Apocalypse: The Ride

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Previously known as Terminator Salvation: The Ride (2009-2010)
Apocalypse at Six Flags Magic Mountain.jpg
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Park sectionCyclone Bay
Coordinates34°25′16″N 118°36′00″W / 34.421078°N 118.600123°W / 34.421078; -118.600123Coordinates: 34°25′16″N 118°36′00″W / 34.421078°N 118.600123°W / 34.421078; -118.600123
StatusUnder construction
Opening dateMay 23, 2009 (2009-05-23)
CostUSD $10,000,000
General statistics
ManufacturerGreat Coasters International
DesignerJeff Pike
Lift/launch systemChain lift hill
Height95 ft (29 m)
Drop87.3 ft (26.6 m)
Length2,877 ft (877 m)
Speed50.1 mph (80.6 km/h)
Capacity1000 riders per hour
Height restriction48 in (122 cm)
Trains2 trains with 11 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in a single row for a total of 22 riders per train.
Flash Pass available
Apocalypse at RCDB
Pictures of Apocalypse at RCDB

Apocalypse, formerly known as Terminator Salvation: The Ride, is a wooden roller coaster located at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California. Manufactured by Great Coasters International, the roller coaster opened to the public on May 23, 2009. It is located in the Cyclone Bay section of the amusement park on a plot of land formerly occupied by the Psyclone (1991-2007), Shockwave (1986-1988) and Sarajevo Bobsleds (1984-1986). It was the first wooden coaster to feature onboard audio, and its Terminator theme was short-lived following a corporate restructuring by Six Flags in 2011.


Terminator Salvation: The Ride sign.

Terminator Salvation: The Ride (2009–2010)[edit]

Terminator Salvation: The Ride was originally announced as Terminator: The Coaster,[citation needed] but the name was later changed to coincide with the then-upcoming Terminator Salvation movie.[1] Six Flags spent approximately $1 million on the ride's theme surrounding the film, most of which was placed in the line queue area.[1] Guests waiting in line would also enter a preshow theater complete with video footage that featured actors from the film.[2] The theme's storyline focused on trainees in a post-apocalyptic setting getting trapped by attacking machines at the amusement park, and the coaster serves as transportation to a safe house location.[2] During the ride, the train would pass by pyrotechnic fireball effects and through three tunnels filled with a fog-like cooling mist.[1][2] Each train also featured onboard audio, considered a first for a wooden roller coaster.[1]

Terminator Salvation: The Ride debuted to the media on May 21, 2009, and opened to the public two days later.[3] The onboard audio stopped working in early 2010 and was not repaired or replaced, although the rest of the ride's special effects remained intact.[1][4]

Apocalypse (2011–present)[edit]

Updated entrance to Apocalypse

In late 2010 following a post-bankruptcy restructuring, Six Flags announced that it would be moving away from intellectual property licensing agreements, aside from those involving DC Comics, Hanna-Barbera and Looney Tunes.[citation needed] The initiative involved rebranding Terminator Salvation: The Ride to a more generic theme as a cost-saving measure.[1] On January 8, 2011, the roller coaster began operating as Apocalypse the Ride.[1] Terminator animatronics and themes were removed from the queue, the ride received new signage, and new video was created for the preshow room. The updated storyline centers around survivors of a global war taking refuge in a bunker, with the coaster offering a way to get there.[1][4] Apocalypse retained the existing pyrotechnic and fog effects featured under the previous theme.[1] In early 2017, Apocalypse temporarily closed for major re-tracking and refurbishment. The coaster will reopen in 2019 along with West Coast Racers.[5]


Golden Ticket Awards: Top wood Roller Coasters
Year 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Ranking 43[6] 27[7] 36 (tie)[8] 28[9] 49[10]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i MacDonald, Brady (December 3, 2010). "Six Flags Magic Mountain renaming Terminator wooden coaster". LA Times. Retrieved December 3, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c Niles, Robert (May 21, 2009). "Take a ride on Six Flags' Terminator Salvation: The Ride". Theme Park Insider. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  3. ^ Marden, Duane. "Terminator Salvation: The Ride  (Six Flags Magic Mountain)". Roller Coaster DataBase.
  4. ^ a b Sim, Nick (December 7, 2010). "Terminator Salvation: The Ride to become Apocalypse at Six Flags Magic Mountain". Theme Park Tourist. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  5. ^ http://www.notey.com/@thecoasterguy_unofficial/external/15012399/apocalypse-being-retracked-at-six-flags-magic-mountain.html>
  6. ^ "Top 50 wood Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 13 (6.2): 38–39. September 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved December 22, 2013.
  7. ^ "Top 50 wood Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 14 (6.2): 38–39. September 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved December 22, 2013.
  8. ^ "Top 50 wood Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 15 (6.2): 46–47. September 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved December 22, 2013.
  9. ^ "Top 50 wood Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 16 (6.2): 46–47. September 2012. Retrieved December 22, 2013.
  10. ^ "2013 Top 50 wood Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 17 (6.2): 40–41. September 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved December 22, 2013.

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