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Six Flags Magic Mountain Sky Tower Factoid

By on 01/07/2011

The Sky Tower at Six Flags Magic Mountain has got to be the park’s most iconic symbol. Sure, some people will argue that Tatsu and X2 are more well known, but they weren’t even a glimmer in their creator’s eye when the Sky Tower was built. The Sky Tower was one of the park’s original attractions, opening with the park in 1971. You can look at it from virtually any angle, even as just a silhouette, and know instantly what it is. However, did you know that it wasn’t originally intended for Magic Mountain?

The Sky Tower was built by amusement ride manufacturer Intamin, who is very well known for their popular roller coasters. However, not many people know that they have also been making observation towers for several decades. From plain observation decks to spinning gyro towers and parachute towers, they manufacture quite a variety of towers. Magic Mountain’s Sky Tower is an older model that they called their Hexagonal Tower. It stands 385 feet tall, has two observation decks around the 300 foot mark, and is serviced by two elevators. It can even be configured as a restaurant with the dining area on one floor and the kitchen on the other. Magic Mountain uses it as merely an observation deck, however they did furnish it with some historical park memorabilia in 2008 after a park employee suggested they create some sort of a museum.

This particular tower was originally built for none other that Hugh Hefner. Yes, that Hugh Hefner. In 1970, his Playboy Enterprises was already a huge empire and growing by leaps and bounds. One of their hottest assets was a string of nightclubs, each one appropriately called the Playboy Club (great history here). The original Playboy Club was opened in Chicago in 1960 and was a huge success. Hugh really wanted something unique for his local club, located in the same city in which he launched his magazine, and thought that sticking it at the top of an Intamin Hexagonal Tower was the way to go. However, Hugh didn’t think the tower looked sophisticated enough for his Playboy brand and pulled the plug on the project at the last minute. Fortunately for us, Magic Mountain jumped at the opportunity to buy it and make it the centerpiece of their new park. They perched it on the highest point of the hill in the middle of the park, and the rest, as they say, is history.

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  2. Jim P.

    06/02/2012 at 10:40 am

    I remember as a little kid in the late 80’s/early 90’s taking summer trips from Ventura, CA, to Magic Mountain with my family, and being able to see the Sky Tower from a long distance. At the first site of the Sky Tower, we would get so excited because we knew we were getting closer to Magic Mountain!

    • Sean Lewis

      07/31/2016 at 12:09 am

      Same here!! Driving from L A on the 5, and getting the first glimpse of Sky Tower from the Fwy as it peaked over the hills, you knew you were in for a wonderful fun-filled day at Magic Mountain!!! And when you left after having the time of your life getting on all the rides, it would be the last one you’d see as it’s beautiful well lit image illuminated the night sky as it slowly disappeared from view while heading back home, beckoning you to return one day and do it all over again!!!

      Thank you!!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!! And AGAIN,
      DO I say….THANK YOU MAGIC MOUNTAIN for giving us a true theme park icon and a treasure that has captured the hearts of many and HOPEFULLY the hearts of generations to come!!! Sky Tower will forever be the MAGIC OF THE MOUNTAIN!!!(shedding tears of joy)

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  24. John-Michael Mahnke

    10/28/2015 at 1:20 pm

    I was seeing Magic Mountain on google earth and I saw that you have some new rides. I use to live on the Central Coast of California and my family and I went to Magic Mountain, And went on some of the rides. I saw that you have a new ride called Superman Ride, and many other rides. The first thing that I saw when just before Magic mountain, was the Magic Mountain Sky Tower, from Highway 126. I liked going up there I took some pictures of the theme park from there, I took a picture of the Sky tower from the gondolas, that were there. I know they use to film Chips and Highway to Heaven there. They also filmed V the original series by Kenneth Johnson, right by the Valencia mountains on the north side of Highway 126.

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