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Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 14 Apr 2012

By on 04/14/2012

I almost feel bad calling this a trip report because there isn’t much to report from Six Flags Magic Mountain this week other than updates on the Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom construction. The park wasn’t able to open yesterday because of a heavy thunderstorm that moved through the area, so I saw a lot of squeegees being used to clear the standing water from the midways when I first entered the park. Everything pretty much looked like it did when I was there last week.

The old Boardwalk Arcade building that is being converted into the Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom queue got a new architectural element this week. It’s obviously going to be part of the new sign for the ride. Maybe it’s just me, but I think it kind of looks like a mini version of the Superman tower that the ride is being attached to:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 14 Apr 2012

Doesn’t look like a whole lot going on inside the queue building yet:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 14 Apr 2012

No visible changes to the future Daily Planet gift shop, but it’s a good thing they covered it in plastic before those rains hit. I noted last week that all the graphics on the construction wall were starting to fall off. It looks like the park noticed as well and covered them up with new banners. Not as attractive as the original graphics, but much better than the peeling graphics:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 14 Apr 2012

There was another large banner in front of the queue building and also around the side:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 14 Apr 2012

Most of the construction this week has taken place at the top of the Superman tower. Six Flags released some photos the other day (here) of a helicopter they employed to start lifting parts and equipment to the top of the tower. It appears they are starting by rigging a system to allow small carts to travel up and down each side, to move people, parts, and equipment. This is the top of the tower as seen from the front:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 14 Apr 2012

I think these four cables (two on each side) are used to keep the carts straight as they travel up and down. They probably act as a fall arrester, a safety mechanism to keep them from falling unexpectedly. The main cable, used for the actual lifting, will be fed through the pulley that you see in the center. I’m guessing the two steel beams you see sticking out will form a walkway for the workers. The cart will stop right in front of that:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 14 Apr 2012

This is the other side of the tower and you can see the main cable already fed through the pulley. Also, the reason the support beam they hang from across the top is at an angle is because the side of the tower is at an angle. This allows the carts to travel as close to the tower as possible all the way across and not be at a funny angle:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 14 Apr 2012

Following that side of the tower all the way to the ground, I found a worker busy prepping one of the carts to be attached to the awaiting cables. Notice there is also quite a bit of electrical conduit stacked up and ready for installation:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 14 Apr 2012

As I was standing there, the second cart was being brought in by forklift for the other side of the tower:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 14 Apr 2012

It’s an educated guess, but here’s how I think these carts work. The main center cable will get threaded through the pulley you see at the very top of the cart, then angle back through another pulley and down the back of the cart. The electric motor you see on the back of the cart is attached to the cable and either pulls it down or pushes it up, making the cart go up and down. The four other cables act as guides and safety lines:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 14 Apr 2012

This is new. This was a backstage entrance that is just in front of where all of the Lex Luthor construction is occurring. I’ve seen lots of photos and videos from people peeking around the corner to see what was going on. I’ve even published some photos from back here that were sent to me from employees. Looks like it’s off-limits to everyone now, which makes sense with all that heavy steel that will be moving high overhead:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 14 Apr 2012

The space in front of Colossus that they have been using for storage of the ride pieces continues to receive stuff just about every day:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 14 Apr 2012

There are pallets of pieces sitting everywhere:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 14 Apr 2012

These kind of look like something those shocks from last week might attach to:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 14 Apr 2012

I saw a couple of stacks of white pieces that weren’t there before. What do you suppose:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 14 Apr 2012

Lots of workers today. This guy was driving through the parts looking for something:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 14 Apr 2012

Whatever is in these buckets is heavy. The guy could barely lift them up to the forklift:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 14 Apr 2012

When I saw the buckets delivered to these guys, I figured that they were filled with heavy duty nuts and bolts. It looked like they were attaching them to the giant steel beams:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 14 Apr 2012

Like I mentioned earlier, there wasn’t much to report from the rest of the park. Did the Goliath photo booth get new monitors, or I have I just not noticed before:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 14 Apr 2012

I tried getting into Food, Etc. around 11:30 am for some lunch, but I was once again denied entry by those high-strength plastic bags:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 14 Apr 2012

After not being able to get into Food, Etc., I decided to swing by Loaded Dogs and What the Fried to get a mango Dole Whip. Their door was locked too, with no signs to indicate what time they would be open. Is 11:30 too early for people to start wanting to eat lunch? I don’t understand why these places aren’t open. It’s a Saturday during the regular season, so I would expect everything to be open at this time. What am I missing?


  1. Evan

    04/14/2012 at 4:26 pm

    Great Report!

  2. William

    04/14/2012 at 5:55 pm

    Thanks for sharing all of this Kurt. Always appreciated and within due time, this ride will fully operate and be ready for it’s Opening debut. As far as I’m concerned, this Ride opens when it does and rather have it done right then force this process to where something does not get done and so on. Safety is always my #1 concern and so long as it’s running nice and smooth, that’s all which is important to me and should be to anyone else as well. Any chance you can post these same pics or pics you take within these next couple weeks, onto the Lex Luthor Drop of Doom Facebook page? be neat to see them there since I am on Facebook or now Timeline. Thanks and Job well done. I Live in Chicago IL, and Magic Mountain used to be my park 20 years ago when I lived out west. 20 years is too long and cant wait to get back, and ride Lex Luthor Drop of Doom. Thanks again!

  3. William

    04/14/2012 at 5:58 pm

    Those Construction parts you claim to be a white Color, are you sure those are not Silver, since the entire Superman ride is Blue, Red, and Yellow.

    • Kurt

      04/14/2012 at 10:39 pm

      I thought they were silver at first, but the more I looked at them the more they looked white. Either way, they still don’t match anything we’ve seen on the concept art.

      • William

        04/24/2012 at 6:45 pm

        Thanks for the reply.

        I thought they were silver because I figured maybe they were going to piant them Blue, Red.

  4. Andrew

    04/14/2012 at 10:15 pm

    ALL of the photo booths got new TVs and they look AMAZING! You gotta check them out!

    • Kurt

      04/14/2012 at 10:40 pm

      I’ll have to make the photo booth rounds next week. It’s good to see they are still investing in the photography stuff with Kodak going away.

      • Joe Miranda

        04/18/2012 at 4:57 pm

        Hey Kurt, what is this about the new license that six flags just passed for “Full Throttle”?

        • Kurt

          04/18/2012 at 8:03 pm

          It’s not a new license. Back on 04 Apr 2012, Six Flags (the corporate entity, not just SFMM) filed a request for a trademark on the name “Full Throttle” to be used on an amusement or theme park ride or service. As of 12 Apr 2012, it was still in the initial review stage. You can see the details of the filing here:

          • Joe Miranda

            04/18/2012 at 10:58 pm

            Wow…. Thank you Kurt. Well, maybe it seems like Six Flags may be building a Full Throttle coaster…. Maybe.

  5. SFMMCrazy

    04/14/2012 at 11:11 pm

    Haha I’m surprised I didnt see you today! I was there! The thing that look like a mini superman structure is part of the new FACADE that they are putting in. Thats the enterance to the ride. -SFMMCrazy

  6. Eric

    04/15/2012 at 12:38 pm

    After all these years, I thought the Superman tower was rectangular in structure; never noticed that the sides were at an angle. This makes me wonder if the Lex Luthor cars will be angled as well. So far, all of the concept art shows them as being on a plane perpendicular to the Superman–Escape From Krypton tracks. But you know what I’m going to do? Sit back and let the folks who know what they’re doing do what they know how to do, then go ride it once it’s open.

  7. Brendan

    04/15/2012 at 1:54 pm

    Great update despite much going on in the park. I’m headed down there next week with some friends. Anyone been there recently on a weekday? I read somewhere the longest waits are about 20 minutes.

  8. Alex V.

    04/15/2012 at 8:53 pm

    I went to magic mountain this morning, i rode colossus and there was wat looked like a big round drum with pulleys on the other side of colossus. I wonder wat thats going to be used for?

  9. Ezell

    04/15/2012 at 9:03 pm

    Went to the park today and saw more lex luthor part stored between scream and colossus it looked like a big drum probably for the lifting system and there was other green parts probably for the gondalas

  10. Kyle

    04/16/2012 at 9:53 am

    Does anyone know if the Lex Luthor name will be painted on the gondalas or if it will be a sticker. Oh, and those silver or white parts could be whats on top of the gondala.

  11. Jeff Wesson

    04/16/2012 at 10:36 am

    I spoke with Tim Berkhardt General Manager) in January about Lex Luthor. He said the first step in building the ride was to build scafolding from the top down. That looks like what they are doing here.

  12. Anonomys

    04/16/2012 at 3:05 pm

    It’s just common sense to build a VERY high drop ride from the top to the bottom……. I can’t wait to go on it this summer! 😀

  13. Zac

    04/19/2012 at 3:19 pm

    hey coaster guy, on the sfmm website, the advertisement for ll:dod changed. it used to say coming in spring, but not it says coming in summer. Oh no, maybe the were expecting the parts to come in earlier and it wont be ready until june/july.


    04/30/2012 at 10:23 am

    Good morning Coaster Guy!
    Wanted to thank you for all your updates and great photos and stories. Brings back so many memories as a child when my father used to take me.
    Wanted to also ask you, what type of zoom lens did you use to photograph SEFK? (above photos)

    • Kurt

      04/30/2012 at 1:42 pm

      Thank you, Jimmy, I’m glad you like the site. Believe it or not, I actually use an older Sony Cyber-shot point and shoot with a built-in 12x optical lens. It’s small, convenient, and does a really good job for me.

  15. Jimmy Tovar

    04/30/2012 at 5:35 pm

    Wow! That’s pretty cool Kurt. I figured you were using one of those expensive Canon or Nikon….great shots. Keep them coming. Thanks once again.

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