Yesterday was a weird kind of day. What started off as a day of travel quickly turned into a day of not a whole lot of travel, but one where we ended up in Valencia with a couple of hours to kill, so why not stop in at Magic Mountain to see what was doing and to ride a few coasters.
And that's just what we did. We'll take a look at what's been going on with Justice League since our tour a couple of weeks ago as well as some pictures and video of the Apocalypse re-do.
Written by Gregg Condon
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Doesn't look like anything has been done on Riddlers yet
But it sure does need a paint job
Weird, when we did our tour the building didn't seem that big, but it's REALLY big.
Would expect work on all of this to pick up pace in the next few weeks. In fact, we noticed a crane sitting near Riddlers when we rode Batman.
They are doing a lot of work on the food area
Really like the blue paint here. It's not just the normal "Six Flags Blue" that we've seen all over the place. =)
They were doing some work around Tidal Wave, could be for the new entrance but this seems like a REALLY weird spot for it.
Let's move on to Apocalypse, where it's getting a very extensive (and much needed) re-track.
UPDATE: We confirmed with the park today that they are hoping to re-open Apocalypse on Easter weekend.
Hard to tell if anything has been done on this part of the ride
Stuff has DEFINITELY been done on this part of the ride. Hi dude up there working!!!
It looks like they've started removing stuff from this part of the ride
This is as close as we could get, but looks like some of the metal track has been taken out.
A couple of random tid-bits ... the tree was removed from outside Gold Rusher awhile ago, some nice plants have been put in it's place. Really shows how much TLC Gold Rusher needs though.
Tatsu is back open after getting it's lift hill chain replaced. Which means we're back to hearing Tatsuuuuuu at every ride now. Ugh.
Had some lunch at Pick Six and it was good as always. Don't always eat at the park, but this is our go-to these days.
They are doing some work in Screampunk, redoing the clock thing we'd guess.
The steam on the Steam Engine was really steaming. Smelled like Halloween Fog. Is it time yet?
Overall it was a beautiful and blustery day at the park.
Remember, the park is open daily from now until Labor Day which means that once the Spring Break period is over the park will be totally empty from about mid-late April until the week of Memorial Day. It's without a doubt the best time of year to experience the park.
We'll remind you again when the time is closer. =)
Today we've got a great update from the all new Mardi Gras festival at Six Flags Fiesta Texas as part of their kick off of 25 amazing years.
The all new parade that's being rolled out to multiple Six Flags Parks this season looks like a lot of fun and isn't to be missed.
Written by Mary Revel-DeLeon
I had the pleasure of spending the evening at Six Flags Fiesta Texas.
They were showcasing Mardi Gras floats, a grand parade, and food fit for Fat Tuesday. The parade was seriously a showcase! The vibe was incredibly New Orleans style.
The music brings you there. Every float had a different theme and the music to back it up. It was quite the event and Fiesta Texas brought it to you in New Orleans fashion.
We had the pleasure of hanging out with Kaitlin Elliot after the parade and she was a gem. One of the talented people twirling a flag. Had a great time learning about the training and the amazing efforts that go into creating such an amazing event. It is truly incredible.
Now for food!!! My favorite part. The food was soooo yummy. I have to admit I had my doubts about them bringing me New Orleans style cuisine ....but they proved me wrong.
The po boy sandwiches were on point, especially the fried craw-fish po boy!!! Wow! I actually asked for extra sauce...it was that yummy!!! The muffaletta was so good and served with Voodoo chips that were pretty spectacular. I seriously need these in stock at my local grocery store. I will be going back just to buy these chips!!! The jambalaya was soooo tasty and the gumbo was amazing. They did Cajun food justice, and I was thrilled to try all of it.
We all know the rides and eats are great here at Fiesta but everyone needs to come experience this. Truly some great family fun with great drinks and great food. Definitely not lacking in the entertainment area at all.
Every character is so fun. If you do drink adult beverages try the Hurricane punch...so tasty!!! Beautiful characters throughout and amazing entertainment. I literally had 46 pairs of beads after the parade finished and didn't have to flash anyone.... but I gave most of them to kids. My kinda Mardi Gras!!!
Truly an amazing family event. Look for the adorable Kaitlin twirling her flag. She is so sweet with the kiddos and such a talent to watch along with everyone in the parade. You truly don't want to miss this event. I will be going back with my family and friends to experience every part of it. If you blink you will miss something!
So... go and don't blink!
Last week we were invited out to Six Flags Magic Mountain for another great tour of Justice League: Battle for Metropolis.
As you'll see below the building is done and now comes the fun part of adding in all of the ride elements and scenery. We also got some more news on what's going on around the rest of the ride.
Written by Gregg Condon
We got our hard hats ... on
We also got some great renderings of the ride and surrounding area
This is going to look much different in a few months
The entrance to the ride
And the exit is of course through the gift shop
This area has been in need of a makeover so it's going to be awesome to see this redone
We also did confirm where the entrance for Justice League will be which will cause the Riddlers queue to be rerouted a bit (good news as the queue is crazy long)
A look at where the entrance will be, and the colors for the Riddlers repaint. We did confirm the colors for Riddlers will be this bright.
Let's head inside shall we?
Right now it's essentially a warehouse, but not for long.
The rides entry
The entire track is level
Lots of room for lots of Justice League stuff
More doodads just waiting to be installed somewhere
Super high ceilings
They've already cut out the path of the ride
Outside lots of other work is going on
The gazebo is staying as a part of the beer garden
This will be backstage area but also re-done
As you can see the work being done on the food locations is quite extensive
We asked again about the Tidal Wave entrance being moved and they did confirm that it's going to be moved over towards the games (where the flash pass entrance is now). Maybe it's just us but that seems like so much more work than just re-theming the ride to Aquaman or The Penguin.
The gas station is completely gone, will be interesting to see what they do with the rest of the Riddlers themeing when they re-paint it.
Interested to see this completely re-done as well. It's been time for awhile.
The entrance to Metropolis
JB's will soon be Ace of Clubs
Thank you Magic Mountain for another great tour. We can't wait for the next one.
Here is the rest of the concept art they shared with us.
Tomorrow marks the opening of the 50th season for Six Flags Over Georgia and to celebrate not only are they creating another world class dark ride (to go along with Monster Plantation) but they are also ushering a new era of VR attraction and the first in the chain to do it on a drop tower.
We all think this suits VR much better than on a coaster. Check out Randy's update and be sure to check out Metro Atlanta Coaster Club for all your deep south coaster and theme park needs.
Written by Randy Dewberry
As Six Flags’ initial virtual reality experiment continued through the end of the 2016 season, many of the parks that had a VR coaster and hosted Holiday In The Park got a Christmas-themed VR overlay. Oddly, one that didn’t was the one that was the first to actually roll out the whole thing in 2016, Six Flags Over Georgia. In hindsight, it seems that the reason may have been future plans for the VR hardware.
As we discovered a week or so ago, Six Flags has moved the headsets off Dare Devil Dive and over to the Peachtree Square section of the park. Using Six Flags’ one-of-a-kind-in-North-America Gyro Drop tower, Acrophobia, Samsung VR is presenting a first-of-its-kind-in-North-America experience, Drop of Doom VR.
While the name of the overlay borrows from its sibling drop towers at Six Flags Magic Mountain and Six Flags Great Adventure, the rest is very unique, but not in the way you might think. Since Acrophobia’s debut in 2001, many park guests oddly refer to the ride as “Arachnophobia”.
I guess because they’re more familiar with a certain campy horror movie by that name than they are with the actual ride name. I have to give whoever decided on this theme huge props for taking that malapropism and working it into the experience.
After you’re seated on the 30-person gondola, the ride attendants will assist in fitting the VR goggles to your head. The Samsung Galaxy S7 phones mounted in Samsung Gear VR goggles return for this use, and are still quite comfortable and easy to focus.
While you’re waiting, you’ll be able to gauge just what’s going on … you’re rigged up on a helicopter mounted gondola with a high-powered gun that aims wherever you look as a city is overrun with gigantic (and not so gigantic) spiders. “Spiders … why did it have to be spiders?” you might say.
As you go aloft, you’ll be besieged by spiders on nearby buildings and flying insects, all perfectly good targets for your unlimited ammo. You’ll cheer as giant robot warriors take the fight to the arachnids. You’ll gasp as an equally-giant black widow takes out one robot, then cringe as you see its offspring crawl all over your virtual self. Then, you’ll scream as your gondola gets knocked off the helicopter and enters a 100-story virtual freefall, timed with the ride’s actual 16-story drop.
Fortunately, instead of crashing to the ground below, you’ll land in a handy spider web … wait, that can’t be good, and as you might expect from giant spiders, it isn’t. Only a well-timed robotic stomp keeps us from re-enacting the finale of “The Fly”.
The tech involved in making “Drop of Doom VR” happen is similar in concept to that used for Dare Devil Dive last season. There are wi-fi boxes mounted to the gondola, about the size of a paperback book, which communicate the ride experience to the VR headsets.
Markings have been placed on the tower for sensors to confirm exactly where on the 212-foot-tall tower the gondola is, making sure the VR content is synced up with the ride. Fortunately, in the event it does decouple, the sensation is not as disorienting as it would be on a roller coaster. If you cannot or choose not to use the VR headset, you can still ride, as they can handle a mixed loadout of riders with ease.
If there is one concern heading into this season, it’s how quickly they can dispatch the ride on each cycle. If you do intend on going the first couple of weekends, please be sure to pack your patience, as they want to cycle the ride as quickly as you want to ride and blast spiders, and may well change some things up from time to time if something is or is not working.
2017 marks Six Flags Over Georgia’s 50th anniversary season, and while the park’s big present – Justice League 4D: Battle for Metropolis – won’t open for another couple of months (May 26, to be specific), there’s still plenty besides Drop of Doom VR to entertain guests.
Justice League’s new home, Metropolis Park, will be ready, complete with a gussied-up Superman Ultimate Flight. Metropolis Park will have new food/drink options for this area of the park, although we’ve been told the food service won’t be ready for opening weekend.
Anniversary signage is appearing throughout, and a photo retrospective wall occupies the pavilion at the end of the Promenade. We’re looking forward to checking out the rest of the changes as we explore the park this weekend.
It's been since that game when that one team had a big lead and gave it up to that other team at the end since we've had a Justice League update. And while we have a special Justice League treat coming up later this week we figured since we were on an epic "Park Hop" day we should do a quick update from the park.
But Justice League isn't all this update is about, there's some big changes going on with Apocalypse as well. Read on to find out.
Written by Gregg Condon
We'll start at the far end of the construction area and work our way around. As of right now, no work done on the new entrance for Tidal Wave. We're still holding out hope that they aren't going to move the entrance but instead give the ride a re-theme to fit Metropolis.
The building is almost completely sealed in at this point.
Sorry for the crooked pics, it's easier to get pictures with the cell phone in this area than with the big camera.
More stuff looks like it's been cleared out from JB's, but no re-theme yet.
Lots of clearing of land, and a few wrapped up doodads here and there ... hmmm.
Doesn't look like much now, but wait.
Birds eye view. Lots of work still to be done.
Doesn't look like much change to the eateries yet.
As we first shared with you on Thursday, a company called Wood Coaster Developments is doing some major work on Apocalypse. While it wasn't clear how major the work actually was a couple of days ago, we're pretty sure that after seeing the pictures below you'll agree it's pretty major.
Unless having a crap load of track removed is just a "temporary" thing. =)
Was kind of shocked to see so much track gone. This is a MAJOR (and much needed) refurb.
While some parts of the track are gone entirely, some are still standing ... for now?
Big ass crane on site, and no, this isn't the one for Aftermath 2.
A look at some of the track that's been removed so far. We had thought at first that this may be pre-fabricated track, but it wouldn't just be laid out like that if it was. We don't think. =)
Maybe sometime this year Southern California will have 2 awesome wooden coasters at the same time!! When is the last time that happened?
(never, the answer is never)
Tatsu is still closed, also temporarily. No visible work going on with the replacement of the lift hill chain. Didn't make it up the hill though.
One last little tidbit, the Xtreme Zone store was closed, and while it still had merchandise inside, it looked to just be a "storage" area.
Honestly, we'd love for this entire area of the park (from Jet Stream to Apocalypse) to get a major makeover now that Apocalypse is seemingly going to return to greatness. We'd love to see a complete re-theme of Apocalypse to some kind of "boardwalk" coaster and a re-do of this entire area with maybe a few flats and perhaps a Ferris Wheel. That's what I'd do.
Right now, Apocalypse just doesn't match the theme of the rest of the area, unless you consider Candy Stores and Cold Stone to be post apocalyptic. =)
Alright, that's going to wrap it up for this update. If you were following along on our social media over the weekend you probably already know it's going to be a busy week of updates this week. We've got Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, Universal Studios Hollywood, California's Great America and Busch Gardens Tampa. Team Park Journey has been busy little bees this weekend. So stay tuned for all of that this week!!