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!!!
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.
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.
We headed up to Six Flags Magic Mountain the other day to take a look at the all new white train on The New Revolution and to take a look around the park at what's maybe coming for 2017.
We'll be back at the park on Thursday so we'll have more from The New Revolution then but for now let's take a look at the new train and some nice night shots from friend of the site Cody.
But the bulk of today's update is going to be looking at the potential for 2017 and a nice video we put together discussing some things about that project. Not really "what" the project us (as we don't know) but the potential and what that might mean for the rest of the backside of the park.
Written by Gregg Condon
Before we get started, don't forget to get your tickets for Mountain Madness 2.0. We've got a great day planned for you and you definitely don't want to miss it. Click the picture below for all of the details.
The nice and shiny white train
If possible it was actually a bit smoother than the red train. So good to have this back. Took a nice front seat ride today without the VR.
And despite rumors, we did confirm with the park there will not be a 3rd train. Just the Red and White. Too bad as a a Blue train would have filled out the connection quite nicely.
How about a few night shots from our good friend Cody who was at the park last night.
And lastly, a couple of gif files we created from video Cody sent us. Love the classic amusement park feel this gives off.
Alright, enough of The New Revolution for now. We'll have more of that later in the week.
Our main update this week is looking at the 2017 project area and some speculation on not really the "what" is coming but what that means to the surrounding area.
We'll start back at the Action Theater which has been completely removed.
Lots of room here for "something" whether it's a Justice League dark ride or some other type of ride.
Fences all around the area. Once they start building something it's going to be pretty obvious what's coming.
Tidal Wave is closed, whatever is coming we have a feeling it's going to be DC themed. Let's hope this ride stays with a nice Aquaman re-theme.
Elsewhere in the park, Grad Nights are coming.
"It's peanut butter jelly time!"
Season Pass previews for The New Revolution end on April 17. The ride will be closed April 18-20 and reopen on April 21 with the ribbon cutting at 11am.
Total accidental almost awesome coaster shot. Didn't even notice the train coming down the first drop until I got home. =)
Lastly, new slide pieces continue to show up on site. These are replacing the kid friendly slides at the front of the park on "Reptile Ridge". Not sure if it's also replacing the speed slides that are there as well, let's hope the middle slide is staying. That's the best body slide in the park.
Alright, that's going to wrap it up for this update.
Be sure to check out the video above and let us know what you think about our 2017 project speculation and if you think we're crazy or are making maybe a little bit of sense.
We'll be back up at the park on Thursday for the grand opening of The New Revolution and then on Friday we'll be at Discovery Kingdom for a tour of The Joker.
It's finally here, our The New Revolution media day update. We wanted to make sure we got all our videos and pics done right before presenting it all to you, so we hope you enjoy.
We'll start off with some videos, two of our POV's (with and without the VR headset) and also a walk-around of the ride area.
Pictures by Matthew Nelson (the good ones) and Gregg Condon (the bad ones)
Video and written by Gregg Condon (additional video courtesy of SFMM)
Before we get started, a few notes about The New Revolution
With that said, let's get to the videos!!
We'll start off with a behind the scenes look at Media Day because you all want to see what goes on. It's TOTALLY glamorous. ;)
Next are our two reverse POV's with and without the VR headsets that we posted over the weekend
The new sign. it looks great and very colorful and shiny.
Didn't notice this lit up when we got to the ride, but again it was 4:00am...
The ACE sign has been re-done and it looks phenomenal. It's so nice to see this landmark coaster get the TLC it's needed.
Ride safety sign
Just FYI for those with young kids. If they are over 48" they can still ride The New Revolution, but they can't use the VR headsets until they are 13.
We also just confirmed with the park that this requirement is from Samsung and Oculus and the park is following their safety guidelines.
Some action shots!! Notice the front wasn't on the train due to filming. Like Twisted Colossus the front is removable so they can add camera rigs. Smart idea.
Thanks again to the park for having us out, we had a great time and can't wait to get up and ride it some more soon.
Did you ride The New Revolution over opening weekend? Let us know what you thought of the ride.