Six Flags Fiesta Texas announces Dr. Diabolical's Cliffhanger, a B&M dive coaster

Posted Thursday, July 29, 2021 9:31 AM | Contributed by bigboy

From the official site:

Dr. Diabolical proclaims to have an elixir from the fountain of youth that is capable of preserving life. She lures unsuspecting visitors to partake, but little do they know that she is using them to fulfill her evil plan to frighten the world with her menacing creatures. Dr. Diabolical built a machine to harvest the essence of human adrenaline and fear in order to nourish her creatures. This machine is called Dr. Diabolical’s Cliffhanger.

The device has three 21-passenger trains to lift riders 150 feet in the air, then lock them in a face-first Cliffhanger hold just before dropping them down a 95-degree, beyond-vertical plummet at 60 mph. The machine travels on 2,501 feet of track through an Immelmann inversion, a 270-degree zero-g roll, a 75-foot near-vertical drop, a wild-banked turn, an extreme airtime hill, and a high-speed spiral finale. Once you are exposed to this menacing machine, you shall live forever…IN FEAR!

Visit the official Six Flags Fiesta Texas site.

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Thursday, July 29, 2021 11:10 AM
sws's avatar

Sucks...

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Thursday, July 29, 2021 11:14 AM

I'll be down there when it opens next year. I'll give my review of this beast!

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Thursday, July 29, 2021 11:15 AM

sws said:

Sucks...

Why does it suck?

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Thursday, July 29, 2021 11:23 AM
Jeff's avatar

He's exercising a very old meme where people declare a ride sucks before it's even built. And you're standing on his lawn.


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Thursday, July 29, 2021 11:38 AM

Texas Thrillseeker #1 said:

sws said:

Sucks...

Why does it suck?

It sucks because the midcourse brake slows it down too much. And the ride is too short. And if they needed a coaster like this they would have already built it.

Just throwing a couple more memes out there.

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Thursday, July 29, 2021 11:39 AM
Vater's avatar

Or Maverick.

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Thursday, July 29, 2021 12:02 PM

This will be the first B&M built by Six Flags in a decade when it opens in 2022 (X-Flight at SFGAM, 2012).

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Thursday, July 29, 2021 12:20 PM

This addition further confirms to me that the days of "all parks receiving something new each year" is finally done (along with the ending of the chain wide video introducing the new attractions). That idea kind of flopped in many different ways.

This will be a great addition to SFFT and if this goes over well, I can see the chain purchasing clones of these for some of the other parks over the next 5 years.

Last edited by F2006, Thursday, July 29, 2021 12:23 PM
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Thursday, July 29, 2021 12:47 PM
sws's avatar

Sucks > Rip Ride Rocket

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Thursday, July 29, 2021 12:48 PM

Texas Thrillseeker #1 said:

I'll be down there when it opens next year. I'll give my review of this beast!

While you're in the area, you should stop by Knoebel's.

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Thursday, July 29, 2021 12:53 PM

I won’t be happy until every Six Flags park in every city gets this exact same ride with the exact same name.

An interesting note is that the theme revolves around a female central character.

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Thursday, July 29, 2021 1:11 PM

The steepest first drop is so yesterday. I am waiting for the dive coaster with the steepest drop after the mid-course. That will be a record breaker that I for sure will want to ride.

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Thursday, July 29, 2021 1:51 PM
Jeff's avatar

The beyond-vertical thing definitely has some impact on some rides, though I'm not sure if I've done any other than SpongeBob at Mall of America that have it. Oh, Fahrenheit at Hersheypark. Or Maverick. OK, I guess I've been on a bunch. Even for the shorties like Maverick, there's definitely an extra kick to the drop, so I wonder what it will be like on one this big.


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Thursday, July 29, 2021 2:29 PM
Bakeman31092's avatar

Did you just use “or Maverick” out of meme context? Nice.


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Thursday, July 29, 2021 2:42 PM
Bakeman31092's avatar

The profile and speed of the first drop can definitely given the impression of going beyond vertical, even if it doesn't. I've heard many laypeople describe Millennium's first drop as bending under itself, even though all of us nerds know better.

If you can imagine a car being thrust forward from the crown of the lift hill, it would naturally want to follow a parabolic trajectory if left to free-fall. If the hill profile is a shallower parabola then the rider will remain in contact with the seat, but if the parabola is steeper than the natural free-fall trajectory then the track will seem to continuously pull away from the train and, if the final angle is steep enough, bend under itself. It's a different kind of airtime than a camelback because you're facing down instead of forward, so you get the feeling of wanting to tumble forward and out of the car.

Now, if the track does go beyond vertical then you will without question pop out of your seat, hence the kick that Jeff mentioned.


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Thursday, July 29, 2021 2:51 PM
Vater's avatar

I've been on a couple vertical and past vertical rides, and I didn't notice a drastic difference. In fact, I just rode Candymonium in June and it even felt unnervingly close to vertical. It's less than 80°.

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Thursday, July 29, 2021 3:00 PM
Jeff's avatar

The beyond vertical part is never very long, which is likely part of the reason. The number of feet of straight track on almost any largest drop is also very short, typically.


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Thursday, July 29, 2021 3:16 PM
kpjb's avatar

I think it's most noticeable to me on Fahrenheit because the lift is vertical, so the change going over the top is over 180 degrees.


Hi

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Thursday, July 29, 2021 6:13 PM

A friend and I were looking at the Thunderbolt at Coney Island Sunday - they elected not to ride in part because of the vertical drop. I said I found the vertical climb much more unnerving; the drop is over before you even realize you're going straight down.

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