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The Revolution To Be Reborn As The New Revolution At Six Flags Magic Mountain

By on 09/03/2015

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After 40 years and 45 million riders, The Revolution roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain is finally getting some love! To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the world’s first 360° looping steel roller coaster, Six Flags is completely refurbishing the ride for 2016 and renaming it to The New Revolution.

The New Revolution will be repainted a brilliant white and blue color. The new trains will pay an homage to the original Revolution trains by featuring an Americana red, white, and blue color scheme with a giant silver eagle hood adornment. Most importantly, coaster fans everywhere can now rejoice that the highly criticized over-the-shoulder-restraints (OTSRs) on the trains are finally history as the newly designed trains will be fitted with lap and calf bars. This will not only give a more comfortable ride, but it should also provide a much smoother ride experience with more airtime.

“We are thrilled that one of our signature coasters is getting the innovative ride updates that Six Flags is known for. With the new trains and beautiful paint colors, The New Revolution is certain to be around for many more generations of coaster fans to enjoy,” said park president Bonnie Weber.

Designed by famed German roller coaster designer Anton Schwarzkopf, the original Revolution steel coaster opened on May 8, 1976 as the Great American Revolution, in honor of the country’s bicentennial celebration. Its farewell run will occur on September 7, 2015 after which the transformation will begin. For a complete history of the ride, and to see how it looks today, please visit my Revolution ride profile.

Tonight at 8:00 pm PT, I will be hosting an online discussion about today’s announcement with Park Journey and the Metro Atlanta Coaster Club. Come join us and ask questions! You can find all the details here.

Please leave a comment below and let me know if you’re as excited to ride this as I am!


  1. Adrian

    09/03/2015 at 2:31 am

    YAY!! IM REALLY EXCITED FOR THIS! I used to avoid revolution at all costs because when I went on if was so painful because of the restraints. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR POSTING

  2. Adam

    09/03/2015 at 2:56 am

    This is without a doubt one of the best coaster announcements EVER! I was crossing my fingers for this to be this year’s announcement! I can’t wait for this and also to go up North and ride The Joker.

  3. Francisco

    09/03/2015 at 4:59 am

    Wait, so it’s not gonna be the all white color scheme anymore?

  4. josh.f

    09/03/2015 at 6:12 am

    Hope they remove some of the trim brakes too…especially the one before the train pierces the loop

  5. Ryan O'Neill

    09/03/2015 at 7:18 am

    YES! This is fantastic news! Any word on which company will be making the new trains?

  6. tina

    09/03/2015 at 7:50 am

    I am so happy that they are doing this (I almost cried) but why on such short notice. Revolution so very much deserves this and I cant wait to see the finished product!! Now I an DEFINATELY going to SFMM on Saturday and Sunday!! Cant wait!!!

  7. Erik

    09/03/2015 at 9:50 am


  8. Robert

    09/03/2015 at 12:51 pm


    This could have been done anytime. No announcement needed. But good that the shoulder restraints are going.

  9. Ryan

    09/03/2015 at 1:02 pm

    Weak sauce

    • Adam

      09/03/2015 at 1:07 pm

      Yah Fireball would have been a way better announcement…..

      • Ryan

        09/04/2015 at 10:16 am

        Hell ya!!! I’d love to have a shot of fireball before a ride

  10. joshfreund

    09/03/2015 at 3:45 pm

    Fireball is a carnival ride

    • Adam

      09/03/2015 at 7:06 pm

      Exactly my point. The person wrote weak sauce to an announcement that is a million times better than what a majority of Six Flags parks got this season.

  11. Dane

    09/03/2015 at 5:41 pm

    Considering there was no way we were going to get a new roller coaster, there could be worse things to announce.

  12. LikeGreenLantern

    09/03/2015 at 7:43 pm


  13. Eric

    09/03/2015 at 8:31 pm

    I took my first ride on Revolution in May 1976, so I’m excited and glad for this. Revolution was my favorite steel coaster for years, then they added those horrible over-the-shoulder restraints to it. As 2016 will be Revolution’s 40th anniversary, it’s very fitting that they’re addressing the issues it’s had for the last 25 years.

  14. Katie K

    09/09/2015 at 11:48 pm

    I’m so happy to see this happening. I have so many questions. Let us know when you know please! Who is producing the trains? What is the ETA (video said just 2016)? What are the other updates the ride will be getting (it’s going to be down for at least 4 months)? Thank you for posting!

  15. JJJJ

    09/10/2015 at 12:26 pm

    Very disappointed. I loved never having to wait in line, now there will be people 🙁

    • Scott C.

      09/10/2015 at 4:28 pm

      You will just have to ride Viper instead, for that no waiting feel.

  16. E. King

    09/12/2015 at 10:48 am

    Thank you SFMM. I absolutely love the new train design and hope there’s no more braking before the loop and exiting the tunnel. An idea would be to redesign the brakes at the end of the ride with magnetic brakes to slow the trains before going into the main safety brakes. Once again, Thank you.

  17. Kenzie

    11/10/2015 at 5:46 pm

    So excited!!!!!

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