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Tidal Wave Opens For The Season At Six Flags Magic Mountain

By on 03/16/2011

With less than two weeks to go before Six Flags Magic Mountain begins daily operations, Tidal Wave has been started up for the new season. Even though the temperatures were only in the mid-70’s last weekend, that didn’t stop people from taking the plunge. If you’ve never been on this ride before, here’s a pictorial of what you can expect:

As you can see from the above picture, there is not a lot to this ride. You get in a giant boat, ride to the top of a ramp, turn around, then come sliding down into a pool of water. This is the front of the queue area where the boats enter to drop of their wet passengers and pickup a group of dry passengers:

Once loaded, the boat makes its way up to the top of the ramp. That clearing you see behind the lift hill is where Green Lantern: First Flight is currently being installed:

Once at the top, the boat floats around the corner:

Then the descent back down:

And it ends with the splashdown. Take note of the people on the bridge that the boat is going under:

It’s a very healthy splash and you will most likely get drenched:

Remember the bridge from above? That’s actually the exit for the ride. When you get off the boat, you must cross over this to get back to the park. If you aren’t paying attention, you very well could get soaked again by another boat coming down the drop. In this photo, the people in the center are staying pretty dry, but can you see the legs of the people in the splash to the right? Yah, they’re drenched:

The boat then gently floats back into the loading area as you quickly take stock as to how wet you really are. I absolutely love all the lush greenery and palm trees around this ride:

As I said above, there’s not a lot to this ride. However, with the temperatures in this park regularly over 100 degrees in the summertime, it really does a great job at cooling you down. It doesn’t take that long walking around the park to completely dry off. Just make sure your wallet and electronics are well protected.

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