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Iron Rattler Announced for Six Flags Fiesta Texas in 2013

August 30, 2012

Today all the Six Flags parks announced their new rides and shows. One of the two large coasters announced was Iron Rattler, a reincarnation of the parks recently closed Rattler wooden coaster. Honestly, I wasn’t sad to see the original Rattler go, when I rode it a few years back I had some of the roughest rides of my life.

The ride will be given the Iron Horse treatment in which the new track will follow almost the same layout as the old ride. It is the same treatment that was given to the New Texas Giant back in 2011. Unlike the New Texas Giant though, Iron Rattler will include an inversion. A Zero-G Roll will flip riders head over heels up the side of a canyon.

Along with the inversions the ride will include four overbanked turns, more than any other coaster in the world. Most of these elements will be located on top of the cliff where Rattler’s old helix was situated. Iron Rattler will dive off of the cliff and into a tunnel that, if the promo video is truthful, will include effects like lights and fog.

The coaster’s first drop will be set at an insanely steep 81 degrees. At 171 feet tall Iron Rattler will reach speeds of 70 mph.

All in all I think Iron Rattler will be an excellent improvement over the previous version. The New Texas Giant has become one of the most loved coasters from the past few years and Iron Rattler looks like it might be even better! I don’t know if it has beaten out Gatekeeper as my most anticipated 2013 coaster but it has certainly tied the Cedar Point ride.

Here’s a promo video for Iron Rattler (sorry, no POVs up yet):

On a side note, this is the 200th post here on the Coasterblog!

What do you think? What is your most anticipated new coaster? Please comment. Thanks for reading! 🙂


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