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Full Throttle Construction Update #16

By on 04/26/2013

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It’s only been a week since my last trip report from Six Flags Magic Mountain, but it feels like forever. The Full Throttle construction updates were very frequent once the track installation began, leading up to the topping off of the track. It seems as if things have slowed down considerably, but they really haven’t. It’s just that the work they’re doing now isn’t as visible as the track construction was, so it just seems like things aren’t progressing as fast. This Full Throttle construction update is from 26 April 2013.

From the Sky Tower, it doesn’t look like much has changed in the past week:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Construction Update

It looks like whatever issue they were having with the transfer track has been resolved. You can now see the track in its normal operating position, completing the track circuit:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Construction Update

The most noticeable change since last time is the work on the station. It now has a roof over the first story, which I’m guessing will be the floor of the actual loading area up on the second story. It looks like corrugated steel, so this is probably going to be covered in a layer of concrete. The area to the right of the track will likely be the exit path:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Construction Update

From the ground, this is what appears to be the exit path structure:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Construction Update

Not much visible change to the station from the ground other than the new roof:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Construction Update

No changes to the entry path leading under the vertical loop and up to the station:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Construction Update

Lots and lots of electrical work! I sure hope they hired quality electrical subcontractors:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Construction Update

Lots of conduit forming and electrical work taking place in the old Log Jammer queue:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Construction Update

I started laughing when I saw this off in the distance on the job site. I thought it was a BBQ:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Construction Update

Work continues on the old Palace Games building. The concrete flooring has been removed:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Construction Update

From the front, you can see that the demolition work has definitely extended to the interior:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Construction Update

More work on the interior of the Palace Games building:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Construction Update

On the backside of the hill, the newly restored fence has been painted (mostly) and looks really nice. A little paint goes a long ways! You’d never even know this had been removed:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Construction Update

A peek inside the tunnel shows lots and lots of electrical work on the lefthand side. I’m not sure if this is for the track launch, special effects, or both:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Construction Update

It was even harder to see down the right side, but there doesn’t seem to be as much stuff, at least not at the same height. There does appear to be some sort of star pattern, though:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Construction Update

If you know what that electrical work in the tunnel is for, please leave a comment and let us know your thoughts.

26 Comments

  1. Eric

    04/26/2013 at 10:25 pm

    I don’t know why they couldn’t have built the replacement section of fencing in front of the coaster support to keep it hidden and not-so-easily accessible. It looks like there was room to do so.

    Otherwise, great to see Full Throttle coming along so nicely.

    And I made the first comment. 😉

    • The Coaster Guy

      04/26/2013 at 10:30 pm

      First comment by Eric, for the win!!

      I was thinking the same thing, but then I realized that it really doesn’t matter, does it? There are lots of exposed support columns all over the park, and nobody seems to mess with them. I’m sure they’ll protect that short one in the Superman plaza, but that’s just for safety’s sake. If nothing else, a big shiny column along a well traveled path might just be enough for somebody to look up and say “Ooohh…what’s that one?”

      • Eric

        04/26/2013 at 10:38 pm

        The Tatsu columns are all over that part of the park and in the seven years it’s been open, nothing serious has happened. Ditto for Revolution in its 32 years (37 years in existence, but the pathway has only been there since 1981). I just think it would have looked better to put the wall in front of the support, in my opinion.

        I’m really intrigued about the special effects planned for the tunnel. It probably won’t be anything really big, being that you won’t be in there long enough to see much. Maybe just a bunch of multi-colored LEDs spelling out “YOLO!!!” with a cloud of mist and a crazy music soundtrack.

        • The Coaster Guy

          04/26/2013 at 10:56 pm

          I’m thinking that with all the electronics, not to mention the LSMs, there probably won’t be any mist in the tunnel. Fog, maybe, but no mist. Probably no fog either, hearing that it’s problematic to keep operational.

          • mark

            04/27/2013 at 5:52 pm

            I hope they don’t have a smog machine in the tunnel, LA already has enough stuff in the air. It’s not a “fog” machine if the machine is vaporizing synthetic toxins, not water. And yes, a mist machine would not be a good idea next to high voltage electronics.

            My guess is after a few seasons the backwards launch will be dispensed with in favor of merely accelerating the train when it first enters. This would be cheaper (one less launch).

  2. Michael M

    04/26/2013 at 10:36 pm

    I noticed that the roof for the station will be a tent like structure because there are not solid supports for a solid roof. As always great update

  3. Rebecca

    04/26/2013 at 11:22 pm

    Is it going to be safe. And how can we just use a lap bar if the ride goes up side down can’t they put shoulder bars instead

    • The Coaster Guy

      04/26/2013 at 11:29 pm

      It’ll be totally safe, Rebecca. Not only are today’s lap bar restraints state-of-the-art, but they’re much more comfortable than an over-the-shoulder-restraint, or OTSR. Plus they allow for much faster loading/unloading. Besides, the inversions on this coaster will actually push you harder into your seat and not try to force you out, so there is less of a need for OTSRs.

      • JIMMY TOVAR

        04/27/2013 at 4:52 am

        They should put some of those new lap bars on Revolution!

        • The Coaster Guy

          04/29/2013 at 10:07 pm

          Agreed!

  4. Bob

    04/27/2013 at 7:24 am

    Another great update Kurt. I have one question for you though. How crowded do you think the park should be on this Monday or Tuesday?

    • The Coaster Guy

      04/27/2013 at 8:00 am

      Unless there’s a special event I’m not aware of, I wouldn’t expect it to be very crowded at all.

  5. Matthew

    04/27/2013 at 12:12 pm

    So i guess testing will start early may to mid may?

  6. Jack Curulicio

    04/27/2013 at 3:36 pm

    Yeah when will testing start?

    • The Coaster Guy

      04/29/2013 at 10:08 pm

      Only the park knows when testing will start.

  7. James Z (not the other James)

    04/27/2013 at 4:39 pm

    1) I wish they would have had the entrance to Full Throttle go through the old Log Jammer station. I also think it would have been cool to incorporate it, and that way you could have less guest traffic entering on one side and exiting on the other. The way its set up seems like they’ll be doing both in one area. I also wish they would have spaced the ride out a little better, it just looks so cramped in that tight corner.

    2) For opening day coming closer, it looks like there is A LOT of work to be done on the surrounding food and game buildings. Considering the area has been fenced off for months, it looks like they’ve done little to no work. I imagine in typical MM style, it will be rushed at the last minute.

    The ride looks great!

    • The Coaster Guy

      04/29/2013 at 10:12 pm

      I know they wanted to keep the High Sierra Territory area separate from the new Full Throttle area, which is why they kept the old Log Jammer building façade to begin with. If they fed Full Throttle through that building, they would be mixing the themes, which they do not want to do. They want everyone to be jacked up for the ride by going through the Full Throttle area on the way to the coaster.

  8. Casey

    04/27/2013 at 7:39 pm

    Is it just me,or does the station look a tad bit more bland than other ride stations at SFMM? If this ride is supposed to signify “YOLO” , shouldnt the station be a little more tricked out? Just sayin’…

    • The Coaster Guy

      04/27/2013 at 7:45 pm

      All we see is the floor that we’re going to be standing on. We should reserve judgement until we see what they do to the second story and how they finish the whole thing off.

      • Arkhamar

        04/30/2013 at 6:42 pm

        I’ve read somewhere that this floor may be the electrical equipment room that will power and control all of the LSM’s for the ride. The actual station may sit above or very near to it… time will tell 😉

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  11. John From KISS Army

    04/30/2013 at 9:21 am

    Thanks for providing the information and pictures. It’s a shame that Six Flags provides next to no online info about major ride construction at any park. They’re way behind Cedar Point in this area. Glad you’re here to fill the gap!

    Has anyone noticed the breaks on the ride start while coming down the “top hat” hill? What a frigging waste of a nice steep drop! You think they would have done anything but this. I don’t understand it at all.

    Kiss Rules!

    • Dane. P

      04/30/2013 at 11:57 pm

      they do it, because they are making a short ride and the exit is right after the loop

  12. Rebecca

    05/02/2013 at 4:46 am

    Do u know when we can see what the seats look like

  13. Ralph B.

    05/02/2013 at 10:04 pm

    So Thrill Capital Insider posted on their Facebook’s page that Full Throttle’s trains are arriving to Magic Mountain this weekend. If that’s true, I can’t wait to see how they look. I’m pretty sure they are going to be awesome just like the rest of the ride. 🙂

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