The Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom construction may have began a couple of months ago at Six Flags Magic Mountain, but the first pieces of track were just installed this week. Excitement is running high as the world’s tallest and fastest drop ride gets closer to opening this summer.
I saw guys working on the queue building, but it didn’t look any different to me from last week. I’m sure there’s lots of work being done inside:
A peek around the construction wall shows more guys working at the base of the façade, plus I see a roll of tar paper, so they’re probably getting ready to weatherproof it:
There was a little bit of work going on at the Daily Planet Gift Shop:
The gift shop also got a new window:
The 2012 park map shows this as still being the Paintball Gallery, however it looks like it’s getting a bit of makeover, no doubt to fit in with the Superman/Lex theme:
The weather was very poor for photography today, but if you look really close you can see the new rails attached to the left-hand side. They go about 2/3 of the way up:
Zooming in a bit closer, you can see the massive blue beams that we saw with the brackets from previous updates. Here you can see they have rails bolted to them:
Pulling back a bit, you can see the rail going up the left side but nothing on the right just yet. Looking through the tower you can see the rail on the other side:
This next shot shows a close-up of what was actually attached to those brackets. I know nothing about drop ride mechanics, but I’m guessing it’s some sort of a guide rail that keeps the gondola on track as it’s going up and down:
This is the very top of the left side of the tower, where they have left off. You can see the bracket sticking out of the tower at the very top where the next piece will attach to:
The clouds broke for a few minutes, providing some blue sky. As seen from the right side of the tower, you can see the one rail making its way up the righthand side. If you look really close, you can see where it ends about 2/3 of the way up. It looks like a ladder:
They appear to be adding the rails to both sides at the exact same rate, presumably to keep the forces balanced between the two sides of the support:
Looking from the front of Superman, I saw this next piece hanging on a hook and ready to be hoisted aloft. It’s red at the top because this piece will be attached to the piece you saw in the previous photo and that’s where the Superman tower changes from blue to red:
Here’s the same piece as seen from behind the tower. Take a look at how far from the tower the already attached rail system is:
I had commented in my previous post how long the rails were as they were sitting on the ground in front of Colossus. I couldn’t imaging how they were going to install such a massive piece. It’s obvious now that they built the entire track horizontally on the ground to make sure they had all the pieces and that everything fit. They then broke it down by section and are hauling up each piece one at a time.
Here is a close-up of the rail system from the back, after it has been attached to one of the cross pieces. I have no idea why it still has the temporary strap attached to it, unless the bolts on the tower clamp haven’t been tightened yet:
I’m no mechanical engineer, but do I really need to be one to realize that something isn’t right here? It reminds me of buttoning up your dress shirt and realizing you’re one button hole off. I hope that gets fixed before the ride opens:
Lots of cables and wires snaking their way around the base of the tower:
The entire lower part of the park was closed off due to the construction trucks. Both Colossus and Scream were closed and the guy had no idea for how long. There was a special event going on in the Magic Moments Theatre, so there was a path cleared to it down the lefthand side:
This picture does not even begin to convey how freaking huge this crane was that they had wedged in between Goliath and Superman, but trust me, it was big:
They were using one of the forklifts to help raise the front of the crane for something:
Lots of construction activity. It looks like everything is being kicked into high gear. Hopefully it won’t be too long before we see a completed track and the gondolas.