Is this the APOCALYPSE…

Welcome to our first Fail Friday!

As California Coaster Kings travels through CA’s theme-parks, many theme-park fails appear. These fails can be anything from false advertisement to extremely slow operations. (no one likes slow operating rides, no one).

For our first ever Fail Friday, we have this picture for you…

Taken at SFMM Coaster Wall of Fame, we saw this fail...
Taken at SFMM Coaster Wall of Fame, we saw this fail…

If you see the Fail, which might be a bit challenging, let us know by commenting below, or letting us know on FB while you like our FB page here.

The Fail will be pointed out next Friday on our second Fail Friday where we will post another Fail! Monday is SIX FLAGS Monday, and since this is taken in SFMM, we’ll give you a hint on Monday!

All future Fail Fridays will be posted on Facebook only!

So lets move on to the main article of the day, related to APOCALYPSE of course!

The Apocalyptic Evolution…

In 1991, Six Flags Magic Mountain opened its second wooden coaster, named Psyclone.  The ride was placed in the same area that former Magic Mountain coasters Sarajevo Bobsleds, and Shockwave were, in the Cyclone Bay area of the park.  The ride is modeled after Coney Island’s famous wooden coaster, Cyclone. The differences were in the banking of the turns decreasing the excessive amounts of lateral G’s.

Notice the B&M trains, that are now used on Colossus-Backwards during the Fright Fest events.
Notice the B&M trains, that are now used on Colossus-Backwards during the Fright Fest events.

The ride was the only wooden coaster to have trains built by B&M. The Psyclone was 95 ft tall, and reached speeds of 50 MPH. The ride duration was a minute and 50 seconds. The ride was badly damaged during the 1994 Northridge earthquake, but was repaired and operated until 2006, when it closed and SFMM announced on January 23rd 2007 that the ride was going to be demolished.  In 2009, Magic Mountain announced the opening of a new ride in the area called terminator the Ride, but was later changed to Terminator Salvation the ride due to the upcoming terminator film.

The official announcement made by the park.
The official announcement made by the park.

The ride received great reviews for it’s million dollar budget spent on scenery. The scenery existed out of a pre-show, which has riders walk through an old terminator manufacturing warehouse, turned into human shelter. As well as its fire effect, which shoot out of the front hood of a tuck as the coaster passes by.

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In 2011, the ride’s theme was changed to Apocalypse, forcing magic mountain to remove all terminator branding, changing all the signs, and having to re-shoot a pre-show. Apocalypse the ride is also 95 ft tall and hits 50 mph, but does this in 3 minutes.

The apocalypse entrance after the re-branding of the ride in 2011
The apocalypse entrance after the re-branding of the ride in 2011

We need a Déjà Vu, because we MISS Déjà Vu.

Welcome to our first Throwback Thursday!

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For our first TT we thought it was appropriate to go back in time, to a place called Six Flags Magic Mountain, with a great coaster, Déjà vu. Déjà vu is special, as it is world’s tallest GIB, which stands for Giant Inverted Boomerang. The GIB was an extreme version of the popular boomerang model by Vekoma. Vekoma designed this model for the Six Flags Parks, and Six Flags placed 4 of them in a short period of time. 1 of them was placed in the Spanish Six Flags Park, Warner Bros. Park Madrid, named Stunt Fall.  The other 3 were placed in SF parks throughout the US. All 3 were named Déjà Vu, and were located in Six Flags Magic Mountain, Six Flags Great America, and Six Flags over Georgia. In the end there was only one left over at an American Six Flags park, Déjà Vu at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

See where it used to share entry plaza with the former Psyclone, seen in the back.
See where it used to share entry plaza with the former Psyclone, seen in the back.

But then came the moment when Six Flags Magic Mountain claimed the coaster crown in 2011, and decided to send the GIB to Six Flags New England as part of the Six Flags Ride Rotation Program. Even though Déjà Vu got a major upgrade with a nice repaint, and eventually new trains (just started testing the new trains last week, they’re not operating yet though), the ride was a fan favorite, and is being missed a lot by the Six Flags Magic Mountain visitors.

Here the GIB is being dismantled for it's move to SFNE. Notice the different woodie in the back. The coaster that replaced Psyclone, Apocalypse it is.
Here the GIB is being dismantled for it’s move to SFNE. Notice the different woodie in the back. The coaster that replaced Psyclone, Apocalypse it is.

Déjà Vu was located in the Cyclone Bay area of Six Flags Magic Mountain, and used to share a plaza with the Psyclone woodie before Psyclone got removed. Déjà Vu had v-shaped trains that were unique, and the 2 vertical 200 ft towers gave 2 nice free falls, once forwards, and once backwards. The GIB seemed to get stalled periodically, and seemed to be having some operation errors, and many believe that that is the main reason for the Valencia theme park to stop operating it.

Here former DV stands in it's new home, SFNE. It was totally repainted and received new premier trains. The GIB is now named Goliath.
Here former DV stands in it’s new home, SFNE. It was totally repainted and received new premier trains. The GIB is now named Goliath.

Whatever the reason was, Déjà Vu is being missed a lot by us California Coaster Kings, but we are happy that it found another home where it is a bigger star than it was at Six Flags Magic Mountain. What was your favorite memory of Déjà Vu?

Live it. Be it. Ride it. OPEN IT

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Full Throttle opened up Saturday the 22nd, and of course California Coaster Kings was there. The media day event was on Friday the 21st of June, just one day before its opening to the public. The ride opened early at 8.00 AM for the Gold Pass holders, and opened at 10.00 AM for the general public. Some lucky people got to ride it during the midnight-riders event the night before, for which you had to purchase tickets. Tickets were 50 dollars, and included a meal from one of the 2 new restaurants, and a Full Throttle T-shirt.
When Full Throttle first got announced, mixed reviews started appearing. Many said that the ride was going to be way too short, and many kept teasing with the YOLO theme, which was in the original promotion video. But as soon as the track pieces of the 160 ft. loop and multi-launch rollercoaster showed up, reviews started to turn more positive, and excitement grew for Full Throttle.
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Now it finally opened, we can say that this ride really exceeded its expectations, and that all negativity around the ride earlier on has been disproved. Although you’ll always find some bad reviews, most reviews so far totally agree with our opinion, saying that the ride is unique, and is definitely worth the wait. The world’s tallest and fastest looping coaster will launch you from the station at a speed of 70 MPH right into an amazing 160 ft. looping which has an extraordinary period of ‘hang time’. The new ride also features a special effects tunnel with a backwards launch back through the unique dive-loop, and is followed by another forwards launch reaching speeds up to 70 MPH to ride over the outside of the 160 ft. loop, named a ‘tophat’.
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All this amazingness is punched in a 1 minute ride, so one can imagine it’s a non-stop action rollercoaster. Due to the opening date being a little early, the tunnel effects, and the station were not done yet, so a future update will include the final tunnel effects, and station roofing. Other than that the Full Throttle plaza is a great addition to the park, as it has ground misters for the heat, a stage where they preform daily, a big screen and tent with amazing lighting and lasers all over the plaza (.Which are used in the Full Throttle Nights show). As well as 2 new restaurants, 2 refurbished shops, and a new souvenir shop with 2 Coca Cola Freestyle machines. The new area has a great audio system, and really made Six Flags Magic Mountain stand out, since there are no other parks out there that have an area that is anything like this.
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If you have a chance to ride it, go for it, as the operations are pretty quick, and the lines move fast. Go Big, and Go SFMM, to live it. Be it. Ride it. Full Throttle.
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