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The New Revolution Update #3

By on 02/21/2016

It’s only been a week since we were given a construction tour of The New Revolution at Six Flags Magic Mountain, however work is continuing at a pretty good pace and there are lots of changes since then. These pictures were taken on Sunday, February 21st.

The most notable change is that the loop has been reverted back to pure white. It was about halfway painted blue when a park executive saw it and didn’t think it looked right. The decision was then made to return it to pure white, as it has always been, and everyone seems to be very happy with that decision:

The New Revolution

After last week’s update, lots of you asked me whether or not the old viewing platform will be returning. For those not familiar with it, the stairway to the left of the Cyber Café goes up to a small platform directly under the loop. This was an area where you could get really close to the train as it entered the loop, but it’s been closed off for many years:

The New Revolution

Sadly, the viewing platform will not be returning due to safety concerns. It’s too close to the track for today’s safety guidelines. Therefore, it will be completely removed before the ride reopens to the public:

The New Revolution

The crew working on The New Revolution are now working a seven days a week to ensure they get everything done in time for opening day. There were a couple of painters working hard at getting the loop bright white today:

The New Revolution

In the previous picture, you might have noticed a blue band around the perimeter of the loop. This is where the tracer lighting will be placed, lighting up the loop at night. We know they will be LED lights, but the final decision hasn’t been made as to whether they will be white or colored. White is the traditional choice, but they can also do some pretty cool effects with programable LED lights these days, so they’re playing with that to see what would look best:

The New Revolution

Looking at the loop from the back (side?), you can barely even tell that light band has been added to the spine of the loop:

The New Revolution

A couple more painters were hard at work painting the lift hill:

The New Revolution

The new primary ride operator’s area has been framed in the station:

The New Revolution

Right next to it was the primary ride op’s panel ready to be installed:

The New Revolution

As seen from the back of the station, the new ride op area wraps all the way around:

The New Revolution

Most of the fencing for the exit path, which was being worked on last week, has been completed and looks pretty nice. You will still have the choice to head back down the hill towards the ride entrance, or head up the stairs towards Tatsu:

The New Revolution

As I mentioned during the construction tour update, they are also bringing back a path that had been blocked off for many years. You can see it being framed here on the left, looping around the exit path:

The New Revolution

People who take this “secret” shortcut up the hill no longer have to make their way through the crowds who just got off the ride. The new path takes them around the exit path and up to the stairs going up the hill:

The New Revolution

That’s it for this week’s The New Revolution update. Look for a general trip report to be posted tomorrow on everything else I saw at the park today.

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23 Comments

  1. Steve Austin

    02/21/2016 at 6:11 pm

    Personally i kinda liked the blue on the loop, it wasnt too much or too little, i thought it would’ve looked good. What did you think Kurt?

  2. josh.f

    02/21/2016 at 6:57 pm

    Boo on the observation deck. ..funny because it seems full throttle comes so close to the superman plaza and riddlers does a corkscrew directly over the que line…oh well, i guess

  3. Dane

    02/21/2016 at 8:42 pm

    When is it projected to be finished?

    • The Coaster Guy

      02/21/2016 at 9:08 pm

      Don’t know yet. Will hopefully find out in about two weeks.

  4. James Z

    02/21/2016 at 8:55 pm

    Thank you for the update Kurt!

    1st: I never knew that viewing platform even existed until you pointed it out today. What an awesome view that must be and it’s a shame I never checked it out before.

    2nd: I am over the park making up bologna excuses to remove nostalgic areas of the park in the blatantly obvious name of saving money. “The viewing platform will not be returning due to safety concerns.” LOL “The waterfalls in Revolution plaza will no be returning due to drought concerns” Gimme a break! DCA has Grizzly freakin’ falls running gallons of water on it’s attraction and the surrounding falls every day.

    It’s the same reason upper management lied over and over that Revolution couldn’t remove OTSR’s on Revolution due to some bogus law — THEY’RE CHEAPSKATES! In fact they’re using the same original frames of the old trains to make the new ones.

    If they’d just say it’s not in the budget, I’d get it, but don’t come up with excuses when the bottom line is that you just can’t or don’t want to pay to have certain things return.

    Revolution looks great by the way.

    • The Coaster Guy

      02/21/2016 at 9:18 pm

      I applaud SFMM for being environmentally responsible for not rebuilding a water feature, that hasn’t existed for many years, while the state is in a severe drought. If the waterfall was still there and they removed it, that would be a different story. SFDK drained their main plaza’s fountain due to the drought. At least SFMM hasn’t done that yet.

      With regards to the old trains, once the OTSRs were added, they could not legally be removed. However, there is no law that says they can’t use brand new trains that never had the OTSRs to begin with, and that’s exactly what they are doing. They’re not making up excuses. They didn’t have the budget to paint Tatsu this year and had absolutely no problem saying so.

    • John Doe

      02/23/2016 at 12:43 am

      James you do have a good point, Six flags has skimped a lot over the years…

      I remember the flat ride massacre RIP Spin out Sierra Twist Free Fall Log Jammer Sierra Falls The petting zoo ETC… They Never replaced any of those flat rides.

      FOR THE LOVE OF GOD KURT !
      TELL SIX FLAGS MANAGEMENT TO PUT IN A SET OF FLAT RIDES
      THE PARK IS JUST ROLLER COASTERS !

      They will definitely see their attendance rise
      if there is rides for everyone …
      The flat rides they have now are dated & very few for the areas

      Their should be at least 2 flat rides in every themed area of the park 🙂

      GIANT FERRIS WHEEL SIX FLAGS ?
      TILT A WHIRL ? Tea cups ? Something for the love of god …
      BUILD SOME FLAT RIDES they get a NEW coaster every year !

      • Erik

        02/23/2016 at 1:52 pm

        “I remember the flat ride massacre RIP Spin out Sierra Twist Free Fall Log Jammer Sierra Falls The petting zoo ETC… They Never replaced any of those flat rides.”

        i miss these… dang nostalgia

    • Alex B

      02/23/2016 at 11:37 pm

      Honestly- there’s a reason Six Flags is far behind Disney and Universal, and it is because they don’t allocate enough of the budget for aesthetic appeal, like the water features, viewing platforms, etc. After working at SFMM for a few years, and attending as a guest regularly for the past 6 years, you really notice just how run down most of the park is, and how little Six Flags is willing to spend to increase the “show”.

      • Ryan

        02/24/2016 at 10:10 am

        They need a new water ride

      • John Doe

        02/25/2016 at 12:18 am

        Yes i agree… if you see the old six flags 80’s – 90’s even early 00’s, It was a beautiful park very green & all the areas were very detailed, the up keep was nice … They had a good amount of rides half flat rides half roller coasters … now days they destroy good land & rides / arcades / Attraction to lay a FLAT CHUNK OF CONCRETE …

        SIX FLAGS DESTROYED THE WHOLE LOG JAMMER AREA
        I liked how you had the arcade there & all the little shops, The log jammer platform where you put a quarter too soak people after the drop 🙂

        now its another giant roller coaster with a flat piece of concrete & a sad attempt @ attracting this generation with bright lights & flat screen tv’s.

        Everyone i have ever come across agreed
        six flags should have never taken out log jammer or that area they failed that year …

        Most likely cause they saw log jammer as a waste of their money … SAD !

        • Alex B

          02/25/2016 at 1:12 am

          I remember hearing somewhere that the Log Jammer was removed because of increasingly escalating operating costs. That said, Full Throttle is a gimmick- it’s too short and the only noteworthy thing about it is the “top hat” loop. It’s already seeing shorter wait times, and within 10 years will be obsolete. It doesn’t have the staying power the Log Jammer had.

          The High Sierra Territory theme was neat because it was unique, fit in with the trees in the area, and because it doesn’t get outdated. I fear that the low budget remodel of the Mooseburger Lodge, Wascal’s, and Bug’s Bunny World will look extremely tacky within the next few years. Right now, that area of the park is trying to be two seperate things, without committing either way. The Full Throttle theme will likely have the Tomorrowland effect- within 10 years it will be outdated, and it will take another 10 years on top of that to see any changes.

  5. Eric

    02/21/2016 at 9:10 pm

    I’m glad they went back to all white on the loop. The blue just didn’t work there.

    Any idea wben Revolution will open to the public?

    • Ryan

      02/22/2016 at 12:39 pm

      Thursday

      • Kenzie

        02/23/2016 at 11:05 pm

        Wait this Thursday?

        • Ryan

          02/24/2016 at 10:09 am

          Yea. Can’t wait

          • Steve

            02/24/2016 at 4:38 pm

            Hahaha that was funny

          • jesusgirl

            02/25/2016 at 8:35 pm

            me too

      • Kenzie

        02/26/2016 at 1:02 pm

        Are u joking?

  6. John Doe

    02/23/2016 at 12:27 am

    What about the old water feature that use to exist before the cyber cafe remodel … I remember it was a water mill that dropped the water down a spout that ran back into the main water feature in the front of the park… I would sit on that bridge all the time & watch that water mill spin 🙂

    “Be nice to see that return since they are keeping their main water feature”

  7. Alex B

    02/23/2016 at 11:38 pm

    Great update! It’s nice to see progress coming along nicely. It’s unfortunate that the water, or viewing platform won’t be returning, but it’s great to see Revolution getting this kind of treatment after all these years. Very excited to see how it turns out.

  8. PAINT AND IMPROVE!

    02/24/2016 at 9:04 am

    Thanks for your insight and photos as always. I agree with several others that Six Flags should consider keeping ALL of the park freshly painted and attractive for EVERY SEASON. The company should realize many customers notice skimping. If some don’t agree just look at Disney. I live near Six Flags in Atlanta. The park usually looks pretty good however visitors often encounter a “cheapskate” experience. Lack of employees causes long lines for food. Our park only invests in a attention getting ride about once every 8 years. They removed the rear park entrance. Now you can expect a 30 minute wait to buy a ticket and get inside the front gate. Not real sharp in the always competitive amusement park business. Now we drive to Charlotte instead for the hyper improving Carowinds!

  9. Steve

    02/24/2016 at 4:43 pm

    I use to like hopping on the metro rail for a little rest and get view of the park…. It would be nice to have something like that again. Just to chill with the family and de-stress for a few minutes

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