Then: Circa 1970s
Fletcher's State Fair Corny Dogs once called Six Flags Over Texas home circa the 1970s (based off guest fashion). Fletcher's is considered the original corny dog of the State Fair of Texas and still serves the fair to this day. This part of the park has not changed much from then to now. The Johnson Creek train station still stands, the trees have only matured, and the main structure of this food building is mostly unchanged. One noticeable difference is that Fletcher's had an indoor serving counter and Bubba's is only a walk-up outdoor counter today. This was likely done to help with the size and efficiency of the kitchen. The same covered seating area and fire hydrant exist in their original locations and some of the original floor in front of the restaurant still remains. Want a corn dog today? You'll have to go to Newman's Cafe all the way in the Tower section to find one of those!
Mini Mine Train
Mini Mine Train is one of the park's original roller coasters still in operation today. This attraction was a response to the Runaway Mine Train and intended for guests who didn't want such a high-thrill experience. Though the ride was re-profiled with the addition of Mr. Freeze in 1997, the station area is still remains the same. The current coaster trains also closely resemble those of the past. Notice that much of the foliage is now gone and a higher fence is present (which made this picture angle difficult to achieve). The line isn't quite as long but the ride is still a great thrill to those who are beginner roller coaster enthusiasts.
Amphitheater/Southern Palace Theatre
This one may be a bit harder to believe. From 1961 to 1968, Southern Palace Theatre, then known as the Amphitheater, was the park's main OUTDOOR performance venue. Due to the popularity of live entertainment, Six Flags decided to remodel the Amphitheater into an indoor performance venue to help combat brutal Texas summers. Southern Palace Theatre was born. Next time you visit Southern Palace Theatre, take a look at the steps and bench seating as they are original to the original outdoor Amphitheater structure.
Construction images of Six Flags Over Texas are always astounding and this image is no different. The "then" photo was taken prior to the park's 1961 opening and shows just how much of this area has not changed. To the right you can see the entrance to Casa Magnetica in both photos (an attraction that no longer operates in the park). The Sugar Shack and end building look virtually untouched, minus the change of paint colors. The windows and doorway emblems are mostly untouched, though the building's roof line has changed. The flower bed near the center of the picture is original. Layers of new blacktop over the years have shortened its height. Texas is one of few areas in the park that features much of the opening-season design.
Plantation House/JB's Smokehouse BBQ
Then: Circa 1960s
One of the most discussed former restaurants at Six Flags Over Texas is the Plantation House. This food location served up fresh fried chicken and was a hit among guests. Unfortunately, throughout the years, Plantation House has been a few different restaurants. Currently, the restaurant is JB's Smokehouse BBQ. The restaurant no longer serves fried chicken. Instead, guests can try one of the barbecue or hamburger options. Some changes have taken place to the building over time. The chimney stack is different and the front interior of the building was added onto at some point. JB's now also has a huge outdoor eating area to the left of the building as indoor seating is limited.