Review: Magic Mountain's new Full Throttle

Posted Monday, June 24, 2013 10:32 AM | Contributed by Alexatucla

The deceptively pedestrian-looking triple-launch coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain packs a fistful of powerful punches and delivers a heavy helping of thrills in a compact package. Silky smooth and whisper quiet, Full Throttle starts with a 70-mph, rocket-fast launch into a 160-foot-tall loop that’s much bigger than it looks from the ground.

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Monday, June 24, 2013 10:44 AM

The train seems to almost stall at the top of the loop — delivering a dose of fall-out-of-your-seat hang time that defines the Full Throttle experience. Indeed, during preview runs on Friday a few trains failed to navigate the loop, rolling slowly and safely back into the station.

What's the over/under on when it gets stuck in the loop?

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Monday, June 24, 2013 11:41 AM

I know I dont like it when people say how short and uneventful a ride is when they have not ridden it, and I am doing that now (shame on me). But it really does not look all that fantastic. The launch to loop does look fun and the back/front launch at end but still not really impressed. Am I missing something?

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Monday, June 24, 2013 11:53 AM

CoasterDaddy said:

Am I missing something?

Just a sense of wonder and the ability to enjoy what's right in front of you.

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Monday, June 24, 2013 12:20 PM

Much like TTD, I think it looks like a terrible coaster, but a fun thrill ride. I'm excited about it.

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Monday, June 24, 2013 12:21 PM

That's a great observation and exactly how I feel about it, Tek.

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Monday, June 24, 2013 12:23 PM

So we're in agreement that it looks fun?

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Monday, June 24, 2013 12:28 PM

ok, I love TTD, so will say it looks fun. I just thought it was hyped as something 'big'. And yes the loop is 'big' so guess it fills the bill.

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Monday, June 24, 2013 12:37 PM

I would rather have full throttle at my home park than Gate Keeper lol

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Monday, June 24, 2013 12:47 PM

Yea, we are in agreement that it looks fun. Most roller coasters are fun, however, I don't think this looks any more fun than many other rides of that kind.

They did a good job marketing the ride as the most amazing thing ever, I'll say that.

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Monday, June 24, 2013 1:41 PM

I'm gonna go out on a limb and say I can't wait to ride this one. It looks like a blast, no pun intended. That sloooooow huge loop is scary fun, I'm sure, and the backwards/forward launch is novel. There seems to be little airtime on that last hill, but it is really wide. The drop down looks like a good dose of air, but then comes the brake. No matter, for it's size it looks like fun.

Oh, and btw, check out the doofy guys in the one vid who turn into actors, giving each other the fake "wtf?" motions while parked in the tunnel. Ha! Don't quit your day jobs, fellas.

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Monday, June 24, 2013 1:51 PM

This is going to feel like talking in a circle, but I don't see where they marketed it as the best thing ever.

Sure, they put out an exciting video and press release, but it's nothing different from any other park's new ride announcements. That who "hype" thing? Yeah, it's still all in your head.

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Monday, June 24, 2013 3:19 PM

Marketing reminds me of what they did with Scream. I've yet to ride a Premier launcher that I didn't like.

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Monday, June 24, 2013 3:21 PM

^^ Forward and backwards launch is novel? Didn't Intamin do that over 10 years ago on their Impulse Coasters (which I still consider HIGHLY UNDERRATED...)? Just giving you a hard time...

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Monday, June 24, 2013 4:10 PM

Uh, actually I said backwards and forwards. :-)

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Monday, June 24, 2013 4:17 PM

ShaneDenmark said:

^^ Forward and backwards launch is novel? Didn't Intamin do that over 10 years ago on their Impulse Coasters (which I still consider HIGHLY UNDERRATED...)?

Yep. And there's a grand total of 7 of those in the world...so yeah, it's still a pretty novel experience.

(same sort of hard time giving intended)

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013 3:16 AM

Have they perfected launched coasters yet or is this ride going to be down most of the summer?

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013 7:49 AM

If it was going to be down all summer it already would be.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013 7:51 AM

PS Gonch if you're gonna call him out get it right. There are actually only 6 in the world. One was relocated. :-P

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013 8:27 AM

6 twisted + 1 non twisted (Linear Gale at Tokyo Dome City).

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