A Look Back At Six Flags Full Throttle Construction at Magic Mountain

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 June 13, 2013 at 2:00 am with 6 Comments

As we approach opening day for Full Throttle at Magic Mountain (June 22, 2013), we wanted to take a look back at the last 20 months, starting with the Log Jammer closure all the way through Full Throttle construction.

On October 31, 2011, Log Jammer closed with very little fanfare. Luckily, we caught wind of the pending closure and were able to head up to the park just in time for one last ride on this classic log flume.
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Just 12 days later, on November 11th, the lake in the picture above was totally drained. It looked like whatever was going in this spot would be coming very quickly.

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On November 19, 2011 a portion of the lower lake remained.

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Fast forward to February 5, 2012. Much of the flume still remained heading up the hill.

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By February 18, 2012 most of the lower portion of the ride was a distant memory

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As of March 28, 2012 while the Log Jammer was making it’s way into YesterMountain, another classic attraction, the Metro, was finally having its track removed in anticipation of whatever would be coming to the park.

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April 12, 2012: the Log Jammer station is totally gone. All that remained of the former attraction was its queue building.

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By April 25, 2012, the only thing inhabiting the site were the geese

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A birds-eye view from May 10, 2012 reveals that a pretty large chunk of land was now available for the park to play with.

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On May 31, 2012, we still didn’t know what the new attraction would be. The site would stay the same for about 5 months. But we could still get Loaded Dogs.

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On June 9, 2012, we finally got to try the great Dole Whips which are still available at the park, but now in Food Etc.

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Instead of boring you with yet another picture of dirt, we’ll remind you that Falling Skies is back. This layover of Apocalypse from June 28, 2012 was a clever tie in for season 2.

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Fast Forward to August 19, 2012. Nothing had changed and we still hadn’t learned what was going to be coming for Summer of 2013.

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Finally on August 30, 2012, Six Flags released the details of it’s new coaster: Full Throttle – the tallest and fastest looping coaster in the world.

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On September 8, 2012, some work was visible. This would later become the great maze from Fright Fest 2012, Blackout.

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As Fright Fest drew closer, it was apparent that full-scale construction would not begin until after the Halloween event.

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And just because it’s an awesome picture, and nothing was going on at the Full Throttle site, how about this picture from our Fright Fest update on October 6, 2012?

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Finally on November 20, 2012, more than a year after Log Jammer closed, walls went up around the Full Throttle area.

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By December 27, 2012, artwork had been placed on the walls letting the world know what was coming.

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A new year brought new construction, and on January 19, 2013, holes were being dug for the footers for the new ride.

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On February 27, 2013, we had our first hard-hat tour given by the park. Roads lead up to the top parts of where track would be going.

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Bam! Just a couple of weeks later, on March 9, 2013, we got our first look at some completed track for Full Throttle.

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By March 23, 201,3 track could be seen all the way down the hill.

 

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For our March 30, 2013 update, we wondered if the train could actually make it over the jump.

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Finally on April 11, 2013, we were invited to the park to see the world record loop topped off.

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On April 26, 2013, we were able to get a birds-eye view of the completed track for Full Throttle.

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On May 23, 2013, we had our first look at the completed loop from Superman Plaza. Just had to know where to look.

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From our last update, on June 6, 2013. Landscaping continues as testing begins.

Full Throttle will be opening on Saturday June 22nd, and we will be bringing you full Media Day Coverage in the days leading up to its unveiling. We hope you’ve enjoyed this look back at Full Throttle. Happy Riding!!!

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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6 Comments

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  1. Too bad the log ride closed. However I’m glad with Knotts’ refurbish of the log ride the parks are all focusing on their own specific markets. MM -Teens. Knotts – Families

  2. Although Full Throttle has some badass elements, it seems the park went cheap; could have made it a bit longer. Seems like another quick ride after a long wait. I can’t help but wonder how many seconds are in between the last launch and the brakes coming off the top hat. Seems like Six Flags is more interested in what the attraction will look like in poster art and advertisements and not the actual experience.

    It’s also a shame they had to remove so many of the big trees during the project to replace them with such smaller ones. This is evident in the timeline pics.

  3. If this were longer, I’d be more pumped; but you can’t put in what will likely be a thirty second attraction and not provide the insane thrills along the lines of Top Thrill Dragster. Anything less is just aimless.

  4. I really miss the Log Jammer. Granted, I haven’t been to MM in eons as I don’t live on the west coast anymore, but I loved the LJ. While this coaster looks neat, it just seems like a sad replacement.

  5. As cool as Full Throttle looks, they still pulled out an awesome family attraction to replace it with an extreme coaster. I’m sure that for many of our readers, this was a good trade. But for folks like me who can no longer handle extreme thrills, it’s just one less attraction I can ride at Six Flags.

    • I too will miss the Log Jammer, an old staple of my childhood living in Woodland Hills in the late 1970′s. It seems that with the fluidity of coaster track designs, it could have been weaved around the log jammer. No matter how many times we ever rode it, my mother would always forget about the second larger drop and say “There’s another one!!?” Ahhh memories.