1980s

1988

A look at crews clearing out the quarry for future Fiesta Texas construction.

  • The limestone quarry, which was created in 1934, is mined out for future development. This is the spot where Fiesta Texas will be constructed.


1989

A sign teasing the opening of a new theme park in San Antonio.

  • A development team consisting of USAA and Gaylord Entertainment Company begin early stages of planning for the theme park. The striving Seaworld San Antonio park, which opened in 1988, and the fact that San Antonio is a stable vacation destination, push the park development plans forward.

1990s

1990

A look at Rattler and Crackaxle Canyon construction pre-1992.

  • The 23-month schedule of construction on Fiesta Texas officially breaks ground.


1992 - Opening Season

  A guest brochure from the opening season of Fiesta Texas.

A guest brochure from the opening season of Fiesta Texas.


1993

The entrance to Fiesta Bay Boardwalk circa 2016.


1994

The S.S. Overboard when it still operated at Fiesta Texas.

  • Fiesta Bay Boardwalk officially opens for the 1994 season. Attractions include: Crow's Nest, Wave Runner, Cap'n Willie's Shrimpboat, Bayside Paddle Boats, Seaside Golf, The Wipeout, S.S. Overboard, and Little Castaways.

  • A one-day ticket to Fiesta Texas costs $24.95.

  • The park extends their operating season into December for an event called, "A Lone Star Christmas."


1995

A map from the 1995 season at Fiesta Texas.

  • Screamin' Skycoaster is added to the Fiesta Bay Boardwalk section of the park.

  • Fiesta Texas leads into their second season of the event, "A Lone Star Christmas" during the month of December.


1996

The original logo/sign at the entrance of Fiesta Texas.

  • Time Warner takes over management of Fiesta Texas, changing the name to Six Flags Fiesta Texas. USAA still remains the sole owner of the theme park.

  • Joker's Revenge, a Vekoma Hurricane Coaster, is added to the Fiesta Bay Boardwalk section of the park.

  • Wagon Wheel, a Schwartzkopf Enterprise, is added to the Crackaxle Canyon section of the park. This ride is relocated from Six Flags Over Texas.

  • The Ol' Waterin' Hole adds these water attractions: Tadpole Pond, Sandy Bottoms, Ol' Swimmin' Hole, and Crackaxle Springs.

  • "A Lone Star Christmas" is given the new name, "Holiday in the Park" and runs through December.


1997

A look at Road Runner Express circa 2017.

  • Road Runner Express, an Arrow Mine Train, is added to the Crackaxle Canyon section of the park.

  • "Holiday in the Park" discontinues after the 1997 season.

  • Rennsporplatz is removed from the Spassburg section of the park after the 1997 season.


1998

Frisbee prior to being moved to Fiesta Bay Boardwalk. Credit: ACE

  • Before the season begins, Cap'n Willie's Shrimpboat, Bayside Paddle Boats (Fiesta Bay Boardwalk), and Seaside Golf (Rockville) are removed from the park

  • Premier Parks purchases Six Flags in 1998. Premier also purchases Six Flags Fiesta Texas from USAA.

  • Bugs' White Water Rapids, a Hopkins Log Flume ride, opens in the Spassburg section of the park.

  • Der Twister, a Huss Top Spin, opens in the Spassburg section of the park.

  • Frisbee, a Huss Frisbee, opens in the Los Festivales section of the park.

  • Tadpole Pond and Sandy Bottoms are removed from the water park.


1999

A look at Boomerang circa 2016.

  • In 1999, Six Flags Fiesta Texas goes through a huge expansion, which includes over 10 ride additions to the main park and new additions to the water park.

  • The Los Festivales area adds: Boomerang, a Vekoma Boomerang coaster, which opens on March 13th, 1999.

  • Crackaxle Canyon adds new kiddie attractions: Daffy's Duckaneer, Foghorn Leghorn's Barnyard Railway, and Yosemite Sam's Wacky Wagons.

  • The Spassburg area adds: Kinderstein, a Zamperla Mini Tea Cups attraction.

  • The Rockville area adds: Daffy's School Bus Express, Taz's Tornado, Chaos, Scream, an S&S Combo Complex (2 towers open on March 13th while the 3rd tower opens later in the season), and Poltergeist, a Premier Rides LIM coaster, which opens on May 28th, 1999.

  • The water park is renamed Armadillo Beach and adds the Lone Star Lagoon and Texas Treehouse attractions.

  • Frisbee is relocated to the Fiesta Bay Boardwalk section of the park.

  • Season passes for the 1999 season start at $39.99.

  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas wins the Golden Ticket award for "Best Theme Park Shows."

  • The Gusher and Pipeline are removed from the water park.

2000s

2000

Construction on Superman Krypton Coaster. Credit: Jason Knutson

  • On March 11th, 2000, Superman Krypton Coaster, a B&M Floorless coaster, opens in the Spassburg area of the park.

  • The park has plans of building a brand new family coaster called the Boardwalk Canyon Blaster but these plans never take place. The ride is eventually sold to Warner Bros. Movie World.

  • Daffy's Duckaneer is removed from the park.

  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas wins the Golden Ticket award for "Best Theme Park Shows."


2001

Rockin' at Rockville High, a former show produced at Fiesta Texas. Credit: Jason Knutson

  • Turbo Bungee, a Eurobungy attraction, is added to the Crackaxle Canyon section of the park.

  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas wins the Golden Ticket award for "Best Theme Park Shows."

  • Screamin' Skycoaster is removed from the Fiesta Bay Boardwalk section of the park.


2002

Joker's Revenge prior to being removed from the park.

  • Tempest, a Gravity Works Skyscraper attraction, is added to the Fiesta Bay Boardwalk area of the park.

  • Scooby-Doo Ghostblasters, a Sally Dark Ride attraction, is added to the Fiesta Bay Boardwalk area of the park.

  • The Rattler undergoes major retracking.

  • Joker's Revenge does not operate for the 2002 season.

  • Poltergeist receives a lapbar/seatbelt restraint system and removes the over-the-shoulder restraints.

  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas wins the Golden Ticket award for "Best Theme Park Shows."

  • The Triple Dipper is removed from Armadillo Beach.


2003

The Lone Star Spectacular was a production featuring laser and fireworks effects.

  • Joker's Revenge is removed from the Fiesta Bay Boardwalk section of the park and is relocated to Six Flags New Orleans.

  • The Lone Star Spectacular premieres during the summer months.

  • The Wipeout, an attraction on the Fiesta Bay Boardwalk, ceases operation after the 2003 season.

  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas wins the Golden Ticket award for "Best Theme Park Shows."

  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas wins the Golden Ticket award for "Best Floorless Roller Coaster."


2004

A look at the Tornado water slide circa 2018.

  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas wins the Golden Ticket award for "Best Theme Park Shows."

  • Tornado, a water slide attraction, is added to the Armadillo Beach section of the park.


2005

A look at Chaos prior to being removed from the park. Credit: Jason Knutson

  • Chaos is removed from the Rockville section of the park.

  • Turbo Bungee is removed from the Crackaxle Canyon section of the park.

  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas wins the Golden Ticket award for "Best Theme Park Shows."

  • Crackaxle Springs and Ol' Swimmin' Hole are removed from the Armadillo Beach water park.


2006

Big Bender and Whirlpool were added to the park in 2006.

  • In 2006, Armadillo Beach is renamed White Water Bay and the water park undergoes a large expansion.

  • New water park attractions include: Whirlpool, Big Bender, Hill Country Racer (former AstroWorld attraction) and a revamped Splashwater Springs.

  • The Wipeout and Tempest are removed from the Fiesta Bay Boardwalk section of the park.

  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas wins the Golden Ticket award for "Best Theme Park Shows."


2007

Los Festivales decorated for Holiday in the Park.

  • Tony Hawk's Big Spin, a Gerstlauer Spinning Coaster, opens on March 10th, 2007 in the Fiesta Bay Boardwalk section of the park.

  • Holiday in the Park, a holiday event spanning in the winter months, returns to the park.

  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas wins the Golden Ticket award for "Best Theme Park Shows."


2008

Amerigoround in Spassburg prior to being moved to Rockville.

  • Goliath, a B&M Inverted Coaster, opens on April 18th, 2008 in the Los Festivales section of the park.

  • Amerigoround is moved from Spassburg to the Rockville section of the park to prep for the Wiggles World expansion.

  • Der Fliegenzirkus and Kinderwagen are removed after the 2008 season from the Spassburg section of the park.

  • Frosty's Snow Chutes, a snow hill attraction, is added for Holiday in the Park.

  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas wins the Golden Ticket award for "Best Theme Park Shows" for the 10th year in a row.


2009

Big Red Cars was an attraction found in Wiggles World.

  • Wiggles World officially opens for the 2009 season which features many re-themed attractions from the Spassburg kid's area and also includes these new attractions: Splish Splash Zone, Up, Up & Away, and Zoomjets.

2010s

2010

  • Frosty's Snow Chutes does not come back after the 2010 Holiday in the Park event.


2011

Tony Hawk's Big Spin prior to being renamed Pandemonium. Credit: Joel Rogers

  • Six Flags, Inc. ends licensing contracts with both Tony Hawk and The Wiggles.

  • Tony Hawk's Big Spin is renamed Panedmonium.

  • Wiggles World is renamed Kidzopolis.

  • Wagon Wheel is removed from the Crackaxle Canyon section of the park.


2012

SkyScreamer was added to Fiesta Texas in 2012.

  • SkyScreamer, a Funtime Star Flyer attraction, opens in the Spassburg section of the park.

  • S.S. Overboard ceases normal operation after the 2012 season.

  • The Rattler is closed during the season in preparation for construction to become the Iron Rattler.


2013

Crews transforming Rattler into the Iron Rattler.

  • Texas Gunslinger, a Funtime Slingshot attraction is added to the Crackaxle Canyon section of the park where Wagon Wheel once stood.

  • The Rattler is reintroduced as Iron Rattler after undergoing major reconstruction into a hybrid coaster during 2012 and the off-season. Iron Rattler officially opens on May 25th.


2014

Motorama prior to being removed after the 2014 season for Batman: The Ride.

  • The Bahama Blaster and Bamboo Chutes water attractions are added to the White Water Bay water park.

  • Motorama is removed from the Rockville section of the park to make way for Batman: The Ride in 2015.


2015

Batman: The Ride is the first ride of its kind in the world.

  • Batman: The Ride, a S&S 4D Free Spin Coaster, is added to the Rockville section of the park and officially opens on May 3rd, 2015.

  • The summer show line-up includes Ovation in Zaragoza Theatre, #iPop in Teatro Fiesta, Vinyl Countdown in Rockville High School Theatre, and the Lone Star Spectacular to end each night.

  • The Fright Fest show line-up includes Skeleton Krew in Teatro Fiesta, Creature Feature in Zaragoza Theatre, Rock Apocalypse in Sundance Theatre, and Monster Mash Bash in Lone Star Lil's Amphitheater.

  • The Holiday in the Park show line-up includes Majesty of Christmas in Zaragoza Theatre, My Christmas Card to You in Rockville High School Theatre, and Tinseltones outside of Rockville High School Theatre.

  • S.S Overboard, Little Castaways, and Frisbee are removed from the Fiesta Bay Boardwalk section of the park.


2016

Monster Mash Bash during the 2016 season.

  • The 2016 season begins on February 27th, 2016. Daily tickets are $63.99, season passes are $75.99, and daily parking is $20.

  • Fiesta Bay Boardwalk's boardwalk is completely refurbished with new wood. All boardwalk buildings and some attractions are repainted. New LED lighting features are added throughout the area.

  • Fireball, a Larson Super Loop, Hurricane Force 5, a Zamperla Disk'O, and Spinsanity, a Larson Tilt-a-Whirl open in the Fiesta Bay Boardwalk section of the park.

  • The summer show line-up includes #iPop in Teatro Fiesta, From Memphis to Motown at Sangerfest Halle Stage, Vinyl Countdown in Zaragoza Theatre, and the Lone Star Spectacular at the end of each night.

  • Fright Fest operates from September 24th through October 31st. The show line-up includes Skeleton Krew in Teatro Fiesta, Dead Man's Party in Zaragoza Theatre, Rock Apocalypse in Sundance Theatre, and Monster Mash Bash in Lone Star Lil's Amphitheater. The event features 5 scare zones and 5 haunted houses. Haunted houses are free for the first time ever but the park still provides upgrade options.

  • Holiday in the Park operates from November 19th through January 2nd. The show line-up includes Majesty of Christmas in Zaragoza Theatre, My Christmas Card to You in Rockville High School, Tinseltones at Rockville Christmas Tree Stage, and Have Yourself a Looney Tunes Christmas at Sangerfest Halle Stage. The park also adds two new entertainment features including North Pole Reflections, a building projection show, and Holiday Illuminations, a Christmas light show added to the Rockville Christmas tree.

  • Demolition of Hill Country Racer, a 6-lane water slide, begins in December to make way for the new 2017 Thunder Rapids attraction.

  • The 2016 season ends on January 2nd, 2017.


2017 - 25th Anniversary

Fiesta Texas was one of the first parks to host the Mardi Gras Festival.

  • The 2017 season begins on February 25th, 2017.

  • Thunder Rapids, a Proslide RocketBLAST Water Coaster, is added to White Water Bay. This is the first installation of this ride model in North America. The ride opened to the general public on June 3rd with soft openings from May 27th through 29th.

  • The spring/summer show line-up includes V!BE in Teatro Fiesta (new for 2017), From Memphis to Motown at Sangerfest Halle Stage, The Vinyl Countdown: Volume 2 in Zaragoza Theatre (new for 2017), and Celebrate!, a new fireworks/special effects production.

  • A Mardi Gras Festival featuring a parade, specialized food, and other entertainment operates in the park from March 24th through April 30th.

  • White Water Bay opens for the season on April 29th.

  • Four water slides are repainted and renamed in White Water Bay. Mine Shaft is renamed Bermuda Triangle, Blowout is renamed Paradise Plunge, Six Chuter is renamed Riptide Runner, and Twister is renamed Typhoon Twister.

  • Drop of Doom, a virtual reality ride feature, is added to the Scream attraction from July 15th through August 21st.

  • Major repainting of food and shop structures takes place throughout the whole season, mostly impacting Crackaxle Canyon and Los Festivales.

  • On July 23rd, Power Surge (Intamin Shoot-the-Chute), one of the park's original water ride attractions, closes permanently.

  • In early August it is announced that Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster will be coming to Rockville in Spring of 2018, replacing Power Surge.

  • White Water Bay closes for the season on September 10th.

  • A new table service restaurant, Thirsty Buffalo Saloon, opens in Crackaxle Canyon just before Fright Fest begins.

  • Fright Fest starts on September 15th, which is the earliest start time for the festival in park history. Live shows include Monster Mash Bash in Lone Star Lil's Amphitheater, Dead Man's Party in Zaragoza Theatre, Rock Apocalypse in Sundance Theatre, and Monster Boogie (new for 2017) in Teatro Fiesta. Fright Fest also offers six haunted houses and five scare zones. The event ends on October 31st.

  • In October, construction begins moving quickly on Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster and coaster pieces arrive on-site.

  • In November, Amerigoround is removed from Rockville for refurbishment and relocation for the 2018 season.

  • Holiday in the Park starts on November 18th. Live shows include The Tinseltones in Rockville, My Christmas Card to You in Rockville High School, Have Yourself a Looney Tunes Christmas at Sangerfest Halle Stage, and Majesty of Christmas in Zaragoza Theatre. New event attractions include Santa's Cottage, Winter Wonderland, and Hometown Holidays. The event ends on January 7th.

  • In December, the park announces that Scooby-Doo Ghostblasters will close at the end of the season. A new dark ride will take its place for 2018. The ride officially closes on January 7th, 2018.

  • The 2017 season ends on January 7th, 2018.


2018

A look at Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster construction in January 2018.

  • The 2018 season begins on February 25th, 2018.

  • During the off-season, Goliath, Tornado (White Water Bay), and Taz's Tornado receive brand new paint jobs.

  • Kinderstein, the park's mini tea cups attraction, is refurbished during the off-season.

  • The former Cold Stone Limited location becomes Funnel-Liscious, a new funnel cakes stand.

  • Blue Snowman Ice Cream, serving Dole Fruit Swirl products, takes over the former location of Reggie's Funnel Cakes in Rockville.

  • Cocktails on the Corner, a new full-service bar, is added to Primo's Pizzeria in Rockville.

  • Coaster Candy replaces Spitze's Sweets in Spassburg.

  • Wonder Woman Gifts, a brand new gift shop, is added to Rockville.

  • Der Pilger Bahnhof's station is given a theme refresh and is repainted yellow, brown, and turquoise.

  • Daffy's School Bus Express is given a paint job during the spring.

  • Mardi Gras Festival returns to the park from April 27th through May 28th and features all-new food options, nighttime parade, and an extended live entertainment line-up.

  • Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster officially opens to the general public on May 12th, 2018 with soft openings beginning on April 27th.

  • The park's spring/summer show line-up includes ¡Bailando! and V!BE in Teatro Fiesta, Vinyl Countdown: Volume II in Zaragoza Theatre, and the all-new Totally Rockville in Rockville High School.

  • The Celebrate! Summer Night Spectacular returns and runs through the summer months.

  • July 4th Fest takes place from June 30th through July 4th and features a food festival, nightly patriotic fireworks display, and foam after party.

  • Grand Carousel (formerly known as Amerigoround) is reinstalled in the park's Spassburg section. The ride officially reopens on July 18th.

  • On August 26th it is announced that The Twister will not operate for the remainder of 2018.

  • On August 30th the park announces that The Joker Wild Card, a Zamperla Giant Discovery, will be added to the park's 2019 ride line-up. The park also announces the addition of DC Universe for the 2019 season. This new park area will take over parts of Rockville and Spassburg.

  • Fright Fest operates from September 14th through October 31st. The entertainment line-up includes the all-new House of Bones in Zaragoza Theatre, Monster Mash Bash in Lone Star Lil's Amphitheater, Rock Apocalypse in Sundance Theatre, Monster Boogie in Teatro Fiesta, and The Awakening. A new haunted house, Midnight Museum of the Macabre, is introduced in the Spassburg section. A new scare zone, Soul Harvest, is introduced in the park's Los Festivales section. The event provides a total of six haunted houses and five scare zones.

  • In October a new gift shop named Simply Southern opens in the park’s Spassburg section.

  • Panda Express permanently closes at the end of Fright Fest.

  • The Twister is demolished and removed from the park in November.