Six Flags Magic Mountain announces Tatsu

Posted Thursday, November 17, 2005 1:47 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Six Flags Magic Mountain announces Tatsu, a B&M flying coaster. The ride will have a 170-foot tall lift, reaching speeds of 62 mph over 3,602 feet of track. The first drop will be 111 feet and the ride will have a 124-foot pretzel loop.

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Thursday, November 17, 2005 2:00 PM
I can already hear the b**chin' and moanin' about a flying coaster, a new coaster at Magic Mountain, etc. and I will gladly be the first to go on record and say that this coaster looks great!

I've never been as down on the B&M flyers as others and I think this super-sized model is pretty exciting. The video makes it tough to figure out what the coaster is doing at all times but from what I can tell, the layout takes great advantage of the terrain and existing landscaping. If the park manages to keep all of those trees on the site, the ride is going to be all the more exciting.

A better thing couldn't have happened to a more dismal park...

Thursday, November 17, 2005 2:04 PM
Holy crap! Damn that looks like a good ride and finally looks like what a good flyer should be. I like how the track goes through the trees too. It might give me an excuse to go the west coast next year.
Thursday, November 17, 2005 2:06 PM
Your last comment sums it up! (Edit: Rob)

Regardless, I think this looks interesting. Not really anything suprising, but interesting. Nice to finally have something to look at.

*** This post was edited by TeknoScorpion 11/17/2005 2:07:39 PM ***

Thursday, November 17, 2005 2:09 PM
Too bad it's going to take a lot for me to be convinced to go back to SFMM!
Thursday, November 17, 2005 2:27 PM
I am by no means a Six Flags fan, but that looks pretty amazing. In actuality it looks like what a flying coaster should, heavy on the terrain, and long. Great move, wish X-Flight was like that.
Thursday, November 17, 2005 2:28 PM
The Mole's avatar Looks sweet. Maybe this and X will finally get me out there to visit.
Thursday, November 17, 2005 2:32 PM
DawgByte II's avatar So who did the animation on this one? Was it Keith [Badnitrus] McVeen, or somewhere else, because each successive one for each new coaster keeps bringing it to a new reality & visualization that really gives you an idea how the coaster will pan out.

I'd still like to see the overall layout, however... because it still has me a little confused how it compares to the other American B&M flyers in terms of the layout.

Thursday, November 17, 2005 2:54 PM
Amazing, love the logo (dragons own!), love the trains, love the layout, will truly feel like you're soaring across the sky and through the trees on a flying dragon, can not wait to ride this beast!
Thursday, November 17, 2005 2:56 PM
Wow, wow, wow. This looks incredible. I love the name of the coaster and where they placed it - that's the most beautiful part of Magic Mountain. I can't wait to ride it. Great animation - I got a little queezy just watching.

The station looks very familiar - is this a structure already at Magic Mountain? It looks like the boarding station will be at the top of the mountain where Ninja's is.

Thursday, November 17, 2005 3:00 PM
Kick The Sky's avatar This looks like an awesome ride. This is what a flying coaster should do; flying close to the terrain and doing a myriad of flips and rolls. I especially like what seems to be a boomerang element in the ride.

Now, that being said, I would gladly trade this coaster for a bigger and better trained staff at the park and better maintenance on their current line up of rides. Also, the park needs a lot more "other" rides before building another coaster.

Great ride, but it leaves me shaking my head and muttering, "why?"

Thursday, November 17, 2005 3:01 PM
janfrederick's avatar What a turnaround from Scream! Can't wait to check her out. ;)
Thursday, November 17, 2005 3:21 PM
Yeah, this should be what scream should have been, a truely remarkable ride. I'm pretty sure they are going to replant some trees to make this appear submerged in a forest type setting like the video. I just wish we had an on ride video like Goliath in Georgia to really show case the layout and it's true interaction with the terrain and other rides. Awesome! Awesome!
Thursday, November 17, 2005 3:38 PM
Good, solid choices all around for Six Flags this year. Nothing that's going to blow people away (except perhaps El Toro's first drop), but also no record breaking death traps or half assed designed prototypes.

Now if we can just get some people in there who will start an overall turn around of the company brand, I'll be a happy camper.

Thursday, November 17, 2005 4:42 PM
watching that video makes me sad that I'm not going to Cali any time soon :(. It's definitely gonna be an awesome ride, the layout is pretty intense and that pretzel loop is gonna be pretty damn nice. I look forward to riding this sometime... in the distant future.
Thursday, November 17, 2005 4:53 PM
john peck's avatar This really does look like a ton of fun. From an advertising standpoint, I love the logo and love the marketing... I also like the fact that they call the Season Pass "Play Pass" that sounds friendlier. Looks like a good, solid ride.

They won't be getting 1600 riders per hour, but at least their continueing to build rides on that mindset that get good capacity.

I also hear the Tower is going to reopen, so that will be good as well!

Thursday, November 17, 2005 5:01 PM
If you look real close...right in the middle of the can see Riddler in the background! There are a couple fights happening right there in the midway. Police, in full riot gear are running to break it up. Just pause your media player and scan right next to the overflowing trash can...
Thursday, November 17, 2005 5:03 PM
Anyone else notice this:

"Superman™ The Escape - the first and only ride to break the 100-mph speed barrier;"

Ahhh, it wouldn't be Six Flags without getting some facts wrong!

On the other hand, this looks like a sweet ride! I'm looking forward to getting out to Cali again sometime to hit up SFMM: I want to see if this flyer can deliver a "good ride" more than the thrill of simply being in the prone position.

Thursday, November 17, 2005 6:27 PM
Name? Not surprising
Location? Really not surrprising
Type? Not at all surrprising
Layout? Eh.

I am really disapointed in Six Flags and Keith McVeen right now. Because no where do you get to see the entire layout in the animation or the website. This is why I like Cedar Fair when they announce a coaster is because they ussualy request a render of the entire layout, as seen with Hyrda, Patriot, Skyhwak, Millennium Force, Raptor, and many other. Keith? I'm mad at him because every time he releases an animation is is lower quality then the last... schade (german for bad). I can understand why he mught do this, for time constraint, but it's odd. The coaster looks great. However I do doubt in the end it will have all that much interaction with the trees.

Thursday, November 17, 2005 6:34 PM
Im sure the park compresses it that way, making the quality seen low when it is played.

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