SIX FLAGS MAGIC MOUNTAIN
& Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Six Flags Theme Parks
Park News - (9/14/16) Screamscape received a rumor this week that I found to be a little disturbing to me personally. Our rumor claims that Six Flags may be considering removing the park's iconic Viper coaster as early as mid to late 2017 in order to build a newer coaster on the hillside plot of land it calls home for 2018.
Previous rumors have already indicated that the next big coaster being planned for Six Flags Magic Mountain may be the chain's first B&M Dive Machine coaster, and I can see how that particular site could be beneficial for that kind of coaster design. Still... Viper is still kind of special to me and I'd hate to ever see it go. I was still a San Diego boy at the time and I remember fondly driving up to the park on Viper's opening day back in 1990 to ride it with a group of friends.
The line stretched from just inside the entrance near the carousel, up the hill to the station, turned around and went back down the hill to the carousel and then turned around and went back up the hill once again before entering into the station and proper queue area that was built for it. All said and done I think we ended up waiting about 2.5 to 3 hours to ride it that day, and we loved it.
I really would hate to see Viper go, even though it isn't the biggest or best anymore, and it is far from being the smoothest ride out there today... but it's a special kind of monster that I'd love to see stand long enough to be able to bring all my kids out to ride it with me. The good news is that the site is apparently only one of a small group being considered for the park's 2018 project, so depending on the site and final attraction selection, Viper could be safe. For now, enjoy Viper while you still have it and ride it once for me.
(9/6/16) A construction update from Six Flags Magic Mountain showing off the installation of the many set pieces for this year's Fright Fest has been posted to Planet Six this week.
(8/13/16) According to an online reports from Planet Six the area of the park around the former stunt show area known as the Movie District will be closing down sometime in the fall for a few months. This closure will include closing down Riddler's Revenge, Tidal Wave (again?!), a climbing wall and JB's Smokehouse. With rumors saying that the area will become home to a brand new Justice League: Battle for Metropolis dark ride in 2017, it does fit that access to some attractions may have to be limited for closed during part of the construction. Look for the area to get walled off sometime in mid to late September.
(8/9/16) Six Flags is adding even more VR Coaster experiences to their parks with the announcement of a "Rage of the Gargoyles" experience coming to The Demon at Six Flags Great America and to Kong at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. Look for this new experience to open sometime in September to go with Fright Fest at Discovery Kingdom, but it will kick off on August 13th at SFGAm.
Six More coasters at other Six Flags parks will also launch the same VR Coaster experience, though I haven't been able to uncover the entire list yet. So far I've also found that Skull Mountain at SFGAdv and it is expected to replace all of "The New Revolution" experiences that have already opened at other Six Flags parks which would be SFOG on Dare Devil Dive Coaster, SFMM on Revolution at La Ronde on Goliath, SFOT on Shockwave.
(8/2/16) Six Flags Magic Mountain announced a couple of interesting new attractions for Fright Fest this year. Billed as the largest outdoor maze the park has ever built they will build Aftermath 2: Chaos Rising, themed to a crazy post-apocalypse themed city landscape. The second attraction is actually a huge Suicide Squad themed scare zone taking place in the DC Universe section of the park which will be re-themed as Midway Cityand packed full of DC super-villains on the loose. The park will also be increasing the number of roaming scare-actors they have each night as well, and expanding the event to 19 nights.
Returning favorites from last year include TERRORtory Twisted, Red's Revenge, Vault 666, Willoughby's Garden of Darkness, Toyz of Terror 3D, Willoughby's Resurrected, Chupacabra. There will also be several scare zones: Demon's Door, Zombie Xing, Nightmares - A Twisted Fantasy, Exile Hill and Wasteland. There will also be a hypnotist show in the Golden Bear Theater and VooDoo Nights musical show in Full Throttle Plaza.
Fight Fest will take place Sept 17-18, 24-25, 30, Oct 1, 2, 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, and 28-30.
(7/4/16) CaliforniaCoasterKings has posted a brief photo trip report from Hurricane Harbor where the new Python Plunge slide experience has opened. They also dropped into Magic Mountain and saw Tidal Wave undergoing some extensive clean-up and repainting in preparation to reopen after being closed for so long.
(5/29/16) While there are no graphics for the new slide coming to the Hurricane Harbor waterpark next to Magic Mountain, the park's website does confirm that the name of the "new coiling enclosed" slides will be Python Plunge. A reader spotted a preview sign in the spot as well with the same name which had some concept artwork on it to share as well.
(4/2/16) According to the German trade magazine, Kirmes & Park Review, the new slide pieces spotted at Six Flags Magic Mountain are to add a pair of new Proslide made Super Loop slides that will start you off inside a drop-pod. This sounds similar to the pair of Bonzai Pipeline slides added to the park a couple of years back, but I can only assume these will offer a different style layout than what we’ve already seen, and added capacity to give more guests a drop-pod style experience in the park on crowded days.
2016 - The New Revolution - (3/26/16) Six Flags Magic Mountain held a media preview of The New Revolution yesterday and so far the posted results I've seen so far for the new VR Coaster experience on the new trains has been extremely positive once again. While I have yet to experience a VR Coaster style ride either, there is a lot of internet skepticism over the concept I've seen posted to social media as well having fielded a number of questions sent my way about the concept in general. Bottom line though... from the sound of everything I've heard you really have to experience it before you can knock it, because even people who were doubtful about the experience have come back after trying it very impressed.
The season passholder previews wont be until April 21st, and then it will open to the public soon after, but until then you can read one experience with the new ride, train and VR feature posted to CaliforniaCoasterKings this week.
(3/14/16) ParkJourney has posted a new construction tour of The New Revolution site as the construction walls have all come down around the coaster as they prepare to reopen it. I have to admit, it is amazing to see the park's old classic Revolution ride look so crisp and clean and colorful.
(3/7/16) California Coaster Kings has posted pictures from Six Flags Magic Mountain taken on a tour of The New Revolution, including a look at a the new trains.
(3/3/16) Breaking News - Six Flags has announced some crazy news that will impact all of their parks in 2016, the addition of a new VR Coaster experience being added to a coaster at several of their theme parks. To put this new program in action as quickly as possible each of the parks will roll out one of two possible themed VR worlds on the selected coasters.
A Superman VR experience will be added to Superman: Krypton Coaster at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Superman: Ride of Steel at Six Flags America and Superman: The Ride at Six Flags New England. Unlike previous VR coasters experiences we’ve seen tested over the last couple years on smaller family sized coasters, you can imagine the added impact of visually taking the plunge off the top of a skyscraper with Superman while you are actually taking a 200 foot plunge down the coaster’s first drop yourself in the real world.
The second VR world experience is called “The New Revolution” and has been given a high-tech fighter jet theme as you fly over a city as an alien mothership descends and attacks. If this sounds a bit like the movie Independence Day, or the new sequel hitting the theaters this summer, I’m sure that was deliberate. You’ll be able to battle the alice invasion on The New Revolution at Six Flags Magic Mountain (launching March 26), on Shockwave at Six Flags over Texas and Dare Devil Dive at Six Flags over Georgia (launching March 12) as well as Ninja at Six Flags St. Louis, Goliath at La Ronde and Steamin’ Demon at The Great Escape soon afterwards.
To roll this new experience out to guests as quickly as possible Six Flags enlisted the aid of VR Coasters and will be using Samsung Gear VR headgear at the parks, which was co-designed with the aid of Oculus and actually uses a Samsung smartphone locked away inside the headset for the computing power and visuals. According to Six Flags the new VR experience will be offered to all riders FOR FREE, but you don’t have to wear it if you don’t want to, and there will be plenty of headsets to go around for the riders, including time to have them wiped down and cleaned between riders.
(3/2/16) A new photo update posted by CoasterChitChat from Six Flags Magic Mountain shows off the latest Revolution renovation work, as well as the ongoing demolition of the old Batman Stunt Show stadium site.
(2/1/16) I'm happy to report that the repainting of the Revolution is going strong, as seen in the latest photos posted to CaliforniaCoasterKings where the ride's supports are in the process of being painted a nice shade of blue, with the track staying a nice bright white. If they stay with the American themeing, then I guess we can hope for bright red trains.
(1/19/16) A new construction update for SFMM showing off the progress on The New Revolution has been posted by In The Loop. They also note that the old Batman show stadium appears to have the ancient set coming down at long last. No word on if they are planning some kind of new show, or if the stadium itself may be removed... as the site would be perfect to add a Justice League dark ride in the future possibly.
(1/12/16) The latest update to ParkJourney takes a look around Six Flags Magic Mountain and what has progressed on the transformation of The Revolution thus far.
(9/16/15) A quick update on those new Revolution trains coming in 2016. According to further reports, Magic Mountain is "designing them in-house", but will contract out the work to build them.
Also, while new effects are being considered for the ride when it reopens, one of the old long removed effects of having strobe-lights in the tunnel, was already confirmed as NOT returning in 2016 for one reason or another.
(9/14/15) I'm told that Six Flags Magic Mountain answered some questions about The New Revolution over the weekend at the West Coast Bash event, where they said that they were building the custom new Revolution trains themselves.
2017 - Justice League: Battle for Metropolis - (9/23/16) CaliforniaCoasterKings took a tour of the Justice League construction site at Six Flags Magic Mountain last week, as well as taking a look at some of the park's haunt projects like the Suicide Squad area and more.
(9/1/16) Six Flags Magic Mountain will bring "Justice League: Battle for Metropolis - Ride. Play. Triumph." to the park in 2017. This will actually be a "next generation" version of the popular Six Flags dark ride experience featuring a spectacular new finale scene, new game targets as well as the addition of popular super-villain Harley Quinn.
"This cutting-edge attraction brings riders into the DC Universe featuring interactive content in one of the first-ever virtual 360-degree loops on an attraction, and interactive 180-degree toroidal screens that allow riders to experience state-of-the-art gaming while riding in six-passenger pitch and roll motion-based vehicles synced to custom action-packed scenes featuring the most iconic DC characters."
Riders will join the Justice League Reserve Team and fight alongside Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Cyborg and Green Lantern to save the city of Metropolis from Lex Luthor, The Joker and his henchmen, now along with fan-favorite Harley Quinn.
The dark ride will be housed inside a 23,624 sqft Hall of Justice building and feature a 4D ride experience along with wind, fire, mist, fog and other special effects, as well as animatronic figures of Cyborg, The Joker, Harley Quinn, various henchmen and Lex Bots. The attraction will be situated within the new Metropolis area of the park that will include other new improvements to the surrounding area including added entertainment and new food and beverage and retail locations.
(8/8/16) ParkJourney has posted a report from Six Flags Magic Mountain this weekend, and while there isn't much to see, there is a small section showing off the cleared site of the former stunt show arena which is expected to be the site for the park's 2017 new attraction. So will it be a Justice League dark ride? Only time will tell and they believe the park will make an announcement on Sept. 1st.
(7/20/16) While planning permits for Justice League rides have already been leaked for Six Flags over Georgia and Six Flags Great Adventure, the rumor mill is still going strong for Magic Mountain to build a third clone of this ride as well. I guess we'll have to wait and see.
(4/22/16) So what is Six Flags Magic Mountain up to for 2017? We know they have removed the old Batman stunt show theater next to Riddler's Revenge that has sat empty for years, and some early rumors suggested that the park was planning on adding a new coaster. Now a good source tells us that the new attraction coming to Six Flags Magic Mountain in 2017 may actually be something else entirely... and something park fans have been wanting to see at Magic Mountain for quite some time. A dark ride... but not just any dark ride, if the rumors are to be believed the park may be planning on adding one of the chain's hot new Justice League: Battle for Metropolis dark rides in 2017 instead.
The timing should be good, as Univesal's Harry Potter ride will be over a year old by the time a Justice League ride would open in 2017, and Disney's Star Wars land is still a few years away. Meanwhile the official "The Justice League: Part One" feature film from Warner Bros. is set to hit theaters on Nov. 17, 2017, so a ride opening in Summer 2017 would be just in time to take advantage of the free extra marketing being thrown at the film.
???? - New Coaster - Rumor - (2/18/16) While the focus this year at Magic Mountain is on The New Revolution, there are early rumors suggesting that the park has some loose plans in store for the future, with a design idea for their next large coaster. If the rumors are true, they may have tasked B&M to design the first Dive Machine coaster for the Six Flags chain. Based on the landscape of the park, I can only assume they might try to use the mountain itself to offset some of the expensive structure cost by allowing it to serve as part of the lift and then take the vertical dive off the edge of the top half of the mountain, perhaps in the back where they may be clearing out the old stunt show arena, or maybe diving towards of the old Deja Vu location.
No Six Flags parks has built a Dive Machine to date, though I'm hearing that the corporate office will keep a careful eye on how Valravn performs at Cedar Point this summer before making the final call on the SFMM ride... which will probably be just a bit taller and longer than Valravn as well if they build it.