Six Flags Fiesta Texas , home to super-coasters, water rides, and shows – and mega-lines, long-waits, and not-enough flash passes. Is it worth it to take a family and tweens? Maybe…
We went on a Saturday in May. Although most schools were still in session, there were TONS of tween kids on school field trips – so no escape from the crowds. We drove 4 hours to arrive shortly after 10am. We also paid the extra fee for “up close” parking – this really paid off at the end of the day when everyone was tired!
Ride early – any and every ride that the family wants to enjoy should be ridden as early in the day as possible. By early afternoon, the lines were long and getting longer. Some folks were waiting in line for an hour for a “flash pass” – when the wait in line for the ride was an hour or longer. At some point the park “ran out” of flash passes. From lunch time onwards, it seemed it would only be possible to get on one ride every hour and a half or so.
The tweens all seemed to enjoy “running around” the park, so that was a plus. However, for parents, younger kids, and older persons, setting up a “home base” might be a good idea. Sangerfest Hall provided abundant seating and air conditioning.
Eat early or late – lunch lines also get long. Waiting 30 minutes or more seemed to be the average. Give the tweens LOTS of extra money or be prepared to meet up for meals – nothing in the park is cheap.
The rides the family did go on were greatly enjoyed. For the price, however, it seems like it might be a better bargain for folks who live closer to the park to purchase season passes, then attend the park early in the day, or very late in the day, to avoid long waits and hot temperatures. (We did not venture to the water park area.)
The one smart thing we did was to book a room at the Drury hotel right down the street. It took a few scant minutes to get there from the park, and if the family had wanted to go back to the park after a rest, we could easily have done so. The Drury hotel has a pool, and the biggest perks of all include afternoon snacks, a light very kid-friendly dinner, popcorn and sodas, AND breakfast – ALL included in the price of the room. We booked a two room suite – plenty of space, plenty of darkness and temperature control for great sleep, quiet, and perfect! One of our tweens also enjoyed a dip in the indoor pool (a hot tub is also housed in the pool area). Check-in was quick and easy, and check-out was quick and easy. The only draw-back was a shortage of elevators as one was out of service. The parental units appreciated getting a great night of sleep before driving home!
Was it worth it? From the perspective of an enjoyable family trip – Yes. Quality time and fun for all – Yes. If you are hoping to ride every single ride, if you are hoping for no wait, and cheap entertainment, this is not the activity for you. But, if you can enjoy what you get to do – or plan enough to make it worthwhile – then yes, a trip to Fiesta Texas is a good family trip with tweens! Happy Parents and Happy Parenting!