LOS ANGELES, CA
If you’re planning to spend a day at Six Flags Magic Mountain any time through July 31, then you might want to download the new Seek Adventure app.
It’s a free, “augmented reality treasure hunt” for hidden treasure.
After you download the app and register, you’ll see a virtual map highlighting treasure chests in your area of the theme park.
ORANGE COUNTY, CA
It’s the grand opening of a new ride, but it’s also the chance to dress up as Wonder Woman or Superman.
Six Flags Magic Mountain will open “JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis” on Wednesday, July 12. To celebrate the opening of the ride, the park wants people to dress up like one of their favorite DC Comics characters that day.
They are calling it a “Super Heroes Cosplay” event, and the park wants to set a world record for most cosplay participants in a theme park, all dressed as DC Comics characters.
One of the most iconic roller coasters on the West Coast of the United States caught fire yesterday while transformation work was going on at Six Flags Magic Mountain. According to Time, work was being done on the famous wooden coaster near the peak of the lift hill when a fire started near the top. The coaster is in the process of being transformed into a new ride called Twisted Colossus. As firefighters were fighting the blaze, the high powered water hoses caused a section of the track and coaster to collapse. Los Angeles County Fire was sent to the scene and quickly put out the blaze.
According to the article, the park was closed at the time and there were no injuries to report. The coaster had been closed since August 17th as it was undergoing the transformation to the new ride. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but early reports are saying that it was started by welders who were doing work on transforming the track into the hybrid steel-wood coaster that it will become over the next year. Contractors had been working on disassembly of the ride when the “top of the lift hill” caught fire, the amusement park stated on Twitter.
The park released a statement saying that the fire is a unfortunate event, but the construction will proceed and the coaster is still slated on opening in 2015.
Six Flags Magic Mountain, the “Thrill Capital of the World,” and voted by USA TODAY readers as America’s Best Theme Park, today unveiled plans for the highly anticipated, world-record-breaking hybrid coaster, Twisted Colossus, an unprecedented, awe-inspiring four-minute journey through nearly 5,000 feet of track and two lift hills.
Twisted Colossus, the next generation of the beloved wooden roller coaster that thrilled millions of guests in its 36-year reign at the park, will be a unique technological marvel combining an iconic wooden structure with state-of-the-art Iron Horse Track. The advanced technology, available exclusively at Six Flags, provides ride experiences never before possible on wooden coasters, such as over-banked turns and inversions. Twisted Colossus will feature numerous exciting components including a “Top Gun” element, the western hemisphere’s first “High Five” element, and a Zero G Roll.
“At Six Flags, innovation is in our DNA and with Twisted Colossus, innovation will go to an extreme level with record-breaking elements, faster speeds and steeper banks. This cutting-edge technology marries the best of both classic and modern coaster designs. It is definitely a twist on a traditional wooden coaster experience,” said park president Bonnie Rabjohn.
With its unique construction, Twisted Colossus will feature:
“Top Gun Stall” – an inversion where the train slows down upside down
Western Hemisphere’s first “High Five” – where two trains pass through an overbanked turn facing each other with the illusion that riders can reach out and “high five” each other
Zero G Roll where track twists 360 degrees
A staggering 128-foot drop at an amazing 80-degrees
18 airtime hills
Two lift hills
Four minutes of thrills on nearly 5,000 feet of track – longest hybrid coaster in the world
Twisted Colossus will be the focal point of the newly themed area, Back Alley, where guests can expect the unexpected through whimsical experiences in entertainment, food and retail.
The original Colossus wooden coaster opened on June 29, 1978 and offered its farewell run on August 17, 2014. Construction on Twisted Colossus is already underway.
This week water park fans in attendance at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor were treated with a rare appearance by Britney Spears. On Tuesday and Wednesday, she visited the water park with her two sons, Sean, seven, and Jayden, six. She and her sons enjoyed a day at the park while riding the slides. Britney's two bodyguards not only had to keep adoring fans at bay but also carry the trios inflatable rafts from slide to slide. According to the Mail Online, Britney tweeted, "'So much fun spending the day at the water park! My boys had a blast "
While at the park, the internet began to buzz about the 31 year old star's two bikinis that she wore on each day. According to US Weekly, Britney has commented before on her weight changes, stating, "I like it, then again, I hate it. Dieting is tough...because my specialties are spaghetti, brownies, and chocolate chip cookies." From all accounts and pictures, it seems as if her efforts are well worth it and made the scenery at Six Flags much more enjoyable.
Six Flags Magic Mountain hopes to push the pedal to the metal with their new coaster, Full Throttle. The multi-launch steel coaster, which will be designed by Premier Rides, will be the park's 18th roller coaster, more than any other park in the world. It will also take place of the Log Jammer log flume that was taken out months ago.
Full Throttle will set out to claim the worlds tallest vertical loop at 160 ft. That occurs just after a 0-70 mph launch. The ride stretches out with a high speed curve after the loop, which then ascends towards the plaza that's home to Superman: Escape from Krypton. A dive loop drops into a tunnel, once used by the park's old monorail. The train then comes to a complete stop and backwards launches back up the dive loop. A second pass through the tunnel takes riders back up to 70 mph before a hill that outlines the top of the loop, which then drops back into the final brakes. At 70 mph, the ride will be the fastest ride with a vertical loop, tied with Six Flags Fiesta Texas' Superman Krypton Coaster.
Could you handle sitting 400 feet in the air with nothing below your feet but air? Riders are now able to experience this at Six Flags Magic Mountain, where the park has broken yet another record.
Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom is the first drop tower to bring its riders to 400 feet. The ride allows riders to freefall back to Earth, bringing their top speeds up to 85 miles per hour.
“We are excited to add another world-record ride to our existing collection of
record-breaking attractions,” Bonnie Rabjohn, Six Flags Magic Mountain Park President, said in the park’s official press release. “Six Flags is known as the industry leader in introducing innovative thrills and attractions, and Six Flags Magic Mountain, with more one-of-a-kind rides and attractions than any other theme park on the planet, is proud to expand our status as the Thrill Capital of the World.”
Six Flags takes the superhero theme to a whole new level, because this drop tower doesn’t just stand alone. Lex Luthor is attached to Superman: Escape from Krypton, playing on the idea of Lex Luthor stealing power from Superman and allowing Superman riders to battle it out in the sky with the Lex Luthor riders.
The themeing doesn’t stop there. To ride Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom, riders must first enter LexCorp, Lex Luthor’s facade company for his evil schemes. As they wait to board, they can view Lex Luthor’s famed suit that he wears when fighting Superman.
For the premiere of the ride, Six Flags hosted Michael Rosenbaum, an actor who played Lex Luthor on CW’s television series Smallville for ten years.
“When they told me about the ride I was excited, you never have a villain ride, it’s always Superman or Flash or some super hero,” Rosenbaum told SVCnew.com, a Santa Clarita news site. “On my way (to Magic Mountain) I told my brother that I was nervous. He asked why and I told him it’s a 400-foot drop and we are going to be the guinea pigs. Yet after I went on it a few times I just wanted to go on more and more.”
From reports, it would seem that many riders share Rosenbaum’s enjoyment of the ride. Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom is now open at Six Flags Magic Mountain.
Six Flags Magic Mountain, the park constantly competing with Cedar Point to be the “coaster capital of the world,” announced its new-for-2012 attraction this morning, Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom. The Drop of Doom will be a custom-designed INTAMIN drop tower, standing 400-feet tall alongside Superman: Escape from Krypton.
Named after one of DC Comics most evil super-villians, and Superman’s arch enemy, the Drop of Doom will actually reside on the side of the tower that Superman: Escape from Krypton rides up. The ride will feature floorless gondolas that will haul eight guests up (one-on-each side) the sides of Superman’s tower. Upon reaching the top, the cars will hold for just a few brief seconds before being released and plummeting down to earth at nearly 85 mph, inducing five seconds of pure freefall and weightlessness. At 400-feet tall, it will stand as the world’s tallest freefall ride.
Six Flags Magic Mountain Park President Bonnie Rabjohn stated in the park’s press release, “We are excited to add another world record to our collection of record-breaking, first-on-the-planet attractions.” Though the park boasts that Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom will change the face of the park’s skyline, technically, it won’t, given that the ride will be on the side of the existing tower that Superman already utilizes.
Just this past year, the park overhauled its Superman coaster, giving it new trains, new paint, and turning the trains backwards (or at least one train), turning it from Superman: The Escape into Superman: Escape from Krypton. Along with that, the park finally opened Road Runner Express, a kiddie coaster which formerly operated at the SBNO Six Flags New Orleans. The park also opened another new coaster, Green Lantern: First Flight, an Intamin ZacSpin coaster, which officially gave Six Flags Magic Mountain the “coaster capital of the world” crown, having the most coasters at 18.
Next year, the park will be relinquishing its hold on that title and have to settle for a tie once again with Cedar Point, as Six Flags Magic Mountain has already announced that its Vekoma Giant Inverted Boomerang coaster, Déjà vu, will be leaving the park. Déjà vu will be heading to Six Flags New England next year, but further details about that move can be found in another announcement.
Despite losing its coaster crown to a tie, Six Flags Magic Mountain continues to up the ante on its selection of thrill rides, upping it to 400 feet that is. Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom is sure to give guests some amazing panoramic views along with its five seconds of airtime and extreme thrills.
Six Flags Magic Mountain, currently second to Cedar Point for the most number of coasters in a park, will take the record back in 2011 with the addition of two brand new coasters and one rethemed attraction.
The two new coasters will consist of America's first Intamin Zac-Spin, Green Lantern, and the previously delayed Mr. Six's Dance Coaster, which will debut under a different name. Green Lantern will be constructed near the existing Batman: the Ride and Riddler's Revenge coasters, and will reach a top speed of 37 mph after dropping from a height of 107 ft, as well as flipping riders through 825 ft of green and black track in two minutes. The kiddie coaster will replace the Sierra Falls water slide between Thomas Town and Bugs Bunny World.
In addition, Six Flags will revamp Superman The Escape, whose trains will soon launch backwards up the tower, and besides repainting the track blue, red and yellow, will rebrand the ride as Superman: Escape from Krypton. Riders will be able to see the station for the first time, and will reportedly be launched back up to 100 mph. And according to park officials, after the ride is opened for a few months, one of the sides will be turned forwards again as to allow riders both options.
Six Flags Magic Mountain has had 16 coasters the past few seasons, and will now reclaim the record from Cedar Point with a total of 18 coasters in 2011 as well as continue the ongoing battle. Coincidentally, the three coasters will debut in time for Six Flags Magic Mountain's 40th Anniversary as well as Six Flags Inc.'s 50th Anniversary.
In light of Warner Brothers' upcoming Terminator movie, Six Flags has decided to bring another blockbuster attraction to their biggest park, Six Flags Magic Mountain, with the new wooden coaster appropriately named, Terminator: The Coaster.
The ride comes after Six Flags has made attempts to bring families into their parks, espeically the Magic Mountain property as major cutbacks in their ride count has occured, including the removal of many flats and two coasters, the Intamin produced Flashback and the wooden twister Psyclone. Terminator shall take the place of the later.
The park has only stated vague aspects of the ride including a minute video sporting a computer gernerated visual of the actual ride. According to the press release, the ride shall contain at least five air time inducing hills, six high speed turns, and a GCI trademark station-fly-through.
As for actual statistics, the ride has been projected to be 2,850 feet long, which was the only statistic released. From viewing the video, the ride appears to be around 90-95 ft tall and will most likely travel between 50-55 miles per hour.
The rolling stock will be GCI's signature Millennium Flyers, featuring twelve cars of single bench seats for an articulated look. The trains appear to be a rusty gray color, of which, the front seat shall have a low slung nose, allowing for more overview site of the track. Terminator: The Coaster shall be Six Flags Magic Mountain's sixteenth roller coaster, just one behind their seemingly eastern coaster count rival, Cedar Point.