Six Flags Magic Mountain History
When the park opened, there were 500 employees and 33 attractions, many of which were designed and built by Arrow which designed and built many of the original attractions at Disneyland. The admission price in 1971 started at $3.50. Because the park was in a relatively remote area, the Greyhound bus line used to provided a bus service to and from Los Angles to the park, and optionally allowed purchase of park admission at the time the bus ticket was purchased.
1971 the park opened, the rides and attractions included Gold Rusher the 70ft steel coaster with speeds upto 35 mph costing a whooping £1.2million,a second mini coaster called the clown coaster which went on to become magic flyer, the Log Jammer, a log flume; the Sky Tower, Grand Prix, El Bumpo, a Carousel; and other smaller rides The Showcase Theater (renamed Golden Bear Theater), which was first headline by Barbra Streisand
In the 1971 season, Magic Mountain obtained permission from Warner Bros. to use Looney Tunes characters. However, they did not continue using the characters after their first year. In 1972, the Wizard became recognizable symbols of Magic Mountain.Also in 1972, the second log flume named Jet Stream was added.
In 1973 the park added its third roller coaster, the Mountain Express, a compact Schwarzkopf Wildcat model steel coaster It was located around the area where the coaster Goliath is located today in Pirates Cove. In 1974 the park also installed a new complex of spinning rides in what would later be known as Back Street.
Roller coaster revolution
1976 saw the opening of the Schwarzkopf Great American Revolution,later changed to the New Revolution Magic Mountain became the first park in the world to have a modern, 360-degree steel looping coaster (though previous roller coasters with loops had been built and dismantled elsewhere due to safety issues). 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.
Colossus was magic mountains first wooden roller coaster which opened in 1978, 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. One of the trains sometimes ran backwards for a few years in the mid-80s Colossus which was Manufactured by International Amusement Devices was the granddaddy of all roller coasters from 1978-2014. During its reign, it was one of the world’s largest wooden roller coasters, taking up over ten acres of land with more than 4,325 ft of track. Generations have cherished the long haul up the first hill and the classic wooden adventure that waited on the other side, including six drops, 14 hills, and speeding at over 60 mph
In 1979 the park was sold to Six Flags. In 1980 The new name was revealed it would be known as Six Flags Magic Mountain .
In 1981 a new type of rided opened called Roaring Rapids. It was developed by Intamin who went on to make a few different rides over the next few years and they worked in partnership with the now defunct Six Flags Astroworld, which had opened a similar ride in 1979 which opened in 1980 called Thunder River. Finally, a complete circuit could be made around the park. It was originally designed as a dual-sided station, but only one was fully developed,
In 1982 the attraction Freefall was added also built by Intamin, it was considered a cutting edge drop tower ride, it wasnt strictly a "roller coaster." It simply ascends the tower and then drops down, 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.
In 1985 Children's World was rethemed to Bugs Bunny World, as Magic Mountain had abandoned the Trolls in favor of the Warner Brothers' characters. In 1986, the park added a steel stand-up looping roller coaster called Shockwave designed by Intamin. shockwave replaced Sarajevo Bobsleds. The coaster was a very popular attraction at Magic Mountain regardless of its roughness due to the positions of the restraints but at the end of 1988, the coaster was removed and went to Six Flags Great Adventure in 1990. It was removed from there in 1992 and was repainted white and rethemed now known as Batman The Escape was 2,300 ft long, was 90 ft high, and had a drop of 85 ft. It had 1 inversion, which was the 66 ft tall Loop and pulled a mild 3.4 G’s, which was a lot at the time of opening was removed to Six Flags Astroworld. Astroworld closed in 2005, the ride was put in storage.
In 1987 the park re-themed the Back Street. Spinning flat rides were renamed Turbo, Subway , and Reactor .
Ninja opened in 1988, Ninja,built by Arrow Dynamics, it was the first suspended swing roller coaster on the West coast. these type of coasters were typically scary, they are very safe to ride, and Ninja is no exception.Ninja only had two accidents, and neither can be blamed on the ride 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 its a Shoot the Chute water ride made by Intamin, featuring a 50-foot (15 m) splashdown into a large body of water. The ride's exit ramp crosses over the splashpool, allowing willing patrons leaving the ride to get soaked from the splash.
In 1990, Viper a $8 million multiple looping coaster designed by Arrow Dynamics opened. It features a 188-foot (57 m) drop, speeds up to 70 mph (110 km/h), 3 vertical loops, a batwing turn that inverts riders twice, and a double corkscrew.Viper is the last of the 7-looper roller coasters built by Arrow to remain operating. Viper remained the tallest looping coaster in the world until the opening of Alpengeist in 1997.
In 1991 Magic Mountain added Psyclone, 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, the Glass Blower had been replaced by the Shooting Gallery, and the Candy Kitchen viewing area was redesigned. With Psyclone, the crowds returned. Due to the 1994 Northridge earthquake, Psyclone's structure was damaged causing a very bumpy ride and the coaster was never the same. (Psyclone 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 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 the ride was finally scrapped at the end of 2008.
In 1993 Six Flags Magic Mountain entered the Time Warner era. The new ride for the year was Yosemite Sam Sierra Falls. It was a water ride that has two twisting tubes that riders could slide down 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.
In 1994, Magic Mountain added a Bolliger & Mabillard inverted looping roller coaster called Batman: The Ride (which other Six Flags parks also added in the coming years). The first of this type of coaster was built in 1992 in Six Flags Great America, It was a different setup of coaster which aloud riders to get even closer to the ground the train runs under the track with the seats directly attached to the wheel carriage this type of coaster paved the way for the some 200 different types since, The most popular of the B&M inverts are Raptor at Cedar Point and the king of the inverts Nemesis at Alton Towers which was built in 1994. Nemesis won so many awards and even to this day is known for being one of the best and most intense roller coasters in the world
In 1995, a separately gated waterpark called Six Flags Hurricane Harbor opened. The park included body slides, tube slides, a kiddie water play area, lazy river, and a wave pool. 1996 a SkyCoaster called Dive Devil opened at Magic Mountain.
A dual launch coaster called Superman: The Escape debuted at the park in 1997. Designed by Intamin costing $20million, the 30-second ride launches riders from 0 to 100 mph (160 km/h) in seven seconds on a track that scales up a 41-story tower. It was the first roller coaster in the world to reach speeds of 100 mph. In 2011, it received a new color scheme and was renamed "Superman: Escape From Krypton". In addition, the trains were reversed to provide a backward-facing launch.
The Riddler's Revenge is a stand-up roller coaster which features 6 inversions that opened in 1998, a new Bolliger & Mabillard Stand-up roller coaster costing $14million opened as the tallest and fastest stand-up roller coaster in the world.if you like being upside down you will love this ride , because almost immediately you’ll be facing loop after loop and inversion after inversion on a track that soars 156 feet in the sky, you streak through a pair of corkscrews at 65 miles per hour, on this winding and utterly unpredictable track, while enjoying a whopping 4.2 G’s. Also in 1998 Six Flags was sold to Premier Parks.
In 2000, a steel hypercoaster, Goliath, a massive $30million coaster was added. It was built by Giovanola which only ever built 2 other coasters Anaconda in gold reef city south Africa and titan in six flags over Texas, All 3 coasters are still operating today.The company went completely bankrupt in 2004. A staggering 255 foot drop which you’ll take at 85 mph, making this one of the longest and fastest drops in the world. But wait a second, isn’t this ride only 235 feet tall? That’s right, the first drop takes you down below the dirt into a dark underground tunnel! Goliath then serves up another quick drop of 185 feet.
2001 was to be the year of three new roller coasters, but only one actually opened on time: Goliath Jr., a steel kiddie coaster. The other two, Déjà Vuand 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 Giant Inverted Boomerang coaster (GIB), 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, as the world's first "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 on January 7, 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 trains. 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 other three Bolliger & Mabillard Flying Coasters at other Six Flags parks, all named Superman: Ultimate Flight. Tatsu 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).
Psyclone was removed in 2007, and Flashback was demolished in early 2008. As a result, Six Flags Magic Mountain no longer tied the record for the most roller coasters in a single park, relinquishing the record to Cedar Point – the park's total had never surpassed Cedar Point but had tied numerous times.
Thomas Town, was added in 2008. The park renovated one its thrill rides, however. "X" was closed in late 2007 for its transformation into X2 which featured new fourth-generation trains, a new paint job 1500 gallons of paint and 3 months to finish,There was also a new loading procedure that allowed a third train to added, increasing capacity by 50% and special effects flame throwers and audio. It reopened in 2008. In the same year, the park began work on the "Magic of the Mountain" museum at the top of its Sky Tower attraction that contained memorabilia throughout the park's history
Terminator Salvation: The Ride, a wooden roller coaster made by GCI costing $10million, opened on May 23, 2009. It was built in the former location of Psyclone and featured tunnels, spraying mist, and special effects and spent $1 million adding the incongruous Terminator-factory-turned-safe-house theme to the wooden coaster, mostly in the pre-show queue areas.
On January 9, 2011, the ride was renamed to Apocalypse and given an appropriate theme that reflects an "end of the world" scenario. Mr. Six’s Splash Island opened at the adjacent Hurricane Harbor water park.
On August 3, 2010, it was announced that Superman: The Escape would undergo a major redevelopment before the 2011 season.
On October 20, 2010, Six Flags Magic Mountain officially announced their full plans for 2011 after a video was leaked six days earlier. In addition to opening Mr. Six's Dance Coaster under a new name and theme, Six Flags announced two other attractions. In time for the 2011 season, Superman: The Escape was refurbished to Superman: Escape from Krypton and featured new backwards launching cars and a new color scheme.
The first Reverse Free Fall Coaster, was the first ride in the world to break the 160 km/h barrier and also the highest roller coaster in the world. Even now, it is still ranked as the world’s 4th highest roller coaster.
The Reverse Free Fall Coaster consists of one horizontal straight track spur, which turns vertically up at the end. The spur is holding one train, which is being moved forward and backwards per each ride.
Available with two different types of vehicles. Either a state-of-the-art train holding 16 passengers sitting next to the track in combination with a back-to-back seat arrangement, or a modern vehicle of 14 seats, launched backwards, in a three per four and one per two seat arrangement. Provided with a redundant over-head lap-bar restraint system, the shape of the seats and the restraint system used are specially developed to comfortably accommodate the special characteristics of this ride.
The vehicle launches directly out of the station accelerated up to 160 km/h. The acceleration and propulsion of the train is executed by a latest generation of track mounted powerful Linear Synchronous Motor (LSM) ensuring a much higher level of efficiency than previously possible. Travelling along the track, the train shoots straight up towards the top of the tower, over 100 meters, and stay in a basically weightless stage for a few seconds – an absolute unique and exciting experience – before going back, reaching a speed close to the launch and being decelerated and positioned in the station by the same Linear Synchronous Motor.
Not only the sensation of high acceleration will guarantee the huge success of this roller coaster, it is also the combination of weightlessness and the experience of a free fall, which makes this ride so unique and attractive.
To enhance the thrilling power, the Reverse Free Fall Coaster can be attached to a Giant Drop Tower. Combining the two structures gives the riders a chance to choose between a Free Fall experience or a Free Fall with acceleration.
The third and final announcement regards an entirely new thrill roller coaster. The Green Lantern: First Flight opened in July 2011 as Magic Mountain's eighteenth roller coaster. Intamin has developed the most comprehensive range of roller coasters of any manufacturer in the world. Intamin considers itself to be the leader in coaster development and innovation. The Zac Spin Coaster is another space saving and eye-catching coaster from Intamin. The ride’s design provides a whole collection of unusual sensations, starting with a spurt of acceleration up an incline, followed by a sense of total weightlessness, head over heels spinning, freefall drops, and hearts stopping swings back and forth.
To begin, the vehicles are pulled by a double chain drive up the inverted curved lift section. The passengers travel out towards the horizon, not able to see where the track continues, as if they are about to drop off the edge at any instant. It is immediately followed by an acceleration into various freefall drops and a reversing of the passengers travelling direction relative to the seating arrangement, thereby imparting a different perspective and totally new sensations. The vehicles reach speeds of up to 60 km/h and are slowed by Intamin’s patented friction-less magnetic brakes.
To add to all of this the guests are suspended outside the rails and hang on each side of the track. The unique ride experience features back-to-back seat arrangement on an eight-passenger vehicle. Half of the guests face forward and the other half face backwards at the outset, changing position during the ride. Additionally, as the swinging and spinning action is heavily dependent on the load distribution within the vehicles the ride experience is never predictable, thus, to get all the thrilling effects this coaster offers, riders would need to ride at least twice and change their seating position accordingly.
This roller coaster reclaimed the world record for the highest number of roller coasters at a single theme park. It was later announced, on November 4, 2010, that the children's roller coaster will be called "Road Runner Express
In late 2010, Six Flags began the process of removing licensed theming from attractions. They terminated several licenses including their licenses with Terminator and Thomas the Tank Engine. Terminator Salvation: The Ride was renamed and rethemed into Apocalypse January 2011.Thomas Town was renamed and rethemed to Whistlestop Park in time for the 2011 season.
On January 18, 2011, the park opted for simplicity and renamed the Little Flash coaster to Road Runner Express. Due to Green Lantern being placed in Gotham City Backlot, Gotham City was re-themed into DC Universe. In addition, Grinder Gearworks became Wonder Woman Lasso Of Truth and Atom Smasher was renamed "The Flash: Speed Force".
On September 1, 2011, Six Flags Magic Mountain announced that they would be opening a new attraction for the 2012 season named Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom. The free-fall drop attraction was integrated into both sides of the park's 415 feet (126 m) tall Superman: Escape from Krypton tower structure and ranks as the world’s tallest drop tower, featuring a plummet from 400 feet (120 m) above ground level.Being one of the most successful rides on the market, the Giant Drop, developed and designed by Intamin, has been built in different configurations. Taking inspiration from the Giant Drop featuring vehicles of 4 passengers, Intamin’s engineers have developed vehicles of 8 seats, which can either be built as a stand-alone attraction or attached to an existing structure. After the vehicles are loaded, the guests are hoisted quickly to the top of the tower, reaching speeds of up to 5 meters per second before being brought to a complete stop. Here the guests are allowed to take in the view as they await a breathtaking surprise. Suddenly, they plummet in freefall back down to earth. The incredibly smooth braking is made possible by Intamin’s revolutionary patented magnetic braking system. The eight passengers seat abreast in a vehicle. Each seat has an over-the-shoulder restraint, which is covered in polyurethane and molded to form an elegant and robust unit with the seat itself. By using a minimum of space, this ride provides a vertical statement that makes the park stand out for miles around. The system can be set up inside buildings, such as shopping centers, or FEC’s, as a Dark Ride, on the outside of an existing structure, or inside steel or concrete towers. It has the advantage to be flexible and can be adapted to the operator’s requirements The following day, Six Flags Magic Mountain confirmed on Facebook that Déjà Vu will be removed from the park soon. Then on September 13, 2011 this message was posted Hey Déjà Vu fans! The countdown begins so come ride this weekend before it’s going…going…gone! the park announced that Déjà Vu will be removed after October 16, 2011, "Déjà Vu fans, we have created some exclusive after hours ride time for you to ride it again before October 16.
Log Jammer was closed down and was subsequently removed following the yearly Halloween themed events. Log Jammer was partly removed to open up a future 2013 attraction and the ride itself was becoming too old to operate even though the Log Jammer was very popular and was a favorite to many. The closure of the Log Jammer downgraded the amount of Six Flag's Magic Mountain's water rides from 4 to 3. The space from the Log Jammer was then used for Full Throttle.
In August 2012, Six Flags Magic Mountain confirmed rumors that a new roller coaster, Full Throttle is made by Premier Rides a company founded in 1994 they were the first company to use LIM which is a element to this ride infact it uses 2 of them during the ride Full Throttle would open the following season.When Full Throttle opened as the park's 18th roller coaster, allowing Six Flags Magic Mountain to boast having the most roller coasters in the world once again. The ride was built to feature the world's tallest vertical loop on a roller coaster at 160 feet (49 m).which has now been beaten. In addition, Full Throttle set a record for being the first roller coaster to feature a track section with rails on both sides of the spine.
On August 29, 2013, Six Flags Magic Mountain officially announced that they would run both Batman: The Ride and Colossus backwards for a limited time of the 2014 season. They will also expand Bugs Bunny World with the addition of a new roller coaster. On April 8, 2014, Six Flags Magic Mountain announced that the park will host its first ever Holiday in the Park Christmas event in late 2014 and for future years after.With more than one million lights and four uniquely themed areas, the park is transformed into a spectacularly-lit winter wonderland for guests to enjoy this holiday season.
In the summer of 2014, the park has placed banners across the property advertising the new now-open Bonzai Pipelines in the adjacent property, Hurricane Harbor, After more than 36 years in operation, Six Flags announced that Colossus would be closed permanently on August 16, 2014. and would be renovated by RMC to become Twisted Colossus, one of Magic Mountain's most signature and iconic roller coaster. whats different about this renovation is the height was 4ft less the the original and was 5mph slower normally with re tracks the coaster nearly becomes higher and faster. To say goodbye to Colossus, Six Flags Magic Mountain hosted a 36-hour coaster marathon on Colossus and they looked for riders that would complete a marathon starting on Monday, August 4 at 9 a.m. and will end at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, August 5. Each participant would receive a Six Flags 2015 Season Pass. Grand Prize was four GOLD Passes. which took place on August 16, 2014. On August 28, 2014, Six Flags announced the Rocky Mountain Construction conversion of Colossus into Twisted Colossus. Twisted Colossus opened on May 23, 2015.
On September 3, 2015, Six Flags announced the renovation of Revolution with a new paint scheme, upgraded lighting, and new train eliminating the controversial over-the-shoulder restraints that had been the source of the ride's spotty reputation for much of its life. Named "The New Revolution," it reopened on April 21, 2016.
On September 1, 2016, the park announced Justice League: Battle for Metropolis to open in 2017. The 4D shooting dark ride is nearly identical to the six other installations located at Six Flags parks around North America. The ride opened on July 12, 2017.
On August 29, 2017, Six Flags announced the addition of a Zamperla Giant Discovery flat ride to be built in a newly renovated Boardwalk Beach area near DC Universe. Marketed as "the world's tallest pendulum ride", CraZanity will take riders to a height of 172 feet (52.4 m) and speeds up to 75 mph (120.7 kmh).