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.