As I was walking through Samurai Summit today at Six Flags Magic Mountain, I was stopped by a security guard and fence near the top of the old Eagle’s Flight/Black Widow Maze building. He informed me that the entire lower plaza was closed due to construction of the Full Throttle roller coaster, even though I didn’t see any. When I asked him when it would reopen, he said it wouldn’t until the construction of the new roller coaster was complete. I knew this was most likely not accurate information, but I didn’t press the issue as I knew that he wasn’t the best person to be getting that type of information from.
Here is where the fence and the security guard were located:
I’m not quite sure why they chose to block it off here. Lots of people were walking down the hill before being turned back. Since there isn’t anything between here and Ninja/Orient Express, they should have blocked it off further up the hill so as not to inconvenience park guests any more than necessary. The only explanation I can think of is that it was easier for the park to block it here as it was narrower and only required two fence sections.
After making my way to the back side of the park, there was another fence blocking off the path leading up the hill by Gold Rusher. Now it became very clear what work was being done. Several workers were installing construction walls along the path:
It looks like they already removed part of the fence around the corner where some of the new footers are going to be installed. Either that or they put the construction wall behind it, which I highly doubt:
The fact that they are putting up construction walls here tells me that this path will eventually be reopened. However, it’s still unclear whether or not the actual Superman Plaza on top of the hill, or at least an access path to Superman, will be reopened at all during construction. If they’re installing footers in the plaza, or even just the track across the top, I imagine Superman will be seeing a lot of down time during this construction.
If you look in the background, behind the trees, you will notice that a good section of the hill has already been excavated and there is a marker where a footer will likely go:
Here’s a little closer shot, not that it really shows anything more:
In addition to Superman, Gold Rusher has also been closed for the last few days due to the construction. There has been a lot of Full Throttle work on the other side of the hill, right next to the Gold Rusher track. So much for the park’s statement that no rides would be have to be closed due to this construction. I never did see how that would be possible:
Lots of activity on the front side of the hill as well, even though it pretty much always looks the same. I think I saw 4-5 bulldozers working simultaneously up there today: