First Night of Fright Fest 2013 at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

California Coaster Kings went to the first night of 2013 Fright Fest, and here’s a little update! Click here for reviews of all 2013 mazes!


Demon’s Door was ready to go when we entered!


Demon’s Door was an amazing Scare Zone, that really put guests right into the action. The flames that came out of the Valencia Falls were pretty amazing too! (click here to watch our FF video with shots of the fire flames)


Lex Luthor was closed all night due to the high winds.


Total Darkness was totally different from Blackout, and was a whole lot better. Also, lines were held short this year because of the large maze that was split into 2 sides.

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Look at those street-lights!


Zombie crossing was very neat too! They had a tv reporting the news as you approached. They also had a road sign saying; ‘Warning… Zombie Crossing Ahead’, which was very nice. (To see the sign in action watch our video by clicking here)


The Wastelands Scare Zone over at Aftermath.


Gypsy Hollow Scare Zone over at Cursed.


Willoughby’s didn’t have a line, and they took photo’s again this year.


Black Widow didn’t have a line at all because of the light crowds, so we got to go in immediately. It was very good this year. We had our doubts last year, but it was definitely a must do, since it never has lines.

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City Under Siege was back this year!


The Aftermath, like each year, was amazing again, with the flame throwers, the extremely thick fog. One of the best mazes Fright Fest has ever seen. (See our maze review by clicking here!)


The Hypnotist show was back for this Fright Fest. It took kind of long, and wasn’t worth the time. So unless you will visit Fright Fest weekly, do all mazes and scare zones first!

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Fright Feast with the Willoughby’s returned, due to the crowds, there was almost no one there.


Voodoo Nights, performances by Cursed (the band that is named ‘Velocity’ during Full Throttle Nights)

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The flames shooting out of the fountain over at Demon’s Door were controlled from behind the Cyber Cafe.


The nightmare Scare Zone was really good once again!


Chupacabra isn’t our favorite maze, but since there were hardly any lines it was okay.


We didn’t get any good pictures of Toyz of Terror, but that was probably our favorite NEW Maze! They left in the best aspects of the previous Jokster’s Hide Out, and transformed the maze to become some toy factory! (Read full maze review by clicking here!)


Disney Wednesday–Pirates of the Caribbean

For this Ride Review, we’re looking at the fan-favorite, Pirates of the Caribbean!

Pirates of the Caribbean was the final ride in Disneyland that Walt Disney worked on himself (although it opened 3 months after he died), and boy has it been a success.  Since it opened in 1967, 3 adaptations of the ride have been opened at other Disney parks around the world, 4 full motion picture films with a 5th in production, and it has created millions of smiles throughout the years.  The ride was originally designed to be a walk through wax museum of pirates but the idea adapted into a dark boat ride as animitronic technology evolved.  The ride is housed in an 1850’s style french quarter New Orleans building which houses the above ground part of the ride and the restaurant Blue Bayou on the first floor, and one of the Walt Disney Dream Suite on the 2nd floor. pirates Continue reading “Disney Wednesday–Pirates of the Caribbean”

Tommorow Tuesday–Magic Mountain Kiddie Coaster

Although, there are no speculations on what the new kiddie coaster at Magic Mountain will be, we thought that it might be helpful to remind our followers of all the kiddie coaster models that are at six flags parks around America, Canada, and Mexico.  We’d like to hear your feed back of which you would like to see.

Vekoma Junior Coaster: A family coaster built by the Dutch company Vekoma, which has junior coasters ranging from 85m to 335m that feature either an oval or triple turn track.  The coasters feature a top speed of 28.5 mph.  Vekoma junior coasters can be seen at Six Flags Fiesta Texas (Kiddee Koaster), Magic Mountain (Road Runner Express), Six Flags Mexico (Roller), and Six Flags Great America (Spacely’s Sprocket Rockets)



E&F Miller Family Coaster: A family coaster built by the American coaster company E&F Miller, based out of Portland.  The coasters feature tracks ranging from 11.5 to 20 ft long and feature helices or spirals.  E&F family coasters can be seen at Six Flags New England (Great Chase) and Magic Mountain (Canyon Blaster)

Six Flags New England's Roller Coasters

Zierer Tivoli: A family coaster made by the German company Zierer that features 4 sizes.  Zierer Tivoli models are featured at Six Flags Great Adventure (Blackbeard’s Treasure Train), Fiesta Texas (Boardwalk Canyon Blaster), Discovery Kingdom (Cobra), and Six Flags Mexico (Tsunami)



Zamperla Family Gravity Coaster: Zamperla family gravity coasters are family coasters built by the Italian Company Zamperla.  Gravity coasters can be found at Six Flags America (Great Chase), Great Escape (Frankie’s Mine Train), Discovery Kingdom (Roadrunner Express), and Great Adventure (Road Runner Railway)



Chance Big Dipper: The Big Dipper is a family coaster produced by Chance, company based in Kansas.  The Big Dipper is featured at Six Flags Over Texas (Grand Canyon Blaster) and Over Georgia (Canyon Blaster)

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Boomerang Coast to Coaster @ Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

We’re looking at the most sold roller coaster model ever! Yes, it’s a Vekoma Boomerang. Although there are 2 Vekoma Boomerang models in CA, we’ll be taking a look at the ‘newest’ one that opened in ’98, at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.


We realize that Boomerangs are not the fan favorites in a state that has some of the best coasters on the planet. This though, does not take away the love we have for boomerangs. Boomerang Coast to Coaster, just like any other standard Boomerang, has a track length of 935 ft, over which it will travel both forwards and backwards. It has 3 inversions that terrify riders by turning them upside down 6 times!


When riders have approached the backside of the park, close to the zoo section of the park, they’ll find a coaster scattered somewhere far away from all other coasters. Boomerang Coast to Coaster that is, even though the sign only says Boomerang, it is indeed Coast to Coaster :D. Riders will enter the line that is located in the middle of the track’s triangular layout. Once the riders moved through the line, they will be hold over at the stairs leading to the station, where a Flash Pass employee or Ride-Op will assign rows, or let small people enter the station. The train returns, the gates open and there you go, you are about to experience a ride that literally spins you around, forwards, backwards,  and upside down.

It's located away from the busy plazas and is actually residing on a hill with trees surrounding it.
It’s located away from the busy plazas and is actually residing on a hill with trees surrounding it.

Once the operators have done their quadruple visual scan, the train will leave the station going up a 116.5 ft hill, backwards. The catch-car will take you to the top, and then drop the train. Once the train is released it will dive down to the station with a speed of 47 MPH, it will the put 5.2 Gs on your body before shooting over the midway into a nice Cobra-Roll. Make sure to keep your head back in the Cobra-Roll, because it might be a bit shaky, but there is no stopping yet! The train will then fly into a disorienting looping, before flying up the second hill. It will be caught by a chain-lift to reach the 116.5 ft once again. Without warning, the train will drop backwards to deliver an amazing second half of the ride! The train will fly through the loop again, BACKWARDS, yes we here at CCK love ‘Backwards’. The loop is probably the best element backwards, next to the drop. After spiraling through the loop again, riders will experience some funky ‘air-time’, as they shoot through the Cobra-Roll again, but backwards. An amazing feeling you will get from going through the Cobra-Roll backwards is that you will have that little feeling of ‘hang-time’, and ‘air-time’ right before you drop back to the station. The train will be slowed down and ultimately placed back in position for the next riders to experience the many elements in the short 1 minute and 48 seconds.

That Cobra-Roll while going backwards!
That Cobra-Roll while going backwards!

Boomerang Coast to Coaster is located between 3 big stadiums and the zoo-area of the park. It’s across from the Alligator Isle, and the Ark (Swinging ship). The lines for Boomerang C to C tend to be pretty short throughout the day. There is practically no line ’til around noon, or 1 PM, because of it’s location in the park. It will have a short wait to about 20 minutes for the remainder of the day, and crowds won’t lessen towards the end of the day, because the zoo-area closes earlier, and thus Boomerang is often the only thing operating (and some flat-rides). On busy days the line can get long, to about an hour if it’s really crowded, but this is not usually the case. Boomerang C to C is often closed during the winter operations together with Voodoo and Tazmanian Devil. Therefore, spend time riding all the other rides first in the winter, but give Boomerang a shot first in the summer, since it will have a line later on during the day, and the other rides won’t have such long lines later on the day!

It's located along the path between 3 big stadiums.
It’s located along the path between 3 big stadiums.

It is and will always be a Vekoma Boomerang, we love ’em, but some others don’t so just keep in mind; keep your head back, relax and yes, it might be a bit jerky. But, it’s definitely worth riding without lines. You gotta agree, backwards and forwards and 6 (3) inversions… still pretty great!

Boomerang Coast to Coaster is surrounded by flat-rides rather than roller coasters!

SFMM FT VIP Tour/ Park Update 9/28/13

California Coaster Kings entered a contest to win an FT VIP engineering event, en we won!

Upon arrival we had to register at the US Army booth, and we then waited in line to be let in. Once we entered the park, we were gathered under the Full Throttle canopy and Tim Burkhart, VP of Six Flags Inc. Maintenance, told us all about the ride. He told us how FT worked, as well as what went into designing it, and how physics were applied to it. We then got to ride FT during a little ERT session, we got 5 rides in, before we were allowed to explore the rest of the park before the Saturday crowds would come in.


It also happened to be the day of the finale of Kidz Star with the famous Jennette Mc Curdy.


As far as the park’s prep for FF, it’s coming along pretty well, and the entrance is now officially Fright Fest’ized!


Bugs Bunny World is ready for Fright Fest too!


The bus that we showed in last week’s update has now been ‘painted’ to fit the Fright Fest area more.

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Also, between Whistle Stop Park and Golden Bear Theater, more ‘apocalyptic’ objects have been placed!

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Pistachios Park has been decorated too.


The Fright Fest icon has returned! Our guess is that the Demon’s Door scare zone is not going to have place for it over at the fountain, and since Total Darkness is going to be located in the Magic Moments theater, we think it works out.


During the Full Throttle VIP event, we also got catered lunch, the lunch was held on the perfect roller-coaster-junkie spot, right under Goliath and Colossus. (Pavilion next to Road Runner Express)


The inside of Bugs Bunny World has been nicely decorated.


The new scare zone, Demon’s Door, is looking interesting!


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FLAGS is getting ready!


The Maze Pass Sales Center is almost ready too, we like the new sign!


That was all for today! Check back often as we will be covering all mazes next week for the first day of Fright Fest!

Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye

In this Ride Review we are looking at one of the most popular rides at the Disneyland Resort….


Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye at the Adventureland section of Disneyland, has been a crowd pleaser since it opened in 1995.  It is also a quite controversial rides, due to the fact that is is one of the first thrilling dark rides, meaning an indoor, non roller coaster ride that submerses riders into a story.  The story of this ride takes place in 1936, and is shown through a series of news reels throughout the line.  The Temple of the Forbidden eye has been excavated after almost 2000 year of being covered by the earth.  The idol that guards the temple, named Mara, offers anyone who excavated it one of 3 gifts, riches, eternal life, or the ability to see the future.  The only catch is that you cannot gaze into the eyes of Mara, due to the fact that it will kill you.  It is explained that even though everyone is very excited about this, he has lost much of his funding, so a returning character from the Indy films named Sallah, has been giving guided tours for money.  Many tourists return with great gifts, but other don’t return at all.  About 1 week ago, Indy ventured into the temple to find them and has yet to return.  Sallah continues to conduct tours to find Dr. Jones.  Continue reading “Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye”