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Here is a article I found about it from 2011

 

Magic Pagoda Refurb At Six Flags Magic Mountain?

Posted on 02/17/2011 by The Coaster Guy

One of the most bizarre and often talked about past attractions of any theme park has got to be the Magic Pagoda at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Located at the top of Samurai Summit, next to the Sky Tower, this was a Chinese-themed walk-though attraction that was open from 1975 to 1984. The best description that people have come up with was that it was a Chinese fun house. Although virtually no pictures of the original interior exist today, or at least are not publicly available, most people who have been through the attraction recall virtually the same experience.

 

Everyone remembers a long hall with a talking Buddha at the end that welcomed you to the Magic Pagoda. As you moved from room to room, you would experience different things. There was a hall of mirrors, a strobe light room with a dragon circling overhead, miniature Chinese cities, neon signs, and glass chambers that you could enter that would make you ‘disappear’ right in front of the other other guest’s eyes. Marketing material for the Magic Pagoda advertised it as “a space age technological marvel.” However, most people just remember it as being very weird but good for a laugh and a quick cool down in the hot summer months.

 

There are mixed reports as to why it closed. In addition to the obvious reason for why an attraction eventually closes, that being dwindling attendance and an increased expense for maintenance/upkeep, there were also rumors of a fire. Some people claim that after a fire broke out inside, it was discovered that there were no clear or obvious evacuation routes, so it was a safety hazard.

 

Some time after it closed, a snack shop opened in the upper part of the building with nice outdoor seating that still exists today. Unfortunately, that eventually closed as well leaving the building vacant and no place to buy drinks or snacks on the top of the hill, other than from a vending machine.

 

During the last couple of years, the old building has been given some new life as a haunted maze during the annual Halloween Fright Fest. Every October, it becomes Willoughby’s Haunted Mansion with “hair raising terror around each nightmarish turn and dreadful screams down the long twisting hallways.”

 

As I was heading to the Sky Tower the other day, I happened to notice that there was some work being done to the building. It looks like the entire facade across the front of the building is being removed:

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I know this is probably completely unnecessary but, if I'm honest, out of all the rides I've been on that have seat belts I've never had any reason to complain as the bigger difference is only felt when the restraints themselves are looser (unlike these ones or the ones on RMC's hybrids). I suppose it would be a tiny bit more comfortable if there weren't any but I don't mind them that much. Still, it's just unnecessary.

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It would be nice if this was in preparation for a reprofiling that added some quality airtime to the ride ... then the seat belts might be needed.

 

I don't mind the seat belts, but it is odd how such a tall coaster has so little airtime. At least it's smooth.

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Was at the park today and see someone beat me to post about the seat belts on goliath. Even worse news it seems it is a California law come 2014 as 3 different ops & a ride supervisor all said that and next week they said to expect them on colossus and full throttle. So any non cedar fair park in ca (as they already have them) with just a lap bar expect to see seat belts

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Even worse news it seems it is a California law come 2014 as 3 different ops & a ride supervisor all said that and next week they said to expect them on colossus and YOLOcoaster. So any non cedar fair park in ca (as they already have them) with just a lap bar expect to see seat belts

 

God bless California.

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Was at the park today and see someone beat me to post about the seat belts on goliath. Even worse news it seems it is a California law come 2014 as 3 different ops & a ride supervisor all said that and next week they said to expect them on colossus and YOLOcoaster. So any non cedar fair park in ca (as they already have them) with just a lap bar expect to see seat belts

 

Goliath - Never has had an ejection incident, only one fatality was medical-related.

YOLOCoaster - Never has had a fatality, seems to have tight lap bars.

Colossus - Has had an ejection incident, but I believe the MCBR was added in response, and I think the trains were different then.

 

YOLO is out of the picture because it is new, but Goliath has never ejected anybody and Colossus was a whole different ride when it ejected somebody. I am getting tired of Six Flags' new seatbelt-happiness and stapling, but now this is in law in California, for a ride that was designed to be perfectly safe without seatbelts to be forced to have them?

 

By the way, how many rides have been a victim of the California government?

 

Revolution - Cannot have OTSRs removed without totally new trains.

Windseeker - Missing ladder, if I'm right.

All coasters in CA with lapbars and no seatbelts - Now will have seatbelts.

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Hmmm...it'll be interesting to see if Disneyland's coasters (Space, Big Thunder) get seatbelts or not...something tells me this may be Six Flags policy because of the Texas Giant accident and they're trying to say it's a state mandate. Much like how Revolution "had" to have OTSRs because it was "California law" for looping coasters.

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Here's something I just noticed today...

 

I love that at 1:57 of the official YOLOcoaster B-Roll video you can hear someone shout YOLO!!!! Check it out: http://t.co/kX5VyiNaZr

 

I worked at Six Flags Over Texas and when management would have a meeting everyday about the status about the company they called it the YOLO Coaster when they talked about the coaster when it opened. I found it funny even other parks management call it YOLO Coaster. My boss was confused what they were talking about and asked me what YOLO Coaster was!

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Hmmm...it'll be interesting to see if Disneyland's coasters (Space, Big Thunder) get seatbelts or not...something tells me this may be Six Flags policy because of the Texas Giant accident and they're trying to say it's a state mandate. Much like how Revolution "had" to have OTSRs because it was "California law" for looping coasters.

 

I thought that too, but 3 ops saying it's a CA law and knowing how reliable ride ops are I asked a different ride sup if it was a new Six Flags policy and she said unfortunately it's a CA policy so I would expect them on Disney rides as well as Manta at Sea World, the rides at Discovery Kingdom and the small parks. Well see though but it wouldnt surprise me considering how crazy CA is.

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Agreed...Seatbelts never really bothered me on rides other than crippling dispatch times. It's not like they degrade my actual ride experience. 3/4 of the time I forget it's even there! Even my #1 wood has them and it still delivers an amazing ride! The only instance I felt was ridiculous was CGA's Grizzly, which not only has rider seat belts, but lap bar has a buckle that fastens to the seat divider. As forceless as this ride is, it apparently needed the extra safety measure. And Grizzly has had dispatch times of up to 5 minutes. Combine additional useless seatbelts and a lethargic crew (to run a lethargic ride), and there you go!

 

I'm wondering (since it was just a few ride ops that said this) if this is just chain wide and a response to the whole NTAG incident. I was actually very surprised to see the amount of rides at SFMM that did not have additional seatbelts when I went and often reached for them until I realized the rides weren't equipped with them (Viper, reached toward my crotch to fasten OTSR redundancy belt, reached to side on Colossus)...only ride down there I feel is ridiculous is Revolution. It is the only coaster I've seen and ridden that's outfitted with a standard lapbar and OTSR...

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I've never really understood why so many people get so upset if a Roller Coaster has a seat belt along with the lap restraint. I have ridden numerous Roller Coasters that have seat belts and my ride has never been affected by the seat belt in any way. What is the big deal? So you will have to take five more seconds to fasten a belt and another five seconds for operators to do checks. It is ok. Nothing about the ride experiences will change. I'm sorry its just a bit of a pet peeve for people to get so up in arms about such an insignificant detail.

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I've never really understood why so many people get so upset if a Roller Coaster has a seat belt along with the lap restraint. I have ridden numerous Roller Coasters that have seat belts and my ride has never been affected by the seat belt in any way. What is the big deal? So you will have to take five more seconds to fasten a belt and another five seconds for operators to do checks. It is ok. Nothing about the ride experiences will change. I'm sorry its just a bit of a pet peeve for people to get so up in arms about such an insignificant detail.

 

I fully disagree with the second half. Goliath was the same and I agree the ride (or any ride) isn't affected at all by them, BUT dispatch times are night and day with and without them. It is amazing how many people didn't put the seat belts on (not just this ride but any ride in general). What they do they walk the whole train to make sure people put them on (also remember any empty seat the ride op has to fasten it which takes about 5 seconds per) and once they clear that than they pull down the lap bar down for you and re walk . This easily adds at least a minute to the dispatch time and that's being generous. A minute doesn't sound like a lot but multiply that by how many dispatches they do a day. Have you ever been on a Deja Vu with their lovely 5 minute dispatches which was primarily due to their seat belts and people not putting them on first.

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Hmmm...it'll be interesting to see if Disneyland's coasters (Space, Big Thunder) get seatbelts or not...something tells me this may be Six Flags policy because of the Texas Giant accident and they're trying to say it's a state mandate. Much like how Revolution "had" to have OTSRs because it was "California law" for looping coasters.

 

I thought that too, but 3 ops saying it's a CA law and knowing how reliable ride ops are I asked a different ride sup if it was a new Six Flags policy and she said unfortunately it's a CA policy so I would expect them on Disney rides as well as Manta at Sea World, the rides at Discovery Kingdom and the small parks. Well see though but it wouldnt surprise me considering how crazy CA is.

One particular coaster I would be surprised to receive seat belts would be SCBB Giant Dipper. It has dispatch times around 45 seconds and rarely over a minute currently. It has been running for almost NINETY years with a single position lap bar (all trains that ran on it use it, Century Flyers, Arrows, and the current Morgans), and if it got seat belts, that would break my heart. It would not only increase dispatch times, but it would take away from the unique "air laterals" of the ride. I really hope that this is just a chain wide thing.

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