Fiesta Texas adds 3 water rides to park

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 9:11 AM
Water park expands

Web Posted: 01/18/2006 12:00 AM CST
Travis E. Poling
Express-News Business Writer

Six Flags Fiesta Texas is remaking its popular water park with three new rides and another children's play area.

The multimillion-dollar expansion is expected to open to park-goers May 6, although the theme park launches its spring season in early March.

The Whirlpool ride uses centrifugal force to swirl riders in a two-person tube around a 40-foot-diameter bowl before a drop through a corkscrew chute.

The Big Bender drops 50 feet through a series of dips, tunnels and twists passing in and out of darkness.

And the Hill Country Racer is a six-lane speed slide for races down a straightaway series of dips.

All three rides, manufactured by ProSlide Technologies of Ottawa, Canada, are present in some form at other Six Flags Inc. parks.

For children, Fiesta Texas will roll out Splashwater Springs, featuring a pirate ship, a beached-boat slide and water-squirting palm trees. The play elements of the area for small children will be manufactured by NBGS International, the New Braunfels-based sister company of Schlitterbahn Waterparks.

"We think right now we have enough coasters," said Martin Bozer, general manager of Six Flags Fiesta Texas. "What we need now is more family entertainment."

Bozer said the additions, which include a redesigned entry plaza to the water park portion of the theme park and a store called Beach Bum Surf Co., are part of a "renewed emphasis" on the family-friendly experience.

In the past decade, many parks that once relied largely on shows went through a stage of adding more extreme rides such as roller coasters to keep teenagers and young adults coming back for more. Sea World San Antonio and Fiesta Texas were among those spending heavily on thrill rides.

Sydne Purvis, spokeswoman for the theme park, said past additions to the water park area "have been very successful."

In 1999, Fiesta Texas added the Texas Treehouse kids' water play area and the Texas-shaped Lone Star Lagoon. In 2004, the extreme tubing area Tornado was added.

The cost of the latest makeover was not disclosed, but park manager Bozer said it was a multimillion-dollar addition. The Armadillo Beach moniker for the water park will change but will be announced later this year.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 10:01 AM
Sounds great. That waterpark could certainly use the capacity---that place gets PACKED.
Wednesday, January 18, 2006 10:03 AM
For most parks I understand the move...with the original Schlitterbahn just down the way...? Best of luck to the best of the Six Flags chain!
Wednesday, January 18, 2006 10:42 AM
I'm surprised their going with a different theme and not the Hurricane Harbor. Then again, maybe a different theme in that part of the country is the best thing.
Wednesday, January 18, 2006 12:09 PM

sfft2108 said:
The Armadillo Beach moniker for the water park will change but will be announced later this year.

Actually, it sounds like it WILL be changed...

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 12:40 PM
I realize it will be changed just not to Hurricane Harbor. Which surprises me... I was thinking perhaps they thought about using the HURRICANE Harbor name in a area that could get hit by a Hurricane.
Wednesday, January 18, 2006 12:46 PM
More likely it's just Fiesta Texas standing out from the *usual* SF way of doing things....and I mean that in the best possible way...

bill, wants to get back to San Antonio...

P.S. for can NOT beat them at THEIR game, but I think SFFT does a wonderful job of playing their OWN game...

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 2:24 PM
I agree rollergator, Schlitterbahn can not be beat and is the Disney World of waterparks.

Jeffrey: Why did Fiesta Texas get a water park then? San Antonio is one hot (litterally) town, and the stone walls only make it hotter, on a summer day you need a way to cool off and a water park (as well as shows in AC) is a perfect way to do it. Exceling at both these concepts keep people in the park who would otherwise go shopping in the early afternoon and return to the park around 4.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 3:26 PM
Well, I personally don't know if I'd want to be at Schlitterbahn during peak season. I still remember the sign for Master Blaster that said "2 hour wait from this point". Unfortunately, due to the time of year [May] that we were there, only Blastenhoff was open. I would've have liked to seen the other side of the park (which oddly is several blocks down the road) which people say is better.

Well, one thing Fiesta Texas will have over Schlitterbahn is a Proslide bowl slide, and they also don't have a racing slide complex to the best of my knowledge.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 3:48 PM
I do know it gets hot...I spent mornings and evenings at SFFT &/or SeaWorld during a July visut 2(?) years ago! Never had to wait more than 10 minutes for anything because it was so darn hot! Spent my days at Schlitterbahn...mostly the "old" cool part that Intamin Fan did not get to see! :-) You must get back to see that part IF...that is what makes Schlitterbahn so unique!

P.S. Fiesta Texas is the best of all the six Flags I've been to (I've not been to SFNE...and I think that is the only one I have not been to) by far! The main attribute is that it looks and feels nothing like Six Flags! :-) I would recommend San Antonio for any park enthusiast as you can also catch the under-rated Steel Eel and a Batman clone at SeaWorld...combined with Schlitterbahn! Three great parks with totally unique atmospheres and experiences! Combined this with the San Antonio Riverwalk...and you've got yourself one hell of nice weeks vacation!

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 4:19 PM
I have been to Schlitterbahn in the peak season (late June and early August) and as long as you do not spend the weekend there, and accept that you are going to only ride Master Blaster once, and to do so you will have to get to the park 45 min before opening to do so you can have a great time, at the old park. Waits for the rides are usually 20-30 min but then again so are the rides :) so its not a bad tradeoff; especially if the other option is going there without the old park.

Honestly, the four days I have spent there approximatly 90% of my time has been spent in the old park and I wouldnt want it anyother way.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 10:01 PM
"We think right now we have enough coasters," said Martin Bozer, general manager of Six Flags Fiesta Texas. "What we need now is more family entertainment."

Looks like park reps are already spouting the new company line, LOL! ;)


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