Published: March 22, 2009 at 5:45 PMI have to say that I've never experienced a woodie that I've liked. I've left every one of them with a horrible headache. I understand the thrill for some people is the rambling that makes you feel like it's going to fall apart or whatever, but I vowed long ago to stick to steel after my experiences on woodies at different parks.
All I can say is OUCH!
Published: March 22, 2009 at 6:03 PMWooden coasters are generally rough by nature, but GCI coasters are the smoothest, most comfortable wooden coaster ride out there. Of course the engineering is great, but I attribute a lot of the comfort to the trains. Strangely enough, it's an old design from the 1920's that GCI resurrected along with the twister style of coaster they build. The seats and bars are thickly padded with a lot of room, and the trains are articulated, which means each seat has it's own set of wheels, making the train more flexible. Geekspeak I know, but Magic Mountain will have a winner with this ride.
Published: March 22, 2009 at 6:38 PMOk one thing I need cleared up If there's a chance of Magic Mountain closing this year why spend more money building a coaster
Published: March 22, 2009 at 6:51 PMOne, there is no chance of SFMM closing this year or next, and two, SFMM getting a highly themed coaster this year makes me want to visit this park even more this year! But I think the park should also go back to all of their old cheap coasters and do exactly what they did with X2 and what they are now duing with Medusa and Superman: ROS! I mean, imagine a Batman: The Ride being the first extravagantly themed B&M invert, themed to The Dark Knight and having mist, light, and on-board audio effects!
Published: March 22, 2009 at 7:48 PMNice report, Robert, thanks. I used to love going to Magic Mountain back when I lived in Simi Valley, but that was years ago, before Six Flags. I am anxious to get back someday soon, maybe in the next couple years after Disney completes Cars Land. By then MM should have yet another coaster for me to enjoy, and a couple of my kids will have reached the magical height of 54"!
Something I really liked from the article was: To make way for the new entrance to the Terminator's themed queue, Magic Mountain demolished a former arcade which had stood on the site of the old glass blower's shop in Cyclone Bay. Anytime you take out a midway experience like an arcade to put in a themed coaster (however slight that theme may be), well I am good with that!!
Published: March 23, 2009 at 4:42 AMAnthony - SFGA's installation of Deja Vu wasn't torn down as much as relocated. It is now at Silverwood Theme Park in Idaho. (Although I wonder what became of Six Flags over Georgia's installation... wouldn't be surprised to see it pop up at a smaller Six Flags park someday as as "new" coaster - unless it became "parts" for the SFMM one.)
And Derek is right: GCI builds wondeful wood coasters. This one looks very similar to Evel Knievel that opened at Six Flags St. Louis last year, which is an awesome ride. And based on the length of time it took to build Evel Knievel, SFMM is going to have a hard time meeting their deadline - although I guess they didn't have a Missouri winter to slow down construction.