One of Six Flags Fiesta Texas' original rides will finally come to an abrupt end this year. The giant wooden coaster Rattler has been announced to be closed on August 5th. The park didn't say why the ride was being closed nor what would be going in its place if anything.
Rattler has been notorious for its uncomfortable ride and need for renovations. The ride opened in 1992 as the tallest wooden coaster in the world, soaring 179 ft with a 166 ft first drop. The ride sprawled out to over 5,000 ft in length with a course that utilized the canyon-side location which it calls home. However, due to the roughness of the ride even in its first year, the ride underwent many modifications in the first 4 years after it initially opened. Most of the work went into shortening the drop, finishing with a final first drop height of 124 ft. The 2nd hill's drop has been shown on various freelance videos that it sways a lot, some speculate more than a coaster structure should sway. The helix also underwent major modifications and new trains were acquired at some point as well.
It is rumored Rocky Mountain Coaster, who did renovations to Texas Giant in 2010, will renovate Rattler to similar extents, either with the Iron Horse treatment with the steel I-beams or the topper track, with steel coverings on top of layers of wood.