Gold Rusher

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Gold Rusher
SFMM- Gold Rusher 2.JPG
Gold Rusher is Six Flags Magic Mountain's first roller coaster.
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Park sectionThe Movie District
Coordinates34°25′27″N 118°35′55″W / 34.424029°N 118.598532°W / 34.424029; -118.598532Coordinates: 34°25′27″N 118°35′55″W / 34.424029°N 118.598532°W / 34.424029; -118.598532
StatusOperating
Opening dateMay 29, 1971
Cost$1,200,000 USD
General statistics
TypeSteel – Mine Train
ManufacturerArrow Development
DesignerRon Toomer
ModelMine Train
Track layoutTerrain
Lift/launch systemChain lift hill
Height70 ft (21 m)
Drop35 ft (11 m)
Length2,590 ft (790 m)
Speed35 mph (56 km/h)
Inversions0
Duration2:30
Max vertical angle
Capacity1750 riders per hour
G-force3.4
Height restriction48 in (122 cm)
Trains4 trains with 5 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows for a total of 30 riders per train.
Flash Pass available
Must transfer from wheelchair
Gold Rusher at RCDB
Pictures of Gold Rusher at RCDB
Gold Rusher's entrance. Gold Rusher was the park's first roller coaster; the ride is labeled by Six Flags Magic Mountain as a family friendly ride.

Gold Rusher is a mine train roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain, constructed in 1971 by Arrow Dynamics.

Ride[edit]

Gold Rusher opened along with the rest of Magic Mountain during the park's grand opening in 1971; the old style Arrow Development cars are made so the ride operator has to open them up manually. The ride normally operates with one or two trains due to the low popularity. While the ride does not have a high attendance, it is still a favorite of many guests because the ride is not as aggressive as the other roller coasters in the park. Children who prefer not riding the park's most aggressive rides such as: Apocalypse, Goliath, Revolution, Superman: Escape from Krypton and X2 ride Gold Rusher because the ride itself is not as aggressive and gives the guests a good amount of thrill. Wait times are usually no longer than 5 minutes during the off-peak season, it was the first roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain, making it a historic coaster. The ride has undergone little changes since it began operating in 1971.

The coaster was temporarily closed after Christmas in 2012 due to the park's latest roller coaster, Full Throttle. Full Throttle was constructed near Goldrusher's first drop where Log Jammer used to be. Goldrusher and Full Throttle are currently open for riders as of May 2019.

Height Requirements[edit]

In order for guests to ride Gold Rusher, riders must be at least 48 inches; each row features two seats where there is a large t lap bar for two guests. There are no seat belts in addition to the shared lap bar. Although Gold Rusher features small drops and moderate high speed turns, Six Flags Magic Mountain labels the ride as a family friendly ride.

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