• Ride/Attraction Type: Looping Speedracer
• Track Type: Steel
• Opened: April 22nd, 1978
• Highest Point: 116 Feet
• Highest Drop: 110 Feet
• Ride Length: 3,500 Feet
• Maximum Speed: 60 MPH
• Inversions: 2
• Number of Trains: 3
• Number of Cars Per Train: 7
• Passengers Per Car: 4
• Designer: Anton Schwarzkopf
• Manufacturer: Schwarzkopf
• Ride Colors: Neon Green Track, Blue Supports
• Shock Wave receives paint job: dark blue track & supports.
• Shock Wave receives paint job: light blue track & supports.
• Shock Wave receives paint job: silver track & dark blue supports.
• Shock Wave receives paint job: white track & mustard yellow supports.
• Shock Wave receives paint job: dark blue track & red supports.
• Shock Wave receives paint job: neon green track & blue supports.
• Shock Wave retrenched after flood, closed most of summer.
• Shock Wave undergoes extensive rehab to both the track and supports.
• Virtual reality is added to Shock Wave.
• Virtual reality returns to Shock Wave with a mixed-reality concept.
Did You Know?
In 2016, the Six Flags chain added a brand new VR roller coaster concept to many of their parks. Six Flags Over Texas and Shock Wave were given the brand new feature that spanned through both the summer and fall months.
For summer, the VR experience was named New Revolution and themed itself around jet fighters.
During Fright Fest, the VR experience was shifted to Rage of the Gargoyles in which it carried some of the same summer theme but with the addition of gargoyles.
The VR concept returns in 2017 and introduced mixed-reality technology. The theme is also brand new, entitled Galactic Attack.
Double Loop Debate
When Shock Wave opened in 1978, it was coined by Six Flags as the first consecutive looping roller coaster in the world.
Though the tallest coaster in the world at the time, Shock Wave was technically the second consecutive looping coaster in the world.
In 1977, Geauga Lake added Double Loop to their park, which also featured consecutive loops in it's ride layout (Geauga Lake and Double Loop no longer exist).
From time to time, however, you will still hear people debating over these facts.
Rehab for the Long Haul
In 2008, Six Flags Over Texas decided to take action to ensure that Shock Wave would last for the long haul. The ride was closed and an extensive rehabilitation process took place on the ride's support and track structures.