It was a pretty typical off-season weekend at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Light crowds and decent weather made it a perfect time to go. This trip report is from 10 Feb 2013.
Every now and then as you’re walking through the park, you’ll see critter tracks. Especially in the wooded areas, and before the heavy foot traffic starts wiping them out. I spotted these tracks crossing the midway underneath Revolution’s lift hill early this morning:
We had a couple of days of really bad weather this past week, however work has continued on the Full Throttle roller coaster construction:
With all of the footer wells now apparently drilled, it’s very obvious where the giant 160′ vertical loop is going to sit. The footers you see sticking up out of the ground are more or less finished, waiting for something to be bolted to them. The rest of the footers are in various states of completion as you follow the line down:
There is a brand new construction wall on the far side of the old Log Jammer station. I’m thinking this is the general area that the new station is going to be built, as the other side of the footers looks to be where the transfer track/maintenance area will be. This new wall is also acting as a construction vehicle entrance/exit. With all of the footer holes now having been dug, the construction vehicles can no longer cross back and forth to each side:
I didn’t see any rebar cages lying around today. It appears that that have all been dropped into their respective holes. As you can see, not all of the concrete has been poured yet, but they are getting very close to being done with all the footers:
From the Superman plaza, not much looks different from last week’s update:
A closer look shows some more footer holes that have been dug, but not yet filled with concrete. Plywood has been placed over the top to help prevent people from falling in:
The backside of the hill is complete and awaiting track pieces to be bolted to the new footers. In this next shot, you can see the locked gate that I’ve taken many pictures from. I don’t think I’ve ever taken a picture looking down on it from up here on the Superman plaza:
Here is a common picture you’ve seen taken from the gate in the above photo. You can also see the blue railing of the Superman plaza up top where I took the previous picture:
I’m really curious what the deal is with the big footer closest to me in the above photo. All of the other footers are of equal size, on the same level, and also perfectly inline with the entrance to the tunnel. The only thing I can think of is that it’s to help offset the lateral forces of the coaster train as it banks down into the tunnel from the dive loop.
I’m also curious what’s going to happen to the path and gate that lead to the tunnel. It’s not very secure now, so I suspect that they’ll either remove it completely or seal it off better. The last thing they need is someone slipping past the gate into the path of an oncoming train.
Most of the completed footers have had nuts added to the bolts, ready for something to be attached to them. The orange caps both protect the bolt threads and help keep people from injuring themselves from the exposed bolts:
Here is the new construction wall as seen from the ground:
Here’s several of those finished footers as seen from the ground:
Employees have been notified that a large crane will arrive in the next couple of weeks that will be used to hoist track pieces into place, officially beginning vertical construction.
In other park news, we saw over the last couple of weeks that the Coaster Candy Company got a brand new roof. I have also learned that it is also getting a brand new air conditioning unit as well, which explains why the interior looks gutted. You can see all of the vent covers from the ceiling stacked up against the far wall:
I’ve also reported that the Ben & Jerry’s lease had expired and the park did not renew it. They will be running their own ice cream locations called 6 Below (Six Below?). I showed a picture last week of the de-branding that is taking place on the freestanding building next to Colossus. Here is what the location that was inside of Food, Etc. currently looks like:
As I was walking past the former Thrill Shot location, I noticed some new fencing:
I’m not sure why, but they completely removed the big storage unit that was here, as well as the material over the top of the canopy. It looks like they worked the electrical conduit around the new fence to keep the lights wired up. I wonder if they have plans for this area:
Lots of new, colorful plants all over the giant planters in front of The Riddler’s Revenge:
Poor Superman has been having a hard time lately. I know it was closed yesterday due to the heavy rains that we had. I’m not sure why it was closed again today, or if it ever opened:
It always puts a big smile on my face when I see someone walking around with a prize like this:
On my way back to my car each day, it always a fun game I play with myself to see how many out-of-state cars I can spot, and which one drove the farthest. This was today’s winner:
Anyone else make it over to the park this weekend? Anything you saw that I missed?