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Confirmed: Iron Rattler to open at Six Flags Fiesta Texas on May 25, 2013

Iron Rattler construction

Six Flags Fiesta Texas has confirmed that the opening date for the revamped Iron Rattler roller coaster has been set as May 25, 2013.

The grand opening of Iron Rattler will take place on May 25, between 11am and 9pm. Season Pass holders will be able to experience the updated coaster early, with a special preview event taking place on May 19 from 10.30am to 8pm.

The wooden coaster, which was formerly known as the Rattler and closed on August 5, 2012, has undergone a similar makeover to the Texas Giant at sister park Six Flags Over Texas. This has seen it being converted into a wood-steel hybrid, featuring an "Iron Horse" track and a series of new elements.

The official video below shows Iron Rattler being put through its paces:

The Rattler was the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in the world when it opened in 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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