SIX FLAGS FIESTA TEXAS
San Antonio, Texas
Six Flags Theme Parks
Park News - (9/17/21) According to a Facebook post from ACE South-Central Six Flags Fiesta Texas will be adding a third coaster train to Iron Rattler to help increase throughput and lower rider wait times year-round. This will be another piece of the park’s big 30th Anniversary celebration, though the new train isn’t expected to arrive until Fall 2022.
Now before everyone starts to wonder how this may affect the blocking system, it probably wont. Adding a third train to the coaster will still most likely mean two-train only operations, but allow for two-train Ops to take place all year long. By having a spare train they can constantly shift trains maintenance to take place throughout the season, and never have to go down to only one-train operations.
One interesting thing is that any new train for Iron Rattler would have to come from Gerstlauer, so it would match the two existing trains. If I’m not mistaken, this may be the first major purchase from Gerstlauer from Six Flags since the incident on New Texas Giant in mid-2013. Following that, all future RMC projects for Six Flags came with rolling stock directly from RMC, making New Texas Giant and Iron Rattler as the only RMC hybrids in the chain with trains from Gerstlauer.
In other news from Six Flags Fiesta Texas, the park will also be renovating the Los Festivales marketplace streetscape. The ‘park’s iconic towers are receiving a makeover as part of this area transformation.”
(9/7/21) Six Flags Fiesta Texas has announced the details behind the park’s newly expanded Fright Fest event that will begin Sept. 10, 2021. The new larger than ever event will take place over 35 select nights between then and Halloween night, offering two new extreme scare zones, five new live shows, one brand new haunted house and, of course, the return of the new and improved Poltergeist roller coaster.
There will be a total of five haunts this year including the newest haunt, The Houngan House of Voodoo, along with Carnevil 3D, Rockkill High School, Buried Alive and Slaughterhouse 6.
The list of scare zones includes: Fear Acres (NEW), Hell Valley Cemetery (NEW), Soul Harvest, Wicked Hollow, Investigation and Steam Punkins.
Live Shows: The Slay Belles (NEW), The Awakening (NEW), Wicked Mixx Vol. 2 (NEW), Dr. Diabolical’s Monster Mash Bash (NEW), Mariachi Los Soberanos (NEW), and the return of Terror at Teatro and Frightful Finale.
In addition to all the Fright Fest fun, the park is also hosting the Six Flags Bier Festival as well during this time, offering guests a chance to enjoy over 100 craft beers, along with a whole assortment of special foods and tasty sweet treats.
(9/4/21) The Relaunched Poltergeist Now Looks Amazing!
(8/30/21) Dr. Diabolical’s Cliffhanger Track Now On Site
(8/25/21) All New More Spooky Poltergeist Is Nearly Ready
Six Flags Fiesta Texas Adding Dr. Diabolical's Cliffhanger in 2022
(7/3/21) Six Flags Fiesta Texas released the full image of that crazy SteamPunk plague-doctor mask graphic, along with the message to “Crack the Code!!!!!!!!!!!” So far the main difference between my speculated look is a different coaster-shape in the other eye-lens and the addition of a gear-shaped little flower looking thing on the right side of the hat.
Doesn’t look like we’ll have long to wait, as they also tweeted out that the FT22 Fan Event will take place on July 28, at Lone Star Lil’s where they will make the “Big 2022 Announcement & 30th Anniversary News”. Over the past several years, Six Flags got into the habit of announcing the next-year additions to all of their parks, all at once, on the exact same day, usually in mid to late August. This late July announcement seems to only be for Six Flags Fiesta Texas and may indicate that the days of the former All-At-Once chain-wide announcements made popular by then Six Flags CEO, Jim Reid-Anderson, are now over with his departure from the company in late 2019, and the lack of any announcement at all in late 2020 due to the impact of Covid-19.
Oh, and remember, you’ve only a few days left to ride Poltergeist, as-is, before the new owner takes “possession” of it and to begin his ghoulish make-over.
(6/15/21) Six Flags Fiesta Texas has confirmed on Social Media that the park’s Sundance Theater will be leaving the park sometime this season. Given that the location is right next to where the hints have been dropping about the park’s 2022 mystery project, it seems likely the site will be used for the new attraction.
You can see a video from the reveal event below as well, where some other information also came to light about other park projects that will be part of an ongoing 30th Anniversary celebration for the park that will begin later this year. One such project will be a major renovation to the park’s Poltergeist coaster that will add a new themed experience to the attraction as well as an indoor air conditioned queue section and all new paint colors. To do this, Poltergeist will run through to the July 4th weekend and then shut down to allow for the extended refurbishment. Check out the video for all the details!
2020/2021 - Daredevil Dive Flying Machines - (3/7/21) While Six Flags Fiesta Texas technically opened their new Dare Devil Dive Flying Machines ride in late 2020 in preview form, the park is now open for 2021 and has confirmed that Dare Devil Dive is now open to all and had an official grand opening ceremony yesterday.
(11/15/20) It’s been a long time coming, but the new Dare Devil Dive at Six Flags Fiesta Texas opened for “tech rehearsals” over the weekend. You can also find video footage of the ride in action, as well as some POV footage in the video clip below.
(7/29/20) Some fantastic new pictures of DareDevil Dive at Six Flags Fiesta Texas were sent into Screamscape by a reader. The new ride area looks awesome, with bright colors and a cool steampunk feel to it.
(8/29/19) Six Flags Fiesta Texas will get a unique new flat ride for 2020 called the Daredevil Dive Flying Machines. Guests will board 4-passenger stunt planes that will spin around a central base and swing back and forth, and even flip upside-down. Based on the appearance, this is the new Zamperla Super Air Race flat ride, where the thrills and motion of the standard Air Race ride have been added to a central tower system to raise the action up into the sky.
Labor Day Weekend 2021 - Poltergeist Relaunch - (9/4/21) A great video showing off the newly haunted and re-launched Poltergeist at Six Flags Fiesta Texas can be seen below as shot last night at the opening. Poltergeist now has an incredible and bright green lighting package showing off the coasters track, plus tons of new lighting and atmosphere effects in the queue and on the ‘house’ that serves as the station. It really looks completely fantastic!
No… fantastic isn’t quite the word, because for what you might expect to find at a Six Flags theme park, this is unreal and shows off why Six Flags Fiesta Texas really is the hidden gem of the entire theme park chain. So BRAVO!
Check it out yourself below, and make your plans to see it in person.
(8/25/21) Six Flags Fiesta Texas has posted a few pictures of the transformed Poltergeist area as we get close to the reopening. The transformation thus far has been pretty amazing.
(7/21/21) A couple of fun updates from Six Flags Fiesta Texas today, as posts now show the renovations happening to the house, as well as the track being repainted a shade of green. Meanwhile pictures of new thematic elements soon to arrive will give it a property ghastly atmosphere.
(7/11/21) Six Flags Fiesta Texas was showing off some concept art for possible new colors and graphic concepts for the Poltergeist trains on Facebook for when the ride is ready to reopen this fall. Option B and C seem to be the favorites so far, and while there is something I like about C, the coaster track will also be repainted a green color so I admit Option B may look the best on the tracks.
Just dreaming out loud here, but wouldn’t it be great if they could add an onboard lighting system to the train to give it a ghostly glow as it runs the rails? Maybe in the next refurbishment.
(6/29/21) A few more hints and interesting things have been posted lately. A collection of images show off creatures that will likely decorate the all new version of Poltergeist and then there is the picture of the car. According to that post the new owner of the historic home also restores cars, which makes me wonder if new car themed coaster trains may be on the way. And finally, new paint colors have been added to the themed house that serves as station and queue that will see a ghostly green and brown color scheme added to the attraction.
I’m also intrigued by the date of this announcement on July 28th. While nothing was really announced in 2020, this may be the first indication that Six Flags’ days of announcing the next year additions for all of their parks on the same day may now be over. Not only was it a bit of a pain to organize it all, but in recent years it started to really show off just how much cloning of the same attractions Six Flags was doing. Plus by adding something new to EVERY park, we also saw fewer gigantic new custom attractions added in favor of splitting the annual capital budget to cover everyone.
2022 - Dr. Diabolical’s Cliffhanger - (8/30/21) For anyone wondering, the first track pieces for “Dr. Diabolical’s Cliffhanger” have now arrived on site at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Many more loads will be rolling in by truck from Ohio to Texas over the weeks to come, so keep your eyes open.
(7/29/21) I’m so very glad that the last rumor sent in was completely and utterly wrong, because Six Flags Fiesta Texas just announced the very first Dive Coaster for the theme park chain is coming in 2022. Introducing Dr. Diabolical’s Cliffhanger, which will stand 150 feet tall and be the steepest B&M Dive Coaster ever, as the first drop will be the first to go beyond vertical, dropping riders at 95º.
As guests enter the ride queue, they will be immersed in the story of Dr. Diabolical and her evil quest to create menacing creatures to frighten the world. To give her creations life, Dr. Diabolical constructed a machine to capture the essence of human adrenaline and fear.
The trains for Dr. Diabolical’s Cliffhanger will also be a first, as they will actually seat riders 7-across in three-rows per train. The coaster will feature 2,501 feet of track, a top speed of 60mph, a second near-vertical 75 ft drop, an Immelman, a 270-degree zero-g roll, high speed turns and an “extreme airtime hill” near the end of the run.
You can see the POV video preview below, and if you want to see the off-ride video, jump on over to our Facebook page.