Six Flags Magic Mountain is moving full steam ahead on the construction of their newest coaster and newest up-charge thrill ride. No track for Full Throttle is on-site yet but ground preparation has been moving quickly over the past few weeks. We’ll show you the current status of those projects as well as the Christmas decorations that are showing up at the park.
The area that is being re-themed for Full Throttle has been completely closed off and at least one original park building has been removed in preparation. Just after you enter the park and make a right turn towards Goliath, you are greeted by a big wall.
These walls have been recently painted, We are guessing there will be some Full Throttle artwork on them soon. The construction barriers extend all the way across the path and you must go behind the M&M store to get around the construction zone.
As a result of construction, one of Magic Mountain’s original buildings was recently removed. Some of you may remember the building that used to be here as the Chicken Plantation, it was most recently “What the Fried?”.
Another casualty of construction is the Looney Tunes Kid Club stage. This is a location that had certainly seen better days and was probably due for removal anyway. Hopefully the kids shows that were done here will be back in a new or re-built location.
Even though it was never “officially” announced, construction of the new up-charge attraction is beginning. The ride is not being constructed where Thrill Shot was, but instead near where Deja Vu was. This spot was originally going to be the location of Road Runner Express before it was built in Bugs Bunny Land.
The walls have been moved and you can no longer walk back to where the Deja Vu queue once began.
The Epic Rides store has also been closed during construction (or perhaps was just closed during our visit). Construction of this ride should not take long and we’d anticipate it being open long before Full Throttle opens.
Around the Park
Over the past few years the park hasn’t done much for Christmas. This year it looks like they are doing a little bit more. Instead of cheap store-bought-looking decorations they are putting up some garland in the entrance area.
The sign heading up to Samurai Summit looks like it recently received some work. It’s nice when the park takes the time to improve things that most guests wouldn’t notice at first glance.
The Facade for Willoughby’s will likely stay up permanently. The park really should consider opening this up as a walk-through attraction during non Fright-Fest days. Maybe even just on peak traffic days.
Happy Anniversary Grand Carousel!!
And finally, let’s look back 100 years and wish a very Happy Anniversary to the Grand Carousel, which turns 100 this year. The park did a fantastic write-up about the Carousel here, it’s a great read. Congrats to the park and it’s staff on their commitment to the history of this ride. It takes a LOT of work to keep a 100 year old ride running and they are to be commended. Be sure to leave a thank-you note on the articles page, I’m sure the park would love to hear how much we all appreciate their hard work.
That should do it for this week. Hopefully we’ll see more vertical construction taking place on Full Throttle and the Sling Shot before our next update in a few weeks.