What do you want to see from Six Flags Magic Mountain's new family roller coaster?
Six Flags Magic Mountain
is expected within the next few days to announce the name and design for its new family roller coaster
, which will debut in 2010. (Given when past roller coasters have debuted at Magic Mountain, I'd expect around Memorial Day weekend.)
Since we're talking about a family coaster here, my first thought is a Vekoma, which has a wide line of family coasters. But Magic Mountain's only Vekoma is Deja Vu, which hasn't had the greatest track record - in terms of up-time or popularity - during its run at the park. Does that lead Magic Mountain to look toward a different manufacturer? Heck if I know.
So let's speculate. What would you like to see from Magic Mountain when it makes its announcement later this month? The LA Times reported that the site will be between Deja Vu and Johnny Rockets, but that seems a really tight fit to me.
Give me names; give me models. I'm going to go out on a limb, to start the discussion, by guessing that the name will not be "OMG".
My gut feeling tells me it's going to be a Tony Hawke Big Spin (THBS) coaster clone, considering the area they've indicated it will go (next to terminator).
Since we are not talking junior coasters here and since Six Flags is not going to include Disney style immersion like Expedition Everest or Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, I would look beyond Vekoma for something a little more thrilling.
Though I THOROUGHLY enjoyed "PowderKeg," I must question my esteemed colleague Mr. Rao's categorization of it as a "family coaster." (I just took a moment to read about it on the park-specific page for Silver Dollar City, which James also authored). PowderKeg was great, but I don't consider it to be a family coaster; I think the 0-50 mph launch in 2.whatever seconds should knock it out of the "family" category. James, you weren't, I wonder, thinking about "Thunderation" when you wrote that, were you? That's a family coaster (for those who haven't been to SDC, Thunderation is more along the lines of Big Thunder Mountain)...
I would not consider Powder Keg a family coaster eithor (although I would agree it is a very unique coaster). A family coaster would be something I think someone who is a senior in great health could still ride without possibly coming off with broken bones or a heart attack. It's a ride that a 5 year old kid can ride with his parents. Basically a great example of a family coaster would probably be Big Thunder Mountain. It seems like if Six Flags or Cedar Fair do family coasters, they don't always do them very well. It's almost like riding a fair ride sometimes. You usually get the wild mouse or mine train. I actually like a lot of the mine train rides, but once you have one in a park it seems to stay there for years without ever changing up hardly. If your park only has one or two coasters for the whole family and the coaster stays the same pretty much for 10 years or more at a time, then maybe you might see how it could get old for people after a while.
My 5 year old daughter rides and loves Powder Keg. Its 42" height requirement makes it accessible to almost anyone in the family (Space Mountain has a 44" height requirement, as does Expedition Everest - both considered family-friendly coasters).
I would love to see Vekoma do a larger model of its Junior Coaster, a step up from the Flying Unicorn/Woodstock Express model. That model was my daughter's favorite coaster for many years (she's moved on to B&M Mega Coasters now, though she loves Loch Ness Monster best overall, for its setting).
My daughter loved the Flying Unicorn as well when we went to IOA in 2007. It was going to be my first choice for this thread, but I consider it more of a kiddie coaster, not really geared towards the whole family (you gotta make teenagers happy too!). A longer, taller, faster version would suffice, I agree. SDC's Thunderation (mentioned by a previous poster) would be more along those lines.
One other note: I love Disney so much it hurts, but Big Thunder Mountain would be an extremely lame coaster if not for the incredible scenery and immersion Disney added to complete the package. Since Six Flags is not going to do anything even close to that level of theming, I would not want their family coaster to be quite so lame.
I think they should get exactly what my home park Lagoon is recieving next year... a Mack YoungSTAR. There are none in the U.S., they are the largest kiddie coaster out there, and the provide a nice level of thrill.
For me, an ideal "family" roller coaster would be something I can enjoy riding with my 4-year old. (He's been crazy about roller coasters since he was two.)
One manufacturer that hasn't made much of an appearance in major US parks is Maurer Sohne. Aside from Rip Ride Rockit and a couple of small parks, there aren't that many in the country. I could see the Maurer Sohne spinning coaster at Magic Mountain. It can have a small enough footprint. Though it would be a bit of a push to classify it a family coaster, it would probably be considered one in the eyes of Magic Mountain.
I'm hoping for a wild mouse, kind of like muholand madness or Wild Cat, if that isnt the case then probrobly a spinning coaster, or then again, maybe something like goldrusher or ninja...
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