It’s been a very wet few days for us here in the Southern California area, and we’re not very used to it. However, that didn’t stop Six Flags Magic Mountain from opening this weekend. It was also the opening weekend for annual Toys for the Holidays drive.
Six Flags Magic Mountain once again teamed up with The Boys and Girls Club of Southern California, KTLA, and UPS to hold a toy drive at the park. Donate a new, unwrapped toy valued at $20 or more and you will receive free admission to the park for the day. Make sure you keep the price tag on and have the receipt available. Here is Bugs and Daffy posing for a picture with a guest in front of the donation tables in front of the park:
The Toys for the Holidays event continues next weekend, December 8th and 9th. Bring a toy to the park and get free admission. It’s a great cause and a win-win for everyone.
I’m not sure what they have here, but it looks like an inflatable snow globe setup next to Santa’s gazebo inside the park. Based on the back drop, I’m guessing you might be able to climb inside and have your picture taken in a nice wintery setting, with snowfall:
Both towers for the new Sling Shot ride have been erected and they are very colorful:
This is where all the magic happens.. This box-o-springs is what creates the tension on the cables that then launch the ride vehicle skyward:
All the rain we’ve had has turned the entire work area into a giant muddy mess:
According to the building permit, each tower is 130′ tall. It looks like each colored section is 20′ long with the short, purple sections on top only 10′ long:
I read somewhere that this is actually the portable model of this ride, designed to be moved from carnival to carnival and operated from the back of a truck. If that’s the case, the permanent mounting they’ve done here in concrete should be extremely stable:
It was hard to tell from above, but you really start to get a sense for how massive the tower supports are as you get closer to them on the ground:
There are cables everywhere, for both supporting the towers and launching the riders:
This should give you a sense as to exactly where it’s being installed, right between Totally Kick’n Chicken and the Apocalypse gift shop, Epic Rides:
There’s still nothing new to report on the Full Throttle construction, other than a bunch of standing water in the construction zone from all the rain:
Most of the busted up concrete and debris has been removed from the site, with the exception of a bunch of felled trees. I snuck a peek through an opening in the construction wall you see below. It didn’t look like anything was going on inside the Palace games building yet, but I didn’t expect there to be until much later:
I totally missed the repainted Samurai Summit sign last week, but I did see it in the MiceChat update (good eye, Gregg!). It’s interesting to me that they’re sticking with this theme for the top of the hill. Ninja and the Orient Express are the only two things up there that even fit the theme. Tatsu, in my opinion, is really in Rapids Camp Crossing. The Sky Tower isn’t themed for the area at all and Superman, despite its location, is really a part of DC Universe. So that begs the question, why bother refreshing this sign? However, it does look much better:
I didn’t happen to catch this until today, but I suspect this happened prior to the detour being opened up around the Full Throttle area. There used to be a few old, rusty turnstiles located right here from who knows when. I’m glad to see they finally removed them: