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Six Flags Magic Mountain
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Magic Mountain from Interstate 5
Location Valencia, Santa Clarita, California, United States
Website www.sixflags.com/magicMountain
Owner Six Flags
General Manager Tim Burkhart
Opened May 29, 1971
Previous names Magic Mountain - 1971 to 1979
Operating season Year-round
Area 260 acres (1.1 km2) (1.0 km²)
Rides 52 total
  • 17 roller coasters
  • 5 water rides

Six Flags Magic Mountain is a theme park located in Valencia, California north of Los Angeles. It opened on Memorial Day weekend on May 29, 1971 as Magic Mountain, by the Newhall Land and Farming Company.[1] In 1979, Six Flags purchased the park and added the name Six Flags to the park's title.

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History

When the park opened, there were 500 employees and 33 attractions, many of which were designed and built by Arrow Development Co. which designed and built many of the original attractions at Disneyland. The admission price in 1971 was $5 for adults, and $3.50 for children between the ages of 3 and 12.

Aerial view of Magic Mountain, August 2007. Colossus, Goliath, Gold Rusher, Superman The Escape, and Scream! are on the left, Riddler's Revenge and Batman: The Ride on the bottom, Deja Vu on the lower right, Tatsu and Revolution at center right, Viper and X (now X2) at top right.

At its 1971 opening, the rides included Goldrusher, a steel coaster, the Log Jammer log flume, the Sky Tower observation tower, Grand Prix (similar to Disneyland's Autopia ride), El Bumpo, Funicular, The Metro (a monorail ride that encircled the park), "Eagles Flight" Skyride, a Carousel, and other smaller rides. The Showcase Theater (now known as the Golden Bear Theater), was part of the original park and featured Barbra Streisand as the first of many headline performers who would appear at Magic Mountain over the years.

In the 1971 season, Magic Mountain obtained permission from Warner Bros. to use the Looney Tunes cartoon characters. However, the park did not begin using these characters for nearly ten years. Instead, in 1972, they began using trolls as the park mascots. The trolls King Blop, also known as King Troll, Bleep, Bloop, and the Wizard became recognizable symbols of Magic Mountain. All King Productions, a contractor, provided the entertainers wearing the costumes until December 31, 1972, when Magic Mountain took on that role. The characters were used until 1985. Also in 1972, a second log flume named Jet Stream was added.

In 1973 the park added its second roller coaster, the Mountain Express, a compact wild mouse roller coaster. It had small cars and several tight, fast turns. In 1974 the park also installed a new complex of spinning Tilt-A-Whirl rides in what would later be known as Back Street. The new additions consisted of the Himalaya, Electric Rainbow, and Tumble Drum. In 1975, the Grand Centennial Railway opened in the Back Street. It took riders on a train journey to Spillikin Corners and back.

Roller coaster revolution

With the opening of the Great American Revolution in 1976, Magic Mountain became the first park in the world with a 360-degree steel looping coaster. When it was built, there was very little in the way of surrounding brush. Now, the tracks are surrounded by trees and bushes, which prevents the riders from knowing the track layout beforehand. Universal then filmed a major movie at Magic Mountain with the Revolution as its centerpiece called Rollercoaster in 1977.

In 1978, Colossus, at the time the fastest, largest dual-tracked wooden coaster, opened. Following its first season, it was closed and extensively redone. When it reopened, it was a much smoother ride. In 1991, the camel hump before the last, or third, turn was replaced by a block brake. Though it decreased the speed of the ride after this particular brake, it did allow three trains to run per side at a time, greatly increasing capacity. One of the trains sometimes ran backwards for a few years in the mid-80s. However, until the late 1990s this kind of ride was no longer possible due to the newer ride system in place, as well as different trains. During Fright Fest, the park runs one side backwards using a set of trains acquired from the now demolished Psyclone which was located on the other side of the park.

Six Flags era

In 1979 the park was sold to Six Flags and became known as Six Flags Magic Mountain in 1980. In 1981, Six Flags Magic Mountain introduced a ride that was on the west coast for the first time called Roaring Rapids. It was developed by Intamin AG in conjunction with the now defunct Six Flags AstroWorld, which had opened a similar ride in 1979. Along with Rapids came the completion of the midway near Spillikin Corners to link with the Revolution area. Finally, a complete circuit could be made around the park. The Roaring Rapids ride was originally designed as a dual-sided station, but only one was fully developed, and all that exists of the possible second side is a few supports. Rapids uses large pumps to circulate water, and each of the two pumps can circulate 88,500 gallons per minute. The reservoir can hold 1.5 million gallons of water, and one of the innovations used on Roaring Rapids was the introduction of guide boards to help eliminate jam ups.

In 1982 Freefall was added. At the time, it was considered cutting edge, if not strictly a "roller coaster." The ride simply ascends the tower and then drops, with the track curving to horizontal, leaving riders on their backs. Others were built for other parks (some of which are Six Flags). Today, most of these rides are obsolete and have been removed. Some flat rides were added and others removed the next year.

In 1984 the Sarajevo Bobsleds were erected. The coaster was basically a bobsled without ice and snow. The coaster was built in honor of the 1984 Olympics. Six Flags Great Adventure added a similar ride that same year. In 1986, the bobsled was removed and now operates at Six Flags Over Texas as La Vibora. The other bobsled was moved to Six Flags Great America and later to The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom in Queensbury, New York, where it operates as Alpine Bobsled.

In 1985 Children's World was re-themed as Bugs Bunny World, as Magic Mountain had abandoned the Trolls in favor of the Warner Brothers' characters. That year, Michael Jackson visited the park, riding rides such as Colossus, Revolution and Roaring Rapids. In 1986, the park added a steel stand-up looping roller coaster called Shockwave designed by Intamin AG. This coaster was located in the back of the park replacing Sarajevo Bobsleds. At the end of 1988, the coaster was removed as part of a ride rotation program and went to Six Flags Great Adventure in 1990. It was removed from there in 1992 and was repainted white and rethemed upon its removal to Six Flags Astroworld. There it was known as Batman The Escape. When Astroworld closed in 2005, the ride was put in storage at Darien Lake, now no longer a Six Flags park.

Six Flags Magic Mountain installed Z-Force in 1987. It was removed in 1994 for Batman The Ride. Along with Z-Force came Back Street, a re-theming of the area surrounding Z-Force. Spinning flat rides were renamed Turbo (Electric Rainbow), Subway (Himalaya), and Reactor (Enterprise). The dance club was re-themed as well, and located near Reactor. After Hours, as it was now called (formerly Decibels), for one summer stayed open later than the rest of the park. It, along with Back Street, would stay open an additional two hours as a place for locals to hang out. This format lasted one season.

Time Warner era

In 1988 Ninja, "The Black Belt of Roller Coasters", opened. It was the first suspended swing roller coaster on the West coast. Ninja has gone through very few changes since it was opened in 1988; evidently only the wheels and paint have been changed.

Tidal Wave opened in 1989 to rather large crowds. It is a short, wet ride. A large boat goes up a low-angled incline to a level water trough. The trough, in the shape of a semicircle, ends in a steep drop that leads to a very large splashpool. When the car hits the pool, it displaces large amounts of water on its riders. The ride's exit ramp crosses over the splashpool, causing unwary patrons leaving the ride to get soaked, yet again. In the summer, the exit ramp is a popular place to cool down from the (frequently) 100-degree heat.

In 1990 Viper, a multiple looping coaster designed by Arrow opened. It features a 188-foot (57 m) drop, speeds up to 70 MPH , 3 vertical loops, a batwing turn that inverts riders twice, and a double corkscrew. Viper held and still holds the record for highest vertical loop at 14 stories high.

In 1991 Magic Mountain added Psyclone, modeled after the Coney Island Cyclone. The Spillikin Corners area of the park was re-themed as Cyclone Bay to suit the new coaster, drawing guests into this area. The change was largely cosmetic, as the earlier theme relied on retail establishments that had been removed previously. The Glass Blower had been replaced by the Shooting Gallery, and the Candy Kitchen viewing area was redesigned. With Psyclone, the crowds returned. Still, the ride itself was very rough. (The coaster was later removed in 2007.) After adding Ninja, Viper, and Psyclone within 4 years, the park was getting a large repertoire of big roller coasters.

The next year, 1992, a coaster built by Intamin AG called Flashback was added. This one-of-a-kind ride, originally planned to be enclosed in a building, had already operated at Six Flags Great America and Six Flags Over Georgia prior to its arrival. Very steep, short drops were designed to make riders feel like they were "diving" down in a plane, and it ended in a 540 degree upward spiral. But, because of the shoulder harnesses, riders were subjected to a lot of head banging. This coaster rarely ran by 1996 (it created too much noise for the nearby water park) and on January 23, 2007, the park announced that Flashback would be removed along with Psyclone. The park also stated that Flashback might be re-built elsewhere within the park for 2008 but the ride was finally demolished for scrap at the end of 2007.

In 1993 Six Flags Magic Mountain entered the Time Warner era. The new ride for the year was Yosemite Sam Sierra Falls. It is a water park water ride that has two twisting tubes that riders could slide down in using a raft. Also that year, there was re-theming and High Sierra Territory was opened. The Showcase Theatre became Golden Bear Theater, the Animal Star Theatre was created in Bugs Bunny World, and a large, fake, wooden tree was built. This year saw the end of live concerts in the park due to the riot that broke out after the cancellation of a TLC concert.

In 1994 Magic Mountain added what two other Six Flags parks already had, a Bolliger & Mabillard inverted looping roller coaster called Batman The Ride (which other Six Flags parks also added in the coming years). Batman the Ride (BTR) is an inverted coaster, meaning the usual coaster protocol is reversed; the track is overhead and the cars are below it. The trains travel on the outside of the loops, and rider's legs hang freely, as on a ski lift.

In 1995, no new rides were opened. Instead, a separately gated waterpark called Six Flags Hurricane Harbor opened in June. That park included a bunch of typical body slides, tube slides, a kiddie water play area, lazy river, and a wavepool.

Premier Parks era

In 1996 Superman: The Escape, a dual launch coaster, was built. It opened on March 15, 1997. It consisted of a 30 second ride with speeds running from 0 to 100 miles (160 km) an hour on a track up a 41 story tower. It was designed by Intamin. Today, the ride only runs one side at a time, switching every 6 months or so, and speeds reach between 85 and 90 miles per hour. Also opening in 1996 was Dive Devil, a SkyCoaster by SkyFun1.

In 1998 a new Bolliger & Mabillard Stand-up roller coaster called Riddler's Revenge would be added as the tallest and fastest stand-up roller coaster, a record that the ride continues to hold. There was also a gang shooting and death in the parking lot that same year. That year, Six Flags was sold to Premier Parks. The next year saw no dramatic changes. In 2000, a steel hypercoaster, Goliath, was added. It was built by Giovanola.

2001 was to be the year of three new roller coasters, but only one actually opened, Goliath Jr., a steel kiddie coaster; the other two, Déjà Vu and X (now X²), had mechanical problems. Déjà Vu opened late in 2001 and X opened early in 2002. Déjà Vu was designed by Vekoma and is a variant of their popular Boomerang design. It is an inverted coaster with coaches suspended beneath an overhead track that traverses an open-circuit track forward and in reverse and features two completely vertical drops and three inversions. It opened late in 2001, but suffered a lot of downtime. X was designed by Arrow Dynamics, it was the worlds first (and today one of only two in the world) Fourth Dimensional roller coaster. It is the only one in North America where riders experience going 360 degrees in their seats. Each seat lies on a separate axis from the track. This coaster managed to open briefly in early 2002 only to close due to more technical problems. It reopened late in August of that year. The ride closed for a major refurbishment and re-theme in 2008 where X transformed into X2.

In 2003 Scream!, designed by Bolliger & Mabillard was added. At this point, Six Flags Magic Mountain tied with Cedar Point for the park with the most roller coasters in the United States. Scream is similar in concept with Medusa at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and is a mirror image of Bizarro at Six Flags Great Adventure. It is a floorless roller coaster with trains riding above the rails traversing seven inversions on 3,985 feet (1,215 m) of track on floorless coaches. Six Flags Magic Mountain made few changes in 2004 and 2005. In 2006, Tatsu, a Bolliger & Mabillard flying roller coaster was added, causing a temporary closure of Revolution to allow construction to take place. It was much larger than the three Superman: Ultimate Flight coasters at the other Six Flags parks. The coaster has a suspended-track orientation featuring vehicles that recline passengers with their backs against the track and facing the ground. This brought the park up to 17 roller coasters, to tie with Cedar Point for the greatest number of roller coasters in a park (albeit Flashback had been standing but not operating for an extended period of time and thus it is debatable whether the park could claim 17 as its number of roller coasters).

2006 attempted sale

On June 22, 2006, Six Flags, Inc. announced that it was exploring options for six of its parks, including Magic Mountain and its neighboring water park, Hurricane Harbor. Though management said closing the park was unlikely, rumors still began that the park could be sold to real estate developers, with an intent to close the park and build housing developments in the area.[2] Park officials cited dwindling attendance and rowdy behavior among some of the park-goers (notably teenagers and young adults, who account for a large percentage of the park's attendance) as reasons for wanting to sell the park while management was wanting to move Six Flags into more of a family park direction.

One of the coasters at Magic Mountain: Tatsu

The decrease in attendance may be due in part to the fact that the park raised its ticket prices by $10 to $60 for the 2006 season, as well as increasing the price of parking to $15. [1] Throughout the Six Flags chain, attendance in the second quarter of 2006 was 14 percent lower than it was in the second quarter of 2005. [2]

By the fall of 2006 Six Flags announced that Magic Mountain was still up for sale. They also stated, however, that it would be sold to a company that would continue to operate it as a park, and that closing Magic Mountain was not a possibility. Cedar Fair, Hershey, Anheuser-Busch, and several others considered buying the park but none of the offers came close to the asking price.

When Six Flags announced which parks it was selling in January 2007, Magic Mountain was no longer one of them. The company decided not to sell Magic Mountain and its adjacent water park. Spokeswoman Wendy Goldberg said that upon further evaluation, the company decided that the Los Angeles parks remained too valuable to relinquish, as sales were increasing, and that the park would not be sold. Other parks were sold as a package and remained open.

Today

In 2007 Psyclone was removed, and Flashback was demolished in early 2008. As a result, Six Flags Magic Mountain no longer ties the record for the most roller coasters in a single park, relinquishing the record to Cedar Point (Magic Mountain has never surpassed Cedar Point in number of operating coasters but has tied numerous times). The park itself has begun to focus more on the family market, as a new children's theme area was added. In 2008, Thomas Town was added as another area for children. Furthermore, X closed down in late 2007 to be transformed into X2: Xtreme to the Second Power. At a cost of $10 million, X2 received new, third-generation trains, a new paint job, flame throwers, and audio effects.

Vintage carousel horse at the Magic of the Mountain museum in the Sky Tower

In 2008, the park started work on creating the Magic of the Mountain museum at the top of the Sky Tower with memorabilia throughout the park's history, including old television commercials, park maps, models, and parts of rides. [3]In October, the park announced Terminator Salvation: The Ride, a wooden roller coaster that opened on May 23, 2009. Terminator Salvation: The Ride took the former location of Psyclone. Terminator features an entirely different track layout; tunnels, in which mist sprays at guests; sound and audio effects, and a truck flaming as you go by it. [4]

2010/2011 Capital Expenditures

In a 2008 Interview with Six Flags President and CEO Mark Shapiro, the Los Angeles Times quoted Shapiro stating that Magic Mountain will be installing a new roller coaster for its 2010 season. According to the reports, the newest rollercoaster will be placed adjacent to Deja Vu & Johnny Rockets in Cyclone Bay. According to officials, the new rollercoaster, will be The Roadrunner Express from Six Flags New Orleans, relocated to Magic Mountain and renamed as Mr. Six's DanceCoaster. This ride will feature an entirely different theme from The Roadrunner Express. Park expansion will again continue in 2011 with the addition of a brand-new themed area dedicated to younger children based on the Wiggles, in addition to an expansion to the adjacent Hurricane Harbor water park. [5].

Film and television

Magic Mountain's close proximity to downtown Los Angeles, the hub of the American film and television industry, has resulted in its appearance in several productions, usually representing a park other than itself. The debut of Revolution was the focal point of the 1977 release Rollercoaster. In 1982, Magic Mountain became the fictional "Walley World" for National Lampoon's Vacation, with scenes featuring Revolution and Colossus (each using fictional names). On television, Magic Mountain doubled as the theme park in the opening credits of the television series Step by Step. Other TV productions featuring Magic Mountain have included Entourage, CHiPs, Wonder Woman (TV series), Way Out Games and The King of Queens.

Present attractions

Ride Year Opened Manufacturer Description
Atom Smasher 1974 Mack A Mack Musik Express ride known in the past as Himalaya from 1974-1986; Subway from 1987-1993, and ACME Atom Smasher from 1994-2004.
Batman: The Ride 1994 B&M One of several clones of the same design installed at parks across North America. Floorless coaches suspended beneath an overhead track whip around steeply banked turns and five inversions.
Buccaneer 1980 Intamin AG This Intamin Bounty swinging pirate ship ride opened in 1980 and was built on the Galaxy's old site.
Canyon Blaster 1999 Miler Coaster Company Junior roller coaster.
Colossus 1978 International Amusement Devices Dual-track wooden roller coaster.
Cyclone 500 1992 J & J Go-Kart attraction. Requires nominal fee for participation.
Dive Devil 1996 SkyCoaster, Inc. This freefall swing ride requires an extra charge.
Déjà Vu 2001 Vekoma Inverted floorless coaches suspended beneath an overhead track traverse the track forward and in reverse—featuring two vertical drops and three inversions.
Goldrusher 1971 Arrow Dynamics A steel roller coaster that utilizes the park's unique terrain to its design advantage.
Goliath 2000 Giovanola Steel roller coaster featuring an opening drop of 255 feet (78 m) into a subterranean tunnel.
Grand Carousel 1971 Philadelphia Toboggan Inc. This 1912 merry-go-round is located near Revolution. It was removed in the 1960s from the Savin Rock Amusement area in West Haven, Connecticut and sold to Magic Mountain.
Grinder Gearworks 1974 Hrubetz Round Up ride; known in the past as: Electric Rainbow from 1974-1986, Turbo from 1987-1993 and Gordon Gearworks from 1994-1998.
Jet Stream 1972 Arrow Dynamics A log flume ride. Known from 2001-2006 as Arrowhead Splashdown.
Log Jammer 1971 Arrow Dynamics This classic log flume features two lifts and three drops.
Metro 1971 Universal Mobility This monorail ride has been standing but not operating since 2001. As of 2008, the park does not have plans to re-open the attraction. The trains are located near the former location of Flashback.
Mr. Six's DanceCoaster (Opening May) 2010 Vekoma Junior roller coaster. Relocated from the former Six Flags New Orleans.
Ninja 1988 Arrow Dynamics Swinging coaches suspended from an overhead steel track whip around steeply banked turns and curves in and out of the treetops. Max speed:

55 m/h or 89 km/h

Orient Express 1971 Intamin AG/Kornenberg Shipbuilding Co. This cable car ride was known from 1971-1988 as Funicular.
Percy's Railway 1971 Bradley & Kaye Small steel coaster designed specifically for young children. Previously titled "Goliath Jr."
Revolution 1976 Anton Schwarzkopf First modern day roller coaster to feature a 360-degree loop.
The Riddler's Revenge 1998 B&M World's tallest, fastest and longest stand-up roller coaster takes riders upside-down six times on 4,370 feet (1,330 m) of steel track.
Roaring Rapids 1981 Intamin AG Rapids water attraction simulating a wilderness raft expedition.
Sandblasters 1971 Reverchon Bumper cars.
Scrambler 2003 Big Eli Bridge, Co The park's former old Scrambler was damaged from an uprooted tree. This Scrambler was relocated from Six Flags Over Texas.
Scream! 2003 B&M Floorless coaches riding above the rails traverse seven inversions on 3,985 feet (1,215 m) of track at a top speed of 65 mph.
Sky Tower 1971 Intamin AG 38-story observation tower. In 2008, a museum was added to the top of the tower showcasing memorabilia from the park's history.
Swashbuckler 1983 Chance This Chance Yo-Yo was opened in 1983. It stands on the Galaxy's former site.
Superman: The Escape 1997 Intamin AG First roller coaster to attain speeds of 100 mph (160 km/h).
Tatsu 2006 B&M The world's tallest, fastest and longest flying roller coaster, with a suspended-track orientation featuring vehicles that recline passengers with their backs against the track.
Terminator Salvation: The Ride 2009 Great Coasters International Wooden roller coaster featuring steeply banked turns and twisting drops. Based on the fourth movie of the Terminator series, Terminator Salvation.
Transformers: The Ride 2009 Great Coasters International Wooden roller coaster featuring steeply banked turns and twisting drops. Based on the movie Transformers (2007)
Thrill Shot 2001 S&S Power Rapidly ascending slingshot attraction. The ride requires a nominal fee from guests to participate.
Tidal Wave 1989 Intamin AG This Shoot-the-Chutes ride was built on the Grand Prix's old site.
Viper 1990 Arrow Dynamics Giant seven-inversion steel roller coaster featuring the world's tallest 360-degree loop.
(formerly known as X) 2002 (renovated for the 2008 season) Arrow Dynamics The world's first fourth Dimensional roller coaster, where riders pitch forwards and backwards in seats that lie on a separate axis from the track.
Yosemite Sam Sierra Falls 1993 Intamin AG A twin waterslide with tubes; known from 1993-1999 as Sierra Falls.

Past roller coasters and rides

Ride Year Opened Year Closed Manufacturer Description
99 Steam Train 1971 1981 Crown Metals The Train ride to the troll country.
Billy the Squid 1971 1973 Meisho Polyp Ride. In 1973 this Polyp ride had a machine problem and was removed. The Jolly Monster was built on its site.
Circus Wheel 1971 1999 Meisho Meisho Trabant with Roman theming. It spun in a clockwise direction and tilted at the same time. The ride was removed and Jolly Roger (Tilt-A-Whirl) was moved onto its site.
Circus Wheel 1981 2008 Sellner Manufacturing This Sellner Tilt-A-Whirl was known in the past under the names Fiesta Dance 1981-1981; Baile de las Flores 1982-1988 and Jolly Roger 1988-1999. The Tilt-A-Whirl was removed to make room for 3-Point Challenge basketball game.
Condor 1988 1989 Huss This Huss Condor was open for two years before being removed. It was removed to make room for Viper.
Crazy Barrels 1971 1989 Intamin AG This Intamin Drunken Barrels was formerly located at a county fair. The Barrels were removed, but the platforms are still there behind the basketball game near the Metro station.
Dragon 1974 1981 Arrow Dynanamics This transportation cable car transported riders from the upper level of the back of the mountain down to the lower level of this area, and vice versa. The ride was removed and Ninja was built in 1988. The Dragon's track, wall, and upper station are still visible under Ninja. The lower station is still standing near Gold Rusher.
Eagle's Flight El Dorado Side 1971 1981 Intamin AG This Intamin AG aerial sky-way ride took passengers from the upper part of the mountain to the lower land on the north of the mountain. The station was next to El Bumpo's area.
Eagle's Flight Galaxy Side 1971 1994 Intamin AG A second aerial sky-way ride from the top of the mountain to the lower land in the County Fair area.
El-Bumpo 1971 1979 Arrow Dynamics Gas-powered bumper boats located on the pond.
Flashback 1992 2003 Intamin AG One-of-a-kind roller coaster featuring a stacked design and numerous steep rolling track dives. It was SBNO since 2003, but was removed early in the 2008 season and sold as scrap.
Freefall 1982 2008 Intamin AG An Intamin 1st-generation Freefall. The ride was standing but not operating from 2005 to 2006; however, it was scrapped for the 2008 season.
Galaxy 1971 1979 Intamin AG An Intamin Double Ferris Wheel with cable pulley that looked like a V-shaped beam. The ride was removed and was located where Buccaneer and Swashbuckler are now sitting.
Grand Centennial Excursion Railroad 1975 1985 unknown A big steam train that took passengers around. Located north of the main mountain.
Granny Gran Prix 1971 2007 D. H. Morgan This track-guided car ride was known as Chevron Gran Prix (Gas Powered) from 1971-1986. A new turnpike (electric-powered) was opened for three years before being moved in 1988 to Bugs Bunny World. The old guided track was demolished to make room for Tidal Wave. In December 2007 it was demolished to make room for Thomas Town's opening in 2008.
Jolly Monster 1973 1981 Eyerly A standard Eyerly Monster ride which replaced Billy the Squid. This thrill ride was at the Pirate's Cove near Colossus, Buccaneer, and Swashbuckler. The ride was removed and its site sat empty for 7 years before the Tilt-A-Whirl was moved there.
Magic Pagoda 1974 1984 Unknown A walk-thru attraction located on Samurai Summit. It featured a talking buddha, a mirror maze, a strobe light room (with a dragon flying overhead), a walk through a miniature version of chinatown and various other small scale items of interest with a Chinese Theme. Now used as part of a walk-thru maze for the Halloween season.
Mountain Express 1973 1982 Schwarzkopf Wildcat coaster located near where Flashback stood. Relocated to Magic Landing as Wildcat and then to Bosque Magico as Montana Rusa, according to the Roller Coaster DataBase.
Psyclone 1991 2006 Dinn Corporation A wood tracked roller coaster patterned after the Cyclone at Astroland park in Brooklyn, New York. It was torn down for the 2007 season, and piles of wood remained at the site for many days after the destruction. The site is now home to another wooden coaster, Terminator Salvation: The Ride.
Reactor 1977 1993 Schwarzkopf A Schwarzkopf Enterprise, known from 1977-1987 as Enterprise, was renamed Reactor in 1987. This thrill ride was removed at the end of the 1993 season.
Sarajevo Bobsleds 1984 1986 Intamin AG Bobsled coaster named after the 1984 Olympics. Removed due to the Six Flags ride rotation program and replaced with Shockwave. It was moved to Six Flags Over Texas and opened as Avalanche, but was later renamed and rethemed as La Vibora to better match the Spain section of the park.
Scrambler 1973 2003 Big Eli Bridge, Co This scrambler had a lot of damage from an uprooted tree and was scrapped; however, Six Flags Magic Mountain received another scrambler from Six Flags Over Texas.
Shockwave 1986 1988 Intamin AG A Steel Standup looping roller coaster. it was removed in 1989 and relocated to Six Flags Great Adventure due to the ride rotation program.
Sierra Twist 1973 2008 Schwarzkopf A Schwarzkopf Bayern Kurve ride, originally known as Swiss Twist. It was a high-speed bobsled ride with a circular track. The ride was removed due to aging parts and high maintenance costs.
Spin Out 1971 2008 Chance A Chance Rotor known from 1971-1972 as Bottoms Up. Featured in the video for Belinda Carlisle's #1 hit song, "Heaven is a Place on Earth". The video was directed by Diane Keaton.
Tumble Drum 1974 1980 unknown This walk-through barrel roll was located near the Electric Rainbow (now Grinder Gearworks).
Z-Force 1987 1993 Intamin AG An Intamin Looping Starship/Space Shuttle themed as an Air Force fighter plane. The ride was removed at the end of the season in 1993 to make room for Batman: The Ride.

Ride / Attractions Timeline

  • 2011:Wiggles World; possible Hurricane Harbor expansion.
  • 2010: Mr. Six's DanceCoaster [6]; Batman: The Ride painted blue; Goliath repainted; Ninja closed until March for new control system install.
  • 2009: Terminator Salvation: The Ride.
  • 2008: X2 opens; Goliath Jr. renamed Percy's Railway; Flashback removed; Thomas Town themed area; Thomas the Tank Engine railroad; Freefall removed; Circus Wheel removed; Sierra Twist removed; Spin Out removed; Viper repainted; 3-point basketball midway game; CSI: Live; Cyber Cafe.
  • 2007: X closes to be transformed into X2; Psyclone removed; Coldstone Limited; Johnny Rockets; Johnny Rockets Express; Justice League Feast; Wii Experience; Cyclone 500 Go-Karts are rehabbed and converted to a new control system designed by the parks maintenance crew; Ninja repainted; Granny Gran Prix removed in 12/2007; Goliath Jr. closes 12/2007.
  • 2006: Tatsu ; Arrowhead Splashdown renamed back to Jet Stream; Chinese Acrobats of Hebei show; Paintball Alley shooting gallery; Revolution reopens; Sky Tower reopens; Orient Express reopens; Circus Wheel reopens; Freefall reopens; Psyclone closes; Papa John's Pizza.
  • 2005: Batman Begins stunt show; Circus Wheel closes; Freefall closes; Orient Express and Revolution close for Tatsu construction.
  • 2004: Tornado (Hurricane Harbor);
  • 2003: Scream!. Flashback closes.
  • 2002: X; Scrambler removed due to structural damage; Scramber (relocated from Six Flags Over Texas as Missile Chaser).
  • 2001: Déjà Vu; Speedy Gonzales Mouse Racers removed; Goliath Jr. formerly Wile E. Coyote Coaster; Thrill Shot; Jet Stream renamed Arrowhead Splashdown; The Metro closes; Sky Tower closes; Panda Express.
  • 2000: Goliath.
  • 1999: Canyon Blaster; Bugs Bunny World expansion; Sierra Falls renamed Yosemite Sam Sierra Falls; Wile E, Coyote Coaster storage; Circus Wheel (Trabant) removed; Jolly Roger moved to midway and renamed Circus Wheel.
  • 1998: The Movie District themed area (retheme of Monterey Landing); The Riddler's Revenge; Gordon Gearworks renamed Grinder Gearworks.
  • 1997: Superman: The Escape; Hurricane Harbor expansion.
  • 1996: Dive Devil.
  • 1995: Hurricane Harbor water park.
  • 1994: Gotham City Backlot themed area (retheme of Backstreet); Batman: The Ride; Subway renamed ACME Atom Smasher; Turbo renamed Gordon Gearworks; Eagles Flight-Galaxy Side removed.
  • 1993: Sierra Falls; High Sierra Territory themed area; Swiss Twist renamed Sierra Twist; Z-Force removed; Reactor removed; Time Warner purchases Six Flags theme parks.
  • 1992: Flashback (formerly Z-Force at Six Flags Over Georgia); Cyclone 500.
  • 1991: Psyclone; Cyclone Bay themed area (retheme of Spillikin Corners).
  • 1990: Baja Ridge themed area; Viper.
  • 1989: Tidal Wave; Condor removed; Crazy Barrels removed.
  • 1988: Ninja; Condor; Funicular renamed Orient Express; Gran Prix moved to Bugs Bunny World and renamed Granny Gran Prix; Baile de las Flores moved to Pirate's Cove and renamed Jolly Roger; La Revolucion renamed Revolution; Shockwave removed.
  • 1987: Z-Force; Electric Rainbow renamed Turbo; Himalaya renamed Subway; Enterprise renamed Reactor.
  • 1986: Shockwave; Grand Prix changes from old car with gas powered to new turnpike with electric powered; Sarajevo Bobsleds removed.
  • 1985: Children's World renamed to be Bugs Bunny World and re-themed; Clown Coaster renamed Wile E. Coyote Coaster; Grand Centennial Excursion Railroad is removed.
  • 1984: Sarajevo Bobsleds; Colossus changes the 2nd track to ride in reverse.
  • 1983: Swashbuckler.
  • 1982: Freefall.
  • 1981: Roaring Rapids; Baile de las Flores; The Great American Revolution renamed La Revolucion; midway added; Dragon removed; Mountain Express removed; Jolly Monster removed; 99 Steam Train removed.
  • 1980: Buccaneer; Tumble Drum removed; Eagles Flight-El Dorado Side removed.
  • 1979: Revamp of Colossus; El Bumpo removed; Galaxy removed.
  • 1978: Colossus.
  • 1977: Enterprise.
  • 1976: The Great American Revolution.
  • 1975: Grand Centennial Excursion Railroad.
  • 1974: Electric Rainbow; Himalaya; Dragon; Tumble Drum.
  • 1973: Mountain Express; Swiss Twist; Jolly Monster; Scrambler; Billy the Squid removed.
  • 1972: Jet Stream; Bottoms Up renamed Spin Out.
  • 1971: Park opens. Gold Rusher; Billy the Squid; Grand Carousel; Log Jammer; 99 Steam Train; Sky Tower; Eagles Flight-Galaxy Side; Eagles Flight-El Dorado Side; Bottoms Up; Metro; Sandblasters; Circus Wheel; Crazy Barrels; Clown Coaster; Funicular; El Bumpo; Galaxy; Grand Prix; Showcase Theatre (Later became The Golden Bear Theatre).Most of the rides are still there.

Accidents

  • On August 30, 2008, a guest was severely injured by a passing Ninja train as he was trying to retrieve a hat.[3]
  • On April 9, 2004, a woman was struck and killed by one of Scream's trains during the morning test run. It is not known why she was on the track or why a train was dispatched with someone on the track.[4]
  • In June 2001, a rider on Goliath fell unconscious after the ride and later died. A brain aneurysm was determined to be the cause of death.[5]
  • In 1996, a part-time employee was killed while crossing the tracks of the Revolution roller coaster. She was struck by a train full of guests as it returned to the station.[6]
  • In 1978, a woman was ejected from the Colossus ride, and fell to her death. The incident led to several ride modifications, including reprofiling of part of the track.[6]
  • On February 5, 1978, a man was killed after a gondola car of the Eagles Flight (Skybucket ride) slipped from its cable and fell 50 feet to the ground. The man's wife was also seriously injured.[7]

References

External links

See also

Coordinates: 34°25′26″N 118°35′49″W / 34.423762°N 118.597069°W / 34.423762; -118.597069


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010
(Redirected to Valencia (California) article)

From Wikitravel

Valencia is a district area of the city of Santa Clarita in the Santa Clarita Valley. It's famed locally for its oranges, but better known as the home of the Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park.

Get in

By car

The 260-acre (1.0-km2) park lies on a hillside west of interstate 5, which runs north-south through Valencia. Take the Magic Mountain/McBean Parkway exit in either direction and follow the signs to the park.

  • Southland Yellow Cab Co (661) 723-2227
  • United Taxi of Los Angeles (661) 267-9850
  • Yellow Cab of Santa Clarita (661) 260-2227

Do

Six Flags Magic Mountain - The flagship park of the Six Flags franchise of theme parks, Magic Mountain is currently the second largest roller-coaster park in the world, although this record tends to see-saw between them and Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. If you are planning on going to Magic Mountain, plan to spend the entire day. The park is open weekends & holidays thoughout the year, and open daily from Memorial Day though Labor Day. Admission price is $59.99 per person. Parking is another $15.

Buy

The gift shops and eateries in the park are not cheap! Expect to pay very high retail on trinkets that are "customized" merely with an imprint of the Six Flags moniker. The quality of the food is comparable to fast food fare, and you can expect to spend 20 USD for lunch for two not including drinks. The cost is partially justified as an offset to maintainence and development costs.

  • Papalino's, 24135 Magic Mountain Pkwy, +1 661 259-9345 (fax: +1 661 259-9864), [1]. Homemade salad, pasta, and Italian food. Family atmosphere. Counter service.  edit

Drink

Doc's Inn, Somewhere on Lyons Ave. Be wary of the mid-weekers.

  • Courtyard by Marriott Santa Clarita, 28523 Westinghouse Place, 661-257-3220 (fax: 661-257-3221), [2]. As the newest face in the Santa Clarita valley, the Courtyard by Marriott Santa Clarita offers exceptional guest service and award-winning expertise. Our AAA-Three Diamond award winning Santa Clarita hotel is situated among beautiful landscape of Santa Clarita just minutes from many attractions. Six Flags Magic Mountain and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor are just 3 miles from the Courtyard by Marriott Santa Clarita.  edit
  • Best Western Valencia Inn, 27413 Wayne Mills Place, +1 661 255-0555 (toll free: +1 800 944-7446, fax: +1 661 255-2216), [3].  edit
  • Comfort Suites, 25380 N. The Old Road, +1 661 254-7700, [4].  edit
  • Econo Lodge, 49713 Gorman Post Rd, +1 661 248-6411, [5].  edit
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 27513 Wayne Mills Pl, +1 661 284-2101, [6].  edit
  • Rodeway Inn Magic Mountain, 31558 Castaic Rd, +1 661 295-1100, [7].  edit
Routes through Valencia
SacramentoSanta Clarita  N noframe S  → San Fernando → Los Angeles
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