Psyclone (roller coaster)
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Promotional image for Psyclone
|Six Flags Magic Mountain|
|Opening date||March 23, 1991|
|Closing date||January 2007|
|Replaced by||Apocalypse: The Ride|
|Designer||Curtis D. Summers|
|Lift/launch system||Chain lift hill|
|Height||95 ft (29 m)|
|Drop||77 ft (23 m)|
|Length||2,970 ft (910 m)|
|Speed||50 mph (80 km/h)|
|Max vertical angle||53°|
|Capacity||1200 riders per hour|
|Height restriction||48 in (122 cm)|
|Trains||2 trains with 6 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 24 riders per train.|
|Psyclone at RCDB
Pictures of Psyclone at RCDB
Psyclone was a wooden roller coaster located at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Santa Clarita, California. Opened in 1991, the roller coaster was designed by Curtis D. Summers and constructed by the Dinn Corporation. It was patterned after the legendary Cyclone at Coney Island in New York City. The Psyclone featured eleven hills, five high-speed banked turns, and a 183-foot (56 m) dark tunnel. It also featured the only wooden roller coaster trains ever built by Bolliger & Mabillard.
The ride sustained structural damage after the Northridge earthquake in 1994 and though repaired to operate safely again, the ride dynamics suffered greatly in regard to vehicle tracking. Major modifications happened, including adding trim brakes that slowed the trains down to the point of making the trains crawl through each turn. The heavy trains took their toll on the track structure, and the coaster became very rough. Because of this, ridership at the attraction had drastically declined, in part because it earned a poor reputation among park visitors and also because ride operators at the ride were required to load a minimum of 17 passengers in the train prior to dispatch. This policy was enforced to reduce the chances of the vehicles from stalling mid-ride due to lack of momentum. Because of this policy, during low attendance periods, the ride, while technically operational, would go for extended periods of time without dispatching a train as the operators waited for 17 riders to arrive. A 2006 poll of roller coaster enthusiasts ranked Psyclone 178th out of 179 wooden roller coasters worldwide. On January 23, 2007, the park announced that Psyclone would be demolished for future expansion, following the closure of another roller coaster in the park, Flashback. The coaster closed at the end of the month. That spring, Psyclone was torn down and the location was blocked from guests' view with a sign stating that the land would be reserved for future attractions.
Psyclone was dismantled and scrapped during the last week of February 2007. The area of the park where Psyclone once stood is now occupied by another wooden coaster, Apocalypse.
Two of the original B&M trains were used in seasonal operation on the park's classic wooden roller coaster Colossus. They were run backwards on that coaster during the month of October for the park's Fright Fest attraction and were stored throughout the year on Colossus' transfer track. They were used again during spring 2014, as part of a promotion where both Colossus and Batman: The Ride ran backwards from March 22 through mid June.
However, with the closure and subsequent rebuild of Colossus, the future of these trains is unknown.
- "Detailed Wooden Roller Coaster Poll Results 2006". www.ushsho.com.
- Psyclone Photos at Ultimate Rollercoaster.com