Six Flags Magic Mountain announces Full Throttle roller coaster

Posted Thursday, August 30, 2012 10:37 AM | Contributed by Jeff

[Ed. note: The following is an excerpt of a press release. -J]

Six Flags Magic Mountain today announced another world-record addition to their coaster dynasty with FULL THROTTLE, the world's tallest and fastest looping coaster slated for the Valencia theme park in 2013. Unlike traditional coasters, this unique, one-of-a-kind triple launch coaster will take the coaster experience to the next generation as riders face a never-been-done-before launch up and over a "Top Hat" that traces the outside of a world-record loop, towering 160 feet — plus a zero to 70 miles-per-hour acceleration on two forward launches and one backward launch into and out of a special effects tunnel. FULL THROTTLE will be located near the front of the park in a newly themed five-acre section where guests will experience high-energy thrills through fast-paced imagery, sound and lights. With this addition, Six Flags Magic Mountain, the Thrill Capital of the World, firmly holds the coveted "Coaster Capital of the World" crown — with a total of 18 roller coasters — more than any other theme park on the planet.

"Six Flags is known world-wide as the industry leader in next generation thrills. And, bar none, Six Flags Magic Mountain leads the pack, offering the biggest and the best ... always," said Bonnie Rabjohn, Six Flags Magic Mountain park president. "As we mark our 42nd anniversary of operation, we're ready to take Southern California by storm, yet again, with the most comprehensive collection of thrilling roller coasters anywhere in the world."

To begin their journey through the park's distinct mountainous terrain, riders are loaded onto sleek black and silver trains, sitting two abreast, and are suddenly accelerated from zero to 70 miles-per-hour in the first of three launches, experiencing their first inversion and thrill of navigating a world-record 160-foot tall loop. Riders then enter into a high-banked curve to the right and then to the left as they approach the second inversion — a Dive Loop that drops them rapidly into a special-effects tunnel. While in the tunnel, the train is dramatically decelerated and stopped, only to be suddenly launched backward up to the high point of the Dive Loop. After a momentary pause, the train drops and is magnetically launched a third time, racing out of the tunnel and through a high G-turn to the left. Riders then race up and over a "Top Hat" that traces the outside of the World Record loop, where riders will experience significant air time and a breath-taking view of the park before dropping back down, rapidly decelerating and taking the final 180-degree turn to the left and returning to the station where riders can catch their breath.

Read the entire press release on PR Newswire.

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Saturday, June 22, 2013 4:00 AM

Full Throttle is open and it is looking mighty fine! Coaster has some serious "hangtime" in the loop which I am sure will freak out some people

Saturday, June 22, 2013 2:02 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

That looks pretty fun.

Saturday, June 22, 2013 11:44 PM
LostKause's avatar

I think the people in the video are overreacting to how exciting the ride is, and it makes me laugh. I mean, it's like they never rode a roller coaster before. lol

I suppose it looks like fun, sort of.

Sunday, June 23, 2013 8:15 AM

The backwords launch looks like the best part IMO. I'm keeping with my old opinion that this ride is too short, though.

Sunday, June 23, 2013 10:03 AM
JW Addington's avatar

Put that ride at Cedar Point and you would hear all about how lame it is and how much it "sucks"!

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Sunday, June 23, 2013 10:30 AM
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Sunday, June 23, 2013 11:51 AM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

I'd expect almost the opposite. I think the only reason this is getting the lukewarm reaction is because it's at Six Flags.

Sunday, June 23, 2013 12:59 PM
LostKause's avatar

I'm happy to see that I not alone in my reaction to this ride. Because of that, I will explain why I think this ride is nothing special. It is just a launch into a loop, a trun-around loop, brakes, backwards launch into the turnaround loop for what seems like about twenty feet high, launch into the highest part of the ride which goes over the loop, and then the longest drop on the ride straight into the final brake run. It's too short, wastes a lot of energy, and is what some people would call a "one trick pony." Maybe it does two tricks, so that's a good thing, I guess.

Watching the video just showed me that the things that I thought I would dislike about the ride from the description are spot on. I probably wont get to ride this anytime soon, because CA is all the way on the other side of the country, but I bet if I were to ride it, I would still have the same opinion of the ride.

Sunday, June 23, 2013 1:26 PM

Why are people acting like this is the only short but sweet launch ride ever added to a major park? I can name several of them, including TTD, Wicked Twister, Xcelerator, Kingda Ka, Volcano and the list goes on.

If you weren't also critical of those rides, I can only assume it's because of the park Full Throttle was built in.

Sunday, June 23, 2013 3:49 PM

I found this real pov.

Sunday, June 23, 2013 5:33 PM

The ride looks to be about 54 seconds long, 48 seconds if you don't count the time waiting in the mid course. I guess it is a little short, when you consider most rides are about 1 minute, not including the lift hill. Although 48 seconds is quite long compared to Dragster.

Monday, June 24, 2013 2:46 AM
LostKause's avatar

I'm allowed to change my mind then. After viewing the video that Tyler posted, it looks kind of fun. I still don't understand what makes the middle part of the ride fun, stopping in a tunnel and then launching backwards about 20 feet in the air before launching forwards, not do I understand what makes dropping into the brake run so much fun, but the rest looks enjoyable. lol

Monday, June 24, 2013 3:05 AM

I liked the L.A. Times review of the ride

"I must admit I had low expectations for Full Throttle, but Magic Mountain's newest roller coaster is a book you shouldn’t judge by its cover."

You can find the review here:

Monday, June 24, 2013 7:08 AM

It looks like an entertaining ride. Certainly nothing world-class that will crack many (if any) enthusiasts top 10 lists, but still an entertaining ride. It does look very short and like it wastes a lot of potential by being so short. I feel like with more theming or an immersive story line the ride could be a bit better.

Monday, June 24, 2013 11:07 AM
LostKause's avatar

They should have called it "Brakes: The Ride". lol

Monday, June 24, 2013 11:26 AM
James Whitmore's avatar

I thought we were over the YOLO thing.


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