We were recently invited to attend a hard hat tour of the Full Throttle construction area at Six Flags Magic Mountain. We were able to get some great behind the scenes pictures. In addition we got a close up look at one of the new buses that will be replacing the aging trams and finally we got to try out some of the new “Full Throttle” food offerings that will be offered at the park.

Sir Clinksalot all ready to head backstage with his fancy Hard Hat

Today, instead of looking at construction from above on the Sky Tower, we are able to be right in the middle of it. Tim Burkhart, Director of Maintenance, Construction and Engineering at both Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor was also on-hand to answer any questions we had.

This view shows where the entry of Full Throttle will be. The queue line will begin approximately 20 feet on the other side of the construction pole in the middle.
Many construction vehicles are on site to get the job done as quickly and as safely as possible.
Cones are placed to alert workers where they can’t go. Wouldn’t want to run this over. This spot was very close to the lake at the bottom of the last drop of Log Jammer.
An overview of the construction area heading up to the tunnel. You can see some supports have already been placed that will be the climb heading up and over Superman Plaza.
According to Tim, the “Full Throttle” theme will end basically where the wall is. So the High Sierra theme will continue on after that point heading towards Bugs Bunny World.
All of the footers for the station track, transfer track and launch have been poured.

We also had a chance to ask some of your questions from the MiceChat Facebook page.

  • One of the questions asked was about capacity of the ride. Tim mentioned that they hope to hit at least 700-750 per hour.


  • Tim also confirmed that the facade of the Log Jammer building will be staying as it will serve as a break between the High Sierra Theme and the Full Throttle Theme. Some retail will likely go into this space.
  • We did also confirm that the amazing “Blackout” maze from Fright Fest last year will be returning, although not in this location.

 

Tim showing off the construction area.

During our tour (Wednesday, February 27th, 2013) they were finishing off the track inside the tunnel. From there, they will be installing track on the back-side of the hill, over  Superman Plaza and down the hill. They will then begin installing the station track so they can get started on the station, queue and all of the electrical work that entails.

A piece of track for the tunnel heading into place.
Some track on the flat-bed waiting to go to it’s permanent home.
The Palace Arcade is going to be transformed into a Full Throttle Dining, Merchandise and (most importantly) will have Coke Freestyle machines!!!
The other shops in the area also appear to be staying.

The rest of this area will be themed to fit the “Full Throttle” theme. The theme isn’t specific to any kind of activity such as car racing, motorcycle riding, etc.  It will be interesting to see what type of themeing the area ends up with. Hopefully the theme will also include some shade.

  • We also asked about future attractions going in this area due to Full Throttle only taking up about 1/2 of what was there for Log Jammer. No plans currently, or at least none that Tim could tell us about.

According to Tim, the loop will be up above the treeline similar to Tatsu which means the park will be adding yet another landmark to it’s impressive skyline.
  • Tim also reiterated that the ride will have the tallest “Vertical Loop” in the world, not necessarily the tallest “inversion”.

After our tour we were invited into Mooseburger Lodge to try some of the new “Full Throttle” themed food. There will be 6 different types of wings (Original Buffalo, Lemon Pepper, Hot Hababnero, Orange, Bar-B-Que and Garlic Parmesan). In addition to the Wings they will also offer “Full Throttle Fries” (Criss-Cut Fries with Cheese and a tangy 1000 Island type dressing) and Garlic Fries.

All of them were very tasty. My personal favorites were the Lemon Pepper, Hot Habanero and Garlic Parmesan. The Full Throttle and Garlic Fries were also very good.

Supervisor of Park Food Robert Bustle was on hand to hear our opinions on the new food and take any suggestions. Wet Wipes were certainly a suggestion we all had!!!

After our quick lunch I headed out to the boneyard to get a look at the track that’s waiting to be brought over to the site.

Lots here waiting to go up.


New Buses

We also got a chance to check out one of the new buses that will be replacing the aging tram fleet at the park. Some of the trams were bought before the park originally opened in 1971. They are certainly considered classics at this point.

This is the Full Throttle Bus. There will also be a Tatsu bus and some others. There are 6 buses total.
A closer look at the Full Throttle artwork.
Y’all come back now Y’hear.
A look at the inside of the buses.

It will be interesting to see if these buses help get people from the park to their cars. On one hand, these do seem like they’d be less efficient than trams, on the other hand they do seem to work out ok for Disney and the off-site lots. We are willing to wait and see at this point.

They will also be re-profiling the tram drop-off and pick-up points so there will only be one line. We wish them luck!!

That will do it for today’s update. We would like to offer a special thank you to Tim Burkhart, Sue Carpenter, and Connie Lujan for setting up this tour for us. We also hope that you enjoyed this backstage look at the new ride. We will be bringing you more updates before the ride opens.