Six Flags Magic Mountain already clearing land for 2013 attraction

Monday, February 6, 2012 5:31 PM

Magic Mountain closed Superman Escape from Krypton yesterday (Sunday, February 5) to begin work on Lex Luthor's Drop of Doom, but the real curious work being done at the moment is in the large wooded section of the park that formerly housed Log Jammer.

Though it's a bit premature to make such a statement that they're clearing land for a new attraction, as of this week, Magic Mountain has already hastily demolished most of the Log Jammer flume and has torn up and leveled the large lagoon at the base of the attraction.

In addition, across the midway from Log Jammer, the High Sierra Territory Metro (monorail) station has also been torn down with that area also leveled.

There are photos floating around the internet of this sudden and major demolition work, but you'll have to go hunt those down yourself (unable to provide a working link, you may know why!)

Those of you familiar with the park know that the area formerly occupied by Log Jammer and the adjacent High Sierra Territory Metro station combined is rather substantial.

Given the scale of the clearing, how early it's occurring (clearing for Tatsu began almost a year before construction began to take place), I think (although speculation is speculation), it's highly likely the park is preparing this land for 2013 capital, whatever it may be.

Monday, February 13, 2012 10:15 AM

West Coast Bias on Coasterbuzz?!?! ;-) If they remove a trashcan at Cedar Point there will be 100 responses here, Magic Mountain starts on something for 2013 in February of 2012 and nothing... hmmm..(I am just playing here, so far it is just moving dirt, so not that much to talk about)

The Costerguy has a picture tripreport online @

I think it is interesting that Magic Mountain is starting there 2013 project before anything happening on there 2012 attraction....

I think most rumours are pointing to a Maverick style attraction at the mountain, given the location...guess we will have to wait and see...

Monday, February 13, 2012 12:14 PM

They're just now starting construction work for Lex Luther??

Monday, February 13, 2012 3:10 PM

^ Work began a little over a week ago.

I'm assuming because the ride will be integrated into an existing ride structure, a lengthy construction timeline isn't required.

I think a good bulk of the major work will go into modifying the arcade, paintball, and shop facilities at the base of the Superman tower to install the queue and merchandise locations.

Monday, February 13, 2012 4:14 PM

Alexatucla said:
West Coast Bias on Coasterbuzz?!?! ;-) If they remove a trashcan at Cedar Point there will be 100 responses here

+1, very funny and true.

Magic Mountain is dream park in a dream location. Unfortunately the park has suffered through horrendous operations and sad ride changes. I haven't been since 1999 myself, can't wait to get back. It seems the park gets much higher ratings now. I've heard rumors about Colossus getting a Rocky Mountain Treatment. Can't wait to see that! I'm still waiting on Revolution as well, it's just a matter of time. (don't hate!)

Friday, February 17, 2012 12:55 PM

Though it appears like a new ride is going into the old LJ location, Deja Vu's old lot is what really needs an attraction. That entire section of the park is awful. A good ride back there and some new theming is greatly needed to spread out the GP a little more. As for the LJ spot, most people seem to believe/hope it's a Intamin blitz of some kind going in. That would be cool but we just got rid of a coaster with downtime (Deja Vu), why add another? I hope it's a 315-320' Intamin giga with airtime hills and some twists like I-305. It could even travel over the midway to the metro station/Flashback area for a nice turnaround. But as of now, this is all just wishful thinking....

Friday, February 17, 2012 7:22 PM

It seems that Six Flags isn't interested in the Giga coaster model. That might change now that B&M has a model but they've had years to build one and I have never heard anything about Six Flags wanting a Giga. I think that if they were going to build one, they would of built one before a strata coaster (Kingda Ka).

Friday, February 17, 2012 7:43 PM

Didn't Six Flags say they were going to build mainly family type rides, starting a few years ago? I guess that one guy who said it is gone... but then I can't see the whole focus changing when one person leaves. Doesn't that park need a few flat rides?

Friday, February 17, 2012 7:58 PM

I would love to see a new log flume added in that spot. lol

Friday, February 17, 2012 8:51 PM

Maverick00 said:
I have never heard anything about Six Flags wanting a Giga. I think that if they were going to build one, they would of built one before a strata coaster (Kingda Ka).

That would be a shame, IMO 300' + drops after a lift followed by a nice layout are the best coaster experiences. But I think the reason they built Kingda Ka was to take the tallest coaster record back from Cedar Fair after they topped Superman with TTD. I don't think that would factor into them not building a Giga but your probably right that they never will. Six Flags is cheap these days and probably won't spend more than $20 million on a single coaster for a while. I just think a Giga is highly needed on this side of the country after seeing the praise from every train returning to I-305's station (including myself). Who knows, maybe KBF will be able to squeeze one in somehow like rumors allege (not trying to high jack a KBF thread so don't respond to that part).

Last edited by AllAmerican34, Friday, February 17, 2012 9:01 PM
Friday, February 17, 2012 9:02 PM

I certainly wasn't cheering when I returned to the station on I-305. It's pure intensity, zero excitement - great for some. A select crowd. When I was at KD last year, I-305 consistently had the shortest wait of all the coasters. Millennium Force is a work of art - comparitively.

Friday, February 17, 2012 9:23 PM

How can you not respond to that? ;). I don't think there are many parks a Giga would fit into, Kings Dominion is not one of them. I'm still scratching my head at that. But anyway, if I could build one Giga coaster in the entire Six Flags and Cedar Faid chain (besides CP, KD, and CW), it would deffently be Knott's.

Last edited by Maverick00, Friday, February 17, 2012 9:24 PM
Friday, February 17, 2012 9:42 PM

^It would be cool at Knott's b/c it will have to under over and through a bunch of stuff. I-305 sits in a dry dirt field - there are zero visuals. Even going up the lift would be great, but I was so held back by the straps that I really couldn't look around. They had so much potential to really do some creative stuff with all that energy and money.

But that's just my opinion. Clearly - the ride is tops to many.

Monday, February 20, 2012 2:15 PM

In other news...the park's S&S Thrill Shot slingshot tower ride was quietly dismantled last week.

Lots and lots of construction/demolition work going on all around the park.

The park now has a rather sizable plot of cleared land where Deja Vu used to occupy (next to a parcel of land where the Vekoma Roller Skater was originally planned to go); the Thrill Shot space now open; Log Jammer's removal and large portions of the existing monorail structure and loading areas being removed.

Here are some photos of the recent work being done (Lex Luthor construction; Log Jammer, Thrill Shot, and Metro demolition, etc.) -

Last edited by kRaXLeRidAh, Monday, February 20, 2012 2:18 PM
Monday, February 20, 2012 6:23 PM

CoasterDemon said: It's pure intensity, zero excitement

Ya that's an oxymoron in my book

Monday, February 20, 2012 7:45 PM

I haven't been to SFMM for a while but what's the yellow coaster in the 4 and 7th to last pictures?

Monday, February 20, 2012 8:14 PM

^ Gold Rusher, an Arrow Mine Train that opened in 1971 as Magic Mountain's first roller coaster.

Monday, February 20, 2012 11:31 PM

^I hadn't even considered how much Gold Rusher loses from the removal of Log Jammer. Extra boo.... :(

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 4:35 PM

Looking at the pictures just reinforces what I think of Magic Mountain every time I go there. It has the potential of being one of the most beautiful parks, yet it always looks so dumpy. Not trying to offend any Magic Mountain fans, but Jesus Crimony, the place needs some serious TLC.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 6:42 PM

AllAmerican34 said:

CoasterDemon said: It's pure intensity, zero excitement

Ya that's an oxymoron in my book

Both Gio hypers fit this bill to a 't' in my book.


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