The Six Flags Magic Mountain (SFMM) Discussion Thread

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Re: The Six Flags Magic Mountain (SFMM) Discussion Thread!!!

Postby coasterkyle » Mon Feb 21, 2011 8:21 pm

Gmaster562 wrote:^^^^^

I don't know if this statement is true, but I did see a car commercial talking about it's newest car's wheels and it had a video of viper and it Highlighted it's wheels.



It's just a Toyota commercial. They just were talking about an idea, to use the energy that the coasters wheels produce and convert it in to energy for the ride to use. Just an idea nothing really more.
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Re: The Six Flags Magic Mountain (SFMM) Discussion Thread!!!

Postby robbalvey » Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:51 pm

While we were on the cruise, Neal dropped me an email asking me if I wanted to come test out the new upgrades to Superman this weekend. Unfortunately, since we were out of town, it would have to wait until today. So I got a call today from one of the operations managers from SFMM today inviting me down to give the new Superman Escape From Krypton a spin. Headed down to the park, met up with Donald, and within moments I was launching backwards down the track at 104MPH!

All I can say is "WOW!" Now this is how you can take an older ride, "plus" it up, and give it new life!

Walking into the park, I saw the cars launching all the way up to the brakes at the top of the tower, but it's not until I was on the ride, sitting in the back seat, and looking back that I realized it looked like I was so close to them, I could reach out and touch them!

I don't ever remember forwards facing Superman going this fast or this high.

The additional speed was certainly one of the highlights, and the other was being at the top of the tower, some 400 feet up in the air, looking straight down!

I wasn't sure how much of an improvement the backwards facing cars would be, but it turned out that is was enough of an improvement, that I'm not sure I would ever want them to change it back again!

Superman Escape From Krypton gets two thumbs up from me!

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From across the park, what is that I see...looks like it's getting pretty close to the top!
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Holy crap! That one is even closer! And yes, it's running with people!
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One of the last times you're going to see that logo in the park!
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Looks like it's consistently going this high with every launch!
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The entrance area still looks familiar, not sure how much this is changing before opening, or if it really needs to change much at all.
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The interior area is VERY GREEN!!!! =)
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Looks like this group approves of the new version of the ride!
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Here are the seats. I'm sure people will complain about the side seats, but I didn't find them that annoying. Really, they were fine.
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I'm told that this outside area will actually end up being enclosed now.
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Another view of the seats. I found them to be very comfortable. Didn't have a problem with the restraints at all, but then again, I've never ever had a problem with any of the Intamin OTSR restraints.
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The launch tunnel...pretty soon, I'll be going 104 MPH down that tube!
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TWO THUMBS UP! As you can see, Superman added some extra lines to my face...or am I just getting old?
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Here are the back two seats, IMO, the best seats on the train! For some reason, I could really feel the speed and the fall down the tower from here. It's great in either the front or the back, but these seats are highly recommended!
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"Look! I'm hiding my fat behind the back row!"
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Here's the other side...also backwards.
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New hotness.
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These are the LSM (Linear Synchronous Motor) that makes the ride go 104 MPH! Let's hope it stays that speed forever!
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Just a quick look around the rest of the park - some progress has been made on Green Lantern. Looks like the footers are ready to be poured.
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Cranky has lost his crane.
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Roadrunner Express still looks like a dirt lot...
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But it does look like work is about to start very soon!

That's it for this update! Superman is a win! See you all at West Coast Bash!
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Re: The Six Flags Magic Mountain (SFMM) Discussion Thread!!!

Postby Gmaster562 » Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:56 pm

^ I'm sooo excited for this! I love the heads being pushed forward in the beginning of the launch
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Re: The Six Flags Magic Mountain (SFMM) Discussion Thread!!!

Postby greatamerica1990sfan » Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:13 pm

OMG!!!! I HAVE TO I MUST GET TO SFMM THIS YEAR!!!!! I owe Superman several rides. Last time I went on it was 4 times in a row in July 06. & 1 other time in July 1999. So how frigen pathetic. Only been on Superman a total of 5 times! :cry: Had no time to go on it in July 08. :cry: Next time I go on Superman I'll try for 5 times in a row! Backwards + 104mph= 2 very high thumbs up! CAN'T WAIT! =)
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Re: The Six Flags Magic Mountain (SFMM) Discussion Thread!!!

Postby S33S313 » Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:17 pm

Thanks for the update Robb! I have one question, who is the man on your left (the end seat) in this picture? I saw/talked to him today and thought he looked a little familiar...

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Re: The Six Flags Magic Mountain (SFMM) Discussion Thread!!!

Postby Hurricane » Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:18 pm

*Sigh* Now we just need the Australian counterpart to go that speed. Question where would you rank S:EFK now Robb? Just curious that's all.
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Re: The Six Flags Magic Mountain (SFMM) Discussion Thread!!!

Postby ebl » Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:20 pm

It's kind of funny how I've only ridden S:EFK at night. I'm sure next time will be during the day so I can get a good idea of what the park looks like from way up the tower.

Yes, what a green room that was. Kinda caught me by surprise, actually.

I forgot to mention the positive G forces on the way back down the tower while going through the radius from vertical to horizontal. Not blackout force or anything, but some good forces.

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Re: The Six Flags Magic Mountain (SFMM) Discussion Thread!!!

Postby jbottgen » Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:21 pm

Holy Cheese!

Can not wait to make it back to SoCal. Like the update. I remember riding it for the first time ages ago. Ready to experience it all over again.
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Re: The Six Flags Magic Mountain (SFMM) Discussion Thread!!!

Postby onewheeled999 » Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:28 pm

I'm still kinda scared about how the launch and brakes are gonna throw riders forward into their restraints. I mean, being pressed back into your seat is just fine, but into the OTSR-ish thing is just gonna be uncomfortable.
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Re: The Six Flags Magic Mountain (SFMM) Discussion Thread!!!

Postby robbalvey » Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:33 pm

^ I wouldn't worry. It wasn't a problem, and I don't think I've seen anyone who has ridden it so far mention it being a problem.

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