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Trip Report For 11 Mar 2012

By on 03/11/2012

This is a photo trip report for Six Flags Magic Mountain from Sunday, March 11, 2012.

The most exciting news for me today was finding out that the 2012 park maps were finally out. This provided some new information about upcoming changes that the park hadn’t publicly disclosed until now. I’ll point those out shortly. It’s no surprise that the park’s only new 2012 attraction, Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom, is on the front cover:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 11 Mar 2012

The park is still two weeks away from the official opening of the 2012 season, but the entertainers are already back working the waiting crowds in front of the main gate:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 11 Mar 2012

One thing I noticed right away on the new map is the addition of “THE DAILY PLANET Gift Shop” at the base of the Superman tower. The description says “Basic necessities and an ATM for your convenience.” My guess is that this is just a rebranding of the existing Guest Necessity Center that you see below. Also, the work lights and crane/lift are the only signs I saw of any work being done for Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 11 Mar 2012

The map also showed that the Paintball Gallery would be making a return, but the Boardwalk Arcade would not. The park had previously indicated that the arcade building would now serve as the queue for LL:DOD, providing the waiting guests some hearing protection from Superman as it screams up the tower. Judging by where LL:DOD is labeled on the map, this appears to be accurate.

As I was walking by Fresh Cut Fries, I smelled something that was much better than just fries. Meat! I looked over and saw an outdoor grill setup with both beef and chicken being grilled. Just like JB’s Smokehouse Barbeque cooks their food outside, Food, Etc. is going to be doing the same thing:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 11 Mar 2012

I didn’t snap a picture because there were several people working trying to get the place open for lunch, including some supervisors, and I felt very conspicuous as the only person in the place, so I left. However, the far right side of the food counter is now open for business serving grilled carne asada and grilled chicken, both of which are cooked on the grill out front. I’ll get an updated pic next week, but here’s the section it’s located in:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 12 Feb 2012

The middle section of the Food, Etc. counter looks nearly complete, but it isn’t open yet. I’m being told that it will offer up a selection of pasta dishes and will open soon.

Slurpees, a flavored frozen drink that until recently were only available in 7-11 convenience stores, can now be found throughout the park. According to the new map, you will be able to find them at Soda Springs, Soda Shack, Wascals’s, Snack’n Shack, and Food, Etc. Looks like the flavors will be Coca-Cola, Fanta Wild Cherry, and Fanta Blue Raspberry. Should be good for a hot summer day.

Moving on the the former monorail station that was recently demolished, I think I finally figured out why. It’s going to serve as an access road for all of the construction vehicles, getting them from the maintenance area behind Bugs Bunny World to the site of the 2013 roller coaster being built in the former Log Jammer area. As I was looking at it today, there is a swinging gate providing quick access once opened:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 11 Mar 2012

As you can see here, there is now a wide-open path across the midway:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 11 Mar 2012

The gate to the former Log Jammer area is also portable, providing quick access:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 11 Mar 2012

Here’s a better shot showing the clear path across the midway, between the two gates:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 11 Mar 2012

As a side note, the new walls that were erected to the right of the above photo, just past the arcade and in front of the old Flashback queue, appear to be permanent. I didn’t get a picture, but as I was looking at them today, the steel supports have been permanently attached to the concrete. They are not the typical construction walls that we see. The biggest downside here is that the park just lost another restroom.

Getting back to the construction site, you can see lots of tire tracks going to and from both this gate and the old monorail location above. I didn’t think it made sense for them to build an attraction back there, and this pretty much confirms it:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 11 Mar 2012

On a positive note, they once again opened up the area where the Log Jammer water cannons used to be located, giving everyone a front row seat to the construction:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 11 Mar 2012

As I was surveying the area again today, I started thinking about the old pump house. It obviously had some serious power being fed into it to run the massive water pumps. I bet they’re going to use it as a power station for the new ride, especially if it ends up being a multi-launch coaster. It’ll need lots of juice:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 11 Mar 2012

According to the new park map, this former Johnny Rockets on the backside of the park by Apocalypse, will soon become a “Kickin’ Chicken” location:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 11 Mar 2012

The former Johnny Rockets location in the front of the park has been earmarked to be a “Dogs & Snacks”, featuring a variety of hot dogs:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 11 Mar 2012

One of the fountains in the Six Flags Plaza was having some problems today. It was barely spitting out any water. Can you tell which one:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 11 Mar 2012

I saw this FEARnet item listed in the new map and had no idea what it was. My friends over at SFNEOnline told me it was a new sponsorship, replacing Stride Gum, but I couldn’t find an official announcement from either company. Apparently FEARnet is a cable tv channel that plays nothing but horror movies. Should we be on the lookout for a FEARnet-wrapped X2 train? I thought the placement of their logo was odd because all of the other sponsor’s logos appear after the description of the ride:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 11 Mar 2012

I already covered the new parking lot overlay in a previous post (here), but I wanted to provide some close-up pictures now that I was actually standing on it. It really does look good and was desperately needed:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 11 Mar 2012

The problem with an overlay is that it just tends to mask the defects and doesn’t really fix them. As you can see here, the areas of the lot that were all cracked, still are. Water is just going to get into the cracks, under the asphalt, and continue to break it down further:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 11 Mar 2012

But from a distance, it sure does look nice. This is part of the exit road:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 11 Mar 2012

The handicapped parking:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 11 Mar 2012

The valet parking:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 11 Mar 2012

It even extends all the way out to Magic Mountain Parkway:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 11 Mar 2012

I hope you enjoyed this weekly update. As always, if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to drop me an email or leave a comment here. Look for a new ride profile, with a special video, coming in the next week or so. ~K~

12 Comments

  1. Brian

    03/11/2012 at 5:15 pm

    Thanks for the update! I’m getting excited about the 2013 construction…can’t wait to see what’s next

  2. Eric

    03/11/2012 at 5:31 pm

    LOL at the turnstile still left from the monorail station!

    Is the Log Jammer station still there? I didn’t see it in any of your pictures. Did you ride Gold Rusher without its headchoppers (aka the Log Jammer flume)?

    Nice job on the parking lot. Yeah, it really needed it, and I’m glad they used yellow paint in some areas, which I don’t remember from before. That stands out better.

    • Kurt

      03/11/2012 at 5:44 pm

      Yah, I keep laughing at that turnstile as well. No changes to the Log Jammer station. If I don’t post a picture, chances are pretty good nothing’s changed since last week. I did ride Gold Rusher a couple of weeks ago. Still the same, fun little coaster it’s always been. I don’t remember the head choppers being that dramatic, so their removal doesn’t detract from the ride for me.

      • Eric

        03/11/2012 at 11:53 pm

        I always thought it would be fun if they added a tunnel or two along Gold Rusher’s track, but even if they just leave it alone it is still fun.

        The coming year is definitely going to be interesting.

  3. caleb

    03/11/2012 at 5:31 pm

    Was the Johnny Rockets near Riddler’s Revenge still serving? It is one of the largest Johnny Rockets there and has it’s own picnic table area. When I went last Sunday it was serving people.

    • Kurt

      03/11/2012 at 5:45 pm

      Yes, that Johnny Rockets is still there and will continue to serve up burgers, shakes, and fries.

  4. Jerry Sanders

    03/11/2012 at 6:26 pm

    Are you able to put up the park map online? Cause it would be neat to see!

    • Kurt

      03/11/2012 at 6:40 pm

      Yes, I hope to have a copy of it posted no later than tomorrow.

      • Jerry Sanders

        03/11/2012 at 8:15 pm

        Thanks, Can’t Wait!

  5. Louie

    03/11/2012 at 7:25 pm

    Awesome, I’m going next Sunday.

    Was the park crowded? It doesn’t look like it.

  6. joe miranda

    03/11/2012 at 8:50 pm

    Could any let us know if and when you see ride pieces for Lex Luthor Drop of Doom please??

  7. mike c

    03/11/2012 at 10:27 pm

    Great stuff and enjoying all your postings!!! 🙂

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