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Six Flags Plaza Getting Major Makeover At Six Flags Magic Mountain

By on 02/17/2016

The Six Flags Plaza at Six Flags Magic Mountain is getting a major makeover for the 2016 season. The New Revolution may be getting all the headlines, but it’s not the only thing getting some love. The entire area leading up to and surrounding The New Revolution is getting a refresh for the upcoming season as well.

As soon as you enter the park, you will see Suzette’s Bakery on your right. Suzette’s sells the best funnel cakes I have ever had, and I’m not just saying that because I’m a Six Flags regular. They’re really that good. So good in fact that you will see a line out the door almost every night at closing, often times stretching back close to Guest Relations. Suzette’s is getting both a new exterior and interior, as well as a new name. In honor of the quality treat people crave, it will now be known as the World Famous Funnel Cake Factory:

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As you continue into the park, the next change you’ll see is a new paint job on the Flags gift shop:

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In addition to a new color scheme, Flags is also getting a new name. It will now be called the Six Flags Emporium:

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This is the largest retail shop in the entire chain of Six Flags parks. The inside has been gutted as it will be getting all new everything; lights, paint, flooring, and fixtures. There will even be new merchandise once it reopens. Seeing the inside empty really gives you a sense of how much space there really is in there. The Six Flags Emporium is expected to reopen in early March:

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The Grand Carousel, which was originally built in 1912 (read about the history here), is also getting a major refurbishment. All of the horses have been removed and are being given some TLC in a back warehouse. Everything else is getting nipped, tucked, and painted. The new colors are very vibrant and stand out nicely.

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Most guests probably wouldn’t pick up on this, but the primary color palette being used for the entire Six Flags Plaza makeover is being taken directly from the Six Flags logo, in which the six flags are colored blue, green, yellow, pink, purple, and orange. They’re also leaning towards a heavy Americana theme in the plaza, with The New Revolution returning to its roots of red, white, and blue, so you’ll see a lot of that sprinkled around as well.

You may not have noticed it in the previous photo, but the scenery images along the top of the carousel are also being changed. Instead of the more traditional scenes of children playing, there is a new scene depicting a meal at a drive-in diner, which is reminiscent of America’s past and plays heavily into the Americana theme they are going for. It’s unclear if all the scenery will be changed, but I hope it is, because the old and new themes do not mix well together:

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The Cyber Café will now be know as the Plaza Cafe. The outside and inside of the building will both be refreshed, and there will also be a new menu with a few new items on it:

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The Orient Express no longer blends in with the trees surrounding it. The very bright blue paint job that it is being adorned with is noticeable from across the midway. You can still see quite a bit of green on it, but that’s only because the new paint job isn’t complete yet:

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In addition to the new colors, it too is getting a new name. Thanks to a Corporate Alliance (aka ‘advertising’) deal the park has struck with Honda, the Orient Express will now be known as the Helpful Honda Express:

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Fear not, as this is not a permanent name change. This deal will eventually expire and the ride name will presumably revert back to Orient Express. I’m not typically a huge fan of these advertising deals, but if that’s what it took to get a new paint job on this ride, then I’m all for it, as it was really showing its age:

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Although not technically a part of the Six Flags Plaza changes, I did want to mention once again the other big change coming to Magic Mountain for 2016. The Panda Express restaurant located near the entrance to X2 has been closed. Six Flags is converting it to their own Asian cuisine restaurant that will be called Chop Six. The food will be very similar to what Panda Express sold:

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That’s it…those are all the big changes coming to Six Flags Magic Mountain for 2016! What do you think? Leave your comments below.

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  1. Steve Austin

    02/17/2016 at 9:42 pm

    I love all the new changes that area by The New Revolution will look really nice and updated now. Only one thing left to do, and that is paint those awful Tatsu supports a camoflage or green color like the trees so you dont notice them and make The New Revolution look that much better.

    • The Coaster Guy

      02/17/2016 at 9:57 pm

      The park knows that Tatsu needs a paint job, but that’s no easy task. Given its size, height, and location on the hill, that’s the most expensive coaster to paint in the entire park.

  2. Steven Lopez

    02/18/2016 at 5:09 am

    Can’t wait for the new changes for Six Flags Magic Mountain.Wish they done that years ago.But the next big project they should do is paint some rides back to original colors.

    • The Coaster Guy

      02/18/2016 at 5:27 am

      Unfortunately, just painting rides doesn’t increase patronage enough to justify the cost. That’s why you always see it being done as part of a larger project, like adding a new coaster. If they keep doing what they’ve been doing the last couple of years, refreshing an entire area at a time, it won’t be long until the entire park looks new again. They’re getting close.

  3. Matt

    02/18/2016 at 7:11 am

    I am NOT calling it the Helpful Honda Express, and I don’t care how much money the park took to rename it that. If anyone asks me where the “Helpful Honda Express” is, I’ll just give them a blank stare and ask if they meant the “Orient Express”.

    There are lines that should not be crossed when it comes to sponsorships, and they crossed one. What’s next? Renaming Sandblasters as “Wonderful Pistachio-mobiles”? Buccaneer into “The SS Snickers Bar”?

    Utterly tacky and shameless. I’m disgusted.

  4. Eric

    02/18/2016 at 1:13 pm

    Funny…I drive a Honda and don’t care for the “Helpful Honda Express” makeover. Thank goodness it’s only temporary.

    Nice to see Grand Carousel getting some love. A 104-year-old carousel certainly deserves it.

    I’m really looking forward to riding The New Revolution. Can’t wait to see what the new trains look like.

    • Scott C.

      02/18/2016 at 3:47 pm

      Honda ads offend me the least. Honda has been giving Honda owners ERT the last couple years, so at least they give back to us!

  5. Erik

    02/18/2016 at 8:48 pm

    So proud that this is my local/home park. I’ve been coming to the park since as long as I can remember with season passes, and went through the phases where I had nothing to say when no one wanted to go with, and I’m just so happy to see what they’ve done. I miss so many of the things that are no longer there but with the way these last few years have been and how the future seems to be shaping up, I’m so thankful, and I can’t complain one bit. Would love to see them upgrade their food. I have a dining pass, and chicken tenders/fries have always been a favorite food of mine, and tradition at the park, so I’m not too picky but could you imagine if they somehow upgraded the quality and maybe opened up a restaurant, again. Haha miss laughing dragon..

    Man I can’t wait until this season.. One month, now I just need some park friends to enjoy it with! If not solo while listening to podcasts will do, I love it haha .. Woooo

  6. Marcus L.

    02/21/2016 at 3:24 am

    I’m surprised Magic Mountain hasn’t gotten like an all you can eat bbq buffet or a regular buffet and charge like $15 per person they would make enough money off that

  7. JJJJ

    02/22/2016 at 12:00 pm

    Panda nooooooooooooooooooooo

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