SIX FLAGS FIESTA TEXAS
San Antonio, Texas
Six Flags Theme Parks
Park News - (12/22/21) As we previously mentioned, guests at Six flags Fiesta Texas now have the option to ride the park’s SkyScreamer in a lie-down posture, making the already frightening ride positively terrifying. You can see a video of some riders testing out the new experience in the video clip below.
And I’ve got two words for Six Flags management... UNDERWEAR KIOSK!
(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.
2022 - Dr. Diabolical’s Cliffhanger / New Skyscreamer Experience - (4/14/22) More progress reports on Dr. D’s Cliffhanger, as the park reports that the lift hill chain is now being installed. One curious item that I never knew before… apparently loading the lift hill chain onto the coaster is a three day long process.
Meanwhile, another quick update on Cliffhanger’s status. Previously the park had included some ERT rides on the new coaster as part of their upcoming Roller Coaster Rodeo event. According to an email sent in to a reader who bought tickets to attend the Rodeo event, the inclusion of Cliffhanger has now changed to only include ‘off-ride experiences”. While the park continues to work hard to bring Dr. Diabolical’s Cliffhanger to life, the email says “it is unlikely that Dr. Diabolical's Cliffhanger will operate during Roller Coaster Rodeo.”
(4/10/22) Six Flags Fiesta Texas posted a showcase with Dr. Diabolical, to show off the “world’s first 7 seat across dove coaster train” that will be used for Dr. Diabolical’s Cliffhanger.
(4/4/22) Good news from Six Flags Fiesta Texas this weekend. According to the latest official construction update for Dr. Diabolical’s Cliffhanger, the track circuit is now complete, with the final track section being attached with a Golden Bolt to mark the milestone.
(3/29/22) A bunch of new Dr. Diabolical’s Cliffhanger construction updates have been posted to Facebook over the past few days. Check them out below!
(3/23/22) A couple of new photo updates from Six Flags Fiesta Texas have been posted on Facebook as the crews have been busy putting together the steep drop out of the mid-course brake this week.
Meanwhile Six Flags Fiesta Texas is also setting tickets to the multi-day Roller Coaster Rodeo event set to take place June 10-12, 2022. The schedule for the vent includes 30th Anniversary VIP Party on the night of June 10th that will include “Dr. Diabolical’s Cliffhanger - First Public Riders” as well as ERT on Dare Devil Dive, Road Runner Express and Iron Rattler. It also hints at an early morning ERT on Dr. Diabolical’s Cliffhanger on Saturday Morning and a Dr. Diabolical’s Cliffhanger “Lift Walk” on Sunday morning that can be added with a required donation to the National Roller Coaster Museum Association.
(3/2/22) Dr. Diabolical's Cliffhanger at Six Flags Fiesta Texas held a topping off ceremony on Tuesday as the piece that links the turn to the first drop was lifted up into place. With the track from the brake run through to the bottom of the first drop now in place, I believe we will see the rest of the coaster assembled very quickly from here on out.
(2/26/22) The latest construction pictures from Six Flags Fiesta Texas show that the beyond vertical 95º drop on Dr. D is now in place. The only thing left is to link the turn at the top to the curve into the dive. After that they will begin working on building the Immelmann element.
(2/19/22) A couple of cool construction updates on Dr. D. has been posted by Jeffrey Siebert, this week, showing off the installation of the bottom of the first drop to the topping out of the lift hill back on Wednesday. So nice to see the construction progressing so quickly on this one.
(1/29/22) Jeffrey Siebert (Park President of Six Flags Fiesta Texas) is no stranger to theme park fans and roller coasters enthusiasts alike. He posts updates about his park and their projects regularly on Social Media and in the latest one he details the short-term construction schedule for the new Dr. Diabolical’s Cliffhanger coaster. In a graphic he shows what has been built, and in what order the next sections of the coaster will be put into place starting this this coming week with the assembly of the ride’s massive lift hill, followed by the 95º beyond-vertical first drop in early February, followed in mid-Feb by the curved track at the top to connect the two sections.
This kind of open transparency and blatant fan-service is much appreciated and a clear reason that Six Flags Fiesta Texas has been pushing ever forward to become one of the top tier parks in the Six Flags chain. Now if only we could get updates like this from Six Flags Magic Mountain about their new Wonder Woman coaster, but I’m sure Jeffrey has his hands full with his own park.
(12/16/21) A picture of one of those new harness devices on the Skyscreamer at Six Flags Fiesta Texas can be seen below.
(12/13/21) Fun news from Six Flags Fiesta Texas this weekend. During an enthusiast event, coaster fans got up close with the Dr. Diabolical’s Cliffhanger track and learned a new detail about the ride. Apparently there will be some kind of soundtrack to go with the ride experience, but it wont use an on-board audio system however, so I can only assume there will be sections of the ride lined with speakers. The lift hill and long slow turn at the top to the edge of the first drop would be ideal for this.
In other news, it was noticed that the park’s Skyscreamer (Starflyer) ride has now removed a couple of sections of seats and replaced them with a rather odd looking harness support system. Upon asking the ride ops about it, they were told it was for a new ‘suspended’ option that would be offered on the ride in the future. While the assumption at first would be that this would have to be some kind of upcharge experience, park President Jeffrey Siebert responded to the social media reports to say, “Did someone say free?”
So believe it or not… you will apparently be able to hang suspended by the Skyscreamer for free in the future, and you know what? Six Flags is still going to make a ton of profit off this, as long as they start to sell new Skyscreamer themed underwear at the exit. Trust me… people are going to need to buy new underwear after that experience! Oh MY!!!
(12/10/21) It looks like Dr. D’s minions have been very active, with a ton of new pieces of the coaster having been delivered to Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Check it out below.
(11/24/21) It is nice to see that work is underway at Six Flags Fiesta Texas for Dr. Diabolical’s Cliffhanger, the park’s new B&M Dive Machine. A photo posted shows that the forms for the coaster’s footers are already being put into place.
(10/29/21) More track and support deliveries from B&M have been arriving at Six Flags Fiesta Texas this week.
(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.