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Park News - (1/17/20) I just found a new coaster riding buddy… Jennifer Garner! Ok, I wish, especially after seeing the clip Jennifer posted of footage that was shot for the film “Yes Day” at Six Flags Magic Mountain on Twisted Colossus. Looks like they had a great time screaming their heads off, so check out the clip where she narrates about the experience below.
(9/21/19) Rob, our local West coast guy, went out to experience Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain the other night and sent back a full report along with a ton of great photos. Enjoy!
(9/16/19) A quick note, as I’m told that those attending the opening of Fright Fest this weekend were also happy to discover that the Apocalypse wooden coaster was finally back open and running rather well. We’ve also got a fun rumor for a possible 2021 attraction, so read on!
2019/2020 - West Coast Racers - (1/15/20) Special thanks to Rob for attending and reviewing the new West Coast Racers for Screamscape! Now on to the review!
After years of Apocalypse languishing all alone in its own far corner of the park since the removal of Déjà Vu, the newly opened West Coast Racers beefs up the offerings in the south west corner of Magic Mountain. Located in newly built Underground, a good portion of open space is surrounded by the new roller coaster, from Premier Rides. This newly remodeled corner of the park also has a number of shops and food spots to keep nonriders busy.
The bulk of the queue is inside an industrial garage, a scaled down reproduction of the West Coast Customs facility in Burbank. There are various tools of the trade laying about as well as a number of placards outlining the history of the company and its numerous locations over the years. A full scale mockup of will.i.am's custom Tesla is on prominent display in the front window.
Riders make their way up a wide spiral staircase to reach the boarding level. Boarding is a fairly smooth affair, with both lap restraints and a cumbersome shoulder restraint that really doesn't seem to do anything other than appease lawyers. Each seat has its own zippered pouch for small carry-on items, such as phones or keys.
After boarding and then emerging from the station, two trains line up side by side, awaiting the launch. Magic Mountain missed out on a great opportunity to add some flair to the launch in the form of lighting or audio cues. Alas, there is nothing of the sort, just silence until the launch system kicks in. The initial launch itself is quite mild at first, but then picks up a bit about half way to the first element, though it's not the kind of launch that will flatten your eyeballs ala Top Thrill Dragster.
This is Magic Mountain's second Möbius roller coaster, similar to Twisted Colossus: although a pair of trains race and duel, there is actually only a single track. Riders return to the station to run a similar route that parallels the first one. It's likely that Magic Mountain is the only park in the world with two such layouts. Riders experience a high five element, overbanked turn, helixes, corkscrews, inline twists, and four fairly mild launches throughout a single ride; everything but a kitchen sink. Scratch that, there's one of those in the queue area.
The ride quality is fairly smooth, typical of most coasters from Premier Rides, though there is a good amount of high frequency lateral movement, the effect of which results in knee banging on the inside of train. Not a deal breaker, but not entirely pleasant either. The most notable airtime occurs as the both trains drop down into the water drainage channel on the way to the second set of launch runs. Again, Magic Mountain could have dressed this area up a bit more, as the tracks are flanked by industrial walls that shield this section of the ride from public view.
Which leads me to a small complaint about this one. Much of the ride is installed along the perimeter of this section of The Underground, defining the geography quite admirably. Subsequently, much of the ride is obscured because it sits outside of the publicly accessible areas of the park. Walking through the twisted spaghetti bowl portion of the track would certainly be an attraction for most visitors. Tear down the walls, I say!
It's quite evident this ride is not terribly extreme, though it does contain a couple instances of airtime pops throughout the course. What it is though, is a fun launched looping coaster that most families will enjoy riding together. Oddly, its 54" minimum rider height is higher than it is for Twisted Colossus, a much more intense experience. Unfortunately, that means some younger riders will have to wait to experience Racers.
(12/23/19) West Coast Racers is now open for previews for Members and Passholders (see dates previously listed for availability) but you can catch a POV view of the coaster experience in the video below.
(12/12/19) Six Flags Magic Mountain has begun testing the West Coast Racers coaster as you can see in the video below! Even better, Six Flags Magic Mountain has also sent word to their passholders and members that the park would soon be hosting Sneak Previews of the ride.
Gold Plus, Platinum, Diamond and Diamond Elite Members get exclusive preview rides on December 21st and 22nd from 10:30am to 9pm.
All Members and Season Passholders will get preview rides from December 23-31, from 10:30am to 7pm, and on Jan. 1-5 from 10:30am to 6pm each day.
Keep in mind weather and potential maintenance issues could affect these schedules.
(11/11/19) Park Journey has posted a new update from Six Flags Magic Mountain where they look over the state of construction at West Coast Racers. The track layouts are complete and trains added to the tracks, so it seems likely testing could begin very soon, though the rest of the surrounding area still looks like there is a lot of work left to do to theme it into something more than a giant piece of blacktop. It is also worth mentioning that we’ve seen a lot of posts about how the recently reopened Apocalypse coaster was closed, and even removed from the park app lately, but it seems they are keeping it closed on weekdays until the construction on West Coast Racers is complete.
Elsewhere in the update you can also see install work taking place for this year’s Holiday in the Park event. It’s fun to point out that they still haven’t had time to put away all the Fright Fest decor yet as well, so it’s kind of a weird look at the moment as the two holiday’s collide.
(8/15/19) The latest SFMM update from California Coaster Kings mentions that both X2 and Twisted Colossus have reopened, and Fright Fest decorations are starting to be put up around the park. All this, plus a West Coast Racers update as well on page 2, so check it out.
(8/13/19) One of our readers dropped by Six Flags Magic Mountain last week and sent in a couple of pictures of the West Coast Racers construction. From the look of things, much of the track has been installed, but not all of it. If construction continues at pace, I'd hope that the last of the pieces would be installed before Labor Day Weekend.
(7/26/19) Screamscape was invited out to a special tour of the West Coast Racers construction site at Six Flags Magic Mountain last week and our local guy on the spot, Rob, was all over it, which you can see below. One other thing as well, as Screamscape was able to get a confirmed answer from the park about the style restraints to be used. While the cars will feature a lapbar system similar to the one used on Full Throttle, it was also confirmed that they will also use a “soft collar” restraint as well, though no seatbelt or leg restraints will be used here. Six Flags Magic Mountain was also able to provide Screamscape with an exclusive pair of images showing off these soft collar restraints.
West Coast Racers Construction Tour
We've been waiting quite a while, but Six Flags Magic Mountain's new coaster is finally coming together in a big way.
Park President Neal Thurman and Director of Construction Tim Dofflow were kind enough to guide a select group of media around the property of this highly anticipated new ride. A lot of land had to be cleared and redeveloped for this project; old infrastructure was removed and new electrical and plumbing work was installed. Tracks from the old railroad line were even discovered during the course of land preparation.
There were some challenges during design and construction, including the various consistencies of soil the track traverses. Some supports only required about 20 feet of depth while other needed much more, depending on their location. Thurman was also quick to point out the recent strong earthquakes earlier in the month posed no problems for the project. It seems little can shake the fortitude of the construction staff. This new coaster is a true product of international cooperation, with various components and steelwork sourced from Italy, China, and the United States. Some components are assembled temporarily to check fit, then disassembled before shipment to the US.
Upon entering the property, we first noticed a tangled of steel supports, slathered in black paint. This is the "spaghetti bowl" as they are calling it. The trains will swap sides and twist over each other during this portion, on their way back to the station. We estimate about a quarter of the total track has been installed so far.
Car customizer West Coast Customs is fabricating the train bodies at their shop in Burbank. Though the trains are mechanically the same models that run on Full Throttle, they will be outfitted with soft shoulder restraints and ankle braces. Hopefully, this will result in a fairly comfortable experience for most riders.
Frequent visitors to the park may be familiar with the concrete drainage channel that runs along the west side of the property, interacting with both the go-karts and Riddler's Revenge. One of the launch sections for West Coast Racers is positioned directly above and along the channel, its supports mounted directly into the existing structure. This makes for a very intriguing interaction.
When asked about the color scheme for the coaster, Thurman was eager to note it was inspired by the white and yellow lane dividers found on a typical roadway. Much of the area will be paved in black, resembling the natural habitat of the fast and furious street racers.
The queue area will be lightly themed, mostly likely including some custom vehicles on display. An innovative locker system for riders' belongings will be implemented in the load station. Final details are still being ironed out at this time, but the emphasis will be on convenience and efficiency during the boarding and disembarking process.
The environment around the new coaster will be quite spacious, with room for car displays and other seasonal events. There will also be a dedicated soundtrack for this area, though details haven't been revealed at this point. A passholder lounge is in the works as well, a nice perk for those needing to recharge and refresh, whether it's batteries or the body. New eateries for the new area will include a both a chicken and a taco stand, plus a candy shop. Expanded capacity restrooms are also a part of the new plan.
In other park news, work on Apocalypse retracking continues. Expect this perennial favorite to reopen in the new future. We always ask for the status of the iconic giant red tower that looms above the park. There is no reopening date at this point until the elevator is repaired. Too bad, as this is always a highlight of any visit.
(7/12/19) A new video showing off the progress being made on the West Coast Racers at Six Flags Magic Mountain can be seen below.
(6/27/19) A new construction update for the West Coast Racers coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain has been posted to Theme Park Overload this week. It is nice to see a bunch of the ride track now up and in place, through their report indicates that not all of the track may have been delivered yet, so the timetable for this attraction still has an unknown completion date as we quickly approach the start of July.
If I had to guess, I’d say that we're probably looking at an August opening at the earliest at this point, which means it will miss most, if not all, of the busy Summer season. Of course the bright side to this is that they can break in the ride with reduced crowd levels, and it should be firing on all cylinders in time to handle the park’s Fright Fest crowds in the Fall.
(5/21/19) A quick video below shows off an update on the West Coast Racers construction progress where the first pieces of track have now been installed as well.
(5/15/19) Ok Magic Mountain fans… the park announced on Twitter this Monday that vertical construction had finally begun on their new West Coast Racers coaster.
(4/9/19) A new construction update from CoasterKings shows off the latest happenings at Six Flags Magic Mountain this week, including a look at the West Coast Racers construction site where apparently the first footers are being formed.
(2/17/19) The happy days are at hand, as Six Flags Magic Mountain has confirmed that the first support pieces for West Coast Racers have finally started to arrive this week. This is a good sign that the project is achieving forward momentum once again. If the region can have a relatively dry period over the next few months, we could see some rapid progress take place.
(2/3/19) I’m afraid the rumored issue Six Flags Magic Mountain may have been having with West Coaster Racers is looking to be true, as it is currently February and not only has no serious vertical construction started for the coaster, but I’m hearing that no parts have even arrived. Without going into too much detail, the rumor suggested that major portions of the ride had to be redesigned to fit the site… which means a total redesign of the support system and footer locations, which would explain why there has been little progress so far, which of course would delay the actual production of the ride’s hardware until the new plans were finished. In other words, if all this holds true the opening of the actual coaster could be delayed by months, missing the prime summer opening window. Stay tuned!
(1/4/19) A new piece of art showing off the trains for West Coast Racers released by “West Coast Customs Design” gives us an updated look at the themed Premier Rides coaster trains and restraints. One happy item worth noting… unlike the animation version released by the park back in late August, this latest rendering shows that the train will use the same standard lapbar only restraint that Six Flags Magic Mountain already uses on Full Throttle, instead of the one with the added over the shoulder harness shown in the animation.
So the question is... has the park changed their mind about the OTS restraints? Or was this simply a bit of artistic license by West Coast Customs Design?
(12/31/18) A strange rumor was sent my way claiming that an interesting issue had come up regarding the park’s upcoming West Coast Racers project that is likely to delay the construction a bit. Again… this is only a rumor, and nothing confirmed at all, but if the details are even close, it could be awhile longer before we see track and supports start to arrive on site. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
(10/26/18) A cool look at the construction progress at Six Flags Magic Mountain on the new West Coast Racers coaster over at CaliforniaCoasterKings. The park has also opened an official “Preview Center” for the new coaster offering early merchandise and a look at some new concept artwork, not just for the ride but showing off the themeing of the entire area around it, updating it all to have a cool SoCal street scene feel.
(9/4/18) I'm passing on a quick note from those who strive for accuracy... while Six Flags is promoting West Coaster Racers as the "World's First Quadruple Launch Twin Lap Racing Coaster" (which is a mouthful...) they are not claiming it is the world's first "Quadruple Launch Coaster". That honor would go to Fiorano GT Challege in Abu Dhabi's Ferrari World park, which had two side-by-side but separate tracks that race each other, each with four launch sections.
(8/30/18) From the minds of Six Flags and Premier Rides comes an unique new thrilling steel coaster experience to Six Flags Magic Mountain. Opening in 2019 is West Coast Racers, the world's first racing launch coaster, a one-of-a-kind racing coaster that will feature two side-by-side tracks with four individual high-speed magnetic launches. While this is a racing coaster, it is all just one big track, so riders will get to go around twice and experience both sides of the ride experience, just like on Twisted Colossus.
The layouts feature several airtime hills, extreme high-banked turns, several over and under near-miss moments, and while you pass through the station to begin your second lap, riders will experience an immersive real time "pit stop" designed and produced by the world famous West Coast Customs team and narrated by West Coast Customs founder and CEO, Ryan Friedlinghaus.
The custom race-car themed trains (from West Coast Customs designs) will seat riders two-across in 6 rows (12 riders per train-load) and take you on a 3-minute experience with four inversions, 14 track crossovers, side-by-side airtime hills, a high-five moment, at speeds up to 55mph as you race across the finish line.
The new West Coast Racers will be part of a "new LA centric urban-themed area where guests will enjoy a high-energy street vibe". The new themed area will also include the Apocalypse wooden coaster and the Cyclone 500 Go Karts which will be rethemed. New dining, games and retail locations will also be added to the area.
2020 - New Additions or Improvements - (9/6/19) We’ve got a few new details about the 2020 news for SFMM. As we previously posted, new expansions to Fright Fest and Holiday and in the Park will happen, but in a new themed area called The Underground. The area will be completely transformed for each of the two holiday events, and see a new scare zone added to Fright Fest 2020 and an all new area lit-up with holiday lights for winter 2020. The Underground itself will premier this fall as the new land themed around the new West Coast Racers.
(8/29/19) So far SFMM appears to be the only park not to post an official 2020 update just yet. However, a leak of the addition appeared briefly on the website yesterday which was screen captured and posted around social media. If this early leak holds true, it appears that with the late expected opening for 2019’s West Coast Racers coaster project, the park may be going light on the capital for 2020. Instead of more ride hardware, the park will focus on making big improvements to their two big annual events next year: Fright Fest and Holiday In The Park. Of course, they could be planning to make changes to this and add something after all, so nothing is official until the park’s website is updated with the final 2020 info.
2021 - Mack Super Splash / Aquaman - Rumor - (9/16/19) While Six Flags Magic Mountain isn’t adding any new ride hardware for the 2020 season, that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from reporting on a possible concept being floated around for 2021. According to the new rumor the park may be looking to retire the Tidal Wave big-splash boat ride, and possibly replace it with another Mack Power Splash ride, assuming all goes well with the first installation at Six Flags over Texas in 2020.
Given the location of Tidal Wave in between the park’s two DC Universe themed ride sections, and the removal of the Green Lantern coaster taking place right now, it certainly would all fit together nicely to replace Tidal Wave with another Aquaman themed Power Splash if they go that route. Plus the park could even market the attraction as a new coaster, as the Mack Power Splash really is just a shuttle coaster that rides on the rails and only touches water when the water level in the splash channel is triggered to rise up in time to create that big finale splashdown sequence.
Other Park Improvements -
(2/21/18) Six Flags has announced that they are now planning to add solar power systems to their two California parks (Six Flags Magic Mountain and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom) in addition to the one already announced for Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey. According to the post on CaliforniaCoasterKings, it sounds like this will be done through the installation of huge solar panel topped structures over the parking lot, which had the added benefit of adding covered parking for the parks, integrated charging stations for electric vehicles and a better security camera network in the lot.