Before a very busy few weeks we decided to make one last trek up to Six Flags Magic Mountain to check out West Coast Racers progress.
Below we have pics and video of the rides progress as well as some Fright Fest prep, which begins in less than a month if you can believe it!!
Written by Gregg Condon
Below is a video update if you'd rather get your info that way, otherwise, scroll down for some pics!!
Definitely some more track added since our tour
No station yet
A piece of track is ready for it's new home
Through the trees
This is where it goes backwards (j/k, j/k)
Crane is ready to load more track
Looks like the spaghetti bowl may be the last part of track to finish, obviously we can't see behind Apocalypse
We obviously have no idea when the ride is going to open. We were hoping by the beginning of Fright Fest, that's not going to happen as that's in less than a month.
Obligatory coaster shot for this update
Some new merch, or at least new to us
Really dig these!!
Was going to buy one of these on my way out, but they only had one register open ... in the largest store in the park, and I didn't want to wait.
Fright Fest dates!!
Fright Fest starts on September 14th and runs all the way through November 3rd!!
AND Fright Fest is open on Halloween. Not sure why the change this year as the park hasn't been open for Fright Fest on Halloween the past few years, but we definitely welcome the change!
Nice and shiny
Nightmares is coming back!!
Hopefully our friend Lorraine-Lurane will be back!!
Sewer of Souls will be back as well!! This was our favorite maze from Fright Fest last year so we are glad it will be back.
Didn't notice this thing last year, will have to look back on pics to see if it was there. Either way, it's kind of sewer'y.
Terrortory Twisted is going to be back as well
(sorry in advance, didn't realize the lens had a spot towards the end of our visit)
It definitely seems like there are more "guts" this year. But probably not. Lol.
Alright, there's our update. Hope you enjoyed. We most likely will not be back at the park until Fright Fest opening weekend. Be sure to follow along our social media the next few weeks, lots going on including Six Flags 2020 announcements on August 29th.
Hey everybody!! It's mid-July and we're finally getting a behind the scenes tour of West Coast Racers at Six Flags Magic Mountain!!
Despite some delays in the ride we think that this update may shed some light on just why the process is taking longer than many of us would have liked. It definitely made sense to us!! Let's head in!
Written by Gregg Condon
We're all checked in and ready to go!!! All official and stuff.
If you like your updates in video form, here ya go. It's pretty long.
Shorter versions of the video are at the bottom of the update. They are broken down into a ride overview, a look at the Spaghetti Bowl Element and the Launch and Station.
Jet Stream is closed while they upgrade the power in the area. Yeah, the entire area is getting new power.
Jet Stream will be back open on Monday, with super power. Or something like that.
Up until now, this is as far as we could see.
But today we get to go beyond the wall.
Pictures don't do the spaghetti bowl or it's supports justice. It's so twisty.
Into the station/second (well 3rd) launch.
Neal and Tim were our hosts for the afternoon
Station goes here
The view from inside The Underground
Have to be honest, given that it's been 11 months since the ride was announced, kind of forgot this was a part of the ride
But it looks cool!!
The support structure for this thing is INSANE!!
Oh yeah, the re-track for Apocalypse is done. They are already testing it. And it's supposedly running great. Can't wait!!
Stuff goes here, twisty stuff
I touched the butt, err, track!!
New Facebook cover photo (watch)
For all you coaster electronic nerds (you know who you are)
The candy store is gutted, it will be back (a little nod to the past name of the ride that's behind this)
The highest of fives!!
Oh yeah, so a bit more on Apocalypse. The themeing and pre-show isn't really changing although apparently the entertainment department is working on a couple of things. If we had to guess it's the queue video.
More nerd shots
Launchy, Launch, Launch
Ok, so look at this. LOOK AT IT I TELL YOU!!
This thing is insane looking. So apparently, due to the complexity of this thing they put it together in China (where it was manufactured) to make sure it all fit together. And then took it apart and shipped it here.
It's seriously like a maze in there
I mean ...
And one last nerd shot
Ok, so we already know the question. WHEN IS IT GOING TO OPEN!! That was actually the first question that was asked during the tour. Right now, we just don't know. But it WILL be in 2019.
I know we've been kind of harsh in previous updates about the delays and I hope this doesn't sound like we're now "towing the company line", because we aren't. But ...
A few things to consider
So we know it's hard, but be patient. It is going to happen, it won't be 2020. And when it does happen, it's going to be SO worth it. The ride is looking all kinds of amazing. It's going to be super fun.
Thanks for following along!!
Shorter versions of the update video are below.
Time for a quick West Coast Racers update!!
There is still a LOT of work to be done on this ride, a lot. We have zero idea when it will be ready, maybe September for Fright Fest? While we have ZERO doubt the ride will be awesome when it does indeed open, it doesn't seem like they are any rush. Anyway, some new pics!!
Pics by Stephen Harrington
An overview of the Spaghetti Bowl
A bit more done on the back side of the ride vs our last update
Down below, a huge chunk is missing (where the station goes)
This is the extent of it, still quite a bit of track left to go
And we'll leave you with a couple of pics from the Jet Stream queue.
Thanks Stephen for taking the time out of your day to send us some pics!!
Yesterday was Media Day for one of the most anticipated new coaster of 2019, Maxx Force at Six Flags Great America. And from all indications the ride does not disappoint. Spouting a killer launch and elements, the ride is sure to be a wow the crowds.
Let's check out Scott's report.
Written by Scott Michels
Yesterday was an exciting day at Six Flags Great America. Maxx Force is a great addition to the park and is just what the park needed in its lineup.
It was a beautiful morning at the park
Still a lot of work to be done before it's unveiling
The 0-78 mph in under two second launch is extremely forceful.
You take the double inversion with a good amount of Speed witch produces a pretty decent amount of positives forces towards the bottom of the second inversion and head chopper element going into the turn.
The worlds fastest inversion speaks for its self. It gives both airtime and positive forces in the same element.
And finally into the final two inversions coming in to the breaks on the way down.
The ride is on the short side but still extremely exciting, the elements keep it going.
Regardless of length it’s a great ride.
I would like to thanks Six Flags Great America and staff for a very fun and well run event.
This ride is a must ride!
Some pics of Maxx Force in action
A closer look at the restraints, there is plenty of room and we didn't see anybody struggling to fit
The train design is pretty awesome too
And of course, there is the Maxx Force Merchandise, at a very reasonable price point.
Thanks for reading, now get out there and ride!!!
Happy Weekend!! It's time for another update from Six Flags Magic Mountain and West Coast Racers.
It's been a few weeks since our last update but there has been a LOT of progress made on the ride. So in the words of YouTube commenter Steven Davis on our last video, we'll go ahead and "Get to the POINT!"
Also, make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel, last month 92% of the watchers of our videos were non-subscribers. We would appreciate it!!
Written by Gregg Condon
Update in video form, and I promise Steven, I get to the point.
Took the good camera and actually had the memory card this time, so we got some non-cell phone pics for a change.
As you can see here, the entrance to the all new "Underground" is taking shape with some awesome looking supports.
Some spaghetti bowl stuff here
Heading out of the Spaghetti Bowl and into the brakes
Somebody's idea of a bad joke I bet. So we had to get creative!! =)
High Five (taken at a slightly different angle than the previous High Five)!!
Nerd Shot #1
Nerd Shot #2
Moving up towards Samurai Summit, there is some extensive work also being done on Apocalypse.
If they can get that ride running like it did 10 years ago then the wait will definitely be worth it!! Let's hope they include Apocalypse POV's during media day (Hint/Hint).
Overview of the Spaghetti Bowl
Still lots to be done, but it's very nice to see progress happening
A bit more of the Apocalypse work being done
Up at the exit of Ninja, a bit of an overview of the entire area we can see.
Assuming since the Port-A-John's are still there they are still working on the bathroom refurb.
Lastly, as most of you know there was a small fire outside the park a couple of weeks ago (or was that just LAST WEEK?, been crazy) ... anyway. You can see some remnants here.
Thanks for reading/watching. Not sure when we'll be back at the park for another update, we don't typically do the park during the summer but if there are some major changes to the ride or some kind of hard hat tour we will definitely head up.