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DC Universe Transformation Begins At Six Flags Magic Mountain

By on 05/01/2011

As Six Flags Magic Mountain enters the home stretch for the opening of Green Lantern: First Flight, they have completely shut down all of the Gotham City Backlot to begin its transformation into DC Universe. As you can see by the following photos, all three paths into the Backlot have been boarded up. However, unlike other theme parks when they do construction work, Six Flags only boarded the paths themselves, so you can still see everything going on behind it. I’m not sure how I feel about this. On one hand, it’s nice to be able to see what’s happening and keep tabs on the progress. On the other hand, why would you want your park guests to be able to see a bunch of construction work? I think they should board it up all the way across and keep us in suspense as to what they are actually doing.

This first board is the path just to the left of the Backlot arch:

SFMM DC Universe

The main path, just in front of the arch, obviously has the largest board going across it. Isn’t that a pretty blue? Yah, I don’t think so either. Talk about drawing unwanted attention to it! I think they should take advantage of the space and cover it with hype for the new area or the new rides. Why aren’t there “Coming Soon” ads for Green Lantern, The Flash, and Wonder Woman’s Golden Lasso? Or perhaps just some sort of mural with all of the characters in the DC Universe. Even simple stickers of the characters would be better than this. At an absolute minimum, if you really don’t want to spend any money on it at all, at least paint it a color that blends in better than this:

SFMM DC Universe

This is what you see from a side path, on the right-hand side. Isn’t that attractive?

SFMM DC Universe

This is the wall from the path leading in from the right:

SFMM DC Universe

Just to refresh everyone’s memory, this is what the arch leading to the Gotham City Backlot looked like right before they started working on it:

SFMM DC Universe

And this is what it looks like as of today, from the left side:

SFMM DC Universe

I snapped this shot thinking they were giving the bottom of the arches some new architectural detail, but after looking at the before shot above it’s exactly the same. Perhaps it was in need of rebuilding:

SFMM DC Universe

Here is a shot of what it looks like from the right side:

SFMM DC Universe

From behind, on the left side:

SFMM DC Universe

Oh no….all the speakers have been removed:

SFMM DC Universe

Lots of piles of the various pieces that helped to make up the Gotham City theme:

SFMM DC Universe

There are several of these around the area. I’m sure they’ll be going away soon enough, but I hope they save at least one to stick up in the museum:

SFMM DC Universe

I had hoped to get some aerial shots from the Sky Tower of what’s going on with the Green Lantern construction, because you can’t see it from where they put up the walls, however the Sky Tower was closed due to the high winds that we’ve had. Maybe I’ll sneak over to the park in the next couple of days and see if I can’t get some, assuming the winds die down.

One Comment

  1. Charles

    05/01/2011 at 3:52 pm

    You are funny…Build walls around the whole area and use it for advertising. This isn’t Disneyland here. You would think that Six Flags might learn something from their more professional and organized neighbor.

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