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Enjoy the ride!
|One of the two loops.|
|Designer / calculations||Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH|
|Type||Steel - Virtual reality|
|Riders per train||28|
|Propulsion||Chain lift hill|
Top speed60 mph
When Shock Wave opened on 22 April 1978, it was the tallest complete-circuit roller coaster in the world, at 116 feet tall. It was overtaken only weeks later by the Loch Ness Monster at Bush Gardens: The Old Country.
While not the fastest, scariest, or most technically advanced ride today, it still is ideal for younger riders looking to go on their first "upside down" roller coaster as well as nostalgics and coaster enthusiasts
The ride is built on Johnson Creek real estate, and had to temporarily close in the 2004 season because of a flood. Shock Wave temporarily closed again in early 2008 for an extensive remodeling.
Shockwave was closed for much of the 2013 season due to an unknown maintenance problem.
In 2016, the ride received virtual reality headgear showing a New Revolution film that many other Six Flags parks received.
After the 116 feet lift hill, a 180-degree right-hand turn with a slight dip follows. The train then goes down the first drop into the back-to-back loops, with peak forces at 5.9G. The train then travels up a hill into the mid-course brake run. The ride then turns right and dives down and back up. The ride then turns left and drops down again. The final element is a hill with a left turn that goes into a 270-degree helix to the right before returning to the station.
On opening, the track and supports were all-white. It was later repainted blue with red supports. Currently, the ride is painted green with blue supports. It received a new coat of paint in 2012 from Baynum Painting.
Contrary to popular belief, it was not the first roller coaster to feature back to back vertical loops. That distinction goes to Double Loop at Geauga Lake, which opened in 1977, a year before Shock Wave.
| Tallest complete-circuit roller coaster|
April - June 1978
| Preceded by
Great American Revolution
| Tallest complete-circuit roller coaster
April - June 1978
| Succeeded by|
Loch Ness Monster
|Roller coasters at Six Flags Over Texas|
|Present||Batman the Ride • Joker • Judge Roy Scream • La Víbora • Mini Mine Train • Mr. Freeze • New Texas Giant • Pandemonium • Runaway Mine Train • Runaway Mountain • Shock Wave • Titan • Wile E. Coyote's Grand Canyon Blaster|
|Former||Big Bend • Flashback • Cucaracha • Texas Giant|