Today we headed up to Six Flags Magic Mountain for our first "park" update in a few months. Between vacations, Fright Fest and everything else it's been kind of hard to get up for a daytime visit. Plus with Apocalypse closed it was kind of getting repetitive since we couldn't see more of the ride.
But not today!! Not only was the back area open, but more of the area is starting to take shape. We have a LOT to get to today, so let's get to it!!
Written by Gregg Condon
Early entry FTW!!
Hey Tatsu, we see you hiding back there.
DE-NIED!! Well, hope you enjoyed the update!!!
Actually, the area was closed while Apocalypse was still testing. We had to come back later.
Sling Shot is open as well
Ready to head Underground?
Video update and pics continuing below
The station is really starting to take shape
It's gonna be awesome to see trains flying overhead in all directions
And lots of them!
Twisty stuff all over the place
More of the station
The rest of the area is, well, not done. Crossing our fingers they don't leave it like this.
There were supposed to be a lot more planters than two.
Launch and electrical stuff.
Some were expecting testing to start tomorrow, don't see that happening, but it should happen very soon.
Twin Charged Tacos is open!!
Street Tacos and Sopes.
Would have greatly preferred more Coke Freestyle.
But it looks quite nice inside.
The restrooms are also open, very nice but no pics inside. Because that's just creepy.
An overhead view from Samurai Summit.
This is as far as you can get for now.
Holiday in the Park
The park is preparing for Holiday In The Park, which begins in (checks calendar), 13 days? Didn't Fright Fest JUST end?
Merch already available in the stores.
Including, Christmas Poop Hats? I mean, what did you eat!?!?!
The globes are back in Metropolis.
Lots of lights strung up for Rockin' Universe.
Around The Park
A few random odd's and end's from around the rest of the park.
Revolution is currently running 1 train. The other train is on the transfer track. Not sure if it's getting pulled off or if it's coming back soon.
Some Fright Fest props are still waiting to get put away for the winter.
Superman (and Lex Luthor) are currently closed.
More Fright Fest stuff lingering. They should do a "dark Christmas" theme in this area. =)
Alrighty, that's going to wrap it up. We'll obviously be keeping our eyes on West Coast Racers over the next couple of weeks for testing and an opening date. As soon as we know, you will too!!
Today we're back at Six Flags Magic Mountain for another look at Metropolis and Justice League Battle For Metropolis.
Also, Apocalypse finally reopened this weekend after a lengthy refubishment and re-tracking. Did it help? Read on below.
Written by Gregg Condon
Here we are back in Metropolis, home of Tidal Wave?
Work has begun on Ace O' Clubs
Guessing we'll start seeing more visible work going on outside
Can't wait to see this done, guessing lots of great stuff is going on inside
It's going to look so great when it's all done
Repainting of Riddlers has begun
Old and new ... wish it was sunnier so you could see the difference better. I do like the green, haven't seen any of the new support color yet.
As we were walking by they were opening Apocalypse. You can see them removing the sign here.
It's great to see this ride back in action
So did the re-tracking help? Yes and no.
The parts that were re-tracked are great. Smooth and fun. They did re-track the worst parts of the ride so that's awesome. Still there are a few parts that didn't get re-tracked and it would have been nice to see the entire ride get a re-track. We're hoping this is a multi-year process and the ride will come back down next offseason for more work to bring it back to where it was on opening day.
We can definitely see the reason why the park wants to get the ride open for the busy Summer season.
The park is advertising a couple of movies, one of them would make an AMAZING Fright Fest maze. We'll let you guess which one.
They are also preparing for their Grad Nite festivities.
Swashbuckler is also closed for a refurbishment. Don't think there's any other ride at this park that get's as much refurbishment as Swashbuckler.
Drop of Doom was closed due to high winds and sadly not to move the VR off of Revolution and onto the drop ride like some other Six Flags parks.
And lastly, we'll leave you with some Twisted Colossus pictures, because why not.
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
Coming soon ...
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. =)
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!!