We decided to head up to Six Flags Magic Mountain the other day to take advantage of the offseason weekday crowds, and as you'll see below, this is the absolute best time of year to go to the park.
But before that, let's take a look at Project 2017 and see what's doing.
Written by Gregg Condon
Before we get started, your reminder to get your tickets for Mountain Madness 2.0 that's coming up on June 5.
JUST ADDED!!! Get a FREE reverse POV on The New Revolution during morning ERT.
Click the picture below to view all of the information.
We're going to start off with Tidal Wave, which is still not open. Sadly the more we look at this ride the more we fear for it's fate.
For a park that consistently sees many 100 degree days during the summer the more water rides the better. Two water rides is simply not enough for this park.
Looking inside the station, it kind of appears that the queue line has been taken out, let's hope not though.
Moving over to where we assume the new ride(s) are going you can see a lot of space here, more than what they need for what is rumored to go here. Which could make for a very interesting 2017.
As you can see, large green fences now surround the entire area.
But if you know where to go you can still see in.
Once construction starts it's going to be pretty obvious what's coming.
The only question is, will it be obvious before the new ride announcements are made in late August/early September.
Moving on, it appears a couple of the Jet Stream boats got some TLC. Unfortunately we didn't get to ride as the ride is STILL opening up at least an hour after the park on a daily basis. Along with Roaring Rapids.
But as you can see, the "refurb" appears to be entirely cosmetic.
Moving over to Ninja, more trees have been trimmed. Not sure if this is because they were going bad or for something else, but it's very open back here now.
She does look beautiful.
If you were following along on our social media during our visit you'll know we were posting pictures about a nearly empty park.
Every ride was pretty much a walk-on.
You know the park isn't very busy when even Tatsu's line is this short.
One ride that didn't have a short line was The New Revolution.
From what we could tell this wasn't just an issue of the VR, although it didn't help. Because people are concentrating so much on the VR and getting their headsets done they are forgetting the most basic of amusement park rules regarding loose articles. etc. So it's kind of a perfect storm of crap.
It's going to be interesting to see if the slower operations impact the life of the VR portion of the ride.
Tip: But ... if you want to use the Single Rider line and be split up, it's still available.
Also, if you don't care about doing the VR remember that the front row is a non-VR row so by using the single rider line you will pretty much be instantly placed in the front row of the ride.
Also also, remember, during ERT of Mountain Madness 2.0 you won't have any of these line issues. =)
If you can get up to the park during the week over the next couple of weeks you're pretty much guaranteed to have light crowds ... but don't blame us if some random school group shows up. ;)
Grad Night's are coming ...
Allegra isn't my allergy medicine, but I'd probably switch after seeing these ad's.
Lastly, the new slides for Hurricane Harbor are still sitting in front of Colossus.
Considering the waterpark opens next week not sure if these new slides will be open with the park. But they shouldn't take long to install.
Alright, that's going to wrap it up for this update. Our next SFMM update is probably going to be for Mountain Madness with all of the awesome fun, tours and more. So be sure you are there so you can see it in person!!!
Yesterday Andrew and Renée headed out to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom to have some fun and of course take a look at The Joker which is getting VERY close to opening.
In fact, Media Day is next Wednesday and we will of course be there and we are so excited for this new ride. Be sure to check out the update below.
Beautiful day Six Flags Discovery! Looks like there have some big changes to the #Joker station!
New signage up to promote the Joker! Most anticipated new ride in over 10 years!
A new shade structure is being constructed for the Joker queue
Ride signs are coming up and a new gift shop is being constructed for the Joker
A closer look at the new Joker station. Ride sign and funhouse theming still to come
Dear Six Flags Discovery Kingdom: I'm ready. Please take me. #Joker
The Coaster Guy and Park Journey are pleased to announce our second event
8:30am - Parking Opens (parking is free until 9:00am)
9:15am - 10:15am - ERT on The New Revolution (including FREE Reverse POV)
10:15am - SFMM Opens for Gold Passholders and us!!
12:00 - 3:00pm - Pick up your night ERT Wristband from the Skippy PB Booth. You can find the info for the ERT here. (we will be printing vouchers for all)
2:30pm - 4:30pm - Picnic Lunch at West Picnic Pavilion (located next to lockers and Flash Pass office)
9:00pm - 9:30pm - Park Closes and night ERT Begins on Goliath and Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom (MUST get wristband during the day with Skippy PB Voucher)
* Note: We are still working out the tour with the park and will update as soon as we have that info
Where: Six Flags Magic Mountain
When: Sunday - June 5, 2016
Time: 8:30am to 10:00pm
Click on "Online Tickets" and then "Promo" and enter code "mountainmadness".
ERT on THE NEW REVOLUTION!!
An all day and night event including Morning ERT on The New Revolution, FREE Reverse POV on The New Revolution during ERT, backstage Tour, Group lunch, free parking and other surprises throughout the day.
Look for more surprises announced as the event gets closer.
If you have any questions feel free to post them below and we'll answer them.
We will be posting and emailing out a full schedule as the event gets closer.
Last Friday there was an awesome construction tour of The Joker at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. Unfortunately we were able to attend due to work and Japan commitments (thanks Stephen ;) ).
But never fear because the awesome Sean from California Coaster Kings was kind enough to send us some great pictures of the tour for us to share with you. Be sure to check out their awesome update from the tour here.
All pictures courtesy of California Coaster Kings
Written by Gregg Condon
Let's start off with some awesome concept art of the station. Looks very jokery. Still think it's odd that the rest of the area isn't getting a DC theme though.
The big reveal during the tour was the awesome trains, and they do look awesome.
Not Jared Leto was on hand to add a little fun to the event.
As you can see a lot of work has been done so far on the station but there is still a long way to go.
Let's move over to the track which looks to be getting closer to being done. And man, can you say Airtime? (go ahead, say it, especially if you are on the bus or something, just say it out loud. Airtime)
This thing is just gonna go and keep going very fast until it doesn't go fast anymore at the end.
Other than the lift you'd be hard pressed to find any straight track on this thing.
More track to be added here
Flippy Dippy Doo element (honestly have no idea what it's actually called but we'll stick with Flippy Dippy Doo)
A picture so nice we included it twice (seriously was going to delete one but where's the fun in that)
And we'll leave you with a shot of the dippy dot element (the dippin dot guy named it)
Thanks again to California Coaster Kings for the awesome pictures. If you haven't yet be sure you give them a like and follow on all of their social media.
We can't wait to ride this thing very soon. We'll let you know when we find out from the park about opening day.
Today was the grand re-opening for The New Revolution at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Even though it's been open for passholders for awhile now today was the first "public" opening and Six Flags held a brief ribbon cutting ceremony.
We'll also take a look at the 2017 project and new waterslides for Hurricane Harbor.
Welcome to Magic Mountain on a beautiful spring day.
A small stage was set up just in front of the loop, that you can actually see now. So awesome!!
The first riders were members of the local JROTC.
Nice decorations on the stage.
Bonnie, the parks manager takes the stage to make a few remarks. No 2017 hints however. =)
The mayor and mayor pro tem of Santa Clarita also made a few remarks.
After a short ceremony it was time to cut the ribbon and release the kracken ... errr, confetti.
As well as some nice low level pyro
Some of the Six Flags team that made it all happen
Over in front of the ride some nice balloons were set up in the entry area.
The line just prior to opening. After the ceremony they had to remove all the pyro so there was a bit of a delay.
Might be hard to see, but even the queue rope is red white and blue rather than the typical yellow. Nice touch that honestly, 5-6 years ago you wouldn't have seen at SFMM. So kudos on that!!
So the ride is officially open, we took 2 rides once it opened and experienced minimal stacking (maybe 30 seconds at most) and from what we could tell this was due to 1 or 2 people having issues with the headsets.
So while it didn't seem today that the VR was causing delays the real test is going to be over the weekend and if they keep the staffing up for the ride.
If you are going to the park this weekend be sure to be patient, get to the ride early, but most importantly, reach out to us and send us pictures and updates on operations. ;)
Decided to head to the back of the park and look at where the 2017 project is going. They've added some fences around the area ... hope we aren't to blame for this. =)
But if you are going to use a nearby vending machine you can still get a peek inside. =)
Lastly, more slide pieces have shown up onsite and should be moving into the waterpark soon we'd imagine.
Alright, that's going to wrap it up for our New Revolution coverage, not quite as extensive as Twisted Colossus last year but we are so happy to have this classic ride back the way God, er, Anton intended.
If you want to ride Revolution with NO LINES be sure you register for our event coming up on June 5. We'll have ERT on The New Revolution, Backstage tours, Food and more. Click the picture below for all the details.