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New concept video for Six Flags 'Terminator' coaster

By Robert Niles
Published: October 22, 2008 at 5:15 PM
I've just put up an attraction listing page for Terminator: The Coaster, the $10 million GCI ride that Six Flags Magic Mountain is building on the old Psyclone footprint in Cyclone Bay.

The page includes a computer POV video of what designers envision for the ride, which will open next year.

The ride sounds, to me, a lot like the very popular Thunderhead GCI coaster from Dollywood, and shares a theme, of course, with the Terminator shows at rival Universal Studios Hollywood and Florida. (A woodie for the sleek, high-tech Terminator franchise strikes me as a bit odd, but, what the heck, so long as it's a good ride, I suspect coaster fans will go for it.)

Readers' Opinions

From Anthony Murphy on October 22, 2008 at 5:33 PM
Sounds promising, suprised its not at SFGA. Can they call it Terminator? Does it have anything to do with the movies?
From Corey Romberg on October 22, 2008 at 5:40 PM
I watched the video, and it seems like it is as basic as coasters get (in theming that is)....it is just a wodden coaster (and btw, wooden coaster for Terminator?? makes no sense to me)....I hate when parks name a coaster after a popular franchise and the ride is not themed to that franchise what so ever....I dont even see any theme in the queue according to the concept art

They say the ride is going to put you in the middle of a battle between John Connor and the robots...Really?? Cause the only thing it looks like its going to put me in is a roller coaster car going around a wooden track...I think this is the lamest attempt at a "themed coaster" Ive ever seen...there is no hints of the Terminator at all...Cant they just call it "Our New Wooden Coaster"? It would all be the same story and theme wise...It is just another terrible attempt to draw attention to a very plain coaster by naming it after Terminator...and the sad thing is, it'll probably work

From Derek Potter on October 22, 2008 at 6:12 PM
GCI coasters are some of the best wooden coasters. Any park would be the wiser to add one. They aren't total bank breakers, they are extremely popular with all ages, and they are fun, plain and simple. If Magic Mountain is to remain a coaster park, I can't think of a better thing to build.
From Alan Puscus on October 22, 2008 at 8:54 PM
I was a bit apprehensive about the size of TERMINATOR until
you put it in the same sentence with Thunderhead. Though I haven't been to Dollywood yet, Thunderhead tops all the wooden coaster polls I've seen recently. If we could get a west coast version of the #1 rated wooden coaster I'd be ecstatic as SFMM is within a days drive for me here in Tucson. Thanks for great news Robert.

As far as the name/theme goes, they could go with the Lone Ranger, Yoda or Wonder Woman for all I care, as long as it delivers. It's been far too long for SFMM to go without a signature woodie. I still like Colossus but....you know.
From Robert Niles on October 22, 2008 at 8:59 PM
We'll have to see if Terminator rises to the Thunderhead level (I haven't been on that coaster, BTW), but it is the same manufacturer and offers some similar elements. But, you're right, the ride itself sounds quite promising, even if the theme seems muddled, at best.
From Jack Williams on October 22, 2008 at 10:21 PM
How stupid. A woodie for Terminator? With no theme whatsoever, besides the logo? And come on, what's with the catchphrase 'join the resistance' anyways? Six Flags, you have shamed us again.
From James Rao on October 23, 2008 at 4:49 AM
GCI makes excellent wooden coasters, and this one looks to be one of their best. Yes, using the Terminator brand for a wooden coaster is a head-scratcher, but come on, this is Six Flags, were you expecting something more?
From Corey Romberg on October 23, 2008 at 7:38 AM
No, I wasnt really expecting more, altho Six Flags has had the occasional well-themed ride, like The Dark Knight Coaster, that while even tho it disappointed from a thrill standpoint, is still a pretty well themed ride for Six Flags, especially in the queue

I was just using this topic as a forum to complain about almost all Six Flags Coasters, which tease by using names such as Batman, Superman, and the Terminator for their coasters, but end up having no references to those franchises other than the ride's marquee....they are just coasters....and yes, occasionaly its fun to just have a good time experiencing as much thrill as possible, but most of the time, if Im going to shell out money for a theme park, I'd like some theme and story to go with my thrill please

From Anthony Murphy on October 23, 2008 at 9:09 AM
The video makes it look pretty good, but I still am a little apprehensive about the Title "Terminator". Why not the Viper, which reminds me of the Viper at SFGA, only better
From James Rao on October 23, 2008 at 10:06 AM
Corey, I agree with you entirely, however, when it comes to Six Flags I tend to lower my expectations quite a bit: I consider it a good visit if I have a little fun and keep all my limbs intact.
From Greg Bark on October 23, 2008 at 12:37 PM
If you watch the video and pause it about 3 seconds in, you'll notice a few straightawys on the ride that are covered by shed-like structures. Perhaps these sheds house some modest scenery (it is Six Flags) along with some small special effects thrown in here and there?
From Joshua Counsil on October 23, 2008 at 12:54 PM
Did anyone else find the coaster to be exceptionally lengthy? The ride was about 100 seconds without lift hill time - that seems awfully long for a woodie.
From James Rao on October 23, 2008 at 1:35 PM
Josh, you need to ride The Voyage at Holiday World. It is about 3 minutes of the most intense wooden coaster fun you will ever experience. Towards the end of the ride you aren't even smiling anymore, just mumbling "Mercy" over and over again. ;)
From Robert OGrosky on October 24, 2008 at 11:33 AM
Ive had the good fortune of riding ThunderHead at DW and it is a great ride with great airtime!!!
From watching the video it looks like Terminator is trying to copy some elements, but doesnt look like it will be as good as ThunderHead which is a great ride.

But naming it Terminator is AWFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nothing about the Terminator franchise says wood!!!! I wish the people with the right to the Terminator franchise would have had more sense that get involved in anything with SF.

Escpecially when you compare it to a true classic Terminator attraction on T23d which is older(which IMHO is easily the best 3d attraction), but will have cost far more to build and will be superior to this new coaster.

From M. Ryan Traylor on October 25, 2008 at 6:48 PM
I feel that a wooden coaster based on Terminator is a bad theme idea. I just don't see it. Even with on ride effects such as music, fog, fire, etc. There is already the T2:3D ride at Universal.

When I imagine Terminator, I'm thinking future, metal, computers, and liquid mercury that rolls together to form a robot that can change his shape into other people.

On the plus side, I am looking forward to riding this coaster. Ever since they removed Psyclone, I've been wanting another wooden coaster at SFMM.

The next woodie change at SFMM needs to be removing the MCB on Colossus and returning it to its original design.

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