A few weeks ago, some colorful ride pieces began to appear behind Apocalypse at Six Flags Magic Mountain (see more here). There was lots of speculation as to what they could be because they didn’t look like typical roller coaster support columns. A reader posted a comment that he heard they were going to be part of a new upcharge attraction and he appears to be correct as more pieces have begun to arrive at the park, confirming that they are for a Sling Shot ride from Funtime Group.
The rectangular structure you see in this next photo is the housing for all of the high compression springs that power the ride. If you look at the photos in the post linked above, you will see what it looks like in operation:
In addition to all of the new miscellaneous parts you see in this next photo, you will also see the seat assembly that has arrived:
Here is a photo of the exact same seat as seen on the Funtime web site:
Everything that has arrived so far, from what we can see:
What strikes me as very odd about this is that we haven’t heard anything about it from the park. The rumors are that it will go up some time in late August, but that’s very late in the season. In a company-wide email that Jim Reid-Anderson sent out on Tuesday, July 24th, the day after his visit to Six Flags Great Adventure, he said “We also have opened our last piece of new capital for 2012 – King Cobra – and it looked great.” That sounds to me like nothing else will be built this year. So either 1) this Sling Shot won’t be going up this year, or 2) they don’t consider it new capital, or 3) it’s not going to be operated by the park. As an upcharge attraction, is it possible that the park is leasing out the space for someone else to operate the ride, like they do with several of the retail operations around the park? What are your thoughts?