SAN ANTONIO, TX
As Auld Lang Syne blared from the speakers and fireworks crackled in the sky, Six Flags Fiesta Texas debuted the year’s first new ride at midnight on New Year’s Eve.
Pirates of the Deep Sea is a completely reimagined version of a Sally Corp. dark ride installed at the park in 2002. Originally built as Scooby-Doo Ghostblasters, the popular dark ride resonated with families, particularly those with young children. Over the past decade, the San Antonio theme park eventually became the sole Six Flags property to use the cartoon IP, and it made logical business sense to let go of the licensing at the close of the 2016 season.
This provided Fiesta Texas a valuable opportunity. Determined not to just shutter an attraction, park management had grander plans. Indoor attractions in the Texas climate are of high importance, and the park now had a clean slate from which to work. Focus groups of park guests indicated the theme of pirates was the way to go.