Terminator themed GCI to open at Magic Mountain on Memorial Day weekend 2009

Monday, October 13, 2008 4:24 PM
janfrederick's avatar

So I have a few days in Southern California coming up...should I go to Knott's or Magic Mountain? ;)


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Monday, October 13, 2008 5:52 PM
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kRaXLeRidAh: Well yeah, matt. pretty much summed up my opinion. Yes, I find a Terminator themed woodie to be much goofier than any of your examples. All of your examples I'm able to draw some sort of tie-in with something that makes sense, wether it's directly with the ride or at least with the rest of the park's theming.

Terminator makes no tie-in with a current theme in the park, nor does it seem to make sense for a wooden coaster. I know it doesn't matter, and that there is no sense in arguing the point, but it is my opinion on the subject.

And if your next question is "What would make sense to you?" I would say something along the lines of an earthquake theme. California is known for quakes and even a smooth wooden coaster is pretty shakey, so something named "Earthquake 8.0" or "Richtor Scale" sounds good to me. Feel free to shoot down these ideas at will...


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Monday, October 13, 2008 8:37 PM

^ LMAO! In Psyclone's old spot no less. Talk about treading shaky ground.

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Monday, October 13, 2008 10:36 PM

What, Moosh, you don't think that SFMM's 15:7 coasters to flat rides ratio is good enough? ;)


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Tuesday, October 14, 2008 5:49 PM
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Hey, wasn't the Belmont Giant Dipper once called "Earthquake"?

Anyway, I agree that it just seems like a stupid theme. The movie is futuristic. Then again, I think it is pretty difficult to theme a wooden coaster. Ghostrider fits right in with Ghost Town, but Evel?

Personally I would have gone with "The Incredible Spilikin Junction Arts and Crafts Coaster" ;)


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Tuesday, October 14, 2008 11:01 PM
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^So when WILL you step foot inside another SF park? ;)


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Wednesday, October 15, 2008 1:01 PM
Acoustic Viscosity's avatar

I bet he'd go back if they fixed Revolution and/or Colossus. I know I would be there in a heartbeat!


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Wednesday, October 15, 2008 1:15 PM

Actually SFMM has changed a lot since Jay Thomas took over as Park President. Lots of new paint, clean park, bathrooms, lights that have not worked in years all fixed, staff is mostly friendly. Of course it is a workinprogress but they working on it


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Tuesday, October 21, 2008 6:07 PM

Okay, so the ride's specifications have been released, the park is officially going to announce the ride sometime this week.

Name: TERMINATOR - The Coaster

Make: Great Coasters International

Cost: $10 million USD

Scheduled opening: Memorial Weekend 2009

Height: 100'

Top speed: 55 mph

Track length: 2850'

Ride duration: 3 minutes

Vehicles: Millennium Flyer

Number of hills: 5

Number of fan turns: 6

Other: First wooden coaster to feature on-board audio; visual special effects; station fly-by

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008 6:09 PM

In tradition with every new coaster they build, here's the cartoon mock-up of the new coaster that will eventually end up on the park's "Greatest Coasters Ever Built" mural -

http://www.latimes.com/media/photo/2008-10/Terminator-The-Coaster-S...006274.gif

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008 7:27 PM

Seems a little short and really expensive. I'm wondering how much the on-board audio and special effects are costing them. Or has the price of wood gone up dramatically. Evel Knievel cost closer to 7 million and let's not forget what a bargain The Voyage was for a rumored 6.5 million.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008 8:04 PM

^ You're forgetting Southern California has very strict building and construction codes due to earthquakes. My take on the higher price tag may be the significantly grreater amount of wood required to build this ride.

If anyone remembers, I think it was Lifetime channel that mentioned GhostRider's structure (Knott's Berry Farm) consists of enough wood in its structure to build two smaller wooden coasters. The structure has to be incredibly dense to withstand a huge quake.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008 12:49 PM
Acoustic Viscosity's avatar

If memory serves, the footers have to go down MICH deeper as well, so that means substantially more concrete is needed which is an expensive component of wood rides since there are so freakin' many footers. ;)


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Wednesday, October 22, 2008 12:53 PM
Acoustic Viscosity's avatar

^and it's on the park's website now:
http://www.sixflags.com/magicMountain/rides/terminatorthecoaster.aspx


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Wednesday, October 22, 2008 12:54 PM

And, of course, larger footers require more steel rebar, as well.

Last edited by djDaemon, Wednesday, October 22, 2008 12:54 PM
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Wednesday, October 22, 2008 2:36 PM
Mamoosh's avatar

^^There's video on the park's website too.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008 3:22 PM

^ Wow. There is nothing in that video that screams Terminator at all. Looks to me like a regular ol' wooden coaster.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008 4:17 PM

Wow! The web site says one of its unique features is a loading station fly-through. Who ever heard of such a thing? ;)


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Thursday, October 23, 2008 12:01 AM
Acoustic Viscosity's avatar

Dolly Parton? ;)

I am more curious to see how they theme the ride than I am to ride it.


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Thursday, October 23, 2008 12:01 AM
LostKause's avatar

Thanks for the link, Acoustic Viscosity!

Awesome looking coaster! Stupid so-called "theme"!

Every park needs a few good wood coasters! What a great replacement!


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