Six Flags Fiesta Texas Announces Record-Breaking Iron Rattler for 2013

Posted Thursday, August 30, 2012 9:49 AM | Contributed by VitaminsAndGravy

[Ed. note: The following is an excerpt of a press release. -J]

Six Flags Fiesta Texas announces plans to unveil its newest addition and structural landmark as the highly anticipated hybrid coaster Iron Rattler will make its dashing debut next spring at Six Flags Fiesta Texas.

The Iron Rattler will be a unique technological marvel combining a classic wooden support structure with modern track and rails crafted of steel, allowing for unprecedented smooth and swift over-banked turns and inversions never before experienced on either a traditional steel or wooden coaster. Utilizing state-of-the-art Iron Horse Track™©® the innovative Iron Rattler will provide four over-banked turns, the most of any hybrid coaster today, and will be the first to deliver an inverted barrel roll for an awe-inspiring adventure in and around the surrounding 100-ft. quarry wall setting! The New Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas was the first-ever hybrid coaster of its kind, and it was voted the "Best New Ride" in 2011.

With its unique construction, the Iron Rattler will have:

  • A staggering drop of 171 feet with an amazing drop angle of 81 degrees.
  • A blazing top speed of 70 mph.
  • Four over-banked turns—more than any other hybrid coaster, and the first of its kind to feature a completely inverted barrel roll.

"Six Flags has innovation as part of our DNA and the Iron Rattler will take extreme innovation to a new level with a taller drop, faster speed and steeper banks. This cutting-edge coaster truly marries the best of both classic and modern coaster designs to deliver heart-pounding thrills," said park president Martin Bozer.

The track will be constructed by Rocky Mountain Construction Group, who helped design the New Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas. Tim Baldwin, Editor, Rollercoaster! Magazine stated, "The Rattler's transformation is expected to be nothing short of spectacular. This innovation is so new in the amusement industry; it has only been done once before. The results were tremendous, and Fiesta Texas' project should be equally amazing."

The original Rattler wooden coaster was Six Flags Fiesta Texas' only major coaster when the park opened in 1992 and offered its farewell run on August 5, 2012. Construction on the Iron Rattler is already underway and will take approximately eight months to complete. For more information about the new Iron Rattler (including a video) visit PR Newswire (

Read the entire press release on PR Newswire.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012 10:31 AM

Looks really cool but The Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City is still better with the outter banked turn and double barrel roll. Would Six Flags Mind possibly bringing these super cool hybrid coasters out of Texas.. To be exact burn the rough, painful, and low capacity Cyclone coaster at Six Flags New England and build one PLEASE! haha

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Thursday, August 30, 2012 10:36 AM
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Will G said:

The Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City is still better with the outter banked turn and double barrel roll.

So you've already ridden both coasters to be able to compare them? Let me know when your done with your time machine, I want to see what next weeks lottery numbers are.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012 10:48 AM

SFFT has only been open for 20 years? That surprised me.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012 10:49 AM

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Thursday, August 30, 2012 11:20 AM
LostKause's avatar

This looks awesome! Rattler's first drop has been brought back from the dead! I have to get down there sometime to ride this!

Thursday, August 30, 2012 11:34 AM
eightdotthree's avatar

Looks pretty incredible. I always thought Rattler had an amazing setting and this appears to remedy the rough ride it had.

Thursday, August 30, 2012 12:23 PM
1EyedJack's avatar

Am I missing something?? Gemini at Cedar Point has had a steel track on a wood base since the 70's. This is not a new technology. Granted the Gemini does not have over banked turns or a barrel roll, but Six Flags is not exactly inventing the wheel here.

Thursday, August 30, 2012 12:25 PM
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Six Flags isn't doing anything. Rocky Mountain Coasters is.

That, and Gemini is tubular steel track, whereas these new ones have track that looks just like a wooden coaster, only it's shaped from a steel beam.

Thursday, August 30, 2012 12:44 PM
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Yea. This IS new technology. The track is made from I beams, and can provide a smooth ride while accommodating traditional wooden coaster trains. Gemini uses steel tubular track, like Josh said. So does Mine Ride and Matterhorn, among others.

Thursday, August 30, 2012 1:54 PM

After seeing that video... all I can think of are the words of the legendary Davy Crocket's farewell address to congress ... "You all can go to Hell... I'm going to Texas."

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Thursday, August 30, 2012 2:51 PM

This ride looks amazing. I love the trough the quarry element along with the drops and overbanked turns. This coaster is going to be quite fun from the looks of it.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012 3:02 PM
Jeff's avatar

You guys sure are getting sucked into the marketing. Steel tubes or steel I-beams... does it matter? It's still a steel coaster on wood structure, just as Arrow did 40 years ago.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012 3:16 PM
HeyIsntThatRob?'s avatar

Man, that Keith has been one busy dude! I'm liking his renderings!

Thursday, August 30, 2012 3:37 PM
Rick_UK's avatar

Jeff said:

You guys sure are getting sucked into the marketing. Steel tubes or steel I-beams... does it matter? It's still a steel coaster on wood structure, just as Arrow did 40 years ago.

And more to the point, what the same two companies did in the same state, last year.

Cool looking ride though, no doubt.

Nothing to see here. Move along.

Thursday, August 30, 2012 4:48 PM
eightdotthree's avatar

Who's getting sucked into the marketing?

Thursday, August 30, 2012 6:37 PM
bjames's avatar

eightdotthree said:

Who's getting sucked into the marketing?

People debating that hybrid coasters are new.

Comet at Great Escape is another one.

Thursday, August 30, 2012 7:10 PM

Will G said:

Cyclone coaster at Six Flags New England

That's actually a really great candidate for this new technology. The Riverside Cyclone in it's very first season with the original PTC trains was the most horrifically awesome coaster experience I've had to this day.

This is a good move by Six Flags to new life to these old, long past their glory days coasters. Great news!

Thursday, August 30, 2012 7:33 PM
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Wow. Between SDC (hopefully), CGA, and SFFT my travel miles are pretty quickly getting booked up.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012 7:48 PM
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I need to get back to Texas as soon as this opens.

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