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Looks like Iron Rattler will only have 2 trains, just because of the block layout. No mid-course brake run or an exit station would make a 3rd train operation impossible. The station will have to be fixed anyways considering it was configured weirdly due to the 5-car PTC trains.

 

Considering that Fiesta Texas is a much smaller park compared to Over Texas, this really doesn't need a 3 train operation.

 

I'm glad to see how well this is coming. Probably won't ever have a chance to go down that way to go to either Six Flags park, but hoping to see a nice POV for it, unless Six Flags decide to give out a butchered one like they did with Texas Giant. Also it is just me or are there 2 different track colors? I noticed on the lift it's the orange, but the former helix area is red.

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I'm glad to see how well this is coming. Probably won't ever have a chance to go down that way to go to either Six Flags park, but hoping to see a nice POV for it, unless Six Flags decide to give out a butchered one like they did with Texas Giant. Also it is just me or are there 2 different track colors? I noticed on the lift it's the orange, but the former helix area is red.

 

Its all one color of orange... here is some pics of the helix!

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Actually, it wouldn't be that difficult for them to open up the station for more cars. The original Rattler trains were 7 cars. Later on they downsized it to 5 cars per train. When they did that, all they did to change the station was remove two of the airgates and block off the unused boarding section.

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Looks like Iron Rattler will only have 2 trains, just because of the block layout. No mid-course brake run or an exit station would make a 3rd train operation impossible. The station will have to be fixed anyways considering it was configured weirdly due to the 5-car PTC trains.

 

Considering that Fiesta Texas is a much smaller park compared to Over Texas, this really doesn't need a 3 train operation.

 

I'm glad to see how well this is coming. Probably won't ever have a chance to go down that way to go to either Six Flags park, but hoping to see a nice POV for it, unless Six Flags decide to give out a butchered one like they did with Texas Giant. Also it is just me or are there 2 different track colors? I noticed on the lift it's the orange, but the former helix area is red.

 

We used to run 3 train operation on the Rattler when I was a Rattler ride op from 96-99, not really sure when they got rid of the third train but I believe it was in the mid 2000's. Even with all the newer coasters added over the years it was still the coaster with the longest line everytime I visited the park through out the years after I stopped working there. I'm sure with the ride being a bit shorter, 2 train operation is what they'll run fir iRat considering no mid course brake. In any case, I can't wait for it. It's gonna be amazing. The drop already looks pretty good just driving by. Dunno if they're working during the holiday weeks but I'm gonna drive by this Saturday to see if there is any progress.

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When they announced Iron Rattler, they said it would be a two train operation. I also got a flyer from the park as well that said two trains.

 

Speaking of ... I can't wait to see the trains!

 

Yes the new trains look awesome from the pictures

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Its all one color of orange... here is some pics of the helix!

 

Ah... I see it's orange! For some reason I think in some of the pics, it looks almost red.

 

Actually kind of glad that Fiesta Texas babied this coaster as much as it was an engineering failure when it opened. After I figured out RCCA was the one who designed it and the rush on it to beat Mean Streak, it kind of made sense. I'm sure we are looking at a new station setup anyways with it bumping to a 6-car train config. From what I could tell from pictures, the air gates look like they were torn out for the other 2 cars.

 

Six Flags does have a few PTC parts floating around now with Texas Giant and Rattler's old trains. I figured that is what happened to Rattler's 3rd train if it just ended up disappearing one year, a parts donor.

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Rattler ran 3 trains as of 2010 on busy days. Without stacking too...

 

Last year I believe it ran 1 original Rattler train and 1 blue train from Texas Giant but I could be wrong.

 

Without a midcourse and a pretty quick ride time, 2 trains is all iRat needs. 3 trains on NTAG barely helps anyways and it's a much longer ride with a MCBR.

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Yeah I305, only has 2 trains, but because the course is short, low to the ground, and the ride hauls a$$, the trains is ready to advance into the station before the prior finishes its restraint checks allowing. I305s line moves much faster most of the other rides at KD. I think IR could end being a people eater.

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Decided to drop by the park yesterday since I was getting pretty bored staying at home. Thought 45 degree drizzly weather should keep the crowds small. The crowds were definitely pretty light.

 

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Here's the entrance to Iron Rattler.

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The brake run.

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Another shot of the brake run

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Brake run going into station.

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The station brake run.

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More of the quarry tunnel to station. Looks like it might be straight from the tunnel exit to brake run.

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More of the quarry tunnel to station.

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Station exit.

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Double lift hill shot.

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Looks like pieces of the old Rattler.

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Not too many people buying this today.

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Fiesta Bay Boardwalk with Christmas lights

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Big tree in Rockville

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Scream with tree.

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Lights

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Lights

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More Lights

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Screaming lights.

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There are a lot of lights here

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Lights everywhere

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Everything had lights

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Spassburg lights.

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The log flume was actually opened to any brave soul that dared to ride it in freezing weather.

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Sparkly

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Even the dragon was decorated.

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The bumper cars were converted to a skating rink.

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They had snow miser and heat miser on the screen.

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The train covered in lights.

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Lights set to music.

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A festival of lights

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Road Runner Express all lit up.

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More dancing lights. Just imagine hearing Trans-Siberian Orchestra in the background.

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You can have your picture taken inside a snow globe.

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Fiesta de las luces.

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Goliath all sparkly.

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Goliath with cool blue lift hill lights. There was a very perky ride op there that sounded like Dory speaking whale.

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One more light shot before leaving.

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Goodbye Fiesta Texas.

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Has anyone else noticed Poltergeist being a LOT slower this year compared to years past?

 

 

the couple of times mywife and I rode it this year, only the launch had any speed at all, and afterward the train just kinda limps and slouches its way through the rest of the ride?

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Has anyone else noticed Poltergeist being a LOT slower this year compared to years past?

 

 

the couple of times mywife and I rode it this year, only the launch had any speed at all, and afterward the train just kinda limps and slouches its way through the rest of the ride?

 

Sounds like it got quieter, slower wheels (not sure which type that is) based on everyone's reports. Kind of a shame, as Poltergeist was always the fastest and best LIM bowl out there and I loved being able to hear it roar from across the park.

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Has anyone else noticed Poltergeist being a LOT slower this year compared to years past?

 

 

the couple of times mywife and I rode it this year, only the launch had any speed at all, and afterward the train just kinda limps and slouches its way through the rest of the ride?

 

I rode last Sunday when it wasn't too cold out and although I noticed it was lots quieter, it hauled ass through the entire ride with no slowing down at all. I used to remember a bit of a slow down right at the middle of the ride and then it would gradually pick up speed through the last twists and turns before the corkscrew. This year seemed quiet different I was totally surprised.

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Has anyone else noticed Poltergeist being a LOT slower this year compared to years past?

 

 

the couple of times mywife and I rode it this year, only the launch had any speed at all, and afterward the train just kinda limps and slouches its way through the rest of the ride?

 

I rode last Sunday when it wasn't too cold out and although I noticed it was lots quieter, it hauled A$$ through the entire ride with no slowing down at all. I used to remember a bit of a slow down right at the middle of the ride and then it would gradually pick up speed through the last twists and turns before the corkscrew. This year seemed quiet different I was totally surprised.

 

I agree with you ArizonaGuy... When I rode Polty on 12/22/12 it was the best ride I ever had on the coaster with the speeds it gave. My family also agrees!

 

Also I did shoot a video of the launch of the day I went.

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Nice pictures of the lights. I wish they would do more likes like that year round at parks. They don't have to be Christmas colors, and not everywhere, but those lights can really look good at night in a park. Kind of like Kennywood does it.

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^Seconded! I was thoroughly charmed by the Starlight experience at Cedar Point in 2011, and I've enjoyed the nighttime lights at some other Cedar Fair parks like Worlds of Fun and Kings Island as well. The more lights, the better!

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They have done a great job of expanding the Christmas event! The first few years it was pretty small and now it's a pretty large offering. I always loved going to HIP from 07 to 2010.

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They have done a great job of expanding the Christmas event! The first few years it was pretty small and now it's a pretty large offering. I always loved going to HIP from 07 to 2010.

 

 

 

 

Agreed. I went yesterday and it seemed a lot better developed than it used to be.

 

 

Iron Rattler is looking good, btw. We even rode the RoadrunnerExpress kiddie coaster just so we could get a better look at the construction.

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