Alexander: Who here’s ready for a “Six Flags Day”?
(consider carefully before answering)
Today we’re visiting what was — for a lot of ACE South of the Border attendees — the sole remaining SixFlags park to check off their lists: Six Flags Mexico.
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I’m still missing a few (La Ronde, Six Flags America, and Six Flags Over Texas), but the most out-of-the-way Six Flags park is now squared away on my roster!
The rather large park (the largest in Latin America, if I’m not mistaken) has a good reputation; anyone who’s visited the Mexico park has insisted that it’s the nicest of the Six Flags properties (although that’s not saying much). Will Six Flags Mexico live up to expectations???
Six Flags Mexico has a Mardi Gras parade! Floats and their pick-up trucks are stored down here. We’ll take a look at the parade a little later.
With 3 train operation, the mid-course brake triggers when a train clears the lift before the train behind it dispatches. You gotta give credit for running 3 trains, but even a great crew can’t prevent numerous butchered rides.
To call it “butchered” may be a bit heavy handed, but as of 2016 Medusa Steel Coaster has suffered two critical performance blows: VR and polyurethane wheels. Medusa’s old steel wheels maintained momentum exceptionally well; poly wheels, while smoother, gradually slow the ride to a crawl before it reaches the station.
The addition of Batman was a significant part of Reino Aventura’s transformation into Six Flags Mexico in 2000. It was the first attraction to bring official DC Comics IP to Latin America and remains Mexico’s only inverted coaster.
Much like other Premier Parks–era acquisitions, Six Flags Mexico received a tremendous number of investments between 1999-2002, including 3 marquee roller coasters, a verging-on-excessive flat ride package, and numerous infrastructural developments.
As much as I’d like to rate the overall experience based on my perfect front seat ride, I have to take into account that 75% of my rides were disappointments. A lot is lost when the return to the station is taken at a glacial pace.
Six Flags Mexico has a lot in common with other Six Flags properties, but certain aspects of the park are distinctly Mexican – like this bizarre halfpipe basketball challenge. The probably wouldn’t fly in the United States for one reason or another.
The Vekoma coasters here definitely liken SFM to its Premier Parks brethren (Six Flags New England, Discovery Kingdom, Elitch Gardens, etc), but the unique Superman was ultimately Six Flag’s only Morgan Manufacturing coaster.
Of all the S&S towers that have peppered Six Flags properties over the years, Six Flags Mexico’s Kilauea is certainly the best looking (and the only multi-tower complex other than Cedar Point’s Power Tower to feature a rounded top).
WRONG. Premier Parks opted for the knock off version: a SBF Dance Party. The Hawaiian-themed barf machine is the only other ride in the Six Flags Chain that makes use of the trademark for “Voodoo” (spelled “Vudu” in Spanish) that was first filed for Six Flags Discovery Kingdom’s Top Spin, and later famously lead to the emergency re-branding of Dorney Park’s Possessed coaster.
Any Six Flags Discovery Kingdom fans around? You’d recognize Six Flags Mexico’s Joker as Tony Hawk’s Big Spin / Pandemonium. When the ride came to Mexico in 2013 it received a fairly elaborate theme package including a functioning funhouse as part of the ride’s queue (similarly, Medusa Steel Coaster features a repurposed tilt house at the beginning of its queue).
Located between Superman and the park’s entrance is an excellent rapids ride that resolutely drenches guests with various water features – its most notable being a series of fountains disguised as children spitting on guests (and one boy PEEING on guests; a hilarious holdover from the Rieno Aventura days that somehow escaped corporate cleansing).
A precursor to the ubiquitous Huss Top Spin, the prototype Vekoma Waikiki Wave appeared at Louisville’s Kentucky Kingdom as Quake. The non-inverting Quake was ultimately a failure due to mechanical problems, as well as a offering an exceedingly gentle experience for such an intimidating attraction.
The Waikiki Wave SuperFlip came about when the ability to lock the ride’s vehicle in place was developed, which lead to numerous thrilling programming opportunities. Huracan can flip like a Top Spin or rotate its arms independently thanks to a hinge joint on the right arm.
That big grey box behind Huracan is Dark Knight, a Mack mouse identical to the Dark Knight at Great Adventure and Great America. Intended originally for Six Flags New England, construction began before all building permits were approved. Zoning agreements were never reached and the project was rerouted to Mexico. Ironically, a similar situation plagued Superman el Último Escape, which opened 3 years after it was announced.
In addition to floats, the parade includes several troops of dancers (note the building in the background; that’s Medusa’s exit shop. The “Iron Horse Mining Co.” is a nod to the RMC Iron Horse track that composes Medusa Steel Coaster.
Speaking of Medusa, the only way to get good pictures of it is to take your camera into the queue. Medusa’s queue is VERY LONG. In order to ride, you have to go back out of the queue and put your camera in a locker. Because my desire to not deal with Six Flag’s arbitrary locker hogwash far outweighs my desire to take good pictures of Medusa, good pictures of Medusa did not happen.
I did, however, walk down to the park’s main entrance so I could see the entire entrance midway. Once through the main gate, the midway does a “?” shape around this tea cup ride, and then slopes upward past the rapids and Superman.
Pueblo Mexicano leads to a central intersection, which is part of Pueblo Francés (French Village) and home to this beautiful double-decker carousel and a dolphin exhibit (former home of Free Willy star and Reino Aventura star attraction, Keiko the orca). Joker and Pueblo Polineso (Polynesian Village) are to the left, Peublo Vaquero (Cowboy Village) and Medusa are to the right.
Behind the carousel is Pueblo Suizo (Swiss Village), which is home to the only coaster in the park I forgot to take a picture of: a Vekoma Rollerskater called Roller. There’s no pictures of it for the same reason there’s no decent pictures of Dark Knight: Six Flags locker policies. Never made it back to that area with my camera.
But what’s this? Right next door there’s another double-swinging-looping thing? And it’s completely abandoned! At first I thought it was a Zamperla Hawk (a la Hammerhead Shark at Discovery Kingdom), but it’s actually a rare SBF Space Gun!
The proximity in which these two rides are situated is baffling. They opened the same year, do very similar things, and are RIGHT NEXT TO EACH OTHER (although Catapult is in Pueblo Suizo and Cuandero (“The Healer”) is in Pueblo Polineso).
I will say though that the obligatory Johnny Rockets is right at home in the Hollywood area, since both invoke the idea of 1950s Americana. (also, does it look like this burger is sweating to you? It looks like he’s sweating sesame seeds. Is he nervous that maybe his burgers suck? Spoiler: they do).
Six Flags Mexico lacks a log flume (and there doesn’t seem to be any record of one ever being here), but a Hopkins Shoot-the-Chute called Splash (super original name) calls Hollywood home. Next to Splash is an advertisement for the waterpark that Six Flags acquired last year.
This ENORMOUS motor stunt show is actually the largest thing in Hollywood. I guess you could say that anything related to show business, entertainment, and blockbuster films (like DC Comics) are Hollywood-related by default.
But anything in the area explicitly related to Hollywood has to be looked for, like this Beverly Hills-themed shop. There’s also a tiny replica of the Hollywood sign behind Boomerang that’s so pitiful and overlooked that I didn’t bother to document it.
Tomorrow is already our last day in Mexico! Sadness!
The good news is we have a full day at Mexico’s best park, La Féria Chapultepec Mágico, and we check out surprisingly awesome indoor kiddie park Perimagico. For now check out these new CCK and CCCK reports you don’t want to miss: