Due to local planning restrictions (a result of the park being on green belt land) the land designated for the ride area was excavated, resulting in the ride being partially submerged below ground level. The layout consists of a steep lift hill, sharp turns and small airtime hills. Essentially, the rollercoaster starts slower and then starts dipping and twisting.
The Rattlesnake is themed around a Mexican mine of the Wild West era, with the cars resembling mine carts and a number of wooden structures and animated figures. The installation of the ride prompted the renaming of the park's 'Calamity Canyon' area to 'Mexicana', which it remains today.
Rattlesnake shares the tallest height restriction with Rameses Revenge at the park: minimum 1.4 metres, maximum 1.96 metres. There are also chest restrictions for waist measurements 51 inches or above.