First pieces for West Coast Racers arrive at Magic Mountain

February 16, 2019, 1:15 PM · Ever since Six Flags Magic Mountain announced its next roller coaster last year, fans have been awaiting the arrival of the first pieces of West Coast Racers.

Well, they're finally here.

Six Flags is promoting the Premier Rides coaster as the world's first dual racing launch coaster, though that's sparked a bit of debate over that claim. But West Coast Racers clearly will be the first single track dual racing launch coaster, as it will feature the same Mobius-strip concept as Magic Mountain's Twisted Colossus, in which riders race both sides of the circuit in a single trip.

Check out the concept POV:

So with construction getting ready to begin, when might we expect this coaster to start welcoming thrill seekers?

Eh, who knows? When this rain finally stops, coaster assembly can happen pretty quickly. Six Flags says "summer," so that puts anything between late May and mid-September in play.

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February 16, 2019 at 2:11 PM

I'd say this opens mid-June at the earliest. Meanwhile, Maxx Force has already gone vertical (the park has said it's around 20% complete) and hopefully opens around memorial day. It's interesting that they started WCR so much later though.

February 16, 2019 at 4:41 PM

Based on the size of the ride, I'd say late June would be about the earliest possible opening for this one, and that assumes everything goes perfectly. Using the similar Full Throttle as a comparison (vertical in February, open in June), I'm going to say mid-August as my guess for when West Coast Racers will open at this time. Perhaps I'll be wrong, but if you're traveling from outside of So Cal for this ride, I highly recommend doing a Fright Fest trip instead of a summer trip.

February 16, 2019 at 5:26 PM

I agree, you have to be extremely optimistic to see this open in June. I see Maxx Force opening around July personally. Six Flags never disappoints with the late construction starts and delayed openings.

February 17, 2019 at 10:30 AM

Looks like it's going to be a fun ride but it's yet another sign of just how much Six Flags favors a small handfull of properties over all the others. I can't say much there as my own home park, SF Over Texas, certainly gets more love than the likes of Six Flags St. Louis and a few others. But even then it's a weak lineup compared to parks with similar coaster numbers. Every time I see a new and innovative ride going to Magic Mountain or Great America or Great Escape, can't help but look at our oversized parking lot and way-too-close-for-expansion urban sprawl and desperately wish we could get a good floorless or wing coaster, or better yet an Intamin giga or launch (dream lineup would add Intimidator 305 and Maverick to our lineup, lol). I know Cedar Fair does this too, focussing on just a handful of parks, but I hope the enthusiasts near MM, GE, GA, Carowinds, King's Island and Dominion, and Cedar Point realize how lucky they are. Even Fiesta Texas is moving into the elite category. Not as many coasters but some exceptional ones. Heard a rumour though that they were doing some survey work last year at various parks asking people if they would be interested in *blank* ride and that 2 or 3 of the SF parks including SFoT were asked if they'd enjoy riding a dive coaster. Not the best addition choice but I'd take a Griffon to be able to ride regularly

February 17, 2019 at 12:25 PM

Hopefully now that most SF parks have a Larsen loop, 4d free fly coaster, and giant discovery, they'll start giving out better rides to smaller parks that are long past due for bigger additions (not to say that any of those rides weren't good additions). I could see a lot of parks getting Raptors or Sky screamers for 2020 as well.

February 17, 2019 at 6:46 PM

You mean Great Adventure not Great Escape. Great Escape hasn't gotten a coaster since 2005 and that was a relocated kids coaster, before that was another relocated kids coaster in 2003, and before that was a relocated Bobsled coaster in 1998 (ironically from Great America/Great Adventure). The last actual new coaster Great Escape got was a terrible Boomerang coaster in 1997. I've been to Great Ecape once to me it seems like they are trying to keep it as a park for families with small children and not bothering venturing from that demographic anymore.

February 19, 2019 at 10:27 AM

It was always strange to me that Magic Mountain starts construction so late. They announced West Coast Racers back in late August, yet they are just now (6 months later) getting to the nitty gritty of construction. I know there's a lot of pre-construction work that needs to get done before rides start going vertical, but it seems that SFMM makes their announcements way too far in advance of construction actually starting. The result ends up being a push for guests to purchase season passes and memberships in August based on the promise of a new attraction that doesn't arrive for another 10 months. It just seems like bad business. What's wrong with breaking ground and getting work started on an attraction BEFORE announcing it (seems like everyone else can do this) so that your new attraction is at least ready when the summer season kicks into gear. I get the feeling that SF must not actually place orders for attractions until just a few weeks prior to them making their annual end of summer announcement, meaning that major coasters like this don't even start manufacturing the parts for the installations until just before the additions are made public.

I understand SFMM is a little different from other regional parks because they operate a year-round calendar, but to sit on your hands for 5 months, which results in an attraction that doesn't open until halfway through the summer seems pretty stupid. I'm hopeful that this will be running when we visit SoCal in late-July/early-August, but considering the complexity of this coaster and it's mobius layout, I'm not holding my breath.

February 19, 2019 at 7:17 PM

@the_man yep, absolutely meant Great Adventure, my bad. It amazes me how poorly Cedar Fair and Six Flags treat their less favored parks either way

February 20, 2019 at 10:45 AM

I thought of this "Mobius Strip" ride about 15 years ago and wrote a science fiction mystery novel about what would happen to you if the ride was inside a giant nautilus shell located over a magnetic fault....The name of my science fiction novel is: "Time Trip on a Moebius Strip." As the title infers, one would enter a timeless dimension where sixteen famous lost people of history have already been transported...

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