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Park News - (9/19/18) Screamscape’s review of Fright Fest 2018 can be found here.
(9/11/18) Fright Fest kicks off at Six Flags Magic Mountain this Saturday with a "bone-chilling lineup of new haunted attractions features two new scare zones and three new mazes, including a terrifying recreation of scenes from the upcoming horror movie release, Hell Fest."
One of this year’s stunning new mazes, Hell Fest, will depict scenes straight from the movie including:
The Mausoleum, an increasingly narrow corridor that forces guests to feel the touch
The Mask Room, a haunting room filled with floating white faces that could spring to
life when visitors least expect it;
The Doll Room, filled with dolls straight out of the worst nightmares; and
The Torture Chamber, where the bodies of the disassembled, dissected and
disemboweled wish to share their horrific ending.
Room by room, guests must find their way out, or risk being trapped by “The Other,”.
Also new this year are: Condemned - Forever Damned, Sewer of Souls, The Shadows and Witches Lail.
Returning mazes are: Aftermath 2: Chaos Rising, Red's Revenge, Willoughby's Resurrected, and four returning scare zones: Demon's Door, TERRORtory Twisted, Nightmares - A Twisted Fantasy and Exile Hill.
(9/7/18) A huge construction update shot all around Six Flags Magic Mountain was posted to CaliforniaCoasterKings this week, including a look at the West Coast Racers site, Fright Fest prep and much more.
(8/30/18) West Coast Racers coming to Six Flags Magic Mountain in 2019. Follow the link for details!
(8/23/18) Six Flags has partnered with CBS Films to promote the new Hell Fest movie coming this fall and will open new Hell Fest themed haunts at Six Flags Magic Mountain, Six Flags Great Adventure and Six Flags Great America as part of Fright Fest. The new mazes will "depict real life replicas of the movie's most unnerving, goriest and most epic scenes." These include "The Mausoleum", "The Mask Room", "The Doll Room" and "The Torture Chamber".
(7/23/18) While it seems that the Green Lantern coaster has been closed for about a year now, rumor has it that some renovations are planned for it with the hope to reopen it later this year. Anyone else know more?
In the meantime, check out the latest photos from the park posted to CaliforniaCoasterKings who take in a long look at the changes over at Cyclone Bay. They've also posted some pretty epic pictures of how CraZanity has changed the landscape of the park, poking it's giant rotating head into the view from on top of the mountain while standing near Superman. Just watching it swing up in the skyline with the 420 foot Superman tower in the background makes CraZanity just look even bigger.
(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.
2018 - CraZanity - (7/16/18) Congratulations to Six Flags Magic Mountain for opening their new mega pendilum ride, CraZanity. Unfortunately due to unforeseen complications Screamscape was not able to have a local rep attend the opening, so I'll share a great video from SoCal Attractions 360 instead that shows off the opening ceremony and the ride in action. Enjoy!
(6/28/18) Six Flags Magic Mountain has announced that their new Crazanity ride will be ready to open for guests on Friday, July 13th. Meanwhile you can see Crazanity testing in the latest update to CaliforniaCoasterKings. They also report that despite Summer being well under way, both Revolution and Green Lantern are still closed with no word on when either might reopen.
(6/14/18) California Coaster Kings has posted a new update from Six Flags Magic Mountain this week, taking a look in many small changes at the park, including what could be happening in Cyclone Bay, which is sitting with many closed stores, games and food stands despite being the start of the summer season.
Elsewhere they check on CraZanity, which still probably has a couple weeks to go before it will be ready to open, despite this being mid-June already. On an interesting side note, the park's furbished Scrambler has now been entirely covered by a giant blue awning, creating a nice shaded experience. Oh... and Green Lantern: First Flight is still closed, and has been closed for nearly a year now. Ouch... not good.
(4/2/18) A couple of photos showing off the multi-colored steel pieces sitting in storage for CraZanity at Six Flags Magic Mountain can be found here.
(1/12/18) The Boardwalk area at Six Flags Magic Mountain is closed off for the planned renovations, along with work now taking place on the park's bumper cars attraction, which is supposed to be enhanced somehow and reopened. A reader sent in some pictures of the progress taking place so far.
(12/30/17) The crew at California Coaster Kings dropped into Six Flags Magic Mountain this week and posted a new construction update, showing off the CraZanity site. Unfortunately, still not a lot of progress going on here for the new ride. One items of note was that the park was busy replacing the park's logo sign over the entrance with a new and current version of the Six Flags logo (with the flags in the red exclamation point).
(11/21/17) A quick construction update from Six Flags Magic Mountian, including a look at the CraZanity site, has been posted to ThemeParkOverload this week, including a look at the demolition of a former Metro Station.
(11/6/17) A new construction update from Six Flags Magic Mountain showing off the progress on the new boardwalk area and the start of Crazanity was posted to California Coaster Kings this week. Check it out.
(9/22/17) ThemeParkOverload has posted a look at the construction site for the park's new Crazanity ride, a look at Fright Fest decorations and more.
(8/31/17) Ok... Magic Mountain got me, because I did not see this one coming at all. In a surprise move the park will be adding CraZanity for 2018, the world’s tallest pendulum ride that will spin riders at a record-breaking 17-stories in the air on a spinning disc at speeds up to 75mph. It will seat 40 riders at a time as they swing higher and higher, up to 172 feet in the air all while seated on a spinning disc.
Also new for 2018, the park promises "Enhanced Bumper Cars", renovated attractions, as well as renovated dining, games and shopping options.
2019 - West Coast Racers - (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.
(8/27/18) I'm not sure how legit this rumor is, but according to the latest word sent my way the new coaster coming to Six Flags Magic Mountain may not be S&S or Mack at all... but would you believe an... RMC? I'm really not sure if this kind of thing would be happening so soon, but the source of this rumor claims it will be the first RMC Raptor coaster that will also feature dual launches and essentially act like a mini steel version of Twisted Colossus that would send the riders around a second time on a second section of track for racing/dueling action that would include interlocking Dive Loops and Immelmans and a section that looks similar to the much photographed inversions of Twisted Colossus where the one track rolled over into an inversion right over the top of the other.
The official announcement are coming later this week, so stay tuned!
(8/16/18) Despite the rumor that a Mack coaster may be coming to Six Flags Magic Mountain in 2019 being posted long before that video of the Mack Rides guy claiming they were building a ride for California, it seems that this may all have been in error. From what I’ve hearing the Mack guy misspoke while speaking English, and said California instead of Carolina and everything just slid downhill from there.
So who is making the coaster something to Six Flags Magic Mountain? Would you believe that our recient pondering about a possible launched coaster project going to Six Flags Great America next year from S&S may actually be a clone of whatever Six Flags has planned for Six Flags Magic Mountain in California? We’ll find out soon enough as the 30th in the big announcement day.
(8/11/18) A reader dropped by Six Flags Magic Mountain and noticed a bunch of small teaser signs now placed on the construction walls for the park's 2019 expansion project with some possible hints worth exploring.
"Racing Towards Bigger Thrills In 2019" - The Race theme we've been talking about.
"Victory Is In Our Future New in 2019" - Another Race theme.
"One-Two-Three-Four... Ready, Set, Go Into 2019" - Hey... that doesn't even rhyme...
"Launching Into a Thrilling 2019" - Launching? Now I'm very interested...
"Two Is Better Than One in 2019" - Perhaps the most interesting clue to ponder.
Does this mean the park's racing themed coaster may have TWO tracks? Or are they hinting that the new area will feature TWO new attractions instead of just one?
(7/16/18) According to several guests who visited Six Flags Magic Mountain in the past few days, most of the old buildings in the Cyclone Bay area have quickly been leveled and Apocalypse is now closed for refurbishment. From the look of things a section of Apocalypse's structure has already been removed as well for some reason. No word on if this will just be to rebuild a trouble-spot or if more drastic changes may be coming. Given that the area will undergo some new themeing in 2019, I also have to wonder if Apocalypse may be given yet another name next year, or at the very least, maybe some new themeing to fit in with the rest of Adrenaline Alley.
(7/11/18) A third new trademark has also shown up in the database from Six Flags, this one for "Adrenaline Alley". The main difference is that Maxx Force and West Coast Racers are trademarked not just for the name, but to sell specific merchandise with the name on it as well. Adrenaline Alley is only listed for basic theme park use, which makes me think it is the name of an area, while the others are for a specific attraction... or attractions.
According to one source, Adrenaline Alley is likely the new name for the entire Cyclone Bay area, with West Coast Racers possibly serving as a new name for the Psyclone 500 go-karts, leaving Maxx Force as the name for the new Mack Rides coaster.
(7/7/18) Remember those guest survey's Six Flags was doing online not long ago with all the racing themed names? Looks like they picked two from those lists to move forward with as new Trademarks have just been filed for "West Coast Racer" and "Maxx Force". These could be alternates for the same ride, or possibly used for two entirely different parks... though I'm guessing that West Coast Racer is intended for the rumored Mack Rides coaster going to Six Flags Magic Mountain.
(7/2/18) The latest map being given out at Six Flags Magic Mountain confirms that the Cyclone Bay area will be home to the park's next major renovation and attraction(s) next season. The weird thing is that they have removed Apocalypse from the map along with a note that the "rides and attractions in this area will be temporarily unavailable while we build an exciting new project for the future". So does this mean Apocalypse is closed until further notice? Last I heard it was still open, though getting a bit bumpy and in need of some retracking. Stay tuned!
Oh... one more interesting note that helps back up the rumors that SFMM may be getting a Mack coaster for their next project... the one rumored to have some kind of racing theme. A documentary video in French visits the Mack Rides plant as part of a lengthy video about their theme park operations. While there and looking at some video of that park's new Eurosat CanCan Coaster trains in the shop, they then walk into a nearby room and show off some new track being manufactured. They explain that the track is for a new coaster going to the US in California, and it sounded like it said the budget was around $20 million.
Of all the park's in California, the only park rumored to be getting a new coaster for 2019, let alone a new Mack coaster, is Six Flags Magic Mountain at this point. Meanwhile the only other known Mack coaster coming to the US in 2019 would be for Carowinds.
(6/4/18) Rumor has it that Six Flags Magic Mountain may be starting to clear a site for a new 2019 attraction in the Psyclone Bay area. The report claims some kind of clearing may be taking place to the left of the Psyclone 500 go-karts, on the Apocalypse side. I'm not exactly sure if there is enough room over there for a bit new attraction, as there seems to be more space in the former Deja Vu location and moving up the hillside towards the Rapids in my opinion, unless they are planning on wiping out much of the old Cyclone Bay area and rebuilding it with a new pathway layout to create more room. Of course they could also simply go behind Apocalypse as well and take over the dirt lot back there often used as a boneyard for old park equipment over the years.
One rumor being talked about right now claims that the new "racing" themed ride Six Flags has been asking about in online surveys may be for Magic Mountain. On a related note, some say it could some kind of coaster from Mack Rides. I'm not 100% sure on this yet, but the rumor season is still young, so stay tuned. Anyone else know more?
(1/1/18) On a possibly related note for the rumored new 2019 in planning for Six Flags Magic Mountain, a couple of pictures of land clearing now taking place behind the Apocalypse coaster (next to the former Deja Vu coaster location) were posted to Twitter the other day. From the look of things they have quite the fleet of earthmovers on site and could be working to clear a rather large area. Based on the look of things however, I'm not sure if the park even owns all that property which has been left undeveloped for decades. If memory serves, all the undeveloped property was owned by the Newhall Land Company and saved for decades for possible future development as part of their old masterplan for development in Valencia. Newhall was sold off to a new owner over ten years ago though, so what has happened since is unknown to me. Anyone know more about what's going on or who owns what?
(12/30/17) Guess what? The first new rumor for the next coaster to come to Six Flags Magic Mountain has started to rumble to the surface. If true, we can expect to see the next coaster added to the park for the 2019 season. So where will it go?
This current rumor points to the park corner of the park where Deja Vu used to sit, which would also allow for that odd-ball corner of the park to get a new cohesive theme to blanket it, removing the ancient traces of Psyclone Bay. A new coaster in 2019 sounds about right as well, since the last few additions were Full Throttle in 2013, Speedy Gonzales in 2014 and then transformation of Colossus into Twisted Colossus in 2015. Looking back into the history of the park, a 4-year gap between new coasters is a pretty significant lull for SFMM, who was known to add new coasters every 1 or 2 years for the most part, with the occasional 3-year gap. The only other time the park went longer than 3-years between coasters in their history was a 6-year gap between 1978's Colossus and the 1984 Sarajevo Bobsled.
With then "when" out of the way, a quite possible the "where", the next question is "what" will it be. For years, the persistent rumor I've heard was that the park wanted to add a really big B&M Dive Machine coaster, but corporate would never sign off on the cost. Not only would this have been a big deal, as the ride would have been up-sized to Magic Mountain proportions, it would have likely featured a first drop big enough to break Cedar Point's record of a 214 ft drop on Valravn. Unfortunately Magic Mountain's opportunity to be the first park to open a vertical dive coaster on the West coast was lost when Knott's announced the opening of HangTime in 2018. While a giant Dive Machine is still possible, another rumor has surfaced this time around, claiming that the park may be eyeballing the Mack Rides built Time Machine coaster opening at Silver Dollar City in 2018, that will feature a vertical dive, launches and most importantly... spinning cars... something that SFMM has yet to add to their lineup.
Stay tuned as we tap into the latest rumors to see how this project shapes up. But the good news is that maybe this means that Viper is safe.
(9/14/16) Screamscape received a rumor this week that I found to be a little disturbing to me personally. Our rumor claims that Six Flags may be considering removing the park's iconic Viper coaster as early as mid to late 2017 in order to build a newer coaster on the hillside plot of land it calls home for 2018.
Previous rumors have already indicated that the next big coaster being planned for Six Flags Magic Mountain may be the chain's first B&M Dive Machine coaster, and I can see how that particular site could be beneficial for that kind of coaster design. Still... Viper is still kind of special to me and I'd hate to ever see it go. I was still a San Diego boy at the time and I remember fondly driving up to the park on Viper's opening day back in 1990 to ride it with a group of friends.
The line stretched from just inside the entrance near the carousel, up the hill to the station, turned around and went back down the hill to the carousel and then turned around and went back up the hill once again before entering into the station and proper queue area that was built for it. All said and done I think we ended up waiting about 2.5 to 3 hours to ride it that day, and we loved it.
I really would hate to see Viper go, even though it isn't the biggest or best anymore, and it is far from being the smoothest ride out there today... but it's a special kind of monster that I'd love to see stand long enough to be able to bring all my kids out to ride it with me. The good news is that the site is apparently only one of a small group being considered for the park's 2018 project, so depending on the site and final attraction selection, Viper could be safe. For now, enjoy Viper while you still have it and ride it once for me.
(2/18/16) While the focus this year at Magic Mountain is on The New Revolution, there are early rumors suggesting that the park has some loose plans in store for the future, with a design idea for their next large coaster. If the rumors are true, they may have tasked B&M to design the first Dive Machine coaster for the Six Flags chain. Based on the landscape of the park, I can only assume they might try to use the mountain itself to offset some of the expensive structure cost by allowing it to serve as part of the lift and then take the vertical dive off the edge of the top half of the mountain, perhaps in the back where they may be clearing out the old stunt show arena, or maybe diving towards of the old Deja Vu location.
No Six Flags parks has built a Dive Machine to date, though I'm hearing that the corporate office will keep a careful eye on how Valravn performs at Cedar Point this summer before making the final call on the SFMM ride... which will probably be just a bit taller and longer than Valravn as well if they build it.
Fright Fest 2018 - Review by Rob
(9/19/18) Six Flags Magic Mountain's Fright Fest, one of the smaller players in a dense field of seasonal haunt attractions in Southern California, has proved to be a well respected option for local enthusiasts. This year, the park has rolled out a wide variety of scare zones, mazes and entertainment options. Your intrepid reporter, mortally afraid of haunt mazes, will be sheepishly avoiding them. There are plenty of other more palatable diversions available during the evening, so we'll concentrate on those for this report.
Opening night was busy but not so much that crowds hurt the enjoyment for the average visitor. Most of the rides run unlit, adding to the sense of thrill permeating the grounds. One of the few exceptions is Crazanity, resplendent with its elaborate lighting package. Fog frequently envelopes guests and ghouls alike, ramping up the uncertainty of unknown frights around the corner.
Upon entering through the Main Gate, guests are immediately thrust into the first of many scare zones, Demon's Door, transforming the park's entrance into a netherworld of demonic beings from another time. A impressive periodic geyser of fire occasionally spews from the Revolution fountain, drawing guests to the end of the street.
At sunset the DC Universe is transformed into City Under Siege, serving as the portal through which the unleashing of the monsters takes place. All the scare actors for the various zones funnel through the street and into the unsuspecting crowd. The main residents here are creepy and aggressive clowns, springing tricks and pranks on innocent victims touring the neighborhood. This is one of the more enjoyable zones to just sit and people watch, an absolute highlight.
Around the corner, Gotham City is transformed into the Witches Lair, a nearly family friendly zone with a forest, enveloped by fog and populated with witches both small and tall. A short-walled labyrinthine maze gives younger guests a way to test their muster without entering the bigger, scarier mazes, a nice concession to younger visitors, and this admittedly scaredy-cat correspondent.
It's worth noting at this point, that the park brochure for Fright Fest includes a three-tiered "Fright Guide", noting the scare level of the offerings on hand. Throughout the night, I also observed various scare actors taking the time to chat with younger guests, being sure not to scare them too much; a nice touch.
Located at the farthest edge of the park, the Apocalypse roller coaster suits well as a backdrop for The Shadows, a seemingly zombie themed zone. From here, we ventured up into the woods, the setting for Nightmares-A Twisted Fantasy. While the Revolution roller coaster hurtles screaming guests through the trees in near darkness, fanciful denizens, bathed in blacklights, taunt visitors as they navigate the wooded path. Designers put in lots of effort for this one, as the area is populated by creepy mushrooms, spiders, and webs, all slathered in vivid fluorescent colors.
Over at the Full Throttle Stage, Voodoo Nights showcases multiple music, DJ, and dance performances. This was quite a good show, injecting a mix of contemporary and classic pop songs into the mix. A good crowd gathers for these shows, and the performers are able to maintain interest and momentum throughout the night. An unexpected treat.
The largest scare zone, Territory Twisted, in the Screampunk District, oddly wasn't as densely populated. Lots of fog and lighting effects are a welcome addition though. Perhaps we visited during a lull in the action.
There were a few drawbacks to the evening. Lines at most of the big rides were fairly lengthy. Casually observed times were frequently over an hour or two. This leads me to believe that "in the dark" rides should perhaps be implemented on a more frequent basis. It would certainly save on the electricity bill. Additionally, though food service has been given more attention in recent years, our group waited nearly 30 minutes for a small order to emerge from the Metro Park Pub kitchen, even after twice following up on its status. As mentioned earlier, crowds did not seem excessive this night, so this was a bit disappointing.
In summing up, Magic Mountain's Fright Fest is certainly worth consideration for anyone within a short drive from the park. The expansive park swallows people up, so it doesn't feel as claustrophobic as other nearby parks. It's a very cheap option for those locals with annual passes as well; there is only a nominal upcharge to enter the mazes. The scare actors are as good as in any other event, clearly enjoying their short lived time behind their masks.