La Fiesta De Las Tazas

The Teacups (The Teacup Party)

Year Installed: 2006
Last Year Operated: Currently Operating
Section: Mexico
Manufacturer: Zamperla
Other Names and Nicknames:

Added with the ten new rides for 2006 was the La Fiesta De Las Tazas, which roughly translates to the “Party of the Cups”. This teacup ride was added in the Mexican section. The ride is manufactured by Zamperla and is located near the La Vibora Bobsled, the queue house used for the ride was previously used by the Fiesta Train and then by the Sombrero. 

The teacups are mounted on in groups of three on small circular areas. The circles rotate as a larger platform rotates. In addition, the riders can turn a wheel inside the cups, so they rotate as wheel. Each teacup can hold up to five riders. Hourly capacity for the ride is 1,200 guests, with a ride length of one minute and thirty seconds.

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Year Installed: 2008
Last Year Operated: Currently Operating
Section: Modern USA
Manufacturer: Gerstlauer
Other Names and Nicknames: Tony Hawk Big Spin

The  Pandemonium opened in 2008 on and around the former site of the Cliffhanger. It was originally named the Tony Hawk Big Spin for the extreme sport athlete, Tony Hawk, and his “big spin” skateboarding maneuver.  The name was changed in 2010 to The  Pandemonium.

Tony Hawk Big Spin, later renamed the Pandemonium.

The ride consists of eight single car units with four seats each. Each unit is mounted on a round base that allows it to spin around in a 360 degree circle as it travels around the track.

The ride was built by Gerstlauer Amusement Rides of Germany at a cost of $6.5 million dollars.

Que House

The ride lift is 53 feet high with a 27-foot initial drop. The units travel around the 1,351 foot long at 31 mph.

The ride is designed for a throughput of 800 riders per hour with a ride run of 1 minutes and 51 seconds.

The Big Spin is similar to other Tony Hawk’s Big Spin rides that opened the season before at Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Six Flags Saint Louis. The ride opened as Mr. Six’s Pandemonium at Six Flags New England in 2005. Another Big Spin opened at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in the 2008 season. The Texas, Fiesta Texas, and St Louis rides are identical, while the Discovery Kingdom ride varies somewhat.

Chaparral Antique Cars

Year Installed: 1962
Last Year Operated: Currently Operating
Section: Texas
Manufacturer: Arrow Development
Other Names and Nicknames:

The Chaparral Antique Car ride is the second oldest continuously operating ride in the park, surpassed in age only by the Six Flags Railroad. The ride was first open in the park’s second season, 1962. The ride is known as “Chaps” to the employees and “the old timey cars” to the guest. It consists of a fleet of small gas power automobiles which are “driven” around a peaceful track by the guests. While the steering wheels and gas pedals are operational, a runner in the middle of the track keeps the cars from being driven outside the boundaries of the road.

Chaparral horseless Carriages, Probably 1961.
Note the Uniforms of the Employees and the name Chaparral on the Grill.
The Cars were probably just turned for the picture.

The ride was initially themed on the Chaparral Motoring Company of Cleburne, Texas, which produced Automobiles introduced in 1911. For years a sign inside the Chaps queue house documented the story of the automotive company. (The sign has since been removed.)

Chap cars – 1985.

        The ride was modeled after the Happy Motoring Freeway, which was essentially the same ride with more modern car bodies. Happy Motoring was opened in the first season and a second track was added in 1962 when the Chaparral ride was open. In contrast to the Chaparral cars, the Happy Motoring cars where know as the “Modern” cars by the Guests. From 1962 until Happy One was closed in 1980, the park operated three motoring tracks. (One Happy Motoring track was removed in 1980, the other in 1986).

Chaps Que House – 1985.

The ride is located in the Texas station, near the Texas Railroad station, and for years sat in a peaceful location, far from the noise of any thrill rides or noisy attractions. Now it is in the shadow of the Texas Giant

Chaparral cars, Late 60’s, early 70s

When the ride opened, there were twenty-two cars. Little has change on the ride over the years. The Que house and garage are essentially the same as they were in 1962. Some of the attractions visible from the track have changed, but little on the track itself is different. One change that comes and goes is the removal of the car’s tops. In the early 1970’s the tops were removed, making the cars convertibles (see below picture). The tops were restored and have recently again been removed and the cars are now “convertibles”.

Chaparral Cars, around 1974.

Chap Queue-house and cars as they appear today.