Psyclone (roller coaster)

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Promotional image for Psyclone
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Coordinates34°25′16″N 118°36′01″W / 34.420985°N 118.600252°W / 34.420985; -118.600252Coordinates: 34°25′16″N 118°36′01″W / 34.420985°N 118.600252°W / 34.420985; -118.600252
Opening dateMarch 23, 1991 (1991-03-23)
Closing dateJanuary 2007 (2007-01)
Replaced byApocalypse: The Ride
General statistics
ManufacturerDinn Corporation
DesignerCurtis D. Summers
Lift/launch systemChain lift hill
Height95 ft (29 m)
Drop77 ft (23 m)
Length2,970 ft (910 m)
Speed50 mph (80 km/h)
Max vertical angle53°
Capacity1200 riders per hour
Height restriction48 in (122 cm)
Trains2 trains with 6 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 24 riders per train.
Psyclone at RCDB
Pictures of Psyclone at RCDB

Psyclone was a wooden roller coaster located at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Santa Clarita, California. Opened in 1991, the roller coaster was designed by Curtis D. Summers and constructed by the Dinn Corporation. It was patterned after the legendary Cyclone at Coney Island in New York City; the Psyclone featured eleven hills, five high-speed banked turns and a 183-foot (56 m) dark tunnel. It also featured the only wooden roller coaster trains ever built by Bolliger & Mabillard.

The ride sustained structural damage after the Northridge earthquake in 1994 and though repaired to operate safely again, the ride dynamics suffered greatly in regard to vehicle tracking. Major modifications happened, including adding trim brakes that slowed the trains down to the point of making the trains crawl through each turn; the heavy trains took their toll on the track structure and the coaster became very rough. Because of this, ridership at the attraction had drastically declined, in part because it earned a poor reputation among park visitors and also because ride operators at the ride were required to load a minimum of 17 passengers in the train prior to dispatch; this policy was enforced to reduce the chances of the vehicles from stalling mid-ride due to lack of momentum. Because of this policy, during low attendance periods, the ride, while technically operational, would go for extended periods of time without dispatching a train as the operators waited for 17 riders to arrive. A 2006 poll of roller coaster enthusiasts ranked Psyclone 178th out of 179 wooden roller coasters worldwide.[1] On January 23, 2007, the park announced that Psyclone would be demolished for future expansion, following the closure of another roller coaster in the park, Flashback; the coaster closed at the end of the month. Psyclone was demolished during the last week of February 2007 and the location was blocked from guests' view with a sign stating that the land would be reserved for future attractions.

The area of the park where Psyclone once stood is now occupied by another wooden coaster, Apocalypse.


Psyclone is one of the two final coasters made by the Dinn Corporation, with the other being Mean Streak at Cedar Point, which has since converted into an RMC hybrid.

Two of the original B&M trains were used in seasonal operation on the park's classic wooden roller coaster Colossus, they were run backwards on that coaster during the month of October for the park's Fright Fest attraction and were stored throughout the year on Colossus' transfer track. They were used again during spring 2014, as part of a promotion where both Colossus and Batman: The Ride ran backwards from March 22 through mid June.

However, with the closure and subsequent rebuild of Colossus, the trains are currently stored behind Scream as of June 2019.


  1. ^ "Detailed Wooden Roller Coaster Poll Results 2006".

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