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.
Today we've got a quick update from Six Flags Magic Mountain where we'll be taking a look at the progress on Justice League.
Apocalypse is also still undergoing some major re-tracking that looks to be more extensive than first believed.
Written by Gregg Condon
As you can see, it was a pretty busy day (this was taken at around 1:00pm).
Seriously, if you can get away on a weekday to visit the park the next 4-5 weeks do it.
They've finally added some signs to keep people off of the bus route, that they weren't paying attention to.
Moving inside the park, they are still working on Justice League (obviously).
Most of the work is probably going on inside right now. At least one would hope.
Most of the remodeled food locations have opened and look great.
Apparently we missed the re-paint of Studio 6F and Gold Rusher's station that took place a couple of months ago. Oops.
The new entrance for Tidal Wave is done, going to be interesting how the route the line and if they make one long switch back in the old queue.
(still think this is more work than just making some new DC signs, but we aren't in the theme park business)
A look at the rest of Metropolis, Apparently Riddlers got pressure-washed last week so painting should be starting soon, if it hasn't already.
No work yet on JB's, but new tables are there.
Moving on to Apocalypse, the last word we got from the park was they were hoping the ride would reopen on Easter Weekend. Obviously that didn't happen so we're hoping they decided to re-track more of the ride. Originally it was only supposed to be a couple hundred feet of track.
It does appear some work is going on here at the final turn around.
And it definitely looks like some work has been done to the first turn around and drop.
Alright, that's going to wrap it up for this update, we hope you enjoyed.
We've been asked a couple of times when Justice League is going to open, we have no clue. At this point our best guess would be sometime in June (probably when we're in Texas for CoasterCon lol).
Today we've got another update from Six Flags Magic Mountain as they continue to work on Justice League for the Spring/Summer opening.
We'll also take a look at the Apolcalypse refurbishment to see how that's going.
Written by Gregg Condon
Justice League, all closed up and definitely being worked on inside.
Absolutely LOVING the re-do of the food area. The colors are nice and subtle.
Now = Break area. Soon = Beer garden.
A look at the area around the ride, still a lot of work to be done.
For some reason they were testing Riddlers Revenge. Doesn't look like any of the re-painting has been done yet.
Still not sure what they are doing with Tidal Wave
Moving over to Apocalypse, the re-furb continues
After our last update we checked with the park and they indicated they were hoping to open up the ride for Easter Weekend
Looking at this we'd say that it's not going to open for this weekend, but we can cross our fingers.
Nice re-paint of the Screampunk District entry
That's about it for this update, now that the park is open for daily operations we'll try and get up for another update soon.
Last week we were invited out to Six Flags Magic Mountain for another great tour of Justice League: Battle for Metropolis.
As you'll see below the building is done and now comes the fun part of adding in all of the ride elements and scenery. We also got some more news on what's going on around the rest of the ride.
Written by Gregg Condon
We got our hard hats ... on
We also got some great renderings of the ride and surrounding area
This is going to look much different in a few months
The entrance to the ride
And the exit is of course through the gift shop
This area has been in need of a makeover so it's going to be awesome to see this redone
We also did confirm where the entrance for Justice League will be which will cause the Riddlers queue to be rerouted a bit (good news as the queue is crazy long)
A look at where the entrance will be, and the colors for the Riddlers repaint. We did confirm the colors for Riddlers will be this bright.
Let's head inside shall we?
Right now it's essentially a warehouse, but not for long.
The rides entry
The entire track is level
Lots of room for lots of Justice League stuff
More doodads just waiting to be installed somewhere
Super high ceilings
They've already cut out the path of the ride
Outside lots of other work is going on
The gazebo is staying as a part of the beer garden
This will be backstage area but also re-done
As you can see the work being done on the food locations is quite extensive
We asked again about the Tidal Wave entrance being moved and they did confirm that it's going to be moved over towards the games (where the flash pass entrance is now). Maybe it's just us but that seems like so much more work than just re-theming the ride to Aquaman or The Penguin.
The gas station is completely gone, will be interesting to see what they do with the rest of the Riddlers themeing when they re-paint it.
Interested to see this completely re-done as well. It's been time for awhile.
The entrance to Metropolis
JB's will soon be Ace of Clubs
Thank you Magic Mountain for another great tour. We can't wait for the next one.
Here is the rest of the concept art they shared with us.
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!!