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
Jackson, NJ – May 12, 2014 – Actress and model Brooke Shields celebrated Mother’s Day weekend at Six Flags Great Adventure with her husband, director Chris Henchy, and daughters Rowan and Grier. The family was joined Saturday by two of the daughters’ friends in celebration of Rowan Henchy’s eleventh birthday.
The family focused on all of the park’s world-class roller coasters including El Toro, Nitro, BIZARRO, GREEN LANTERN, SUPERMAN – Ultimate Flight, BATMAN the Ride and more. Shields and her daughters declared that El Toro, the world’s No. 1 wooden coaster, was their favorite ride of the day.
Throughout the day, Shields graciously stopped for photos with any park guest who inquired. They ended their visit with a birthday celebration at the Liberty Pub on Main Street with cake and the frozen treat Dippin’ Dots.
Shields alluded to her Mother’s Day plans at Six Flags Great Adventure last week in an interview, after she was one of three women honored at the annual Outstanding Mother Awards sponsored by the National Mother’s Day Committee.
Shields guest co-hosted NBC’s TODAY show with Willie Geist and Al Roker August 30, 2013, the day Six Flags Great Adventure announced the world record-breaking Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom. She talked about her love of roller coasters but declared that fear would keep her off the world’s tallest and fastest drop ride, opening late spring. Park officials plan to invite Shields back to conquer her fears of Zumanjaro.
We were able to head up to Six Flags Magic Mountain for a couple of hours in the afternoon and while we weren't expecting much in the way of progress on the projects going on we actually have a pretty big update for you.
We'll speculate on the future of Revolution thanks to some new ads, take a look at the Bonzai Pipelines construction as well as a look around the rest of the park. There's actually a lot going on right now.
Great American Revolution back from the dead?
This part of the update is going to be filled to the brim with wild speculation (and probably incorrect speculation) but that's the fun part. =)
Rumors have been flying since the sudden closure of Revolution back in March as to the future of this once great coaster. It looks like the ride may be coming back sooner rather than later.
As you can see below, at least one of the trains has been wrapped with a new ad.
There was a second train on the track but it did not have the wrap. Not only is the train wrapped, but there are ads on EVERY SINGLE LAMPPOST in the queue and exit of the ride.
I can't imagine a company like AT&T sponsoring a ride, and "proudly presenting" a ride if it wasn't going to be reopening.
On the exit side.
While I don't think for a second that this is going to eventually bring an end to the horrible trains that the ride has been running with for too many years it would still be a shame if this ride was to close.
You could hear something "on" in the station, but I didn't see any workers inside.
Some blue covers in the station, not sure if these have ads on them but it doesn't appear they do. .
The park would NEVER admit it, but if these ads do end up saving Revolution we expect all of you to go out and get an AT&T Pantech Mobile device. =)
(We know at least one of our site contributors would ... and you know who you are) =)
As soon as we hear anything about the ride actually reopening we'll be sure to let you know.
Hurricane Harbor and Bonzai Pipelines
We're going to skip around a bit and head outside to Hurricane Harbor to show you the latest on the new slides.
First thing you'll notice is that the main walkway to the entrance of both parks has been moved a bit to allow easier construction of the slides.
There is a ramp for those in wheelchairs to be able to use the new walkway, that is literally in the tram road.
Looking up at the tower it's still hard to see where the new towers are going to be placed. They have been busy painting the entire tower though, which is nice to see.
Pieces for the new slides have shown up and are just outside Colossus. Looking at this picture I would guess they are going to be extending the slide tower to accommodate the two new slides.
Supports for the new tower extension.
And a look at the actual slide tubes.
Looks like the rest of the water park is getting some much needed TLC as well.
We'll be heading out to Hurricane Harbor most likely the weekend after Memorial Day Weekend.
Speedy Gonzales and Bugs Bunny World
Back inside Magic Mountain, work continues on the new coaster and the rest of the Bugs Bunny World makeover.
A little more work done since our last update. Looks like the electrical work is being done. Still haven't seen any track on-site.
Work continues on the theater as the stage for the new show is being constructed.
Looks like it will be a fun show!!!
Not sure if a new sign or just freshly painted. I've certainly never noticed it before. =)
Work continues on the Merrie Melodies Carousel
It looked like there was some kind of queue going into the store here but it wasn't open.
Bugs and Daffy were hanging out. I was kind of sad Bugs didn't want to put on my Kings hat ... I wasn't about to put it on the Duck. =)
The park is going all out for Grad Nights this year. There are at least 5 different stages/dance zones including the soon-to-be-permanent Full Throttle Stage.
DC Universe Stage
This stage comes and goes so many times throughout the year they should probably just make it permanent.
There's also a stage near Riddlers Revenge
And under Revolution
And finally one up near the old Eagles Flight station on Samurai Summit.
If anybody is going to or knows anyone going to any of the grad nights we'd love to see pictures. Use the Contact Us link on the main page to let us know.
Around The Park
I never feel like I take enough Coaster pictures so I made an effort to do so during my visit.
Some of Riddlers Revenge
I still say this would be a top-10 coaster if it was a sit-down coaster vs a stand-up coaster. The layout is amazing.
Ninja ... still one of the best rides in the park
Signature Shot (Tatsu and Sky Tower)
Speaking of the Sky Tower, it's still closed but rumors are the elevators are getting an EXTENSIVE rehab. Let's hope the rumors are true.
Yes ... I'm 12.
If anybody from the park is reading this, this is outside of Viper if you'd like to send somebody over to fix it. ;)
Some interesting markings have shown up on the loop-hat of Full Throttle. These could be for eventual lights for the loop-hat but the paint is on the actual track and looks to be right in the middle.
The concept art for Holiday In The Park shows lights on the loop-hat so chances are that's what it's for.
One of Full Throttle's trains is in rehab at the moment. This is actually the perfect time of year to do it as the 1-train op's didn't impact wait time at all.
In fact, as I've been saying in my online reports for years, if you can go during the week this is the PERFECT time to head to the park. Most rides will be running only 1-train but when I arrived at the park at about 4pm only about 1/3 of the first lot had cars in it.
Jet Stream was back open so I took a ride
The ride is in need of some MAJOR TLC this winter. I did see some spray paint markers on portions of the flume so hopefully once the busy summer season is over it will be getting some love.
Seriously, are there any ads more annoying than Taki's ads?
Ok, maybe this one.
Overall though, the park is looking good and ready for summer. Lots of work going on in both parks.
Ok, that's going to wrap it up for this update. I know we keep saying it, but this will likely be our last SFMM update for awhile. We are going to have some updates for you from Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, California's Great America, Adventuredome, Adventureland, Six Flags Great America, Kennywood and Six Flags St. Louis for you in the coming weeks (whew). In addition we'll have media day coverage for Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom at Six Flags Great Adventure.
Plus we have the rest of Chris' WDW stuff once he get's caught up on actual life stuff.
In the meantime, we'll leave you with a picture of one of the SFMM Geese ... just because.