Here we are Day 2 of West Coast Bash! Six Flags Magic Mountain is a monster of a park with tons of roller coasters, luckily I got most of the credits last year when I came and for this West Coast Bash I just needed a few more. One of the coasters I missed out on last year was X2, I had wanted to ride that crazy ride since I saw it being built so I was really bummed it was down for an extended period of time last year. So I had to go back to finally get my chance to ride X2, well did I get to ride it and how was it? Read on to find out.
I’ve arrived at Magic Mountain! Little did I know that white coaster Colossus would be catching on fire they very next day.
Magic Mountain is called that for a very specific reason…. the mountains! They can be seen from all throughout the park and it sure makes a very awesome background to the park
The park is already advertising their new for 2015 roller coaster, Twisted Colossus in which they transform the current Colossus into an RMC scream machine, maybe with a few blazes along the way. 😉
Ahhh! Here we are at the entrance to the park.
At check in I received my ticket for food and ERT. General park hours were 1030-6PM but since we’re VIPs this party was starting at 830AM and going till 8PM!
A bunch of nerds waiting around for our ERT sessions to start.
And we’re in the park! Six Flags Magic Mountain has a very nice entrance area showing off the menacing Tatsu and the classic Revolution coasters.
The first order of business though is Full Throttle!!!!
And it looks like a few of us are already having a blast.
The ride starts off with a blast into a massive loop…
… with some insane hang time!
Followed by some sharp turns to proceed onto the finale of the ride.
Much more on Full Throttle later but since I had gotten plenty of this ride last year after one ride I decided to head deeper into the park while the most of the crowd stuck around Full Throttle.
New for 2014!!! Speedy Gonzales Hot Rod Racers, I’ll surely be returning later to get this credit.
I see something in the distance…
It’s Goliath!!!! Still one of the coolest coaster entrance signs I’ve seen to date.
There’s also something very very tall over there….
Mmm Mmm Fresh Cut Fries, every amusement park should have these!
Drop of Doom? How high does this thing go?
To the top of that thing you say? 400 feet you say?!? Well alright then let’s do this!
As I enter the queue it appears empty…
LexCorp building a better tomorrow.
Up and way above…..
..the rest. Hmm we must be going pretty high up there.
Well I’m lucky first rider this morning, holy cow that’s a long way up.
The massive drive cables that pull the cars up.
The car starts the climb.
Way up there! Lex Luthor gives his evil laugh and…
…. you begin to plummet 400 feet back toward the ground. Incredible!
Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom is incredible! It may look very intimidating but the ride isn’t actually as scary as some of the older drop towers such as Kings Island’s because the climb is much more faster to the top. So there’s not as much time to get even more scared, but when the car releases and you begin to drop it’s one of the longest drops out there besides probably sky diving. It’s absolutely nuts! Even more crazy is that they built it on the side of an existing roller coaster! Yeah it’s not the tallest drop ride in the world anymore, Six Flags Great Adventure beat them by 15 feet but it’s still a world class ride and still the second tallest. Muster up the courage to give Drop of Doom a shot, you won’t regret it!
With the park still being empty it was time to check out another unique crazy ride.
Green Lantern! The crazy 4D ride with free spinning seats.
Where courage takes flight! You can also see Batman: The Ride back there as well.
Beware the power!
The seats are pretty crazy on this ride. You sit back to back and prepare to spin.
A look at the underside of the cars.
As you can see the lift climb is pretty unique as well.
A similar ride was announced for Six Flags Fiesta Texas coming this year called Batman: The Ride. Now the naming is a little weird since every other Batman: The Ride at other Six Flags parks are B&M inverted coasters. Anyway everyone went crazy over the announcement, and I was like uhh there’s a ride very similar that’s already operating in California. Plus it’s not the only 4D roller coaster in the park! Now I’m excited for the Texas version as it’s another companies take on the concept but I think they’ll both provide similar experiences still.
As the cars navigate the track they can freely spin and it you have a different ride every single time. This time I actually ended up in the station upside down before the seats rotated back upright.
Now it’s time to meet the dark knight.
Just going for a stroll through the park.
Hmm.. lovely fountain…
Was that a bat?!?
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no silly it’s batman!
Batman: The Ride still packs a serious punch in such a tight space. Plus I love this version’s blue color scheme.
I am also one of the first to ride Batman this morning.
So much fun!
Now it’s time to battle Goliath!
Goliath also has some serious height to it, and a few areas in which you might experience gray outs.
Goliath chain motor.
Who’s ready to board?
Robb enjoying his back seat ride.
Goliath is a monster coaster, it’s also a lot of fun. Even a little crazy intense with it’s gray out areas. Still a great coaster in the collection here at Magic Mountain.
Back for some Full Throttle fun! The crowd has now spread throughout much of the park so shorter lines!
The loop, final hill combination of the ride is really a spectacular sight.
Here a bunch of us nerds were waiting by the entrance to X2 for the coaster to open for the day. As I stated earlier X2 is a very temperamental ride and experiences a lot of downtime. So whenever you get a chance to ride you better take it. So here we wait.
After about a half hour the time had finally come!
Which type of person are you?
It’s so close now!
Here’s an under side shot of the lift.
Waiting for the next train to come into the station.
As you can see the seats are pretty nuts. Now this ride is similar to Green Lantern seen earlier though the difference is that this spin is controlled instead of free spinning. This is also the original wing coaster.
So how was it? Well I was a little lost at what to think at first, it’s so different from any other ride that it was hard to judge. It’s also a little rough in a few areas and bumpy too. Though my opinion would certainly change later in the day after a few more rides. Much more on X2 later!
Magic Mountain has a display stating that there coasters are the greatest ever built. Hardly but there’s some good ones here for sure.
Before lunch we decided to grab a ride on Tatsu.
Tatsu is a B&M flyer that hugs the mountain it was built on. It’s an incredible coaster though it’s just a little too intense for me for re-rides.
Last year after riding Tatsu twice I got a headache so I decided to ride once again and my head still felt a little funny so I decided once was enough for today. Still very impressive coaster though.
After riding Tatsu we decided to make our way to Ninja. This picture perfectly describes the area around Tatsu, it’s a lot of climbing. Magic Mountain will sure give you a work out, since the terrain is very hilly there is a lot of elevation changes and stairs or hills must be climbed from time to time.
We arrived just in time to beat the rush of people, since Ninja is only running one train the line can get pretty long. Ninja is sadly down to one train since the other train got damaged in the accident earlier in the summer in which a tree fell onto the track.
Still a very fun Arrow suspended coaster, definitely one of the better ones still operating.
After opting not to climb back down the hill we decided to take the mountain side trams instead.
Still love these fountains and the whole entrance area.
Time for lunch!
After lunch I headed back to the room to grab a much needed nap, and cool off a little bit. The actual temperature for the day was over 100 degrees! So it was very hot. I opted to return later in the day after it cooled off a little bit.
I spot a parking lot coaster!
Upon arriving back to the park you can get good shots of Scream! which was built on top of part of the parking lot.
Scream! is a fun ride it just sure could use some new paint as it’s a bit faded. Which luckily it is receiving a new paint job this winter.
Sadly these are probably some of the final photos of Colossus before the fire burned most of the first hill the very next day.
Now the ride was closed anyway because it is being transformed by RMC into a new coaster for next year and section that burned was eventually rebuilt. Still it’s nuts that it caught on fire the very next day.
Before heading to the entrance, decided to grab one more shot of Scream! heading down the first drop.
Walking past the Full Throttle stage I spotted a little show going on.
This sports bar was actually very nice inside and since it was the first Sunday of NFL season it was a great way to catch up on all the scores.
Walking through Magic Mountain and you can see Superman from almost anywhere in the park.
Time to get my kiddie credit.
Oh no it’s broke down! Hopefully it’s back up and running later.
This I thought was another neat fountain in the kids area.
Hmm where to head next?
Johhny Rockets, I swear every theme park is getting these now.
Ahh Riddler’s Revenge! With the demise of Mantis this is now arguably the last great massive stand up coaster.
I didn’t catch a ride on it today though, not the biggest fan of stand ups and I rode it last year so figured I’d pass.
Though it’s still a fairly impressive coaster to look at even though no one is riding it at the moment.
Wasn’t quite sure what this was, either it’s part of a stunt show or props for their Halloween event which was coming up.
Also passed on Gold Rusher today as well, though it is a very fun mine train coaster.
The log flume which I rode last year was also not running. Rumor was that because the whole area is in a drought that they decided to shut it down temporarily to conserve water. Still a bummer though.
Here’s a little bit of Ninja, and surprisingly these trees don’t appear to be chopped as much. Once Ninja had it’s accident a lot of surrounding trees were removed to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
Ninja flying by,
I finally found myself at Apocalypse!
I actually quite enjoyed Apocalypse last year, as well as the theming associated with it.
It’s a decently fast coaster as you can see by the blur.
Walking through the line you’re treated to videos about the Apocalypse and the resistance fighters. A fun little back story to the ride.
After navigating the line I finally arrive at the station.
What is very neat about Apocalypse is that the train actually flies through the top of the station as seen here.
Who’s ready to ride?
A signature of almost every GCI coaster is this wide impressive looking turn.
Apocalypse also features fire effects! Very neat!
Apocalypse’s first drop also has a turn around before the descent.
The front row looks a little terrified.
Apocalypse is a fun GCI, it’s gotten a little rough lately but I still thoroughly enjoy it.
Here comes Ninja flying through.
This picture definitely shows what happened to most of the trees surrounding the ride. Very sad.
I wandered back around to the Tatsu area and decided to get a few more pictures of this impressive coaster.
Hmm observation tower, wonder if I can grab some aerial shots.
Ugh temporarily closed?!? Damn you Six Flags!
After suffering defeat at the observation tower I grabbed a few more pics of Tatsu.
Here they come!
Tatsu navigates the mountain top just perfectly.
Superman plaza, I’ll definitely be returning here later.
The Superman plaza is also a great area to get shots of Full Throttle.
Here they come.
You can also spot Gold Rusher the mine train coaster I passed on earlier from up here.
Running through the course, another fun mountain coaster.
Had to grab a selfie in front of the Superman entrance. haha
Ninja through the trees and the dry log flume.
More hills and more hills… story of Magic Mountain.
Never ending hills.
This is also arguably a great area to witness some of Full Throttle in action.
Even better to grab close ups.
This is also the area of the backwards launch out of the tunnel.
Some nice little landscaping in the park
More fun little decorations that I’m sure aren’t noticed too often.
Even Pistachio Park! If it’s Six Flags you can always be guaranteed of one thing, they won’t miss a chance at shameless marketing.
Well would you look at that Hot Rod Racers is running.
Your standard kiddie coaster stuff here but hey it’s a new credit.
It sure is hard not to take a picture every time Goliath is plummeting down that first drop.
Colossus will soon become Twisted Colossus!
Excuse our mess…. and our fires. 😛
I was trying to spot any RMC track but instead I still got a decent shot of the lift hills.
Also when you see Drop of Doom release it’s also hard not to grab a picture.
Time to grab a ride on Scream!
Floorless coasters are always a lot of fun and this one is no exception.
The signature cobra roll that you’ll find on most floorless coasters, well except Rougarou. 😛 You can also see how it was literally built on top of the parking lot.
Looks like those two had fun.
Scream! in all it’s parking lot glory.
Selfie by the Drop of Doom entrance, definitely one of the best rides in the park!
That is one very tall structure the car is launched upward onto.
Six Flags never missing an opportunity to advertise.
Back in the Full Throttle area I decided to grab a few shots of the loop and the ending hill on top of it.
So Full Throttle is unique in that the loop is used twice. Once in the beginning when the train is launched which also provides amazing hang time.
And once again when the train comes back rocketing over the loop.
I see another coaster climbing it’s lift over there!
Viper is also visible the classic Arrow looper that I think is just awful. Did not enjoy Viper one bit last year when I rode it. So definitely was not riding this again.
The Revolution, the world’s first looping steel roller coaster still with horrible over the shoulder restraints.
Revolution isn’t a bad coaster but those restraints and the head banging make it a bad coaster.
I imagine this picture will have to be changed soon.
I think it was about time to try X2 again.
Classic Arrow loopers sure do look pretty but they’re sure not pretty to ride.
Magic Mountain does have a very nice skyline.
One last look at Viper before moving on.
From this angle you can see the top of pretzel loop on Tatsu. This is the part that gives me the headache and just a little too intense for me.
Though the inline twists on the ride are a lot of fun.
Since it was approaching the end of the day the park was closing and it was just about time to start our 2 hour ERT after park closing.
Alright enough distractions, let’s get to the real event.
Such an impressive looking ride.
Climbing the lift you’re facing backwards and there’s music playing in your ears pumping you up for the ride.
The lift is also very impressive looking.
So my favorite part of the ride is the first drop, the seats rotate face down while you’re going down the drop and it’s really incredible. As you can the far seats are already rotated down.
And down they go.
Here’s one more picture that really shows how the seats rotate as you approach the first drop.
Another view of the straight down first drop.
The rest of the coaster is difficult to photograph but you can see some of the twisty nature here.
Back into the final break run, an amazing ride.
So X2 is an amazing coaster, yeah I wasn’t too thrilled about it after my first ride but after a few rides on it I really began to see how incredible it is. X2 was designed by Alan Schilke who now designs all the Rocky Mountain Construction coasters and the innovation really shows. This isn’t a new ride either… this was built in 2002! Yeah it had it’s fair share of problems and what not, and probably caused the demise of Arrow, I still believe today that it’s still head of it’s time! Heck there’s only 3 of these coasters even in existence today. With the other two being located in China and Japan this truly makes this coaster one of a kind. I do hope another company tries to create something similiar to these coasters, since Arrow (the company that built X2, then closed because of bankruptcy) is no longer in existence. Plus S&S (The company who took over for Arrow and built the other two) have seemed to move onto a free spin concept. As evidenced by their upcoming Batman: The Ride in Fiesta Texas. So I believe this is one of the only parks in the world with two 4 Dimension roller coasters. Pretty nuts!
So there’s not many people left in the park, the sun is setting, and the misters are still running? I thought we were in a drought? Hmm..
Making my way around I spot Tatsu flying in the setting sun.
The Grand Carousel seems very empty now.
So so good! The reason it says 2008 instead of 2002 is in 2008 X underwent massive renovations included a new train and new paint job however the core concepts from the 2002 version are still intact.
The newest kid on the block at Magic Mountain… well not for very much longer. 😛
A true classic that I have yet to ride… hmmm…
Wait a minute I didn’t know this park had a wing rider! Oh generic Six Flags ads…
Maybe should avoid the shady rest room. Seems a bit shady…
I don’t believe I took a picture of the awesome Tatsu sign earlier.
And here’s the part of Tatsu that gives me the headache. The insane pretzel loop, not so bad at the beginning of the loop.
But as the coaster begins to plummet head first, all the blood rushes to your head and yeah it’s intense to say the least. A former Navy SEAL once told me it was the closest feeling to what it’s like in a jet plane doing maneuvers. Very very cool, still just a little too intense for re-rides.
In-line twist shot again because I just love them.
Dum dum duh duh! We’re here!
Such an iconic looking ride with the entrance included.
And so much fun!
Walking through the line, it’s definitely themed well and very air conditioned in here. This line must be awesome to wait in on a very hot day.
There’s nobody riding this for ERT so pick your seat and stay in it!
The crew was awesome! I can only remember Adam’s name but the whole crew was having a great time with ERT joking and riding with us. Plus the best part was since there was no one in line they didn’t make us get off! Just rechecked our restraints and blasted us off again.
See you later Superman!
Moonlight shot of Full Throttle.
As it gets darker the entrance looks even better.
Tatsu sure ignites the night.
The Viper station sad and lonely.
I think everyone knows where I was ending the night.
More X2 anyone?
After one more spin on X2 that concludes the night and the park is extremely dark!
Gates are closed, come back next weekend!
The park sign all lit up for the night.
And that last pictures of Colossus before the fire because the very next day…
.. it looked like this!
And the resulting aftermath… 😦 All is not lost however because…
.. now it looks like this!
So that concludes Day 2 of West Coast Bash and while Six Flags Magic Mountain might not be the most efficient or well laid out park it sure does have some amazing rides. Knott’s Berry Farm you go for the complete experience and this park you come for the rides, and it sure does hit it out of the park. There’s a great coaster collection here, and more coasters than anywhere else on the planet! So see you later in 2015 Magic Mountain, can’t wait to ride Twisted Colossus!
Up next a true Hollywood classic…..