Frequently Asked Questions
Below are answers to questions frequently asked about Six Flags over Texas. FAQs pertaining to the Guide to SFoT website can be found here.
Why is the park called Six Flags over Texas?
With Six Flags over Texas being the first “Six Flags” park and the park that started the chain, what’s the significance of the name? The name refers to the fact that six flags of various nations have flown over Texas throughout the state’s history: Spain, Mexico, France, the Republic of Texas, the Confederate States of America, and finally the United States of America. Park founder Angus G. Wynne Jr. intended for the park to not only provide family entertainment but also education for the state’s rich history.
When the park first opened it had six themed areas corresponding to each of the flags. Today the park has eight themed areas. More information about the “six flags” that have flown over Texas can be found here.
Can I get discounted tickets to the park for me/my group?
Possibly, but not from us. GuideToSFoT.com is an unofficial fan site for the theme park and is in no way connected to or endorsed by Six Flags over Texas. We suggest contacting the park at their official site for discount requests or group pricing.
What is the oldest ride at Six Flags over Texas?
The oldest, still-operating ride at the park is the Six Flags Railroad, which has existed since the park’s first season in 1961. The second and third oldest operating rides are the Chaparral Antique Cars (1962) and El Aserradero (1963).
The oldest operating roller coaster at the park is the Mine Train (1966).
What is the most expensive attraction at Six Flags over Texas?
The single most expensive attraction at the park is the Titan roller coaster with an approximate price tag of $25 million.
Are the rides at Six Flags over Texas safe?
To put it simply, yes. Amusement rides in general are safe if you look at the statistics objectively, especially rides found at fixed site locations (in comparison to traveling fairs/carnivals). The odds of being in a fatal amusement park ride accident, about 1 in 4 billion, pale in comparison to the odds of winning the lottery or being struck by lightning. Statistically the drive to the theme park is far more dangerous than any attraction found at the theme park. Every year statistics prove amusement park rides to be one of the safest forms of recreation available.
Specifically, ride inspections at Six Flags over Texas begin long before the park opens, typically up to 4 hours beforehand. Each day, every ride is inspected and checked-off by mechanics. Wooden roller coasters have their entire track length walked to ensure the track is in good condition. On a yearly basis, rides go through extensive rehabilitation processes which include complete tear-downs and re-builds of trains and extensive inspection of track structures. Steel coasters inspections usually involve electromagnetic scanners that look for tiny, internal cracks due to fatigue while wooden coasters get equally scrutinous inspections from carpenters.
New rides are also thoroughly tested for safety, beginning long before any parts are actually manufactured. Computer simulations run a dynamic finite element analysis that not only determines the stress components will experience, but also the forces experienced by the rider. Once the rides are manufactured and built, rides cycle hundreds of times testing various safety systems. Dummies with accelerometers, similar to ones used in the automotive industry, are used to ensure the ride’s forces agree with the computer simulations. Only after the ride has passed exhaustive testing and cycling and certification will the public be allowed to ride.
In fact, Six Flags over Texas has only had two guest fatalities in over 50 years of operation. To ensure you stay safe during your visit (to any theme park, not just Six Flags over Texas), be sure and follow all safety precautions — most accidents on thrill rides and roller coasters occur due to rider negligence.
What happens during the park's off season?
Although it may seem as if Six Flags over Texas sits dormant during its relatively brief off-season between January and February, considerable work is done behind the scenes to prepare for the upcoming season.
Rides are disassembled and thoroughly inspected and worn parts are replaced. Ride structures are inspected while roller coaster trains are taken apart and reconditioned for the upcoming season. Buildings are cleaned and occasionally re-painted, while landscaping is also re-done. A new employee career fair is also held with training performed a few weeks before the park opens.
Six Flags over Texas has a relatively short amount of time to do all these off-season tasks — other theme parks with more severe winters (such as Cedar Point in Ohio) can have off-seasons that last from November through April or longer. That’s one reason the Gotham City area of the park is shut down during Holiday in the Park — to give maintenance a jump start on the off-season maintenance on those rides.
I don't like roller coasters. What can I do at Six Flags over Texas?
Plenty! Even if you don’t like roller coasters, Six Flags over Texas still offers dozens of other rides ranging in intensity from mild, family-friendly rides to more extreme thrills. Shows at the park can also be a major source of entertainment to non-riders. Interactive shows let guests steal the spotlight by singing karaoke or playing name-that-tune-style game shows. Shopping at the park can also provide plenty of entertainment. Sure there’s the standard souvenir shops, but stores like Indian Village and the Ole Woodcutter also sell customized or unique gifts. Six Flags over Texas also has numerous arcades full of classic and modern video games, some of which award points that can be traded for prizes. And speaking of prizes, midway games are scattered throughout the park, so if games of skill are your thing, try your hand at winning.