Six Flags Fiesta Texas
|Location||San Antonio, Texas
|Opened||March 14, 1992|
|Previous names||Fiesta Texas|
|Operating season||March to January|
|Area||224 acres (0.91 km2)|
|Website||Six Flags Fiesta Texas|
Six Flags Fiesta Texas is the major entertainment component of USAA's La Cantera, a 1,600 acre (6.5 km²) master-planned development in northwest San Antonio. "La Cantera" means "rock quarry" in Spanish and refers to the former use of the property on which the development sits.
- 1 History
- 2 Rides and attractions
- 3 Live entertainment
- 4 Annual events
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Beckman quarry (1934–1989)
In 1934 the McDonnell family started the Beckman quarry. Eventually it would encompass almost 1400 acres, and is still in active production behind the Rim Shopping center. The portion where Fiesta Texas is located was mined out in 1988 and the equipment relocated to another portion of the mine.
Development and construction (1990–1991)
The original development team consisted of property owner USAA Real Estate Company, a subsidiary of the USAA insurance company, and Gaylord Entertainment Company, which owned the now closed Opryland USA theme park in Nashville, Tennessee. The original concept for Fiesta Texas was defined as "a destination market, musical show park" similar to that of Opryland. The primary focus on southwestern music and culture rather than rides would be the unique element that would set the park apart from its competition.
When the initial ownership group began investigating a possible major theme park development in San Antonio, Texas, they faced significant competition in the Texas market. There were similar established Six Flags parks in Arlington and Houston as well as the nearby Sea World of Texas, which opened in 1988. Based on the competition, the development team believed the opportunity in San Antonio (an established regional leisure destination) was there and that the stable, slow growth direction of the theme park industry in the U.S. was in their favor.
Actual construction of the theme park took approximately 23 months, running from early 1990 to the park's opening in March 1992. Construction of the theme park was overseen by a joint venture of two general contractors, Lyda Inc. of San Antonio and Manhattan Construction Company of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The park had four theme sections; Crackaxle Canyon, Los Festivales, Spassburg, and Rockville, with the water park Ol' Waterin' Hole.
Fiesta Texas Era (1992–1995)
In 1994 Fiesta Texas added a new section, Fiesta Bay Boardwalk, with rides and attractions, and a new event, "A Lone Star Christmas," during the winter months. In 1995, the park opened a Screamin’ Skycoaster in the Fiesta Bay Boardwalk.
Gaylord Entertainment managed and was a minority owner of Fiesta Texas, with USAA Real Estate Company as the majority owner. Although attendance at the park met initial projections, Fiesta Texas was a money loser. After losing $16 million on the theme park in 1995, Gaylord sold its 14-percent stake back to USAA.
Six Flags (1996 – present)
In 1996, Time Warner took over management and operations of Fiesta Texas and added the Six Flags name to the park, while USAA remained as the sole owner. Premier Parks, which acquired the Six Flags theme park chain from Time Warner, purchased Fiesta Texas from USAA in 1998.
Time Warner Era (1996–1998)
Time Warner, who saw the opportunity to advertise and promote their movies and characters through the Six Flags parks, added The Joker's Revenge, a Vekoma Hurricane that ran backwards, for the 1996 season. Then for the 1997 season, Fiesta Texas added their fourth roller coaster Road Runner Express — a family mine-themed coaster. 1997 was also the last season for the event "A Lone Star Christmas". Time Warner operated the park until the middle of the 1998 season and introduced the Hopkins Super Flume Bugs' White Water Rapids, that is themed to the Looney Tunes cartoon episode Knighty Knight Bugs.
Premier Era (1998–2005)
Premier Parks purchased Six Flags from Time Warner and Boston Ventures on April 1, 1998, giving Premier Parks the management contract to the park. The new management company brought two new rides during the 1998 season Der Twister (now known as The Twister) and Frisbee. In October of that year, Premier Parks purchased Fiesta Texas from the La Cantera Development Company/USAA giving them complete ownership of the park. In 1999, Fiesta Texas saw the biggest expansion ever with around 13 new rides/water rides and two new coasters, Boomerang: Coast to Coaster and Poltergeist that debuted and was the first year that the park won the Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Award for the best shows in America, and also Ol' Waterin' Hole was renamed to Armadillo Beach. For the 2000 season, the park was supposed to open two new coasters Superman: Krypton Coaster a Bolliger & Mabillard Floorless roller coaster and Boardwalk Canyon Blaster a Zierer roller coaster, but only Superman: Krypton Coaster was constructed and opened. Boardwalk Canyon Blaster never operated at the park but was shipped to another Six Flags park Warner Bros. Park Madrid in 2001. The park won another Golden Ticket Award for Best Shows for a second year in a row.
During 2001 – 2005, the park added new shows each season and also won the award for the Best Shows for the Golden Ticket Awards all throughout those seasons. Fiesta Texas added new rides like Tempest and Turpo Bungee in 2001, Scooby-Doo! Ghostblasters: The Mystery of the Haunted Mansion in 2002, a new night time show Lone Star Spectacular, and Tornado for the waterpark. The park also removed smaller rides throughout the seasons and the coaster The Joker's Revenge that was SBNO during the 2002 season and then later removed to be relocated at Six Flags New Orleans for their 2003 season and opened as The Jester.
Shapiro Era (2006–2010)
In December 2005, stockholders approved a plan offered by Daniel Snyder to take over management of the Six Flags chain, who appointed former ESPN employee Mark Shapiro as CEO of Six Flags. For the 2006 season, Fiesta Texas got the biggest expansion for the water park with three new water rides/slides, a kids area, new entrance and shop, and with the new water park name White Water Bay. Also some rides were removed before the season.
In 2007 and 2008, Six Flags Fiesta Texas introduced two new coasters Tony Hawk's Big Spin (2007), a Gerstlauer spinning roller coaster, and Goliath (2008), a Bolliger & Mabillard Inverted roller coaster. Tony Hawk's Big Spin is located where The Joker's Revenge was, and Goliath was relocated from Six Flags New Orleans, where it was known as Batman: The Ride, and is located in the front entrance of the park. Also for the 2007 season, the park reopened its holiday event for the winter months but with a new name Holiday in the Park.
For the 2009 season, Fiesta Texas debuted the new kid's area, Wiggles World, the first children's theme area at Fiesta Texas, themed after the "kid sensation" group, The Wiggles. Wiggles World replaced the former Spassburg kid's area. Every year before 2009, the park won the Best Shows in America award from the Amusement Today Golden Tickets except for 2009 and 2010.
Weber/Anderson Era (2010 – present)
Six Flags officially emerged from bankruptcy protection on May 3, 2010, and announced plans to issue new stock on the New York Stock Exchange. Amid suspected disagreements regarding the future of the company with the board, Shapiro left the company and Al Weber, Jr. was brought in as interim President and CEO. Six Flags announced that Jim Reid-Anderson would replace Weber and become Chairman, President and CEO on August 13, 2010.
In late 2010, Six Flags began the process of removing licensed theming from attractions. They terminated several licenses including their licenses with Tony Hawk and The Wiggles. Tony Hawk's Big Spin was renamed and rethemed to Pandemonium and Wiggles World was rethemed to KIDZOPOLIS, all in time for the 2011 season.
In 2011, Six Flags Fiesta Texas premiered "Lone Star Nights," a new fireworks and laser light show. The revamped show opened in the summer of the 2011 season and featured brighter lasers and new projections to tell the story of the history of Texas. The park's Zaragoza Theatre was renovated and debuted a new show, Ovation — a compilation of hits from popular Broadway shows.
For 2012, Fiesta Texas introduced SkyScreamer, a 200 feet (61 m) Funtime StarFlyer, that would soar riders in a 98-foot (30 m) circle at speeds of 43 miles per hour (69 km/h), which opened in the spring of 2012. Also for 2012 is Country Chart Toppers a new show that would be located in the Sundance Theatre and the park would be celebrating the 20th anniversary in 2012.
A January 2012, interview with Rocky Mountain Construction conducted by the Spokane Journal of Business revealed plans for Rattler to be completely refurbished in 2013 with new track and trains in a manner similar to The Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas. On July 9, 2012, Six Flags Fiesta Texas announced the last chance to ride The Rattler is August 5, 2012, before it closes. On August 30, 2012, Six Flags announced that Six Flags Fiesta Texas will be adding Iron Rattler for the 2013 season. It will be a revamp from the original Rattler, with steel track, new trains, a new layout, and featuring the first of its kind barrel roll on a hybrid coaster. Also the park introduced Gunslinger, a 187 feet (57 m) Funtime Slingshot in 2013, which was built where Wagon Wheel was located.
On August 29, 2013, Six Flags officially announced the addition of Bahama Blaster and expansion to White Water Bay for the 2014 season. Bahama Blaster slide complex with feature four body slides with drop capsules where the floor drops below. Two of the slides are looping and the other two are free-fall. The six-story water slide complex will be located in a newly expanded area of White Water Bay along with several new rides and amenities.
Rides and attractions
The six themed areas of the park are Los Festivales, Crackaxle Canyon, Spassburg, Rockville, Fiesta Bay Boardwalk, and KIDZOPOLIS.
Current roller coasters
|Kiddee Koaster||1992||Vekoma Junior Coaster||KIDZOPOLIS|
|Road Runner Express||1997||Arrow Dynamics Mine Train Coaster||Crackaxle Canyon|
|Boomerang: Coast to Coaster||1999||Vekoma Boomerang roller coaster||Los Festivales|
|Poltergeist||1999||Premier Rides LIM Catapult Coaster||Rockville|
|Superman: Krypton Coaster||2000||B&M Floorless Coaster||Spassburg|
|Pandemonium||2007||Gerstlauer Spinning Coaster||Fiesta Bay Boardwalk|
|Goliath||2008||B&M Inverted Coaster||Los Festivales|
|Iron Rattler||2013||Rocky Mountain Construction Steel Hybrid||Crackaxle Canyon|
|Batman: The Ride||2015||S&S Worldwide 4D Free Spin||Rockville|
Current rides and attractions
|Fiesta Texas Railroad||1992||Train||Crackaxle Canyon||3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge; Whistle Stop (Station).|
|Spassburg||3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge; Der Pilger Bahnhof (Station).|
|The Gully Washer||1992||Intamin Rapids Water Ride||Crackaxle Canyon||In 2010, the park added more water effects.|
|Whirligig||1992||Zierer Wave Swinger||Spassburg||Named Die Fledermaus from 1992 to 2008.|
|Fender Bender||1992||Morgan Bumper Cars||Spassburg||Named Steingasse from 1992 to 2008. Since 2010 the ride has been converted to an Ice Skating Rink, known as Frostee's Skating Rink for Holiday In the Park event.|
|Amerigoround||1992||Morgan Carousel||Rockville||Located in Spassburg as Dornroschen from 1992 to 2008; moved to former Chaos location in 2009.|
|The Hustler||1992||Morgan Spinning Ride||Rockville|
|Power Surge||1992||Intamin Shoot-the-Chute Water Ride||Rockville|
|Krazy Kars||1992||Zamperla Convoy Ride||KIDZOPOLIS||Named Kinderbahn from 1992 to 2008; original "truck-style" cars re-themed for Wiggles World in 2009–2010 as The Big Red Cars; and now rethemed in late 2010.|
|Crow's Nest Ferris Wheel||1994||Chance Rides Century Wheel||Fiesta Bay Boardwalk|
|S.S. Overboard||1994||Chance Rides Pharaoh's Fury||Fiesta Bay Boardwalk||Standing but not operating (SBNO) since the 2012 season.|
|Waverunner||1994||Eli Bridge Scrambler||Fiesta Bay Boardwalk|
|Little Castaways||1994||Ride Works Tea Cups||Fiesta Bay Boardwalk|
|Bugs' White Water Rapids||1998||Hopkins Super Flume Water Ride||Spassburg|
|The Twister||1998||Huss Top Spin||Spassburg||Named Der Twister from 1998 to 2008.|
|Frisbee||1998||Huss Frisbee||Fiesta Bay Boardwalk||Originally located on current Boomerang site in Los Festivales; relocated to former paddleboat lake.|
|Yosemite Sam's Wacky Wagons||1999||Zamperla Mini Kiddie Ferris Wheel||Crackaxle Canyon|
|Foghorn Leghorn's Barnyard Railway||1999||Zamperla Rio Grande Kiddie Train Ride||Crackaxle Canyon|
|Kinderstein||1999||Zamperla Mini Tea Cups Kiddie Ride||Spassburg||Named Mini Tea Cups from 1999 to 2002.|
|Scream||1999||S&S 3-tower Combo Complex||Rockville|
|Daffy's School Bus Express||1999||Zamperla Crazy Bus||Rockville|
|Taz's Tornado||1999||Zamperla Lolly Swing||Rockville|
|Go-Karts||1999||(Extra Charge)||Fiesta Bay Boardwalk||Located where The Joker's Revenge and the park's former "kiddie beach" used to sit.|
|Buckarooz||1999||Kiddie Drop Ride||KIDZOPOLIS||Located in Crackaxle Canyon from 1999 to 2008 as Rodeo Rider (1999 to 2001) and Lil' Bronco Buster (2002 to 2008); moved to Wiggles World for 2009–2010 as Wiggly Trail Ride; and now rethemed in late 2010.|
|Scooby-Doo! Ghostblasters: The Mystery of the Haunted Mansion||2002||Sally Corp. Interactive Family Dark Ride||Fiesta Bay Boardwalk|
|ZoomJets||2009||Zamperla Aero Top Jet||KIDZOPOLIS||It was known as Big Red Planes from 2009 to 2010 in Wiggles World; and now rethemed in late 2010.|
|Up, Up & Away||2009||Zamperla Samba Tower||KIDZOPOLIS||It was known as Yummy Yummy Fruit Salad from 2009 to 2010 in Wiggles World; and now rethemed in late 2010.|
|Splish Splash Zone||2009||Interactive Kiddie Playship||KIDZOPOLIS||It was known as S.S. Feathersword's Playship from 2009 to 2010 in Wiggles World; and now rethemed in late 2010.|
|3-Point Challenge||2009||Half Court (Extra Charge)||Spassburg||Moved in 2012 next to The Twister to make room for SkyScreamer at its former location.|
|SkyScreamer||2012||Funtime StarFlyer||Spassburg||A 200 feet (61 m) swing tower. Located where the 3-Point Challenge attraction used to be in Spassburg.|
|Slingshot||2013||Funtime Slingshot (Extra Charge)||Crackakle Canyon||A 187 feet (57 m) tall slingshot tower. Located where Wagon Wheel used to be.|
|Soaring Eagle Zipline||2015||Zip-line (Extra Charge)||Rockville||A 155 feet (47 m) tall zip-line to the top of the quarry walls flying over Superman: Krypton Coaster two times.|
Former roller coasters
|Boardwalk Canyon Blaster||N/A||N/A||Zierer, Tivoli – Large coaster.||Fiesta Bay Boardwalk||Boardwalk Canyon Blaster was on the 2000 park map, but never built. It was located behind Poltergeist for the 2000 season and never set up. It was supposed to be built behind Frisbee. In 2001 it was relocated to Parque Warner Madrid as Tom y Jerry, where it has been operating since March 2002.|
|The Joker's Revenge||1996||2001||Vekoma Hurricane Coaster, with backward-facing trains||Fiesta Bay Boardwalk||Joker Revenge was Standing but not operating (SBNO) during the 2002 season until the coaster was later relocated to Six Flags New Orleans in late 2002 and opened as The Jester in 2003. Used to be where Pandemonium is now.|
|The Rattler||1992||2012||Roller Coaster Corporation of America wooden roller coaster||Crackaxle Canyon||The Rattler was one of Six Flags Fiesta Texas' original attractions, opening in 1992. It closed in 2012 to make way for Iron Rattler, a Rocky Mountain Construction steel roller coaster which will utilise some of the same support structure.|
Former rides and attractions
|Name||Opened||Removed In||Type||Former Location||Notes|
|Rennsporplatz||1992||1997||Mason Corporation kiddie roller racers/scooters||Spassburg|
|Cap’n Willie’s Shrimpboat||1994||1998||kiddie soft play ship||Fiesta Bay Boardwalk|
|Bayside Paddle Boats||1994||1998||Paddle Boat Ride||Fiesta Bay Boardwalk||(extra charge) Used to be where Frisbee is now.|
|Seaside Golf||1994||1998||Mini Golf||Rockville||Used to be where Poltergeist is now.|
|Daffy’s Duckaneer||1999||2000||Sartori kiddie swinging ship||Crackaxle Canyon||Moved to Six Flags St. Louis in 2006.|
|Screamin’ Skycoaster||1995||2001||Skycoaster||Fiesta Bay Boardwalk||Extra charge; moved to the Texas State Fair; used to be where Tempest used to be.|
|Chaos||1999||2005||Chance Chaos||Rockville||Relocated to Kemah Boardwalk; Used to be where Amerigoround is now.|
|Turbo Bungy||2001||2005||Eurobungy bungee/trampoline||Crackaxle Canyon||(Extra charge) Used to be where Whirlpool and Big Bender is now.|
|The Wipeout||1994||2006||Chance Wipeout||Fiesta Bay Boardwalk||The ride was closed in 2003, and finally removed in 2006. Used to be in the area in front of Johnny Rockets.|
|Tempest||2002||2006||Gravity Works Skyscraper||Fiesta Bay Boardwalk||(extra charge) Used to be behind Frisbee and Go Karts. Removed to make room for Pandemonium.|
|Der Fliegenzirkus||1992||2008||kiddie biplane ride||Spassburg||Removed for Wiggles World.|
|Kinderwagen||1992||2008||kiddie bumper cars||Spassburg||Removed for Wiggles World; used to be where the Buckarooz is now.|
|Frosty's Snow Chutes||2008||2010||Snow Hill||Fiesta Bay Boardwalk||Opened only during Holiday In The Park. Located behind Frisbee.|
|Wagon Wheel||1996||2011||Schwarzkopf Enterprise||Crackaxle Canyon||Relocated from Six Flags Over Texas. Used to be where Gunslinger is now.|
|Motorama||1992||2014||Morgan Sports Car Ride||Rockville||Named Motorama Turnpike from 1992 to 2004. Removed to make way for Batman: The Ride.|
Six Flags Fiesta Texas has featured numerous forms of in-park entertainment throughout its history. During its early years to this day, the park has kept to the theme of the shows to location of the theater, such as Roadhouse Country at Sundance Theatre in Crackaxle Canyon and the former Rockin' At Rockville High show at the Rockville High theatre in Rockville.
Guests of the park are welcomes by a wide array of characters and performers all throughout the park such as, characters from the Looney Tunes universe to the superheros of DC Comics. From 2009 to late 2010, another brand of characters from the Wiggles would also greet guest in the park in, before Six Flags had dropped the license to carry on the brand.
Fiesta Texas’ is known for best shows in America, and was awarded by Amusement Today for the Golden Ticket Award for “best theme park shows in the country” for the ten straight years (1999–2008) and continue to rank one of the best. Several of the shows have won individual awards like “Best Sports Show of 2005" (Xcelleration) and "best show with a production value of $25,000–$50,000" (Mayor Slayer's Monster Mash Bash).
Six Flags Fiesta Texas hosts a number of events for different holidays all throughout the operating season that often draw thousands of visitors to the park, the two most notable are;
- Fright Fest (October) takes over the park with ghouls and monsters that wonders around the park for the Halloween season. From Thrills by Day to Fright by Night, the park host themed live shows, scare zones, and haunted houses.
- Holiday in the Park (November–January) transforms the park during the Christmas season with millions of different lights scattered throughout the park. From Santa Claus to themed rides such as Frostee's Skating Rink. Started as Lone Star Christmas in the 1990's before the cancellation of the event after the 1997 season, but was reinstated for the 2007 season and years to come as Holiday in the Park.
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