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Crazanity Construction Update #3 at Six Flags Magic Mountain

By on 05/19/2018

It’s been another couple of months since our last Crazanity construction update, so let’s go behind the construction wall and see what’s going on. Six Flags was gracious enough to give us this sneak peek on Friday, May 18th.

When you first go behind the wall, all you see is a horizon of concrete:

From up top, you get a sense of how massive the concrete pad actually is. Since the pendulum swings from above, there are no footers or anything else needed, just a flat pad. There will eventually be a platform of steps bolted to the concrete that will circle the pendulum when at rest and allow riders to get on and off the ride. The steps will slide away before the ride starts, clearing room for the pendulum to swing:

Our tour was conducted by Tim Dofflow, Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Director of Maintenance & Construction. We were also accompanied by Magic Mountain’s newest Park President, Neal Thurman:

The ride operator’s booth and all of the electrical are located on the backside of the ride, against the retaining wall. To get enough electrical to this ride, the park had to bore a tunnel and install conduit from here all the way under the midway and Center Ring Games to the backstage area of the park:

Because of the sheer size of this ride, the footings are pretty massive. There are four total, one at each corner of the main pad. Each support structure will meet high in the air, over the center of the pad, and that’s where the pendulum will hang from:

This is what each footer looked like before the concrete was poured:

In addition to a lot of concrete, there’s a lot of rebar to keep it all together:

Once the construction walls come down, the midway through this area will be greatly expanded, providing a very unobstructed view of the new ride. There will also be some new retail and food carts in the area:

Looking back at the ride from the bumper cars, there’s actually quite a bit of space between the two. The “Shoot the Hoops” basketball game that was located close to Johnny Rockets will be relocated to this area:

Once the ride starts to go vertical, which should happen in the next couple of weeks, it should go together very fast. All the parts are on site and just need to be bolted together. The biggest support structure pieces have been sitting in the overflow parking lot for a month or two now:

The seat sections that make up the spinning ring are all backstage and still covered in their protective wrap:

The rest of the pieces are also backstage, being protected by a vicious crow:

In addition to the new ride, the park is also getting brand new bumper cars. The original name of Sandblasters has been retired and they will now be known as Jammin’ Bumpers:

The shell of the original building was saved. The roof of the building was cleaned and painted and the queue is getting a fresh makeover with a new shade covering:

The ceiling on the inside of the building was also cleaned and painted, and received new wire meshing to ensure great contact for the new cars. It’s now very clean and bright compared to what it was like before:

The cars are all brand new from an Italian manufacturer called C&S:

Much of the floor was also replaced to ensure a solid platform and connectivity:

There is a brand new LED light package that surrounds both the middle column as well as the entire perimeter of the building. Combined with a brand new audio system, you will now understand why the new name is Jammin’ Bumpers. The music and light programming can be changed for any occasion, including Fright Fest and Holiday in the Park:

The solid outer wall of the building was demolished and replaced with a wrought iron fence. People walking along the midway can now see all the way inside and will be able to tell that there is a ride inside there:

Not much is happening with the entrance to the Scrambler other than a nice new paint job:

The ride itself was stripped all the way down to the ground and rebuilt, as the manufacturer requires every five years for this ride:

The most exciting change for the Scrambler is that it will now have shade! You can see the new poles that have been installed around the perimeter, and cables strung between them. The cables will hold the shading, hopefully keeping the ride cool enough to remain open during the hottest days of summer:

It’s not as exciting as a new ride, but I know some of you will be glad to hear that this restroom has been completely redone:

The new wall tiles and flooring are quite nice:

Even the stalls are new, and lets hope people keep them looking that way:

I didn’t take a picture of it, because it’s basically still the same pile of dirt from my last update, but they are still building a new beer and wine patio on the opposite side of Johnny Rockets that will compliment the all new Boardwalk area when it opens.

That’s it for now. I hope to have more pictures in a few weeks, as the ride starts to go vertical.

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  1. Ryan

    05/22/2018 at 9:35 pm

    Man this park takes long to build attractions

  2. Eric

    05/23/2018 at 3:07 pm

    Why is scrambler required to be rebuilt every 5 years

    • The Coaster Guy

      05/23/2018 at 3:31 pm

      That’s what the manufacturer requires to keep the ride safe. If there’s some sort of catastrophic failure, and somebody gets injured, the park could be held liable if they weren’t maintaining the ride as per the manufacturer’s guidelines. All theme park rides have maintenance guidelines that must be followed.

  3. Steve Austin

    05/26/2018 at 3:57 pm

    Hi Kurt, how ya been? I was hoping you had some pics for us today. (Saturday may 26th 2018) I know the big crane was there on the 24th and the pieces were at the ride location awaiting to go up. I know once they start, it will go fairly quickly. Hope you have some pics soon Thanks so much.

  4. Matt

    05/26/2018 at 5:11 pm

    But the exit sign! What about the Sandblasters exit sign!

  5. Jackie

    05/30/2018 at 12:13 am

    Who is the manufacturer of this ride? if it’s not Zamperla or Huss does that mean that they found a cheaper manufacturer that is doing a custom job?

  6. Sean

    06/13/2018 at 3:17 pm

    MM has the worst construction time lines. I mean it’s the middle of June and their new main attraction is not even open yet. But they did the same thing last year with their new ride, and that say broken half the time.

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