42 Inches
Lapbar/Seatbelt Restraints
Medium Thrill

Opened March 1, 1980
Ride Type Wooden Out & Back Coaster
Ride Height 71 Feet
Drop Height 65 Feet
Track Length 2,670 Feet
Maximum Speed 53 MPH
Trains 2
Cars Per Train 4
Riders Per Car 6
Designer Bill Cobb
Train Manufacturer Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters
Ride Colors White & Red

An early look at Judge Roy Scream. Credit: Amusement Today

The Coaster Ride-a-Thon

In 2006, as part of the park's 45th anniversary celebration, Six Flags Over Texas hosted a ride-a-thon in which 16 contestants had to ride Judge Roy Scream for a total of 45 hours straight (with some breaks, of course).

Ten contestants ended up winning the event, which included winnings of $450, all expenses paid trips, season passes, and Flash Passes for future use. Each hour, contestants typically experienced about 18 laps around the ride's track.

In the end, the grand total of travel was 555 laps or 260.68 miles.

Footers being installed at the future home of Judge Roy Scream. Credit: Gary Slade

Outside of the Park

One unique feature about the Judge Roy Scream is that its location is outside of the main park itself. Riders must take a tunnel under the park's six-lane entrance to enter the queue line before arriving at the station. Judge Roy Scream travels out and back down the side of a pond that is located near the park’s main parking entrance, greeting guests as they arrive.

Ride History


  • AstroWorld’s Texas Cyclone PTC trains are stripped down and made into a third train for Judge Roy Scream.

  • Judge Roy Scream trains receive individual lapbars.


  • Judge Roy Scream undergoes major retracking and receives a new paint job with white track and white supports.

  • The white train of Judge Roy Scream is completely rebuilt.

Construction Updates

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