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New Thunder Rapids Water Coaster Coming in 2017 to Six Flags Fiesta Texas

America’s First Rocket Blast Water Coaster

 

SAN ANTONIO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Get ready to ride the power of a storm! In celebration of Six Flags Fiesta Texas’ 25th Anniversary in 2017, The Thrill Capital of South Texas today announced another innovative and thrilling first—America’s first rocket blast water coaster—Thunder Rapids.

 

This state-of-the-art water attraction features a custom-designed inline raft and utilizes new water jet propulsion technology for lightning-fast uphill speeds and adrenaline-pumping drops. This thrilling water coaster will be positioned in White Water Bay, Fiesta Texas’ FREE water park (included with admission).

 

“This ride is unlike any water coaster in Texas or the U.S.,” said Park President Jeffrey Siebert. “Over the last few years, we’ve debuted a number of ‘world’s first’ coasters, solidifying our position as the premier destination for thrills in South Texas. Thunder Rapids is the perfect complement to the other offerings in our huge water park—combining the attributes of a roller coaster and water slide in one amazing attraction.”Thunder Rapids features:

 

- Five gravity-defying uphill blasts;

- Four spiraling flying saucer turns;

- One breathtaking enclosed dive turn;

- A specially designed moving loading station;

- A huge ride-up lift; and

- An incredible 942-ft. long and 3-story-tall structure.

 

The ride also features an advanced loading system that allows guests to quickly and easily board their water ride vehicle at ground level from a moving station. Guests then ride up the lift hill to the top of the slide – eliminating the need to carry tubes.

 

Also on tap for 2017, a colorful, new Mardi Gras Festival, featuring eight authentic parade floats artfully created by one of the world-renowned New Orleans float designers, Kern Studios. This delightfully visual event will be presented twice daily every operating day along park streets from March 24 through April 30. To enhance the party atmosphere, Mardi Gras themed food, merchandise and park décor will be prominent through the park during this festive timeframe. As a tribute to the seasonal events at Fiesta Texas, several floats will feature a salute to the seasons, including Fright Fest and Holiday in the Park.

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This is honestly pretty hype. Anything in the vein of Wildebeest and Dragon's Revenge/Master Blaster is good in my book, and it looks like it'll be one of the better ones out there too. Between this and the Six Chute/Mineshaft complex the waterpark is definitely going to be somewhere I spend more time in 2017 than I did this past season.

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I don't think the full layout is shown in the video. It still won't be the shortest in the area though, Mad Raft @ ZDT's is still a thing.

 

Either way it will definitely fit in the waterpark well and probably be one of the better slides there.

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How is this coaster a "first"? There are other water-jet propelled water coasters out there. I'm not aware of any that have a continuously moving platform for loading, though. Between that and the three person raft, I'm cautiously optimistic that lines for this thing won't be any worse than all the other water slides (which are bad enough already). It's a good addition.

 

They're also adding a parade in March and April. I'm all for entertainment in the streets, but that's such a short period, how are they going to recoup costs on it?

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How is this coaster a "first"? There are other water-jet propelled water coasters out there. I'm not aware of any that have a continuously moving platform for loading, though. Between that and the three person raft, I'm cautiously optimistic that lines for this thing won't be any worse than all the other water slides (which are bad enough already). It's a good addition.

 

They're also adding a parade in March and April. I'm all for entertainment in the streets, but that's such a short period, how are they going to recoup costs on it?

 

Pretty sure this model uses electromagnetic launches. Also the tighter turns.

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Pretty sure this model uses electromagnetic launches. Also the tighter turns.

 

I don't know, looks like it might be the new Proslide RocketBlast model that uses the water propulsion, either way it looks like a really cool slide.

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We are also doing a Six Flags Themed TPR Bag-O-Crap Twitter give-away! See our Twitter feed for details on how to be entered to win this cool Six Flags stuff including a couple of those giant park "wall maps!" Continue to RT our tweets from later today to be entered for a better chance to win! Winner will be picked later tonight or tomorrow morning.

 

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How is this coaster a "first"? There are other water-jet propelled water coasters out there. I'm not aware of any that have a continuously moving platform for loading, though. Between that and the three person raft, I'm cautiously optimistic that lines for this thing won't be any worse than all the other water slides (which are bad enough already). It's a good addition.
Pretty sure this model uses electromagnetic launches. Also the tighter turns.
I don't know, looks like it might be the new Proslide RocketBlast model that uses the water propulsion, either way it looks like a really cool slide.

 

NERD ALERT - So, this is the second or third ProSlide Rocket Blast installation, but I think it's the first in the United States. The propulsion is similar to the original Master Blasters in that it uses sequential water jets on either side of the uphill sections. The rafts themselves also have kind of cup-like pockets for the water to push against. The slides also use a sensor system to turn the jets on and off. As for the "saucer" sections, I would guess that they carefully adjust the radii of the turns to make sure the rafts experience the same amount of positive Gs as they go around the entire turn.

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NERD ALERT - So, this is the second or third ProSlide Rocket Blast installation, but I think it's the first in the United States. The propulsion is similar to the original Master Blasters in that it uses sequential water jets on either side of the uphill sections. The rafts themselves also have kind of cup-like pockets for the water to push against. The slides also use a sensor system to turn the jets on and off. As for the "saucer" sections, I would guess that they carefully adjust the radii of the turns to make sure the rafts experience the same amount of positive Gs as they go around the entire turn.

 

Appreciate the details on this - very cool looking stuff, and very different than the other blasters & water coasters I've been on. The saucers look awesome, here's hoping they ride well too!

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