It has become very clear that Six Flags Magic Mountain is lacking creative, or good, lighting at night. The ‘Thrill Capital of the World’ has huge structures, that can be seen from the entire valley, and from the mountains through which the Interstate-5 winds. Yet, almost-free advertisement at night is not their thing.
Six Flags Magic Mountain has super rides that tower over the park such as Superman Escape From Krypton, Tatsu, Goliath, Viper, X2, etc. As well as rides that are very visible from the freeway although they don’t tower over the park; Colossus, Scream!, Riddler’s Revenge, etc. Now why in the world are these rides not lit up at night?
All you see is the lift-hill lights, that are often defunct. The Superman structure could receive a nice package of LED’s and the park could program the tower to change lights at night. The park could even go creative and have the changing tower lights correspond with the drop-sequence of Lex Luthor! This is just one example! (Pic below is an example of how it could look)
Scream! and Colossus are both located right next to the parking lot. Now, wouldn’t it be great to have a 150 ft tall super coaster (Scream!) that towers over you as you leave change colors? It doesn’t even have to be the entire ride, perhaps the interlocking corkscrews that stick out into the parking lot! Or the super-white structure of the classic woodie, that stretches out along almost the entire parking lot. That’s the easiest structure to light up! Yes, the park has tried it before, changing colors, but this was done by a system of which the color filters burnt through, so all you see is the white structure. Why don’t the try to project patterns on the white track at night? Or just simple LEDs to light up the structure, and have it change colors at, perhaps, a fast or slow, peaceful pace?
Say we look at Tatsu and Goliath, both are very noticeable from almost anywhere in the park. Next to the fact that they need a desperate repaint, both structures look dominant, and lighting, other than white lights shining at them, could make them standout from anywhere in the park, and outside the park. This could be easily done by adding LEDs to the bigger support structures of Goliath, and the simple attachment of LED strips to the Tatsu supports, perhaps not even the supports for both, but the track! (Pic below is an example of how it could look)
When we talk about Riddler’s Revenge’s lights, we talk about the lasers in the station. Remember the time of the good music and ‘question-mark-lasers’ all over the station? Combined with the lift-hill lights that used to all work? Yes, those were the times! Only thing they have to do to change it is to simply turn up the volume, and replace some light bulbs, isn’t too much work is it?
Lastly, rides like Goldrusher, Ninja, Revolution, and Full Throttle are fine the way they are, the first three are built in a forest, and Full Throttle has the equipment to light up the loop in different colors at night. Apocalypse is fine the way it is too since it adds to the ride’s initial theme. Viper on the other hand has a white support structure, it’s built on one of the highest parts of the park, and can be seen from everywhere! (Not always in the park, but outside the park) So wouldn’t it be great if SFMM went back to previous times, and were to light it up in different colors? Same counts for X2, and since it’s such a popular ride, and its location and structure… let you’re fantasy do the rest…
These 2 pics show what Magic Mountain looks like at night now-a-days, could be changed right?
Rides could be cheaply, easily, be made prettier, only if the parks, in this case Six Flags Magic Mountain, were to install LEDS, or any form of creative light package. We used SFMM as an example since they have the rides to show off, and are currently using mediocre lighting. Nothing against the park’s rides, but this is something they could improve on. We do factor in the local restrictions and such, and maybe that could apply to the superman structure, although that’s lit up at night now too. But when it comes to most other rides, like Viper, X2, Colossus, Scream! And Goliath. They are lit up at night at this point, but use bad lights, that don’t make the rides stand out whatsoever. LEDs could easily change that!
Comment below what you’re thoughts are when it comes to this topic, as well as which other parks are in need of new lighting. Or share your fantasies, or ideas of how parks could make their rides look better at night.