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Six Flags Hurricane Harbor

The first thing I have to give Six Flags over Texas props for is the entertaining vibe of the park as a whole. The lively atmosphere of this park was fantastic. One big party from the time I hit the back gate till shortly before I left it was definitely not hard to have fun. One of the highlights of the day came when we walked up to the carousel and there was a big dance party featuring many classic cartoon characters doing dances like the Macarena, the Electric slide and various other fun dances. The characters were definitely playing to the crowd and my personal favorite was Shaggy from Scooby Doo and the funky old man featured in recent advertisements for this amusement chain. There were several times during the day that characters were dancing. At one point Taz was getting his groove on while a Six Flags employee yelled Go Taz, Go Taz, Go, Go, Go! It was like a cross between Saturday morning cartoons and Soul Train. I think this is what I’ll remember about this trip to Six Flags the most.

Most of my time was spent riding the rides my daughters were able to ride. I have a seven year old who finally was able to ride some of the bigger rides and she was so excited! She had her first big roller coaster experience on Judge Roy Scream, a wooden roller coaster which is medium in size but big on fun. A simple coaster with big hills it seemed almost quaint after gazing at goliath rides like Mr. Freeze and adrenaline junkie fixes like Superman: Tower of Power. Both of us agreed our favorite ride we experienced was Tony Hawk’s Big Spin. A coaster that goes up, down and all around it was a blast. The catch is that as you are going over hills and being whipped around your car also turns around.

My younger daughter enjoyed four rides on the carousel which was very nice. She also adored the train that goes around the whole park. The train whistle was really loud and boisterous as we loaded up and rested for a bit. It stops in several places and helps with transportation around the park so it has double purpose. Both girls rode several other kids rides like Speedy Gonzales Truckin’ Across America which are some cute semi rigs going around a simple, straight track. They rode Bug’s Bunny: The Spirit of St. Louis as well which is your fairly standard airplane ride that goes round and round. The whole family rode Batwing (another album which goes in circles only you go a bit higher), Conquistador (your standard flying dutchman ship that rocks back and forth gradually going higher and higher) and the Mini Runaway Mine Train. Due to the makeup of our family currently we didn’t get to ride many of the bigger rides so I unfortunately can’t tell you much about the biggest coasters in the park like Texas Giant, Mr. Freeze and Batman The Ride. My husband got to ride Batman and seemed to enjoy it but he isn’t a natural born reviewer. It was okay is his standard reply to pretty much everything.

Since my youngest daughter is a wheelchair user I wanted to write a little bit on wheelchair accessibility. She’s much younger right now but currently I found the park to be very accessible. The carousel had a great back entrance where she went up a little elevator. Once she got on they let her ride twice since it takes some effort on their part to let us in through the back. All the staff were fun and friendly never once making us feel like we were inconveniencing them. One park employee named Kiona played peek-a-boo with my daughter pretty much the whole time she was going down the elevator. Every ride made it easy for us to enjoy our time in the park and we encountered no rude employees. I also observed while in line for a ride a couple (who were both wheelchair users) being assisted onto a rollercoaster and an employee even helped the guy get back into his wheelchair. It gave me a lot of hope for my daughter to enjoy amusement parks in the future.

Of course, all the usual drawbacks of a such a mecca of amusement are true with Six Flags Over Texas as well. The food prices were expensive, the lines long and no matter how hard you try you won’t get to ride everything. I did feel a little disappointment as I left the gates a little early due to a storm. There was so much we didn’t get to do that we wanted to. Next time I am seriously considering a Flash Pass which helps you get more out of the park by reserving ride times. If you are going to the park it is more than worth your money to get the souvenir cup because you get refills the rest of the day. Especially in Texas, heat is a serious concern and staying hydrated is pivotal to keep having a good time. The park has lots of misting water to help you cool off but you will get heat exhaustion if you don’t take care of yourself.

I really enjoyed our time at Six Flags Over Texas. It was a lot of fun and there was never a dull moment in this entertainment hub in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The park was filled with energy, had an overwhelming selection of rides to choose from and lots of activities for the whole family.