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Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report For 26 Apr 2012

By on 04/26/2012

This is a photo trip report for Six Flags Magic Mountain from Thursday, April 26, 2012.

It’s pretty much another all Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom construction update this week as there wasn’t much else going on in the park. Although, I do have to admit that I made the complete circuit of the park in just under an hour because it was threatening rain and I didn’t have my jacket or umbrella with me, so I could have missed stuff. Here is what the new facade for the Lex Luthor queue is looking like:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 26 Apr 2012

I’m really impressed. I think this is going to be a fantastic looking entrance and really stand out on the midway. Much better than the dated arcade that it was before:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 26 Apr 2012

The Daily Planet gift shop has been all buttoned up and is getting weather wrap:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 26 Apr 2012

Several runs of silver electrical conduit are making their way up the inside of the tower. If you look really close, you’ll also see that those new cross pieces they’ve been working on are now installed all the way down the tower. Look just above the crane to see one:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 26 Apr 2012

Here is a close-up of one of the pieces. It looks like they have already been clamped onto the tower, however they are being held in place with a strap to prevent them from sliding out of place before they are bolted to whatever they are going to hold:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 26 Apr 2012

It doesn’t look like there has been much activity up at the top of the tower:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 26 Apr 2012

Continued electrical work on the back of the tower:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 26 Apr 2012

None of the work carts were in use on the tower while I was there today:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 26 Apr 2012

Looks like new electrical being wired into the queue building:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 26 Apr 2012

Out in front of the park, there was lots of prep work being done on the waiting pieces. It looked like rails had been added to the long blue pieces that had been sitting there:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 26 Apr 2012

This was the only shot I could get in focus through the chain link fence. You can definitely tell that something has been bolted to all of the brackets:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 26 Apr 2012

This piece is really, really long:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 26 Apr 2012

In fact, I’m not sure if it’s an optical illusion or a new piece, but it appears to continue on with the paint turning to red:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 26 Apr 2012

Pulling back, you can see where the blue section ends on the left and it continues on in red, again with brackets all the way down the piece:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 26 Apr 2012

There were several guys working on it. I could hear the whining of a pneumatic impact wrench and the clanking of bolts, so they were definitely attaching something to the brackets. I’m guessing it’s whatever we saw attached to the blue brackets:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 26 Apr 2012

As I mentioned earlier, there wasn’t much else going on around the park. I did notice that Goliath Goodies is back open for business. I haven’t seen this open for quite awhile:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 26 Apr 2012

I only took this next photo for one of my sons. He’s been going crazy trying to find someplace close to our house that sells Takis. Here you go, Aaron:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 26 Apr 2012

As I was getting ready to leave the park, I couldn’t help but notice our local ABC News helicopter hovering overhead. At first I thought there might have been a big accident on the freeway, but I could see that traffic was still flowing both directions. Then I noticed that it started to circle the park. In talking to one of the employees, he said it was most likely due to the recent allegations that stormwater runoff from the park is polluting the Santa Clara river, which runs alongside the park:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 26 Apr 2012

The Los Angeles Times has a good write-up on the situation, which you can read here.

9 Comments

  1. caleb

    04/26/2012 at 10:28 pm

    Hmm, one long piece of track that seems to changes colors? Maybe the have just one piece of track, easy to put on with a helicopter. Or maybe they are pre clamping the pieces to save time. Just thoughts…

  2. Victor

    04/27/2012 at 8:53 am

    Awesome thanks for the update definitely excited to see that construction is coming along great, cant wait to see what they have in mind for the entrance when its fully complete. Im gonna have to try to make it out there within the next several weeks.

  3. Brendan

    04/27/2012 at 4:59 pm

    I was at the park yesterday! Wonder if I saw you and didn’t know it. When I rode Colossus, I saw the big track all together for DOD and I’m happy you were able to get a closer picture. Looks really neat!

  4. Myles

    04/28/2012 at 10:25 am

    Judging by the entrance you can tell it’s going to be a Metropolis type of building, like those office places in the Superman cartoons.

    • Evan

      04/28/2012 at 8:53 pm

      You mean Daily Planet?

      • Kurt

        04/28/2012 at 8:58 pm

        I think Myles was referring to the Lex Luthor entrance, with the huge facade going up, and I think he’s right. I wouldn’t even be surprised to see some neon.

  5. Jacob

    04/30/2012 at 12:44 pm

    hmm. i just had a thought and i’m pretty sure this has come up before but what if they refurbished colossus to it’s former glory. new paint, possibly new trains, removal of the mid-course brake run, etc. the ride is very old and if nothing else needs at least a fresh coat of paint cause it looks so run down.
    i’m very excited about the lex luthor progress and that the track is already there and in one giant piece! can’t wait!

    • Kurt

      04/30/2012 at 1:52 pm

      The park has been kicking around the idea of doing to Colossus what Six Flags Over Texas did to the Texas Giant. That is to hire Rocky Mountain Construction to replace the old wood track with their custom I-Box track and convert Colossus into a hybrid coaster. They could even do some re-profiling to add elements that couldn’t be done before. I think it would be a very welcome project, but the park needs to weigh the cost and ensure they’ll get a decent return on their investment. In other words, will that change be enough to lure enough new people into the park to ride it in order to cover the expense? I think it will, especially if they keep it a racer, but I’m not the one who has to write the check.

      • Steve-O

        02/15/2013 at 2:29 pm

        Wow. I reeeeaallly hope that happens. Colossus, as it was when it was smooth and new and not trimmed to within an inch of its life, compares favorably with any coaster I’ve ever ridden.

        By the way, if it hasn’t become obvious, I’m working my way through your archives. Really enjoying it. I’ve wondered for a few years why nobody was doing a proper job of chronicling Magic Mountain on the web. This is great stuff.

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