We hadn't really planned on doing a Magic Mountain update for awhile. With Bugs Bunny World and Speedy Gonzales: Hot Rod Racers open, Colossus not closing for over a month, and the 2015 additions not being announced until the end of August we figured there wouldn't be much going on at the park until then.
Due to the incident at Ninja the other night, we figured we'd head up and see what the park was doing to bring the ride back. If you missed our coverage of the incident regarding Ninja, click here.
Don't usually check the "rides closed" list, but we did today. No surprises here, except for maybe the Whistlestop train.
Heading up the hill, we weren't surprised in the least to see Ninja closed. That didn't mean that people weren't still trying to get in line so they had an Employee stationed at the entrance. Hopefully nobody is giving the employees out here a hard time.
Depending on how long the ride is closed, I wouldn't be surprised if they just walled off this entire area.
Heading down the hill towards the back side of the park, you can see them doing work through the trees. More than see, you can hear them doing lots of work.
Due to it's proximity to Ninja, Jet Stream is also closed.
As you can see, employees are stationed here as well. Most park guests don't understand why Jet Stream is closed from what we could tell, especially since it was in the 90's. But please don't give these guys a hard time. They'd rather be operating their ride and giving people a good time vs. standing out here telling people the ride is closed.
Looks like Jet Stream was E-Stopped as soon as the Ninja accident happened, which is supposed to happen.
A look at some of the trucks up on the hill working on the trees. There is an access road that goes pretty much in the middle of both rides.
Guessing that the crane is to hold up trees as they are cut below. Don't need any more trees falling on the track or the Jet Stream flume.
A little further down the road, you can see the trees they have been working on. Guessing that Ninja is a bit more "open" when it reopens.
The path from the end of Cyclone Bay (near Apocalypse) up to the exit of Roaring Rapids is closed to allow crews easy access from backstage area's.
As soon as we hear ANYTHING regarding the ride reopening we'll be sure to pass it along. The most important thing is making sure the area is safe for everybody.
Unfortunately, Ninja wasn't the only coaster incident on Monday. Sadly an 18 year old Man was ejected from the coaster "Inferno" at Terra Mitica in Spain and later died from his injuries. The coaster in question is an Intamin Zac Spin coaster which is the same type as Green Lantern: First Flight.
As always, safety is the first priority. Below is a statement from the park regarding the incident:
We are saddened to hear of the accident in Spain. The safety of our guests and employees is our number one priority and as a precaution we have temporarily closed a similar ride for a thorough inspection
As we were taking our pictures it was obvious from the interaction between park guests and the employees stationed out front that the news of the accident in Spain hasn't reached most of the "GP".
Again, our thoughts go out to those impacted by this tragic accident in Spain and we applaud the park for taking measures to make sure all of their rides are safe.
Around The Park
Just a couple of quick notes regarding the rest of the park ...
I'm not a "Coaster Shirt" guy, but I actually liked this shirt, and for $6 I was almost tempted to pick up a couple. If we make our weekly trek to Hurricane Harbor this weekend I may head in and pick one up.
I didn't notice them at the time, but the "Ultimate Coaster Match" shirts behind this sign actually don't look too bad either.
Swashbuckler is still down (and not listed on the "Closed Rides" list) but there is now some kind of shed on the site. Maybe it's the swings?
Lastly, a couple of these charging stations have shown up outside of Studio 6F (near Gold Rusher). This is actually a pretty good use of ads and I'm sure they are very popular.
Blast from the past time!!! Who recognizes this? I hadn't actually seen this in years but as CoasterMatt and I were looking for area's to take Ninja pics, we came across it.
That's going to wrap it up for this quick update. Again, as soon as we hear anything about Ninja or Green Lantern we'll let you know.