Tomorrow Tuesday–New Texas Giant and Iron Rattler (Iron Colossus?)

After Fright Fest of 2009 at Six Flags Over Texas, the park’s signature woodie, Texas Giant, closed for what was announced to be a $10 million renovation. Rocky Mountain Construction created steel I-Box track to place over the existing wooden track, and re profile it. The steel track was similar in weight and shape to the original wood tracking, and thus wasn’t hard to replace the track. The height of the first lift hill was increased by ten feet, the first drop angle was steepened to 79 degrees, and 3 over banked turns were all added to the ride layout. This was Rocky Mountain’s first steel I-Box coaster and was met with huge success. It opened in April of 2011, and was ranked 6th that year among steel coasters in the Golden Ticket awards and in the next 2 years finished in 5th and then 6th again.Texas-Giant-Returns

At the 2011 IAAPA Trade Show, Alan Schilke (designer of New Texas Giant) announced that Rocky Mountain would be working on two new projects for 2013, one of which being a new “Iron” Rattler at Six Flags Fiesta Texas.  This announcement was confirmed by Six Flags in August of 2012.  Unlike New Texas Giant, Iron Rattler features 4 over banked turns and a barrel roll.  It ranked 2nd in the 2013 Golden Ticket Awards for best steel coaster.sixflags-fiestatexas-ironrattler-pan

We’re hoping that soon, Six Flags Magic Mountain’s signature woodie Colossus, will also get this treatment, making it Six Flags’ 4th RMC I-Box Coaster (Medusa Steel Coaster will be opening in 2013 as its 3rd)

Full Throttle Station ‘Roof’ (12-15-13)

Just like everyone else, we had to go see the new structure ourselves… Let’s leave our opinion out of this, here are some pictures and descriptions!

The new permanent station roof has been installed. The park seems to have attempted to block the sun, although the structure is pretty much back-wards, and thus there is still sun shining on the operators, into the station.

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It’s quite a simple structure, and we think that the park could have done better, we were honestly expecting a canopy similar to the line-canopy. Since this was shown on the concept art.

20131215_143049 20131215_143127 It doesn’t cover the exit ramp, and thus the ride-op on that side will still have to deal with the sun.20131215_143225 20131215_143241 As you might see in the pic below, is that it is weirdly angled. The front left of the station is elevated the highest, the back right the lowest. This is done for the drainage of the rainwater, when it rains. It might also be a strategic way of blocking the sun, although the sun shines in from the other side most of the day, and there are trees located on the lower side of the roof.

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Hopefully they aren’t quite done yet! We hope to see some LEDs and perhaps walls in the station to create a station that will, perhaps, be entirely inside. Although it doesn’t seem like this station will live up to the SUF station at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.

Throwback Thursday–Circus Wheel and Eagles Flight

Eagles Flight was a sky bucket ride that opened on the opening-day of Magic Mountain, and carried passengers from the Sky Tower to one of two stations: El Dorado Station at the back of the park near El Bumpo (bumper boat ride), and Galaxie Station at the front side of the park near the Galaxy ride (double armed ferris wheel).  Riders had a nasty habit of swinging the buckets which was clearly prohibited by the posted rules on board. That came to sudden and violent end in 1978 when a pair of newlyweds swung their bucket too far and it crashed to the ground. The ride was redesigned after the fatal accident, but in 1981 the El Dorado course was removed, followed by the Galaxie route in 1994. The entire ride was thus demolished, mainly due to the damage of the 1994 earthquake. Like the Sky Tower and several other early attractions, Eagles Flight was manufactured by Intamin AG.

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Circus Wheel was a Sellner Tilt-A-Whirl, that also went by the names of Baile de los Flores (1981-1988). The ride duration was very long, which made it a favorite for flat rides at the park.  When it was named Baile de los Flores, it was located near Viper. It finally moved to where the three point challenge is today, and was renamed Circus Wheel.  It stayed there until 2007, when it was taken down. This Tilt-A-Whirl is currently in storage. Hopefully the park will soon find it a 4th place in the park for it to operate in, because the mountain needs flats!

 

Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem

dmmmDespicable Me: Minion Mayhem is a motion simulator ride in Universal Orlando, that is planed to be built in the California park in April of 2014.  Guests will experience themed queues, preshow videos and comedic dialogue that set up the fundamental plot: Gru schemes to create more mischievous Minions from human recruits.  Guests will be transported into Gru’s house as they meander through his living room and encounter visual elements as seen in the film, including the moon-shrinking SR-6 shrink ray and then zig zag into his lab.  The exciting journey continues as they swerve, bounce and plunge to get through the frantically humorous Minion training mission while donning specially designed 3D Minion goggles.  The fun continue in a post-show dance party where Minion walkaround characters invite guests to strut their stuff in an impromptu Minion-inspired dance party.  This ride, although not as thrilling as most of our articled rides, definitely will be quite an immerseive experience.

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