After years of building some of the most technologically advanced and thrilling roller coasters in the world, Six Flags Magic Mountain has decided to move in a different direction and removed two roller coasters from it’s collection of thrilling attractions.
The Psyclone wooden roller coaster opened in March of 1991 at a cost of $5 million, and will be one of the two roller coasters that will be removed from Magic Mountain in the coming weeks. The Psyclone is a cloned version of the famous Coney Island Cyclone in New York, and over 17.1 million visitors have taken a ride on the Psyclone wooden roller coaster before its closure. Now the park plans to have the Psyclone wooden coaster reduced to scrap wood within four weeks.
One year later in 1992, Six Flags Magic Mountain opened Flashback, which had previously operated at Six Flags Great America and Six Flags over Georgia under the name Z-Force, and features multiple steep roll-over dives. Flashback closed in 2003 because the noise it produced interfered with lifeguards at the neighboring Six Flags Hurricane Harbor water park, and it has been standing but not operating since then. Sue Carpenter, a spokeswoman for the park, stated that the coaster may be rebuilt at another location in the park, but it will not be in operation this year.
Six Flags Magic Mountain and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor have been for sale for months now, but Six Flags has decided to hold onto the two parks and try to create a more balanced and family-friendly amusement park. Removing these two ageing roller coasters for future expansion purposes fits the idea of giving the park a more balanced ride combination. Also, one of the park’s most thrilling roller coasters, X, has been closed recently due standard maintenance procedures and will reopen on February 3rd.
Six Flags' total revenue through May 31, 2006 was up one percent from last year, or $2.6 million. From then to June 18 though, total revenue has fallen by $3.2 million. Attendance is also down 13 percent.
Mark Shapiro, President and CEO of SFI said, "Increased guest spending is continuing at a strong pace -- a clear indication that our strategy is working." He also stated that, "The drop-off in attendance was driven primarily by an anticipated decline in our season pass sales, which we are no longer deeply discounting in an effort to restore price and brand integrity, and to wean ourselves from those teens who don't spend money in the park."
Shapiro also noted that attendance in the first quarter has been hurt by Hurricane Katrina and the season closure of Six Flags New Orleans, less visits from schools to the Mexico City parks, reduced and delayed marketing spending, rides that came into operation later than expected, and inclement weather.
Six Flags has stated that their plan to bring in more families is proving more difficult than they had thought. SFI also said that they plan to increase cash operating expenses over the course of the year from $45 million to $60 million. This will be to beef up the staff to attract more families to the parks.
The company is now considering selling six of their weaker properties. These include Six Flags Darien Lake, Six Flags Waterworld, Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor, Six Flags Elitch Gardens, and Wild Waves and Enchanted Village. Though SFI is not sure if any transaction will be made, the decision is part of Six Flag's plan to get out of debt.
Tatsu to fly into Magic Mountain
Get ready to fly at the speed of fear next year...Today, Six Flags Magic Mountain has announced their long anticipated flying coaster, Tatsu. In true Magic Mountain tradition, this coaster is the worlds tallest, fastest, and longest flying coaster. The ride comes from renounced designers Bolliger and Malibillard as the "X-treme" park's seventeenth thrill ride, making the park once again, coaster capital. Tatsu will take riders on an epic layout as the coaster takes riders soaring over 170 feet in the air as the tallest flying coaster on Earth. Then, riders are dropped down 111 feet and reach speeds of sixty-two miles per hour for the fastest speed on a flying coaster. As soon as riders emerge from the station on to the lift hill, they journey across 3,602 feet of track. On that journey, riders will encounter four mind-blowing inversions. Including a 124 foot Pretzel Knot/Loop, 103 foot Flat Spin, ninety-six foot tall Zero-G roll, and a 360 degree inline twist over the park's famous Revolution coaster. These ingredients would make this ride three minutes no rider would ever forget.Tatsu, which is the Japanese word for Dragon, will open in the park's Samurai Summit area for the 2006 season. Tatsu will mark the park's 35th anniversary.
Scream into Magic Mountain
It's official, Six Flags Magic Mountain will retain the title of theme park with the largest coaster collection with the addition of a third coaster from Bolliger and Mabillard, Scream!.
Scream! will be the west coast's second floorless ride, with seven inversions, a maximum height of 15 stories, 3,985 feet of blue and yellow track, and top speeds reaching 65 miles per hour.