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Full Throttle Completes First Launch Over The Top Hat

By on 06/08/2013

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Six Flags Magic Mountain released the following video via their YouTube channel today showing the first successful launch of the Full Throttle roller coaster from the tunnel, going up and over the top of the vertical loop, otherwise known as the Top Hat:

60 Comments

  1. Eric

    06/08/2013 at 10:56 pm

    Really cool! I can’t wait to ride it!

  2. jordan

    06/08/2013 at 11:02 pm

    That has to be not full speed right? It looks like it went really slowly over the loop and not nearly as fast as i thought it would.

    • The Coaster Guy

      06/08/2013 at 11:09 pm

      I’m sure they’ll only have it go as fast as it needs to in order to clear the hill while fully loaded. With the final brake run just on the other side, they don’t want it going any faster then necessary. If those water dummies were filled with water, then that may actually be the intended speed.

      • jordan

        06/08/2013 at 11:12 pm

        but it seems like it is much slower then what they showed in the animation POV. I would think it would not in a way “crawl” over the top of the loop

        • The Coaster Guy

          06/10/2013 at 6:10 pm

          Animations of rides are not the specifications to which a ride is built. It’s merely a close approximation to help visualize a project before it’s built.

      • jordan

        06/08/2013 at 11:15 pm

        could it be that just the first test run is usually slower? Seems like they did that with gold striker, when it went through its first test run

        • Benyantis

          06/09/2013 at 8:15 am

          Usually on the first couple of test runs, the trains are a bit slower because they are not used to running on the tracks. But after a few times around they tend to get up to full speed

          • Joey

            06/11/2013 at 9:26 am

            I know for sure that B&M uses softer wheels for the first test runs of their new rides, which makes for a slower ride. They switch out the soft wheels for harder ones when the ride opens to the public. Not sure if other companies do this, but it could be an explanation why Full Throttle appears to be slower than expected.

  3. Nicholas Laschkewitsch

    06/08/2013 at 11:02 pm

    Awesome! The excitement is building!

  4. Dane. P

    06/08/2013 at 11:05 pm

    If this is top speed im worried the same way I was worried about Superman in Discovery Kingdom. If it ends up going about 10 mph there will be a lot of rollbacks. Unlike Superman however it wont get stalled in between a hill and a spiral.

    • The Coaster Guy

      06/10/2013 at 6:12 pm

      At 10 MPH, it won’t even get high enough to rollback. Don’t worry about the launch. Any speed fast enough to get the train over the top hat is a success in my book.

  5. Chris

    06/08/2013 at 11:06 pm

    Since the Train was waiting in front of the Tunnel earlier, Maybe they didn’t do the backwards launch, therefore the Train didn’t have as much acceleration as it would with it? Because it seems like it barely gets over that hill, though new rides are always slow at first.

    • The Coaster Guy

      06/10/2013 at 6:14 pm

      I agree with you. It was probably only a forward launch with the train starting at a standstill. Once they dial in the forward launch, they’ll start working on the backwards launch. Once that works, they’ll combine them all together.

  6. Ralph B.

    06/09/2013 at 12:00 am

    Wow!!!! That’s all I could say. I know this ride is going 2 b awesome once it opens. I know 4 sure I’m going 2 b there on the opening day like I did with Tatsu, Apocalypse, Green Lantern and also Lex Luthor Drop Of Doom. Really looking forward 2 that day. 🙂

  7. Neil

    06/09/2013 at 12:23 am

    Oh boy am I excited! These tests are only preliminary, but I do think that it’s close to, if not, the actual speed of the train when going over the top hat. It seems slow on video but once you’re on it, I think it’ll be a really fun ride! That loop is massive, so this thing must have insane torque on take off.

  8. Johnny

    06/09/2013 at 12:45 am

    Is it crawling over that hill? Or is that just the perception from the ground? X2 and Tatsu also look rather slow when you watch it from the ground.

    • The Coaster Guy

      06/10/2013 at 6:16 pm

      It’s like watching a shuttle launch. Those things never look like they are going as fast as they really are.

  9. Cory

    06/09/2013 at 11:30 am

    Does the brake run really start before the train finishes the final drop??

    • Anonymous 4.0

      06/09/2013 at 4:56 pm

      It would seem so, I think its because Six Flags Magic Mountain had a space issue (Although I may be wrong) so the break run had to start after it clears the top hat.

      • Cory

        06/10/2013 at 6:42 pm

        makes sense, thanks for the response!

    • The Coaster Guy

      06/10/2013 at 6:18 pm

      Yes it does. They have to start slowing the train down as soon as possible because of the short run after the top hat into the station. There’s not enough room to allow a free fall drop of the train after the top hat and then still be able to stop it in time.

      • Cory

        06/10/2013 at 6:40 pm

        oh that makes sense. I didn’t even realize the track going into the station from the top hat was so short! nonetheless it still looks really fun, thanks for the response!

      • Andrew T

        06/12/2013 at 12:42 pm

        Isnt that the same thing with kingda ka, the brake run starting right after the camelback

  10. Herbert Echegoyen

    06/09/2013 at 11:33 am

    Great!! one step closer.

  11. Arkhamar

    06/09/2013 at 11:50 am

    I’m sure it’s not at top speed. The same was said too for Gatekeeper when it began testing. We will just have to wait and see when full continuos testing begins. Regardless, the ride looks so incredible, I can’t wait to ride this bad boy!!

  12. blake

    06/09/2013 at 12:05 pm

    it is opening this month 😀

    • The Coaster Guy

      06/10/2013 at 6:19 pm

      Not likely, but you never know.

  13. jd

    06/09/2013 at 12:06 pm

    That doesnt look too impressive….am i alone here?

    • Anonymous 4.0

      06/09/2013 at 4:58 pm

      You have to bear in mind, Full Throttle is at the beginning of its “Testing” phase, so chances are the train has softer wheels which make it travel slower than usual. As they go through the various testing phases I’m sure they’ll switch them to the proper wheels and power the motors to full throttle !

    • James

      06/09/2013 at 7:25 pm

      Probably

  14. Misael Soto

    06/09/2013 at 12:42 pm

    That Crawling over the hill is gonna give amazing Airtime

  15. Dylan

    06/09/2013 at 12:56 pm

    I can already tell that this will be faster in person just like how the loop is bigger in person, if you watch a pov if superman it looks slow but in person it a completely different experience

  16. Casey

    06/09/2013 at 3:48 pm

    At least this ride isn’t too noisy,although the brake run could have started a little later,i’m pretty happy with the outcome!

  17. JJJ

    06/09/2013 at 6:16 pm

    Would it have killed them to add another 50 feet so the drop back doesnt suck?

    Im sure thats what every person getting off this ride is going to say

    “OMG WOOHOO HERE WE GOO WEEEE…..wait what? WTF? Thats it?”

  18. Joey

    06/09/2013 at 8:43 pm

    I thought the train would go faster over the hill but I’m still happy that the rides coming out.

  19. Joey

    06/09/2013 at 8:43 pm

    Thought the train would go faster on the top hat

    • Looper

      06/09/2013 at 9:57 pm

      Seemed to me between the 2nd and 3rd car when cars came over the top looked like it jolted and seemed fast enough to launch a guest into Showcase Theater… Looking fwd to Sept opening.

  20. Andrew

    06/09/2013 at 8:59 pm

    I believe it will go much faster throughout testing. First day they need to be cautious, but after a couple days, it will go full speed!

  21. Jack Curulicio

    06/09/2013 at 10:01 pm

    Hey I’m in southern cal now! When is it going to open? A week or 2?

    • The Coaster Guy

      06/10/2013 at 8:02 pm

      I highly doubt it.

  22. Randie

    06/09/2013 at 10:12 pm

    Honestly dont think its going to be anything dramatically faster than that over the top hat once the ride opens up. Just doesnt look like enough runway to have anything going much faster than that towards the end. But, hey what do i know… I just ride the coasters! Can’t wait for this thing to open up!

  23. XYZ

    06/10/2013 at 6:08 am

    Seriously, SFMMtube? A vertical video?

    • The Coaster Guy

      06/10/2013 at 8:08 pm

      My first thought as well, but I complain about enough other stuff that I wasn’t going to call it out. I really hope this didn’t come from somebody in their PR department, as they should know better. Horizontal video, a lower-third intro, a quick closing, and some music. It would take less than 10 minutes to do it right and make a world of difference in quality.

  24. Zac

    06/10/2013 at 1:47 pm

    Honestly the speed looks perfect. I was worried about the abrupt stop after the top hat and this stop looks so peaceful. 2 weeks and SFMM will go full throttle into their summer season!!!

  25. LikeGreenLantern

    06/10/2013 at 3:00 pm

    AWESOME!

  26. Brandon

    06/10/2013 at 3:14 pm

    Remember, just because it looks slower, doesnt mean it will feel slower or won’t have any forces. Superman at SFDK isnt exactly flying over its drops, but still manages to produce some incredible forces due to the quick change in direction.

    My point…wait and ride it, then complain.

  27. Tacalert

    06/10/2013 at 3:31 pm

    Time the animation going over the top vs. the above video and it is about the same. Why all the complaining?

    Is this becoming a Disneyland board?

  28. jim

    06/10/2013 at 6:01 pm

    That will be the top speed coming down from the top hat. Remember as soon as it hits the bottom of the top hat the braking system starts and it only has a couple of hundred feet to stop and do a u turn into the station. I agree with JJJ on the length of the ride. I also think that this ride is going to have a long line do to the fact that the second coaster can’t leave the station until the first coaster completes the backwards launch section.

    • The Coaster Guy

      06/10/2013 at 8:11 pm

      Actually, I don’t think the second train will be able to launch until the first train clears the top hat. If the first train doesn’t clear the top hat, and rolls back into the tunnel, it would collide with the second train if it had already launched.

    • Eric

      06/10/2013 at 11:03 pm

      They may operate Full Throttle the same way that Knott’s operates Xcelerator. That is, the first train will be somewhere between the final brake and the station before the next train even launches. We’ll just have to wait and see.

      • Tacalert

        06/11/2013 at 7:39 am

        Sources, who wil remain annonymous, say about 600-700 riders an hour on this ride. When it first opens, they will have extra staff on hand to make the line a little faster. But like all things SFMM, this will soon end and the line will drop to the 600-700 riders an hour. AND, that is assuming a full train which is almost non-existent at SFMM due to their loading system.

        • Eric

          06/11/2013 at 4:12 pm

          Magic Mountain really needs to put single rider lines on all of its major rides. Done right, every train will be full on every ride. I hope they’ve done that with this ride.

          • Thomas

            06/12/2013 at 7:03 pm

            YES!!!!! But it’s SFMM. All they care about is being “the roller coaster capital of the world” or whatever title they like to claim.

  29. Brenden

    06/11/2013 at 11:13 pm

    Now that we are so close to the opening of Full Throttle, can you get any info on what is to come in 2014? If I recall, Full Throttle was announced August 30th or so, so it can’t be that far away

    • The Coaster Guy

      06/12/2013 at 8:10 am

      The park isn’t going to announce anything for 2014 until Full Throttle is fully open and generating huge crowds. They wouldn’t want to take away that spotlight. I would expect a 2014 announcement around the same time as last year, in the fall, and it will likely be another group announcement for all the Six Flags parks.

  30. Goobs

    06/12/2013 at 1:19 pm

    I heard from a coworker of mine at six flags that the opening date for Full Throttle is on the 22. I am not sure if this is right but it seems way to early to me for them to finish the entire plaza and do all the testing that needs to get done.

    And out of curiosity. does anyone know why Green Lantern has such a dumb design for fixing trains that come into the station incorrectly. I work that ride and see so many problems with that I was wondering why the company who made didn’t invest a little more in the ride and have it so it doesn’t get stuck every 3 trains and a better computer system that won’t stop the ride for no reason.

    • Justin

      06/12/2013 at 2:22 pm

      The 22nd is in ten days. Testing has begun on Full Throttle, but I don’t think the landscape will be finished in by then. I’m not sure about this but isn’t the Palace Arcade/ new restaurant building far from being done? I could see a June 28-29 opening day. If it opens on the 29, then it would be exactly 35 years older than Colossus.

  31. Adam

    06/12/2013 at 2:37 pm

    It could open in another week and a half. Ride is testing as seen in this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaBXQA6sWas&feature=youtu.be. Also notice how much they added since the last update. 10 days is a lot of time to add cement, entrance plaza etc. If I were to put money tho I’d say 28th-29th is a more for sure bet especially with the fact they probably want the new restaurant open with it.

    • Adam

      06/12/2013 at 3:09 pm

      I should note that is a new video posted today. Its about 3:30 long and shows it testing going through the loop and over the top hat. Also shows a new structure outside the tunnel which I’m thinking might be to put mist on that hits you going in the tunnel or going backwards?

  32. Adam

    06/12/2013 at 3:50 pm

    Six flags just announced via their facebook full throttle will open on June 22nd

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