We're back at the mountain for yet another photo update! In this update, we continue to take a look at construction progress on West Coast Racers, as well as the multiple other projects under construction throughout the park. Let's dive right in.
West Coast Racers
West Coast Racers is Magic Mountain's newest roller coaster scheduled to opening this fall. Click here to learn more about this attraction.
It's officially been a year since West Coast Racers was announced and construction is nearing the finish line. The park has officially stated that the ride is slated to open this fall season. The entire layout exception of the station has been bolted down and completed. This ride looks phenomenal with it's twisted steel track maneuvering through the black support structure.
In past week, work on the queue and station building has progressed. We assume that the queue will now be indoors as it appears that a structure made of cinder blocks has been erected alongside the proposed area. They had plethora of movement in the land as they are nearing the end of construction. We assume that testing may commence towards the end of September.
West Coast Racers isn't the only thing getting the attention. Other workers have been renovating the surrounding building which will be a part of new The Underground. Coaster Candy Company has received new exterior walls, which are waiting to be painted. The un-named Taco shop has been painted a grey and white color scheme. Beyond the buildings, a new fence was erected in Apocalypse's queue. The previous fence adjacent to the river bank was removed in order to work on West Coast Racers. Lastly, Jet Stream's maintenance shed received a new paint job, now sporting a grey color. Hopefully this means that Jet Stream's queue and station will get some love before the new land opens.
Green Lantern Removal
It's finally happening. GREEN LANTERN: First Flight is being dismantled and will soon be shipped to its new home in Montreal, Canada. This infamous coaster will be given new life as Vipère at La Ronde in 2020. As of last week, the trains are on route to their final destination.
Fright Fest Prep.
Fright Fest is around the corner and there have been notable changes around the park. The Metropolis area is being transformed into Witches Lair. Majority of the set pieces for the scare zone are up with the giant tree left to be placed in the back of the area. Over in DC Universe, the popular City Under Siege scare zone is back with a few new damaged cars. The lights for Holiday in the Park's Rockin' Universe have been place on the buildings. It's possible that they will use them again for Fright Fest. If you are curious to see this year's line up, check out our SEASONAL EVENTS page.
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It's been a month since our last update and it looks like things are coming to an end with track installation for West Coast Racers. That's not the only construction happening. Fright Fest is around the corner and the park is getting prepared to terrify guests with returning favorites and possibly new additions to the event. Check everything out on our latest update below.
West coast racers
West Coast Racers is Magic Mountain's 2019 attraction and the park's "20th" coaster! Click here to learn more about this attraction.
Track installation is coming to an end in the next few weeks. It's crazy to see how much progression there has been. With the 2020 announcement being days away, maybe we can expect this ride to open during Fright Fest. All there is left to complete is the Zero G rolls and the station work and work around The Underground. Aftermath 2 is expected return for this year's Fright Fest, so we may catch a better glimpse of the ride in the coming weeks.
The scariest time of the year is just weeks away and the park is gearing up for their most popular event of the year. Fright Fest will run on selected dates beginning Sept. 14th through Nov. 3rd. Scare zones like Demon's Door, Nightmares, Exile Hill, Terrortory Twisted will be returning this year as they are being dressed throughout the park. The mazes most likely returning are Willoughby's Resurrected, Sewer of Souls, Aftermath 2: Chaos Rising, and Condemned. Hell Fest is unlikely to return, but we found it interesting that the facade for Vault 666 still stands. Maybe it will come back with new rooms? No word about Red's Revenge. Hopefully the park provides the line up real soon.
With the 2020 announcement being a little over a week away, what do you think
Magic Mountain is receiving? Let us know.
West Coast Racers
West Coast Racers is Magic Mountain's 2019 attraction and the park's 20th coaster!
Click here to learn more about this attraction.
And just like that, the ride has become vertical. It's only been two weeks since it commenced vertical construction and construction crews have done a lot. By now, all four launch tracks have been placed and the high five element are complete. Supports for the stall and the hills into the 2nd and 4th launch are up. We should be seeing the coaster track completed by no later than the 4th of July, hopefully.
Major prep work has been happening around the "spaghetti bowl" section of the attraction. Seems as if that will be the most difficult part of the ride to be placed. We were curious as to where they would have placed the transfer track and we finally got our answer. It will be directly after the "Pit Stop" scene. We hope to be back soon for more updates.
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It’s time for a much needed photo update! This month, we take a look at the progress for the transformation of Cyclone Bay to The Underground, alongside the construction of West Coast Racers.
The Underground is a newly renovated LA-centric urban-themed area featuring various new dining, retail, and game locations. This high-energy street is also home to Apocalypse: The Ride and two existing uncharge attractions: Slingshot & Cyclone 500 Go Kart Racing.
As of now, there's minimal progress around the area.
Majority of the work looks to be inside the buildings.
West Coast Racers
The construction of West Coast Racers and its surrounding area into The Underground is moving at a slow pace, with the most significant change being the addition of rebar on the property. It is possible that footers will be constructed within the next two weeks and we will see them being poured later next month, making the progress accelerate. In addition to the rebar, supports pieces have finally arrived at the park and have been stored adjacent to the parking lot.
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Six Flags Great America gave us a glimpse into the construction of Maxx Force, a triple record breaking coaster coming to Six Flags Great America. The ride is planned to go underneath the railroad, launching at 78mph in just 2 seconds, making it the fastest launch in North America. Maxx Force will break two other records, the tallest double inversion at 175ft and the fastest inversion at 60mph.
Below is a video of the recent conference held at the construction site.
August 29th, 2018 - This week's update is some what unique and special. We were invited by Six Flags Magic Mountain to join them on their biggest milestone yet. In this update, we will dive into what's in store for next year and go behind the scene into the construction zone of the future West Coast Racers. Enjoy!
West Coast Racers is Magic Mountain's 2019 attraction for Magic Mountain and the park's 20th coaster! Click here to learn more about this attraction.
Magic Mountain hosted an announcement event to kick off the 2019 announcements for the Six Flags chain. Racing ahead with the record for most coaster in any park in the world, the park announced it's newest addition to their coaster dynasty, West Coast Racers. Magic Mountain is partnering with the world famous West Coast Customs, an automobile repair & customization shop, to bring the thematic elements to life on the new ride.
MINI CONSTRUCTION TOUR
We were able to visit the future site of the park's newest coaster. As of right now, markers and dirt surround the area. This used to be the former site of several retail buildings that stood at the park since the opening of Spillikin Corners, later retrofitted for Cyclone Bay.
That's all for today! Hope you enjoyed the new announcement.
Stay tuned on our site for upcoming updates on West Coast Racers.
Thrill Capital Insider is proud to confirm that West Coast Racers is coming to Magic Mountain in 2019!
The attraction, which is slated to open at the Valencia theme park, will be the world’s first racing launch coaster — slated to open in 2019. Unlike traditional coasters, this one-of-a-kind racing coaster will feature two side-by-side tracks with four individual high-speed launches. The race covers two complete laps, multiple airtime hills, extreme high-banked turns and exhilarating over/under near misses. A highlight of the ride is an immersive real time “pit stop” designed and produced by world famous West Coast Customs that will provide riders with a racing experience unlike any other.
Riders will begin their three-minute journey on the unique terrain-hugging track, sitting two abreast are loaded onto sleek West Coast Customs-designed coaster cars. Launching around the first lap, riders will experience head-to-head racing with the other cars on the twin track. The first of its kind “pit stop” experience, narrated by West Coast Customs Founder and CEO, Ryan Friedlinghaus, occurs between the two laps and provides riders an exclusive inside look into the West Coast Customs shop.
West Coast Racers will be located in a new LA centric urban-themed area where guests will enjoy a high-energy street vibe. Currently located in this area is the popular wooden coaster, Apocalypse, and the Cyclone 500 Go Karts, which will undergo re-theming. New dining, games and retail locations will be added to complete the extensive area renovation.
Ride features include:
- A record-breaking four magnetic launches, including a side-by-side first and second race launch;
- Four total inversions, including three zero G rolls and a zero G stall;
- 14 track crossovers and a high-five (where riders can almost high-five guests riding the opposing train), for a total of 30 train interactions (15 per lap);
- Side-by-side airtime hills and overbanked turns; and
- Speeds up to 55 miles-per-hour as riders cross the finish line.