We were invited up to Six Flags Magic Mountain yesterday to see the topping off of Full Throttle’s Loop. We were able to take a great behind the scenes look at this enormous bit of construction. Trust us, it’s big and should prove to be a great new element at the park. We’ll also look at the arrival of Spring at the park and show you all of the hard work that park landscaping staff have been putting into the landscaping. Β Yes, they really are trying.

Full Throttle Topped Out

For the most part, we are going to let these pictures speak for themselves. Enjoy this backstage look as the park tops off the largest vertical loop in the world.

As we arrive, there is a pretty significant gap. Wonder if the train could make that jump. Luckily (or sadly depending on how you look at it) we’ll never find out.
Here is the final piece to be installed. Yes that is actually track on top and track underneath.
And away it goes.

The piece of track had to go up and over the trees to be placed.

Once the piece was almost in place the other crane lifted up workers on each side.

No different from work you do at home. Sometimes you just gotta use a hammer.

Look at the perspective here. We are looking at the top half of the loop and see how tiny those workers look at the top? This is a HUGE loop.
And now we have a completed loop.
A twisted awesome mess of track.
Mr. Crane, that’s his name, that name again is Mr. Crane.
Elsewhere around the site, you can see here the brakes coming out of the Top Hat. Fortunately the brakes don’t start near the top but about 1/2 way down. Should get some nice airtime going over the loop.

On the launch you can see all of the LSM’s (Linear Synchronous Motors).
A piece of what we believe to be station track waiting to be installed.
It’s the largest loop not just for Six Flags Magic Mountain but for any coaster in the world!
Yours truly in front of the track and loop. Thanks to David from TPR for taking this picture of me. This will be the entry area for the ride, so getting great shots of the coaster in action should be easy.

Once the park opened we made our usual loop around the property to see what the loop looked like from different angles. In my favorite shot you can see the loop on Revolution (the world’s first modern roller coaster with a vertical loop) and the loop on Full Throttle (the current tallest loop in the world). This shot was taken from the X2 bridge. If only we could photoshop Tatsu out of the picture (the yellow tracks between the two white loops). πŸ˜‰

Up by Superman, the twisty track is now complete from this angle.

From up near the old Log Jammer entranc, here’s a clear view of the complete loop
The station has seen a lot of work in the last week.

Back in Samurai Summit, they are replacing the fence that was removed for the Dive Loop
Posts are set on the other side as well

Congratulations to Six Flags Magic Mountain for completing this awesome element. No opening date was given to us. We will let you all know as soon as we do.

You can read the press release regarding the topping off of the loop here.

Spring has Sprung

We also wanted to show you some of the great work the Magic Mountain landscaping crew has done around the park. Yes, this is a “Thrill Park,” but the landscaping crew does a fantastic job. In fact, they probably have more on-stage trees and gardens to deal with than Disneyland does.

The front fountain has been decorated with beautiful marigolds.
Near X2’s sign, more orange marigolds.
Back by Riddlers Revenge some Orange and Yellow marigolds are blooming
As well as some lovely white dianthus. The bush has some kind of Riddler thing I believe. I’ll have to remember to look next time I’m up in the Sky Tower.
The planter in front of Lex Luthor provides some much needed shade
Whistlestop Park features some lovely red blossoms.
Sometimes it’s easy to forget just how many trees Magic Mountain has.
These trees near Bugs Bunny world provide some much needed rest from the sun during the summer. Luckily Dippin Dots and Dole Whips aren’t far away. #YOLOOMNOM

Around the Park

Not much to report from elsewhere in the park. The stairs leading up to Ninja and the Sky Tower have received some M&M’s wraps. I know some don’t like these but they seem to be a little bit of fun from a much needed sponsor.

I got a chance to ride one of the parking lot buses back to the car. They are clean and the ride is very smooth, unlike the old trams. The Air Conditioning was also very nice.

We’ve been told they are going to be installing more permanent queues for the buses and they seem to have finally figured out a flow pattern that works.

That’s it for this week. Not sure when we’ll have another update, probably won’t be much to report on until testing begins. We’ll keep you updated on progress and give you an opening date as soon as we have it. Meanwhile, please follow our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates and announcements.

  • XxBellaThornxX

    Thanks for the update! I have never been to Magic Mountain but that loop is amazing!

  • LoveStallion

    Cool update! I haven’t been that jazzed about Full Throttle, but I admit, that loop is impressive. Really cool looking ride.

  • Gregg Condon

    Want to send a special thanks to Fishbulb for putting the names to the flowers. Much better than my descriptions of Oranges, Yellows, Whites and Reds. πŸ˜€

    • disney4me2001

      Great report! I believe the bushes at Riddler are supposed to be in the shape of question marks, but sometimes they’re hard to make out if they’re overgrown.

      • Gregg Condon

        That’s right disney4me2001. Thanks!!!!

  • As upset as I am to lose the family friendly log ride, I’ve got to admit that this coaster is looking really interesting. Still trying to wrap my head around the track on the top and bottom of the giant loop. Awesome stuff.

    • Gregg Condon

      Yeah, the more I see of the ride, the more excited I’m getting. I was also pleased to see that the landscape crew is already at work on the hill on the opposite side of the station.

  • jcruise86

    Actually if you look at the loop in the picture where Gregg is posing next to it,
    it doesn’t look that big.

    And when Gregg poses next to it: white steel meets blue steel.

    Like the Mr. Plow reference.

    I hope Magic Mtn. keeps improving its Halloween event and continues to not charge extra for it. With the improved Superman, Luthor, and this world-record loop, AND with a few free better-quality mazes, this might become worthy of my visit in a year or four.

    Meanwhile, remember, everyone, that the Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire has free admission for kids this weekend. But I digress.

  • jcruise86

    P.S. THANK YOU for the excellent update, Gregg! You are the Fishbulb of Magic Mountain.

    It’s nice that Magic Mountain had discovered gardening for their park, but having been to Magic Mountain, I’m skeptical. My worry is that there are just 99 flowers total in the park and that Gregg is the same guy who photographs tiny swimming pools for hotel ads.

    • Gregg Condon

      LOL!!!! The gardens are looking nice. Some of them are just bushes, but they are well maintained. There is actually a LOT of shade at SFMM as you skirt the outside of “The Mountain”. It’s when you get further from the mountain that the shade kind of goes away.

  • Demigod

    That’s one hell of a loop! Nice report, Gregg. I’m going to have to go visit this year…maybe we can get a group of us MC’ers to go! πŸ™‚

  • MrTour

    I am a bit disappointed with Full Throttle. While the concept is impressive, it seems like MM when cheap on the length of the track. It seems like there will be just seconds between each launch, make the ride start, stop, start, stop, start, stop. I would have loved to see more track laid after the top hat. The ride could have had a Cheetah/Verbolten/Manta element to it. They certainly had the land there to do so after removing the Log jammer.

    As for the trees; that is one of the nicest parts of the park. When the park opened, there were few trees and little to no shade. The Revolution towered over the foliage. Now, it is hidden in the forest. This is much welcomed on a hot day!

    • Gregg Condon

      You aren’t going to find any disagreement with us. While we feel that Full Throttle will be a really fun ride, what it “could have” been is something that would have been amazing and quite possibly one of the best coasters in the country.
      It will still be one of the best coasters in the park IMO.

      All the web-bloggers were discussing it yesterday, trying to figure out another coaster that has it’s longest drop end in a brake run. The only one that came to mind was Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point.

      • MrTour

        I think X2 and Tatsu will remain the stand-out coasters for the park. Which is too bad. Seems like it is more about being able to market the elements as it is to give the elements a home on a complete attraction.

      • Gregg Condon

        I personally don’t care for Tatsu and X2 is a ride once or twice a year for me when I happen to get up there at opening. I could see me riding Full Throttle more than other coasters in the park simply because it’s the easiest coaster to get to when I go to shoot updates. Same reason I ride Gold Rusher, Batman and Colossus more than the others.

      • a-mad

        I really can’t complain about this coaster – it looks like a ton of fun, but I agree with both you and MrTour about the potential for so much more. As much land as they removed from the Log Jammer, it seems like the coaster isn’t taking up much of it…. although it is kind of an odd footprint to put a massive coaster on – esp. if you want to build up speed and have huge elements, etc. – so I understand the challenge. Its just a bummer that after that outstanding top hat element (which is probably the element I’m most excited for) that it has to immediately go into the brake run because there is no more room. There isn’t much airtime at this park (outside of the one good hill on Goliath, and some nice moments on Apocalypse) so to have this awesome hill and then have it end like that is kind of a massive tease…

        Still – like I said before – it does look like a blast, though!

    • LoveStallion

      Amen, MrTour.

      Some inventive ideas (though I don’t fully understand the odd reverse launch that goes nowhere), but this could have been a pretty noteworthy ride if it were a bit longer. But since it’s a powered-launch coaster, perhaps they have the option to expand it if they want? There are perks to not making everything solely dependent on dropping down a hill. πŸ™‚

  • jasmineray

    Great update! That loop is HUGE!!!! Wowzers! Good luck to the souls brave enough to experience that.

    Magic Mountain is really coming along. Good for them! I haven’t been in three years… Looks like it’s time for a trip!

  • Gregg Condon

    Another thing to keep in mind is this loop is HUGE. The potential for another ride to go through the loop is going to be there in a few years. Could you imagine a B&M Wing Rider flipping through the middle of this element? Would look pretty awesome.

  • Chernabog

    I never pictured Gregg at SFMM saying “OOOooooooohhhh will you look at those dianthus!” but there you go πŸ˜‰

  • jcruise86

    Is Magic Mountain run by the same people who run the L.A. Zoo? In the past they both gave me the same uplifting positive energy I get at Wal-mart. Knott’s and Legoland would be Target, and Disney would be the Grove or the Americana. WDW is becoming Nara’s Dreamland, but. . . , anyway, it’s cool that Magic Mountain seems to be trying these days. Can anyone verify that Gregg’s enthusiasm is merited? No beer goggles?

    I liked the Mooseburger lodge when I last went–I think 20 or so years ago. Is that still there an a good restaurant option?

    Does M. Mtn. let people bring food in as Disneyland does?

    Do you really believe that Gregg knows less about flowers than Norm? I just stuck some o’ dem flower things in our lawn, but in the shape of a Packers helmet.

    • Gregg Condon

      jcruise, you read my updates. You know I’m not afraid to call out the park when it’s needed. Look back at the last few, we have plenty of criticisms. But when things are good we aren’t going to not say it either.

      Even in my comments above I state that I still wish Full Throttle was going to be longer than it is. That they had the opportunity to make something mind blowing that would be one of the best coasters in the country, not just one of the best coasters in the park/state.

      As for the food, Magic Mtn. does NOT let outside food in.

      All I know about flowers are the colors if they are anything but roses or tulips. πŸ˜€

      • jcruise86

        Gregg, I love your enthusiasm for Magic Mountain, warts and all! Have you been to Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio?

        I’m pretty good at sneaking food in. I have an old, stretched-out, long sleeve T-shirt and I put food in one sleeve that’s tied at the end, then tuck that sleeve into the other sleeve and put the shirt at the bottom of my backpack. It’s never not worked, and I may even attempt to sneak a large turkey into Disneyland next Thanksgiving this way.

  • scarymouse

    Nice update, I remember in the 70’s when the revolution was first opened. I thought at that time how amazing it was to go upside down, now to see the Full Throttle loop towering over its loop.it boggles my mind. Wow how technology has changed the coaster game, now the Revolution is tame compared to most.Can’t wait to give Full Throttle a try hopefully the old ticker can handle it.

  • Spacepainter

    Can’t wait to ride that thing!

  • Rex Dopey24

    that is one big loop.

  • Jim1013

    Any word on the power of the first launch? It has to be as powerful as Xcelerator’s to gain the speed needed to make that loop. The reverse launch and second launch don’t seem to be as powerful in the animated POV.

    The landscaping has matured beautifully at MM. However, the only time I will go is for private events, I just don’t “fit in” with most of their clientele.

    • Gregg Condon

      Took a look at my notes and the only thing it says as far as speed is “Top Speed: Over 70mph”. So the launch will be AT LEAST that fast. Xcelerator launch is 82mph but it has to go up 205 feet. Full Throttle’s launch track does seem to be about as long as Xcelerator so it probably won’t be as intense. So I’d guess that Full Throttle’s launch will be somewhere between 70-75mph. Which would make it the 3rd fastest ride in the park behind Superman and Goliath and about tied with X2.

  • javalos1991

    That loop is massive! Can’t wait!