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Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report For 20 Apr 2012

By on 04/20/2012

This is a photo trip report for Six Flags Magic Mountain from Friday, April 20, 2012.

The first thing I noticed when I arrived today was that the Sky Tower was open. Yay! It’s been closed for awhile now, presumably due to its annual maintenance/inspection. I immediately went up to get a bird’s eye view of the park and was surprised when I got to the top and found it empty. All of the museum pieces had been removed:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 20 Apr 2012

They’ve moved the museum pieces in and out before, but this time was different. They actually removed everything from all of the walls as well. I have a strong suspicion that the museum is gone for good. It was a great idea, but I don’t think it was executed very well. This is a fantastic, unique space and they need to do something special up here:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 20 Apr 2012

Looking down on the park, I was really amazed at how fast the Superman logo has faded. I can’t say it surprises me with all of the foot traffic it gets and the hot California sun:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 20 Apr 2012

I can’t remember if I’ve taken an aerial of the former Log Jammer lagoon after they finished clearing the hill or not, but here’s one just in case:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 20 Apr 2012

Looking across at the Superman tower from here, you really wouldn’t even have a clue they added a bunch of new steel to the top if you didn’t already know:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 20 Apr 2012

OK, I have to admit that I was somewhat wrong how those carts work on my previous update. It looks like the two cables down each side attach to an individual cart. The cables still go through the stinger on the top and through the motor on the back. There are four carts, two on each side of the tower. The thick cable down the center is used to hoist stuff up the tower. Here you can see one of the new blue steel pieces being installed all the way through the tower. Take note that it is being held up by the center cable on both sides:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 20 Apr 2012

This is the exact same piece being installed, but from the other side. These pieces were obviously designed to connect to both sides of the drop ride for extra rigidity:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 20 Apr 2012

Looking up at the top of the tower, you can see similar red pieces that have been fed through the tower and are waiting to be attached:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 20 Apr 2012

The twin steel I-beams that stick out each side are most likely to support some heavy equipment at the top of the ride, like the cable pulleys:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 20 Apr 2012

Pulling back a bit, you can see they have four of these pieces fed through so far; three red and the single blue one they are seen working on:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 20 Apr 2012

The new façade on the front of the queue building is coming along nicely. This is what it looked like on Wednesday of this week:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 20 Apr 2012

Image © Jeff Wesson

This is what it looked like Thursday:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 20 Apr 2012

Image © Evan Reed

This is what I saw today. Quite a bit of progress in just three days. What I can’t figure out is what the purpose of the steel structure is? If they were going to cover it in wood, why not simply frame it up out of wood to begin with and save some money:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 20 Apr 2012

Electrical work continues at the base of the tower:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 20 Apr 2012

This is the hydraulic winch they are using to control that large center cable I mentioned earlier, to haul stuff up and down the tower:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 20 Apr 2012

Here you can see the winch attached to the cable and its proximity to the second work cart on this side of the tower. It looks like the next piece of blue steel is hanging out underneath the cart, awaiting its ride up the tower:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 20 Apr 2012

This monster of a cable reel is being stored behind Colossus. I’m guessing this is the main lift cable that pulls the gondolas to the top of the tower. Based on the fact that it is blue, I imagine it will get installed at the base of the tower and not the top:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 20 Apr 2012

There are lots of other new pieces being stored here, including some red reels/pulleys. I’m guessing they will get attached to those twin steel I-beams that are sticking out each side of the top of the tower and used for the cables attached to the gondolas:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 20 Apr 2012

Just like last week, there’s not much else to report from the park. Everything is business as usual. I did notice that all three water rides, Roaring Rapids, Jet Stream, and Tidal Wave were open and very popular today as the temperature reached into the low 90’s. Based on what I saw, I don’t think these people on the left thought they were going to get wet standing off to the side like they were. They looked shocked after the Tidal Wave hit:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 20 Apr 2012

I finally made it into Food, Etc. today and there is still nothing in that center section. However, I finally got a shot of the second menu board, featuring tacos, nachos, and a chicken salad:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 20 Apr 2012


  1. Bob winek

    04/20/2012 at 8:53 pm

    Love the trip reports Kurt
    Lex luther will be so much better then the one at knots
    Do u think they will take jet stream in up coming years

    • Kurt

      04/20/2012 at 9:55 pm

      Probably not. I think Roaring Rapids and Jet Stream are two mainstream water rides they will want to keep around. Jet Stream provides a fun water ride without getting very wet and Roaring Rapids will soak you. I can see them getting rid of Tidal Wave, however. People say they want more water rides, but I suspect the results they get from their surveys shows that more people prefer thrill rides over water rides. I think as long as they offer the two, they’ll be fine.

      • Bob winek

        04/21/2012 at 8:12 am

        Cool thanks

      • Thomas

        05/08/2012 at 2:02 pm

        Tiday Wave should be moved over to HH. Other water parks have the same ride and it would make sense for the water park.

  2. Bob winek

    04/20/2012 at 8:54 pm

    Sorry take jet stream out

  3. Eric

    04/20/2012 at 9:11 pm

    I’m really sorry to see that the Magic of the Mountain museum is gone. It was a great idea and brought back memories for me, being that I remember when everything on display was part of the park. Perhaps management wanted to put the stuff away for safekeeping. The Sky Tower really is a unique venue for displaying practically anything and it wouldn’t surprise me if they did something else up there at some point.

    Apparently, they didn’t use the non-fade paint on the Superman logo. Red is notorious for fading regardless, but I do hope that they touch it up.

    I actually gave some thought to going out to the park today, but I had a possible job opportunity come up and needed to fill out some paperwork in hopes of landing it. But I will get out there soon—if nothing else, to ride Gold Rusher without the Log Jammer flume overhead. For someone who’s been riding it that way for 40 years, it’ll be strange without it.

    • Kurt

      04/20/2012 at 10:04 pm

      How about the Sky “Spy” Tower, with telescopes fixed on popular rides or attractions around the park? Or how about the nation’s only Dole Whip bar, with all seven flavors available, with custom theme names to match the park rides? Or how about an adults-only wine bar, where adults can hang out while the kids are off playing? How about a Ski-Hi Cyber Cafe, since the wi-fi is so strong up there? There’s a ton of things they could do if they wanted. It’s just a matter of thinking outside the box.

  4. JJJJ

    04/21/2012 at 1:59 am

    The park needs more water rides, theyre all popular on hot days. Theyre also great because they last a long time (obviously excluding tidal wave) so you get more bang for your waiting-in-line buck. Theyre also family friendly while still being fun for thrill seakers.

  5. Alex V.

    04/21/2012 at 7:22 am

    I dont think magic mountain needs more water rides, i think thats the reason they made hurricane harbor next door to it, but the thing that sucks is that they dont open the park in another month or two?

    • Kurt

      04/21/2012 at 7:54 am

      You make an excellent point, Alex. I do think the park tries to push people interested in water to go next door. They run a promotion for several months where you can get four free season passes to HH when you buy four season passes to SFMM. I don’t know how much revenue HH brings in, but I’d like to see them have only one gate for both parks, just like Six Flags Great America does. I think that would help temper the SFMM crowds on really hot summer days.

      • Josh

        04/21/2012 at 8:28 am

        I would like to see them offer a “park hopper” style ticket between HH and MM. In my opinion, just because HH is there doesn’t mean they should completely eliminate water rides from MM. They should probably keep around three water rides, maybe replacing Tidal Wave with something newer in the future.

  6. Ryan

    04/23/2012 at 7:12 am

    Ill definitely miss the magic of the mountain museum. Where do you think all of the artifacts went.

    • Kurt

      04/23/2012 at 7:48 pm

      They had moved them down to the P1 level, the floor of the tower under the museum. However, I’m not sure if they’re still there or if that was just temporary until they could haul them back to storage, wherever that is.

  7. Izzy

    04/24/2012 at 3:16 pm

    Ah geez. I wanted to check out the MM Museum, but never got the chance. And I just hope they don’t get rid of anymore water rides, especially Roaring Rapids.

    And I like the idea of having just one gate for the parks, Kurt.

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  10. William P.

    05/27/2012 at 8:34 am

    I dont know for the life of me how I never got around to viewing this Report of yours, but it’s fantastic. I will say that I would have gotten rid of Jet streamer before I would have even pondered getting rid of Log jammer. Makes no sense to keep a ride you hardly get wet on, when the purpose of a water ride is to get wet. I remember getting soaked pretty good on Log Jammer.

    As far as the Sky Tower getting rid of the Museum, do you think the thought of having too much weight at that height, and with too many people, followed by a good size Earthquake may have had something to do with this? Keep up your hards work, you’ve been great.

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