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Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, midway between Fort Worth and Dallas opened on August 5, 1961. Six Flags covers 212 acres with 44 rides, including 12 Roller Coasters and 5 Water Rides. The name "Six Flags Over Texas" is a reference to the flags of six nations that have flown over Texas,  those being Spain, France, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the Confederate States of America and, currently, the United States of America.

The newest ride in Six Flags is the Texas SkyScreamer, at 400 feet high, this is the world's tallest swing ride.

The renovated Texas Giant, with the steepest drop of any wooden roller coaster in the world, is closed pending the results of the investigation into the tragic death of Rosy Esparza of Dallas.

In What Major Malfunction Caused The Texas Giant 
At Six Flags Over Texas To Kill A Woman?
 
we blogged about the July 19, 2013 tragedy.

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Six Flags Oil Derrick Tower   click a thumbnail to view a photo 

The Six Flag's 'oil derrick' is the highest edifice in the mid-cities area of the D/FW Metroplex. The view from the top gives a rare view denied by other natural means due to the lack of a non-flat topography. Often closed due to wind. We'll see the view from the top, later.

Derricks sort of like this have sprouted up near the Six Flags oil derrick, including this one a few miles to the west.

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Six Flags Sign

Six Flags sits on the site of a former ranch. Plaques like the above, explain this and the supposed effort made to preserve the existing waterways. However, the waterways appear to be swampy marshland tainted with an influx of creosote and litter deposits.

Six Flags Oil Derrick Observation Deck

As indicated two thumbnails prior, we are now at the top of the 'oil derrick' after riding the open air derrick elevator up the center shaft.

Six Flags Train

No. That is not the DART train you see below. That is a little choo choo which circles Six Flags sort of like the more evolved train that circles around Disneyland, only with diesel fumes and much less to see.

From Wikipedia----
The story goes that (park founder) Angus Wynne originally intended to name the park "Texas under Six Flags", until his wife objected stating that "Texas isnít under anything." The original park was (and still is) split into separate regions, such as the Spain and Mexico section which featured Spanish-themed rides, attractions and buildings.

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Six Flags Titan Hyper Coaster

Behind the Titan Hyper Coaster and the top-rated Texas Giant Wooden Coaster, that would be the Ballpark in Arlington where one of the best teams in baseball plays.

Six Flags Roaring Rapids

Looking down on the Roaring Rapids ride where a river raft flipped over, two summer's ago, killing a tourist and injuring others. The ride is supposedly safe now. But it gets you totally wet and is best avoided unless this sounds appealing on a hot day. Makes more sense to seek out the Billy Bath Misters.

Six Flags Texas Giant Roller Coaster

A close up look at a group of screamers falling down the first dip of the Texas Giant.

When the Texas Giant opened in 1990 the 14 story coaster was the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in the world, reaching a top speed of 62 mph. The ride lasts 2 minutes, 20 seconds. The initial drop is 280 feet. It took 10 tons of nails to hammer all that wood into a roller coaster, along with 81,370 bolts, holding together 900,000 board feet of lumber. The Texas Giant cost $5.5 million.

The Texas Giant wooden roller coaster has been rebuilt with a faster, smoother ride.with elements never before used in a wooden roller coaster.

PARENT SWAP PASSES

Parents of children under 54" can stop by the Ride Height Check & Guest Relations for a Parent Swap Pass. This pass allows for one or two parents to wait in a designated area, while the rest of the party enters the for the attraction. Then they swap places!

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Six Flags Over Texas Arlington Batman ride

Looking east down Interstate 30 with the Batman coaster and the Mr. Freeze coaster in the foreground, with the skyline of Dallas in the distance.

Let's go back to ground level and see how visitors to Six Flags deal with the extreme heat....

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Throughout Six Flags there are misters to cool the overheated. 

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Six Flags Over Texas Arlington France

These Six Flaggers are dealing with the heat in a different way, sitting on rocking chairs on the porch of a plantation house in 'France', sipping iced concoctions and watching the Disneyesque Thunder Mountain type ride across the street. Or contemplating eating gator meat at McGee's, next to the mountain ride.

Six Flags Over Texas McGee's Gater Jerky

A sign at McGee's Gator Jerky place details the cuts of a gator. Apparently Gator tastes very much like chicken.

Six Flags Mr. Freeze and Batman

A good example of Six Flag's enhanced landscaping. Actual big hanging baskets of flowers along a boardwalk above a fish filled pond on the way to Mr. Freeze and Batman.

Six Flags Texas Tornado Ride This seems an odd choice of ride name in a place where people often die from these things.

Six Flags has a lot of rides which seem to be of the carnival sort, not the theme park sort. Rides like bumper cars. And the above.

Six Flags Over Texas Arlington Bumper Cars

The sign for the Bumper Car ride had one of the few signs of decrepitude seen on this visit to Six Flags. 

Six Flags Over Texas Arlington Loony Tunes Hot Air Balloon Ride

This hot air balloon ride in the new Loony Tunes kids ride area would be perfect for a Balloon Festival.

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Six Flags Over Texas Rangers vs. Outlaws Show    thumbnail link to more photos   

Rangers & Outlaws is a live Wild West show based on the Lone Ranger myth. Very loud with explosive pyrotechnics of the fireball and boom type seen and heard at the pirate battle at Treasure Island in Las Vegas.

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Onboard the Six Flags Train

Let's ride the train around Six Flags and get off near the Titan hyper coaster to end this visit to Six Flags. In the above photo the train passes by another roller coaster rolling through some trees.

Near the Six Flags Titan Hyper Coaster

The Titan area of Six Flags is landscaped to look like you are in a West Texas desert. Not a very appealing place to stand in the long Titan lines; little shade, the relentless sun overwhelming the fans and misters trying to cool the crowd. Iced beverage purveyors selling overpriced libations to the parched line victims.

Six Flags Over Texas Arlington Titan Hyper Coaster

A view of Titan with the glaring sun blaring down on the long line of thrill seekers sweating their way to less than two minutes of high speed, stomach turning, gut wrenching, bone aching, scream inducing fun.

 

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It is time to leave Six Flags. We are Tired.

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