Posted Tuesday, January 23, 2007 9:20 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Psyclone and Flashback will be dismantled at Six Flags Magic Mountain. The park says they're looking for a more family-friendly image. Flashback may be rebuilt at some point elsewhere in the park, as it says the ride's noise interfered with lifeguards in the neighboring Hurricane Harbor.
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Psyclone was possibly the worst wooden coaster I have ever ridden (my opinion mind you) and when I rode Flashback when it was Z-Force at SFoG I swore I would never ride it again.
Losing these rides for SFMM is a win-win. Losing X-Flight, while a long term strategic win, is a short term loss.
Anyway, good riddance.
The thing to do now is to add those family friendly attractions in place of the coasters that were removed.
By the way I hope that they keep both Revolution and Viper. The Great American Revolution is a historic one-loop coaster that was featured in the movie Rollercoaster. Viper is one of those Arrow multiloopers that are becoming less common. Maybe some people don't like the Arrow loopers but I always enjoyed rides such as Anaconda and Loch Ness Monster. I'm also looking forward to riding the relocated Arrow coaster at DelGrossos.
*** This post was edited by Arthur Bahl 1/23/2007 1:44:50 PM ***
I remember talk of moving Flashback to another part of the park from a looong time ago. I've never been on it but I've heard it wasn't maintained too well.
I'm interested in the more family friendly image thought. I'm not really sure how getting rid of Psyclone would affect that image. To me it seems that having a smaller wooden coaster, despite its painful nature, would be better to have for younger people who don't want to ride the majority of large or looping rides at the park.
Two down...two* to go!
I still am trying to figure out why some people dont like this coaster(Scream). I got about 6 rides on it in Feb. 2005 and enjoyed it just like any other B&M. Yeah, it vibrated in a few spots but nothing where it left a negative impression.
But I will echo the statement of Antuan. Bring it to SFGAm. :)
The coaster itself however, is a top rate ride, I don't care what anyone says.
It sounds like the park is going to slowly revamp the entire backside of the park. Good move.
Mark my words, now that the Mouse is back on track they will hold the family entertainment dollar tenaciously and Magic Mountain will continue to flounder until a new, smarter owner buys it.
Also, I'm completely with you 100% in regards to Scream! Though it is a great roller coaster ride, it is definitely a poor and bizarre fit in Magic Mountain. There is nothing besides its Floorless coaches that really differentiate it from The Riddler's Revenge or Viper. A lot of people I visit that park with often mistaken Scream! for the "stand-up one." At a park like Magic Mountain, Scream! really is a second-tier ride behind Tatsu, The Riddler's Revenge, X, and Goliath. On the flipside, you drop that same ride into Six Flags America, you have Maryland's new E-ticket supercoaster.
"Mark my words, now that the Mouse is back on track they will hold the family entertainment dollar tenaciously and Magic Mountain will continue to flounder until a new, smarter owner buys it".
SFMM isn't floundering, nothing could be further from the truth. And although they obviously want to change the "knee-jerk" reputation the park has earned over the years, I think the current ownership is well aware that SFMM will have to be treated somewhat differently than the other parks in the chain. Either way, the park currently has 0 things for the none coaster rider to do, and that has to change.
You can't add an expensive roller coaster every 2 years and expect the company to live off that. There has to be a better balance, and I still say the *current* owners have it exactly right.
I am always amused at all this talk about making Magic Mountain "Family Friendly" like that was a smart marketing ploy for the current owners to pursue. The old owners got it right. Families will always choose Disney and all the beloved characters and family friendly rides their two parks have. Magic Mountain decided to go the "thrill park" route so they wouldn't have to compete with Disney. They catered to adults and teens and it was the right marketing strategy given the parks location. What kept Magic Mountain from becoming really successful was the fact that it was so poorly run; dirty, untrained, unhappy, unhelpful employees. Rides often not running and when they did run not at full capacity. A few more water rides and indoor rides would help during the hot summer months.
Mark my words, now that the Mouse is back on track they will hold the family entertainment dollar tenaciously and Magic Mountain will continue to flounder until a new, smarter owner
I don't think Shapiro is really trying to go after the Disney crowd as that is pretty much on its own platform.
Now going after the KBF crowd would seem more feasible and possible to accomplish since that would be the crowd with small children and thrill seekers.. Just get some more family friendly rides in the park along with the already good size collection of coasters, and you now have the opportunity to compete better for the regional park dollar from KBF.
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