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Six Flags Fiesta Texas to close The Rattler roller coaster on August 5, 2012

Rattler roller coaster

Six Flags Fiesta Texas has confirmed that it will close wooden coaster The Rattler on August 5, 2012, with details of its replacement yet to be announced.

It has been strongly rumored that The Rattler will be updated in a similar fashion to the Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas, returning under a new name. However, there was no confirmation of this in a park statement to My San Antonio, with spokeswoman Sydne Purvis simply stating that the ride is "going away" in early August.

Six Flags Over Texas left much of the Texas Giant's wooden support structure in place during its 2011 refurbishment, but added a new "Iron Horse" steel track. This made riding the coaster a smooth experience, although technically it moved from being in the wooden coaster category into the "hybrid" bracket.

The Rattler was the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in the world when it opened 1992, standing at some 179-feet-tall. Riders hit a top speed of 73 miles per hour at the base of its first drop, which was subsequently shortened by 42 feet. This reduced the speed to 65 miles per hour, with Six Flags Fiesta Texas aiming to address complaints that the ride was too intense.

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