Just in case you are joining us for the first time, or haven’t heard through other channels, Deja Vu is being removed from Six Flags Magic Mountain. You can read about why this is being done in an earlier post, found here. This post is just an update on where the deconstruction stands today.
When I first arrived at the park this morning, they had the next piece of the cobra roll attached to the crane and almost ready to lower down:
The noise these guys were making was something fierce:
It sounded like a pneumatic impact wrench that was being used. As I zoomed in closer, it looked like most of the bolts had already been removed. I suspect that they came across one that wasn’t cooperating and needed a little extra elbow grease to loosen up:
By the time I made my way up to the Sky Tower, the piece had already been detached and lowered to the ground:
The crane had made its way over to just above the loading station area. You can barely make out the large red block at the very top center of the pic, however I’m not sure what they were going to grab next:
Remember the forklift I mentioned in my first post they use to shuttle the pieces around once they’re on the ground? Here’s a shot of how they use two of them in tandem to move the pieces over to the storage area:
They were moving very slowly to prevent the piece from swinging too wildly:
Here’s a great shot of the two forklifts working together to move the piece. There were several units of fresh lumber dropped off in the background. I think that is what they are using to set the pieces on so they aren’t directly on the ground:
As you can see, lots of the coaster has already been dismantled and stored out back in a neat and orderly fashion, ready to be shipped:
More pieces that have been removed:
It’s amazing to me how many parts make up a roller coaster. When you look at the above pic of the entire ride, it doesn’t look like that much has been removed yet:
I took a couple of rides on Apocalypse in the hopes of spotting something I may not have seen yet. All of the cars are sitting in a row behind the Apocalypse maintenance station. Short of taking a camera on the ride, which is a violation of the park rules, this is the best I could do. You can just make out one of the cars through the wood. I’m not sure what they are going to do with these since Goliath will have all brand new cars when it opens:
Please be sure to keep checking back. I’ll continue to post updates as often as I can.