Attendees of Coaster Con XL, will have the opportunity to experience Thunder Rapids, a first-of-its kind for the United States, RocketBlast water coaster/saucer slide from ProSlide. The new design uses sequential water jets with a new nozzle design patended by ProSlide. The water jets are positioned all the way up the coaster hills, applying consistent force to the boat. The new technology allows for steeper hills than traditional ˜blaster” coasters. The boats are equipped with patented “accelerators” — cup-shaped pockets on the side of the boats that capture the stream of water and use all its dynamic energy. The RocketBlast Technology can power heavier boats with more people delivering 50% more capacity.

The massive saucers are designed so that the boats stick high to the wall all the way through the saucer curve. The ProSlide compound curve is a key design element that combines arcs with different radii for a faster, tighter ride and stronger g-forces. The precise roll and pitch of the saucer creates maximum speed and centrifugal force.


Ron MacKenzie has been named the new Director of Marketing at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. MacKenzie was with the park when it opened it in 1992. From there he went to the Hyatt Hill Country Resort, Six Flags AstroWorld then Six Flags St. Louis, where he has been the director of Marketing since 2005. “I am really excited to come back home, work with the great Fiesta Texas team and be at the park where my love affair with this crazy business all started,” said MacKenzie. “It is however; bittersweet. I will miss St.Louis.”

MacKenzie will transition into his new role throughout October.


SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. has announced plans to build an $18 million roller coaster at its San Antonio park.

Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster is intended to simulate animal rescue operations and will capitalize on Sea Rescue, the ABC television show produced in collaboration with SeaWorld. The coaster train will feature cars that look like the jet skis used on the program.

With a height of 61 feet and reaching a top speed of 44 mph, the family ride won't skimp on the fun. Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster riders will be caught up in the thrills of the coaster's two magnetic launches and its airtime moments. Passengers will straddle the coaster's seats and hang on to handlebars creating the sensation that riders are racing across the park's Ski Lake as the majority of the coaster's 2,600-foot track will be directly over water.

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