Six Flags Magic Mountain
Post Office Box 5500
Valencia, California 91355
805/255-4111 or 818/367-5965
Magic Mountain opened in 1971. This 111 acre park is considered by
coaster enthusiasts to be one of the best in the country, if not the
world. This park is quickly becoming one of the world wide powerhouses
of themeparks, seemingly introducing a new major attraction every year.
For an extra added thrill, visit this park during its October "Fright
Fest," where they add a few walk-through haunted houses and do such
things as turn Colossus backwards and run the coasters with the ride
lights switched off. A 50-foot spider crawling up the side of the
well-known Colossus structure is a good sign that Fright Fest is in full
This park has been featured in numerous Discovery and Travel channel
programs such as "Scream Parks" and "Thrill Rides Put to the Test."
Rides and Pastimes...
Gold Rusher (1971)
A runaway mine train type roller coaster designed by Arrow Dynamics,
this coaster races over the park's hillsides and skirts dangeroulsy
close to a few other park rides.
The world's first giant looping coaster, Revolution is a smooth
3457 foot long steel ride with a single vertical loop and a 144 foot
long tunnel. This two and a half minute ride was designed by Anton
Schwarzkopf and has a top speed of 55 miles per hour and experiences
nearly 5 G's at the bottom of the loop.
This is one of the tallest, longest, and fastest dual-track wooden
roller coasters in the world. Designed by International Amusement
Devices, Inc., the track is 4325 feet long and has fourteen hills.
The circuit is covered in three and a half minutes at a top speed
of 62 miles per hour.
This compact steel Intamin coaster has a unique design that simulates
flight, making six quick-turning vertical dives over a 1900 foot long
track. From a lift height of 86 feet, the train can reach speeds up
to 35 miles per hour over it's minute and a half run. The coaster
was originally built for Six Flags Great America and operated
there until 1988; it was then moved to Six Flags over Georgia
and operated there until 1991; it is now scheduled to be moved at the
end of the 1996 season to make room for Six Flags California's
expanding Hurricane Harbor.
Arrow designed this first and only suspended coaster on the west coast.
It reaches speeds of fifty-five miles an hour over its 2700 foot, two
minute long track.
This 3830 foot long ride made it's debut as the World's Largest Looping
Coaster. Designed by Arrow, it features three vertical loops, a double
barrel boomerang, and a classic corkscrew. Perched up on the side of a
hill, the eighteen story first drop accelerates the coaster up to speeds
of seventy miles an hour. The ride is two and a half minutes long.
This is a classic wooden replica of the famous Coney Island
Cyclone, designed by Curtis D. Summers. It begins with a 95 foot,
53 degree angled first drop and continues it's one minute and fifty
second course through five fan-banked turns, ten more drops and a 183
foot long tunnel. The top speed is 50 miles per hour.
Another Bolliger & Mabillard thriller, this inverted coaster is a
non-stop 2700 foot long screamer. With two vertical loops, a twisting
heartline spin, and two corkscrews, this two minute and fifty second
ride is sure to leave you breathless.
The premiere ride of the century, this ride is still on the "Coming
Soon" list. Originally set to open early-1996, this is slated to be
the first ride ever to reach speeds of 100 miles per hour in less than
seven seconds. It towers a record breaking 41 stories into the air,
delivering an unprecedented six and a half seconds of weightlessness.
Fifteen riders at a time (1,800 riders per hour) will reach heights
four hundred and fifteen feet above the park and experience four and
a half G's over 1,235 feet of track.
Another premiere standup from B&M. This is the world's largest
standup and, in this author's opinion, gives Mantis (at
Cedar Point) a serious run for the money. Six inversions (four
different ways) with a maximum speed of 65 mph over it's nearly one
mile worth of track... almost three minutes of pure, unadulterated
The name says it all... the bigger they are, the harder they fall.
This monster towers one hundred feet over the top of the one-time
"World's Largest Wooden Rollercoaster," Colossus. This behemoth climbs
twenty-six stories in to the air to a 255 foot, 61 degree drop reaching
speeds in excess of 85 mph as it enters the 120 foot underground tunnel.
The second drop, a mere 186 feet, is followed by over three seconds of
out-of-your-seat air time and onward on to a 4G plus helix over its 4500
feet of track. Can you conquer Goliath? The one word that best
describes this giant? "Awesome"
Goliath Jr. (2001)
This giant among kids coasters is ten feet high and reaches a maximum
speed of 10mph over its 350 feet of track. Ride time is about a minute
and a half.
Adding a new dimension to rollercoasters, this ride has a twenty foot
WIDE train that spins riders' seats three-hundred-and-sixty degrees...
just because the track is "flat," don't count on anything but pure
excitement from this one-of-a-kind ride. Riders are taking up the lift
backwards only to experience a completely vertical, face-first
drop before the train flips riders on their back before rebounding back
towards the sky. Certainly a one-of-a-kind, not-to-be-missed ride.
This giant inverted boomerang coaster simply defies description, but
you'll swear, at some other time or place, you've been on another
version of this ride... though, perhaps is was nearly-so-high, and you
could have sworn your feet were dangling like this...
The park's "sweet sixteen" rollercoaster. This is the first floorless
rollercoaster in southern California. This 4000 foot, seven inversion
coaster was designed by B&M and has a first drop of 150 feet. It reaches
a top speed of 65 mph.
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