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Six Flags over Texas...In Style!

Posted on 2010.11.08 at 09:00
Current Location: 75070

My client bought a day at the amusement park for employees and their families. We had run of a nearly-empty park with no waiting on any ride in the park. We walked right past signs which read, "90 minute point" and "60 minute point" straight to the rides. The company does this every year and I've been waiting ten very long years to go, what between my oldest not being old enough, then having another child... (one year they held it in the middle of a summer heat wave and we chose not to go), then there was working out-of-state or on different accounts over the last decade.

Finally, it all lined up just right, and the kids LOVED IT. A whole day dedicated to fun. My kids had never been on a rollercoaster before and I was just grinning from ear-to-ear as we rode every ride multiple times. Many times we didn't even have to get out to re-stand in line. What an absolute joy it was spending the day together. There were no fights or arguments all day long - just grins and giggles.

And did I mention it was sunny and 65-degrees out? In a word, perfect...

The oldest of the Six Flags; Opened on August 1, 1961

Oil Derrick Observation Tower


A view of the newly constructed largest domed stadium in the world, Cowboys Stadium, with the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in view and the 25-story "Titan" Roller Coaster in the foreground.

They wanted to ride every. single. ride. Except the "Titan."

Six Flags' signature "Shockwave" - world's first back-to-back double loop roller coaster. The kids were terrified!

It started out sunny & 48-degrees...

Different areas of the park are themed for some of the six flags Texas flew under. This area contrasts greatly with "Gotham City" they built for the super hero & villain rides. (FYI Texas never flew under a "Gotham City" flag (there are those who will ask))

"Texas Giant" re-opening 2011

These poor kids are going to have unrealistic expectations of a theme park once they strike out on their own and go as a group with friends after experiencing it as a private event.

I can't wait for next year!


texas_tangent at 2010-11-08 15:10 (UTC) (Link)
I was scared to death the first time I rode the Shock Wave. That was the third biggest roller coaster I ever rode. My sister (the biggest thrill seeker out there) told me to close my eyes and she would tell me when the loops were over. I closed my eyes and she told me to open them, In MID LOOP, If I would not have been amused I would have killed her. It was thrilling! My son has a season pass and he now goes every chance he can with my sister.
ehowton at 2010-11-08 17:00 (UTC) (Link)
HA HA! What an awesome sister :P
texas_tangent at 2010-11-08 19:32 (UTC) (Link)
She has been known to be worthy of a few chuckles.

The secret to not waiting in line at Six Flags, twice being a season ticket holder with my sister, is to get to the park before the park opens. Study the map and the ride that is the biggest attraction that is furthest away is the one you RUN to and then you can ride that ride twice, then gradually make your way to the front of the park. That way you make your way from the rear to the front and that way to the exit. I hope that made sense. It made terribly good sense to us. It seemed like we never waited on rides using that system.

The two big roller coasters I had rode on prior to the Shock Wave were a blast as well. The first big roller coaster was Space Mountain at Disney, the second was The Wooden Giant at Six Flags.
ehowton at 2010-11-08 19:55 (UTC) (Link)
Not at all - that makes loads of sense!
texas_tangent at 2010-11-08 20:02 (UTC) (Link)
Well sometimes when I try to explain things on paper, I end up with word soup.. Just trying to make sure that did not happen this time.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2010-11-10 00:50 (UTC) (Link)
When I used to live in Arlington I got a season pass for Tim and I and we used to do that same thing on Saturdays and leave before it got too hot and too crowded.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2010-11-08 16:53 (UTC) (Link)
These poor kids are going to have unrealistic expectations of a theme park once they strike out on their own and go as a group with friends after experiencing it as a private event.
Maybe this will give them motivation to aspire to greatness and never accept anything less from themselves than greatness so that one day, they too can afford to buy the park for a day for their own private events.
ehowton at 2010-11-08 17:00 (UTC) (Link)
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2010-11-08 17:01 (UTC) (Link)
I'm going have more money than you ever dreamed you could have!
Joshua Gizelt
swashbuckler332 at 2010-11-08 17:24 (UTC) (Link)
Meanwhile on the outside, a family that had driven across the country to attend this park vents their final frustration

ehowton at 2010-11-08 17:32 (UTC) (Link)

"Hyup, hyup, that's me!"
Missus Emm
missus_emm at 2010-11-10 14:19 (UTC) (Link)
What stunning photo! It looks like you had a great day out!! I haven't been to a theme park in ages. I loved them my whole life and then I went on some rides about 5 years ago and got really ill. I guess I'm getting too old!
ehowton at 2010-11-10 14:36 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I can't remember the last time I'd been to one - they say kids keep you young (that is, when they're not aging you!)

I remember my father riding the rides with us when we were kids until he blew chucks. Now that's a dad! I didn't go quite that far :D
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