Out of all of the parks that we had previously visited in 2013 with Theme Park Review, this may have been my personal favorite park in Mexico. While many Six Flags parks are not known for having top of the line levels of themeing with their use of cutouts and signs, and the amount of advertisements that are all over the place, Six Flags Mexico is different than the rest of the chain. Sure other Six Flags parks have larger coasters and larger collections of them, but Six Flags Mexico has a higher quality for the park overall in terms of its cleanliness, and the level of themeing for the park. And for this visit to Mexico, this was the only park out of the larger ones to have all of their roller coasters operating. Granted, the fact that they were hosting Carnival del Terror (their Halloween event) may have played a role in these operations, it was still nice to be able to ride all of them, including two that would be new for this visit.
While the main festivities of the Carnival would come later in the evening, the park was well decorated for the event from spider webs above the walkways, to Catarinas and skulls to pay homage to Dia de los Muertos, and a variety of other fun decorations as well.
During the day before Festival del Terror, to help drum up interest in purchasing a pass for the haunted mazes, some of the scareactors roamed around the park in one of the main plazas for photo opportunities, and in some cases an early scare.
In the previous visit with Theme Park Review, there coasters that really stood out like that of Superman el Ultimo Escape, the Morgan hyper coaster with some great airtime, and is certainly has the best themed queue of any Superman coaster in Six Flags since you walk through a replica Daily Planet office. Over the course of the day, this would be one of the longest lines in the park, with the exception being that of one of the two new coasters experienced a bit later. The Joker, a spinning coaster from Gerstlauer, is also among those that have a great themed queue because of the fun house that you walk through before going to the loading area of the coaster. I appreciate that they periodically send people through so as to allow you to go through as you would a normal fun house, rather than to just make the line in the fun house.
Other coasters at the park that had been here since the last visit included Tsunami, a Zierer family style coaster; Batman the Ride, a Vekoma SLC that was actually relatively smooth; Boomerang, which is one of the first of this model from Vekoma ever to be built; Roller, a Vekoma junior coaster that is more or less a shameless credit; and the Dark Knight, an indoor wild mouse themed to the Christopher Nolan film of the same title. As all of these are cloned coasters, they in themselves are not unique, but they do combine to make a decent collection for the park, especially when combined with Superman.
The new additions to the park since that last visit include the park’s newest, Wonder Woman. The S&S Free-Fly style coaster is certainly not new to the Six Flags Chain as several of the parks have added one to their location over the past few years, but if they are going to add multiple replicas, at least this is a really good one to replicate. Thanks to the design of the ride and the way it spins freely other than some mechanisms to help it spin more, you could have a different ride experience each time depending on the weight distribution.
The other addition was perhaps one of the most anticipated coasters for this whole trip, and that was Medusa Steel Coaster. Back in 2013, this was the former Medusa wooden coaster that was designed by Custom Coasters International, and while it wasn’t a terrible ride, it wasn’t exactly memorable either, so when the park announced that this was undergoing the RMC treatment, it was interesting to see what they would do with it.
For starters, in continuing with the park being the best regarding themeing, they took one of the park’s old walk through attractions where everything was leaning and it used optical illusions to give the impression that objects were defying gravity, and made it into part of the coasters queue, so as to give the impression that you were in an area under the curse of Medusa. There were also subtle touches, such as people having been turned into steel by looking into Medusa’s eyes as opposed to stone to go along with the coasters new name and use of steel track as part of its renovation.
The ride itself was what many have come to expect from an RMC coaster, a really twisted and fast paced ride with all kinds of spots for airtime. In the ranks of RMC coasters, I would say that this one is in the middle of the pack for those I’ve ridden since it isn’t as good as Steel Vengeance at Cedar Point, or Lightning Rod at Dollywood, or Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City, but it is definitely a highlight coaster for the park, and would be one of the top rides at many amusement parks in the world. Medusa also does a great job of utilizing the terrain that it sits in for giving it the feeling of being a bigger coaster.
As the evening darkness started to approach, the Festival del Terror officially began with the Zombie Walk, where scareactors from the different haunted mazes and the scare zones were in a sort of parade going through the park. It was great to see that there would be a large variety of themes for the haunted mazes that evening based on the attire of those in this walk.
As for the haunted mazes, there were ten in total to experience. The quality of them ranged from being okay to excellent, as some had really well planned layouts to help enhance the opportunities to create scares in the maze, and some of the scareactors were really into it. Another feature of the better haunts for the event were the way one of the scareactors would have an opening speech at the beginning to set the tone of the maze, and would sometimes set-up the first big scare as visitors became fixated on the speaker. Even though I didn’t speak Spanish, the mannerisms of tone of voice were effective in conveying the general emotion that the speaker was going for, so not knowing Spanish isn’t a big deal for these haunted houses as I still really enjoyed them.
The circus and clown themed Payasos Siniestros may have been my favorite as the first couple of scareactors you interacted with before going into the heart of the maze found very subtle ways to make you feel uncomfortable to throw you off your guard to allow for better opportunities to be scared. Other great mazes that were featured included La Morgue Abandonada, and Rituales El Final which had a bit of a cult ceremony feel to it.
The other great thing about Halloween events like this one is being able to enjoy some of the awesome coasters at night! This would be my first time experiencing the coasters of Six Flags Mexico in darkness. Superman really benefits from the darkness as its height allows you to take in some really cool nighttime views, and Medusa gives an even more disorienting and thrilling ride in the shroud of darkness.
At the conclusion of the evening, it was time to head back to the hotel. This was an awesome day at Six Flags Mexico, which I would say is certainly in my top three parks of the Six Flags chain, and is still my favorite park in Mexico. I look forward to the chance to come back and experience it again in the future.
So the next day, much like the day before Six Flags, would be a bit of a lazy day as I stuck around the hotel area. I did go for a walk to a nearby mall for a while, but otherwise it was another more relax day. The final day in Mexico would begin with a great surprise!
See more of the 2018 Mexico Trip:
1: The Journey South / 2: A Day in Monterrey / 3: More Mexican Coasters / 4: Exploring Guadalajara /
5: Looking for Guadalajara Coasters / 6: Selva Magica / 7: A Night of Lucha Libre / 8: Cancun / 9: Back to Mexico City /
10: Día de los Muertos Parade / 11: La Feria Chapultepec Magico / 12: Six Flags Mexico / 13: ¡Kataplum! /
14: Día de los Muertos in Mixqic