Today’s Magic Mountain update is filled with Full Throttle pictures. The ride is turning out to be more photogenic than we thought it would be. There hasn’t been a lot of additional track installed since our last update, but this week we were able to view the attraction from different angles. We’ll also update you on the continuing saga of the new buses.

Even though Magic Mountain is a year-round park, this past weekend marked “opening weekend” for the park. The park will now be open daily until Labor Day. If you’d like to enjoy an empty park, weekdays in May and early June are perfect times to go to the park.

Full Throttle

From the Sky Tower, you can see the new track that has been installed since our last update. The track in front is coming out of the tunnel into the top hat. The track in back is exiting the loop heading up and over Superman Plaza.

Most of the supports for the station track, brake track and transfer track have been installed. You can see just how tight the turn around from the brake run to the station is.

A close up of the station pad
A close up of the track heading out of the tunnel heading up to the Top Hat element.
A portion of the transfer track has been installed
The portion of land vacated after the demolished the Looney Tunes Stage sits empty for now. Hopefully something is going to go here. That’s a lot of prime real estate.
No work is evident on the exterior of the new retail/restaurant space.
Out in the boneyard, you can see some of the double-sided loop/top-hat track.
A site overview
Down on ground level, the ride has totally changed the look of Superman Plaza
Coming up the hill

It appears they made need to move the blue fence a bit. Not that I believe it will be a problem, but for safety’s sake that does appear to be a bit low. You can see just how low it is from the people standing by the support. The temporary fences aren’t going to cut it.

It does look pretty awesome heading up the hill. These pictures pretty much speak for themselves.
Heading up into the top hat

They have planted some trees in the area. Nice to see they aren’t just paving over everything.
It’s kind of hard to tell from the light in this picture, but the tunnel has been painted
Down at ground level you can see just how tall the station/brake supports are. Remember, the loop is going to go up 160 above this. I’m pretty sure the top of the loop will be the highest point of the ride.
Heading out of the loop
Into the Top Hat
A close up of the two track paths

Around the Park

As we mentioned on our update last week, the Candy Company near Apocalypse received a new roof and new air conditioning units recently.

The new buses have been up and running for a few weeks, and we’ve already noticed a couple of things the park has done to alert guests of the new areas.

Unfortunately the loading area’s are still very temporary.
There is now a sign near the new loading area, but as you can see from the picture below, it’s not close enough for people to see when exiting the park.
In the few minutes I was in the area I saw multiple people go to the old load area out of habit. There is a sign in the old unload area now as well.
The new sign in the new loading area.

The new signs are going to help but the park needs 1 or 2 additional signs at the exit alerting guests where to go, since everybody is so used to the existing pick-up area. The additional signs coupled with a more permanent queue for the buses should help for the long-run.

Lastly, our friend Tim Burkhart, who has been at the park since 1977 and was the Director of maintenance and construction for Six Flags Magic Mountain, has recently been promoted to Vice President of maintenance and construction for all of Six Flags. You can see the great article in the LA Times. Congrats Tim!! Hope this doesn’t mean we’ll be seeing less of you at Magic Mountain.

That will do it for this week. The Loop/Top-Hat for Full Throttle should start going up any day now with vertical construction being completed sometime in early April.

Remember that I am doing Coasting for Kids this June at Knott’s for the AMAZING charity, Give Kids The World. You can donate to my page here, I’d really appreciate it, and so will the kids.

  • Trumpet

    Great Update Gregg

    Full Throttle look awsome and I can’t wait for it to open. They will need to do something with the fencing, as there will be some people who will find a way to close the attraction by messing about on the paths. Still, it looks amazing and I can’t wait to see the finished article (and a POV…)

    Thanks Again Gregg


  • Norman Gidney

    Great work on this update! I love being able to get a variety of viewpoints of the construction. It’s certainly turning out to be a sexy looking ride. Even if it is the yolo-coaster.

  • SpectroMan

    Thanks for the update. I sure hope they’re planning to add some sort of water feature around the former lagoon as a nod to Log Jammer.

    • Gregg Condon

      Agreed. Would be nice. But I wouldn’t count on it.

  • hollywood1939

    Man Tatsu looks awful against that untouched white that is the YOLOcoaster.

    I wonder how the ride capacity is going to be. The ride seems short so I hope the turnover isn’t bad. At least it can hold more than 4 people like their last attraction.

    Looking at what Silver Dollar City has with Outlaw Run, I’m jealous that we aren’t getting that instead of what we’re getting here. But I guess I’ll have to live with it.

    Lastly, those supports looks REALLY low. They better put some permanent fencing around it.

    • Gregg Condon

      There may be something similar to Outlaw Run/the re-do of TX Giant/Iron Rattler coming to Colossus next year. That’s been the rumor anyway.

      Personally, when it comes to Colossus, I’d LOVE to see one side get the topper track and leave the original layout while the other half get’s the twists, turns and steep drops.

  • LoveStallion

    Correction: The top hat will be the highest point of the ride, not the loop. 😉

    • Gregg Condon

      Good point. But I was more talking about the height of the loop/top hat vs. the Dive Loop. But yes, you are correct, the top hat is the tallest point. 😉

  • tigga please

    Awesome update, Gregg. I especially like the blurred faces of the people in the park. Its how I see them too 😉

  • Not My Real Name


    • Gregg Condon

      When the park first released the teaser trailer for the ride the tag line was “YOLO”, so the name YOLOCoaster has kind of stuck.

      • Not My Real Name

        I’m still not clear on YOLO.

  • TacAlert

    Can we get some pictures of the inside of the buses to see how they are holding up to the wonderful crowds that visit MM?

    • Gregg Condon

      I will add it to my to-do list for my next visit. Not sure when that’s going to be however.

  • Gregg Condon

    TacAlert, I was trying to get some pictures of the buses when I was at the park on Saturday but after waiting almost 10 minutes for a bus to show up I ended up walking. I still beat the bus even though I walked.

    I did notice that the buses were standing room only so they seem popular.