"This entire section of the park is filled with the festive atmosphere of Mardi Gras," said Howarth.
Ragin Cajun is the park's ninth roller coaster attraction, including Apocalypse, which opened in 2012. Prior to that, no new roller coasters had been opened in over a decade.
"We made a commitment to our guests," said Havilah Ross, the park's marketing communications manager, "to add something new every year. We have and will continue to do so."
Ground broke on Ragin Cajun last February and the ride car was assembled in April but design for each individual ride can vary.
"It really depends on the ride. Something smaller can go up much quicker than a roller coaster. Safety is our primary concern and there is more licensing and inspection that goes on when putting up a bigger thrill ride" Ross says.
Cajun's debut doesn't stand alone. This weekend the park is also introducing French Quarter Flyers, a family-friendly, stationary ride where flyers can control their own speed and direction. The eight-car ride has wings that can move you left to right and up to 40 mph.
Both attractions have no age requirement but do require that if the rider is between 36 and 44 inches tall that they be accompanied by someone who is over 54 inches.
Ragin Cajun and French Quarter Flyers both open to the public this weekend. Regular season day passes are $59.99. Season pass holders are granted a special ride time from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. before the general public can ride. The first 100 pass holders will receive a free gift.