Apocalypse: The Ride
Apocalypse known as Terminator Salvation: The Ride, is a wooden roller coaster located at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California. Manufactured by Great Coasters International, the roller coaster opened to the public on May 23, 2009, it is located in the Cyclone Bay section of the amusement park on a plot of land occupied by the Psyclone and Sarajevo Bobsleds. It was the first wooden coaster to feature onboard audio, its Terminator theme was short-lived following a corporate restructuring by Six Flags in 2011. Terminator Salvation: The Ride was announced as Terminator: The Coaster, but the name was changed to coincide with the then-upcoming Terminator Salvation movie. Six Flags spent $1 million on the ride's theme surrounding the film, most of, placed in the line queue area. Guests waiting in line would enter a preshow theater complete with video footage that featured actors from the film; the theme's storyline focused on trainees in a post-apocalyptic setting getting trapped by attacking machines at the amusement park, the coaster serves as transportation to a safe house location.
During the ride, the train would pass by pyrotechnic fireball effects and through three tunnels filled with a fog-like cooling mist. Each train featured onboard audio, considered a first for a wooden roller coaster. Terminator Salvation: The Ride debuted to the media on May 21, 2009, opened to the public two days later; the onboard audio stopped working in early 2010 and was not repaired or replaced, although the rest of the ride's special effects remained intact. In late 2010 following a post-bankruptcy restructuring, Six Flags announced that it would be moving away from intellectual property licensing agreements, aside from those involving DC Comics, Hanna-Barbera and Looney Tunes; the initiative involved rebranding Terminator Salvation: The Ride to a more generic theme as a cost-saving measure. On January 8, 2011, the roller coaster began operating as Apocalypse the Ride. Terminator animatronics and themes were removed from the queue, the ride received new signage, new video was created for the preshow room.
The updated storyline centers around survivors of a global war taking refuge in a bunker, with the coaster offering a way to get there. Apocalypse retained fog effects featured under the previous theme. In early 2017, Apocalypse temporarily closed for major refurbishment; the coaster will reopen in 2019 along with West Coast Racers. Apocalypse at the official Six Flags Magic Mountain website
Road Runner Express (Six Flags Magic Mountain)
Road Runner Express is a steel junior roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California. On November 4, 2010, Six Flags corporate had an Investor Meeting webcast where they released the new name for the kid's coaster and that it would have a new location in Bugs Bunny World. By April 2011, the entire coaster has finished construction on site; the ride opened on May 2011, for Memorial Day Weekend. Road Runner Express opened at Jazzland in New Orleans on May 20, 2000, it operated under the name Rex's Rail Runner in the Kid's Carnival section of the park. Six Flags took over the lease of Jazzland in 2002 and changed the park's name to Six Flags New Orleans the following year; the ride was renamed to Road Runner Express in the "Looney Tunes Adventures" section of the park. When Hurricane Katrina hit the park on August 29, 2005, severe flooding caused the park and its rides to shut down. In 2007, Six Flags began the process of moving rides from the park to their other properties. For example, Batman: The Ride was taken to Six Flags Fiesta Texas where it was refurbished and renamed Goliath in 2008.
In 2008, Bayou Blaster and Sonic Slam were removed and taken to Great Escape where it was refurbished and renamed Sasquatch in 2009. In 2009, Road Runner Express was relocated to Six Flags Magic Mountain. Road Runner Express was dismantled and moved in 2009 to its current location at Six Flags Magic Mountain; the ride was due to open for their 2010 season under the name Mr. Six's Dance Coaster in the Cyclone Bay section of the park, the opening was delayed for a year. On August 3, 2010, the LA Times reported "the junior coaster will keep the current red and black color scheme and stay in the same planned location in the northwest corner of the park but will receive a new name and theme." On November 4, 2010, Six Flags announced that the ride will not use the planned Mr. Six's Dance Coaster name and theme, but will operate from early May 2011 as Little Flash which is, themed to the DC Comics superhero sidekicks in Bugs Bunny World. On January 18, 2011, the LA Times reported after considering a new theme based on DC Comics superhero sidekicks, the park opted for simplicity and would name the coaster Road Runner Express.
Two days Six Flags Magic Mountain confirmed that the kid's coaster would be called Road Runner Express and that it would open on March 19, along with the revamped Superman: Escape from Krypton. However, the construction of the ride was delayed forcing the opening day to be bumped back. On April 25, 2011, the construction of Road Runner Express was complete and is expected to open for Memorial Day Weekend; the coaster opened on May 28, 2011. This resulted with the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote theme, rockets on the roller blade-style train, Arizona desert background. Guests board a train; the train is taken up using a drive tire system to a height of 9.1 metres. 207 metres of twists and elevation changes follow, before the ride comes to a halt in the brake run. Riders will reach a top speed of 40.2 kilometres per hour on the one-minute ride. The background blends in with the ride's Road Runner theming; the station is surrounded by rocks and Acme crates to decorate the area and Wile E. Coyote can be seen standing on top of some Acme crates.
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Magic Flyer (roller coaster)
Magic Flyer is a small, oval-circuit steel roller coaster made by Bradley and Kaye that opened in 1971. The coaster is located in the Whistlestop Park area of Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California, it was an unknown-named coaster at the former Beverly Park prior to operating at Magic Mountain. Magic Flyer was located at Beverly Park in the 1940s, it was relocated to Six Flags Magic Mountain in 1971. In the 1984-1985 off-season the ride was renamed and rethemed to Wile E. Coyote Coaster to suit the theme of the nearby Bugs Bunny World. In 1998, the roller coaster closed for 3 years to be redesigned to look like the larger Goliath roller coaster, located in the same park; the old supports were replaced with supports that resembled those found on the Goliath and the trains were rebuilt from the chassis up. It was repainted with Goliath's color scheme and given the name Goliath Jr. to reopen in 2001. In the 2007-2008 off-season Goliath Jr. was rethemed to Percy's Railway to match Six Flags Magic Mountain's new kids zone, Thomas Town.
To the Goliath Jr. makeover, the cars were rebuilt to resemble Percy the Small Engine and his Troublesome Trucks, all from the television series Thomas & Friends. In late 2010, Six Flags began the process of removing licensed theming from attractions, they terminated several licenses including that for Thomas the Tank Engine. The Thomas Town at Six Flags Magic Mountain has been renamed and rethemed to Whistlestop Park which reopened on March 19, 2011. Percy's Railway was now again renamed to Magic Flyer; the train directly ascends the 10-foot-tall lift hill. The track makes a small dip before navigating a 180° turn to the left. A second small dip is followed by another ascent before making a second 180° turn to the left and returning to the station. Magic Flyer at the Roller Coaster DataBase
Scream (roller coaster)
Scream is a floorless roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard, Scream was the park's sixteenth roller coaster and is located in Screampunk District area of the park; the 150-foot-tall ride consists of a series of roller coaster elements including seven inversions ranging from a zero-g roll to interlocking corkscrews. The ride is a mirror image of Bizarro at Six Flags Great Adventure. In 1999, Six Flags Great Adventure spent $42 million on new attractions including a prototype Floorless Coaster, Medusa and built by Bolliger & Mabillard; the immediate popularity of the ride led to several parks installing Floorless Coasters in the early 2000s. In November 2002, parts for Scream began arriving at Six Flags Magic Mountain. On November 14, 2002, the park announced that they would be adding Scream for the 2003 season, making it the park's sixteenth roller coaster. According to the park, the ride was added to fill the "missing link to our coaster collection". After five months construction, Scream opened to the public on April 12, 2003.
For the 2015 season Scream was repainted orange. On April 9, 2004, a park employee was killed when they were hit by one of Scream's trains during an after-hours test run. According to a statement issued by the park, the employee "deviated from safety training procedures and walked underneath the ride"; the ride was closed pending clearance by the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The administration cleared the ride for operation within two weeks. In 2015, the coaster received a brand new color scheme for the opening of Twisted Colossus; the 3,985-foot-long Scream stands 150 feet tall. With a top speed of 63 miles per hour, the ride features seven inversions including a 128-foot-tall vertical loop, a 96-foot-tall dive loop, a zero-g roll, a 78-foot-tall cobra roll, two interlocking corkscrews. Although the ride is a mirrored clone of the first Floorless Coaster, they feature a slight difference in height of about 8 feet, a difference in speed of 2 miles per hour. Scream operates with three floorless trains.
Each train seats 32 riders in eight rows of four. This gives the ride a theoretical capacity of 1,440 riders per hour; the open-air trains feature seats. Riders are restrainted with over-the-shoulder restraints; as the trains are floorless, the station has a retractable floor for safe boarding. The third train of the ride is painted orange. Once the train is loaded and secured, the floor is retracted and the train departs the station. A U-turn to the right leads to the 150-foot-tall chain lift hill. Once riders reach the top, they go through a small pre-drop before dropping 142 feet to the right; the train reaches a top speed of 63 miles per hour and enters the 128-foot-tall vertical loop followed by a turn to the left into the 96-foot-tall dive loop. After the diving loop, the train passes the station and goes through a zero-g roll, where riders experience a feeling of weightlessness; the train goes through the 78-foot-tall cobra roll, a roller coaster element which inverts riders twice. Riders enter the mid-course brake run, located next to the lift hill.
The train drops out of the brake run to the right and enters a 270-degree helix followed by the two interlocking corkscrews. Riders to through a small dip enter the final brake run before returning to the station; the reception of Scream has been mixed. Arthur Levine of About.com gives the ride 4 out of 5 stars. He states "it's remarkably smooth, loaded with airtime, has plenty of surprises to warrant its name". Levine did criticise the lack of theming and landscaping around the ride noting the immediate area surrounding the ride "includes a bone yard of coaster seats and parts". Robert Niles of the Los Angeles Times shared a similar sentiment, stating "Scream creates an effective illusion that you are alone, flying above the track" but questions the ride's location on a former parking lot, he highlights "a good story can elicit extreme emotions. Why ignore those opportunities when building a thrill ride?". Niles concluded by stating "I feel a little neglected as I shuffle off the otherwise exciting ride", referring to the lack of theming or storyline.
Lynn Arave of the Deseret News praised the ride, rating it alongside the Riddler's Revenge for the best rides in the park. Scream has never featured in Amusement Today's annual Golden Ticket Awards top 50 steel roller coasters; the mirrored clone at Six Flags Great Adventure peaked at position 16 in its debut year before ranking a further six times in the list. Official website Scream at the Roller Coaster DataBase
Twisted Colossus is a steel roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park. Designed and built by International Amusement Devices, the roller coaster opened as Colossus on June 29, 1978, it was the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in the world and the first with two drops greater than 100 feet. Colossus became well known after appearances in film and television, including the box-office hit National Lampoon's Vacation and the made-for-TV movie Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park. After more than 36 years in operation, Six Flags announced that Colossus would be closed permanently on August 16, 2014. Within two weeks of its closure, Six Flags announced that the roller coaster would reemerge in 2015 as a steel-tracked roller coaster named Twisted Colossus, it was renovated by Rocky Mountain Construction to feature barrel roll inversions, a near-vertical drop. Twisted Colossus opened on May 23, 2015. For its next attraction to debut in 1978, Magic Mountain wanted a wooden roller coaster for the classic "rumble and sway" experience that they felt was missing from steel coasters.
They hired Ohio-based International Amusement Devices, who began designing Colossus in January 1977. IAD in turn subcontracted Bernard Brothers Construction for the construction of the ride, Continental Consultants for all of the mechanical systems, Lorenz & Williams for the structural engineering and electronic systems. A member of the design team traveled to Mexico City to study Montaña Rusa – the largest wooden roller coaster in the world at the time – in order to help plan for the project; the design was finalized in May 1977, construction began a few months in August. During construction, a tornado caused part of the structure to collapse, but the roller coaster was still completed on schedule. At a final cost of $7 million, Colossus opened to the public on June 29, 1978, it was the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world, as well as the first to feature two drops over 100 feet. Colossus underwent a number of changes over the years. In 1979, the ride closed for ten months to remove excessive negative g-forces.
The "speed hill" after the second drop, the double-up element, several of the ride's other hills were reprofiled. The original IAD trains were replaced with trains manufactured by Philadelphia Toboggan Company during this renovation. In 1987, the PTC trains were replaced with trains manufactured by Morgan Manufacturing, the valley within the double-dip element was leveled off and received block brakes in 1991. During the Halloween season, the coaster's web-like structure was accompanied by a giant black spider, the height restriction became 54 inches. On August 29, 2013, Six Flags Magic Mountain announced that they would run Colossus backwards for a limited time during the 2014 season; the train on one side of the track was changed to run backward using the old trains from the now defunct Psyclone roller coaster. During the 2014 season Six Flags Magic Mountain announced that Colossus would close permanently on August 16, 2014. On August 4, 2014, the park held a 36-hour riding marathon event on the roller coaster as a way for the public to say goodbye to one of the park's staples.
Out of 24 participants, six completed the marathon of 328 laps around the track in 45-minute intervals. Less than two weeks after the ride closed, Six Flags announced that Colossus would reopen in 2015 as Twisted Colossus following a renovation by Rocky Mountain Construction; the company added their patented I-Box track technology to the ride known as Iron Horse, which converts the wooden track to steel while retaining some to most of the original wooden structure. Hybrid retrofitting is becoming a popular trend at amusement parks around the world looking to extend the life of aging wooden coasters and its ability to add overbanked turns and inversions; the table below summarizes the differences between Twisted Colossus. With the exception of capacity, the statistics of Colossus represent a single track only; the previous configuration of the roller coaster featured. The ride reached speeds up to 62 miles per hour, its original configuration was noted for numerous and sustained air-time moments, which were toned down or eliminated by reprofiling and/or braking.
The ride begins on the blue track. After dispatch, the ride makes a 90 degree left turn, is sent through a set of "drive tires" to boost the train towards the pre-lift section, makes another left turn. After going through a series of small hills in the "pre-lift", the train makes its way up the lift hill, catching up to the train on the green track. After the lift hill ends, riders are sent down an 80 degree, 128 foot drop; the trains go through a small airtime hill and up another tall hill, crossing under Goliath. The train proceeds to go through a banked turn to the left, goes through a "high-five" element. After this, the blue tracked train drops down and goes under the train on the green track while it does its top gun stall; the blue track goes through an airtime hill, taking riders close to the train in the green track's stall. The blue tracked train does a zero-g roll. After a double up and a quick turn to the left, the blue track turns green and the train hits a brake run, before returning to the second lift hill.
The green track is identical to the blue tracked segment up through the high-five, banked in the opposite direction as to create the "high-five" illusion with the blue track. After the high-five, the green track does a double down and does a top gun stall crossing ov
A lift hill, or chain hill, is an upward-sloping section of track on a roller coaster on which the roller coaster train is mechanically lifted to an elevated point or peak in the track. Upon reaching the peak, the train is propelled from the peak by gravity and is allowed to coast throughout the rest of the roller coaster ride's circuit on its own momentum, including most or all of the remaining uphill sections; the initial upward-sloping section of a roller coaster track is a lift hill, as the train begins a ride with little speed, though some coasters have raised stations that permit an initial drop without a lift hill. Although uncommon, some tracks contain multiple lift hills. Lift hills propel the train to the top of the ride via one of two methods: a chain lift involving a long, continuous chain which trains hook on to and are carried to the top. A typical chain lift consists of a heavy piece of metal called a chain dog, mounted onto the underside of one of the cars which make up the train.
This is in place to line up with the chain on the lift hill. The chain travels through a steel trough, is powered by one or more motors which are positioned under the lift hill. Chain dogs underneath each train are engaged by the chain and the train is pulled up the lift. Anti-rollback dogs engage a rack alongside the chain to prevent the train from descending the lift hill. At the crest of the lift, the chain wraps around a gear wheel where it begins its return to the bottom of the lift; the spring-loaded chain and anti-rollback dogs will disengage themselves. The cable lift is a type of lift mechanism, first used on Millennium Force at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio; this type of lift has been used for Kings Dominion's Intimidator 305, Holiday Park's Expedition GeForce, Walibi Holland's Goliath, Djurs Sommerland's Piraten, Tokyo Dome City's Thunder Dolphin, Hersheypark's Skyrush, Flying Aces at Ferrari World and Altair at Cinecittà World. There are only two wooden roller coasters that utilize a cable lift hill: El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure and T Express at Everland.
The cable lift utilizes a cable loop in place of the traditional chain, attached to a short section of chain that engages the trains chain dog. Because a cable is much lighter than a chain, cable lifts are much faster than chain lifts and can be used on much steeper hills - vertical. A cable requires far less maintenance than a chain. Another advantage to park guests is that a cable lift is quiet because the main drive winch is located directly beneath the top of the lift, a location which will be far from guest-accessible areas. Despite having several advantages over a chain lift, it has a significant disadvantage, that it must return to the bottom of the lift hill after lifting each train; this limits the usefulness of the cable lift in applications where the cable must travel a long distance and the interval between train departures is short. The Ferris wheel lift is a type of lift based on the rotating circular design of a ferris wheel. Created by Premier Rides, it exists on'Round About' which operated at Freestyle Music Park in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina prior to being dismantled and moved to a park in Vietnam.
It uses a Ferris Wheel like motion to lift the cars to the top, as on a Ferris Wheel. The cars are released onto the track; the elevator lift is a new technology used to make the ascension of the roller coaster faster and more comfortable due to the fact all riders are doing is moving vertically up. It is used in indoor rollercoasters like Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster; the most notable coaster to use this lift system is Cobra's Curse at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. A tilt lift is a new way to elevate coasters; the tilt lift is an elevator lift, but the elevator lift rotates 90 degrees so that the train is now vertical, with the nose of the train facing the ground. This design has not been made yet. However, there are coaster designs; the first operating tilt coaster in the world is Gravity Max at Lihpao Land in Taiwan. The coaster was built by Vekoma. In this coaster, after going up a chain hill, the train is held on a horizontal section of track, which tilts forwards, to become a vertical section, which leads into a vertical drop accelerated by gravity.
The second and at the moment last tilt coaster is Battle of Jungle King at Hefei Wanda Theme Park. The familiar "click-clack" sound that occurs as roller coaster train ascends the lift hill is not caused by the chain itself; the cause for this noise is a safety device used on lift hills—the anti-rollback device. The anti-rollback device is a standard safety feature consisting of a continuous, saw-toothed, section of metal, forming a linear ratchet. Roller coaster trains are fitted with anti-rollback "dogs" which are heavy-duty pieces of metal which fall and rest in each groove of the anti-rollback device on the track as the trains ascend the lift-hill; this makes the "clicking" sound and allows the train to go upwards only preventing the train from rolling back down the hill should it encounter a power failure
West Coast Racers
West Coast Racers is an upcoming dueling steel roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California. It is the world's first racing launch coaster, is a collaboration between West Coast Customs and Six Flags; the ride is set to open in summer 2019 with the newly renovated Cyclone Bay area of the park. Two cars are launched from the station, interact over 30 times throughout the course of the track speeding up to 55 mph as the two cars cross the finish line. One car pulls into the station and the other car will pull up into a replica of the West Coast Customs shop and while narration is given by Ryan Friedlinghaus. Both cars do the course all over again. West Coast Racers was announced during a special media event held at the park on August 29, 2018. Six Flags Magic Mountain park president Neal Thurman and West Coast Customs Founder and CEO Ryan Friedlinghaus arrived at the event in a sports car to tease the theme of the attraction, several other vehicles were on display. West Coast Racers at the Roller Coaster DataBase