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SIX FLAGS MAGIC MOUNTAIN
& Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Valencia, California
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icon_STOPPark News - (2/21/21) Things may be looking up for Six Flags Magic Mountain, with the hopes that proposed new legislation will be approved that could allow the park to reopen sooner than expected. While no date has been announced, the park did release a graphic on social media claiming that the park would reopen “WITH RIDES” in Spring 2021.

 
    (2/20/21) Six Flags Magic Mountain is teaming up with West Coast Customs once again to put on a new “Cruis’n the Park Car Show” event at the park that will be filled with special automotive displays throughout the park’s pathways. Guests will take the self-driven tour of the park that will take about 30 minutes and by downloading a special app they will get a special presentation of the items on display by Ryan Friedlinghaus, CEO of West Coast Customs. Crus’n the Park Car Show will take place Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Feb. 26 through Mar. 14, 2021 and advanced reservations and ticket purchase online are required.

 
    (12/31/20) Six Flags Magic Mountain Pushing Ahead RMC Coaster Project For 2022
 
    (11/12/20) Last week it was mentioned that the Six Flags corporate office planned on removing 15 rides from the chain of parks over the winter break. These would be rides identified as having maintenance issues, or rides with low guest satisfaction scores that also have very high maintenance costs, and so on. With 15 rides to be retired, this works out possibly being one ride from every park, though the breakdown may not work that way.
    So if Six Flags Magic Mountain did actually retire a ride, we’ve asked for suggestions as to what it may be. For starters, I’m not expecting the park to remove any coasters, as they always strive to keep the coaster count high. In addition they actually just removed Green Lantern last year after it sat closed for months, so if SFMM removes something, I’d look elsewhere. Water rides have been on the out at many parks, and SFMM has two options there: Tidal Wave and Jet Stream. The later is perhaps one of the oldest rides in the park, and probably comes with high maintenance costs as well, but Six Flags has been removing a good number of Tidal Wave style big-boat splash rides from the other parks in the chain for the last several years.
 
    (8/27/20) Six Flags Magic Mountain has announced that Don McCoy is being promoted to become their new Park President. McCoy is a 35 year Six Flags veteran who is coming down from serving as the President is Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and Hurricane Harbor Concord and was previously also the President of The Great Escape park in New York.

 

2022 - RMC Raptor Coaster - Planning - (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.
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Track Record

Six Flags Magic Mountain
Valencia, CA
Six Flags Theme Parks

Tickets: as of 7/16/12
Adults: $61.99
Child (under 48”): $36.99
Ages 2 & Under Free
Parking: $18 / $30 Valet

Abbreviation: SFMM
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Newest Developments:
2020 - West Coast Racers

2018 - CraZanity

2017 - Justice League

2016 - The New Revolution & Python Plunge

2015 - Twisted Colossus

2014 - Speedy Gonzales Hot Rod Racers

2013 - Full Throttle

2012 - Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom

2011 - Superman: Escape from Krypton, Green Lantern: First Flight & Road Runner Express

2010 - Mr. Six’s Splash Island

2009 - Terminator Salvation

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