As if our tour of Twisted Colossus this week wasn't enough, the park also showed us a peek at the all new "Holiday In The Park". We were originally only supposed to see the DC Universe and Full Throttle area's, but because everybody was feeling the Holiday spirit, we got to see all four area's.
But what we saw was only a preview and we can't wait to go back and see all of it.
If you thought the park took a major step forward when it came to Fright Fest this year, I think you are going to be blown away by their first Holiday In The Park.
I had taken some daytime Holiday in the Park pictures, but I think you'd all rather see it in all it's glory, so we'll just share a couple from the front of the park.
Below is a scan of the Holiday In The Park map with all of the special foods, hours and locations for everything. You can click either picture to make it bigger.
The event kicked off in DC Universe "Rockin' Universe" where Scott and Marc told us a bit about the set up for Holiday in the Park and you could tell just how excited they were.
Marc grew up in operations at the park, and it's so great to see a long-time employee work his way up at the park he loves. He's a good dude.
And with a flip of a switch (possibly) we have lights. A lot of lights!!
The show is really 360 degrees so you are going to want to walk around and take everything in. Or watch the shows multiple times from different angles.
Lots of twinkling lights in the dark (yes, I know I need a new camera) =)
A look down towards Superman, this will be filled with people in a few days, which it should be.
Below is a video we took of the DC Universe light show. This is only 1 of 3 shows, so you've gotta promise to stay and watch all 3. Something tells me you are going to want to.
Below is the "Tree of Heroes" which will honor local American Heroes.
Moving on to "Snowy Nights" in Full Throttle Plaza. I had no idea these trees would light up like this and change color.
They were rehearsing for the show and what we saw was really fun and fitting of the Full Throttle area.
Now most parks have a Christmas Tree as their main entry icon for the Holidays, and Magic Mountain is no different. But it wouldn't be Magic Mountain if they didn't take it "Extreme". =)
This is a Christmas Tree made out of water, that will have lights to make it look like a tree, that will move around and change colors. They didn't show us this, but I'm really excited to see it.
Lots of lights in the trees at the park entry
This is going to be a nice shot with the tree
The Holiday Cheer Carolers were also rehearsing, and sounded really good. More of a contemporary a cappella style, but it was fun.
Last, but most certainly not least is Winter Wonderland, which is more of the "Traditional" holiday area. We were all just blown away.
Even walking through this area during the day doesn't do it justice. The show lighting is fantastic.
This is the type of product placement we are totally for. Cute and makes me want a Coke.
Lots of Reindeer and snow. Actually, all of the snow, we found out ... made out of paper. Imagine that.
Santa's Workshop, home to the Krumpus ... I mean Santa.
After leaving Santa's Workshop the kids will get to go with Mrs. Claus and do arts and crafts at the nearby tables.
I really love the Snow Leopard.
That's going to wrap it up for our preview of Holiday In The Park.
The event begins this Friday (November 28) and runs through January 4. Each night the event begins at 5pm and runs until park close.
Be sure to find the time to head out and see it, it's going to be really great.
We were invited up to Six Flags Magic Mountain this week for a special treat, a hard-hat tour of the Twisted Colossus site and a close up of the work they are doing on the ride.
To see everything up close and personal was a treat and I hope you enjoy. Thanks to the park for having us out and including us in the tour.
Before we head out for the tour, lets take a look at what the ride looks like from the parking lot. Most of the area where the first turn-around and high-five element is going to be has been prepped.
The lift hill is almost done and should be topped off very soon, and then they will start on the first drops for each side.
More of the turnaround ... are ya getting excited yet?
Inside the park, it was confirmed that this area will be fully redone with new concrete and a "Screampunk District" sign. So it will look like the picture we posted below a few weeks ago, just without the train and with fancier concrete. Should be nice.
The food location will be a gourmet sandwich shop called "Twisted Wich's" (not sure of the spelling). Something the park is lacking and will be a nice change.
Now the part you've all been waiting for, the Twisted Colossus tour.
Moving in towards the station
If you are entering the queue, the left side will be the regular queue, the right side (shown below) will be for ADA and Flash Pass.
Obviously this is going to look much different in a few months
I didn't catch what this is going to be, I'm guessing queue.
What lurks under the bowels of Colossus?
LOTS of station work is coming in the future
The park confirmed there will be 4 trains total. Colors will be Orange, Blue, Green and Purple. There will be 3 storage tracks and 1 transfer track. And they will be covered.
What's that I see out of the corner of my eye? Back for more in a minute.
Getting in the back row for a ride!!!
The new control room will be below the station
Pictures do not do this justice
Coaster Porn shot #1
I mean come on!!!
This little stretch of track probably has more pops of airtime than all other rides in the park combined. Amazing.
We tried to get them to put the train on and just push us down this stretch of track, but alas, it is not at the park. I knew we should have stolen it from IAAPA.
Lets take a look at the lift hills shall we ...
The crew confirmed that the tracks will be built in unison throughout the entire project
36 years of grease ...
Lots of footers that no longer need to be used
The track is BEEFY
Seriously, who do I have to bribe to get a RMC tool chest for my garage?
The end of the ride
Coaster Porn shots #2, #3 and #4
Once the track reaches the bottom of the first drop, that is the end of "phase 1" of the project. Phase 2 will include the first turn around, the high-5 element and the twists. Phase 3 will be the rest of the ride.
Anybody want some Colossus wood?
Artsy shot ...
The transfer track ... yes it's upside down.
Moving back towards the front of the ride ... THIS ... can't wait. I request back seat please.
We need something fast and "Whoosh'y" to clear off the tracks. Soon ... very soon.
The park also confirmed that Scream will be getting a makeover including a new color scheme. What it's going to include or what the colors will be we aren't sure, but this is a VERY welcome change.
That's going to wrap it up for this update. Thanks again to the park and Rocky Mountain Construction for allowing us to get a great look at the ride. Hopefully there will be more of these before the ride opens (Hint Hint) as I know we all love them.
Stay tuned later as we'll have another update for our preview of Holiday in the Park ... which you definitely should be making plans to visit.
This week we are back at Six Flags Magic Mountain for a look at Twisted Colossus construction. Lots of work is being done on the lift and portions of the track and structure that are no longer going to be used are being removed.
We'll also look at Holiday in the Park preparations as the event looks to be pretty great.
Lastly, on Saturday we did some Full Throttle Slideshows as a new feature on the site. if you like the feature let us know and we'll continue it.
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Since our last update, more work has been done on the lift hill structure and it appears to be at it's pre-fire height. =)
The double-dip which was the roughest part of Colossus has mercifully been removed.
More steel is outside ready to be used to support the structure.
Lots of wood ready to go up
Workers were busy with their saws removing the lower parts of the track for the last turnaround.
You can see all of the steel support that's going up for support.
Inside the park, you can actually see the Colossus lift from near Goliath's entrance.
The trees are thinning which allows us to see a bit more of the pre-lift track
Work is still being done in the station, you can't really see a difference but they are certainly working underneath.
They have been clearing some space on the side of the ride, makes you wonder what they are going to be doing in this area.
Some of the switchbacks have been removed from the station
The first set of switchbacks after the ride entry have also been removed. Since only one side of the station will be used, this will need to be re-routed. Will be interesting to see the path it takes now.
From certain angles the lift seems a bit steeper than it was previously. There are more supports under the track than before, so it's probably increased a couple of degrees.
Holiday in the Park
Preparations for Holiday in the Park have kicked into high gear. Additional decorations have already been added and we are guessing more are on the way. We are really looking forward to this event.
The entrance to the park, Fright Fest decorations are gone, and we are pretty sure Christmas is on the way.
Full Throttle Plaza has received some decorations. People were already taking pictures in front of the trees and playing with the blue balls. =)
Very nice tree in front of DC Universe. Looks like Mr Freeze has been busy.
DC Universe has received a lighted dome
Not sure how well you can see it but lots of lights and icicles have been added under Revolution.
Looks like somebody flipped a switch for lights near Cyber Cafe
This is generally where Santa is, I'd guess he'll be back in this spot this year.
Off Season Park Improvements
Even with Twisted Colossus Construction and the conversion from Fright Fest to Holiday in the Park the park is busy with other off season work.
Jet Stream is closed, and it looks like flume work is continuing. With only 3 water rides in the park and rumors of Tidal Wave being removed, keeping Jet Stream open and in good operating condition is more important than ever.
Looks like most of the boats are in storage, hopefully they are getting a nice refurb. They certainly need it.
You can see the cord of the crew working on the flume.
Hopefully the outside of the flume is going to get some love as well.
Breyers > PeptoCopter
The great facade for Willoughy's is gone, replaced by this. They really should leave the facade up all year.
Ninja is still only running 1 train
Lastly, the landscaping crew has been hard at work with some nice new flowers at the front of the park. While SFMM is a "Thrill Park" the landscaping crew really does work hard to make sure the planters and gardens are well maintained.
That's going to wrap it up for this update. We won't have a SFMM update next week but we'll have something very special the week of Thanksgiving. More on that when we can reveal it.
Today was an absolutely beautiful day at Six Flags Magic Mountain, so I decided to play around with the camera a bit and take some continuous shot pictures and put them together in a few little slideshows.
Let us know what you think and if you'd like us to do more things like this.
Wine and theme parks and animals, does it really get any better than that?
Plus it's your Last Chance to See Adorable Giraffe Calf ‘Mika’ Before Spring
The region’s most unique wine festival, Six Flags Grape Adventure, offers guests a special opportunity to sample local wines, food and gifts partnered with a V.I.P. safari experience that includes giraffe feeding Nov. 8 and 9, 2014. The event is also the last opportunity for guests to see the safari’s newest resident – an adorable giraffe calf named Mika – before spring.
The festival features 14 New Jersey vineyards with nearly 150 locally-produced wines for sampling, handcrafted gifts from local artisans and an array of dishes from specialty food truck vendors. Visitors can purchase an upgraded safari package which includes a private tour of the 350-acre safari, a special wine tasting at Camp Aventura with a view of African plains animals including giraffes, zebras, Ankoli cattle, kudu, springbuck, gnu and more, plus an unforgettable, face-to-face giraffe feeding experience.
Weather permitting, guests can catch a glimpse of the Six Flags Safari’s latest addition, a female reticulated giraffe born at the wildlife preserve Oct. 11 to first-time mom Noel. “Mika” was born measuring 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing approximately 125 lbs. She currently stands just under 6 feet tall. According to Safari Supervisor Jason Holloway, Noel is nursing and both mom and baby are very healthy. Mika is the Safari’s ninth giraffe.
Reticulated giraffes, also known as Somali giraffes, are native to northeastern Kenya, southern Ethiopia and Somalia. They possess a distinctive coat pattern featuring red-brown polygonal patches divided by thin white lines. Full-grown female giraffes stand approximately 16 feet tall and weigh approximately 1,800 lbs.
The fifth-annual Grape Adventure event follows the official ending of the 2014 Great Adventure season, and the theme park is not operational during this event.
Six Flags Great Adventure, 1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson, NJ 08527
Enter via main park entrance on Rt. 537 West. Parking is free.
Saturday and Sunday, November 8 and 9, from 12 to 5 pm
Safari Package (includes tours and tastings) available from 11 am to 3 pm
Several packages are available for purchase in advance online at www.sixflags.com/greatadventure with promo code WINE (valid Season Pass required at entry for Season Pass Tickets).
For more information, visit www.sixflags.com/greatadventure or call 732-928-2000.