Aquaman: Power Wave
Six Flags Over Texas
LocationSix Flags Over Texas
Park sectionUSA
Coordinates32°45′22″N 97°04′16″W / 32.756°N 97.071°W / 32.756; -97.071Coordinates: 32°45′22″N 97°04′16″W / 32.756°N 97.071°W / 32.756; -97.071
StatusUnder construction
Opening date2023 (2023)[1]
ReplacedAquaman Splashdown
General statistics
TypeSteel – Shuttle – Launched
ManufacturerMack Rides
Lift/launch systemLSM launch
Height146.3 ft (44.6 m)
Length708.7 ft (216.0 m)
Speed62.1 mph (99.9 km/h)
Max vertical angle90°
Capacity731 riders per hour
Trains2 trains with a single car. Riders are arranged 4 across in 5 rows for a total of 20 riders per train.
Aquaman: Power Wave at RCDB
Pictures of Aquaman: Power Wave at RCDB

Aquaman: Power Wave is an upcoming steel launch shuttle roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, Texas themed to the DC Comics character Aquaman.[2]

History

On August 29, 2019, Six Flags Over Texas announced Aquaman: Power Wave for the 2020 season of the park.[2][3][4] The roller coaster replaced the former Aquaman Splashdown attraction near the park entrance.[4] Aquaman: Power Wave is considered one of the top 10 new roller coasters anticipated for the 2020 season according to USA Today.[5] Construction of the new roller coaster started and finished in February of 2020.[6][7]

Due to the growing concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic, Six Flags announced a suspension of operations across the company on March 13, 2020.[8] This included all operations at Six Flags Over Texas, including the prep work for the new coaster. The park resumed operations on June 19, 2020, with Aquaman: Power Wave still fenced in for construction.[9] Earlier in April of 2020, Six Flags announced measures for the company to survive the coronavirus pandemic, including deferring capital projects across the company that was slated for the 2020 season.[10] In December 2020, Six Flags Over Texas responded to a user on Twitter questioning the status of Aquaman: Power Wave.[11] The park stated that the coaster will now open in 2022.[11][12]

On the 60th anniversary of the park (August 5, 2021), Six Flags Over Texas announced that Aquaman: Power Wave would feature two 20-passenger boats and a turntable station.[13] Originally, when the roller coaster was announced, the ride was to feature just one boat and no turntable station.[2]

The park announced on all their social media accounts a third delay to the roller coaster, setting the new ride to open for the 2023 season.[1][14] Citing the effects of supply chain issues and labor shortages, help caused for the delay.[14][15]

Ride experience

Aquaman: Power Wave will be similar to the Pulsar roller coaster at Walibi Belgium.
Aquaman: Power Wave will be similar to the Pulsar roller coaster at Walibi Belgium.

Aquaman: Power Wave will be 146.3 feet (44.6 m) in height, reaches a maximum speed of 62.1 miles per hour (99.9 km/h), and a track length of 708.7 feet (216.0 m).[2] The ride will feature just one car, which will seat 20 riders in 5 rows of 4 riders each. The ride will accommodate a maximum of 731 riders per hour.[16]

Once riders are loaded, the train then accelerates backwards over a small hill before travelling through a straight section of track. This straight section of track forms the ride's splashdown pool, which is empty at this point in the ride. The car then travels part of the way up a vertical spike of track before travelling forwards over the hill. The car then launches forward into a second vertical spike and comes back down before entering a third backwards launch. While the car is on the vertical spike at the back end of the ride's layout, the splashdown pool fills with water in approximately six seconds. The car then travels down the spike and enters the splashdown pool, which is now filled with water. This serves to slow the car down before the end of the ride to unload riders.

References

  1. ^ a b @SixFlagsOverTX (July 6, 2022). "RIDE UPDATE: ... AQUAMAN: Power Wave will officially open in spring 2023" (Tweet). Retrieved July 7, 2022 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ a b c d Rodriguez, Jiselle (August 29, 2019). "Six Flag Over Texas announces water-coaster 'Aquaman: Power Wave' to make a big splash in 2020". WFAA.com. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
  3. ^ "Six Flags Over Texas will be open year-round in 2020, add new water coaster". Fox4News.com. August 29, 2019. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Ciesco, Tim (August 29, 2019). "Six Flags, Hurricane Harbor Announce 2020 Attractions, Park to Stay Open Year Round". NBCDFW.com. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
  5. ^ Levine, Arthur (January 4, 2020). "The 10 most anticipated roller coasters of 2020: Iron Gwazi, Orion, Aquaman: Power Wave". USATODAY.com. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
  6. ^ "Six Flags' new Aquaman roller-coaster the 'first-of-its-kind'". KWTX.com. February 10, 2020. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
  7. ^ "New Aquaman 'Power Wave' coaster looks to make a splash with guests at Six Flags Over Texas". KLTV.com. March 5, 2020. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
  8. ^ "Six Flags Over Texas, Six Flags Fiesta Texas suspend operations through the end of March". March 13, 2020. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  9. ^ "Six Flags Over Texas and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Announce Reopening Dates". June 4, 2020. Retrieved June 4, 2020.
  10. ^ Smith, Rich (April 8, 2020). "Six Flags Suspends Dividend, Withdraws Guidance". NASDAQ.com. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
  11. ^ a b @SixFlagsOverTX (December 12, 2020). "We're looking forward to the opening of AQUAMAN: Power Wave, now coming in 2022!..." (Tweet). Retrieved January 7, 2021 – via Twitter.
  12. ^ @SixFlagsOverTX (January 1, 2021). "...We plan on opening Aquaman: Power Wave in 2022" (Tweet). Retrieved January 7, 2021 – via Twitter.
  13. ^ "Six Flags Over Texas Announces 'Pirates of Speelunker Cave' Ride". Six Flags Over Texas. August 5, 2021. Retrieved August 5, 2021.
  14. ^ a b Wedding, Paul (July 7, 2022). "New Aquaman ride at Six Flags Over Texas still yet to surface due to supply chain, labor issues". WFAA. Retrieved August 4, 2022.
  15. ^ "Aquaman: Power Wave Debut Delayed Again to 2023". SFOT Source. July 7, 2022. Retrieved July 6, 2022.
  16. ^ Marden, Duane. "Aquaman: Power Wave  (Six Flags Over Texas)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved July 24, 2020.