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Medusa Lift Hill Walk At Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

By on 12/28/2014

On June 18, 2014 during day four of ACE Coaster Con XXXVII, myself and a few other lucky coaster enthusiasts got to experience something that very few individuals ever get to do. We walked to the top of the Medusa roller coaster lift hill at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. This was only the second roller coaster lift hill I have ever climbed, and in just as many days, as we also got to do a Gold Striker lift hill walk just a couple of days prior at California’s Great America.

An event like this cannot happen while the park is open and the roller coaster is in use, so we arrived at the park a couple of hours before the park opened. The Medusa lift hill tops out at 150′ tall. However, it looked a lot taller than that as we were walking towards it:

Medusa at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

We bypassed the main entrance and kept walking towards the ride’s exit:

Medusa at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Towards the back corner of the station is where the lift hill stairs start, behind a locked gate:


Once inside the gate and standing on the stairs, I couldn’t help but take a selfie:


For all you coaster nerds like me, here are some of Medusa’s pre-lift drive wheels for you:


That’s a long ways up! I was first in line once we were grouped and ready to start climbing:


I was so excited to get to the top, I didn’t realize that me and our escort left everyone behind:


You know you’re at the very top when you come face to face with the ride’s anemometer:


I think all those stairs definitely proved to be a bit challenging for some of the other folks:


What a view! You could see the entire park from up there:


150′ is the maximum ride height allowed by the city of Vallejo, so we were standing just as high as the top of Superman: Ultimate Flight:


This was also the same height as both peaks on V2: Vertical Velocity, although it looked shorter:


Here’s a view of the wooden coaster Roar that not many people get to see for more than a few seconds:


The very top of Sky Screamer is also 150′ tall, but it felt like we were looking down on it a bit:


Here’s a nice view of the entire Kong coaster layout that you can’t get from the ground:


People always complain about Scream! at Six Flags Magic Mountain being a parking lot roller coaster, but it’s obviously not the only one! And yes, that is a long ways down:


If you’re squeamish about heights at all, a Medusa lift hill walk probably isn’t for you:


Something I had never thought about before, or even noticed, were these boards strapped to the side of the lift hill. As a floorless coaster, these are used to provide a platform to walk on between the coaches during lift hill evacuations:


After our Medusa lift hill walk, we were treated to another surprise by getting to go behind the scenes. This is the computer control room for the entire Medusa roller coaster:


We were then led up to the Medusa maintenance shed, where all of the work to the coaster’s trains are performed. We pretty much had free reign of the place to walk around, on both the upper and lower decks:


Here’s a unique view of the track returning to the station that not many people get to see:


The train in the shed was in the process of being refurbished while we were there:


I have to admit, it was pretty cool getting to walk underneath a B&M train as it was being serviced:


Kris Rowberry, of Great American Thrills, wasn’t going to let a little grease prevent him from getting that perfect coaster nerd shot that we were all after:


I couldn’t leave without a selfie to prove that I was indeed literally up underneath one of these trains:


I’d like to thank Six Flags Discovery Kingdom for providing us with this very unique and most memorable experience. I absolutely loved it and will never forget it!

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  1. Ezra

    12/29/2014 at 12:22 pm

    Man I loved doing this! So unique and eye opening to how tall these rides actually are.

  2. benjamin

    12/29/2014 at 12:42 pm

    That brought back memories of when I worked on Revolution and the ride set up and I was sent to the first brake (just before the station fly by) there are no stairs and it’s grated to. When I got to the train I opened the phone box to let them know I was there and there was a wasp nest in it. As I am trying to stick my hand in to dial zero wasps are flying at me and I was swatting my hands to keep the wasps away. At one point I was thinking I was either gonna fall off the coaster to roll backwards down the track.

  3. Eric

    12/29/2014 at 3:28 pm

    Next time I ride Scream! at SFMM, I’ll have to look for the boards on the side of the lift hill.

    Great report! One of these days I hope to take a walk up a lift hill on a coaster somewhere. It is indeed a rare treat. The closest I’ve come is to be evacuated from the Autopia at Disneyland and get to walk over the hills back to the loading area. That was kind of fun, and we got an exit pass to any other attraction for our trouble.

  4. Tom

    01/01/2015 at 10:45 am

    Climbing these lifts is no joke. I got the opportunity in 1999 to walk up Goliath when it was still under construction and there was not drop on the other side. With the grated stairs and a breeze blowing, it is definitely scary. Rule #1 was to make sure you were ALWAYS clipped in.

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