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Bonzai Terrace Remodel At Six Flags Magic Mountain?

By on 11/06/2011

As I was making my way towards the top of Samurai Summit today at Six Flags Magic Mountain, I couldn’t help but notice the giant blue construction wall that had been erected in front of the old Bonzai Terrace Cafe:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Bonzai Terrace

When Ninja first opened in 1988, there was a cafe and gift shop placed close to the exit of the ride and it was called Bonzai Terrace. It was a nice little area with lots of umbrella covered outdoor seating, just up some steps between Ninja and the Sky Tower. In 1989, the name changed to Ninja Dog Cafe. As far as I can tell, it closed after the 1990 season, as it disappeared from the park maps at that time. I don’t believe the cafe was ever used again, but the outdoor tables are still there. The lower half of the building was eventually turned into Willoughby’s Haunted Mansion, one of the annual Fright Fest mazes, which remains to this day.

I walked down the steps towards the entrance to Ninja to see if that entrance had been blocked off as well, and it was:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Bonzai Terrace

This is the best peek I could get of the building behind the walls:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Bonzai Terrace

There is definitely something going on here. I noticed some demolition work occurring on this building back in February and wrote a post about it (here). However, nothing more happened since then until now. Comparing the above photo with one I took back then, you can clearly see that more work has been done lately:

SFMM Magic Pagoda

I’ve heard from multiple sources that the employee cafeteria, known as the Oasis, will be closing down to be used as the queue for the new Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom drop ride that will be opening next year. The Oasis is located directly behind the Food Etc. cafeteria, at the base of the Superman tower where Drop of Doom in being built, so that makes sense. The other rumor I’ve heard is that the employees will be getting a new cafeteria where Deja Vu is being removed. However, that seems unlikely because there is no building there to support a kitchen, so it would have to be built from scratch. Combine that with how far away it is from everything and it doesn’t seem plausible. However, I can totally see them revamping the old Ninja Dog Cafe and making that the new employee cafeteria. Build some nice walls around the perimeter to hide it from the park guests and you’re in business.

If anyone knows any of the history of the Bonzai Terrace/Ninja Dog, or even has some old photographs, please let me know. I’d love to talk to you about it.

7 Comments

  1. Eric

    11/09/2011 at 12:11 pm

    The old Magic Pagoda funhouse is on the lower level (that’s being used as a Fright Fest maze these days). While that works as a maze, this entire area needs to be bulldozed and rethought as a future Samurai Summit attraction or eatery. On that note, Laughing Dragon could well become a premium food spot, or turned into an employee cafeteria, being that it’s already set up to serve food.

  2. j

    11/14/2011 at 1:32 am

    i already know whats going on and deja vu’s site isnt being turned into the employee cafe and there not taking out oasis i know because i am an employee of the park and i wont say whats goign on with the deja vu spot they already have plans for it

    • Kurt

      11/14/2011 at 7:04 am

      Of course there are already plans drawn up, otherwise they would never have removed Deja Vu. And there are lots of people who work at the park who know what the official plans are, but they are sworn to secrecy. Therefore, what’s the point of your comment? Anyone can say they know exactly what’s going on, but when that’s all you say without providing any other information, people won’t believe you and think you’re making stuff up.

    • Eric

      11/19/2011 at 1:30 am

      Actually, I heard that they were going to reconfigure Log Jammer to fit in that spot and have it duel with Jet Stream. This will be while Deja Vu is on loan to Six Flags New England. It will return, which is why it was named Deja Vu in the first place. I know this because the caramel apple guy spilled the beans…

      • j

        11/27/2011 at 11:54 pm

        actually were not sworn to secrecy deja vu’s old spot is being turned into a picnic area and jammer is gonna be a coaster bigger than goliath

        • j

          12/04/2011 at 2:02 pm

          jay why are you making all this stuff up. the coaster is going to be placed next to super man loading station;

  3. caleb

    12/29/2011 at 7:27 pm

    I REMEMBER THAT MAZE 😀 Willoughby’s was personally my favorite maze. This is interesting tho, they could make this an employee cafeteria. I hope they don’t make a cafeteria in Deja Vu’s spot, that doesn’t seem smart. Is the old Flashback queue house still there? They could make that a queue house…

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