This week’s Magic Mountain update is a little different than some of our recent articles. We’ll have some Full Throttle photos for you as work continues to be done around the ride. But, the biggest change this week is a reworking of the “Greatest Coasters Ever Built” mural that’s near X2 and Viper. Finally, we’ll update you on what’s going on around the rest of the park now that crews aren’t so busy with Full Throttle.
“Greatest Coasters Ever Built”?
While there is some debate on just how great the coasters at Magic Mountain really are, this mural has been a part of the park for decades and it recently received a long overdue update. However, a couple of rides are now excluded from the mural due to space issues.
The Good – The murals look GREAT. They have a uniform design and were obviously done on computer instead of hand-drawn, but that doesn’t mean they don’t look good. The colors really pop and for the first time in a LONG time people were taking pictures in front of the mural. It’s the little projects like this that keep things fresh around the park. This isn’t going to bring any additional guests to the park but it’s nice to see the time being taken to do little projects like this. We’d love to see more little details like this around the park!!!
The Questionable – I have to question the exclusion of Revolution and Ninja. Sure, Revolution is not the same ride it was when it opened in 1976 (although it COULD be). But it’s the first modern looping coaster and it certainly deserves a place in this lineup. Ninja is still great, if not as good as it was when it opened in 1988. There are only 3 of these coasters still in operation in the US and this is the only one on the west coast. As such, I feel it also deserves a place on this list. Personally, I would have left off Viper and Scream and added Revolution and Ninja. At the very least I would have left off Scream and put Revolution in it’s place.
What are your thoughts? Do you agree with the coasters in this lineup or does it skew too heavily on recent coasters?
Full Throttle has now been open for almost 2 weeks and work is still being done on the surrounding area and the station. While I don’t think we’ll get a permanent station roof until after the summer, some shade has been added.
We don’t anticipate any further updates being made to the area until after the summer, when the park is closed during the week. The concept art for the station showed a covering similar to the main entrance so hopefully that is on the horizon. There also still isn’t a sign out front for the ride. If/When these changes happen, we’ll let you know.
Another major issue; The area around Full Throttle is VERY hot, at least a few degrees hotter than the rest of the park. It’s a shame that more trees couldn’t have been saved to give this area more shade. With the amount of foliage and water that was there, you would think some of it could have remained, or they might have re-landscaped the area. Sad.
Around The Park
A couple of minor updates going on through the rest of the park.
Apparently, the park has worked something out with Greyhound Express to give their riders FlashPass treatment on Jet Stream. No word on if this is a rotating thing but with the heat this is a good ride to have it on.
That will do it for this week. Unless something major happens with the Full Throttle area or elsewhere in the park, we likely won’t have another update from Six Flags Magic Mountain for awhile. Have a great summer and happy riding!!!