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Full Throttle Construction Update #17

By on 05/08/2013

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I dropped by Six Flags Magic Mountain today to get a quick update on the Full Throttle construction. Lots of work being done, but not much that is very visible. This Full Throttle construction update is from 8 May 2013.

Early this morning, a couple of trucks arrived at the park with a crane and the station’s entry and exit ramps. By the time I arrived and got up into the Sky Tower, they were almost done installing them onto the station. If you look closely at the wider entry ramp on the left, you’ll see the two straps wrapped around the ramp as the crane lowers it into place:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Construction

Also in the above photo, it looks like the concrete path and block work has been completed leading to and from both of the ramps.

Perhaps somebody can let me know for sure, but I’m guessing this corrugated steel plating used on top of the station and on the ramps is just a base for a layer of concrete:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Construction

A concrete base has been poured for a block wall that will surround the storage track area:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Construction

Three large green electrical boxes have been mounted on pads just behind the station:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Construction

Here are a couple of those electrical boxes as seen from the ground:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Construction

The electrical guys were hard at work in a newly defined area between the green electrical boxes and the station. That’s the same guy you see on his knees above and below:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Construction

Those are some good sized electrical conduits sticking up out of the corner in the above photo. Based on the wood form around the perimeter, this area will be filled with concrete. I’m not sure what to think about what looks like round footers down the middle.

More electrical guys were hard at work on the transfer track. I don’t know how they keep track of all the wiring. Check out all the various pieces hanging down under the rail:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Construction

Even more electrical guys were terminating the ends in electrical boxes all over the place:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Construction

A large trench was dug in front of the old Palace Games building (I wish I knew what to call this building now). It’s probably for water, sewer, or more likely both:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Construction

Peeking inside the building, fresh concrete was getting smoothed over. It looks like they may have cut some old concrete out to lay some interior plumbing or electrical conduits:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Full Throttle Construction

That’s it for this week. Like I said before, a lot of work being done, but not necessarily high profile. I’m hearing that the trains may have left the manufacturer and be on their way to the park, but that’s just a rumor. No confirmation. From what I’m seeing on the site, it doesn’t look like they are anywhere near ready to stick a train on the track. They’re probably still a couple of weeks away from that point, if not longer.

30 Comments

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  2. Bob

    05/08/2013 at 8:55 pm

    First comment!!! Great update Kurt

    • Andrew T.

      05/09/2013 at 12:50 pm

      Support

  3. Sean

    05/08/2013 at 9:03 pm

    Great update, I really hope for them to start testing soon, because who doesn’t want it to open beginning of summer?

  4. Eric

    05/08/2013 at 9:05 pm

    As for what to call the Palace Games building, personally, I’m fine with “Palace Games building.” It works and we know what you’re talking about.

    It’s hard to believe that we should be riding this in about a month. They’re making good progress and doing so quickly.

  5. Jim

    05/08/2013 at 9:50 pm

    Yes, the “sheet metal” is B-Deck. The black trim around it is the sides of the form. Look like they’re ready to pour soon. The “round footers” look like bollard tubes, Just a tube set at grade with some plastic stretched over the top. After the pour cures a few days, they knock out the thin part over the tube with a hammer and drop the bollards in to protect the electrical.

    • The Coaster Guy

      05/13/2013 at 9:57 pm

      Thanks, Jim. Those look like solid concrete and not bollard tubes. Even if they are tubes, why would they be placed down the middle of the pad? Wouldn’t they go around the perimeter?

  6. zac

    05/08/2013 at 10:46 pm

    I always forget that the palace arcade is becoming the home of not one but two food locations. They need access to gas, water, vents, and what not. Not an easy task.

    • The Coaster Guy

      05/13/2013 at 9:57 pm

      Don’t forget the sewer!

  7. Susan

    05/08/2013 at 11:10 pm

    Hi Coaster Guy! I read somewhere that Superman: Escape from Krypton isn’t running at the moment due to construction of Full Throttle. Can you confirm this? We’ll be there on 8th June & whilst we’re not banking on Full Throttle being open (even though we’re hoping!!) we’d be disappointed if Superman wasn’t running. It’s definately a favourite of ours.

    • Eric

      05/08/2013 at 11:25 pm

      Superman—Escape From Krypton did have sporadic operation awhile back, but has been running as of late from what I’ve been hearing. The track over the plaza is complete and any additional construction shouldn’t affect Superman’s operation.

      • Susan

        05/09/2013 at 5:07 pm

        Thank you!! Would hate to miss it. 🙂

    • The Coaster Guy

      05/13/2013 at 10:00 pm

      Eric’s right. It’s been running very regularly and you shouldn’t have any issues riding it, at least not from construction closures.

  8. J.D. Walters

    05/08/2013 at 11:16 pm

    Great update! Thanks a million, Kurt!

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  10. Martin

    05/09/2013 at 12:29 pm

    Great update as usual. I know there are many complaints about how this ride could of been so much more…. So if they would just compare it to Accelerator (love that ride) than Magic Mountain’s version would be SO MUCH MORE! Just a thought as the GP including myself as an enthusiast, are going to eat this ride up!

  11. Drew

    05/10/2013 at 1:44 pm

    Has anyone heard anything about a projected opening date of Full Throttle? Trying to plan a trip for mid summer…

    • The Coaster Guy

      05/10/2013 at 1:46 pm

      Nothing official, but I’m still hearing rumors of mid-June. If you plan a trip for mid-July or later, you should be fine.

      • Chris

        05/11/2013 at 9:37 am

        Darn.. Looks as though i planned my trip to early. Will be there 4th of July weekend with family. Was really hoping that it would be open by then.

  12. Dylan

    05/10/2013 at 7:04 pm

    I’m here today for grad night and damn, full throttle is big. You have to see it in person to really see how big it is.

    • Justin

      05/11/2013 at 11:36 am

      Hey Dylan, do you know Dive Devil open at grad night?

      • Justin

        05/11/2013 at 11:36 am

        *if Dive Devil was open at grad night?

      • The Coaster Guy

        05/13/2013 at 10:01 pm

        I’ve been told that all of the upcharge attractions will be open during the Grad Nites.

        • Justin

          05/14/2013 at 2:50 pm

          Ok, Thank you.

  13. Spencer Maze

    05/11/2013 at 8:46 pm

    Wow – I just came across your site here…..excellent info, thanks so much for taking the time 😉

    I am currently here at the park (May 11) and the coaster is coming along nicely. Can’t wait for it to open!! Any idea when that may be? They just state a summer opening.

    • The Coaster Guy

      05/11/2013 at 8:58 pm

      Thank you, Spencer. No idea when Full Throttle will open. Still waiting on the park to tell us.

  14. Benyantis

    05/12/2013 at 11:05 am

    I saw on the SFMM Facebook page pics of the trains arriving! When should we see these testing?

    • The Coaster Guy

      05/12/2013 at 11:11 am

      No idea.

  15. Marisa

    05/15/2013 at 5:42 am

    I actually heard Gold Rusher was closed due to the construction of Full Throttle. Can someone confirm this?

    • The Coaster Guy

      05/15/2013 at 7:15 am

      Since Gold Rusher goes over the hill and loops through the Full Throttle construction zone, they’ve been closing it whenever work was being done on FT. However, it has been open on weekends and whenever they aren’t working on FT.

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