Six Flags Magic Mountain files to tear down the Golden Bear

December 6, 2023, 12:43 PM · Six Flags Magic Mountain hasn't announced any new rides for its 2024 or 2025 seasons. (Yet.) But Six Flags at least is preparing to clear some space in the park.

The park has filed for a permit with Los Angeles County to demolish the Golden Bear Theater. You can see the permit here. Located across from Bugs Bunny World and just around the corner from Full Throttle Plaza, the Golden Bear Theater hasn't seen any major productions in quite a while. (I'm actually struggling to remember the last show that I watched there.)

The site backs up to the Superman track, with CraZanity on the other side of the hill. So it's a decent-sized plot of land, but probably not enough for a major coaster. But it would be an ideal location for expanding and plussing Magic Mountain's kids' area, if Six Flags is taking suggestions.

What would you like to see Magic Mountain do with this space? For our reader rankings of the park's attractions, please visit our visitors guide to Six Flags Magic Mountain.

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Replies (6)

December 6, 2023 at 4:15 PM

I have an amazing idea for a water coaster-style attraction based on Wile E Coyote and the Roadrunner. You're there to see the coyote blow something up which sends the car ricocheting through a canyon until is splashes down in a river. Later coyote accidentally falls down a waterfall, and you go with him.

December 6, 2023 at 4:36 PM

Aside from dance and cheer competitions, this theater is just vacant.

December 6, 2023 at 7:37 PM

There is a rumor that this is related to SFMM's next big coaster project, which is strongly speculated to be planned for 2026. According to that rumor, the ride would be a giga coaster replacing Ninja, with the station in that spot. The lift would rise over Roaring Rapids, then the coaster would drop down the backside of the mountain before hopping over, threading Full Throttle's loop, and doing some sort of fancy turnaround maneuvers in the Golden Bear plot before hopping the hill again and returning to the station. While I can't say I fully buy this rumor, I can say that it sounds plausible enough to not be dismissed.

What I can say with confidence is that if SFMM is demolishing the theater, they definitely have some sort of plan for that area. The park has never had a problem allowing abandoned structures to sit idle, so they wouldn't spend the money on tearing it out without a good reason to do so.

December 7, 2023 at 10:32 AM

Really hoping that this is that newgen Vekoma that I've heard rumored for this site at 2025 in the park. I think it would be a great fit for the park, and I've been waiting for one of these to come to the States.

December 7, 2023 at 10:48 AM

@ AJ - I would say that Six Flags as a corporation has no problem allowing vacant structures to sit without tearing down. There are more than a couple of examples at SFGA. I'd say spending $ to tear down means there are at least some plans for the future, which is a good sign.

December 7, 2023 at 11:08 AM

I've heard similarly to AJ regarding the potential for a large coaster replacing Ninja ... which would be a bummer in some ways, but frankly feels inevitable at this point.

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