Six Flags Over Texas to add three rides near Batman roller coaster

Six Flags Over Texas will add three rides next spring near its Batman roller coaster in the Gotham City section of the park.

The announcement Thursday came as Grand Prairie-based Six Flags Entertainment unveiled plans for new rides and attractions at its 18 North American parks. No information on construction costs was given, but Six Flags has said in the past that it sets aside 9 percent of annual revenue for new rides and attractions the next season.

Six Flags Over Texas President Steve Martindale said the 214-acre theme park has plenty of room for its new attractions without sacrificing older ones. The additions will accommodate 1,000 riders per hour.

“We’re not taking anything out,” he said. “As a matter of fact, we’ve had a huge effort this year and will continue next year to increase our capacity and decrease ride [wait] time.”

The new rides

▪ The Riddler Revenge will be an oversize pendulum-style ride that will swing riders back and forth while rotating counterclockwise. “The ride will propel 40 riders at speeds of nearly 70 miles per hour higher and higher until they experience a feeling of weightlessness at 147 feet in the air,” according to a news release.

▪ Catwoman Whip will spin and tilt 48 riders, sitting in rows of two, in a circular motion, building up speed as the ride whips around.

▪ Harley Quinn Spinsanity, a redesign of the popular Crazy Legs ride, will send riders spinning, twisting and swirling. The resdesign will help it blend with the Gotham City section, said park spokeswoman Sharon Parker.

Six Flags said the new rides, being added in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment, will expand the Gotham City section of the park to create “the ultimate battle of Batman versus the Rogue’s Gallery of Super-Villains.”

Martindale said the new rides reach for the sky.

“The Riddler Revenge is 147 feet tall and has a lot of action in the air,” he said. “It’s going to be visually appealing and fun to watch. These rides will alter our skyline again.”

Asked if the moment of weightlessness on the Riddler Revenge might require air-sickness bags, Martindale replied: “I think people will be able to stand in the street and make a decision on whether this ride is right for them.”

Robert Cadwallader: 817-390-7186, @Kaddmann_ST

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