Road I-rat twice today. First in the second row, and the second time I was in the third row towards the back. (each time on the left side) Holy cow the back is AMAZING!! That first drop is amazing especially how it turns as you drop. With that said, I will try my best to compare irat with ntag. (Just road ntag exactly two weeks ago in the back). Irat really packs a punch. There is literally no room for you to breathe during this ride at all. The air time is beyond amazing. That ending, although you know what is going to happen, is so sudden it just tosses your body. AMAZING! Overall the advantage of Irat is the diversity in the ride. There are many more different elements then ntag which gives it an upperhand. Ntags advantage is the length of the ride. Ntag is awesome and fun for a longer period of time. Also there is more moments of airtime. However, I believe there are moments where you can sort of relax and take a breath, something Irat does not have. It's a really hard decision, but I'm going to favor Irat on this one! Reasons: First drop, different, diverse elements, quarry wall, air time, barrel roll and the cave!! Overall this is a huge win! Some side notes. The water effect was not going today although there was fog and lights in the tunnel. I did walk on a section of the line when the floor was shaking (rattler effect), that was cool although I feel a lot of people didn't understand what that effect mean't lol. And I must point out that the line moves quickly!! That impressed me the most! So happy and excited to have this ride in San Antonio! Truly a remarkable ride and definitely worth your trip! ENJOY!
Went out to the park today and rode IRAT 5 times! It was truely an amazing coaster. So let's compare IRAT and NTAG. Fact: IRAT is taller, faster, and steeper. My favorite parts of the coaster were the first drop, barrel roll, and the tunnel towards the end of the ride. The first drop was crazy! It literally twist all the way down, and you can feel it. After the first drop you get some amazing airtime climbing the wall. Then the turn around drop down the wall was great followed by the awesome barrel roll! Freaking loved that barrel roll. After that there are various airtime moments on the top of the wall, followed by the amazing drop off the wall into the LED tunnel (my favorite part.) them some awesome airtime before hitting the brakes. Listen the ride was amazing, 100 million times better the the old Rattler. This is a must ride! Now as for NTAG, I don't even have to describe that ride cause it's also amazing. The advantage Giant has is that it's much longer then IRAT. I do wish IRAT could have been just a tad bit longer, but oh well, still amazing! I honestly don't know if IRAT is better then NTAG or not. I will say it's very close, and it's stressing me out that I can't decide! Lol if I can't make up my mind then they will probably just both be my #1, is that possible? Lol anyways IRAT is amazing guys. Make sure to check it out this summer!
I got 7 rides on iRat today and it's AMAZING! Loved the first drop and the different spots of airtime in the ride. Awesome no matter where you sit, but the back is insane going over the first drop. Ntag is longer and I like them both but iRat is my #1 because of its uniqueness being in a quarry and a barrel role. Drop in the tunnel is awesome. The water effects were on in the early part of the day. I was impressed by how quick the line moved and the hard working staff. It did go down for a little over an hour while they took one train off and in the maintenance area and after that the 4th car was blocked off for both trains. Not sure what happened but after that there were no problems. Did go by after dark when I got a chance to see what it looked like at night but the lights were already off by 9:40 when I passed by.
The ride was down for about an hour and 45 minutes today. We waited it out because it kept looking like progress was made but then another one would come up. Staff was great. Even saw the park president on scene watching over and even helping with getting the trains going.
As others have said, Iron Rattler was amazing, I personally liked it better than NTAG. No two seats give the same ride, I tried out every row and found that row 3 gave the strongest airtime. Other than the down-time from about 1 to 3, yesterday was amazing. Thanks Fiesta Texas for putting on this event, It'll keep me renewing my pass.
Last edited by BigBomer on Sun May 19, 2013 4:36 pm.
TPR was at media day for the opening of Iron Rattler, Rocky Mountain Construction's latest insanely awesome hybrid coaster at Six Flags Fiesta Texas! And much like the POV suggest, our butts spent more time out of the seat than in it!
The lift hill on this baby is quite intimidating at 179 feet and offers a fantastic view of the park. The train reaches the top and slows to a crawl giving those in front time to reflect on the craziness that lies ahead before plunging 171 feet in a near vertical 81 degree drop at an astonishing 70mph!
Zooming past the rock wall going up and under the zero-g roll and then up again before hitting the first of many over banked turns you have the feeling of never being in your seat. The ride maintains it's speed nicely through the roll before some crazy overbanked twisting turns leading to a small bunny hill that sets you up for the big plunge into the tunnel! The amazing part of this section is that you have no clue as what is about to happen! When the train falls off the cliff it picks up a hellish speed that zooms so fast entering the disco tunnel that your brain simply can't process what just happened! The ride ends with another nice pop of air before being brought to a gentle yet quick stop.
RMC has created yet another winner and Six Flags Fiesta Texas is proud to own her. No doubt Iron Rattler will be a top 10 coaster in the next polls! Get out to SFFT and ride this monster, you won't be disappointed!
Special thanks to Jeffrey, Jamie, the entire iRat ride crew, and all those at SFFT for putting on a great event, you guys rock!
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Maintenance is getting Iron Rattler ready
The local news stations are getting ready
The ride crew is ready....
Iron Rattler is READY!
Jeffery Siebert says "Let's GO Let's GO Let's GO!!!"
Rattler's sign is looking good!
The station has been revamped; the splash of orange really sets it off nicely!
That's one bad ass looking train
And I can't forget the tail enthusiasts! I know some of you would love getting your hands on some tail!
We love the iRat sign, it sets the mean tone for the ride and will be an iconic park symbol for years to come.
The first drop is crazy as it twists to the left heading almost straight down at 81 degrees! As soon as you head down, you know it's gonna be a great ride.
Then you zoom past the rock wall at a blazing 70 MPH!
and head under the zero-g roll with a burst of air time
and now into the first of several over banked turns ensuring that your butt is all over the place!
The zero-g roll is a pretty amazing element for sure, and the best part....it's smooth as silk
After twisting and turning the train appears out of nowhere
Take the tunnel!!!!
And one last pop of air before you hit the brakes
There wasn't a single person who didn't have an OMFG what just happened look on their faces
See? Told you.
And we're rolling!
After all the time out of the seat, you butt gets firmly planted with some nice force, but not for long!
iRat's ending ranks high on the list for me in best endings as it leaves you wanting more!
They have some cool looking merchandise for Iron Rattler
This group of nerdy characters is thrilled with the new Iron Rattler!
Want more you say? Absolutely you do!
But it wouldn't be a RMC ride without something over the top crazy
Like the zero-g roll
The second drop is our favorite, comes out of no where, and instantly picks up steam
You hit the disco tunnel at such a high rate of speed that you get the feeling you might crash into it!
Awesome setting, and tons better than old Rattler, sorry old Rattler fans
We even get a chance to meet up with fellow TPR peeps!
After a few more rides we headed up to the top of the mountain for an exclusive photo opportunity
Robb gives iRat a big thumbs up!
Down the hatch
This is what 81 degrees of hair time looks like
Iron Rattler is certainly one of those rides you want to get off, and back on, over and over.
I just can't get over how well it fits in with the rest of the park
Its like its meant to be there!
Speaking of going over ;)
Coming out of the roll before a series of crazy over banks
Reach for the sky!
Everyone needs to get to SFFT and ride Iron Rattler, these folks would agree!
Wish you were here?
Again, I can't say enough what a great job RMC did with Iron Rattler, a solid ride that's a great fit for the park, smooth, crazy, super fast, and most of all it's an amazingly fun ride!
Thanks Six Flags Fiesta Texas for having us, we thoroughly enjoyed Iron Rattler!
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Last edited by chadster on Tue May 21, 2013 10:25 pm.
^great Photos Chad. That picture showing off the hair as they fall 81 degrees is really great. That first drop is my favorite on any coaster I have been on. Can anyone see a trend here? Nothing but positive reviews for Iron Rattler.
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