Posted Wednesday, February 6, 2008 9:49 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Site plans for the Thomas Town kiddie land at Six Flags Magic Mountain show a corkscrew-path train track, children’s roller coaster and water play area. The park will re-theme the Goliath Jr. mini-roller coaster as Percy the Small Engine to better fit into the new land, scheduled to open summer 2008.
Read more from The LA Times.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008 10:49 AM
As much as this looks like something my son would enjoy, I'm glad Legoland is the closer option for us.
Thursday, February 7, 2008 12:08 AM
I hope it is better than the one at Discovery Kingdom, which wasnt bad but with only two or three rides including the train it didnt seem like much but with a roller coaster even though it was lame old Goliath Jr. it should be bad.
Anyone know what the name of Goliath Jr. is going to be.
Thursday, February 7, 2008 1:53 AM
^Goliath Jr. will be known as "Percy the Small Engine." It's not really that much bigger than the one at SFDK. The main critisim I've heard about all the Thomas Towns is that they are viewed as too small. At a park like Discovery Kingdom where it's one of three kiddie lands, that's not a big issue, but somewhere like SFMM, it might be more of a problem IMO.
Thursday, February 7, 2008 3:09 PM
It's kind of a matter of perception that they have to change. The adults have the coasters mostly, and 4 water rides, 2 upcharges. The kids have several flats wee rides just for them, an enclosed play area, dedicated children's theater, now the only themed ride with Thomas Town, the animal farm, can enjoy the Batman Stunt shows and rotating shows in Magic Moments theater. Unfortunately, their advertising on tv and print locally is 100% on the coasters. The family side of the park - which is hands down the best looking section of the park - really received no attention in ads for quite some time.
Thursday, February 7, 2008 5:23 PM
The Evel Knievel coaster in St. Louis is opening in July . The Dark Knight coasters at Chicago , New Jersey and New England opening around Memorial Day . Now this kids section in summer . What happened to Shapiro's rule about new rides being ready on day one of the season ?
Thursday, February 7, 2008 6:05 PM
What happened? Shapiro woke up from his dream and is now facing the reality of running an amusement business. Capital improvements aren't always ready for opening day. However, with Magic Mountain there is no such thing as opening day since the park is open year-round.