Six Flags Magic Mountain invited us out for the media event for the all new Speedy Gonzales: Hot Rod Racers as well as the fully refurbished Bugs Bunny World.
We've been following this project for a few months and I must say, the results are great. The entire area is opened up and is easily accessible from the main walkway. I'm not sure if it's because today was the media event, but I hadn't seen Bugs Bunny World so full of life (and people) for quite awhile. It will be interesting to see if the crowds continue. I think they will.
First thing is always checking in. Today we received some great Jelly Bellies and a race flag!!!
UPDATE June 26:
The park provided us with the worlds cutest B-Roll. These kids look to be having such a great time!!
In addition to the new sign near the old General Sam Tree, there is now a HUGE sign and walk-way right in the middle of Bugs Bunny World. This is between Speedy Gonzales and where the old patio area was (that nobody ever used).
First order of the day, opening up Bugs Bunny World, and what better way to do that than with Bugs and his pals.
Speedy is all like "Open up this part so I can get on my new coaster"!!!
P-P-P-Porky P-P-P-Pig is holding tight to the ribbon for the official ribbon cutting ceremony.
His girlfriend Petunia Pig is on the other side. Great seeing this rarely seen character out and about.
And with a quick cut from some over-sized scissors, Bugs Bunny World is officially re-opened.
We'll take a look at the refurbished Bugs Bunny World, but first there's another opening ceremony for the new coaster, the parks 19th (Most of any park in the world).
Sue Carpenter, Speedy Gonzales and some new friends officially open up the new coaster!!
And of course, what's a new coaster opening without confetti. Lots and lots of confetti.
Daffy and Marvin hanging out. Sadly, my personal favorite character the Road Runner wasn't out today. =(
Since Marvin doesn't have his own ride he's just going to claim this one in the name of Mars!!
Wile-E was kind of bored since he didn't have anyone to chase. Does look like he's up to something though.
"Aren't I cute, won't you come ride my new coaster".
Sylvester and K-9. Apparently Earthling Cats and Martian Dogs get along.
Petunia, she's just excited to be here.
Let's take a look at the new ride
Some of the parks leadership team in front of the new coaster
Is this Bugs Bunny's "Bugs Bunny World" Bus?
The rest of Bugs Bunny World has received an extensive rehab, we've covered most of it during the past few months but let's see what they've done anyway.
There's not one part of the area that hasn't received some TLC.
Every single ride sign in the area has been updated or replaced and many of the rides received extensive refurbishments over the past few months.
I'm pretty sure the entrance to Merrie Melodies Carousel has moved, but I'm not 100% sure. It's pretty close to Speedy Gonzales opposite from the entrance to Yosemite Sam's Flight School.
The Carrot Club Theater also received a lot of work and a new show for 2014. I didn't catch the show today, but I'm going to make it a point to bring our twin 6 year-old Niece and Nephew to the park soon so they can have some fun, and we'll see the show then.
In addition to the ride signs, landscaping and theater, all of the buildings in the area are fresh and look great!!
Gone is the patio seating area that nobody ever used and in it's place is a nice wide-open seating area that parents can use while the kids ride. From this one area parents can easily see the entire land and where their kids are. Really well done.
Still holding out hope that Sierra Falls will reopen someday soon!!! =) (We like to have some fun with the park about this one).
If you ever do take this sign down, we call dibs!!!
Another new sign over by Wascals. A bit smaller, but it's a nice touch and fits in the area.
That's it for our look at the all new Bugs Bunny World. What do you think? Is this going to get you back to the park with your younger kids that may be too small for the "bigger" rides? It finally seems like there's enough to do in Bugs Bunny World to fill up a few hours at least.
Part of me is kind of sad that our kids are well beyond the age where Bugs Bunny World is a draw. Kind of, but not really. =)
Scroll down for a quick general park update after the press release!!!
Six Flags Magic Mountain Opens NewSpeedy Gonzales Hot Rod Racers and Bugs Bunny World
VALENCIA, Calif. — June 25, 2014 / PR Newswire / — Six Flags Magic Mountain, the “Thrill Capital of the World,” today launched its record-setting 19th coaster with the official debut of Speedy Gonzales Hot Rod Racers in the revitalized Bugs Bunny World.Anchoring the newly refurbished children’s area, Speedy Gonzales Hot Rod Racers features an action-packed adventure with plenty of drops and thrills that kids and parents can enjoy together. With trains designed as race cars, riders will experience the exhilaration of racing to the checkered-flag finish line. The Speedy Gonzales Hot Rod Racers coaster addition brings the total number of coasters in the children’s area to four, more than any other theme park in the U.S.
The new Looney Tunes Kids Club show also made its debut in the Carrot Club Theater. Featuring “Club President” Bugs Bunny, this audience participatory game show is sure to be a hit with fans of all ages.
“We are excited to showcase our newest coaster and newly revitalized children’s area this year,” said Bonnie Rabjohn, Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor park president. “We are staying true to our thrill promise by adding yet another coaster to our collection – this time a fun adventure for our littlest thrill seekers. No doubt we will be creating lots of magical memories at the ‘Thrill Capital of the World’.”
With the addition of Speedy Gonzales Hot Rod Racers, the “Thrill Capital of the World” will boast a world-record 19 roller coasters, including the new Full Throttle, which debuted in June 2013 as the world’s tallest and fastest looping coaster; X2, the world’s first 5th dimensional coaster; Tatsu, the world’s tallest and fastest flying coaster; Goliath, the giant among giants; and Viper.
Six Flags Magic Mountain is located at 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, in Valencia, north of Los Angeles off Interstate 5 at the Magic Mountain Parkway exit. The theme park is open daily. For complete operating days and hours, and for more information call (661) 255-4111 or visit us online at www.sixflags.com/magicmountain.
Batman Forwards is back open ... but if you look closely you'll notice these aren't Magic Mountain's trains. They are actually the trains from Six Flags Over Texas. They just swapped because Batman Backwards is now going to be happening at SFOT.
Looks a bit odd (but cool) to see purple trains on the blue track.
Apocalypse is down to one train for it's annual rehab. With 19 coasters in the park and the fact that the park is year-round, I'd expect we'll start seeing more summer-time rehabs.
There is some land clearing going on behind the wall, what was left of Deja Vu's station is gone. No word on what will be coming here or when it will be coming. Let's cross our fingers for a flat ride or two!!!
Lastly, because we got to park in the Valet lot today I took a couple of X2 pictures. The ride appeared to be down and they were cycling the train ... or it was just full of ghosts. You make the call. =)
That's going to wrap it up for this update. We hope you enjoyed this look at the all new Speedy Gonzales: Hot Rod Racers and the new Bugs Bunny World.
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6/25/2014 04:06:09 pm
Great report and awesome photos, Gregg! I'm really bummed I couldn't be there. I'll refer people to your report in the morning.
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