1/22/2014 0 Comments
We hadn't planned on doing another Magic Mountain update so soon after our last update, but the crowd favorite coaster X2 reopened last weekend after a multi-month closure.
We'll also have an update on the new coaster in Bugs Bunny World and one of the few remaining flat rides at the park is being refurbished.
X2 back open
X2 reopened this past weekend after being closed for the past few months due to a lift chain hill replacement.
Unfortunately, despite the park hyping the reopening, the ride opened an hour after the park on both Saturday and Sunday and was only running 1-train on Sunday (the day we visited).
This was the line of eager riders at about 11:00am Sunday Morning while the ride was still testing.
A view of a ride operator up on the lift-hill during the rides testing process.
For a ride that had been hyped by the park (and social media) for the past week as making it's triumphant return, not having the ride ready when the park opening is pretty much inexcusable. Especially considering they had months to fix any issues with the ride. Testing didn't even begin until the park opened at 10:30am.
Perhaps the best thing about the ride reopening is the great pictures you can get from the X2 bridge again.
While I'm personally not the biggest fan of X2, I do understand it's popularity. I'm glad it's reopened but it's imperative that the park get what is arguably the most popular coaster in the park open with the park on a consistent basis.
The ride apparently opened with the park and was back to 2-train operations on Monday (January 20). Hopefully that's a good sign for the future.
In an unexpected development, the Scrambler flat ride has yet again been removed from the park. According to my park sources however, the ride is just being refurbished and will be back this spring.
If you'll recall, in the early 2000's the parks original scrambler was damaged when a tree fell on it. This one has been at the park since 2003 so it's nice to see it getting some off-season TLC.
A good portion of the rides control systems have been removed as well.
While the Scrambler is in refurb this brings the number of (non-upcharge) flat rides at the park to a whopping 6 (Buccaneer, Swashbuckler, The Flash, Wonder Woman: Lasso of Truth, Sandblasters, Grand Carousel). Hopefully some new flat rides are on the agenda soon.
They need one of those handy-dandy refurbishment signs out here.
Bugs Bunny World Makeover and New Coaster
The park continues to prepare for the new kiddie coaster in Bugs Bunny World. We still don't have a name or a layout of the coaster however. Below is the former location of the Tweety Bird Cages (which is being moved) and the Foghorn Leghorn Barnyard Railway (which has been removed).
Sadly some of the trees we hoped would be saved in our last update have indeed been removed.
A complete overview of the area. A pretty big chunk of land has opened up. Not sure what, if any of the existing infrastructure will be saved. Hopefully at least some of the themeing will remain intact.
The Tweety Bird Cage ride is being set up in it's new location. The cages were not out so hopefully they are backstage getting some TLC.
Where the ride control booth will be.
Over where the General Sam Tree used to be it looks like they are building what is likely a Bugs Bunny World sign as well as some new planters. Judging by the depth of the hole and supports it doesn't appear that it will be a very tall sign (which is fine so the young ones can see it).
Some work on the nearby planters is also being done. The wall on the right (with the black background) is new.
The picture below from our last update (January 3rd) shows the portion of the wall that has been added in the last 2 weeks.
Sorry Folks, Restaurants closed, the Moose out front shoulda told ya
Looks like one of the last pieces of "High Sierra Territory" may be gone forever. Rumor is that the restaurant will reopen but under a different theme (possibly Full Throttle). Considering it's proximity to Bugs Bunny World some kind of character dining would be perfect for this location.
More trees biting the dust.
A peek inside, considering all the antlers on the ground I'm guessing the moose is gone.
Around The Park
Not really a whole lot going on elsewhere in the park. I do always enjoy a "Nacho Cheese" joke though.
Even though Mooseburger is closed it's not stopping the park from promoting it. Maybe a sign that it's not gone forever?
A look at the parks refurbishment list. It's certainly the off-season. I'd anticipate additional Bugs Bunny World attractions going down for refurbishment as they prepare to beautify the area in the months ahead.
New Season Pass deal. No upgrade to Gold for you procrastinators but free Hurricane Harbor isn't too shabby.
Also hearing that the new Bonzai Pipeline slides are sitting behind Tornado. They haven't begun removing the existing slides for installation yet, when they do we'll be sure to head up and get some pictures.
That's going to wrap it up for this update. Hope you enjoyed it.
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