Opened in 1978, this double-looping coaster from Schwartzkopf remains one of the premier attractions at Six Flags Over Texas. It travels at a maximum speed of 60 mph and features some nice elements. Seating two across in two rows with 7 cars for a total capacity of 28 riders, the train goes straight from the loading station up a 116-foot chain lift hill. Once at the top, it makes a U-turn and traverses a small incline while approaching the first drop. It then drops 105 feet at a 46-degree angle. This is followed by two consecutive vertical loops, small hill and mid-course brake run. From that point it makes a right turn, drops and veers left before dropping again. The ride finishes with an additional hill leading into a helix.
This coaster has stood the test of time well. It’s not at all rough and with a maximum G-force of 5.9, it’s a force to be reckoned with. Although I wouldn’t rate it extremely high on the thrill scale, it does offer a lively ride with some very nice pops of airtime. Shock Wave is easily re-rideable and a lot of fun. 3 ½ out of 5 stars. For more information about rides at Six Flags Over Texas, visit www.sixflags.com/overtexas.