Flash Pass Attraction
Type: Hybrid Coaster
Height: 179 Feet
Drop Height: 171 Feet
Track Length: 3,266 Feet
Maximum Speed: 70 MPH
Cars Per Train: 6
Riders Per Car: 4
Ride Manufacturer: RMC
Train Manufacturer: Gerstlauer
Track Color: Red
Support Color: Non-Painted
• The original Rattler is closed to the public and undergoes a major reconstruction into a hybrid coaster.
The Hybrid Transformation
Rattler was one of multiple wooden roller coasters in the Six Flags chain to undergo the hybrid transformation.
In 2012, Six Flags announced that Rocky Mountain Construction would be heading the project and that Rattler would be the second wooden coaster in the chain to undergo the project (following the footsteps of New Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas).
Iron Rattler's first drop was extended to 171 feet. The angle of the first drop was transformed into a steep 81 degrees with a top speed of 71 MPH. Perhaps one of the most unique additions to the ride is the barrel roll that drifts over the quarry wall.
The hybrid rebuild was a huge success and much needed for a ride that became progressively rough over the years to the point of it's first drop being dramatically shortened.
A Park Original
When Fiesta Texas opened in 1992, it was managed by Gaylord Entertainment and did not focus around the big thrill rides seen at many Six Flags parks today. One of the park's two original roller coasters from the 1992 season happened to be The Rattler.
Though the park was focused on their live entertainment, The Rattler was no force to be reckoned with. For the first two seasons, it was the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in the world.
John Pierce, the designer, stated that the design plans changed frequently as Gaylord Entertainment insisted on having the tallest wooden roller coaster in the world.