La Fiesta De Las Tazas

The Teacups (The Teacup Party)

Year Installed: 2006
Last Year Operated: Currently Operating
Section: Mexico
Manufacturer: Zamperla
Other Names and Nicknames:

Added with the ten new rides for 2006 was the La Fiesta De Las Tazas, which roughly translates to the “Party of the Cups”. This teacup ride was added in the Mexican section. The ride is manufactured by Zamperla and is located near the La Vibora Bobsled, the queue house used for the ride was previously used by the Fiesta Train and then by the Sombrero. 

The teacups are mounted on in groups of three on small circular areas. The circles rotate as a larger platform rotates. In addition, the riders can turn a wheel inside the cups, so they rotate as wheel. Each teacup can hold up to five riders. Hourly capacity for the ride is 1,200 guests, with a ride length of one minute and thirty seconds.

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JANUARY 1, 2020 by DAVIS_MCCOWN (Edit)

El Sombrero – The Hat Ride

Year Installed: 1965
Last Year Operated:
Section: Mexico
Manufacturer: Chance Rides
Other Names and Nicknames:

    The El Sombrero, or the “Hat Ride” as it is known, was first opened in the park in 1965. This makes it the seventh oldest operating ride in the park. Most likely manufactured by Chance Rides, the Hat is a generic carnival ride, often know as the Wagon Wheel, the Tabrant, or the Chaos. The ride is designed to look like a giant Mexican Sombrero. The riders sit is a circle of two adult seats which constitute the rim of the hat.

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    The ride begins by spinning around on an off-center axis. As the ride picks up speed, an arm raises the ride in to the air at approximately a 45 degree angle. These leave the riders spinning in all directions, around the circle of the hat, up and down at the angle of the arm, and around the platform.

    The ride was originally installed at the site of the short lived La Cucaracha Roller Coaster, in an area next to the current location of the Silver Star Carousel. It was later moved to its near the The La Vibora (Avalanche Bobslide) Ride, at the current site of the Tea Cups. It’s currently location is at the Border of the Mexico section, near the front gate plaza.

    The ride is currently painted with a yellow base. Earlier, the ride was painted blue.

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Year Installed: 2008
Last Year Operated: Currently Operating
Section: Modern USA
Manufacturer: Gerstlauer
Other Names and Nicknames: Tony Hawk Big Spin

The  Pandemonium opened in 2008 on and around the former site of the Cliffhanger. It was originally named the Tony Hawk Big Spin for the extreme sport athlete, Tony Hawk, and his “big spin” skateboarding maneuver.  The name was changed in 2010 to The  Pandemonium.

Tony Hawk Big Spin, later renamed the Pandemonium.

The ride consists of eight single car units with four seats each. Each unit is mounted on a round base that allows it to spin around in a 360 degree circle as it travels around the track.

The ride was built by Gerstlauer Amusement Rides of Germany at a cost of $6.5 million dollars.

Que House

The ride lift is 53 feet high with a 27-foot initial drop. The units travel around the 1,351 foot long at 31 mph.

The ride is designed for a throughput of 800 riders per hour with a ride run of 1 minutes and 51 seconds.

The Big Spin is similar to other Tony Hawk’s Big Spin rides that opened the season before at Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Six Flags Saint Louis. The ride opened as Mr. Six’s Pandemonium at Six Flags New England in 2005. Another Big Spin opened at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in the 2008 season. The Texas, Fiesta Texas, and St Louis rides are identical, while the Discovery Kingdom ride varies somewhat.

Justice League: Battle for Metropolis

Year Installed: 2015
Last Year Operated: Currently Operating
Section: Modern USA
Other Names and Nicknames:

The Justice League opened for the 2015 season at the site of the 3D Adventure Theater.

Guests ride in small six seat vehicles equipment with lazer guns at each seat. The riders use the guns to shoot at evil targets as they travel through the 20,000 square foot ride. The ride’s scenes include props, movies and other images viewed through 3d glasses. The goal is to save several superheros that have been kidnapped by villains.

The ride has 10 ride units.

Props and animatronic characters were manufactured by Sally Manufacturing.

Texas Section

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     The TEXAS section recreates Texas of the old west. It consists of several stores and restaurants themed on the typical cowboy town. 

    The original section consisted of two rides, the Railroad, which is the only original ride still operating in the park, and the Astrolift.

    In addition to the rides, the Texas section featured the Gunfighters, a street show and the Crazy Horse Saloon, the park’s oldest theater show.

    Several stores and restaurants were in the section. 

    The  Chaparral Automobiles were added for the second season in 1962.

    In 1965, the Arena was added to the west of the Railroad tracks. The first show featured circus acts. In 1966, the arena featured a wild-west show. In 1970, the arena was remodeled and featured the Las Voladores Flying Indian Spectacular. The Arena closed in 1974, after the opening of the Music Mill Theater.

    The  Astrolift was removed in 1980. 

    For the 1983 season, the  Spindletop was moved to the site of the Texas Lift. 

    In 1990, the  Texas Giant wooden roller coaster was added. The  Spindletop was removed from the park in 1989, to make way for the photo booth at the exit of the Texas Giant.


    Boomtown was the first section added to the park after it opened. It opened in 1963 in the far northeast corner of the park.  Boomtown was themed as a typical Texas oil field town during the oil boom of the 1890’s and 1900’s.

    The Boomtown station house opened with Boomtown, allowing the Six Flags Railroad to begin dropping passengers off on the far side of the park. Prior to opening of Boomtown, the Railroad ran nonstop round trips only.

    The Six Flags Carousel and the Sky Hook were other original boomtown attraction. 

    In 1964, the  Caddo War Canoes were moved from the Confederacy to Boomtown.

    In 1966, the park’s first major roller coaster, the Runaway Mine Train was added in the boomtown section.

    At the end of the 1968 session, the Sky Hook was removed.  The Mini Mine Train opened the next season, in approximately the same location.

    In 1972, Miniature Six Flags Model opened in the Texas Travel Exhibit. At the end of that season, the Boomtown station was removed and replaced with the Good Times Square Station on the opposite side of the tracks. The model was removed in the late 70’s or early 80’s.

    At the end of the 1982 season,the  Caddo War Canoes were removed from the park.

    At the end of the 1985 season, the Merry Go Round was removed for reconstruction.  When it returned, it was placed at the Front Gate.

    In 1989, the  Texas Tornado Swing Ride was moved to old site of the Carousel.

    In 1997, a new Boomtown Station replaced the Good Times Square Station.

Section Boomtown

Chaparral Antique Cars

Year Installed: 1962
Last Year Operated: Currently Operating
Section: Texas
Manufacturer: Arrow Development
Other Names and Nicknames:

The Chaparral Antique Car ride is the second oldest continuously operating ride in the park, surpassed in age only by the Six Flags Railroad. The ride was first open in the park’s second season, 1962. The ride is known as “Chaps” to the employees and “the old timey cars” to the guest. It consists of a fleet of small gas power automobiles which are “driven” around a peaceful track by the guests. While the steering wheels and gas pedals are operational, a runner in the middle of the track keeps the cars from being driven outside the boundaries of the road.

Chaparral horseless Carriages, Probably 1961.
Note the Uniforms of the Employees and the name Chaparral on the Grill.
The Cars were probably just turned for the picture.

The ride was initially themed on the Chaparral Motoring Company of Cleburne, Texas, which produced Automobiles introduced in 1911. For years a sign inside the Chaps queue house documented the story of the automotive company. (The sign has since been removed.)

Chap cars – 1985.

        The ride was modeled after the Happy Motoring Freeway, which was essentially the same ride with more modern car bodies. Happy Motoring was opened in the first season and a second track was added in 1962 when the Chaparral ride was open. In contrast to the Chaparral cars, the Happy Motoring cars where know as the “Modern” cars by the Guests. From 1962 until Happy One was closed in 1980, the park operated three motoring tracks. (One Happy Motoring track was removed in 1980, the other in 1986).

Chaps Que House – 1985.

The ride is located in the Texas station, near the Texas Railroad station, and for years sat in a peaceful location, far from the noise of any thrill rides or noisy attractions. Now it is in the shadow of the Texas Giant

Chaparral cars, Late 60’s, early 70s

When the ride opened, there were twenty-two cars. Little has change on the ride over the years. The Que house and garage are essentially the same as they were in 1962. Some of the attractions visible from the track have changed, but little on the track itself is different. One change that comes and goes is the removal of the car’s tops. In the early 1970’s the tops were removed, making the cars convertibles (see below picture). The tops were restored and have recently again been removed and the cars are now “convertibles”.

Chaparral Cars, around 1974.

Chap Queue-house and cars as they appear today.