The Golden Lasso Wonder Woman coaster will open early March 2017 at the San Antonio-based Six Flags Fiesta Texas.
Jeffrey Siebert, President of Six Flags Fiesta Texas says construction on the coaster began last month.
“There’s no doubt that by far Wonder Woman is the most popular female superhero that’s ever been created,” says Siebert. “It’s great that after all these years she now has her own coaster along with her friends Batman and Superman.”
The theme park already has the Krypton Coaster, a Superman ride with the world’s tallest vertical loop. It also plays host to BATMAN™: The Ride, the world’s first 4D free-fly coaster.
The Golden Lasso is designed to give the sensation of riding on Wonder Woman’s favourite weapon, the lasso. It features a 90-degree drop, two airtime hills, one 180-degree stall, a zero-g roll and overbanked turns. While most coasters have a two-rail track, the Golden Lasso will have three eight-person cars that ride along a single 15-inch-wide track.
“What makes that different and cool is that you can do very fast manoeuvres that are super smooth,” says Siebert. “So this ride will perform like no other coaster in history.”
The movie Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot garnered enormous critical acclaim. It has been a major box office hit across the globe, bringing in almost $790 million to date, according to Box Office Mojo.
However Siebert says that the decision to build the ride had nothing to do with the film’s success. The Grand Prairie theme park company had apparently planned to build the ride well before the movie broke. “We truly believe in the power of Wonder Woman and all that she stands for,” he comments.
The Wonder Woman coaster will be constructed in the area previously occupied by the Power Surge boat ride. This was retired last month.
The attraction continues a string of new capital investments at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. The park added the Thunder Rapids rocket blast water coaster earlier this year. Its BATMAN: The Ride roller coaster debuted in 2015.