By Panther Modern
This timeline is courtesy of
SixFlagsHouston.com. Used with permission.
Additions, corrections and comments should be emailed
Judge Roy Hofheinz (former county
judge, Houston mayor (1952-1955), and Houston Astro's team owner) opens
Astroworld, Houston's first major theme park.
The eight themed areas
consist of: Alpine Valley,
Plaza de Fiesta,
Oriental Corner, and
Original major attractions:
610 Limited Train
o Alpine Carousel
o Alpine Sleigh Ride (dark ride through Der Hohfheinzberg Mountain)
o Astroway (VonRoll Sky Cars)
o Astrowheel (double ferris wheel)
o Barnyard Petting Zoo
o Black Dragon (spider/monster ride)
o Crystal Palace Theater
o The Happening (scrambler)
o Le Taxi (later Antique Taxis)
o Lost World Adventure (jungle boat ride through Rio Misterio)
o Maypole (tea cups)
o Mill Pond (bumper boats)
o Shooting Gallery
o Skyrama (later Astroneedle)
o Spinout (car ride)
o Rub-a-Dub (nursery rhyme themed boat ride)
o Wagon Wheel (Chance trabant).
Bamboo Shoot log flume opens in Oriental
The Serpent, a junior steel children's coaster, opens in Oriental
Village as Astroworld's first roller coaster.
Fun Island themed area opens.
Shack funhouse opens on Fun Island.
The Happening scrambler is renamed
Orbiter and enclosed in a Modville walled structure.
Barrel of Fun rotor ride is added to
Mod Shop opens in
Country Fair themed area opens,
Dexter Freebish Electric Roller Ride (steel mine train roller
Country Fair Carousel,
o The Nickelodeon,
o Horseless Carriage Pavilian museum and
Der Fender Bender (bumper cars).
Astroworld's official mascot, debuts.
Seal Pond added to
– Swamp Buggy Ride (a Chance toboggan ride
themed in a hollow tree) opens on
Marvel McFey theater opens in
"Dancing Waters" and "Fantasy of Fire" shows added to
the Lagoon Theater.
Concert stage constructed at the base of the Skyrama.
Six Flags AstroWorld
Mill Pond removed.
swinging chair Yo-Yo ride opens at site of Mill Pond.
Swamp Buggy removed.
Six Flags Corporation leases Astroworld.
Coney Island themed area opens.
Theater opens in
Astroworld Season Passes debut this season.
Lost World River Adventure is renamed The River of No Return.
Cyclone (wooden twister roller coaster) opens.
Horizons Theater opens in
old Orbiter structure.
The Orbiter is renamed Runaway Rickshaws and
Black Dragon is moved from Oriental Corner to
Island and renamed Razzmatazz.
Maypole is removed as a result of a park
Rub-a-Dub is removed.
Bamboo Shoot is renovated and given new
Seatbelts are added to last car in Texas Cyclone.
Aquarena Theater is built and features
dolphin performances (Skipper and Dolly).
Boogie Fog Disco is added to
Country Fair area.
Country Fair Carousel is removed.
Modville area is
renamed International Plaza.
Seatbelts are added to all Texas Cyclone
Greezed Lightnin' (Schwarzkopf steel
shuttle loop roller coaster) opens in Western Junction.
Whirling Dervish (flying bobs) is added to
A Greezed Lightnin' railroad crossing is added.
Serpent is re-profiled to
remove a dip.
Seat dividers are added to Texas Cyclone trains.
Theater is enclosed and renamed Showcase Theater.
Lagoon Grandstand opens with stunt skier
Barrel of Fun is removed.
"A Touch of Elvis" show runs in
The track on the south bend of Texas Cyclone is lowered 2
feet so the trains won't stall in high winds.
A new brake system is added to
Air operated gates are added to the Greezed Lightnin'
Astroneedle receives a new cabin (Intamin).
The Big Red Barn company picnic facility
Thunder River, the world's first river rapids ride, opens.
Thunder River railroad crossing is added.
Dexter Frebish roller coaster is
damaged by dump trunk during Thunder River construction.
brakes are reversed to allow quicker stopping of the train.
Country Fair is remodeled into
Nottingham Village themed area.
Dexter Frebish Electric Roller Ride is
Astrowheel is removed.
Der Fender Bender is renamed
Warp 10 (Huss Troika) is added to
Astroway recieves all new cars and a computer control system.
rolling stock (PTC trains) are changed following an injury lawsuit.
Crystal Palace introduces "The Great
Texas Longhorn Revue" robotic cow show.
Showcase Theater debuts "Here's
Joust About is removed and the building is converted into
Construction begins on WaterWorld.
Texas Cyclone's 3" and 5"
wide track rails are all replaced with 6" wide track rails.
SkyScreamer (10-story Intamin freefall
ride) opens in
Plaza de Fiesta.
WaterWorld water park opens adjacent to
Double chairs are removed from Gunslinger.
railroad station is added.
Greezed Lightnin's track is re-profiled and the
drive panel is modified.
Texas Cyclone's transfer track is modified after
an employee accident.
XLR-8 (Arrow suspended roller coaster)
The Alpine Sleigh Ride is removed.
The Magical World of Marvel McFey (children's area) is closed.
Enchanted Kingdom children's area
opens adjacent to European Village.
Discovery Mountain opens at the site of
The River of No Return is removed.
Whirling Dervish is
removed and replaced by a Tilt-a-Whirl.
Spinout is removed.
Le Taxis is
moved to International Plaza area and renamed Antique Taxis.
The River Ride educational
boat ride opens at the site of River of No Return.
Southern Star Amphitheater opens.
Lapbar straps are added to
The River Ride is renamed The
Bugs Bunny and other Warner characters replace Marvel McFey and
The Shanghai Chinese Acrobatic Troupe performs at Showcase
Videocity dance club opens in
New brake system is
added to Texas Cyclone.
Looping Starship, an inverted swinging
ship, replaces Warp 10 in
The Chonqing Chinese Acrobats
perform in Showcase Theater.
The Bugs Bunny Wonder Circus debuts in
"Fright Nights" Halloween event debuts.
One of the
original two railroad steam engine trains is sold.
Air operated gates are
installed in the Texas Cyclone queue.
The U.S. High Diving Team show replaces
the ski show.
A Laser/Fireworks show is added.
The Wacky Shack is closed.
Warp 10 returns as Warp 2000 in
"A Midsummer Night's Scream" show plays in Showcase Theater.
Bull and General Electric railroad trains added.
Texas Cyclone's transfer
track is rebuilt as a complete loop.
Texas Cyclone is retrofitted with new
Morgan "Coffin Car" trains (following yet another injury lawsuit).
Tidal Wave (shoot-the-chutes water ride)
opens in Plaza de Fiesta.
Astroworld "Holiday in the Park" winter event
Videocity is removed.
The Wetlands boat ride is removed.
A Waterworld in-park railroad crossing is constructed.
The Viper (Schwarzkopf looping star
roller coaster) is added to Oriental Village.
The Runaway Rickshaws is
moved to Knottingham Village and renamed Joust-a-bout.
The "Stars of the U.S.S.R." show premiers in Showcase Theater.
Excalibur receives a new lapbar system.
The Antique Taxis track is shortened.
"Diapers" are added
to XLR-8 (to keep oil and crud off park guests).
Ultra Twister, a unique TOGO heartline
rollercoaster, opens near
"Ghost Town" is removed from
the 610 Limited track.
A filtration system is added to Tidal Wave to
keep the water clean.
A Bugs Bunny 50th birthday celebration takes place.
Condor, a portable tower flat-ride,
operates for one year in Coney Island.
Whirling Dervish/Tilt-a-Whirl is removed.
Sid and Marty Krofft's "Blast!"
show begins a two year run in Showcase Theater.
Air conditioning is added
to the Astroneedle.
Gunslinger receives new computer console and PA
Texas Cyclone's north bend is smoothed and leveled and the lapbar
straps are removed from the trains.
Ultra Twister receives a new dispatch
Adventure Rivers of Texas (waterslide ride) is
A Batman fireworks show debuts in Lagoon Theater.
John Bull railroad train is removed.
Batman: The Escape (Intamin stand-up
steel roller coaster) opens in European Village.
Discovery Mountain closes.
An "Incredible Acrobats of China" show plays in
the Showcase Theater.
The "Dennis the Menace Screen Test" show plays in
The "Legends in Concert" show plays in Showcase Theater.
The "Fright Nights" Halloween event is renamed "Fright Fest".
themed area is renamed USA.
A Batman railroad crossing
Excalibur's brakes are reversed again.
The Plaza de Fiesta themed
area is renamed Mexicana.
The World Globe is removed from the
The side guard is removed from Batman
The Police Academy stunt show
Mayan Mindbender (indoor rollercoaster)
is added to Oriental Village, replacing the mini-golf course.
Taxis' double tracks are combined into one track.
Ratcheting lapbars are
added to Tidal Wave.
Looney Toons Land displaces the
Dungeon Drop, a 20 story free-fall ride,
is added to Knottingham Village.
Barnstormer sky-coaster is added.
Adventure Rivers is
Trough of first Texas Cyclone drop is raised 6
All railroad crossing arms are automated by switch on
"Spring Break Out Extreme!" sports event takes place
Joustabout scrambler is removed.
acrobatic diving show debuts.
A new computer system is installed on Greezed
XLR-8's restraints are modified.
Taz's Texas Tornado, a four loop
Schwarzkopf coaster, opens in Mexicana.
SkyScreamer is removed.
Theater is removed.
Gunslinger is moved 100 ft to AquaArena location and
the water pond is filled in.
Dentzel Carousel is refurbished and given a
new control and drive system.
Runaway Rickshaws scrambler returns to
"Holiday in the Park" winter operations are cancelled.
Bamboo Shoot flume is re-built with a concrete structure.
Viper receives a new computer control system.
A Taxis railroad crossing is added.
Six Flags Astroworld receives a $16
million capital improvement package which is the largest single year
investment in the park's history (much of this is spent on Waterworld).
Serial Thriller, a Vekoma suspended looping rollercoaster, is added near
A Serial Thriller railroad crossing is added.
Serial Thriller trains are dropped off the transfer track, a new track and
bumper is constructed.
Antique Taxi track is shortened and the entrance is
moved to Coney Island to make room for the Go Karts.
Go Karts is added to
Elizabeth Diesel Hydraulic railroad train is added.
Tornado is renamed Texas Tornado and its ability to run 5 trains is reduced
to 4 and new anti-rollbacks are added after a train rolls down the hill.
Excalibur is removed.
Wagon Wheel is removed due to structural problems.
Astroneedle is closed.
Shooting Gallery is closed.
The last car of each
Batman train is removed to make a third train.
Adventure Rivers (closed for
3 years) is removed.
Thunder River receives rafts from Opryland's Grizzly
River Rampage ride and briefly closes after an accident at Six Flags over
The Batcave portion of Batman: The Escape queue is closed.
Fest" features the only free Alice Cooper's Brutal Planet spookhouse (with
Big Kahuna and Hook's Lagoon is added to revamped Waterworld.
The Astroneedle is removed (and not sent
The Wagon Wheel is re-installed.
"Rock this Country", a country and western show, is added.
"The Great Texas
Longhorn Revue" is removed.
The "Fantasy of Fire" fireworks show is
"American Rock" performs at Showcase Theater.
Monkeys sing at Juke Box Hill in USA area.
The Big Red Barn picnic area is
renamed A&W Ranch.
The Alpine Clock is repaired.
Bamboo Shoot is renamed
Texas Cyclone's trains are rebuilt for its 25th birthday and the
oversized headrests are removed.
New Schwarzkopf OTSR restraints are
installed on rebuilt Texas Tornado trains.
Fast Lane reservations begin for
Cyclone, Batman, Serial Thriller, and Ozarka.
Prime Time exclusive hours
operation is introduced.
Showcase Theater acts include Tommy Drake, Mapapa
African Acrobats, Q Productions, Radio Active, and Ken Whitener.
The Grease Monkeys sing and Rockabilly bands play at
Juke Box Hill in USA
Baird (contortionist fiddler) and "Rock This Country" acts are at Crystal
Looney Tunes Town Big Top and "What's Up Rock?" play at Looney
Warp 2000 is painted dramatic new colors.
A goldfish pond
is added to Oriental Village.
Daffy Dollars park discounts are introduced.
Texas Tornado and Thunder River are closed for most of the season.
An ACE plaque is added to
Thunder River re-opens.
Nottingham games are completely gutted
Eurobungee opens in Mexicana.
WaterWorld becomes themed
section of Astroworld (2 parks, now 1 ticket).
Showcase Theatre is renamed
'Reliant Energy Showcase Theatre'.
A pool game is added to old Shooting
Gallery in Western Junction.
Quarterback Corral is replaced by a Bobs Space
The lift of Ultra Twister is painted.
"Gravity Hill" is
re-tracked on Texas Cyclone.
The handrails along Texas Cyclone's track are
repainted a deep red.
Astroway cars are repainted Red, White and Blue.
Cyclone trains are repainted.
Wok-N-Roll replaces Shanghai Grill in
Yin-Yang is designed into pavement in
Horizons building roof is rebuilt.
Batman's queue area gets new
Foot massagers are added in
train is repainted.
Water canons are added to Bamboo Shoot.
Fire" is retired and replaced with the "Celebrate!" laser show.
Humongous Pass is introduced.
The Mapapa Acrobats return for a limited
The "Blazing Idiots" show is added in
Country" show is added in Crystal Palace.
"Gabby's" BBQ is replaced with
Lift Structure of Tidal Wave is rebuilt.
"Sugar Ray" gets drunk and nearly incites a
riot at Southern Star.
"Time Terror" haunted house replaces "Brutal Planet" for Fright Fest.
XLR-8 trains 2/3rds reversed during Fright Fest, never before
Texas Tornado is removed at the end of the season and is sent to
Six Flags Marine World where it will run in a slightly modified form
AstroWorld opens for its 35th season on March 8, 2003.
Batmobile removed from AstroWorld, sent to Six Flags New Orleans
Batman The Escape has loop repainted.
Carousel horses repainted, roof repaired.
XLR-8 receives new queue line, exit path, continues 1/2 and 1/2
Ultra Twister has switchback (North End) repainted.
Mayan Mindbender has seatbelts installed.
Looping Starship has exit path redone.
Greezed Lightnin' turns 25.
New wooden queue rails line Thunder River.
Chaperone Lounge added on Main Street for
Mini-Loafs are offered as a 35th Anniversary treat!
Foot Massagers added to European Village.
Fast Lane booth removed from Main Street.
Various Main Street buildings repainted.
The Serpent train is repainted.
Dungeon Drop cars are repainted.
Front Gate receives new (faster) registers to help move lines.
2003 map revamped from previous years.
Swat (S&S "Sky Swatter") opens.
Diablo Falls opens.
Batman: The Escape is repainted with midnight blue supports and yellow
Ultra Twister is repainted with blue supports and green track.
XLR -8 is repainted with teal supports and orange track and receives new
Viper's tunnel is repainted.
A new canopy is installed at the front gate.
New Six Flags AstroWorld sign is erected over front gate.
New Six Flags welcome sign and electronic LED scroll sign added to parking
Freeway side of Reliant Showcase Theatre repainted.
Old Excalibur theming returns to Nottingham Village.
Admission this year is $41.99. Parking is $8.00.
Serial Thriller and Ultra Twister are repainted.
Admission this year is $41.99. Parking is $8.00.