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In Which I Black Out at Six Flags Over Texas

by Karol on June 28, 2011

Blacking out might be going too far although my vision did go near black / really blurry 3 times. It was really hot today at over 100F/38C. As many people who know me know, I absolutely love heat. Unfortunately, I haven’t been in this kind of heat for a long time and I just wasn’t ready for it.

I got to Six Flags Over Texas just after park opening and immediately went to try to acquire front of line passes. I was meeting Shannon & her family (4 total people) so I wasn’t sure I’d be able to get it done. But everybody was extraordinarily helpful! Way better than Fiesta Texas and another unnamed park which you can figure out if you read my tweets yesterday. This unnamed park was insulting/rude. If I ran that PR department everybody would be fired. ;)

To make a long story short, I didn’t even have to ask if I could get front of line for 5 people here. “How many people do you have?” “5.” Done! So thank you to the wonderful team at Six Flags Over Texas. It is much appreciated and doesn’t go without notice.

Texas Giant

I’d been waiting for this one for a while. For whatever reason I’ve received more e-mails about Texas Giant than any other coaster. Even the guy who checked me in at my hotel mentioned it.

Texas Giant has the steepest drop (79°) in the world of any hybrid (wood/steel) coaster and it does not disappoint. Besides the drop it also has a 95° banked turn. You’re literally riding sideways on a wall. :)

This was my favorite ride at the park and I’d probably even put it in my top 10 so far.

I was really thirsty after, but there were no water fountains to be seen. I thought “ehh, I’ll just wait until after the next ride.” But the next ride was …

Titan Makes Me See Stars

Titan is a monolith with a 255 foot drop and top speed of 85mph.

The drop is fantastic. I love big drops. It’s the turns that are killer. The G-forces on the carousel turns are so great there have been many reported incidents of blackout. Well, you can pretty much add me to the list. Twice. The ride stops somewhere in the middle and you go through another series of turns. It happened to me before and after the stop. Whoa!

I’d never in my life had this feeling before. All I know is I couldn’t see what was going on and I shook my head vigorously to try to keep myself from passing out.

I still loved it. The big drop and the 120 foot dark tunnel make it a really fun ride, but I definitely didn’t attempt a second ride.

Immediately after Titan I drank copious amounts of water and filled up my Vapur (foldable water bottle!). The heat was immense. Did I mention that yet? :)

I didn’t want to do another big ride for a bit so we stopped for drinks/food and then headed to …

Runaway Mountain

This is an indoor coaster that would be much better to me if there was just a tiny bit of light. It’s so dark it might as well be called Blackhole. I’d expect a bit of mountain scenery or something. Maybe stars in the sky? Anyway, it wasn’t on my list of coasters. It was just a break before going on anything else that might make me pass out. (I was still feeling dizzy.)

Shockwave

Shockwave was built in 1978 so it’s one of the older rides in the park. It was kind of hard to find and there was nobody there so we didn’t even have to use the front of line pass. We walked right on.

During the first loop I felt my third bout of blackout-ed-ness. Wow. All I could think was “What is wrong with me?” This was not a very intense ride. I just don’t think my body was prepared for any kind of G force anymore. I actually said to Shannon, “You know, I’m not sure I’ll be able to finish this park today.”

But the show must go on so we headed to …

Judge Roy Scream

Six Flags Over Texas’ resident fully-wooden coaster. There’s not a whole lot to say about it. It was really bumpy, but a fun ride.

We decided to take another break before attempting Batman The Ride or Mr Freeze. Both of these had definitely “make me blackout” capabilities and I wanted to go in fresh.

Batman The Ride

A good ole feet-hanging-in-the-air coaster with lots of Gotham City props. It didn’t make me pass out. :)

Mr Freeze

 

Photo: Mr Freeze. Get to the top, stare at the sun, go back down backwards. :)

This looked pretty intense. It’s a launch coaster that shoots you up, around, over, back up, and then stops vertically while you sit for a second staring at the sun. Then it goes through the whole track backwards. The staring in the sun part wasn’t the best, but the ride was really fun.

More Six Flags Over Texas photos here.

I am beat. I’m gonna drink a lot of water, take a nap, and then chill out for the night before heading to Hot Springs, AR tomorrow. No coasters tomorrow as it’s a drive day.