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Park News - (12/3/13) A little bit of bad news for Magic Mountain’s X2 fans. I checked in with the park and was told that they hit a little “snafu” while installing a new lift hill chain on X2 that will delay the reopening of the coaster. An exact date has not been given, but it sounds like they are expecting it to reopen in time for the Christmas holiday break if possible. For now, stay tuned!
(12/2/13) Just a quick warning to those planning visits to Six Flags Magic Mountain… X2 did not open as planned in time for Thanksgiving and as far as I know it did not open at all during the entire weekend. Stay tunes while I see if I can get a status update from the park about when it will reopen.
In other news, I’m told that the new loading procedure taking place on Goliath is simply maddening and unfortunately sounds nearly identical to the odd loading procedure that has frustrated riders on Gwazi at Busch Gardens Tampa since the late 90s. Ride Ops are now asking all riders to lock their seat belt only... leaving the lap bars up while they checking the entire train’s seat belts. Then they release lap bars and have the ride ops check the entire train a second time, locking down each lap bar. The resulting double-check has slowed down the dispatch speed of one of the park’s fasting loading coasters to a virtual crawl, rather than check belts and lap-bars at the same time as is the norm on most coasters.
(11/26/13) Special thanks to our friends at Great American Coasters for sending in a picture of the new seat belts added to Full Throttle.
(11/24/13) Word from local sources is that Full Throttle at Magic Mountain has now followed along behind Goliath and added new seat belts to the trains.
(11/19/13) An interesting bit of fallout from the Texas Giant accident has landed square in the middle of Magic Mountain. I’m told that new seat-belts have been added to the Goliath trains in addition to the ride’s existing lapbar restraint system. When our reader asked the ride ops why they were told they were added because of an “incident in Texas on a similar ride”.
(11/10/13) Good news for Six Flags Magic Mountain’s X2 fans. While there is not an exact firm date yet, I checked in with Sue Carpenter who has confirmed for Screamscape readers that X2’s rehab schedule is right on track to get it reopen just prior to Thanksgiving. Great news as X2 is one of the world’s most unique rides.
In other park news Sue has also confirmed the rumors that the park’s General Sam giant fake tree is coming down as part of the park’s 2014 Bugs Bunny World revamp, which will include a brand new kids coaster. The new entrance portal into Bugs Bunny World will be located on the General Sam’s location.
(9/11/13) I checked with Six Flags Magic Mountain and confirmed that X2 is down to have the lift hill chain replaced. According to Sue Carpenter, “There is no timeline for it to be back up and running but unfortunately it will not be available for Fright Fest this year.” So looks like we wont see X2 back up until at least the winter holidays.
(4/12/13) May 8th, 2016 will be the 40th Anniversary of Revolution, the first modern steel coaster with a vertical loop in the world. A nice video has been posted to YouTube urging Six Flags to please celebrate this important anniversary by Restoring Revolution back to the awesome condition it was in when it first opened, including the purchase of all new modern trains for it that would restore the rider experience to one offering just a simple lap-bar only restraint system, increase of the painful over-the-shoulder restraints added to the ride years later.
2014 - Batman Backwards / Colossus Backwards / New Kiddie Coaster / Bonzai Pipelines - (8/29/13) Six Flags Magic Mountain will introduce a new and interesting attractions to the main park as well as a new slide over at Hurricane Harbor.
Bonzai Pipelines is the new dual-slide experience being added to the waterpark, where riders will climb into aqua pods before the trap-door floor opens up and drops them down into the slide below. The park will also add a new Dive-In Movie experience to the Forgotten Sea Wave Pool on select nights.
Meanwhile inside Magic Mountain the park will run Batman and Colossus backwards for a limited time starting in the Spring 2014. In the Summer the park's Bugs Bunny World will get a makeover, adding a new family-friendly show in the Carrot Club Theater and an all new children's coaster will become the park's 19th roller coaster. With the addition of this new kiddie coaster, the park's kids area will then feature a total of 4 kiddie coasters (Canyon Blaster, Magic Flyer, Road Runner Express), more than any other US park I believe.
2015/2016 - Rumor - Iron Colossus - (4/15/13) According to the latest rumors the Iron Horse treatment for Colossus has been slotted to reopen for 2015, though there is a slight chance it could be pushed back to 2016 if the stars align on another project first. Unlike the quick transformation of Rattler at Fiesta Texas, this is expected to be more of a major overhaul, more along the lines of the lengthy Texas Giant job. This will require the once mighty Colossus to be down for a period of 12-16 months. So for Colossus to be reborn in Spring 2015 it will end up having to close down to begin the project in Late 2013. Stay tuned as we try to keep up to date on what could be the most important new coaster to ever open at ‘The Mountain’ that could create an all time new world record for the park that may never be broken.
(1/10/13) Screamscape sources tell us that management at Six Flags Magic Mountain may have received early confirmation that Colossus will be tapped to be the next Six Flags coaster to get the Iron Horse treatment following the transformation of Rattler to Iron Rattler at Fiesta Texas this year. No word yet on just how much will be changed, but the iconic support structure is expected to remain essentially the same. If true, look for Colossus to go away forever before the end of the year, though it seems like the park may try to promote the final days of Colossus rather than just quietly shut it down, so you may get some early warning.
(2/27/12) During West Coaster Bash Six Flags management did confirm that they were still seriously considering performing a full Rocky Mountain Hybrid transformation job on Colossus in the future. What it is coming down to however is to see if they think that they can get a return on investment for the project… which essentially means that they want to know if they can promote Colossus to the general public as a new coaster experience and lure in the crowds. (It seemed to have worked with X2, and certainly it seems like The Texas Giant was able to hit the target as the ride was reported as being packed all last summer).
(1/30/12) It’s a bit early to lock down this project, but I’m hearing that after The Rattler, Colossus may indeed be the next Six Flags coaster to get a major overhaul from Rocky Mountain Coasters. Look for this in either 2014 or 2015 and I’ll leave you with this little tidbit... if the rumors I’m hearing are true, the name Colossus may mean something to the world once again.
(4/25/11) Screamscape sources indicate that following the successful opening and transformation of the Texas Giant this past weekend, management has now set their eyes upon the next candidate for transformation. We’ve heard it rumored before, but now it seems like a good bet that Colossus at Magic Mountain will be the next woodie to ride the Iron Horse rail system. Much like the transformation of the Texas Giant, I’m told that the ideas they are planning for Colossus will be quite shocking and take it to the next level. Stay tuned!
(6/5/10) I’ve got a soft spot for Colossus at SFMM… after all it was the woodie I rode most as a kid growing up in SoCal. I remembering riding it with the 3-Bench PTC trains in the early years and on the 2-Bench California style Morgan trains that were added in later years. I’ve even ridden it backwards many times using a borrowed B&M train from the Psyclone coaster. That said… I’m hearing that Colossus is due to another revamp sometime in the next few years… as the Morgan trains are coming to the end of their lifespan and need replacing. Facing the aspect of buying some costly new coaster trains, management is hoping to find a way to market this costly expense in their favor and all eyes are keeping careful tabs on the Texas Giant rebuild in progress, as Colossus is said to be a possible candidate for the process as well.
If Colossus does get the green light, it’s said that we could very well see some huge changes made to the ride’s layout in order to spice things up like banking those slow flat turns, and making the hills even more thrilling and full of airtime. Yep… I think it would be a great idea to make remodel Colossus back into the monster coaster it could be once again, so cross your fingers.