Six Flags Fiesta Texas is a seasonally operated theme park located on approximately of land within an old quarry near the northwest intersection of Loop 1604 and Interstate 10 in San Antonio, Texas.
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 SeaWorld 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.
Gaylord Entertainment managed and was a minority owner of the Fiesta Texas theme park. USAA Real Estate Company was 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.
For the 2008 season, the park received a new roller coaster, Goliath. This roller coaster is a Bolliger and Mabillard designed inverted coaster which was at Six Flags New Orleans known as "Batman: The Ride". Goliath will be the park's 8th coaster that is at the park, the 9th to actually operate at the park, and the 10th to have been announced by the park.
This theme park goes beyond thrill rides—it includes a water park, named White Water Bay (renovated for the 2006 season), and music shows. Most nights conclude with a fireworks and laser show.
The themed areas of the park are Los Festivales, Crackaxle Canyon, Spassburg, Rockville, and Fiesta Bay Boardwalk.
|Ride||Year Opened||Removed In||Description||Location|
|The Rattler||1992||A John Pierce (designer) and RCCA (builder) wooden roller coaster. The ride opens with the world's largest drop on a wooden roller coaster, reprofiled several times in the following years to decrease the drop.||Crackaxle Canyon|
|Der Rollschuhcoaster||1992||Vekoma Junior Coaster/Roller Skater - kiddie roller coaster.||Spassburg|
|Joker's Revenge||1996||2002||Vekoma Hurricane roller coaster with backwards facing trains. Ride was closed for the 2002 season, moved to Six Flags New Orleans for the 2003 season.||Fiesta Bay Boardwalk.|
|Road Runner Express||1997||Arrow Dynamics Mine Train (last one built).||Crackaxle Canyon|
|Boomerang||1999||A Vekoma Boomerang. A short ride which pulls the rider to a steep height (from the rear) to 'charge' then releases. This ride only lasts a few seconds and has one loop.||Los Festivales|
|Poltergeist||1999||Premier Rides LIM roller coaster (spaghetti bowl design). This ride is extremely fast and starts instantly (also very swiftly.)||Spassburg|
|Superman: Krypton Coaster||2000||B & M Floorless roller coaster.||Rockville|
|Tony Hawk's Big Spin||2007||Gerstlauer Spinning Coaster.(where Joker's Revenge was located).||Fiesta Bay Boardwalk.|
|Goliath||2008||For the 2008 season, the park received a new roller coaster, Goliath. This roller coaster is a Bolliger and Mabillard designed inverted coaster which was at Six Flags New Orleans known as "Batman:The Ride". Goliath is the park's 9th coaster.||Los Festivales.|
Removed (former) waterpark attractions:
1990: Construction begins on Fiesta Texas
1992: March 14 - Fiesta Texas, built as a show park by USAA and Gaylord Entertainment (Opryland) opens in an old rock quarry on the Northwest side of San Antonio at the intersection of Loop 1604 and IH-10.
May 22-25 - Fiesta Texas holds it's grand opening. Oct 31 - Last operating day for the year 1993: March 13 - Park Opens for 1993 season.
1994: Fiesta Bay Boardwalk opens
Park is open in December for "A Lone Star Christmas"
Admission price is $24.95 1995: Screamin' Skycoaster added
1996: Time Warner/Six Flags takes over management of Fiesta Texas
May 10 - Joker's Revenge, A Vekoma roller coaster opens.
May 24 - Armadillo Beach Opens with a children's water play area with a dozen junior sized waterslides
1997: Roadrunner Express, an Arrow mine train opens
March - Premier Parks (not yet deciding to buy 6 Flags itself) reaches an agreement with USAA to take over ownership of Fiesta Texas
May 23 - Armadillo Beach opens for the season with several adult water slides.
Park is open for "Holiday in the Park" for the last time.
1998: Bugs' White Water Rapids, an O.D. Hopkins super flume opens. Six Flags is sold to Premier Parks Der Twister and Frisbee, both Huss rides, open in the middle of the season after Premier takes over.
Several more waterslides are added to Armadillo Beach along with a lazy river. 1999: March 13 - Boomerang Coast To Coaster, a Vekoma Boomerang, opens. Scream, a S&S combo ride, opens with 2 towers May 28 - Poltergeist, a Premier Rides LIM launched coaster, opens. Third tower on Scream is converted to another combo ride. Texas Treehouse and Lone Star Lagoon, a wavepool open in Armadillo Beach Mini Tea Cup, Chaos, Daffy's School Bus Express, Taz's Tornado, Go Karts, Rodeo Rider, Yosemite Sam's Wacky Wagons, Foghorn Leghorn's Barnyard Railway, and Daffy's Duckaneer added Season passes for only $39.99 and all of the new additions make 1999 the best year Fiesta Texas has ever seen. Park wins Amusement Today Golden Ticket Award for Best Theme Park Shows. 2000: March 11 - Superman Krypton Coaster, a B&M Floorless, opens.
Boardwalk Canyon Blaster "family coaster" was announced but never built. Park wins Amusement Today Golden Ticket Award for Best Theme Park Shows.
2001: Fiesta Texas concentrates on shows this season adding many new ones and improving some old ones. Park wins Amusement Today Golden Ticket Award for Best Theme Park Shows for the third year in a row Daffy's Duckaneer, Screamin' Skycoaster removed Tempest, a Gravity Works Skyscraper, takes the place of the Skycoaster. Rides cost $15 Turbo Bungee, a trampoline - bungee thing opens. Rides cost $7 2002: Scooby-Doo Ghostblasters - The Mystery of the Haunted Mansion (a Sally interactive dark ride) opens. Poltergeist receives lapbars instead of the OTSR's. Joker's Revenge will remain closed all year. Rattler receives some major track work.
2003: The Amazing Chinese Acrobats premier in the Zaragoza Theater The "All New" Lone Star Spectacular premiers For the 4th year in a row, the park receives a Golden Ticket Award for best shows. Golden Ticket Award for the #1 floorless coaster in the world (#24 steel overall) Joker's Revenge removed before park opens for the season and moved to Six Flags New Orleans as "Jester"
2004: Tornado, a Proslide water slide, opens in Armadillo Beach Waterpark. Park wins "Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Award" for "Best Theme Park Shows"
2005: Xcelleration, a BMX extream show, debuts in the Zaragoza Theater Park wins "Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Award" for "Best Theme Park Shows"
2006: Armadillo Beach Waterpark is re-theme and named to White Water Bay Hill Country Racer, A six lane Proslide mat racer, Opens after being transferred from Astroworld Big Bender and Whirlpool, Both Proslide slides, open in White Water Bay Park wins "Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Award" for "Best Theme Park Shows" After a proxy battle Six Flags is under new management. Many new features are added to the park - More Looney Tunes - Introduction of Justice League - Daily Parade - Papa Johns opens in Rockville and in Sangerfest Halle
2007: Tony Hawk's Big Spin, a Geustlauer coaster, opens Sangerfest Halle stage is renovated and is used as full stage A ticket version of Flash Pass is used Johhny Rockets added to the Boardwalk Panda Express opens in Crackaxle Canyon Cold Stone Creamery opens in Rockville Kodak takes over photo opps at the park VIP program introduced Mayor Salyers Monster Mash Bash get a major overhall with new set and all new songs Park wins "Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Award" for "Best Theme Park Shows" Park announces the return of HOLIDAY IN THE PARK after 10 years - Majesty of Christmas returns to the Zaragoza Theater to rave reviews - Happy Holidays debuts on the new Sangerfest stage - A 100ft tall Live Christmas Tree is set up in Rockville with 30,000 lights - Magical Musical Lights debuts at Texas State Square
2008: Golaith, a B&M Inverted coaster, is set to debut. Six Flags Blast! Fever set to debut in the Zaragoza Theater Two Dick Clark based films debut is Sangerfest Halle - AMA REWIND - ACMA BACK TRAX Groovin' at Rockville High set to debut in summer Looney Tunes Dances Party debuts on the streets of Rockville Six Flags Storytime debuts at the Spassburg Children's Theater Flash Pass is expanded to the LO-Q generation two technology
Johhny Rockets was built in Spassburg, at the same time taking out Superhero Grill
Proslide Bullet Bowl