As rumors suggested, Six Flags Fiesta Texas’ Rattler will be getting quite an upgrade for 2013. Like the Texas Giant that became the New Texas Giant, the park’s terrain wooden roller coaster Rattler will become Iron Rattler thanks to Rocky Mountain Group’s steel Iron Horse track system. The most notable difference in this makeover will be Iron Rattler’s barrel roll meaning that this hybrid steel-wooden coaster will have a loop.
I had seen a lot of potential in Rattler when I rode it last year, but it was so rough that I gave it a 5.0 (Average) out of 10. I’d have to say that this re-invention of the ride has the potential to push it to a 9 or even a 10. Rocky Mountain Construction’s also giving us an exciting looking ride in Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City. Hopefully, the success of these two coasters next year will spur on more and more of these hybrid coasters. As I loved the New Texas Giant and again I could really see the potential in Rattler. Read my Rattler review.