The all new Bonzai Pipelines at Hurricane Harbor Los Angeles opened this past weekend. The park was LONG overdue for a new attraction as the last new slide was Tornado in 2004.
Below is some B-Roll from the park, a press release, some of the pictures we took as well as some pictures provided by the park.
We are planning on heading out to the park this weekend to do a full park report along with our normal Magic Mountain report.
Below is the video including B-Roll of the slides and the set-up for the Dive-In Movies.
When we arrived at the park, it was so busy that we had to park in the dirt lot. It's been at least a decade since we've had to park out here. Although, to be fair, we are typically "park opening" people and we arrived about 1:00pm.
A look at the new slides from the tram road/walkway into the parks.
Inside the park, you can see that it was a very busy day. We were at the park last year on July 4th and it wasn't even this busy. There were also some of the slides closed in addition to the Bonzai Pipelines. Hopefully the park will go back to opening earlier in May next year to get the opening weekend out of the way prior to the busy Memorial Weekend.
A look at the set-up for the Dive-In movies. Can't wait to spend some Friday evenings here this summer. The park is still working on a full schedule for the movies but once it's finalized we'll be sure to share it with you.
If you'd like to suggest a movie to be shown on the screen you can do so on the parks twitter @sfmagicmountain. Or post below and we'll be sure to let the park know your suggestions since they follow us.
Below is the full press release and some additional images from the park.
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashes Into Summer With NEW Bonzai Pipelines
VALENCIA, Calif. — May 27, 2014 / PRNewswire / — Bigger, Better and Wetter than ever, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor is ready to keep Southern Californian’s cool all summer long. The park opened for the 20th season on Memorial Day weekend and introduced several exciting new additions to the popular water park.
Bonzai Pipelines, two impressive thrill slides that sit side-by-side, features a unique launching capsule system on Taboo Tower. After reaching the top of the five-story tower, guests step into the enclosed vertical capsule where the floor drops out beneath them, sending riders free-falling 40 miles-per-hour down the slide.
Guests may pull up an inner tube or grab a lounge chair for the new Friday Flicks Dive-In Movies, featuring family-friendly movies in the Forgotten Seawave pool now through Labor Day beginning at 6 p.m. The new Crow’s Nestfood location nearby will offer hot dogs and nachos. The popular Pirates Paradise continues to be the centerpiece of weekend live entertainment.
For relaxation and privacy, Cabana Cove is a sprawling oasis featuring private rental cabanas with table, lounge chairs, food and beverage wait service and free tube rentals. Located next to Lizard Lagoon, Cabana Cove offers guests a bit more privacy and shade for their families and friends.
“Hurricane Harbor is the perfect summer spot for water lovers of all ages,” said Bonnie Rabjohn, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor park president. “We are excited to introduce two new thrill slides, Dive-in Movies and delicious new dining options this season. These additions are a natural complement to our existing blend of thrill slides and family adventure. We are delighted to be taking our water park to a new level of entertainment and value.”
Hurricane Harbor has something for everyone. Whether it’s sliding down one of the tallest speed slides in California or relaxing next to a pool, this 25-acre water oasis has all of your needs covered. Splash Island is fun for the entire family with its water slides, rain curtains and squirting effects to keep everyone cool in the hot California sun. Mom and dad can relax in nearby lounge chairs while keeping an eye on the little ones as they explore a variety of water play platforms and fountains throughout the structure.
On Tornado, riders begin their experience 75 feet in the air by blasting down a 132-foot long tunnel, leading to the mammoth, open-ended funnel. The ride’s specially designed 4-person cloverleaf shaped tubes hug the inside of the funnel, splashing back and forth on 5,000 gallons of swirling water into a cool catch pool below.
One of the most thrilling attractions in Six Flags Hurricane Harbor is Black Snake Summit, a 75-foot-tall tower featuring five speed water slides. Bamboo Racer is a unique six-lane racing attraction that places riders head first, side-by-side, on specially designed water toboggans, guests then speed down the 45-foot tall water slides.
The sprawling 3.2 acre Lizard Lagoon has a tropical beach resort atmosphere featuring adult and teen activities including a three-and-a-half foot deep recreational pool with basketball hoops, water volleyball and comfortable lounge chairs beneath bamboo shade structures and swaying palm trees.
Other park attractions include Taboo Tower with three different body speed slides (including the new Bonzai Pipelines), Tiki Falls, Castaway Cove, andThe River Cruise lazy river.
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor 2014 Season Passes are on sale and provide unlimited visits through the 2014 water park season. Guests can receive one FREE Season Parking Pass with the purchase of four Hurricane Harbor Season Passes. Additional season pass perks include discounted admission for friends and more.
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor is located at 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, in Valencia, north of Los Angeles off Interstate 5 at the Magic Mountain Parkway exit. The water park is open Friday through Sunday until June 6 when it goes to daily operation. For complete operating days and hours, and for more information call (661) 255-4111 or visit us online atwww.SixFlags.com/HurricaneHarborLA.
On my cross country trek I made a stop at Great America today. I will be doing a full update from all of the parks I've visited but I wanted to put up a quick Goliath update since by the time I get home the ride will hopefully be done. Plus, it's rare that we get to do a construction update from a non-home park.
Hope you enjoy!!!
As you can see from the pictures below, there is still a LOT of work to be done if they are going to be ready for Media Day next Thursday.
Cranes are still all around the ride because they are still installing track.
We had heard rumors of testing starting today, but not with the track like that.
A close up of the section that still needs track. We tried to see if any of the bottom portion of this element was installed and we couldn't tell.
It almost looks as if there's a big gap between the supports and where the track is on the right of this picture.
A wider angle shot
The entry sign and the lift. This is going to be a popular picture.
Lots of work still to be done on the ride exit/photo area.
One last look at the lift/drop and elements.
So what do you think? Will they be ready to host the media next Thursday? If so, they are cutting it REALLY close. It's certainly not for a lack of trying for RMC and the park.
Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom will be opening some time in June. Full press release regarding the delay is below.
Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom Opening Scheduled for June
JACKSON, NJ – May 15, 2014 – Thrill-seekers eagerly anticipating the opening of this year’s most extreme new ride, Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom, will have to wait a few more weeks thanks to Mother Nature.
Zumanjaro was originally slated for a Memorial Day weekend opening, but the combination of high wind, snow and cold challenged construction at the top of the world's tallest and fastest drop ride.
“We battled through one of the harshest winters in history and high wind challenged the construction crew atop Zumanjaro’s massive towers this Spring,” said Six Flags Great Adventure President John Fitzgerald. “Our teams have done an incredible job staying very close to schedule despite Mother Nature’s wrath. It is even more amazing considering the dizzying heights of this project.”
Fitzgerald expects to announce an early June opening date for Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom in the coming weeks.
Connected to the iconic Kingda Ka roller coaster—the 45-story monster that ranks as the world’s tallest and fastest coaster—Zumanjaro will hoist riders 41 stories into the sky and rocket them back to Earth at speeds up to 90 miles per hour.
Three soaring Zumanjaro towers have been built on the face of the massive Kingda Ka coaster. Each drop tower features a gondola with eight riders. The gondolas rise to the top of the tower in approximately 30 seconds. Riders pause for a few terrifying moments, 415 feet in the air—even higher than London’s Big Ben and twice as high as the Statue of Liberty—allowing them to catch a glimpse of the skyscrapers in Philadelphia 52 miles to the south before gravity plunges them back to ground level in less than 10 seconds.
Six Flags Great Adventure and Safari is currently open weekends for the 2014 season, and will begin daily operation May 22. For more information, visit