Six Flags Magic Mountain Update: Slow to Full Throttle

Written by Gregg Condon. Posted in Features, In the Parks, Other Destinations, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Southern California Parks

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Published on May 27, 2013 at 12:01 am with 14 Comments

It’s been a few weeks since our last Magic Mountain update and while it may seem like progress has been slow for Full Throttle (it has) the ride is coming together. Elsewhere around the park, Grad Nights are back, Jet Stream is cleaner and some new merchandise has found its way into stores.

Full Throttle

Once the loop was topped off at Full Throttle early last month we thought we’d at least be seeing testing by now. But a ride with 3 launches (2 launch zones) takes a bit of time to get everything connected and functional.

As seen from the ride entry area, they still have quite a bit of work to do.

From the Sky Tower you can see an overview of the site

A closer look reveals the work done on the station and the launch area

They are also sealing up the wall that used to be the Log Jammer station

Concrete is being poured and it looks like a couple of planters. This is the area where the Looney Tunes stage used to be

Some work being done on the food/merchandise location as well


Up near Samurai Summit a new fence has been installed. As of now, it does not match the Superman area, hopefully either the blue or the black fence get’s painted to match.

And in an extreme case of “Painting yourself into a corner, the temporary fences are still on the other side of the new permanent fence.

More fencing has been installed between Gold Rusher and Full Throttle. Not sure why, as this is area has always been a “backstage” type area. I’m sure it’s for employee safety but I can’t imagine a scenario where an employee would be back here when the ride is operational. Maybe they are going to be opening up more of the area down by the entrance than previously thought?


Moving down to the tunnel, a new fence has been installed. This one has been painted black to match the area. There was no way the existing short fence was going to cut it with trains zipping through this area … twice.

A look inside the tunnel. There was a car for one of the trains here a few days ago but it appears to be gone now.

In a bit of VERY good news, apparently the entire fence leading up to Samurai Summit is being painted, as well as some of the older signs.

The landscaping that was done a few months ago is starting to grow in

Back at the front, about the only thing that’s been done at the station is the fencing.

Workers creating the wall on the old Log Jammer building

A peek at all of the electrical equipment

Soon this will all be sealed up

In Flags some new Full Throttle Merchandise is available for purchase

Full Throttle is progressing, but unfortunately we have no idea when the ride is going to open. At this point I think it’s safe to say that the earliest it would open would be around July 4th. We’ll keep you updated and you will know as soon as we do.

Grad Nights

Grad Nights are back at the park and it looks like the park is going for a party atmosphere. Since Grad Nights no longer seem to be a priority for Disneyland (at least since my Grad night 20 years ago) I think it’s great that Magic Mountain is picking up the slack and offering an alternative for students.

Stages and lights shows are set up around the park

As well as Grad Night Merchandise that wasn’t available last year.


Around The Park

Good news to report on Jet Stream, looks like the water has cleared up a bit since our last visit

Some other new Merchandise featuring Tatsu. I really like this shirt, too bad I’m not a huge fan of the ride

I also liked this retro looking shirt but unfortunately it makes it seem like Tatsu opened in 1971. Hopefully retro designs will show up for other rides but have the year that the ride opened, not the year the park opened.

Hurricane Harbor opens this weekend!!!

The Sky Tower also got a nice new spiel going up and down the elevator. I’ll try to remember to record it next time I’m at the park.

And finally, time is running out to visit the park on empty weekdays like this. Only about 2 weeks left until the majority of schools are out for the summer.

I apologize for not getting back to our series of “What was Here”, We’ll continue the series for our next update.

Lastly, only about 2 weeks left before I go “Coasting For Kids” at Knott’s Berry Farm for the AMAZING Give Kids The World. We’ve told you all about GKTW on MiceChat and they are one of our favorite charities. Please, if you can, even $1 will help to give these amazing kids an awesome vacation in Central Florida. You can find my donation page here. I appreciate it!!!

About Gregg Condon

Gregg Condon, also affectionately known as Sir Clinksalot, is MiceChat's Six Flags reporter. He is frequently featured in MiceChat's In The Parks columns.

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  • stamphead

    Six Flags is a little too much for me but I like the updates. I would like to find someone who would be patient with me. I don’t mind the coasters in Florida but all these extreme coasters in one park. Scary!

  • jcruise86

    Thanks, Gregg! That loop looks large, but I’m surprised that that’s the world’s largest loop. It seems like the world’s largest loop should look more intimidating.

    I get why the fences are there. In the late 70s or very early 80s earlier when I was an often stupid kid, my cousin and I climbed fences and snuck into Magic Mountain from the back, crossing one animal enclosure to do so. We weren’t sure what animal lived in it. As I admitted I was stupid. A special kind of stupid.

    Stamphead, I’m with you, but Magic Mountain has built and is building some better thrill rides that don’t seemed designed to make middle-aged folks sick (Lex Luthor, improved Superman, & this loop), but replacing a couple of their redundant barf machines with a couple of amazing dark rides would tempt me. I’m glad their Halloween event keeps improving. If that keeps up and is free or $10-20 with admission, I might return in a year or five, not through an animal enclosure.

  • Dusty Sage

    Thank you Gregg. Great update. Though, I’m surprised that they are so late to open on this one. For every weekend after Memorial Day that an attraction is delayed, the returns begin to diminish rapidly. And even if a ride opens in mid to late summer, it is very hard to bill it as NEW in the next summer.

    But it does look like a cool coaster whenever it opens.

    Any idea on capacity for this one?

  • TacAlert

    No surprise SFMM hasn’t opened this ride yet. They have missed Memorial Day on their last two attractions the last two years.

    The problem with Full Throttle that many sites aren’t talking about is it is a low capacity ride. I believe the estimates were about 500 an hour. Best to get there right at opening.

    • LoveStallion

      Yikes, that low? I see the trains not carrying too many, but the ride is also quite short, so I figured that could make up the difference.

      But perhaps having fewer riders per departure cancels out the frequency of the departures.

  • TacAlert

    Each train holds 18 riders max. Remember SFMM doesn’t fill up their trains and leaves it to the guests to make their own lines and which row they will sit in (except X2).

    My sources from the park tell me maybe 1 train every two minutes so a max of 540 an hour.

  • LoveStallion

    Why no love for Tatsu? (Also, it looks in serious need of some paint.)

  • johnarodz67

    Although I rarely get to this park,I will miss the old school log ride.

  • tigga please

    Great update, Gregg!

  • Gregg Condon

    Thanks for the comments everybody. Sorry I haven’t responded to any comments yet, I’ve been in bed with the Flu or Food Poisoning for the last 3 days.

    Capacity: Park sources tell me that they are aiming for 750-800 people per hour for capacity. That’s running 2 trains of course.

    Grouping: typically when they have a new ride they will use a grouper to make sure all seats are filled. Hopefully this will have the same. The last few rides that have opened have also had dedicated single rider lines, no word if Full Throttle will have one. But it would be great if it did.

    Look of the Loop: Pictures don’t do it justice. It’s much bigger looking in person.

    Fences: Totally get why they are there. We anticipated them going on at least the supports up near Superman.

    As for Tatsu, I’m just not a fan. Maybe it’s just my old age.

  • Director_Guy

    Great update. Gotta get back there soon.

    Also: “There was a car for one of the trains here a few days ago but it appears to be gone now.”

    Silent Hill reference?

  • Gregg Condon

    ^ Not intentionally but I did think of it later and laughed.

    Also, train is apparently on the track now, no word if testing has begun.


    Nice story Gregg

    And yes the loop is very very impressive when seeing it in person. Not a chance I will go on this but I sure will enjoy watching it.

    I always wanted to be involved in a ride like this while working at WDI during the Disney Decade in Burbank. But the biggest rides (which are great) would have been Indy and Tower. To be honest I love seeing people coming off the rides dizzy as can be and looking for a planter to hurl in, then I know we got the ride right.

    The ride will be open when it is ready be it June, July, Aug, or Sept and I’m sure the planters will be busy.

  • bigcatrik

    I’m waiting for this to open for my first trip back in many years. I still have my “I Rode the Revolutin” t-shirt from 1976 and I can’t wait to go on Full Throttle. After all the gimmick coasters (and they have more than a few) sit-down loopers are still my favorite. My favorite coaster there is Scream since it’s a big, beautiful looper but the forces are actually very manageable.