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Park News - (2/8/17) Six Flags will premier an all new VR style experience called "The New Revolution Galactic Attack" at Six Flags Magic Mountain (on the New Revolution) and at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (on Kong) this month.
Instead of just another VR Coaster experience, they are calling this one a Mixed Reality Experience, a first on a roller coaster. The difference is when "riders board the coasters and don their Samsung Gear VR headsets, they will be introduced to the device’s passthrough camera functionality, instantly making riders aware of their surroundings, by allowing them to see the “real world,” including the person seated next to them— along with virtual content. As they get settled into the ride, a heads up display overlay on the passthrough camera view will show data like current status of weaponry, time codes, fuel cells, and a countdown clock. Cresting the lift hill, a massive, swirling wormhole comes into view. As riders drop at high speeds, the mixed reality view changes to a completely immersive, virtual reality environment and a fighter spaceship cockpit materializes and envelops the riders into a tunnel of light. At the bottom of the first hill, riders are launched into the middle of a space battle, coming under attack from flying drones firing lasers and missiles. After swinging through tight channels, narrowly dodging drones and artillery fire, riders are brought into one of three drone bays, each of which offer a completely different gaming experience and three different endings."
Both parks will premier The New Revolution Galactic Attack on the weekend of Feb. 18-20th.
2017 - Justice League: Battle for Metropolis - (3/11/17) Friday, Six Flags Magic Mountain generously provided Screamscape with access to the construction site of Justice League: Battle for Metropolis, the first dark ride in the park’s history. We were able to roam freely around the site before installation of major components and set pieces begins. At this point, almost nothing resembling the final experience is evident, save for the subtle outline of the track’s path on the floor, which will be an inverted-T rail, as with the existing Justice League rides. The elevated loading platform is also complete at this point. The building encompasses 23,000 square feet of space, about half an acre. For comparison, that’s a little more than a third of the total square footage of the Transformers rides at the Universal Studios parks. It’s still a very large amount of land though. As previously noted on Screamscape, the surrounding area, dubbed Metropolis, will also be host to some new restaurants and a beer garden. An opening date has not been made public yet, though it’s likely the ride will debut in time for the summer season. It’s great to see Magic Mountain investing in its future in a new and exciting way.
Some other details uncovered as part of today’s visit:
Riddler, as part of the Metropolis makeover, is scheduled to receive some new paint, in the form of yellow supports, and a new shade of green for the track.
Recent visitors will have noted that the observation tower has been shut down for the past year. Regulations pertaining to the elevators were recently updated, and appropriate measures must be taken to conform to the new laws. The tower is expected to be down for the remainder of 2017.
Apocalypse is getting some much needed attention in the form of a partial retracking. No scheduled reopening date at this time, but work is progressing as quickly as possible to ensure a smoother ride in time for this year’s visitors.
Tatsu’s scheduled refurbishment has been completed, and the popular flying coaster will reopen when the park begins daily operation.
(3/6/17) ParkJourney has reported in with an all new update from Six Flags Magic Mountain, with pictures not only all the new construction on the Justice League dark ride, but also some big changes and rehab work taking place on Apocalypse as well. Lots of the ride's track has been removed completely in preparation for some complete re-tracking in some much-needed areas. Check it out.
(2/28/17) A new progress update from Six Flags Magic Mountain was posted to CaliforniaCoasterKings this week, with a look at the Justice League construction site, a few other projects as well as a quick review of the new Galactic Attack VR experience on New Revolution.
(2/6/17) Our friends at ParkJourney posted some new pictures of the Justice League ride building under construction at Six Flags Magic Mountain this weekend that are worth checking out. Things are looking good so far... pretty soon they will button up the building and begin all the hard work on the inside.
(1/23/17) Park Journey takes a look at the Justice League construction site at Six Flags Magic Mountain this week. Compared to the previous photos we saw, the work crews have been seriously on the move with this one, as it now looks like the entire building framework is now in place.
It is also worth mentioning that New Revolution is now running without any kind of VR enhancement. According to a sign out front, they are calling this "Classic Style", though the sign says this is only happening for "a limited time only", so I assume we may have some kind of new VR adventure in the works to appear on the ride again in the near future.
(1/18/17) Good news for Six Flags Magic Mountain, as it has been reported that the Justice League ride building has finally gone vertical. A few pictures of the construction were posted to the Planet Six website this week.
(1/2/17) The concrete foundation for the Justice League dark ride coming to Six Flags Magic Mountain is being poured this week. You can see pictures of the site posted to ThrillCaptialInsider this week.
(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.
(8/13/16) 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.
(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 - (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.
(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.