long your wait will be in other queues, or you'll miss your ride. Another downside is that the appointments can vary widely depending on how long their queues are, so you might be forced to run from one side of the park to the other. This happened to me when I had to run all the way from Twister (located in front of Scream Machine) to Nitro at Great Adventure. At least it wasn't Medusa. That would have killed me. Q-bot is usually only good on certain high-profile attractions.
Saturday, April 9, 2005 11:45 PM
I just realized you're going on a Friday. Ignore what I said about getting FastLane (Lo-Q/Qbot). The park will probably be dead and you'll be able to ride everything rather easily. BTR, Giant, and Titan will be running 2 trains, and the others will probably add a train at the first sign of a crowd (a crowd being a line longer than 10 minutes).
Sunday, April 10, 2005 11:53 AM
Good, now I don't have to spend that extra twenty bucks.
Sunday, April 10, 2005 1:01 PM
If it is just you than a Qbot is a good price but I beleive that it is $10 for each additional person. In my honest opinion Six Flags Over Texas is the best six flags park, and I would be willing to argue that it is the best large park. I say if you have to miss anything miss Batman, batman's are great and all but when I rode SFOT I felt it was one of the worsts out there. Titan is a definate, and Texas giant is great in the FRONT.