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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Tuesday, June 25, 2013 10:19 AM
rollergator's avatar

Seeing those trains in action, and knowing what SFMM used to do with Psyclone and Colossus and train-switching...

Really want SFMM to consider trying one of the Full Throttle trains on Revolution...just to see.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 11:20 AM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

Tekwardo said:

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

Nope, seven.

But good try. ;)

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 12:25 PM

Guess it depends on what your definition of are, is.

(just having fun stirring the pot)

Last edited by CreditWh0re, Tuesday, June 25, 2013 12:25 PM
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 12:39 PM
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You're right, I wasn't counting linear gale.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013 1:16 PM
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And those are all inverted right, so Full Throttle is novel because it isn't. ;)

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013 1:21 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

1-of-8 was good enough for me to call novel, but you just took it to the next level.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 4:17 PM

Unfortunatly(not really) I am in Europe right now and this is my first SFMM ride opening since Riddler's Revenge I missed.

Reading up on some of the reviews, it looks like people like this ride(have not come across a bad review yet), it is short, but sweet, but so are a lot of other coasters at major parks.

I can not wait to get on this, the hangtime on top of the loop must be insane.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 6:54 PM

CreditWh0re said:

(just having fun stirring the pot)

You making brownies?

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013 9:33 PM

I was one of the WTH? Sayers about a 14 second ride like TTD and KK and turns out I loved the hell out of em.

Considering I can get a big kick out of a Anton shuttle loop. I see no reason why I wouldn't like this thing.

Thursday, June 27, 2013 2:35 PM
StLCPfan's avatar

From the pov and offride videos the park released, I can see this being comparable with Mr. Freeze. The hangtime in the loop, and for those in the back half of the train in the dive when launching in reverse, seems to be as big of a thrill as the speed. My mother won't go on Mr. Freeze in the front of the train (now technically the back with the reverse blast) because the train is going a little slower backwards through the tophat, and the stall scares the crap out of her.

After reading reports of rollbacks on Full Throttle, I can imagine getting a stall with a rollback in the big loop as sought after by enthusiasts as a rollback on TTD or KK.

Thursday, July 4, 2013 6:58 PM

Got to ride it this morning. Thanks to a special early admission and a really nice ride op my daughter and I got to ride in the front on the first time, and in the back the second time.

As far as the ride goes, we loved it. Short yes, but that first loop is special.

The acceleration out of the station is smooth and steady. Doesn't feel like you're going anywhere near 70 mph. Not in a bad way, just not violent or jarring. Then you hit the loop and slow down just enough and hang just long enough, and the view, and the sense that the world is upside down doesn't feel quite like anything else you've experienced on any other coaster. It's totally unique and refreshing. I don't know if it will age well or hold up ride after ride over the years, but to find a coaster that makes you just feel giddy, and smile, and remind you why you seek them out is always welcome.

The rest of the ride is fast and smooth too. The reverse launch is a little gimmicky. The top hat is cool, and some good hang time. But that first loop is what makes it special.

Both front and back are almost equally good. Unobstructed view is great up front, but overall the speed and hang time is better in back. Given the choice, I'd pick the back.

Saturday, July 6, 2013 12:32 PM
Tommytheduck's avatar

Well count me in the "can't wait to ride it" camp. The hangtime on the loop looks awesome, the dive into the tunnel looks amazing, and of course, my favorite part of any coaster, the twisting, ground hugging speed that comes after the loop.

Doesn't look too short to me. Looks about right for the intensity it provides.

If I had to list one gripe, (not having ridden it, of course) it's that the brakes start right after you crest the top hat.

Saturday, July 6, 2013 1:02 PM
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Brakes: The Ride



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