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Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report For 15 Nov 2015

By on 11/15/2015

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve done a basic trip report for Six Flags Magic Mountain. I almost went on Saturday, but got wrapped up in Christmas shopping instead. It’s a good thing, too, because it ended up being Key Club Day at the park, which is one of the busiest days of the year. Definitely a day I like to avoid if at all possible.

I stopped by the park on Sunday, November 15th for a quick walk-through. A massive rain storm had just passed through the area, but it didn’t last long. It had been a long time since we’ve had any rain, so everything needed a good rinse. I arrived at the park right after the rain stopped, and it didn’t take long for the sun and blue skies to come back out:

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There’s usually very few people at the park on a typical Sunday afternoon during the off-season, especially when the forecast calls for rain:

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Fright Fest is over and the park is busy preparing for Holiday in the Park:

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It was quiet even inside the main gate:

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All the trees in the entry plaza are being wrapped with Christmas lights and Holiday in the Park wreaths have been hung on light poles all over the park:

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Even the buildings are starting to get their Holiday in the Park overlay:

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There are some lights installed on top of the CyberCafé deck, temporarily wrapped up to protect them from the rain:

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Lots of trees have been removed, or at least heavily trimmed, all around the Revolution track, exposing more of it than we have seen in years:

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Most of the foliage inside the final Revolution helix has been cleared out. Many people would like to see the original rock work and water feature return to this final turn:

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Demolition work continues on the Revolution queue bridge:

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I’m not sure why, but there are markers around the outside of Revolution, nowhere near where the existing track and building are:

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There is a train inside the station, but it’s on the track backwards. The very last row has had the Over The Shoulder Restraints (OTSRs) removed, with padding duct taped over the OTSR connection points to protect the test rider’s head. You’ll notice there is a different type of seat just in front of it:

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These two seats with the rounded top are the prototypes for the brand new seats that are coming with the launch of The New Revolution:

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I know the park has been testing these new seats with park employees to see how comfortable they are. You’ll notice water dummies strapped to the seats just in front of the new seats. All of the other rows of seats also still have the orange OTSRs attached. The only thing I can’t figure out is why the train is on the track backwards. Since Twisted Colossus will never be able to run backwards (no head restraints) like Colossus did, perhaps The New Revolution will take the coveted spot of being the coaster that runs backwards every year during Fright Fest.

As I continued up the hill, Christmas lights were still being installed everywhere:

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The Winter Wonderland area is starting to come to life:

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The animals are starting to take their places:

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All that’s missing is that first snowfall of the season:

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Katy’s Kettle is getting the same colorful treatment it got last year:

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A new fence has been installed along the path on the hill underneath the Tatsu track. After 10+ years, I wonder what made them (forced them?) to do this now:

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All signs of Fright Fest appear to be gone, including the impressive entrance to the Willoughby’s mansion at the top of Samurai Summit:

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Several trees have been removed from underneath the Tatsu lift hill/first drop area. Some people are speculating a new paint job coming for Tatsu, which desperately needs it, but I suspect this is nothing more than annual landscape maintenance. Some of these trees were starting to lean quite a bit, as you can tell from the angle of the stumps, and the park does not want another incident like Ninja had:

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The Sony trailer and associated activity around Apocalypse, which had been temporarily renamed to Shadows of Evil to promote a video game, have been removed. This area of the park is back to being the sleepy little corner it’s known for:

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All signs of the Aftermath Fright Fest maze have also been removed from the old theater. The park has already announced that Aftermath will not return next year, raising speculation about what is going to happen here. My guess is that this area will either be cleared for a new roller coaster in 2017, or the park will install their very first dark ride, perhaps Justice League: Battle for Metropolis or something similar:

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Personally, I’d love to see the park invest in either restoring the theater or converting it to an outdoor stage for the types of shows that other parks have been very successful with. However, I think the park has tried that in the past and determined that their average guest is more interested in thrill rides and not performing arts. It’s very run down, so perhaps razing it and repurposing the land for future growth will provide a better return on their investment:

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All of the planters around the park have received new plants now that Fright Fest is over:

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It doesn’t rain a lot in SoCal, but when it does, the grills get covered up. I don’t think it would cost much to have custom covers made for the grills (all 4 of them), and they would sure look a lot better than a cheap tarp.  They should be covered every night, not just when it rains:

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The big Christmas tree has been installed in the DC Universe Plaza:

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DC Universe will once again be transformed into Rockin’ Universe, with holiday music and lights. All of the lights in this area were used for Fright Fest this year, so they are all ready to go, with the exception of some new programming from their Lighting Director wizard:

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The DC Universe smoking area has been moved from right in front of the restrooms to behind the same building, close to Green Lantern. Heaven help us if this whole area ever gets filled with smokers:

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Sunny and beautiful here, even in mid-November:

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I haven’t heard if there will be a special holiday show this year, but I’d be surprised if there wasn’t. Don’t forget that Holiday in the Park starts on November 27th this year:

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The blimp prop in the Twisted Colossus line has been starting to shred for months now. I wish the park would either remove or repair stuff like this as soon as it starts to fall apart. Letting it sit and become an eyesore sends the message that nobody cares, and I know that’s not true. Not having it there at all would be better than seeing it like this:

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I noticed the Road Runner Express train was not in the station, so I went to take a closer look. The number 2 car has been removed for some reason, probably for an unexpected fix. The lead car looks like it broke away from the pack and is making a run for it:

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This roller skate isn’t going anywhere:

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Blue skies and the trees are starting to change colors:

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The Holiday in the Park overlay has also started in the Full Throttle Plaza:

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The Full Throttle stage is getting snow flakes and presents. All we need now is a DJ, a drummer, and some holiday dancers and we’ve got ourselves a party:

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Oh yah, and trees. We need more trees. And maybe a touch more cowbell:

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I ran into a good friend of the site, Kristen, so we took a ride on Goliath together:

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Kristen was a huge fan of Colossus and misses it dearly. However, she also likes Twisted Colossus and even made her own bag to prove it:

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As I was leaving the park, they were giving out some gummy bears:

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In the famous words of Elmer Fudd…

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  1. Casey

    11/17/2015 at 10:17 pm

    I’ve noticed MAJOR improvements around the park. The one I was most impressed with is that Valencia Falls is up and running again! I couldn’t believe it even when seeing it with my own eyes! 😀

  2. Dane

    11/17/2015 at 10:45 pm

    I wish it was this empty when I go.

  3. Fred Anderson

    11/18/2015 at 8:59 am

    Lets hooe you’re right about revolution rrunning backwards. That would be exciting

  4. JJJJ

    11/19/2015 at 9:58 am

    Any additions to the holiday stuff this year?

    • The Coaster Guy

      11/19/2015 at 10:53 am

      Nothing new that I’ve seen yet, however I have heard about a Smore’s offering made over “campfires” at the CyberCafé.

  5. Bryanna

    11/21/2015 at 1:57 pm

    Will there be an annual food drive on the day before Thanksgiving this year

    • The Coaster Guy

      11/21/2015 at 7:57 pm

      Yes! And you’ll get a free admission ticket by donating a full bag of groceries.

  6. BDNeon

    11/22/2015 at 7:35 am

    More defoliation, around a ride that I always admired the rustic charm of its woodland surroundings, Revolution. I swear someone at corporate must have lost a family member to a tree falling on them or something, they hate trees so much with such irrational fervor.

  7. tina

    11/23/2015 at 4:37 pm

    I hope that they run Revolution backwards that would be soooo much fun and it would give Revolution a chance to carry on the torch for Colossus.

  8. John

    12/06/2015 at 4:39 pm

    I think the headrests on the New Revolution seats are a little too tall. If you ride in any seat (other than the front seat), you’ll mostly see a giant headrest in front of you. I hope the Six Flags Magic Mountain will lower the new headrests a tad…

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