Yes, and some of us thought the year would never come when such things would happen. Luckily Shapiro and Snyder walked in through the door or we'd probably have another few years before something was done to those Magic Mountain idlers.
This information was confirmed by a rides supervisor at the park. However, nothing was mentioned regarding the Metro's reopening/status (the park's monorail) -- which I think should be a high priority in regards of a "reopening." Although I do understand the ride has been unoperational for so long that it would take a lot more time and resources to bring it back to safe operating standards/conditions.
Well crap, that's really good news. I've ALWAYS wanted to go up in the Skytower, and now it looks like I'll finally have a chance. It's surprising they'd open Flashback, but I guess the peeps at Solace who have not been on it get to, um, experience it. The last time I rode Freefall was back in July 2004, and even then it's operation was sporadic at best. Metro has to come back soon. It's probably one of the best ways to get around the park. What would be really nice is if there was a way to go around the entire park (like a train or an extended monorail...) although that'll never happen. *** Edited 2/9/2006 7:31:53 AM UTC by GoliathKills***
Let's not forget that this time of year is when Six Flags always seems to make the claims of self improvements. And of course, most of them fail to deliver anything concrete after the first month or so. With that said, I'm cautiously optimistic that the new management can make the new changes stick.
My first time ever to Magic Mt. was in July 1992. The Sky Tower was open and I took some great pictures. I never knew they kept it closed so often. When I went back to SFMM for an ACE event in 1997, it was also open but I didn't go up.
But won't Flashback close once Hurricane Harbor re-opens in May? I thought there was a noise issue with the ride and the lifeguards. To me, a real positive improvement would be sending Flashback to the scrap pile. It gave me a headache in Georgia and in CA so I guess that's some kind of unique record, injuring people across multiple states.
Definately looking forward to finally getting up in the Sky Tower.
Lord Gonchar said: Geez, if these guys keep making positive changes what are we going to complain about? ;)
I don't know if this is a *complaint* per se or just an observation...but does it surprise anyone else that SnyderCo came in and immediately started delivering "the bad news"....after a few weeks, all the ideas coming out of the new management have been positive positive positive...
These are EXACTLY the kinds of changes that make all the difference...having the Sky Tower open is critical in a park that is so *challenged* in terms of stuff for "non-riders" (e.g., grandma and grandpa)... ;)
Chitown said: If I see an elevator take customers up in the Sky Tower, I think I will faint.
On some other sites with updates of Tatsu contruction, they got a pic with the elevator in operation. I knew the Sky Tower was opening back up, but Flashback surprises me. I didn't think that was happening. Not that I'd ride it without new trains or a new restraint system.
From what I understand the SFMM monorail was manufactured by a company that has not been in existence for a while now and it is near impossible to get parts to fix it.
Those dreams of visiting MM are slowly returning. I'll have to sell my soul to the devil to be able to afford it ($15 to park? $60=tax admission?), but the biggest complaint that destroyed the dream is that the rides are rarely open and they didn't care about capacity...
We'll see how this goes. They rumor (can "rumor" be a verb?)improvements every year and don't deliver. Will this year be different?
Lord Gonchar said: Geez, if these guys keep making positive changes what are we going to complain about?
I'll bite. IMO, spending the incredible amount of cash to bring Flashback up to operational is a HUGE waste of resources. Obviously SnyderCo have never ridden FB, otherwise they'd realize that this is one pile that would be better off sent to the scrap heap. Their resources should be spent on something more worthy, like bringing the much needed and enjoyed monorail back up to specs. Or as Parker suggested, building a simple train ride around the park, they desperately need more transportation and family oriented ride options around the park.
Bringing back Sky Tower, the parks original icon, definitely is proving to me these guys are on the right track though.
Ever since I visited MM in 2003 when X, and Flashback were both non-opperational, I have been disapointed with the state of that park. Now that I have enough miles saved up for a free flight in the Contiguous U.S. I am looking forward to getting back and adding 3 more unique coasters to my count ;)