Since today was Superbowl Sunday, I was hoping it was going to be nice and slow at Six Flags Magic Mountain, and I was right. Unfortunately for them, the crowds were light, but that was good for me. I was able to do a quick loop of the park to provide you with this update.
Work is continuing on the Full Throttle roller coaster construction. They are still drilling holes and pouring concrete for new footers. That’s about all that has changed since last week, at least in this first aerial view – lots more footers have been added to the front area:
The previous picture was taken not long after the park had opened for the day, but you can see that the first parking lot wasn’t even full yet and traffic was only trickling in.
Zooming in a little closer, you can now make out a very straight line of footers, just to the right of the drilling machine. I want to say this is going to be the approximate angle of the vertical loop, but then I start thinking about the end of the ride and this doesn’t make any sense. If the last launch is up and over the loop, with a hard left turn after that into the station, then where is the station going to be? The drilling machine is still drilling holes:
So here’s a thought – I’m now thinking that the Log Jammer station isn’t going to be used for anything. Six Flags Magic Mountain was issued a permit back in January 2012 for demolition of the “Log Jammer ride building.” I bet they’ve only taken out half of it so far because it was in the way and they left the other half to act as a barrier during construction. They wouldn’t get a demo permit if they were going to repurpose the building. They’re going to put in a brand new station and once everything is done, they will remove the second half of the old station, massively opening up the space in front of Mooseburger Lodge and exposing the new themed area and Full Throttle entrance. Doesn’t that sound logical?
Here’s a closer view of several footers seen in the previous photo that have been finished. The footers with just straight rebar sticking up have yet to be finished:
From the Superman plaza, you can see lots of massive footers finished up on the hill. It’s interesting to me to see all the different shapes, sizes, and angles they are all at:
A closer shot shows you just how huge some of these footers are to handle the heavy loads:
This next picture shows the same footers as seen from the ground. The wood panels in the middle will be assembled as boxes around the rebar spikes you see sticking up from the ground and act as concrete forms. Once the concrete hardens and they remove the wood panels, the footers will look just like the ones you see at the top of the picture:
The drilling machine (is there a formal name for this?) that we saw in the aerial pictures above is still actively working its way around the area, drilling more holes for footers:
It looks like all of the footers around the edge of the Gold Rusher track are finished and ready for Full Throttle support columns to be bolted to them:
It also looks like all of the footers on the back hill are completed and ready to go:
From the ground, you can see several of the footers have been finished off as well:
I’m not an engineer by any stretch of the imagination, but after watching this construction take place, this is how I think this process works. The footer wells are dug deep, with varying depths depending on the projected load and soil conditions, and the long rebar cages are dropped into the holes. They are then filled with concrete, leaving several long pieces of rebar protruding from the top. They then build a mini rebar cage to the required height, like seen in the next photo, and wire it up to the protruding rebar. A square wood base is built around the bottom and a round concrete form is cut to length and slipped over the top of the cage. Once filled with concrete, the top is smoothed over and the bolts are inserted into the wet concrete, presumably with a jig for precise alignment and l-shaped bends at the bottom of each bolt to prevent them from popping out of the concrete:
If I’m wrong about the above process, please let me know. I love learning new things.
It looks like there may be some new track and column pieces that have showed up onsite. It’s hard to tell because they’re so far away and I haven’t had a formal reason to drive down Feedmill Road for awhile. Looks like it may be time to drive a friend to work again:
In other news, the new roof on the Coaster Candy Company looks good. They still have some trim work to finish and trash to remove, but it looks pretty much done:
They still weren’t open today, but it looks way better than it did, and hopefully it doesn’t leak. The new paint job on the rest of the building and stucco also looks really good. Now they just need to get some new signs to let people know what goodies are waiting inside:
I’ll cover this in-depth in another post in a few days, but I got my Six Flags Season Dining Pass today and broke it in. I got a tri-tip sandwich and kettle chips at JB’s Smokehouse BBQ:
Looks like they are trying some new marketing techniques to promote their three up-charge attractions. Buy tickets for you and a friend on all three and save $20:
The Ben & Jerry’s location is starting to be de-branded. It was announced a couple of weeks ago at the A.C.E. No Coaster Con event that the Ben & Jerry’s locations will be converted to an in-house ice cream brand called 6 Below. They will still have hard serve ice cream:
I can’t believe I’ve never noticed this before, but they pump the water into Jet Stream through a pipe that was inserted into the second drop chute that hasn’t been used since the mid-70′s:
I really hope we don’t see the Rice Jewelry stand show back up in the new themed area:
I have absolutely no idea what this is, but I saw it setup behind Apocalypse:
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