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The New Revolution Update #4

By on 03/03/2016

Six Flags dropped a bombshell this morning when they announced that nine roller coasters across several of their parks will debut a virtual reality option in 2016. One of those coasters will be The New Revolution at Six Flags Magic Mountain. They invited us out today for another construction tour and to talk about the announcement and how the virtual reality will work. We also got the first look at the new trains and even took the virtual reality for a spin.

Construction has begun on the new sign outside of the station:

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All of the new landscaping is going in around the station:

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The new plantings along the path to the station look great:

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The new, internally lit box sign has been installed on the bridge to the station:

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The area underneath the bridge, where there used to be a waterfall, has been filled in with dirt and lots of new plants. It looks way better than it has the past several years:

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The other side of the path, where the water from the waterfall used to flow, has also been landscaped and it looks really nice as well:

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The walk up to the station look very nice now:

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Along the ADA entrance, there are a few mock paths that have been outlined by rocks. It looks good and reminds me of hiking trails:

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All three paths across the bridge to the station have been finished:

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Once you cross the bridge, there are now two new cabinets where an employee will hand you a headset and help you put it on and adjust it. Once on, a grouper will assign you to a row:

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The new room on the right was originally going to be an employee break room. Once they found out from corporate that they were going to do virtual reality on Revolution, they converted the room into a storage/charging station for the headsets:

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The electricians were hard at work wiring up the room with tons of outlets. In this picture alone you can see eight separate outlets, and there were even more on the other walls. I suspect that each outlet will serve a dedicated shelf:

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Once the headsets are sanitized and charged, they will be stored in these cabinets and handed out to guests as they enter the station:

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The goggles are manufactured by Oculus, while a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge provides the technology and video capabilities:

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The phone snaps into the front of the goggles and is very secure:

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The parts of the goggles that touch the face and head are made from an anti-microbial leather, the same material that airline seats are made out of. There is a strap that goes around the back of the head and a chin strap. It fit me quite well and was fairly comfortable:

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As a surprise, we were able to watch a sample video as it would be synched to a roller coaster. We were all left with a smile on our face, like Robert here from Theme Park Insider:

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In the video, you are the pilot of a fighter jet and there is a giant gun barrel out the front of your jet. Wherever your head looks, the gun follows. There is a button on the right side of the goggles that fires the gun, and you can hear the shots. As you’re climbing the lift hill, your jet is rising up a platform, preparing for takeoff. There are practice targets along the way that you can shoot. Once launched, your gun gets blown up and you can no longer shoot. Your audio also stops and from that point on, you are just along for the ride with the wind through your hair.

It’s a very well done video, flying through a battle in the sky above a city. Explosions and buildings blowing up. It’s quite fun. It felt real, like I was really moving through space. I can’t wait to try it out on the actual coaster. Judging by his smile, Gregg from Park Journey seemed to like it as well after he watched it:

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Here’s a video of me watching it for the second time, along with the park’s official teaser video of the upcoming attraction:

There are sensors along the track that talk to a box on the train that keeps each headset in perfect sync. The video will always match up to where you are in the video.

Once the ride is over, the headsets are sanitized with wipes and the charge on the phones are checked. If good, they’re returned to the entry cabinets and ready for the next guest. If they need a charge, they’re returned to the storage room and plugged in.

There will be 200 headsets, which is more than enough. You need 40 for the riders of the two trains, plus roughly another 40 for those queued up ready to ride. The rest will either be charging or standing by and ready to go.

It should be noted that the VR is purely optional. If you just want to ride the coaster without it, that’s perfectly acceptable. You don’t have to ride with the VR gear.

The primary ride operator station has been rebuilt in the front corner:

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The new primary ride operator panel has been installed and powered up:

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The walls have been sealed back up after being widened for the new trains:

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All of the new paths and fencing along the exit look fantastic:

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The other big reveal today was the brand new train. It’s really a thing of beauty. It’s the exact same design as the original, but built from the ground up with all new parts. Of course, there’s a new color scheme to it as well that matches the patriotic theme they were going for:

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The OTSRs have obviously been removed, but the new fiberglass shell does now have a headrest, which it didn’t have before. I suspect it won’t be long before we start seeing this coaster run backwards, which it has been tested to do, and which headrests are required for. You can also see the new seat belts that have been installed:

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The front of the lead car (hood), with the big silver eagle, has not yet been installed yet. That will be another big reveal at a later time.

It’s amazing how clean this entire coaster is, being brand new and all:

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The star graphics wrap all the way around the back:

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From the rear:

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It’s hard to tell the coaster apart from the track:

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There will eventually be two trains, but only one has been completed so far.

This is the underside of the train from the rear:

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An even closer look of the undercarriage from the back:

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One of the wheel bogeys from the outside:

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The wheel bogey from the inside:

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This is the coaster undercarriage, from directly under the track:

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All of the new railing has been painted along the sides of the track. The station paint is still being worked on. The guys were working on the transfer track while we were there:

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Some of the coaster mechanicals have been moved to a more logical location:

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The New Revolution: Virtual Reality Coaster will open for technical rehearsals for season pass holders starting on March 26th. If you are a pass holder and would like to ride it early, go to Magic Mountain’s web site and sign up for a time. They expect that to last for about a month while they iron out all the wrinkles. Once they are comfortable that everything is working as intended, they will announce an opening date for the general public.

That’s it for this update. I expect our next update to be from media day, which will be right before they open for the technical rehearsals. I’m really looking forward to trying this. I’m not sure how long it will last, or if I’ll like it, but I certainly want to try it at least once.

How about you? Leave a comment below and let me know if you are excited about this or you think it’s going to be a bust.

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23 Comments

  1. Eric

    03/03/2016 at 10:10 pm

    Did they say whether both trains have the same color scheme?

    I’ve already signed up for this and got a confirmation to ride on the afternoon of March 28. From what I’ve seen so far, I’m looking forward to it.

    • jesusgirl

      03/03/2016 at 10:44 pm

      I am going to media day also

  2. Steve Austin

    03/03/2016 at 10:10 pm

    I think its a great ideal, cant wait to ride it. Now, just waiting for all the germophobes to start their ranting…..in 3, 2, 1

  3. jesusgirl

    03/03/2016 at 10:43 pm

    This is soo cool can’t wait to ride this

  4. Steve

    03/04/2016 at 4:23 pm

    I have my seat for Monday the 28th. Very excited. I was hoping to sign up twice so I could try it with and without headset. You have to go with the headset for first time right ?? Anyone not going headset and if so why ? I am glad you said the front end still needs to go on…. Thought it looked very unfinished. Thanks for updates, very excited.

    • jesusgirl

      03/04/2016 at 5:20 pm

      no u dont have to wear the VR on the ride

      • Steve

        03/04/2016 at 6:33 pm

        Thanks…. It was more of a rhetoricle question, as in, of course you are going to wear them your first time. The real question was is anyone NOT going to wear them and if so, why?

        • Steve

          03/04/2016 at 6:37 pm

          Rhetorical…. Sorry 🙂

        • John Doe

          03/05/2016 at 1:10 am

          I will try it… but i doubt i will like it ;/
          The real THANKGOD about this ride is no more OTSR !

          • jesusgirl

            03/09/2016 at 6:45 pm

            I agree

    • John

      03/05/2016 at 6:21 pm

      When I ride the first time I will not wear the headset because I want to enjoy the awesome scenery which the OTSR’s obstructed me from seeing for many years. On my second ride through I will probably try the headset for curiosity sake…

      • Ryan

        03/13/2016 at 10:07 pm

        Won’t wear the headset. I like the scenery

  5. John Doe

    03/05/2016 at 1:08 am

    The train looks amazing ! Happy to see it refurbish,
    Sometimes updating something old can work 🙂
    Revolution looks to be proof of that…

    Only ride left in the park that has a terrible OTSR System is VIPER…
    Love to see the OTSR GONE on VIPER !

    Definitely gonna ride revolution when it comes out !

    • The Coaster Guy

      03/06/2016 at 8:28 pm

      I’d argue that the OTSRs on Riddler’s need to go as well. They can be very painful, especially now that it’s getting a bit older.

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  7. Steve

    03/06/2016 at 12:05 pm

    I have a slight dilemma. I was so excited about getting my first ride on Revolution that I didn’t check my calendar. Now, the date I am assigned I cannot make….. Am I out of luck or what ?

    • The Coaster Guy

      03/06/2016 at 8:27 pm

      I have no idea. Can you go back into the system and request a change, or just setup a new time to ride?

      • Steve

        03/06/2016 at 8:56 pm

        I sent an email, not sure if those work. Hopefully, otherwise I have to wait until it opens to the public. Thanks for the reply

  8. Eric

    03/07/2016 at 8:56 pm

    With Six Flags announcing 9 coasters getting VR goggles… 2 coasters I don’t agree with are Ninja at Six Flags St. Louis and Steamin’ Demon at Great Escape… those Arrow/Vekoma loopers have bad reputations of being rather rough (due mostly to the OTSR). If SFSL had to go with something else, I’d say Batman: The Ride. I could see a different GE coaster, or SF opting for a SFDK or SFM coaster instead. Ninja at Six Flags Over Georgia, my home park, isn’t that great either, and I agree with Dare Devil Dive coaster getting VR treatment.

  9. JJJ

    03/08/2016 at 12:17 pm

    I wonder if the VR will operate in the rain? GS6 is not waterproof.

    “The new room on the right was originally going to be an employee break room. Once they found out from corporate that they were going to do virtual reality on Revolution, they converted the room into a storage/charging station for the headsets”

    That doesnt sound great for employee morale!

  10. Matt

    03/12/2016 at 7:43 pm

    They were doing trial runs today! Saw the trains going around the track!

  11. Ryan

    03/13/2016 at 10:05 pm

    Is it going to be a smoother ride?

    • Wendy

      03/26/2016 at 9:10 pm

      I did the preview today and it was much smoother! The OTSRs being gone takes away a lot of the rattle anyway but I was so into the ride and experience that it was very smooth!

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