Six Flags Over Texas is unveiling its newest ride just in time for summer, and it may sound familiar if you're of a certain age.
The park's new Pirates of the Speelunker Cave features a six-passenger boat ride down a river through an indoor setting.
The ride is a re-imagining of The Cave, one of the park's first-ever attractions that ran from 1964 to 1991. It featured original characters called Speelunkers that were created exclusively for Six Flags Over Texas. It was also one of the cooler spots in the park, offering a quick break from the brutal Texas summer heat.
In the modern version, guests will be greeted with state-of-the-art animatronics and a unique storyline. Riders are placed squarely in the middle of a pirate treasure hunt thwarted by resident Speelunkers and come face-to-face with mythical creatures, including mermaids and sea monsters.
"They're going to go through 17 unique scenes that are going to have cinematic projection screens, physical sets, and animatronics that really tell the story," said Brad Malone, marketing and communications manager for Six Flags Over Texas. "So it's going to be completely immersive as you ride through."
This isn't technically a roller coaster so it's great for families with young children. There is no height requirement with an accompanying adult and entire families will be able to experience the ride together.
The park will host a special preview of the ride, a day early for 2022 Six Flags Over Texas Pass Holders on Friday, May 13. The ride opens to the general public on Saturday, May 14.
Pirates of the Speelunker cave replaces the Yosemite Sam ride.
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