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Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report For 18 Apr 2014

By on 04/19/2014

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve been to Six Flags Magic Mountain, so I was really feeling out of the loop. I finally made it back over there yesterday for an update, however not a whole lot has changed. Some work has been done on the new roller coaster, and the Full Throttle Nights stage is coming back, but that’s about it.

When I first arrived around 1:30 pm, it looked really busy. However, they only had the first parking toll booth open and were serving two lanes from the one booth, so it was very slow moving:

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Although it’s hard to tell from the photos, it was a beautiful day. It was a little on the warm side, but nothing like summer and a perfect day to visit the park:

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Before you even get to the main gate, there are lots of colorful flowers everywhere:

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I could tell as soon as I saw this crowd at the season pass processing center that the new biometric finger scanners they installed weeks ago were still not in use:

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Sure enough, they were all covered up and not being used:

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As we approach the graduation season, the park is preparing for their annual Grad Nites parties:

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I still smile every time I see someone walking around with a jumbo-sized prize:

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The fountain and Valencia Falls in Six Flags Plaza looked great, with more fresh flowers all around:

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Revolution is still closed. The rumor I’m hearing is that some tree branches had fallen on the track right as a train was rolling through, and they got pulled through a block break causing some damage. No confirmation if this is true, but it sounds logical. It was right after we had some high winds and we saw broken tree branches in the area. You can also tell that several trees have recently been trimmed around the track:

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This is the first time I’ve ever seen an employee changing a wait time sign. I can’t help but wonder how they know how long it takes someone to get through the line when operations vary so much:

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I was shocked to see the reason for the wait time change. The Ninja queue was absolutely packed! Both upper queues were full and the line was almost out the entrance. 45 minutes? I don’t think so. Although, I’m very happy to see Ninja getting so much attention from guests. With a similar ride at King’s Island (Bat) getting a makeover this year, I hope Ninja gets some love, too. There aren’t very many of these Arrow suspended coasters left:

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Superman was backed out the entrance. I only saw one side launching while I was watching:

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With the warm temps, there were lots of people cooling off on Roaring Rapids:

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I was surprised to see that Jet Stream was closed on such a warm day. However, on closer inspection I noticed that there was a crew working on it. No idea what they were doing:

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I’m really glad to see that super-sized tacky Takis ad removed from the back of the action theater. Now if they would just do something with the wharf area:

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Another crew was setting up lighting for the  Grad Nite area in front of The Riddler’s Revenge:

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The pieces for the Grad Nite stage in front of DC Universe were waiting to be assembled:

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The line to ride Batman backwards was at two hours when I walked past:

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Colossus backwards was also drawing a huge crowd, with the line out the entrance:

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A couple of the rides have received new signs in front of their entrance. My guess is that it’s a marketing campaign to promote some feature of the ride, like Goliath’s 255′ drop seen here:

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There is still absolutely nothing going on with the Swashbuckler refurb:

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The concrete pad for the new Speedy Gonzales Hot Rod Racers coaster has been poured:

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There were a couple of guys working on the electrical for the ride while I was there:

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Tweety’s Escape is now open in its new location and the kids were loving it:

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Still nothing to show on the Merry Melodies Carousel. Not sure what the delay is here:

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Still no progress to show on the tea cup refurb either:

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It seems as if more trees have been either trimmed or removed from around Bugs Bunny World. I could see more of the old Wizard’s Castle than I remember seeing before:

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I could also clearly see the top of the old maintenance building located just behind Bugs Bunny World, which I don’t recall ever being able to see before:

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Even the trees around Granny’s, the back of the Suit Your Hero gift shop, had been cleaned up:

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There is a new advertising sign, with built-in misters, in front of the Golden Bear Theater:

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The front of the new Full Throttle Sports Bar (& Grill?) has been completed:

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When I walked by, it was full of people. Since there weren’t any “Open” signs, I figured that they were employees that were training, so I didn’t even peek inside the window. As soon as I got back into my car, I received word from the park that it was now officially open. Since I had to get to an appointment, I didn’t have time to back inside the park. However, I expect to go back over in the next day or so to check it out, so look for a full report soon.

Despite what the park map says, they must have dropped the “& Grill” from the name:

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The entrance looks like it may be expecting a new hanging sign that hasn’t been installed yet:

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This is Full Throttle’s new sign, promoting it as the World’s Tallest Loop:

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Another purpose of the signs may be to promote specific hashtags. For example, this sign shows both #gofullthrottle and #thrillcapitaloftheworld. Both are way too long in my opinion and people most likely won’t adopt them as they eat up too many characters.

The new Full Throttle Nights stage is massive compared to last year’s stage. It takes up the entire corner next to Full Throttle and looks like it can host one heck of a party:

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It’s so big that it has support bracing all around the back side:

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With how it’s bolted into the ground, it’s very well possible that this stage will now be permanent:

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Hurricane Harbor will be open in the next few weeks. Due to an overwhelming demand from folks, I’m going to start providing HH coverage this season:

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No visible changes to the Black Snake Summit tower being worked on:

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There was a guy power washing all the steps, cleaning it up for the new season:

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There was another guy power washing all of the support columns. I wonder if they are just cleaning it, or perhaps a new paint job is coming along with the new tubes being added:

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More work on another tower, but nothing to really see yet:

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That’s it for this update. Look for an update on the Full Throttle Sports Bar real soon.

11 Comments

  1. Marcus L

    04/19/2014 at 1:26 pm

    cant wait for the hurricane harbor coverage i’ve applied applied online and i have a interview next month for either magic mountain main gate or hurricane harbor main gate

  2. James

    04/19/2014 at 2:22 pm

    Was at the park yesterday and had a great time! Lots of the rides were running two trains, and the employees were actually moving a bit more efficiently than my last couple visits.

    Went to check out the Full Throttle Sports Bar around 7pm and the doors were locked, but there were still people in there. Kinda bummed considering they said it was open.

    After waiting in line for a couple rides, me and my brother decided to take advantage of the “Buy one Flash Pass get one Free” opportunity they provide to season pass holders, and we got the gold. It was great, we got on everything except X2, which didn’t seem to have the rumored 4pm “shorter line” I had heard about, but getting the Flash Pass was definitely worth not having to wait in some of those miserable ride lines.

    Also, I have to say Batman Backwards is probably the most intense ride in the park now, IMO. Sat in row 7 and it literally made me cry like a baby as soon as we went through the first loop. I knew what was coming throughout the ride circuit, but the sensations were just completely overwhelming and caught me offguard. Me and my brother pretty much didn’t mind missing X2 because we felt like Batman gave us our “intensity” fix. Going to miss Batman Backwards when it’s gone!

    Thanks for the update Kurt!

  3. Michael Ochs

    04/19/2014 at 5:00 pm

    I was there yesterday with my mom, it was packed but it was a great day. i got to go inside the Sports bar and it looks awesome, we only in there for like 30 seconds as I wanted to go get on a ride as it was about 2 when we got there. I had the feeling that the park team did better today, as it only took 40 minutes to get on FT and it was at the end of the canopy. It was an awesome day. I think they can do some real cool things with that sports bar like some kind of party for the superbowl, my only concern is that it is right next to the childrens area and so I hope they aren’t going to be selling alcohol but I believe I saw a bud light and corona sign. As always another great update. Thanks

  4. enoc

    04/19/2014 at 8:17 pm

    the wizard castle was a ride?

  5. Ryan O'Neill

    04/19/2014 at 11:00 pm

    It’s great to see them using the Full Throttle area so much! Can’t wait to see the events they put on with that massive stage.

  6. Andrew the Epic

    04/19/2014 at 11:53 pm

    Can Jetstream just open already? Also what exactly was the “Wizards Castle”?

  7. Mike O

    04/21/2014 at 12:26 am

    An example of Wizards Village- http://youtu.be/f9myNVugNLE

  8. Nathan

    04/21/2014 at 12:29 pm

    I went to the park Tuesday and the Ninja queue had a sign that said 30 min from the back of the second set of switchbacks, but the wait turned out being 1 hr long. There were also some construction workers starting to build the stage Tuesday night. There was no line at all for Batman and Superman.

  9. JJJ

    04/21/2014 at 4:30 pm

    If you win a giant prize, are you screwed out of going on any ride for the rest of the day?

  10. Freddie

    04/22/2014 at 9:41 am

    How do you feel about their choice for the FT Sports Bar? I don’t like that they took a building that was clearly cabin, camping themed and just painted it. It doesn’t go with the look they were trying to convey with the FT area. Maybe just me.

  11. diego

    04/27/2014 at 11:08 am

    i am happy to report that jetstream is up an running again 🙂

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