It’s only been a few days since my last update, one of which was even a major holiday, but Six Flags Magic Mountain appears to be making solid progress on the Full Throttle roller coaster construction. Here are the first construction photos of 2013.
The biggest update today was that footer installation has commenced in the Superman Plaza to support the Full Throttle track as it passes overhead:
On the left, two large rectangular wells have been dug to receive footers:
On the right, a drill was actively digging a footer well as I took the photo:
It’ll be interesting to see what they do with the Superman logo that was so prominently displayed in the middle of the plaza. Since it was formed in the concrete, you can’t just get rid of the paint and have it not be visible anymore. I really hope they don’t just leave it there, with small chucks of it taken out or obscured by the new footers. That would be tacky.
As I was riding Gold Rusher the other day, I noticed they had cleared land for some footers between the Superman Plaza and the Gold Rusher track, right before it heads up the second lift hill. I haven’t been able to get a shot of them, but they are just to the left of this track and down a little bit:
Still nothing new to report in the front area other than continued rebar cage assembly:
Samurai Summit has been blocked off just past Ninja and Orient Express. This is where they should have blocked it off the other day, rather than making people walk further down the hill before turning them back. This guy confirmed that Superman will be closed until Full Throttle opens to the public later this year:
As you can see, this has become a storage area for the rebar cages that will be dropped into the footer wells being drilled in the Superman Plaza. I believe these were the cages that were stored behind Apocalypse recently, because those are now gone. I also saw some cages along the path leading to the plaza. It’s hard to see, but you can just make out the tip of one of the cages in the bottom-left corner of the walkway in the very first photo above:
There were too many trees and shadows to see what was going on from the Sky Tower, but it was obvious that lots of work was taking place along the back path as well:
From the ground, the back path next to Gold Rusher was bustling with activity:
I saw at least one rebar cage ready to be dropped into a hole. The yellow machine in the background was moving around lots of dirt on the hillside next to the tunnel:
Hiding behind the trees, there was a machine actively drilling a footer well, just like the one up in the plaza was doing. They are not wasting any time:
Lastly, there was a truck in the back lot dropping off another piece of track: