Six Flags Magic Mountain is about to go Full Throttle for summer! Testing on their newest coaster began this week. We got a good look at work going on in the Special Effects tunnel, as well as a glimpse of both trains on the track. But first we’ll start off with a brief park update.
MAGIC MOUNTAIN PARK UPDATE
Upon arriving at the park, I noticed that all the metal detector stations were open, as they were training new security staff for the busy summer season. As you can see, when things are running efficiently, there is no wait, even though the entry plaza was full of people.
Valencia Falls and the entry fountain were closed recently for some refurbishment. We are happy to see that they are now back open and looking great!
I was once again at the park early enough to use my Gold Pass early entry, and was able to get front row rides on Colossus and Batman with no wait.
Unfortunately it looks like somebody got into the fountain at Batman and did a little bit of damage. However, the maintenance crew is on the job and it should be fixed soon. It is sad that this kind of vandalism happens, and people can’t leave stuff alone.
Both Batman trains recently came back from refurbishment – looking good caped crusader.
In fact, the entire queue and ride are looking great. Even the theming that is supposed to look run down is looking especially run down.
As you can see, the full paint job the ride got a few years ago is holding up well in the brutal Valencia sun. Even after 19 years, Batman still packs a punch and is still one of the better rides in the park.
Work continues on Full Throttle. Testing did begin this week, but there is still a lot left to do.
A closer look shows that the back wall of the old Log Jammer queue has been completely closed off. We are unsure what, if anything, will be painted on this wall. Perhaps some kind of Full Throttle theming? That turn does look like it comes pretty close to the wall, though. It also could be just the angle.
The train they’ve been doing testing on is actually sitting outside the tunnel, a team was working inside the tunnel during our visit.
As we pull out a bit, you can see just where the train is sitting. This is just after the 3rd launch out of the tunnel and into the Top Hat element.
Here is a closer look at the second train sitting on the Transfer track. They are very “open,” which should give some great rides.
Down at ground level you can see just how much still needs to be done.
We think this concrete pad is for the night-time dance party area.
Here’s a look at what will be the ride entry area.
Panning to the right towards the station.
Zooming in on the loop, you can see one of the new trees is growing in. From this angle, you can’t see the launch coming out of the tunnel. We are unsure if you’ll be able to see it as you get closer to the ride.
Back up in the Sky Tower, more concrete work has been done around the new planters.
The landscaping around the hill is growing in as well.
They are still doing some work on the station.
Some electrical work is also springing up. Not sure what this is for but we’ll see soon!
It also appears that they have installed the posts for the loading gates (the 9 posts in the middle of the picture). From this angle, they look pretty far back in the station.
On the back-side of the park you can see the work being done inside the tunnel. We couldn’t see what’s in the tunnel, but even if we could, we don’t want to ruin the surprise!!
The Retail/Food location building is getting some fresh paint. It almost looks left over from DC Universe.
Here’s a closer look. It appears that the two food locations will be walk-up counter service, with the retail location in the middle.
The Marquee for the retail location is getting some work as well.
That will wrap it up for this week’s update. As with our last update, we have no idea when the ride is going to open. As soon as we get an opening date, we will let you know. Make sure you are following us on Twitter and “like” our MiceChat and In the Parks pages on Facebook. Those will most likely be the first places we have updates as soon as the ride opens.
Also, be sure to “like” the In The Parks page. As soon as we get 500 “likes” (getting close) we’ll be giving away something from Full Throttle and Splashtastic at Discovery Kingdom Media Day!!!
Our next new update will most likely be for Media Day (depending on when it is), but we are working on a construction retrospective and we’ll have some updates for you from Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and California’s Great America coming up in the next few weeks.