Specific Type: Little Dipper
Six Flags Magic Mountain is home to epic record breaking roller coasters, as well as loved classics. If I asked you what was the oldest classic at Magic Mountain I’m sure most would answer enthusiastically The Revolution, or The New Revolution. However there are two remaining original coasters from when the park first opened; Gold Rusher is an Arrow Mine Train that was built for the inaugural season, and Magic Flyer a Bradley and Kaye Little Dipper that was relocated from Beverly Park.
Beverly Park, owned by David Bradley & also the manufacturer, called the coaster Little Dipper. It is unclear whether this is the original prototype from David Bradley’s park, or if he swapped them out as they were sold and this is a later model. It is still accurate to say that it was operating at Beverly Park in the 40’s making this one of the oldest steel coasters in the world. When it was moved to Magic Mountain in 1971 it was renamed Clown Coaster. Then in 1985 it was rethemed to Looney Toons, and was renamed Wile E. Coyote Coaster. At the end of the 1998 season it went into storage for a few years. When it reemerged as Goliath Jr. in 2001 it was totally rebuilt with new supports and paint job to match Goliath, and the train was rebuilt from the ground up as well. In 2008 the ride was renamed Percy's Railway and it was given a Thomas The Tank Engine theme. The trains were redone to resemble the characters on the TV show. This version only lasted until 2010 when Six Flags lost that license, and then made it look like a generic train and gave it the current name, Magic Flyer for the 2011 season. The layout to the ride is very simple, an oval that features a series of small dips. The max height is 10 feet, and the top speed is 10 MPH. Given the longevity of this ride it has no doubt been many kids introduction to roller coasters.
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