College student takes charge in museum at Six Flags Magic Mountain

Posted Saturday, March 1, 2008 10:16 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Brandon Bruce, a college student and senior ride supervisor, is in charge of the Magic on the Mountain museum, one of many projects corporate executives are looking at to help recast the 37-year-old Valencia theme park from teen haven to family-friendly destination. With Six Flags' swollen debt and decision last year to sell off some parks, all eyes are on the profitable Valencia properties - Magic Mountain and neighboring Hurricane Harbor - to aid a turn-around.

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Saturday, March 1, 2008 11:07 PM
I like how they say that they want to "recast the .... theme park from teen haven to family-friendly". I thought the only reason for the museum was so that people might actually ride that attraction. Wait, a minute. "Family-friendly" makes sense. It's a tower, and families go up elevators while teenagers hate them. I get it. :rolleyes:

It says that those Magic Mountain parks (SFMM and HH) are Making a Profit.

"The tower museum, with room for 300, will be available for banquets."-- Is this the real reason they are doing it, is it "family friendly", or is it what I said above? I'm confused. :rolleyes: again.

Seriously, it sounds like a good idea. Hey, I might even go up there just to see the stuff. I personally thinks it's stupid to go up an elevator just to see the skyline. You go on a roller coaster, and you see it from there. You can go on the log flume, and do the same thing. However, I do like the rides that actually move up a pole, and come down. It's just more fun than an observatory. It's an actual ride.

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Sunday, March 2, 2008 12:36 AM
Wow, you're kind of a poopy pants about the whole thing. I think a museum is a great idea. I still go into CP's at least once a year, even though I've seen it all a hundred times.

And apparently others don't think it's stupid to go up something tall to look around, seeing as how there's a building in every major city that does that. Or the St. Louis Arch. Or the faux Eiffel Towers at the Dominions. Or countless rotating observation tower rides.

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Sunday, March 2, 2008 1:33 AM
Quite poopy pants, if you ask me. You sound like the exact type of person the park wants to get rid of.

I got a sneak peak of some of the stuff they're planning on putting up there last weekend, and they have some really interesting historical memorabilia to show off. I think it's a fabulous idea.

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Sunday, March 2, 2008 2:34 AM
I think a museum would be a great addition to any park which is currently without one. Take SFGAm, for example. It would be great to have a museum in the Hometown Square section of the park. I could definitely see Shapiro implementing this in the more "Historical" parks across the chain. I mean, they could certainly showcase how the park has changed since being a sister park with the one in CA. Or...how about Indiana Beach. Until I did some research, I had no idea that large rock bands have performed at IB. With the addition of a museum, history can once again live!
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Sunday, March 2, 2008 10:10 AM
I'd like to see something like that at SFA. The Wild One itself has a 90-year history, and the park itself has a history, plus it could tie in to the history of the area. Just keep it light, and it would be fun. Very low-maintenance, too!*** This post was edited by ilovethewildone 3/2/2008 10:11:25 AM ***
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Sunday, March 2, 2008 10:49 AM
And all they'd need to do at Great Adventure is enlist the help of they guy behind http://greatadventurehistory.com as I've never seen this much detail about my original home park anywhere else. I had actually tried to do some research in my middle school years, but scanning microfiche and microfilm was a daunting task. They could use one of the 4 original main gate buildings, the Teepee or the area under the sky lift inside the fort as the location!
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Sunday, March 2, 2008 11:13 AM
"37 year old Magic Mountain" It must be going through its mid life crisis, but I guess it will be coming out under Shapiro.
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Sunday, March 2, 2008 7:29 PM
Wow I like they just "handed" it to the kid.
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Sunday, March 2, 2008 7:33 PM

Spinout said:
I personally thinks it's stupid to go up an elevator just to see the skyline. You go on a roller coaster, and you see it from there. You can go on the log flume, and do the same thing.

I'm not sure if your comment was park specific (Magic Mountain), but where parks are more or less flat like KI or KD, I think the observation towers are awesome. It's relaxing to go up there and look around at all the different rides in motion, and to see the surrounding areas. For example, you can watch the entire course of the formerly-named Italian Jobs in motion.

You're not going to get those views from a coaster or a log flume. Granted, the formerly-named Drop Zone at KD does give you a great view, but it's one-sided (you'd have to ride over and over again on a busy day to possibly get all four sides) and the view from the top only lasts for seven seconds. And you're still not as high as the Eiffel Tower (more stuff brought to you by Intamin--I had no idea until recently)!

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Monday, March 3, 2008 2:05 AM
WHOA! What Jeff?! Cedar Point has a museum?!?!? I've been there well 3 times and havent seen a museum, where is this museum?
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Monday, March 3, 2008 2:25 AM
Town Hall in Frontiertown right next to Skyhawk. There's some pretty cool stuff in there, but it hasn't changed in quite some time.
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Monday, March 3, 2008 10:58 AM
Yah, you can catch a glimpse of skyline for a second or two from a coaster of flume, but from that very tall tower up on top of the mountain, you can see a lot. It's awesome up there and a shame that it was closed so often for so long. Nice that they refurbed it. I'd love to attend a banquet up there.
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