Our family attended the annual Homeschool Day at Six Flags Over Texas on May 8th. Since we have been making an annual trip to Disneyland, it has been several years since we have gone to Six Flags since it tends to pale in comparision. The park did not open for this event until 11:00 am and closed at 6:00 pm so we really had a limited amount of time. As you enter from the turnstiles this is the entry plaza.
My daughter is not a thrill seeker but does love the smaller rides. We spent lots of time on their Silver Star Carousel so I have several shots of it.
They could use a boot repairman.
There were some unique paintings in the center.
There were also some unusual colors on the horses.
This one was having a bad hair day.
A celebrity siting! Both Batman and Superman!
Superman is a really devoted dad!
We saw a few other celebrities....
He may be ready for Dancing With the Stars before long.
We were pleasantly surprised to see the park actually in pretty fair condition compared to our last experience. I was prone to notice missing paint and other things that needed attention. One of the train stations particularly needed a carpenter to drive some of the nails back in on the roof. (I would faint if I saw this at Disneyland!)
Scenery from on the train. Mexico!
Okay, I am a slow shot! They do have an Indian Village.
Never saw this before but a nice tribute to Texas' Alamo and a good "Kodak moment" spot.
I somehow think it would look better without the gum wads on the light post.
Everything does come bigger in Texas..... especially the sitting places!
They have added some new fair type rides that take up little spaces. Not really sure what I think of giant boots.
But our guys thought the bull ride was probably one of the funnest things they did all day.
My son is a nut, by the way! He gets it from his father, of course.
We hung out a good part of the time in the Looney Toons area.
My daughter loved riding the kiddie rides and helping the kids smaller than her. This was the SPEEDY GONZALESí Truckiní Across America ride.
They still have the old timey cars or the Chaparral Antique Cars that I remember from way back when. I love their designs and the gas pedal is SOOOOO much easier to push than Autotopia's! Apparently, Henry Ford was a wise man....
I forgot.... I did take my family on one thrill ride.... I DROVE!
Another of my favorite rides from long ago was the log ride, El Aserradero. I spent my time amusing myself in line by annoying my son.
The wait in line was longer than the ride! I don't remember it being that short! Splash is sooooo much better!
Finally! One ride from my memory that is still good. (Well, it was actually even better when it was the Spelunker's Cave but that was eons ago) Now it is Yosemite Sam's Wild River Adventure. IMHO this has got to be one of Six Flags best rides. It is a fun ride, for the entire family and well themed. My apologies for not having better pics. I adhered to the no flash rules of DL.
There's gold on this here ride!
Elmer Fudd is the first character we see.
Sherriff Bugs fills us in on who's going to steal the gold.
Speedy was Bug's deputy.
The Roadrunner kept popping up here and there.
Of course, Wiley Coyote was not far behind. He got caught in his own trap.
Daffy was trying to sell some sort of Texas brew.
Yosemite Sam tried his best to drop a rock on our heads.
The posse discusses how to capture Sam.
Sam blows himself up!
Daffy and Sam have a shootout!
Bugs has a surprise for Sam.
The criminal is brought to justice.
No one in our family likes roller coasters, so sorry guys, no coaster photos. I should feel really bad about not getting any pics too because Six Flags appears to cater to folks that love the thrills. There were probably 3 or 4 new coasters since the last time we were there and it looked like they were working on at least another 2 new ones while we were there this trip.
There were a few other rides we rode but a lot of the day was spent walking. I must say that Walt Disney really knew what he was doing when he designed a central hub that connects to most of the outer lands. I believe we were actually more tired from one day at Six Flags than we would have been from a day at Disneyland. My husband did also make the observation that it was a lot easier to get "home" after a day at Disneyland. The traffic really stunk driving home 2 hours VS. walking across Harbor Blvd.!
So over all... we may go back in a few years but Six Flags in no way generates the excitement that Disneyland does for our family.