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Park News - (9/17/21) A newly amended health order for Los Angeles County will affect those planning to visit Universal Studios Hollywood and Six Flags Magic Mountain starting on October 7, 2021. According to the Los Angeles County Public Health Director, Barbara Ferrer, they will require Universal Studios and Magic Mountain visitors AND employees to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, or a recent negative test, starting on October 7th.
The new amended county health order will affect not only theme parks, but all other outdoor “mega events” that may contain 10,000 people or more. The move comes at an awkward time for the theme parks in particular as they kick off their popular Halloween events this month that will run through the end of October.
For now the parks are awaiting further guidance from the county to determine just exactly how they are to request and verify the proof of vaccination to fall within the county guidelines for guests as well as what steps are to be taken regarding employees, especially those who may need to provide an ongoing series of negative results in order to keep working.
(9/16/21) This certainly isn’t the first time we’ve read a story like this before, I think it is worth sharing in this case. An 18-year old woman with a condition known as phocomelia visited Six Flags Magic Mountain previously, and rode X2, bought a season pass to the park after going through the process on the first visit to find out the rules about what she can ride and the park’s safety policy on handicapped riders. This was very relevant to her as the physical effect of phocomelia on her caused one of her arms to be very short compared to the other. According to the rules she printed out at the time, the general rider policy at the park was that riders needed to have two legs and at least one fully formed arm in order to ride the coasters. This is why she was allowed to ride X2 on the previous visit.
According to the article and online videos she posted, on a recent visit she was told she couldn’t ride X2, along with some excuse about her not having a fully formed elbow on the short limb. (If you watch her videos, it will make more sense.) Regardless, they ended up at guest services and were told there was a separate policy for X2 in place from the ride manufacturer that requires two fully functional arms and two functional legs. I don’t know if this involved an update to the old policy, or if it was there all along and the staff were not trained properly on this matter in the previous visit.
It’s an unfortunate situation that I’m sure is a major cause of concern for every potential park guest who suffers from a condition that could come into play regarding their ability to fully participate in the experience of visiting the park. While I know the rules are in place for a reason, it would be nice if there was a way to better communicate these requirements to both all the staff and guests, so that everyone can have a clear understanding of what is required to ride each attraction.
In the end, Six Flags guest relations contacted her at home to discuss the situation, apologize for the lack of communication and how things were handled on-site at X2 that day, and they even refunded her season pass. But hopefully this will promote a better understanding and create the ability to properly judge each guest on the unique ability levels, as every situation is unique in the end.
(9/6/21) Screamscape has been sent some great information out of Six Flags Magic Mountain over the weekend. On Sunday the park announced that at long last, riders on Superman: Escape from Krypton will be given the choice to ride either forwards or backwards. This finally puts both fantastic options from the long history of the ride back on the table, as when the ride first opened as Superman: The Escape in 1997 the cars only ran forward with a lap-bar only restraint. In 2011 it was re-branded as Superman: Escape from Krypton and the cars were transformed to run backwards instead, along with a whole new restraint system and headrests to hold the upper body in place during the backwards launch.
Elsewhere in the park, a guest also posted a brief video showing that the park had also begun testing Tatsu once again after it has sat closed for months. While Tatsu is still closed, after rumors reported there was a small fire in the control system computer, the fact that it is testing once again is a great sign that they could have it reopen to guests once again in time for Fright Fest.
(8/29/21) Summer is coming to an end and before you know it, Fright Fest will return once again to Six Flags Magic Mountain. According to the information released so far, you will be able to visit Fright Fest on 24 select nights from Sept. 11 through Oct. 31 where the park will offer six haunted houses, eight scare zones and three different live shows.
The six haunts being offered are:
Willoughby’s Resurrected - The park’s infamous Willoughby family returns once again to their haunted mansion.
Sewer of Souls - Do you dare to venture into the underground?
Aftermath 2: Chaos Rising - Welcome to the apocalypse.
Red’s Revenge - Encounter Little Red Riding Hood and her new demonic minions.
Vault 666 Unlocked - Demonic relics and artifacts cause chaos in a antique shop.
Condemned: Forever Damned - Restless spirits inhabit this crumbing haunted home
I’m not sure of all the locations, but the eight scare zones are listed as: Dead Zone (in the Underground), Witches Lair (Metropolis), Demon’s Door (Entry Plaza), Terror Rising (near Viper), City Under Siege (DC Universe), Exile Hill (near Sky Tower), Nightmares: A Twisted Fantasy and Terror-tory Twisted (Screampunk District).
Unlike most other Haunt events in the area, Fright Fest is included with your regular admission to the park for the day.
(8/18/21) I’m not quite sure what has happened, but a few readers have reported in that not only is Tatsu now closed at Six Flags Magic Mountain, from Twisted Colossus is now also closed. The official park website also confirms it as being “Temporarily Closed” along with Justice League: Battle for Metropolis''. Never a fun day to visit when some of the most popular and newer rides in the park are all closed at the same time. Word is Twisted Colossus was running at least through to last Friday before suddenly closing. Perhaps this is just annual maintenance to get things up and running ahead before Fright Fest kicks off. If anyone knows more, please let us know. Oh, and X2 is also reported as only running one train currently, so expect longer than normal wait times.
- UPDATE - I’m told that Twisted Colossus has reopened
(8/16/21) While nothing official has been stated by the park, rumors sent in to Screamscape indicate that Tatsu isn’t likely to be repaired and open again until early 2022. On an interesting side note however, the park drew the ire of their fans on Sunday when the park’s Twitter feed posted a fun tweet about Tatus, asking “Ever wondered what it feels to fly?”
Chaos ensued when replies and comments started coming in rapid fire about how the ride has been closed for the entire summer and demanding to know when it was going to reopen. Oopsie!
(8/10/21) This week we’ve been hearing lots of updates about closed coasters, and according to guest reports Tatsu at Six Flags Magic Mountain is still closed. As before, the persistent rumor is that some kind of electrical fire may have broken out that fried the control systems for the coaster. So far Tatsu has pretty much missed the entire summer season. Lets hope they get the parts needed to fix it soon.
(7/17/21) Six Flags Magic Mountain has announced that as of today, face masks will be required at all indoor locations at the theme park, regardless of your vaccination status. This comes as a result of a new mask mandate issued from Los Angeles County, and not from the state level, in response to an increase in COVID transmission as of late.
(7/10/21) Anyone been to Six Flags Magic Mountain lately? We’ve been told that Tatsu, the park’s B&M Flying Coaster has been closed for more than a month now. Upon asking a nearby employee, they were under the impression it may be down for awhile more, as the rumor was that a small electrical fire may have caused some damage. Again… that’s just a rumor going around, and nothing has been confirmed, but clearly electrical damage to the ride’s computer, control system or lift motor would explain the lengthy downtime. If anyone knows more, please do let us know.
(6/22/21) A new video shot at Six Flags Magic Mountain came across something interesting. While boarding a Superman train the camera pauses to look at the other track only to see that the train has been reloaded onto the closed track, but in the original forward facing position. It looks like the intent may be to offer both Forward and Backwards launch options in the future.
(6/17/21) Six Flags Magic Mountain has confirmed that as of June 15th all park and ride capacity restrictions have been lifted, reservations are no longer required, masks are no longer required for fully vaccinated guests and out of state visitors are now allowed to visit the park.
(6/5/21) A detailed construction update from Six Flags Magic Mountain has been posted to YouTube by Coaster Empire. Heading to the back of the park, most of Tidal Wave has now been removed except for the turn-around before the drop. Excavation machines are hard at work clearing things out, and moving quickly towards the former Green Lantern station area as well.
(5/22/21) It has been confirmed… Tidal Wave at Six Flags Magic Mountain is no more. Work crews have been rapidly removing the park’s classic big splash water ride at a frantic pace to the point that very little of the ride is now left. You can see some pictures of the early removal taking place earlier this week in an update posted to Park Journey.
Once Tidal Wave is gone, I suspect we’ll start to see more work begin for the planned RMC single-rail Raptor coaster now expected for the 2022 season that will span across the Tidal Wave area, moving from the former Green Lantern site over towards Justice League and back.
2022 - RMC Raptor Coaster - Under Construction - (9/21/21) One of our readers sent in a couple of construction pictures from Six Flags Magic Mountain. Mostly demolition and clearing taking place right now, while we wait for the park to still announce and confirm their 2022 new coaster project. (Photo Credit to Carl J. Petersen).
(8/2/21) While nothing has been confirmed, the current rumor is that Six Flags Magic Mountain may announce the park’s next roller coaster (an RMC Raptor near clone of the Jersey Devil Coaster from SFGAdv) on National Roller Coaster day which is set for August 16, 2021.
Currently track and supports for the new coaster have begun to arrive in the parking lot. We’ve also heard that some permits to demolish the former Green Lantern coaster station have been spotted, which would go against the previous rumor that the existing station may be re-purposed for the new coaster.
(6/22/21) I’m not completely sure how accurate this is, but a reader sent us a Tweet claiming that their brother just saw about 8 or 9 flatbed trucks nearing North on I-5 towards Valencia, just past the intersection of I-5 and 14. Each truck appears to be loaded with large green roller coaster support pieces.
Again, we don’t know if these were really coaster parts or not, but based on the location they could have been moving towards Six Flags Magic Mountain. Putting directions from RMC in Idaho to SFMM into Google Maps reveals that if you opted for the first alternate route that would keep you away from driving through the busy Bay Area, the second fastest route from Idaho to California would end up going down 14 and turning North on I-5 to get to Six Flags Magic Mountain.
So if you’re visiting SFMM in the near future, keep an eye on the extended parking lot areas for signs of any new deliveries for the park’s 2022 coaster project.
(4/5/21) With Six Flags Magic Mountain now reopen to guests after a long year of hibernation, you may recall just before the park closed down in March 2020 there were early signs of construction starting to take place in the park for their next major attraction. Over the course of 2020 plans submitted by the park revealed that the next major attraction was planned to be a slightly longer clone of the Jersey Devil single-rail coaster (RMC at SFGAdv) that would take over the former Green Lantern station site and stretch over some of the Tidal Wave attraction space.
What looked like early ground utility work had begun near the former Green Lantern station building last year, and while the new coaster was originally intended for 2021, with everything being delayed due to COVID, it is now anticipated for 2022 instead. Keep in mind the park has not announced anything regarding this project, so it could be delayed even longer.
With that said, and the park now open, coaster fans flocked to lay their eyeballs on the location in the park, which had also previously shown signs of pre-construction survey markings, only to find nothing at all. You can watch a couple of videos below taking a look at the Green Lantern side of the project space as well as a look at the far side space between Tidal Wave and Justice League attractions below.
But if the attraction really isn’t expected to open until Summer 2022 at the earliest, then I’m really not surprised that nothing is going on yet, as the park has got to be more focused on everything they need to do to get the park up, running and fully staffed once again after the long slumber. Maybe we’ll start to see signs once again by this Summer.
(12/31/20) Remember those plans discovered for Six Flags Magic Mountain filed back in early 2020 that detailed a new RMC single-rail Raptor coaster was planned for the park? The layout shown in the plans detailed an expanded version of the Jersey Devil coaster originally under construction at Six Flags Great Adventure for 2020, but now set for 2021. The expanded part of the layout making the California version longer seemed to mostly be in relation to the position of the station (reusing the former Green Lantern station building) further from the main layout of the coaster and extra track required to link it up.
In the latest update to TheCoasterKings, they’ve discovered a new update to the building permits for the project now listing the project as a “new 2021-22 RMC coaster” for the park. With new permits granted, I’d expect we may see construction for the support foundations take place over the first half of 2021.
(10/20/20) A Screamscape reader sent in a couple of links to LA’s Permitting website that seem to indicate that the rumored new coaster for Six Flags Magic Mountain is still in development. One of them lists in the description for a Geotechnical Study, “Install Foundations for new 2021-22 Steel Roller Coaster”, which seems to indicate that the coaster once planned for 2021 may be pushed back to have a 2022 opening date. The other lists a “Building Completeness Check” as being scheduled for a start on Oct. 14, 2020 for “Foundations for new 2021-22 RMC coaster” which locks in the manufacturer as well.
(4/14/20) Unfortunately the video going over the details of the leaked RMC Raptor plans for Six Flags Magic Mountain has been taken off-line. The Coaster Kings have now posted their own report on the subject, including a link where you can download the plans yourself from the public records site. They add that the plans were actually filed back in late January and approved by March 3rd. This doesn’t mean the park is 100% going to build this, just that they have permission to do so at this point, but with all things these days, we’ll have to wait and see if it really happens for 2021 or if it gets delayed.
(4/12/20) It looks like Magic Mountain is actually planing a new coaster instead of the rumored Mack water coaster.
According to a video posted by Theme Park Tracker (see below) some leaked plans for Six Flags Magic Mountain’s 2021 plans were found online. According to their anaylsis of the plans, it looks like the park would combine the sites of the former Green Lantern coaster with the Tidal Wave site to create a space for what looks like a new RMC Raptor coaster. Assuming everything works out with Jersey Devil and Six Flags is happy with the redesigned version coming to New Jersey, then a modified version of it may very well be planned for Six Flags Magic Mountain in 2021. Of course, with we’ll need to see how things are looking for the company after the chain reopens their parks to know just how much of the planned 2021 capital budget will remain intact.
(2/14/20) A new video shot at Six Flags Magic Mountain now shows that the area around the former Green Lantern coaster is now blocked off with digging machine on site already starting the process of digging up some of the site. This could be for some kind of utility upgrades needed for the future, or this could simply be to repair some utilities for the existing food stands in the area. Meanwhile they spot crews behind the scenes who appear to possibly be doing some soil core drilling tests as well, which is a good sign that something big is planned for the area.
On the other side of Tidal Wave there is work to remove an outdoor dining areas as well as a ton of pink painted marks on the ground all around the exit to Tidal Wave, which seems to indicate our previous rumor that the project would likely result in the removal of Tidal Wave may be on the money. Plus there are a lot of painted marks on the Tidal Wave attraction itself in the area under the bridge and splashdown pool. It is worth mentioning that Tidal Wave is also closed and drained, but it is also the off season, so this isn’t an uncommon state for the ride this time of year.
(1/31/20) According to some posts on social media, Six Flags Magic Mountain has survey crews working in the park, looking over the area between Justice League, across Tidal Wave plaza and over to where the Green Lantern coaster used to sit. This immediately brings to mind the possible replacement of the park’s Tidal Wave water ride, which has been rumored to be removed more times than I can count over the years.
As rumored before, the site could make a good home if they convert it for use for a Mack Power Splash, apparently Mack Rides also has a more high-thrill version of the concept called the Power Loop that would fit right at home at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Check out the animation below.
(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.
REVIEW - 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.