Tatsu opens with celebrities at Six Flags Magic Mountain

Posted Monday, May 15, 2006 9:12 AM | Contributed by kRaXLeRidAh

Celebrities were invited to ride Tatsu, Six Flags Magic Mountain's new B&M flying coaster last weekend. Party guests were given the "red carpet" treatment, including complimentary food and drinks, entertainment and fireworks. The exclusive, invitation-only event, featured music by DJ AM, and was attended by celebrities, influencers, and VIP's from the entertainment industry and more.

Read the press release and view B-roll from PR Newswire.

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Monday, May 15, 2006 9:14 AM
Jeff's avatar So while some parks open their new rides by auctioning off first rides for charity, this park wines and dines a bunch of people who can afford it and puts them on the ride for free.

Well done, Six Flags. Real classy. That's why I hate Hollywood.

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Monday, May 15, 2006 9:26 AM
I'm not sure why SF chases B-list celebrities for these kind of events, seems like a massive waste of time and money. The target audience for Tatsu probably cares less if Paris Hilton approves of it or not. Also interesting to note that the press release has a glaring factual error in the headline.
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Monday, May 15, 2006 9:33 AM
Well despite all that, I personally think adding celebs to the event was a good thing... it could potentially get the park some press in some major magazines that otherwise would not mention Six Flags by showing pictures of celebrities at the event or on the ride, therefore getting the word out about the Six Flags chain, the new coaster, and more importantly, how cool the park must be if Paris Hilton was there :)
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Monday, May 15, 2006 9:37 AM
Do we know for sure the celebrities didn't pay to attend this event with the proceeds going to charity?
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Monday, May 15, 2006 9:38 AM
Jeff's avatar You're such a tool. :) And you totally overestimate the value of said "celebrities." Get a job!
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Monday, May 15, 2006 10:06 AM
Maybe they just wanted the celebs to be the ones that die if something goes horribly wrong with it in its first day.
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Monday, May 15, 2006 10:14 AM
Keith comes out of his cave to make a comment involving Paris Hilton? Gay! *fires up Wire Image and patiently awaits full photo releases* ;)

But seriously, with the convenience to Hollywood and ability to have some celebs at their disposal, I don't think it's such a bad idea either for this one park to do so. Plus, that list of attendees is a field day for TheSuperficial.com

+Danny

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Monday, May 15, 2006 11:10 AM
Just to clarify, the celebrities did not get the first rides, not even close. The LA media, Ace and several other coaster clubs were all treated to the ride first, and even that was a day after employees and their families were treated to first rides. And don't think the red carpet was rolled out without some big wig buying out the park.

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Monday, May 15, 2006 11:55 AM
Goes to show that there is a big difference in a night in hollywood and a Holiwood Night.
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Monday, May 15, 2006 12:17 PM
Ouch, I hope he didn't have a membership to the Doug Rowe Club. =p Anyways, he was definitely talking to Badnitrus, guts, but I can see how you might think it was in reference to you. That said, Jeff's still a bastrad. ;) jk jp

hwnsDanny

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Monday, May 15, 2006 12:22 PM
It's okay, I'm used to people knocking me who are below me... that's Jeff's way of saying he idolizes me :)
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Monday, May 15, 2006 12:22 PM
Ever had one of those messages you regret hitting the send button on? I just had one of them.
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Monday, May 15, 2006 12:33 PM
Paris Hilton? Ewwww....

I'm excited to take a flight on Tatsu (if I can manage to save up enough coin for the trip to California this year), but the idea of possibly riding in the same seat that was occupied by that spoiled, vacuous bag of bones makes my skin crawl.

;)

Still, it's probably a good move for the park to invite her, as the ride will undoubtedly be featured on Access Hollywood and countless celebrity rags due to their puzzling obsession with the skank.

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Monday, May 15, 2006 12:33 PM
All the time. They really shouldn't let me post anywhere. I'm a huge bipolar poster and so un-sidedly easy-going elsewhere. You just have to decide how much role-playing you'll allow to dark side to take part of. But that's totally different from your situation, so I just rambled about nothingness. ;)

PD

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Monday, May 15, 2006 1:23 PM
Did they wash the seats after Paris Hilton rode? I'd hate to catch something nasty because she skanked all over the coaster.

I agree with Jeff, SF isn't in gear with the other parks.

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Monday, May 15, 2006 1:51 PM
Wonder if they charged them $15 to park, and made them rent Q-bots?

I read the article but just saw a list of names... where were the celebrities? I thought maybe that was a list of the people hired as new bathroom attendants. For Pete's sake, they didn't even have Kathy Griffin or Joan Rivers' daughter there for play-by-play! How could they call that a celebrity event?

But seriously, I know my celebrity knowledge is way at the bottom of the bell curve as I only recognize a few names on that list. My question is who is SF trying to appeal to with those names-- 10 and 12 year olds who will badger mom and dad to go to that park where "who-da-ma-call-it" from the "thing-a-ma-jiggy show" rode that new coaster? Or teenagers who supposedly aren't the focus of SF marketing? Yay for families!

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Monday, May 15, 2006 2:32 PM
Like I said in the other thread, Nicole Ritchie is featured on page 10 of People Magazine this week. Magic Mountain always gets press whenever any celebrity rides their coasters. I remember sometime in the last couple of years Ryan Seacrest and Simon Cowell were riding Goliath in People. And I'm almost positive someone/people were riding Riddler's Revenge in another issue.
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Monday, May 15, 2006 3:07 PM
I'm just glad they got Taylor Hawkins.
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Monday, May 15, 2006 3:15 PM
I wonder if Paris Hilton got her usual $250,000 for an hour appearance?
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