Throwback Thursday- Spin out!, Free Fall!

For this little Throwback Thursday we’ll be looking at Spin out and Free Fall that used to operate at SFMM.

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The Freefall was a ride developed by Giovanola and was a model that was marketed throughout the world by Swiss company, Intamin. Two generations of this ride were developed. First generation Freefall rides can be identified by the angled supports at the base of the lift tower. Second generation Freefall rides were identical, but the tower’s base structure on those variants did not taper outward. Riders were required to be 48 inches (122 cm) tall or more.

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V2-A New Type of Spiraling Impulse Coasters

v2 signV2: Vertical Velocity, in Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California, is California’s first and only Intamin Spiraling Impulse Coaster, but there is a twist, and the pun is intended!  A traditional Spiral impulse coaster, such as Possessed at Dorney Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania, features a U shaped track with two 90 degree vertical towers, 1 which uses in line twists to get to the top, and the other going straight up and down, using an LIM launch system to propel the inverted car either way.  V2, on the other hand, has its spiraling tower only angled at 45 degrees.  This wasn’t always the case.  In 2001, when the coaster opened it had the traditional U shaped track with the 90 degree towers.  Continue reading “V2-A New Type of Spiraling Impulse Coasters”

Throwback Thursday- Shockwave!

Shockwave was on of the world’s first stand-up coasters! The ride has a rich history due to the popular ride rotation program Six Flags used in its earlier years. It’s now in storage, but we’ll show you what happened before it ended up at Darien Lake.

The ride was originally built in 1986 for Six Flags Magic Mountain as Shockwave. The coaster was a very popular attraction at Magic Mountain regardless of its roughness due to the positions of the restraints. At the time, Six Flags had a ride rotation program, in which some coasters would remain at a park for a couple years and then transferred to another park, therefore in late 1988, the Shockwave was closed, in 1989 removed, and in 1990 relocated to Six Flags Great Adventure and opened there. At Magic Mountain, the former Shockwave location became the new area for the Psyclone wooden coasterwhich opened in 1991.

Shockwave 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. Shockwave was made by Intamin, and had Giovanola as sub-contractor, and pulled a mild 3.4 G’s, which were a lot at the time of opening.

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Riddler’s Revenge @ Six Flags Magic Mountain

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Riddler’s Revenge is located in the Movie District section of the park, and opened in 1998. RR is world’s tallest, fastest, and longest Stand-Up Coaster. It has;
Length: 4,370 ft
Height: 156 ft
Drop: 146 ft
Inversions: 6
Speed: 65 mph
Duration: 3:00
G-Force: 4.2

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Six Flags Magic Mountain Update for 8/13/13

California Coaster Kings went to SFMM for an update, we saw some interesting things!

CROWDS! Not really, the park didn’t open the security gates until 10’10AM. The crowds really weren’t too bad today.

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We noticed how guests are actually able to just walk to the Action Theater!

 

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We tried to show last week that there has been a sign placed on the old Log Jammer pump-cabin, here it is by daylight.

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Woohoo! Just as we thought of a nice ride on Apocalypse, we figured out it was closed for maintenance… ALL DAY!

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Fright Fest signs are up to, everywhere around the park you can see them start for the event. It’s a sign from the park that the summer operations have ended, and yes Scream! still operates that one single train… 20130813_101208

If that wasn’t bad enough, Full Throttle only operated one train all day too! Creating long lines on a not-so-busy day…

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M&M’s has made a comeback, about 4-5 of these new M&M’s vending machines have been placed around the park.

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They were also fixing the AC on Tatsu while we were there, the new refurbished 3rd train, that was meant for 3 train summer operations, looks very nice, you can’t see it in this picture, but the new green seats look fresh, and there are now black headrests, instead of the former green.

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Last but not least, we haven’t seen pictures out there yet from the freshly painted Superman shield!

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That was it for today, more in the near future! We will be doing some awesome LIVE Fright Fest updates too, so stay tuned!

Kong- There Is No Escape

With the recent Stealth article, and the removal of both Deja Vu and Invertigo we held a poll on the remaining Vekomas in CA. Kong came out pretty strong, and since there are different views on this SLC, we are giving our honest ride review.

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Kong is a Vekoma SLC that once stood in Opryland USA as Hangman. Kong came to the Vallejo theme-park in 1998 after Premier Parks bought the park, and wanted to transform the Marine-Park into a theme-park. Together wit the park’s boomerang, Kong started it’s operations in may of 1998. The entrance was located next to the Dolphin Harbor stadium, and the parking lot used to be at the now Oasis plaza. Continue reading “Kong- There Is No Escape”

Batman @ Six Flags Magic Mountain

This is our Batman The Ride Off-Ride video.

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Batman The Ride is located in DC Universe in Six Flags Magic Mountain
Batman The Ride has;
Length: 2,700 ft
Height: 105 ft
Inversions: 5
Speed: 50 mph
Duration: 2:00
G-Force: 4

 

Quick Park Update for Six Flags Magic Mountain 8/6/13

California Coaster Kings went to Six Flags Magic Mountain to check it out again. We were there for a pretty short period of time, so we couldn’t cover the entire park. We got most though!

As soon as we arrived (5PM), we noticed that the Full Throttle line was LONG, but then we took a closer look, and the new switchback system made the line look longer, but a whole lot shorter. Also, until around 8PM, the park stopped the line under the screen, and had smaller groups of people walking up the ramp to the station. We honestly believe that’s a very good idea! Now the screen and canvas come to good use, even if there are shorter lines!20130806_170621

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Six Flags Discovery Kingdom’s Uniqueness

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is a rather unique and different park in the Six Flags chain. SFDK is America’s only wildlife, marine life, and wild-rides amusement park. Anyone  who has visited this park knows how uniquely the park is set up. All the big rollercoasters are distributed over two big plazas, and the extreme flat-rides are spread through the park. Random stadiums are located throughout the park, and the zoo area and marine life area are located on the back side of the park next to the lake. The park has an amazing line-up of shows in which they work together with world class entertainment companies. Most of the shows are extremely educational and will teach rather that entertain you with animals performing tricks, but more on that later. The animals in both the habitats in the zoo, and in the walk-through or interaction exhibits are really well taken care off, and there seems to be an experienced and well trained staff that does so. 

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Tatsu @ Six Flags Magic Mountain

Our off-ride of Tatsu at Six Flags Magic Mountain!

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Tatsu is world’s tallest, fastest, and longest Flying Coaster. Tatsu came to the park in 2006 and is still a fan-favorite with long lines. “Tatsu” is Japanese for “Flying Beast”.

Tatsu stats;
Length:        3,602 ft
Height:        170 ft
Drop:          111 ft
Inversions:  4
Speed:         62 mph
Elements:
– 103 ft tall Corkscrew
– 96 ft tall Zero-G Roll
– 80 ft tall Horseshoe
– 124 ft tall Pretzel Loop
– In-Line Twist

Park Update for Six Flags Magic Mountain on 7/31/13

California Coaster Kings was at Six Flags Magic Mountain to do their first (of many) regular park updates. In the future California Coaster Kings will visit Six Flags Magic Mountain weekly to give you up-to-date information of what’s going on at ‘The Thrill Capital of the World’!

We noticed last week that Full Throttle Plaza’s lasers got nice weather proof bubbles around them. We hope that this means that the Full Throttle Plaza will also be lit up nice during the off-season. We noticed that Live It Up by Airbourne is being played in the plaza now too. We expect this plaza to be fully used for Fright Fest, during that time of the year weather can be pretty unpredictable. It seems like the lasers are in fact permanent!  Continue reading “Park Update for Six Flags Magic Mountain on 7/31/13”

Let the War Begin

Insane Coaster Wars is a television show, produced by the Travel Channel, that first aired in July of 2012.  Each episode shows four coasters, each with something in common like, extreme heights, speed demons, etc.  After riders ride the rides, they are offered the chance to rate the coasters features, like inversions, first drop, etc.  Whichever coaster has the highest score wins for the episode.  Recently, when we have visited Magic Mountain we have seen Travel Channel shooting episodes for their 3rd season at Full Throttle and Goliath.

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In season 1, Medusa of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom appeared in the pilot, themed G-Force Giants, but unfortunately Apollo’s Chariot from Busch Gardens Virgina beat it out.

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In the episode titled Speed Demons, Xcelerator of Knott’s Berry Farm appeared but lost to Top Thrill Dragster of Cedar Point.

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In the 2nd season premier, Tatsu appeared in the Worlds Tallest episode, but lost to Formula Rossa.

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X2 won the 6th episode of the second season titled upside down under, beating out Superman Escape of Australia, iSpeed of Italy, and X-Flight of Six Flags Great America.

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In season 3, as well as Full Throttle, and Goliath, it is predicted that Superman: Ultimate Flight of Discovery Kingdom will make an appearance.

 

Goldrusher @ Six Flags Magic Mountain

A short Off-ride video of Goldrusher at Six Flags Magic Mountain. The ride is the oldest Roller Coaster in the park and opened with the park in May of 1971.

Goldrusher stats:
Length: 2,590 ft
Height: 70 ft
Inversions: 0
Speed: 35 mph
Duration: 2:30
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This Show May Make You De’ Illusional

Michael Turco is an American magician, illusionist, and entertainer.  He began practicing magic growing up in New Jersey and doing shows in Atlantic City.  He began performing these shows in Middle School, doing simple card tricks, and just progressed from there.  In 2007, Turco began doing Magic Shows for The Welcome Home Troops Red Carpet Show, for which he still preforms today.  In 2011, Turco performed in the 6th season of America’s Got Talent.

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He has done 2 magic shows in Vegas, 1 at Planet Hollywood, and 1 at Bally’s Hotel, and now has the headline show at the Magic Moments Theater at Six Flags Magic Mountain called De’ Illusions.  This show features, magic, as well as current music by artists such as Adele, Taylor Sift, One Direction, and Fall Out Boy, and choreographed dancing.

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The show opens with dancers coming and pushing some sort of machine onto the stage, that they show is empty. They then close up to empty box of the machine and begin to spin the box, then open the box to reveal Turco.  He then has three hollow pyramid shaped platforms wheeled onto the stage where he holds a blanket over each, and when the blanket is dropped, there are 4 magician’s assistant girls that appear, in the once empty platforms.  There is then a cylinder on stage, that is halved by a piece of steel, that Turco has an audience member come and bang on with a hammer to make sure that it is solid.  He then seals an assistant on one side with a sheet, and gets in the other side.  He then seems to pull the shadow of his assistant into the middle, then pulls her out on the other side.

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The act displayed above.

 

He then asks for a dollar from the audience, and makes it disappear in his palm along with a handkerchief, then makes the dollar reappear in his palm and pulls the handkerchief out of the center of the dollar.  He then does a series of tricks using sharp objects.  First, a small 1 unit by 1 unit by 1 unit cube, is unfolded to human size so an assistant can get in.  The box is then refolded to its original size, and stabbed with three machetes.  The machetes are taken out, and the box is unfolded to reveal the assistant unscathed.  He then places an assistant into a human silhouette, in which the assistant puts both of her hands and one foot into slots in the silhouette box.  The box is then turned on its side, and 8 large razor blades are inserted into the box, and then the box is separated into 8 parts.  The box is put back together, the blades are removed, and then the assistant is removed from the box unharmed. The next trick discusses Stephen Hawkins theory of different dimensions.  Turco gets into 2 octagonal frames covered by sheets that he pushes through, making the shape of his body in the sheets.  he then slowly turns to just a 2 dimensional shadow, and then back into his three dimensional self.  For the finale, a seesaw like structure is wheeled onto the stage.  Turco climbs into a box on one side , which the assistants wheel around, until they drop it on sharp spikes.  The box is then opened to reveal no Turco.  He then appears at the top row of the theater, waving a checkered flag.  At the end of the show as people are exiting,  he shakes hands with the audience and sells a book of his tricks to any customers.  Although these tricks may seem unbelievable, they do happen, and you must see this show next time you are at the park.  It plays Thursday through Sunday (through August 11th), at different times, but the times are usually 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30. (There are a maximum of 3 shows a day)

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