Log Jammer at Six Flags Magic Mountain to be demolished?

Thursday, August 11, 2011 4:46 AM

Rumours abound at SFMM that at the end of the season they will demolish Log Jammer to make room for another roller coaster. The reason seems to be the high cost of maintenance.
Personally I'd rather see an improved upon Log Jammer rather than demolishing it as it's one of my favorite rides. I will be quite upset if they get rid of it.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011 8:35 AM

I got excited and thought this was about Kennywood's log jammer.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011 8:35 AM

Do they still have two flumes? I can see removing one if that's the case. They are high maintenance and it'd be moer efficient to keep one of the two running to capacity.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011 4:02 PM

Magic Mountain doesn't need another roller coaster. The park needs water rides and Log Jammer is a very good log flume.

Six Flags seems to have a problem spending money on refurbishing older attractions and I think that attitude is crazy when the ride is still popular. Log Jammer is an important part of the overall attraction lineup at the park.

Six Flags' mantra seems to be invest the capital in buying and building a new ride and then let it rot until they have to remove it by spending as little as possible to operate and maintain it.

I personally would remove the Arrow hydro flume before the log ride, but even that ride should stay in my opinion. It gets hot at SFMM in the summer and the park needs a variety of attractions, not just roller coasters.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011 4:10 PM

They should inves In maintaining and flats. That's what they need.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011 4:24 PM

Log Jammer is one of the better flumes still running in the States...and as mentioned, anything that ISN'T a coaster is sorely needed at MM - esp. water rides. If this happens, I'm calling it an inane decision. LJ almost always has had longer lines during the hotter days when I've visited.

It's also the only place I've ever felt *threatened* by a skunk...almost within arms' reach on the main lift...yikes!

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Thursday, August 11, 2011 10:22 PM

egieszl said:
Magic Mountain doesn't need another roller coaster.

+1 Eggsactly!!!

In my opinion, they are sitting on a once top 10 woodie (Colossus) and top 10 steelie (Revolution) that could (on the bright side) be great, again. Take care of what you have....

And for god's sake, they need a tilt-a-whirl :)

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Thursday, August 11, 2011 10:29 PM

I'll chime in and say Log Jammer is definitely a great flume. It's long, the journey is scenic, it's well integrated into the park's terrain, and it's definitely the better of the park's two log flumes.

If this rumor proves to be true, I'd rather much see them retire Jet Stream (the other log flume) instead as well. It's not even half the flume Log Jammer is (literally, and figuratively).

However, the sprawling hillside that Log Jammer occupies is most ideal for a potentially large roller coaster, so I can see why the ride may possibly be a candidate for removal (coupled with its rather high operational and maintenance costs).

The thing is - for an amusement park without an included water park, Magic Mountain had a whopping FIVE water rides approximately a year ago. That's more than twice the amount of water rides most major parks have. They dismantled Yosemite Sam Sierra Falls for Roadrunner Express earlier this year, and even if Log Jammer is removed, the park will still have three water rides in Jet Stream (log flume), Tidal Wave (shoot-the-chutes), and Roaring Rapids (rapids).

Another rumor churning alongside the removal of Log Jammer is the removal of Deja Vu later this year (and talks of it being sent to Six Flags New England).

egieszl said:
Six Flags seems to have a problem spending money on refurbishing older attractions

Six Flags' mantra seems to be invest the capital in buying and building a new ride and then let it rot until they have to remove it by spending as little as possible to operate and maintain it.

I do not agree with this. This may have been true in the past, but it has been the complete opposite the past few years.

Just to give you a recent example, the park completely refurbished their Hrubetz Roundup and Moser Music Express this summer, and instead of ripping out the dated Superman, they spent capital on new vehicles, paint, and new queue elements to give it a new lease on life.

In 2006, they refurbished and reopened the Sky Tower and Orient Express funicular after both had been dormant since 2001 under Kieran Burke and Gary Story's command.

Since 2007 - Viper, Deja Vu, Goliath, Batman The Ride, Revolution, X2, Ninja and Sky Tower have all received a new coat of paint.

CoasterDemon said:
And for god's sake, they need a tilt-a-whirl :)

They had one called Circus Wheel, which they removed it in 2007 while they were taking down Psyclone and Flashback -- as well as two other aging flat-rides (a Huss Roundup and a Schwarzkopf Bayern-Kurve).

Last edited by kRaXLeRidAh, Thursday, August 11, 2011 10:37 PM
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