Documents have been uncovered on the LA County permitting website that show plans for a new roller coaster for Six Flags Magic Mountain! The proposed ride, an RMC Raptor/single rail coaster would re-use the former Green Lantern station and use some of the area currently occupied by Tidal Wave. Read on to take a closer look!
These plans were first discovered by Theme Park Tracker over the weekend, who made a great video discussing the plans in depth. Unfortunately, he has since made the video private. Since then, however, other users have posted the link to the public records website where the document can be downloaded.
As you can see in the images below, the permit was filed way back on January 29th, 2020. It has since completed its review process and was approved on March 3rd, 2020. In fact, Park Journey spotted construction markers around the park back in February, and some very clever enthusiasts had already deduced the new ride would be an RMC Raptor based on their placement.
The document includes this nifty overlay, showing the new coaster’s layout. As you can see, it would re-use Green Lantern’s station and cross over Tidal Wave’s splashdown area. The coaster features double out and back layout, and would make two turn-arounds in the center of the Metropolis plaza, which would be quite an iconic sight!
In fact, avid coaster enthusiasts might recognize the layout, as it’s almost a carbon copy of the Jersey Devil Coaster coming to Six Flags Great Adventure this summer*. Six Flags Magic Mountain modified the positioning of the station so they could re-use the existing Green Lantern building and extended the final brake run at the end to accommodate its new location. Jersey Devil already looks like a phenomenal coaster, so a west coast version of it is more than welcomed!
But of course, there’s an elephant in the room. The COVID-19 pandemic has been wreaking havoc across the world, and amusement parks have been shuttered nationwide since mid-March, putting massive financial strain on park operators. Six Flags has already announced how they plan to respond in the short term, and their plan unfortunately includes cutting capital projects for the 2020 season by $40-50 million – it already looks like at least one new addition – Sidewinder Safari for Six Flags Discovery Kingdom – has potentially been delayed.
We’re very hopeful that 2021 projects might avoid getting delayed or cancelled, but it remains to be seen how much of an impact COVID-19 will have on the industry, and how it might affect future projects. In the meantime, hopefully the prospect of another amazing coaster addition to Six Flags Magic Mountain provides a little bit of positivity and excitement in these uncertain times. Stay safe out there, everyone!
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