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Park News - (5/13/19) Our friends at CoasterRadio are holding an official “Listener Meet-Up” at Six Flags Magic Mountain on Friday, June 21st. The event is open to anyone however, and will include 90-minutes of ERT on Twisted Colossus and Scream, two catered meals (breakfast & dinnerr), a Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Twisted Colossus, and Free Parking. Plus Mike and EB will be recording an episode of CoasterRadio live at the park and giving away some extra prizes as well. Even better, they tell me the cost for admission is about the same as what you would pay to get into the park as a regular guest… though technically less since the tickets also come with free parking, which is a huge saver.
For all the official details on the event, and to purchase your tickets, follow this link to the official CoasterRadio website. Sounds like a blast!
(3/23/19) Screamscape was able to get an official statement from Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Sue Carpenter regarding the fate of the park’s Green Lantern coaster:
The Green Lantern: First Flight roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain is scheduled to be removed at a later, undetermined date to make room for future development. The park has no plans to open the ride before it is removed.
Six Flags Magic Mountain, the “Thrill Capital of the World,” continues to have an unparalleled world-class roller coaster collection. The park is open daily and will debut the world’s first dual racing launch coaster, West Coast Racers, later this year.
So there you have it… Green Lantern: First Flight is officially no more, and we will see the one and only Intamin ZacSpin coaster in the American continent removed. There are currently only three other such coasters, all located in Europe: Inferno at Terra Mitica, Insane at Grona Lund and Kirnu at Linnanmaki.
2019 - West Coast Racers - (5/21/19) A quick video below shows off an update on the West Coast Racers construction progress where the first pieces of track have now been installed as well.
(5/15/19) Ok Magic Mountain fans… the park announced on Twitter this Monday that vertical construction had finally begun on their new West Coast Racers coaster.
(4/9/19) A new construction update from CoasterKings shows off the latest happenings at Six Flags Magic Mountain this week, including a look at the West Coast Racers construction site where apparently the first footers are being formed.
(2/17/19) The happy days are at hand, as Six Flags Magic Mountain has confirmed that the first support pieces for West Coast Racers have finally started to arrive this week. This is a good sign that the project is achieving forward momentum once again. If the region can have a relatively dry period over the next few months, we could see some rapid progress take place.
(2/3/19) I’m afraid the rumored issue Six Flags Magic Mountain may have been having with West Coaster Racers is looking to be true, as it is currently February and not only has no serious vertical construction started for the coaster, but I’m hearing that no parts have even arrived. Without going into too much detail, the rumor suggested that major portions of the ride had to be redesigned to fit the site… which means a total redesign of the support system and footer locations, which would explain why there has been little progress so far, which of course would delay the actual production of the ride’s hardware until the new plans were finished. In other words, if all this holds true the opening of the actual coaster could be delayed by months, missing the prime summer opening window. Stay tuned!
(1/4/19) A new piece of art showing off the trains for West Coast Racers released by “West Coast Customs Design” gives us an updated look at the themed Premier Rides coaster trains and restraints. One happy item worth noting… unlike the animation version released by the park back in late August, this latest rendering shows that the train will use the same standard lapbar only restraint that Six Flags Magic Mountain already uses on Full Throttle, instead of the one with the added over the shoulder harness shown in the animation.
So the question is... has the park changed their mind about the OTS restraints? Or was this simply a bit of artistic license by West Coast Customs Design?
(12/31/18) A strange rumor was sent my way claiming that an interesting issue had come up regarding the park’s upcoming West Coast Racers project that is likely to delay the construction a bit. Again… this is only a rumor, and nothing confirmed at all, but if the details are even close, it could be awhile longer before we see track and supports start to arrive on site. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
(10/26/18) A cool look at the construction progress at Six Flags Magic Mountain on the new West Coast Racers coaster over at CaliforniaCoasterKings. The park has also opened an official “Preview Center” for the new coaster offering early merchandise and a look at some new concept artwork, not just for the ride but showing off the themeing of the entire area around it, updating it all to have a cool SoCal street scene feel.
(9/4/18) I'm passing on a quick note from those who strive for accuracy... while Six Flags is promoting West Coaster Racers as the "World's First Quadruple Launch Twin Lap Racing Coaster" (which is a mouthful...) they are not claiming it is the world's first "Quadruple Launch Coaster". That honor would go to Fiorano GT Challege in Abu Dhabi's Ferrari World park, which had two side-by-side but separate tracks that race each other, each with four launch sections.
(8/30/18) From the minds of Six Flags and Premier Rides comes an unique new thrilling steel coaster experience to Six Flags Magic Mountain. Opening in 2019 is West Coast Racers, the world's first racing launch coaster, a one-of-a-kind racing coaster that will feature two side-by-side tracks with four individual high-speed magnetic launches. While this is a racing coaster, it is all just one big track, so riders will get to go around twice and experience both sides of the ride experience, just like on Twisted Colossus.
The layouts feature several airtime hills, extreme high-banked turns, several over and under near-miss moments, and while you pass through the station to begin your second lap, riders will experience an immersive real time "pit stop" designed and produced by the world famous West Coast Customs team and narrated by West Coast Customs founder and CEO, Ryan Friedlinghaus.
The custom race-car themed trains (from West Coast Customs designs) will seat riders two-across in 6 rows (12 riders per train-load) and take you on a 3-minute experience with four inversions, 14 track crossovers, side-by-side airtime hills, a high-five moment, at speeds up to 55mph as you race across the finish line.
The new West Coast Racers will be part of a "new LA centric urban-themed area where guests will enjoy a high-energy street vibe". The new themed area will also include the Apocalypse wooden coaster and the Cyclone 500 Go Karts which will be rethemed. New dining, games and retail locations will also be added to the area.
2020 - New Attraction - Speculation - (4/6/19) An early rumor has surfaced regarding a 2020 attraction in talks for Six Flags Magic Mountain. If the rumors are true, the park may be planning on what will become ‘the world’s largest Star Flyer’ attraction. Currently, I believe that distinction goes to the Orlando Star Flyer that opened last year at 450 feet. Location wise, it seems they may want this one to be very visible outside the park, so it could be located where the current “Pistachio Park” is located, which I believe was formerly the Swiss/Sierra Twist ride location from 1973-2008 before it was removed.
Of course, this is Six Flags, and new rides are always subject to change before the final announcements come in August, but so far Six Flags has been on a roll with adding these style rides to nearly ever park in the chain thus far, even dropping one into the newly rebranded Six Flags Darien Lake for this season. I believe the only Six Flags branded parks without one thus far are Six Flags Great America and Six Flags Magic Mountain.
(3/24/19) With the confirmation that Six Flags Magic Mountain is officially retiring the Green Lantern: First Flight coaster, this also changes the number of coasters SFMM will have when West Coast Racers opens, going back from the previously anticipated 20 coasters, to a still world record holding 19. (For those keeping track: Cedar Point will have 17 this season.)
With that in mind, the early expectation is that The Mountain will want to add another coaster in 2020, in order to get their total up to “20”. This will be made even more important to them after SeaWorld San Diego surprised everyone by announcing that they will open Mako in 2020, a B&M Dive Machine coaster. So time for a little speculation… what could SFMM build in 2020??
While anything is possible, I’d like to be the first to say that they are unlikely to replace Green Lanter with an S&S 4D Free Spin coaster. While it might seem logical to do so, given the smaller footprint and similar sized ride, it would be difficult to market it to the general public. While we theme park fans immediately know the difference between the two, the general public may see it as being the same old ride with a new name… and even worse, those who really had a dislike for Green Lantern, may not want to return to ride a similar ride from another manufacturer.
With the release of the next Wonder Woman movie in theaters in June 2020, I’d like to suggest that whatever kind of coaster will be coming, it could very well come with a Wonder Woman theme attached. That said, I don’t think it will be an RMC single-rail coaster like the Wonder Woman coaster built at Six Flags Fiesta Texas… the limited capacity of that ride system would simply be too much for a park the size of Magic Mountain. However, this could all change if RMC is ready to release the two-across-seat “T-Rex” full-size version of the Raptor concept.
Again… no rumors here… just speculation on my part.
Other Park Improvements -
(2/21/18) Six Flags has announced that they are now planning to add solar power systems to their two California parks (Six Flags Magic Mountain and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom) in addition to the one already announced for Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey. According to the post on CaliforniaCoasterKings, it sounds like this will be done through the installation of huge solar panel topped structures over the parking lot, which had the added benefit of adding covered parking for the parks, integrated charging stations for electric vehicles and a better security camera network in the lot.