My trip to Six Flags Magic Mountain yesterday was mainly focused on getting a construction update for the new Full Throttle roller coaster. You can see that update here. However, there were a couple of other updates, including the latest on the Sling Shot installation.
The first thing you notice when you approach the main gate is that the Christmas decorations are starting to go up. They usually have a couple of toy soldiers flanking the gate, so I don’t think they’re done yet:
The Six Flags Plaza fountain has been surrounded by the lighted Christmas characters and the reindeer are already up on the hillside in the background:
The Flags store has also been trimmed with some holiday cheer:
The gazebo, which has sat empty, lonely, and sad all year, has finally got some color:
The Sling Shot installation is continuing to make progress:
Looks like they are ready for a concrete pour, making a path up to the loading area:
A close-up of the seat, most likely temporarily placed for measurements to be taken:
I’m guessing this pad is where that giant, spring-filled tension box will be mounted:
I’m still not sure what’s going on in this corner. I thought it was going to be a retaining wall protecting one of the concrete footers, but I don’t see one there:
I ran into Neal Thurman, Magic Mountain’s Director of Operations. He confirmed that this ride will be open by the end of the year. I’m not usually into upcharge attractions, however I’m sure I’ll ride this at least once to evaluate it.