Holiday in the Park
Holiday in the Park is a Christmas event that takes place at several Six Flags parks. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom holds the record for the Bay Area’s biggest Christmas Tree. Six Flags started Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Texas in 1985; the event ran from late November to early January. During this time the park was transformed into a gigantic holiday festival, with hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights as well as special holiday shows, merchandise, drinks, a giant Christmas Tree in the center of the park; the event was expanded to Six Flags Astroworld in 1988. Six Flags Over Georgia held the event in 1989 and 1990 but discontinued it after 1990. Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom opened this event in 2007, Great Escape in 2009. Six Flags Astroworld's last season for this event was in 1997, the event was cancelled in 1998; the Great Escape's event ran only for the 2009 season as Six Flags stated that the event was successful at the park, but claimed a "business decision" was the reason behind the cancellation of the "Holiday in the Park" for the 2010 season.
Six Flags México and Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark announced they will be celebrating a Christmas event similar to Holiday in the Park but as Christmas in the Park in Mexico and Holiday in the Lodge in New York, starting winter 2012. In April 2014, Six Flags Magic Mountain and Six Flags Over Georgia both announced that they will host the Holiday in the Park Christmas event in late 2014 and for future years after. Six Flags Great Adventure started having Holiday in the Park events in 2015. In 2016, Six Flags St. Louis and Six Flags America started hosting the event. In 2017, Six Flags New England began hosting the event. Six Flags Great America and Frontier City will debut Holiday in the Park in 2018. Six Flags operated Winter Lights at Six Flags Great Adventure for the 2002/2003 and 2003/2004 seasons in November through January, it was a drive through with Christmas lights along the road with holiday rides and shops. Fright Fest In Pictures: Holiday in the Park Travel Ideas: Holiday Parks Holiday in the Park at Visit Vallejo Tourism website
Psyclone (Canada's Wonderland)
Psyclone is a 23 metres ride at Canada's Wonderland. On May 5, 2002, this Mondial ride was opened to the public at the park; the 1 minute and 54 second ride features 40 seats facing outwards which rotate from a central pendulum as the ride reaches its maximum arc angle of 120 degrees. Though the ride height is 23 metres, when the ride reaches the top of its swing, the height becomes 37 metres high; the rider's experience depends on. Before the ride begins, the floor under the riders' feet descends lower due to how the pendulum swings. If the floor did not move, serious injury to riders' legs and bodies would occur. Due to the way in which the seats rotate, all riders face different angles of the ride. Depending on where the rider is seated, they may experience some air-time as the swing reaches its maximum angle; when the ride cycle ends, the pendulum returns to the'loading position' and the floor rises to the riders' feet, allowing riders to exit and enter the ride. Psyclone is made out of 7 major parts: the 4 supports around the ride which support the motor that allows the pendulum to swing, the motor itself which supports the pendulum, the pendulum itself which supports the seats for the ride, the seats themselves.
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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
Coney Island Cyclone
The Coney Island Cyclone is a historic wooden roller coaster in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn, New York City. It opened on June 26, 1927, was part of the Astroland theme park; the Cyclone is now part of Luna Park. The coaster was declared a New York City landmark on July 12, 1988, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 26, 1991; the Cyclone operated for more than four decades. By the early 1970s, the city planned to scrap the ride. However, on June 18, 1975, Dewey and Jerome Albert, owners of Astroland, entered into an agreement with New York City to operate the ride; the roller coaster was refurbished in the 1974 off-season and reopened on July 3, 1975. Astroland Park continued to invest millions over the years in the upkeep of the Cyclone. After Astroland closed in 2008, Carol Hill Albert, president of Cyclone Coasters, continued to operate it under a lease agreement with the city. In 2011, Luna Park took over operation of the Cyclone; the Cyclone sits at the corner of West 10th Street.
The track is 2,640 feet long and the lift hill is 85-foot tall at its highest point. It has three trains of three eight-person cars; the ride's top speed is 60 miles per hour and it takes about one minute and fifty seconds. From 2012 to 2015, the original Coney Island Cyclone roller coaster track was removed and replaced by track manufactured by the company Great Coasters International; the success of 1925's Thunderbolt coaster and 1926's Tornado led Irving and Jack Rosenthal to buy land at the intersection of Surf Avenue and West 10th Street for a coaster of their own. With a $100,000 investment, they hired leading coaster designer Vernon Keenan to design a new coaster. Harry C. Baker supervised the construction, done by area companies including National Bridge Company and Cross, Austin, & Ireland, its final cost has been reported to be around $146,000 to $175,000. When it opened on June 26, 1927, a ride cost 25 cents, equal to $3.61 today, as opposed to the present-day ticket price of $10. In 1935, the Rosenthals took over management of Palisades Park.
The Cyclone was put under the supervision of Christopher Feucht, a Coney Island veteran who had built a ride called Drop the Dip in 1907, doing minor retracking work on it. It continued to be popular. One story has it that a coal miner with aphonia who visited Coney Island in 1948 had not spoken in years before the visit, but screamed while going down the Cyclone's first drop and said "I feel sick" as his train returned to the station, he promptly fainted after realizing. By the 1960s, attendance at Coney Island had declined; the crowds were getting more rowdy each season. In 1967, New York City decided that an extension to the New York Aquarium and its wholesome family and educational agenda would be a better use of the Cyclone property; the city started procedures to claim the property by eminent domain. The then-owners, East Coaster Corporation, lost. During this time, they did minimal long-term maintenance, only enough to keep the ride operating safely, their last court battle was for the compensation for the ride.
At one point they measured every beam and component of the ride to show that the cost of materials was higher than the city's proposed compensation. In 1969, when the Cyclone was bought by the City of New York for $1 million; the Cyclone was operated under contract by East Coaster Corporation while the city worked with the adjacent New York Aquarium on plans to redevelop the site. There was a lack of long-term maintenance by the city, the coaster soon received 101 safety violations. In 1972, when the plans to expand the Aquarium were publicly announced, people launched a "Save the Cyclone" campaign to oppose the proposed demise of Coney Island's last wooden roller coaster; this created a conflict between the Aquarium, who supported the Cyclone's demolition, the Coney Island Chamber of Commerce, who opposed it. The city changed its plans to dismantle the coaster and, in April 1975, invited sealed bids to lease the operation of the ride; the owners of the Astroland amusement park won the lease in June 1975 with a bid of $57,000 per year.
After Astroland spent $60,000 to refurbish the Cyclone, the coaster reopened on July 3, 1975. In 1975, Michael Boodley set a record for most consecutive trips on the Cyclone, riding it 1,001 times over a period of 45 hours. On August 18–22, 1977, nineteen-year-old Richard Rodriguez broke this record, riding the Cyclone for 104 hours, he took short bathroom breaks in between rides, but ate hot dogs, M&Ms, shakes during the ride itself. In 2007, Rodriguez broke his own record for the longest marathon on a roller coaster, with 405 hours 40 minutes at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in the United Kingdom. In the 1980s, events such as the Mermaid Parade and Sideshows by the Seashore brought visitors back to Coney Island; the Cyclone was declared a city landmark in 1988 and a National Historic Landmark in 1991. Despite the closing of Astroland Park on September 7, 2008, the Cyclone remained in operation due to its status as a New York City landmark; the ride, located on a plot of land measuring 75 feet along 834 Surf Avenue and 500 feet along West 10th Street, is now owned by the Parks Department.
The former concession stands, built into the structure of the roller coaster, were home to the Coney Island History Project, moved to a space near the Wonder Wheel. A souvenir stand selling Cyclone-based shirts, on-ride photos remains in the concession stands. In 2011, t
The New Revolution (roller coaster)
The New Revolution is a steel roller coaster located at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California. Manufactured by Anton Schwarzkopf and designed by Werner Stengel, the roller coaster opened to the public on May 8, 1976; the New Revolution is the world's first modern roller coaster to feature a vertical loop and has been recognized for that accomplishment by American Coaster Enthusiasts, who awarded the roller coaster its Coaster Landmark status. The coaster was named after the American Revolution in celebration of the country's Bicentennial. Unlike many of the previous looping roller coasters in the 19th and early-20th centuries which attempted circular loops, Revolution's success was dependent on a clothoid-shaped vertical loop – a first in the industry. In 2016, the coaster received a makeover for its 40th anniversary that included new trains with lap bars and an optional virtual reality experience for riders; the New Revolution soft-launched to season pass holders on March 26, 2016, opened to the general public on April 21, 2016.
In the mid-1970s, Magic Mountain enlisted ride manufacturer Anton Schwarzkopf and legendary designer Werner Stengel to design and build the first looping roller coaster in modern times. The last known existence of one was Loop the Loop at Coney Island during the early 1900s. Prior to Great American Revolution's opening, a week of testing was needed to properly calibrate the tightness of the wheels, in order to get the train to complete one full circuit. At the ride's opening, staff operating the ride were outfitted with Continental Army-style uniforms to match the time period of the American Revolution, which the country was celebrating for its Bicentennial. In 1979 following the purchase of the park by Six Flags, the ride's name was changed to La Revolución in honor of the Mexican Revolution. In 1988, the ride's name was changed once more to Revolution. In June 2002, a Coaster Landmark plaque awarded by American Coaster Enthusiasts was placed near the line queue in front of the ride; the award was presented in recognition of its accomplishment as the world's first modern vertical-looping roller coaster.
In 2005, parts of Revolution had to be dismantled to make way for the park's new Tatsu roller coaster, being constructed. Revolution reopened with Tatsu on the new coaster's media day on May 11, 2006. On September 3, 2015, Six Flags announced that Revolution would be refurbished for the 2016 season marking the roller coaster's 40th anniversary, its track was painted white and blue, the ride received new red and blue trains with the lead cars of each train featuring a silver eagle ornament mounted on the front. The new trains were fitted with lap and calf bars; the ride reopened with the name of The New Revolution. Six Flags announced on March 3, 2016, that The New Revolution would be among several rides at various parks that would receive a virtual reality upgrade. Riders had the option to wear Samsung Gear VR headsets, powered by Oculus, to create a 360-degree, 3D experience while riding; the illusion was themed to a fighter jet, where riders flew through a futuristic city as co-pilots battling alien invaders.
The feature debuted with the coaster when it emerged from refurbishment and reopened to season pass holders on March 26, 2016. It reopened to the general public on April 21, 2016. On February 8, 2017, Six Flags announced that The New Revolution would offer a new VR experience known as The New Revolution Galactic Attack, it was billed as the world's first mixed Virtual Reality Experience powered by Oculus VR. The experience was centered around an alien invasion in space; as riders crest the lift hill, the setting changed into an intergalactic battle seen from the cockpit of a fighter spaceship. It became available to the public on February 25. Beginning on November 18, 2017, Six Flags debuted a new VR experience to match the "Holiday in the Park" theme. Dubbed "Santa's Wild Sleigh Ride," it placed riders in Santa's sleigh as he delivered presents to a snowy town; the VR option was popular, causing 2-3 hour lines. The headsets would overheat and make the lines longer. Therefore, the headsets were moved to Lex Luthor's Drop of Doom in 2018.
With the VR feature removed, the ride now operates in "Classic Revolution" mode. It is unknown. On May 31, 1996, a park employee was hit and killed while attempting to cross the tracks in the boarding station as a train was returning; the investigation determined she slipped and fell into a 4-foot pit below, crossing from the side where passengers exit over to the opposite side. On June 12, 2015, a 10-year-old girl riding the roller coaster was found breathing but unconscious after returning to the station, she died the following day. According to the local coroner's office, she died of natural causes unrelated to the ride. An autopsy wasn't performed to determine the exact cause, at the request of the girl's family. Revolution was prominently featured in the climax of the 1977 suspense thriller Rollercoaster; the 1978 cult film Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park features the rollercoaster throughout the movie. It was featured in the episode "Phantom of the Roller Coaster" in season three of Wonder Woman.
The coaster is featured in the 1979 film Van Nuys Blvd. The coaster was featured in the 1983 movie National Lampoon's Vacation as the Whipper Snapper. Revolution at the official Six Flags Magic Mountain website Revolution at the Roller Coaster Database Photos and technical data of the Revolu
Tatsu is a steel flying roller coaster designed by Bolliger & Mabillard at the Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park located in Valencia, United States. Announced on November 17, 2005, the roller coaster opened to the public on May 13, 2006 as the park's seventeenth roller coaster. Tatsu speeds up to 62 miles per hour; the roller coaster is the world's tallest and fastest flying coaster. It was the world's longest flying coaster until The Flying Dinosaur at Universal Studios Japan surpassed it in March 2016. In the roller coaster's opening year, it was named the 40th best roller coaster in the world in Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Awards. Rumors of a new roller coaster being built at Six Flags Magic Mountain first emerged in the summer of 2004. Land clearing began in mid-2005 around the Samurai Summit area of the park with track for the new roller coaster soon beginning arriving from Ohio. Construction permits filed by Six Flags Magic Mountain and a trademark for the name Tatsu were found by the public.
Tatsu was announced to the public on November 17, 2005. Both Revolution and Roaring Rapids were temporarily closed in order for the roller coaster to be built. After construction and testing was complete, Tatsu opened to the public on May 13, 2006. Tatsu broke several records upon its opening; the roller coaster is the world's tallest and longest flying roller coaster. The roller coaster holds the record for the highest pretzel loop, 124 feet high and is the only Flying roller coaster to have a zero-gravity roll. After the train has been moved into the horizontal position and is dispatched from the station, depending on which station the train is in, the train will either make a left or right s-bend towards the 170-foot lift hill. Once at the top, the train makes a sharp 111-foot downward right turn reaching a maximum speed of 62 miles per hour. After the train makes it to the bottom of the drop, the train makes an upward right turn leading into the first inversion, a 103-foot tall corkscrew. Next, the train makes a downward left turn followed by an upward left turn into a 96-foot zero-gravity roll.
After the train exits the roll, it drops back down before going through a 84-foot horseshoe. Following a left turn, the train enters the record-breaking 124-foot pretzel loop. Upon exiting the pretzel loop, the train makes a slight left turn before going through an inline twist; the train makes a 135 degree downward right turn before rising back up and going through the mid-course brake run. After exiting the brake run, the train makes a slight downward and upward left turn leading into the final brake run; the train enters one of the two stations where the trains are put back into the vertical position for the riders to load and unload. One cycle of the ride lasts about two minutes. Tatsu operates with three steel and fiberglass trains; each train has eight cars that can seat four riders in a single row for a total of 32 riders per train. Each seat has its own over-the-shoulder-restraint and a pair of ankle restraints to hold the riders' feet in place; the trains are painted green, yellow and red.
In the station, the trains are oriented in a vertical position. Once the restraints are locked, the train seats are rotated forward 90 degrees into a horizontal position and the train is dispatched from the station; when the train returns to the station, the seats rotate back down and the riders disembark for the next guests. The steel track of Tatsu is 3,602 feet long and the height of the lift is 170 feet. To slow the train down, air brakes are attached to the track throughout the two brake runs; the track was fabricated by Clermont Steel Fabricators in Batavia, which manufactures Bolliger & Mabillard's roller coasters. The track is colored yellow while the supports are orange. In January 2017, the coaster closed temporarily due to a chain lift error which required a complete replacement of the lift chain; the ride reopened in March 2017. Joel Bullock from The Coaster Critic gave Tatsu a nine out of ten for its close-to-the-ground approaches and intense pretzel loop at the bottom of the element.
Justice from Park Thoughts gave the roller coaster a nine out of ten saying that, "The lift hill is one of the most suspenseful I have experienced." Justice praises the ride's intense g-forces experienced throughout the layout of Tatsu. In 2006, Discovery Channel's Mega Builders aired an episode which followed the construction of Tatsu; the episode showed how the coaster was assembled and the problems construction crews had to overcome. In Tatsu's opening year, it was named the 40th best steel roller coaster in the world in Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Awards, it peaked at 28th place in 2012. Official site
Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom
Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom is a drop tower located at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California. The ride is integrated onto the existing Superman: Escape from Krypton tower structure. On August 25, 2011, Six Flags Magic Mountain released a "GoBigCam" video; the video concluded hinting at a possible new attraction in 2012 to be installed on Superman: Escape from Krypton. On September 1, 2011, Six Flags Magic Mountain announced that they would be adding Intamin drop towers to the sides of the Superman: Escape from Krypton tower; the ride opened on July 7, 2012. On February 5, 2012, Superman: Escape from Krypton closed, so that the park could start construction of Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom on the coaster. Superman: Escape from Krypton was expected to reopen when Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom opened to the public. In middle to late March, the electrical part of the ride was constructed to operate the drop tower. Pieces for the lower part of drop tower arrived at the park on April 2, 2012. On April 12, 2012, pieces of the ride were taken up in the air by helicopter above the Superman tower to connect the ride pieces to the tower.
During the first week of May, vertical pieces for Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom were attached to the Superman tower. By the second week of May, all the pieces for the ride were attached to the tower. By May 30, the ride gondolas were placed onto the tower to start testing. Testing began on June 22, two weeks before opening to the public on July 7, 2012; the entrance to the ride is themed to the lair of Lex Luthor. Inside there are posters advertising Luthor’s different corporations such as LexAir, LexPower and Lexcorp. One wall features blueprints for Lexcorp weapons. One wall features a picture of the company goal. At the far end is a fake elevator and Lex Luthor’s Power suit, his weapon for fighting Superman. From time to time Lex can be heard welcoming guests and thanking them for volunteering to test his newest project; these recordings feature ominous sayings to tell the guests that something is wrong. Guests move through secure access and pass company mottos and offices to reach the loading area.
Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom consists of two towers, with each mounted to a lateral flank of the Superman: Escape From Krypton structure. Both rides feature a single floorless gondola seating eight-abreast. Riders are harnessed in by over-the-shoulder restraints. Catch cars hoist the gondolas up the tower for 95 seconds before reaching a dynamic height of 400 feet; as the gondolas reach the apex, riders are greeted with a pre-recorded audio spiel from Lex Luthor. The gondolas are released into 5-second free fall descent, attaining a terminal velocity of 85 miles per hour. Mass of the gondolas is 600 kilograms without any riders; when the Superman: Escape From Krypton and Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom operate the steel framework tower that supports both rides is to sway as much as 2 feet side to side. Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom was the tallest drop tower ride in the world at the time of its opening, having superseded The Giant Drop located at Dreamworld on July 7, 2012, it shared the title of the world's fastest drop tower with The Giant Drop.
Its record was broken on July 4, 2014, by Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom when it opened at Six Flags Great Adventure. In order for guests to ride Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom, riders must be at least 48 inches; each seat includes an individual over the shoulder restraint. Due to the aggressiveness and high height of this ride, it is not labeled by Six Flags Magic Mountain as a family friendly ride; the park labels the ride as maximum in the intensity thrill rating. Guests who have fear of heights, high blood pressure, or who are pregnant are not allowed to ride this attraction. 2012 in amusement parks Dreamworld Tower Superman: Escape from Krypton Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom, a drop tower with a similar name at another Six Flags park, Six Flags Great Adventure Official website Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom Six Flags Magic Mountain on YouTube