SIX FLAGS FIESTA TEXAS
San Antonio, Texas
Six Flags Theme Parks
Park News - (1/16/22) Mardi Gras has returned to Six Flags Fiesta Texas and will run on each operating day between now and February 27, 2022. “Six Flags Fiesta Texas will “let the good times roll” as it transforms into a Texas version of downtown New Orleans, complete with beautifully adorned parade floats, special live entertainment, Mardi Gras-themed park décor and classic Cajun cuisine.”
The “Mardi Gras Festival features eight authentic floats handcrafted by world-renowned float designer, Kern Studios. The intricately designed floats will represent a variety of themes, including the Mardi Gras King and Queen, Dia de los Muertos, and other celebrations from around the world, like Rio’s Carnival. A new float addition this year is dedicated to the Six Flags Fiesta Texas 30th Anniversary Celebration.”
Since this is Fiesta Texas we are talking about, live entertainment will also be a highlight of the event. New this year is the “Dixie Mae Diamond’s Showgirl Showcase” and “Viva Carnivale!”, along with favorites like the Voodoo Krewe, King William Brass Band, Mariachi Los Soberanos and The Big Easy Band.
Also included with admission is a trip through The Houngan House of Voodoo, a themed walk-through attraction where the voodoo priest leads guests “through room after room of his cursed French Quarter shop filled with magical dolls, potions, charms and gris-gris.”
(12/30/21) Six Flags Fiesta Texas is hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration this Friday night, featuring a 30th Anniversary Fireworks show presented by Ancira. The park will be open from Noon to 12-Midnight on Friday, and using the night as their first special event to celebrate the park’s 30th Anniversary taking place throughout 2022.
(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!
(11/4/21) Six Flags Fiesta Texas reports that Wonder Woman Golden Lasso is now closed to undergo “track improvements to offer a smoother ride.” It will be a short refurbishment however, as they report that Wonder Woman will reopen on Nov. 19, 2021.
(11/2/21) Lots of slow-season rehab projects are now taking place at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, according to a post on Facebook by park President, Jeffrey Siebert. In addition to new pieces of the park’s 2022 coaster loaded up for shipping, the pictures include a look at the closing of the park’s “Totally Kickin Chicken” restaurant, construction of new two-story cabana’s in the waterpark, new loungers and work begins to rebuild the park’s front gate entrance.
(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.”
(9/4/21) The Relaunched Poltergeist Now Looks Amazing!
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 / New Skyscreamer Experience - (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.