This is Construction Update #2 on the Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom build at Six Flags Magic Mountain, from 17 May 2012.
With the entire track now mounted on the side of the Superman: Escape from Krypton tower, you can barely even tell it’s there. If you didn’t know it was being built and weren’t specifically looking for it, you probably wouldn’t even notice it:
The only work I saw being done on the tower while I was there were the guys in these two work carts. I’m not quite sure what they were doing, but it appeared as if they were slowly working their way down the track, checking it as they went. Perhaps they were double checking to make sure everything was properly fastened and secure:
The front of the queue building continues to show work being done. It looks like it has just received a fresh coat of stucco:
All of the red you are seeing is actually red tape, presumably applied to protect the architectural details from getting stucco on them:
The stucco wraps around the left side of the building:
It also wraps all the way down the right side of the building as well:
It’s even been applied to the new details added to the front of the paintball gallery:
Not much being done to the exterior of the Daily Planet Gift Shop other than some primer applied to the edges so the trim could be attached, sealing up the building:
I saw this surveyor’s total station setup underneath the tower. I have no idea what they could be surveying for at this point, unless they are laying out some paths or other elements that they are planning on adding:
When I was behind the tower, I looked down and saw what I thought was a shipping container. I assumed it had been dropped off full of parts or something:
But then I realized that it wasn’t actually in the roadway. It was sitting over the top of all of that new electrical equipment installed for the ride:
If I’m not mistaken, it looks like they took a brand new shipping container, removed the floor, and re-purposed it as their electrical room. I think this is very clever and no doubt saved them a ton of money over having a custom enclosure built:
When I was first scanning the back of the queue building, I didn’t see anything new at first but then it jumped out at me. Do you see it? Look on the roof:
I saw a bank of flood lights trained on the Superman tower. I thought these were new until I got home and looked at old pictures of that roof. It looks like they’ve always been there. Were these in use until the construction started? I drive by the park at night all the time and I don’t recall it being particularly lit up, although maybe I just never paid that much attention. I think it’s a great idea, though. With a new ride attached to the side, I’m sure they’re going to want to showcase it somehow so people can see the gondolas drop:
I’m heading out of town for work this next week and won’t be around to do an update, but I’ll try and make it to the park as soon as I can upon my return. If anything substantial happens, and you can get a picture of it, send it to me and I’ll try and get it posted.