Over the past few weeks, construction of Six Flags Magic Mountain’s newest coaster has kicked into high gear. Land clearing and digging is well underway as footers are being poured. There is some track and supports backstage that will soon be making it’s way to the construction site. The park also has a new dining plan they are offering and new lockers have popped up and have even been removed from some rides.
But first, a look at the lines that guests who purchased the great Season Pass deals are having to deal with. This is the line shortly after park opening at the main Season Pass processing center. The white building in the back is the processing center for those who aren’t familiar with the park.
Full Throttle Construction has taken off over the past few weeks even though we’ve had a constantly fluctuating weather pattern.
Heading up the hill near the Superman Plaza, they’ve been hard at work. Superman was closed a few weekends ago for construction of Full Throttle but they did a good job setting up the footers in this area quickly so they could get the ride back open. Due to construction, Superman may need to be closed certain weekends, it’s always best to check with the park to see what rides are open.
Looking out beyond the parking lot you can see some track and footers that are on-site. Hopefully we’ll be able to get a closer look at these soon (with park permission of course since that is a private road back there).
New Dining Plan
As we reported in last weeks update, the park has a new dining plan which they are advertising throughout the property.
The ride lockers, always a source of debate among fans of the park have been replaced. Apparently the old contract ran out and they’ve put in some new ones that seem a little more high-tech.
Slingshot Ride Review
We finally got to take a ride on Slingshot over this past weekend.
I personally thought the ride was a LOT of fun but I’m not afraid to admit that at my advanced age (37) I just can’t do the multiple flips anymore. I think we probably flipped about 7 or 8 times. The teenage ride-op seemed to really enjoy it even though he said he’d ridden about 50 times already.
The ride is a great deal of fun. It’s still a carnival ride but I’m sure it serves it’s target audience well. Is it worth the price? The season pass price for 2 people is $30 – that’s either in your comfort range or it isn’t. That said, in the 10-15 minutes I was in the area, I didn’t see anybody come up to ride but it was a very slow day at the park. It will be interesting to see what ridership is like during the busy summer season. The other up-charge rides (Dive Devil and the Go-Karts) are generally very popular.
Around the Park
Elsewhere in the park, a Single Rider sign has been added to Viper. This may have been here for awhile but this is the first I’m seeing it. Hopefully more rides will advertise a single-rider option as it’s a great way to beat the crowds and make sure all trains are running at full capacity.
The park is going to be getting some new trams to replace the ones that have been at the park for close to 40 years. There are approximately 4-6 buses that the park bought that were previously used at the Salt Lake Olympics. They are currently backstage and should be in use before summer. One of the old trams is backstage, maybe this could be used in some kind of Fright Fest maze?
And lastly, one of the major rumors to come out regarding the park over the past few weeks has been a MAJOR refurbishment/re-tracking/re-imagining of Colossus, scheduled to begin in 2014. This hasn’t been officially confirmed yet, but this is a rumor that has been going around for a few years and has recently picked up a LOT of steam. Just to be on the safe side, if you are a fan of the original Colossus (as I am) be sure to get some rides on it this year.
That will do it for this week. Keep in mind that this is technically the “off-season” for the park, so there is a lot of work going on. Tidal Wave and Roaring Rapids are closed for their yearly refurbishments. Some rides (Superman and Gold Rusher) may need to close for Full Throttle construction and a lot of other general upkeep is being done throughout the park.