Saying Goodbye to The Rattler at Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Written by Rick Wright. Posted in Weekend Update

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Farewell

Published on July 27, 2012 at 11:32 pm with 6 Comments

MiceChatter and longtime Weekend Update contributor, CaptPhoebus, recently took a quick trip to San Antonio, Texas. As is typical of my MiceChat friends, he visited multiple theme parks while he was in the area. His first stop was Six Flags Fiesta Texas.                                                    ~~Rick

Six Flags Fiesta Texas is located in the La Cantera area of San Antonio, Texas. Originally built in 1990 by USAA Insurance Company and Gaylord Entertainment, the Six Flags name was added in 1996. Like other Six Flags parks, Six Flags Fiesta Texas has experienced many twists and turns in ownership and management including a bankruptcy in 2010.

One of the signature rides upon opening was The Rattler wooden roller coaster. On the day of its opening, The Rattler was the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in the world, a title that it held for several years until it was dethroned by Son of Beast at Ohio’s Kings Island. Despite rumors of a complete and much needed refurbishment, current park management has announced that August 5, 2012 will be the last day of operation for this grand old woodie.

Here are some final shots of The Rattler

Here’s a quick photographic tour of the rest of the park:

Superman: Krypton Coaster

Goliath

Poltergeist

Boomerang: Coast to Coaster

Roadrunner Express

Pandemonium

Skyscreamer

Bugs Bunny White Water Rapids

Whistlestop

About Rick Wright

Rick has been a long term MiceChat author and co-founder of the Weekend Update. You will often find Rick in the position of "Greeter" at official events due to his warm and welcoming spirit. If you've got photos, news or trip reports to share, Rick would love to hear from you: [email protected]

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6 Comments

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  1. SFFT is certainly one of the more scenic Six Flags parks with area’s of the park reminding more of a Bush/Sea World park than a Six Flags park.

    When we rode the Rattler in 2005 it was “interesting” to say the least.

    Oddly enough, Kings Island just announced that Son of Beast is going to be removed (it’s been closed for a few years) so Rattler still has it’s crown for the next couple of weeks.

  2. Looks interesting. Those swings sure are high.

  3. I was just at Fiesta Texas yesterday and took some pics myself. They now have a countdown sign above and below the main entrance.

    http://i.imgur.com/O5Gr6.jpg

    The ride is definitely a lot “rougher” than it used to be. You can feel the coaster cars almost bouncing off the rails. There’s no padding in the cars, so you’ll take quite a beating. I love the blast of cold air you’d get when going through the tunnel.

  4. Sad to hear, I grew up in SA and although Rattler was never my favorite, it’s been there since the beginning and it would be hard to think of Fiesta Texas without it. I do remember that when it first opened, the first drop was bigger, but after a few years and complaints about whiplash, they modified it to be less and it was more enjoyable. It’s still not my favorite woodie, but I always thought it was fun and made great use of the canyon walls.

    Any news on what they plan to do after it’s gone?

  5. Too bad! I personally enjoyed the ride when it first opened and was much more intense. I am guessing it was too expensive to re-do like they did with the TX Giant.

    I also saw that the Son Of Beast is also being torn down. Perhaps these extremely tall wooden coasters are simply not cost effective to maintain?

  6. I believe it is being refurbished for a re-opening sometime in 2013 similar to what they did with the Texas Giant – with a steel structure. This is un-official… but all signs seem to be pointing to this. You can read more on Lance Hart’s screamscape.com site:

    http://screamscape.com/html/six_flags_fiesta_texas.htm