Before a very busy few weeks we decided to make one last trek up to Six Flags Magic Mountain to check out West Coast Racers progress.
Below we have pics and video of the rides progress as well as some Fright Fest prep, which begins in less than a month if you can believe it!!
Written by Gregg Condon
Below is a video update if you'd rather get your info that way, otherwise, scroll down for some pics!!
Definitely some more track added since our tour
No station yet
A piece of track is ready for it's new home
Through the trees
This is where it goes backwards (j/k, j/k)
Crane is ready to load more track
Looks like the spaghetti bowl may be the last part of track to finish, obviously we can't see behind Apocalypse
We obviously have no idea when the ride is going to open. We were hoping by the beginning of Fright Fest, that's not going to happen as that's in less than a month.
Obligatory coaster shot for this update
Some new merch, or at least new to us
Really dig these!!
Was going to buy one of these on my way out, but they only had one register open ... in the largest store in the park, and I didn't want to wait.
Fright Fest dates!!
Fright Fest starts on September 14th and runs all the way through November 3rd!!
AND Fright Fest is open on Halloween. Not sure why the change this year as the park hasn't been open for Fright Fest on Halloween the past few years, but we definitely welcome the change!
Nice and shiny
Nightmares is coming back!!
Hopefully our friend Lorraine-Lurane will be back!!
Sewer of Souls will be back as well!! This was our favorite maze from Fright Fest last year so we are glad it will be back.
Didn't notice this thing last year, will have to look back on pics to see if it was there. Either way, it's kind of sewer'y.
Terrortory Twisted is going to be back as well
(sorry in advance, didn't realize the lens had a spot towards the end of our visit)
It definitely seems like there are more "guts" this year. But probably not. Lol.
Alright, there's our update. Hope you enjoyed. We most likely will not be back at the park until Fright Fest opening weekend. Be sure to follow along our social media the next few weeks, lots going on including Six Flags 2020 announcements on August 29th.
Hey everybody!! It's mid-July and we're finally getting a behind the scenes tour of West Coast Racers at Six Flags Magic Mountain!!
Despite some delays in the ride we think that this update may shed some light on just why the process is taking longer than many of us would have liked. It definitely made sense to us!! Let's head in!
Written by Gregg Condon
We're all checked in and ready to go!!! All official and stuff.
If you like your updates in video form, here ya go. It's pretty long.
Shorter versions of the video are at the bottom of the update. They are broken down into a ride overview, a look at the Spaghetti Bowl Element and the Launch and Station.
Jet Stream is closed while they upgrade the power in the area. Yeah, the entire area is getting new power.
Jet Stream will be back open on Monday, with super power. Or something like that.
Up until now, this is as far as we could see.
But today we get to go beyond the wall.
Pictures don't do the spaghetti bowl or it's supports justice. It's so twisty.
Into the station/second (well 3rd) launch.
Neal and Tim were our hosts for the afternoon
Station goes here
The view from inside The Underground
Have to be honest, given that it's been 11 months since the ride was announced, kind of forgot this was a part of the ride
But it looks cool!!
The support structure for this thing is INSANE!!
Oh yeah, the re-track for Apocalypse is done. They are already testing it. And it's supposedly running great. Can't wait!!
Stuff goes here, twisty stuff
I touched the butt, err, track!!
New Facebook cover photo (watch)
For all you coaster electronic nerds (you know who you are)
The candy store is gutted, it will be back (a little nod to the past name of the ride that's behind this)
The highest of fives!!
Oh yeah, so a bit more on Apocalypse. The themeing and pre-show isn't really changing although apparently the entertainment department is working on a couple of things. If we had to guess it's the queue video.
More nerd shots
Launchy, Launch, Launch
Ok, so look at this. LOOK AT IT I TELL YOU!!
This thing is insane looking. So apparently, due to the complexity of this thing they put it together in China (where it was manufactured) to make sure it all fit together. And then took it apart and shipped it here.
It's seriously like a maze in there
I mean ...
And one last nerd shot
Ok, so we already know the question. WHEN IS IT GOING TO OPEN!! That was actually the first question that was asked during the tour. Right now, we just don't know. But it WILL be in 2019.
I know we've been kind of harsh in previous updates about the delays and I hope this doesn't sound like we're now "towing the company line", because we aren't. But ...
A few things to consider
So we know it's hard, but be patient. It is going to happen, it won't be 2020. And when it does happen, it's going to be SO worth it. The ride is looking all kinds of amazing. It's going to be super fun.
Thanks for following along!!
Shorter versions of the update video are below.
Time for a quick West Coast Racers update!!
There is still a LOT of work to be done on this ride, a lot. We have zero idea when it will be ready, maybe September for Fright Fest? While we have ZERO doubt the ride will be awesome when it does indeed open, it doesn't seem like they are any rush. Anyway, some new pics!!
Pics by Stephen Harrington
An overview of the Spaghetti Bowl
A bit more done on the back side of the ride vs our last update
Down below, a huge chunk is missing (where the station goes)
This is the extent of it, still quite a bit of track left to go
And we'll leave you with a couple of pics from the Jet Stream queue.
Thanks Stephen for taking the time out of your day to send us some pics!!
Welcome to another West Coast Racers update from Six Flags Magic Mountain.
Now that work is picking up at the site, you may see more frequent updates as we follow the progress of the ride. Let's take a look!!
Written by Gregg Condon
Not sure if this a permanent change or not, but the Member entrance has been moved.
It was a beautiful day at the park and despite it being both Jubilee and a Holiday weekend, the park was surprisingly not busy during the morning hours.
You may remember from our last West Coast Racers update that we had a bit of criticism for the park based on the amount of rides that weren't open. I also was unable to fit on Batman (but that wasn't on the park).
I'm happy to say that today's visit was a complete 180 from our previous visit. Rides were open, running great AND I fit on Batman.
I know the update seemed kind of harsh, but we've always called it like it is. And I'm very glad to call this visit like it is. Great day at the park!!
Some work going on around the entrance to Tidal Wave, maybe some re-do of the concrete here?
You are looking great!!
So let's get into our West Coast Racers update. We have both video and pics for you this week.
We also included some Slo-Mo video of other rides around the park, because why not. =)
Of course, as I was going to get pics of the ride I realized I didn't put the memory card in the DSLR, so cell pics will have to suffice.
Launch Track is close to complete and as you can see, the White track is heading up
Lots of work going on around Cyclone 500
Zoomed in, sorry about the quality. Cell Phone cameras work great, until you have to zoom in.
Headed up towards Ninja, an overview of the area.
Another zoomed shot, there was actually a LOT of new track done on Apocalypse.
From this angle it almost looks like the Cyclone 500 loading area is the station for West Coast Racers.
Took a look at some of the new merchandise around the park, I really love this Sweatshirt.
Some other colors that definitely aren't my style, but they may be yours.
How much are you gonna pay me to wear a half sweatshirt? I do love the Pride sweatshirt, just don't need to show off my gut wearing it.
Picked up some of the Coasterdynamix Nanocoaster's for a friend. These are actually really cool and I may have to get some for myself at some point.
Alright, that's gonna wrap it up for this update. Hope you enjoyed. The ride is really starting to move along and I'd anticipate even more work being visible soon. As for an opening, we had said around Fright Fest during our last update, and we are still holding to that. Although maybe mid to late August isn't out of the question.
Today we headed up to Six Flags Magic Mountain to check out the progress on West Coast Racers. But more than that, we were actually looking forward to getting to the park early, using our Diamond Membership early entry to our advantage and being able to ride some of our favorite rides quickly.
Unfortunately, best laid plans don't always work out.
Written by Gregg Condon
Now before I get into the parts of our day that were extremely frustrating I just want to preface this. I don't hate Magic Mountain, or Six Flags. In fact, it's been my "home" park for my entire life. I've never lived more than 50 miles from the park (which is how far I currently live). I remember as a kid being totally intimidated by Colossus, and getting off of it and wanting to ride again. I remember getting Twickets. Revolution was my first looping coaster. I've been a Season Pass Holder at the park for probably 30 of my 43 years on this planet.
That being said, Six Flags Magic Mountain, we need to have a talk.
Let's start off with the good:
I was super excited when I realized upon getting in for early entry that the front of the park was open. And that people could take care of membership stuff, do some shopping and even ...
Get the "front of the line" pass for their membership. This was the first time I've actually used this benefit as the line was always too long. And I never wanted to waste the precious time you have before the park opens to get it. Always figured I was better served riding stuff.
So yay, kudos for that!! (I would suggest having a food/drink location open though for those hot summer days)
So after getting my front of the line pass for Twisted Colossus I waited patiently for 10:20 and made my way over to Full Throttle.
Ok, it happens, no biggie. Plus, it's sponsored by Chick Fil' A and well, that's another article.
So I made my way over to Revolution.
Nice to see them keeping up the planters, although they may want to trim some of this so you can see the sign.
After a very fun ride on Revolution I figured I'd head up the hill, take a spin on Ninja and then take West Coast Racers pics.
On the way I noticed that X2 was not open yet. Hmm.
Roaring Rapids however is back open!!
Since I'll be riding Infinity Falls next Thursday, I skipped this. I've heard I'll get plenty wet on that one.
And of course, the path back to Apocalypse is still closed.
Headed up the hill, Ninja closed. In fact, they were still walking the lift hill.
So I decided to just get West Coast Racers pics instead.
As you can see, there is still a LOT of work to be done here.
You can however see some of the retracking work done on Apocalypse. Let's hope they aren't done, they certainly have the time.
Since Jet Stream wasn't open yet either ... had a clear view. Pretty sure the new "building" they are putting in will be electronics for the launch.
Victory is in your future ... how far into the future? Honestly? I'd be surprised if it's ready by Fright Fest at this point. Just trying to be honest here.
Looks like more footers still need to be poured.
Some are already done as you can see here.
Cage'y things that go in the hole'y things that the dig'y things make.
Crane on site, not a big one though. So don't expect to see any track going vertical anytime soon. This is likely for the footer rebar.
Over by Cylone 500, some digging is going on.
Which brings me to my next frustration with Magic Mountain. They were SO excited about this ride, they had that huge party in August to announce it. And here we sit, in early May. The ride has at least 3-4 months of construction left to go.
Yet Canada's Wonderland opened their new ride ... yesterday. We're talking Southern California vs Toronto. Yes, we got a lot of rain. Not more than them.
This area of the park closed after Fright Fest. That was in November. That was SIX months ago. And this is the result.
So if you're planning on making a trip to SFMM to ride WCR, maybe make them holiday plans?
As I continued my walk around the park, CraZanity was also closed. It was now around 11:00 and nobody was even here to test the ride.
Batman was open, however I had to do the "walk of shame".
I rode Batman opening day. And have ridden it HUNDREDS of times. Today was the only time I've ever come close to not fitting on this. And I've been heavier than I am now.
Have heard from a few people that they did shorten the belts on this and Riddlers in February.
This frustration is on me though, not the park. Time to drop a few inches before our cruise in August. =)
So I figured I'd use my front of the line on Twisted Colossus and then head ... oh, look, closed.
The other frustration was, I had now walked all the way around the accessible area's of the park. And had yet to see any food/drink locations open. As you can see, Wascal's doesn't open until 11:30. An hour after the park.
I did eventually get something to drink across from Full Throttle, so there was that.
Before leaving I did do another lap around the park. Another Kudos, the restrooms on Samurai Summit appeared to have gotten some work. Very thankful for clean and refurbished restrooms.
Glad to say that Ninja was open. CraZanity was open and by the time I got back over there, Twisted Colossus was open and I was able to use my front of the line. No walk of shame there!!
The ride is still amazing. I'll give the crew credit, I raced on both laps.
In conclusion, a lot of frustrating things today. I really hope the park takes a look at all of this negative feedback, not just from me, but all of it that is out there.
Magic Mountain has a fantastic leadership team. They really do care about the park. I'm not sure if it's coming down from the corporate level or what. It just seems that since they went to 365 days this is more common.
Overall, we did get to ride a few of our favorite rides. But if you're like me and like to get to a park at opening to enjoy some "empty time" before the crowds show up, it was a bit of a bummer.