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Trip Report For 29 Mar 2012

By on 03/29/2012

I know it hasn’t even been a week since my last trip to Six Flags Magic Mountain, but I’ll be in my office in Culver City tomorrow and out of town this weekend, so I decided to make a quick trip over there this afternoon to get you a mini trip report. Don’t say I never do anything for you. 🙂

It was nice being able to go to the park during a weekday because you can actually see some of the work being done. The entire exterior of the former Guest Necessity Center at the base of the Superman tower has been removed. According to the 2012 park map, this is being transformed into The Daily Planet Gift Shop. Sounds like it’s going to carry the same type of items, just themed for the Superman and Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom rides:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 29 Mar 2012

Here they just rolled up what I believe was the roofing paper and pushed it off the back:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 29 Mar 2012

On the back of the tower, we now know what that concrete pad is going to be used for. All of the electrical panels have been installed. I hope they are going to cover it somehow:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 29 Mar 2012

From this shot, you can see the relationship between the tower, the electrical panels, the gift shop, and the building that is going to be used for the queue (blue awning):

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 29 Mar 2012

Lots of construction vehicles, but no sign of anything being attached to the tower yet:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 29 Mar 2012

I’m happy to report they did end up painting the former Johnny Rockets in Cyclone Bay. Unfortunately, I’m not very thrilled with the color. It’s a very drab, almost muted, orangey-tan color and doesn’t really match the new sign. I think a bright orange, matching the letters of the sign would have been a much better choice. Even a fresh coat of the red that was on there would have matched the sign’s trim and popped more:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 29 Mar 2012

Still no sign on the side, either. I hope they plan on putting one on here, because this is what people first see as they enter Cyclone Bay from the Rapids Camp Crossing area:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 29 Mar 2012

There has been a lot of talk this past week about Six Flags Magic Mountain now selling Dole Whips, especially since it was mentioned on Screamscape the other night. Thought by many people to be an exclusive product of Disneyland and Disney World, it’s also sold at the Dole pineapple plantation in Hawaii and two California-based ice cream stores. Being such a fan favorite, and available in so few places, you would think that Six Flags Magic Mountain would promote the heck out of the new offering. Instead, it was quietly added to the menu for the new Dogs & Snacks restaurant that took the place of the former Johnny Rockets in the front of the park. Not only does the new restaurant not have a sign yet, but it still has the old Shake & Fries signs up from when it was Johnny Rockets. If you look really close, you’ll see pineapple and mango whips listed in the lower right corner of the new menu board. I saw no other signs about them anywhere:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 29 Mar 2012

I can understand it taking some time to get the new signage up, but you think that would have been done before the grand opening of the season, or at least before the restaurant opened to the public. Other than that, I think the new food offerings are a nice change. The gourmet hot dogs look interesting, but too fancy for me. Every single one of them has at least one thing on it that doesn’t appeal to me. Give me a nice selection of basic dogs and sausages, along with a couple of bun options and a decent condiment bar, and I’ll be a very happy camper. I’m sure they’re going to sell a lot of the fried snacks, like the fried ice cream and fried Twinkies, especially during the summer. This is a great location for them and they don’t seem too outrageously priced.

Nothing new to report on the former Log Jammer site, other than a bunch of standing water left over from the torrential rains that we’ve had the last two weekends:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 29 Mar 2012

I missed this in my earlier trip reports and April Stooge Day report, but the red “Curly’s Colossus” train has been wrapped to further promote The Three Stooges: The Movie:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 29 Mar 2012

I reported in an earlier trip report that the sign on Colossus didn’t look that great, but I was thinking the weather may have played a factor. They have since fixed it:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 29 Mar 2012

I took this last photo purely for fun for those who haven’t been to Six Flags Magic Mountain before. You are looking at three well known rides, each one doubling in height. Colossus, the white wooden coaster in front, was built in 1978 and is 125 feet tall. Goliath, the orange hypercoaster in the middle, was built in 2000 and stands at 235 feet tall. Superman: Escape from Krypton was originally built in 1997 and stands at 415 feet tall:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 29 Mar 2012

Like I mentioned earlier, I probably won’t be around this weekend, so you can expect another update probably around this time next week. -Kurt


  1. Eric

    03/29/2012 at 9:15 pm

    Nice to see a selection of gourmet hot dogs at Magic Mountain. That’s something that the park needed since getting rid of the stand that is now Totally Kickin’ Chicken. Like you, there are items on hot dogs (or hamburgers) that I would prefer not have on them, but I’ve always had good luck with asking to leave those things off. I also agree that a condiment bar would be better.

    About the Totally Kickin’ Chicken stand, I agree that they should have left the red roof on it, and they do need a sign on the side, even a small one within the triangle of the small roof over the side window.

    Thank you for the very best behind the scenes/construction pictures and information of Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom and the surrounding area. No one on the web has done any coverage that comes close.

  2. mike

    03/29/2012 at 9:31 pm

    Love the shot of the 3 rides Colossus , Goliath and SEFK … looks just like my office view most days. I shall try each of those Fried treats over the next cpl weeks as I love a challenge. And the hot dogs i will need to look at as I’m a dog freak and will travel miles for a good one.

    Keep up the great articles but don’t get burnt out.

  3. Damien Nguyen-Tran

    03/30/2012 at 12:46 pm

    Lex Luthor drop of doom opens in This May.

    • Kurt

      03/30/2012 at 2:39 pm

      How could you possibly know that? Even if that is the park’s target opening date, nobody can predict what will happen between now and then. Bad weather may cause delays, parts may break or not show up on time, or technical difficulties take longer to work out. Nobody can ever say for sure when a new ride will open. All we can do is hope their predictions are accurate.

  4. Misael

    03/30/2012 at 1:03 pm

    So I’m Wondering, is the passage way under the Superman Tower closed off?
    Or in other words, do we have to go all the way around the other side of the park to get to Colossus, and Scream?

    • Kurt

      03/30/2012 at 2:41 pm

      It’s completely open. There’s a construction wall that starts just on the other side of the tower from Food, Etc. to keep guests away from the work area, but you can still walk under the track.

      • Misael

        03/30/2012 at 6:46 pm

        Alright Thanks 🙂

  5. Bob

    04/02/2012 at 7:20 pm

    So I’m walking into the park today and I happen to look over at colossus and what did I see……..Beautiful (BLUE) Lex Luthor track parts just laying there. Didn’t even think to snap pics because I was in AWWWW the whole time I blanked out. Get over there ASAP and keep us updated.

    • Kurt

      04/02/2012 at 8:54 pm

      Yup…I got an email heads up this morning and immediately tweeted about it. I had hoped to run over there and snap a few pics, but I had back-to-back conference calls all afternoon. I’ll try and swing by tomorrow and see if they’re still there.

  6. Damien Nguyen-Tran

    04/03/2012 at 8:11 am

    I saw the opening date for Lex Luthor Drop of doom on Wikipedia. It said it’s going to be opening in May.

    • Kurt

      04/03/2012 at 8:34 am

      Wikipedia has absolutely no inside knowledge on the park’s construction schedule. I’m sure a Wikipedia editor heard someone say it was going to open in May and posted it up there, but that doesn’t necessarily make it true. Wikipedia is not a trustworthy source for events that haven’t occurred yet. Again, until the park makes an official announcement, we have absolutely no idea when the new ride will open.

  7. Damien Nguyen-Tran

    04/03/2012 at 9:21 am

    Did you know there’s another superman opening in spring? It’s Superman ultimate flight at Discovery Kingdom.

  8. Damien Nguyen-Tran

    04/03/2012 at 1:02 pm

    When did Superman escaped from krypton closed?

  9. Damien Nguyen-Tran

    04/03/2012 at 1:03 pm

    Oops did i say escaped? I mean escape

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