The almighty SCREAM! opened in April of 2003, and was placed to be an easy money maker after the expensive X. Six Flags had worked with B&M for a while by then, and realized that installing a mirror version of Medusa at Six Flags Great Adventure (now Bizarro) would be a great way to go, since the B&M rides were often opened without many technical difficulties. This was yet another great reason to place it, since both Deja Vu (2001) and X (2001-2002) had many technical difficulties, slowing down operations, and costing the park a lot of money.
But here we are, almost 11 years later and many new coasters have been built since. X has made its reappearance as X2, and Deja Vu left in the Six Flags ride rotation program, and is to be found at Six Flags New England as Goliath. But there is Scream!, slowly fading in the CA sun, in a back corner somewhere in a huge park. Not to mention that the ride can be seen from parts of the park, the entire parking lot, several local service streets, and the huge Interstate 5. But yet, it looks like a roller-coaster that can be found in a deceased park. Don’t worry, as all of you probably know, it’s still operating, although never with 3 trains. It actually ran only one train for about 12 months in 2012-13. The photo-booth stands vacant, after the on-ride action-photo system was basically ripped out. (Yes, booth, and all equipment is still there, except for the actual cameras).
Let’s move on to the way we can actually fix the problems, and how the park could treat SCREAM! better.
- Repaint – Agreed or disagreed, it’s insane that one of the most visible, and open rides from anywhere in the area, especially the parking lot, looks like it will fall apart at any given time. The ride is 11 years old, and has not received a single paint job in it’s life. Wouldn’t be such a big deal if it weren’t out in the open, on a concrete (former parking lot) block. But since it is, the fact that it looks so faded is a shame. The ride was up for a repaint in 2008, almost desperate for a repaint in 2010, and far beyond a repaint in 2014. The current state of this roller-coaster is sad. You could ask almost any visitor, or theme-park enthusiast, and they will definitely agree that SCREAM! needs a repaint. Then comes in the color, was it smart to color the 150 ft. giant violet, blue, and yellow in the first place? We think not. Yes, it looks great, for the first year, but looks at least twice as old if not maintained well, and since this ride is definitely not maintained well, compared to some other rides in the park, this color scheme should go. We we’re thinking of something that wouldn’t look half as bad faded. Black supports, or very dark blue supports will just look a bit rough when faded, but not as bland as the violet used now. The track could be gray, which would hardly be noticed when faded. Just think of Batman’s colors from 1994-2010, the gray still looked alright after 16 years.
Or the park could go with something more attractive, something like yellow and orange track colors. (Think Dominator at Kings Dominion). When faded it will still not look as bad, since a light-yellow can look great too.
This all depends on eventual re-theming, or landscaping, re-profiling, or non of them all. In conclusion, SCREAM! has a lovely color scheme, but due to the fact that it’s out in the sun, and the park doesn’t maintain it too well, the paint will fade soon, look awful, and asks for a different, more durable color scheme. Comment your repaint ideas below.
- Landscaping – Ever seen the picture Six Flags Magic Mountain uses on their website? Yes, those trees happen to be behind a mirrored Interlocking Corkscrews.
In case you didn’t notice, it’s a picture of Medusa (now Bizarro) at Six Flags Great Adventure. Medusa/Bizarro actually happens to be built on the edge of a forest, over grass, surrounded by trees. The photo was simply color-edited, to look like Scream!. The wonderful landscaping of Medusa/Bizarro adds to the ride experience, as everything seems to be neatly maintained. In fact, it’s the exact opposite of what Scream! has. Let’s face it, who has not noticed the huge fading parking lot while riding Scream!? We normally don’t use this terminology, but it looks ‘cheap’. Although we aren’t construction builders, drilling out some of the previous parking lot, and replacing it with dirt, and then trees, doesn’t seem too hard. This could easily be part of a re-profiling, or re-theming of the ride. Even planters in the helix, or under the Cobra Roll would look good. But sadly enough, the entire plaza, and currently the ride, station, line, etc… looks like it’s the all new ‘Depression Zone’. A big faded, gray blob that seems to have sucked the life out of the area is what we first think of. But that can be easily fixed by planting some flowers all over the plaza, in line, and around the pathways leading to Scream!. The big plaza in front of the line should be having a circular planter similar to Riddler’s Revenge’s plaza. This planter could immediately host a new ride sign, that is 3D, and sticks out on a pole while rotating. Talking about an awesome new entrance! Additionally, trees are very essential for a ride’s look, so any way in which trees or plants, or anything else could be placed, would greatly benefit Scream!. Although this might be seen as something other than landscaping, a big ‘pool’ under the ride could bring it back to life as well, any ride over water is generally a hit with the public. In conclusion, Scream! needs some landscaping done, which can be done in many different ways, and even the slightest change would be greatly appreciated by guests, and theme-park enthusiasts. There are so many things that one could do to better Scream!’s landscaping right now, that we can’t even get close to going through all options, therefore we’d like you to comment your ideas below!
- Re-Theme – Let’s say that a re-theming finds place, but Scream! is to keep its current name. Different kinds of theming could apply to a roller-coaster with the broad name; Scream!. Let’s use one specific color example in this argument. Let’s say that Scream! got the new planter in front of the entrance with an awesome new sign, and a color scheme that’s yellow (track) with very dark blue (supports). The fences surrounding the ride should get a new color, preferably dark blue. In addition to that, the station building should become entirely dark blue from the outside, with yellow on the inside, including the Flash Pass entrance that needs new walls, and roofing. In addition to the basic repaints around the ride, the big billboards with the screaming faces have to be replaced with something more permanent, that won’t fade as quickly. This could be a general logo, sign, or series of signs that will brand the new theming. Scream!’s line and station don’t have TVs at this moment, so that needs to be placed in then, and an appropriate new soundtrack would be great for the entrance plaza. Through out the ride, the park could place tunnels, with LED lighting it. Perhaps, to make it all even more spectacular, the park could enclose the Interlocking Corkscrews, and have an indoor part to the ride too. All mixed with a fresh color, fresh light package, fresh logo, fresh signs, fresh line, fresh plaza, fresh music, and fresh everything else, Scream! could be one of the most popular coasters around. Because, other than the looks, it’s a great ride, and any other park in the universe would take good care of it, and would promote it as a star attraction. Could you imagine the lines for it, if it were to be located at Knott’s, or California’s Great America? Comment your thoughts of a new theme to Scream!, below.
- Re-Profile – Many of you know the Bizarro make-overs. They were extremely popular, and the rides received attention as if they were brand new. But what most of you are not aware of, is that neither Bizarro is still complete. The Bizarro re-profile sounds awesome to us too, but knowing Six Flags Magic Mountain, this is not the way to go. Because SFMM would need something, low cost and durable. Bizarro at Six Flags Great Adventure no longer has the on-board audio installed, and the fog effects hardly work. Bizarro at Six Flags New England no longer has the popular flame throwers, and the onboard audio is mall functioning to say the least. Both rides came with new light effects, flame throwers, on-board audio, and fog effects. Let’s cut to the options for Scream!. We’ll be pairing it with the color schemes we came up with earlier, so the first colors would be black and gray. For the black and gray theme, MM would not have to re-profile the ride too much, as it could be aircraft related. A new name would be appropriate, but the parking lot it rusher over would make perfect sense, and thus wouldn’t have to be replaced. In addition to that, the station building could simply be painted all gray, and the trains could be made black, gray and red for a more aircraft related look. Since the station already looks like a hangar, only a new soundtrack would be necessary, and perhaps some new signs around the ride relating to the aircraft theme. Few air-traffic control towers could be placed around the ride. For example in the helix, or in the Cobra Roll. Some simple, empty hangar buildings could be placed around the track, perhaps serving as fly-throughs or tunnels, and the ride would be pretty much re-profiled. A nice set of LED lights would do to light it up at night, and the catwalk lights could be similar to runway lights. The line would stay the same other than the new colors, the entrance plaza could have some sort of aircraft on display, and the exit path won’t look as bad as it does now since it fits the theme. Bring back the on-ride cameras as you could advertise it as a new ride experience, and you’re pretty much set. If it were to be yellow and dark blue, like we mentioned before, the park would have to put a lot more work into it. This is because the soft look of the new colors would be very energetic, and it would easily look unfinished if it’s not heavily themed. Besides the repaint, a lot of landscaping seems necessary, and an appropriate name which could be a hard one with a park full of coasters already. When we think of it after all, the black and gray aircraft themed re-profiling seems to be the easiest, most durable, and most creative way to go. Luckily Six Flags Magic Mountain doesn’t have anything themed like that yet. Please comment your ideas of a re-profile below!
After these 4 ‘easy’ ways to give Scream! a fair chance again, we would definitely like to see something among these lines to happen. Perhaps when the rumored Iron Colossus is being constructed the park could close off the entire area and give Scream! some real love, it definitely deserves it! Please comment your thoughts below!