2014 Announcement For Six Flags Magic Mountain
Six Flags made their annual announcement today on the changes and additions to their parks for 2014. Unfortunately, in my personal opinion, Six Flags Magic Mountain drew the shortest stick of the bunch and had the least exciting announcement. Here’s a quick overview of what we can expect.
Batman: The Ride will run backwards for a limited time in 2014. The Batman ride at Six Flags Great America ran backwards for a brief period last year and people seemed to really like it. Now it’s Magic Mountain’s turn. If I’m not mistaken, there was a special chassis that was built to allow the train to run backwards. This chassis is being sent around to the various Six Flags parks with this ride to share the experience, which is why it’s limited time only and only at one park at a time. Since there’s only one chassis, that means that only one train can run run backwards. This means that there will either be long wait times, or perhaps a second train be put into service that runs forward. We’ll have to wait and see what they do.
It was also announced that Colossus will run backwards for a short time in 2014 as well. This isn’t as special of an announcement because they already do that for Fright Fest in October every year. It’s possible that they are doing this as one last hurrah before the ride gets closed down for a major overhaul. Many people were expecting an announcement that Colossus would be closed by the end of 2013 to start work on an Iron Horse treatment by Rocky Mountain Construction for a 2015 opening, but that didn’t happen. Since they’re announcing that it will be operational for the 2014 season, that does not bode well for the rumored conversion to take place any sooner that the 2016 season due to the amount of time needed for these conversions.
The only other announcement was for a revitalization to Bugs Bunny World. They will be adding a brand new kiddie coaster in the area, increasing the number of kids’ coasters to four and increasing the park’s total coaster count up to 19 (wow!). This also keeps the CEO’s previous promise that they will add something new to every park, every year. They also announced that there would be a brand new show debuting in the Carrot Club Theater, but did not provide any further details.
There were a couple of changes announced for Hurricane Harbor, but since they treat that as a separate park which I don’t cover yet, I won’t go into any details.
That’s it! That’s all we get for 2014. What do you think? I’m personally disappointed, but I also understand the business and there’s only so much money to go around each year. I just hope that this means that Six Flags Magic Mountain will get something really special next year.