Six Flags Magic Mountain
The entrance archway to the park in 2014.
|Slogan||“Thrill Capital of the World” “The Xtreme Park” (2001-2002)|
|Location||Valencia, Santa Clarita, California|
|Opened||May 29, 1971|
|Previous names||Magic Mountain - 1971 to 1979|
|Operating season||Year round|
|Visitors per annum||3.365 million in 2017|
|Area||262 acres (106 ha)|
|Website||Six Flags Magic Mountain|
|Status||Temporarily Closed (COVID-19)|
Six Flags Magic Mountain, formerly known simply as Magic Mountain, is a 262-acre (106 ha) theme park located in the Valencia neighborhood of Santa Clarita, California, 35 miles (56 km) northwest of downtown Los Angeles. It opened on May 29, 1971 as a development of the Newhall Land and Farming Company and Sea World Inc. In 1979, Six Flags purchased the park and added the name "Six Flags" to the park's name.
With 19 roller coasters, Six Flags Magic Mountain holds the world record for most roller coasters in an amusement park. In 2017, the park had an estimated 3.3 million visitors, ranking it sixteenth in attendance in North America.
When the park opened, there were 500 employees and 33 attractions, many of which were designed and built by Arrow Development Co. which designed and built many of the original attractions at Disneyland. The admission price in 1971 was $5 for adults, and $3.50 for children between the ages of 3 and 12. Because the park was in a relatively remote part of Los Angeles County, the Greyhound bus line provided bus service to and from the park and Los Angeles, as well as from Northern California, and optionally allowed purchase of park admission at the time the bus ticket was purchased.
At its 1971 opening, the rides and attractions included Gold Rusher, a steel coaster; the Log Jammer, a log flume; the Sky Tower, an observation tower; Grand Prix, similar to Disneyland's Autopia ride; El Bumpo, bumper boats; a Carousel; and other smaller rides. There were four transportation rides to the peak: Funicular, a cable railway or funicular, later renamed Orient Express; the Metro, which consist three monorail stations around the park: Whitewater Lake, Country Fair, and Mountain stations; and "Eagles Flight", a skyride that combined two stations at the peak: the long one north to Galaxy Station, and the short one west to El Dorado Station. The Showcase Theater (renamed Golden Bear Theater), was part of the original park and featured Barbra Streisand as the first of many headline performers who would appear at Magic Mountain over the years.
In the 1971 season, Magic Mountain obtained permission from Warner Bros. to use Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies characters. However, they did not continue using the characters after their first year. In 1972, they began using trolls as the park mascots. The trolls King Blop, also known as King Troll, Bleep, Bloop, and the Wizard became recognizable symbols of Magic Mountain. All King Productions, a contractor, provided the entertainers wearing the costumes until December 31, 1972, when Magic Mountain took on that role. The characters were used until 1985. Also in 1972, a second flume ride named Jet Stream was added.
In 1973 the park added its second roller coaster, the Mountain Express, a compact Schwarzkopf Wildcat model steel coaster. In 1974 the park also installed a new complex of spinning rides in what would later be known as Back Street. The new additions consisted of the Himalaya, Electric Rainbow, and Tumble Drum. In 1975, the Grand Centennial Railway opened in the Back Street. It took riders on a train journey to Spillikin Corners and back.
The Coaster Revolution
With the opening of Great American Revolution in 1976, Magic Mountain became the first park in the world to have a modern, 360-degree steel looping coaster (though previous roller coasters with loops had been built and dismantled elsewhere due to safety issues). When it was built, there was very little in the way of surrounding brush. Now, the tracks are surrounded by trees and bushes, which prevents the riders from knowing the track layout beforehand. Universal then filmed a major movie at Magic Mountain with the Revolution as its centerpiece called Rollercoaster in 1977.
In 1978, Colossus, at the time the fastest, largest dual-tracked wooden coaster, opened. Following its first season, it was closed and extensively redone. When it reopened, it was a much smoother ride. In 1991, the camel hump before the last, or third, turn was replaced by a block brake. Though it decreased the speed of the ride after this particular brake, it did allow three trains to run per side at a time, greatly increasing capacity. One of the trains sometimes ran backwards for a few years in the mid-80s. However, until the late 1990s this kind of ride was no longer possible due to the newer ride system in place, as well as different trains. During Fright Fest, the park runs one side backwards using a set of trains acquired from the now demolished Psyclone which was located on the other side of the park. In 2015, the coaster was re-tracked with steel tracking and several inversions were added to the coaster. It was subsequently rebranded "Twisted Colossus". This renovation was completed by Rocky Mountain Construction.
Six Flags era
In 1979, the park was sold to Six Flags and became known as Six Flags Magic Mountain. In 1981, Six Flags Magic Mountain introduced a ride that was on the west coast for the first time called Roaring Rapids. It was developed by Intamin in conjunction with the now defunct Six Flags Astroworld, which had opened a similar ride in 1979. Along with Rapids came the completion of the midway near Spillikin Corners to link with Revolution's area. Finally, a complete circuit could be made around the park. It was originally designed as a dual-sided station, but only one was fully developed, and all that exists of the possible second side is a few supports. It uses large pumps to circulate water, and each of the two pumps can circulate 88,500 gallons per minute. The reservoir can hold 1.5 million gallons of water, and one of the innovations used on it was the introduction of guide boards to help eliminate jam ups.
In 1982, the attraction Freefall was added. Also built by Intamin, it was considered a cutting edge drop tower ride, if not strictly a "roller coaster." It simply ascends the tower and then drops down, with the track curving to horizontal, leaving riders on their backs. Others were built for other parks (some of which are Six Flags). Today, most of these rides are obsolete and have been removed. Some flat rides were added and others removed the next year.
In 1984, Sarajevo Bobsleds was erected. Yet another ride built by Intamin, the coaster was basically a bobsled without ice and snow. The coaster was built in honor of the 1984 Olympics. Six Flags Great Adventure added a similar ride that same year. In 1986, Sarajevo Bobsleds was removed and now operates at Six Flags Over Texas as La Vibora. The other bobsled was moved to Six Flags Great America and later to The Great Escape in Queensbury, New York, where it operates as Alpine Bobsled.
In 1985, Children's World was rethemed as Bugs Bunny World, as Magic Mountain had abandoned the Trolls in favor of Warner Bros.' Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies characters. That year, Michael Jackson visited the park, riding rides such as Colossus, Revolution and Roaring Rapids. In 1986, the park added a steel stand-up looping roller coaster called Shockwave also designed by Intamin. This coaster was located in the back of the park replacing Sarajevo Bobsleds. At the end of 1988, the coaster was removed as part of a ride rotation program and went to Six Flags Great Adventure in 1990. It was removed from there in 1992 and was repainted white and rethemed upon its removal to Six Flags Astroworld. There it was known as Batman The Escape. When Astroworld closed in 2005, the ride was put in storage at Darien Lake.
In 1987, the park re-themed the Back Street. Spinning flat rides were renamed Turbo (Electric Rainbow), Subway (Himalaya), and Reactor (Enterprise). The dance club was rethemed as well, and located near Reactor. After Hours, as it was now called (formerly Decibels), for one summer stayed open later than the rest of the park. It, along with Back Street, would stay open an additional two hours as a place for locals to hang out. This format lasted one season.
In 1988 Ninja, "The Black Belt of Roller Coasters", opened. Built by Arrow Dynamics, it was the first suspended swing roller coaster on the West coast. Ninja has gone through very few changes since it was opened in 1988; evidently only the wheels and paint have been changed.
Tidal Wave opened in 1989. It is a short, wet ride featuring a large boat that travels up a low-angled incline to a level water trough. The trough, in the shape of a semicircle, ends in a steep drop into a large splashpool. The impact displaces large amounts of water on its riders. The ride's exit ramp crosses over the splashpool, allowing willing patrons leaving the ride to get soaked from the splash.
In 1990, Viper, a multiple looping coaster designed by Arrow Dynamics opened. It features a 188-foot (57 m) drop, speeds up to 70 mph (110 km/h), 3 vertical loops, a batwing turn that inverts riders twice, and a double corkscrew.
In 1991, Magic Mountain added Psyclone, modeled after the Coney Island Cyclone. The Spillikin Corners area of the park was re-themed as Cyclone Bay to suit the new coaster, drawing guests into this area. The change was largely cosmetic, as the earlier theme relied on retail establishments that had been removed previously. The Glass Blower had been replaced by the Shooting Gallery, and the Candy Kitchen viewing area was redesigned. With Psyclone, the crowds returned. Due to the 1994 Northridge earthquake, Psyclone's structure was damaged, and the ride was eventually removed in 2007. After adding Ninja, Viper, and Psyclone within 4 years, the park was getting a large repertoire of big roller coasters.
The next year, 1992, a coaster built by Intamin called Flashback was added. This one-of-a-kind ride, originally planned to be enclosed in a building, had already operated at Six Flags Great America and Six Flags Over Georgia prior to its arrival. Very steep, short drops were designed to make riders feel like they were "diving" down in a plane, and it ended in a 540 degree upward spiral. But, because of the shoulder harnesses, riders were subjected to a lot of head banging. This coaster rarely ran by 1996 (it created too much noise for the nearby water park) and on January 23, 2007, the park announced that Flashback would be removed along with Psyclone. The park also stated that Flashback might be re-built elsewhere within the park for 2008 but the ride was finally scrapped at the end of 2007.
Time Warner era
In 1993 Six Flags Magic Mountain entered the Time Warner era. The new ride for the year was Yosemite Sam Sierra Falls. It was a water ride that has two twisting tubes that riders could slide down in using a raft. Also that year, there was re-theming and High Sierra Territory was opened. The Showcase Theatre became Golden Bear Theater, the Animal Star Theatre was created in Bugs Bunny World, and a large, fake, wooden tree was built. This year also saw the end of live non-Christian themed concerts in the park due to the riot that broke out as a result of a "TLC" concert that was oversold. Magic Mountain was quickly overwhelmed by large crowds that vandalized and destroyed property. Park shops had their windows broken and looting quickly followed. Police were called to the scene in full riot gear. The park was evacuated and closed down for the night.
In 1994, Magic Mountain added what two other Six Flags parks already had, a Bolliger & Mabillard inverted looping roller coaster called Batman: The Ride (which other Six Flags parks also added in the coming years). Batman: the Ride (BTR) is an inverted coaster, meaning the usual coaster protocol is reversed; the track is overhead and the cars are below it. The trains travel on the outside of the loops, and rider's legs hang freely, as on a ski lift.
In 1995, a separately gated waterpark called Six Flags Hurricane Harbor opened in June. The park included body slides, tube slides, a kiddie water play area, lazy river, and a wave pool. The following year, a SkyCoaster called Dive Devil opened at Magic Mountain.
A dual launch coaster called Superman: The Escape debuted at the park on March 15, 1997. Designed by Intamin, the 30-second ride launches riders from 0 to 100 mph (160 km/h) in seven seconds on a track that scales up a 41-story tower. It was the first roller coaster in the world to reach speeds of 100 mph. Originally slated to open in June 1996, the ride's opening was delayed and pushed back to 1997 as problems with the LSM launch motors were found. The tower structure was painted a grayish white when the ride first opened and lasted until 2011.
Premier Parks era
2001 was to be the year of three new roller coasters, but only one actually opened on time: Goliath Jr., a steel kiddie coaster. The other two, Déjà Vu and X (now X²), had mechanical problems. Déjà Vu opened late in 2001 and X opened early in 2002. Déjà Vu was designed by Vekoma and is a Giant Inverted Boomerang coaster (GIB), a variant of their popular Boomerang design. It is an inverted coaster with coaches suspended beneath an overhead track that traverses an open-circuit track forward and in reverse and features two completely vertical drops and three inversions. It opened late in 2001, but suffered a lot of downtime. X was designed by Arrow Dynamics, as the world's first "fourth-dimensional" roller coaster. It is the only one in North America where riders experience going 360 degrees in their seats. Each seat lies on a separate axis from the track. This coaster managed to open briefly on January 7, 2002, only to close due to more technical problems. It reopened late in August of that year. The ride closed for a major refurbishment and re-theme in 2008 where X transformed into X².
In 2003, Scream, designed by Bolliger & Mabillard was added. At this point, Six Flags Magic Mountain tied with Cedar Point for the park with the most roller coasters in the United States. Scream is similar in concept with Medusa at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and is a mirror image of Bizarro at Six Flags Great Adventure. It is a floorless roller coaster with trains riding above the rails traversing seven inversions on 3,985 feet (1,215 m) of track on floorless trains. In 2006, Tatsu, a Bolliger & Mabillard flying roller coaster was added, causing a temporary closure of Revolution to allow construction to take place. It was much larger than the other three Bolliger & Mabillard Flying Coasters at other Six Flags parks, all named Superman: Ultimate Flight. Tatsu has a suspended-track orientation featuring vehicles that recline passengers with their backs against the track and facing the ground. This brought the park up to 17 roller coasters, to tie with Cedar Point for the greatest number of roller coasters in a park (albeit Flashback had been standing but not operating for an extended period of time and thus it is debatable whether the park could claim 17 as its number of roller coasters).
2006 attempted sale
On June 22, 2006, Six Flags, Inc. announced that it was exploring options for six of its parks, including Magic Mountain and its neighboring water park, Hurricane Harbor. Though management said closing the park was unlikely, rumors still began that the park could be sold to real estate developers, with an intent to close the park and build housing developments in the area. Park officials cited dwindling attendance due to rowdy behavior among some of the park-goers (notably gang members and other teenagers and young adults, who account for a large percentage of the park's attendance) as reasons for wanting to sell the park while management was wanting to move Six Flags into more of a family park direction. Throughout the Six Flags chain, attendance in the second quarter of 2006 was 14 percent lower than it was in the second quarter of 2005.
By the fall of 2006, Six Flags announced that Magic Mountain was still up for sale. They also stated, however, that it would be sold to a company that would continue to operate it as a park, and that closing Magic Mountain was not a possibility. Cedar Fair, Anheuser-Busch, and several others considered buying the park but none of the offers came close to the asking price.
When Six Flags announced which parks it was selling in January 2007, Magic Mountain was no longer one of them. The company decided not to sell Magic Mountain and its adjacent water park. Spokeswoman Wendy Goldberg said that upon further evaluation, the company decided that the Los Angeles parks remained too valuable to relinquish, as sales were increasing, and that the park would not be sold. Other parks were sold as a package and remained open.
Magic Mountain's infamous coasters Flashback and Psyclone were both removed in 2007, with Psyclone being demolished in February and Flashback remained standing until December of that year, when it was finally scrapped. As a result, Six Flags Magic Mountain no longer tied the record for the most roller coasters in a single park, relinquishing the record to Cedar Point – the park's total had never surpassed Cedar Point but had tied numerous times. The park began focusing more attention on marketing with family-oriented values, and a new children's theme area, Thomas Town, was added in 2008. The park renovated one its thrill rides, however. "X" was closed on December 2, 2007 for its transformation into X2 which featured new fourth-generation trains, a new paint job, and special effects that included pyrotechnics and audio. It reopened on May 24, 2008. In the same year, the park began work on the "Magic of the Mountain" museum at the top of its Sky Tower attraction that contained memorabilia throughout the park's history including old television commercials, park maps, models, and equipment saved from defunct rides.
Terminator Salvation: The Ride, a wooden roller coaster, opened on May 23, 2009. It was built in the former location of Psyclone and featured tunnels, spraying mist, and special effects. On January 9, 2011, the ride was renamed to Apocalypse and given an appropriate theme that reflects an "end of the world" scenario. Later that year, Six Flags President and CEO Mark Shapiro said in a Los Angeles Times published interview that Magic Mountain had plans to install a new roller coaster for its 2010 season, and would add a new themed area for children in 2011 called Wiggles World. Shapiro also stated that the adjacent Hurricane Harbor would receive an expansion.
On May 29, 2010, Mr. Six's Dance Coaster was scheduled to open but it was delayed until 2011 when it would open under a new theme. On the same day, Mr. Six's Splash Island opened at the adjacent Hurricane Harbor water park.
On August 3, 2010, it was announced that Superman: The Escape would undergo a major redevelopment before the 2011 season. On October 20, 2010, Six Flags Magic Mountain officially announced their full plans for 2011 after a video was leaked six days earlier. In addition to opening Mr. Six's Dance Coaster under a new name and theme, Six Flags announced two other attractions. In time for the 2011 season, Superman: The Escape was refurbished to Superman: Escape from Krypton and opened on March 19, 2011. The coaser featured new backwards launching cars and a new color scheme. The third and final announcement regards an entirely new thrill roller coaster. The Green Lantern: First Flight opened on July 1, 2011 as Magic Mountain's eighteenth roller coaster which was an Intamin ZacSpin. This roller coaster reclaimed the world record for the highest number of roller coasters at a single theme park. It was later announced, on November 4, 2010, that the children's roller coaster would be called Road Runner Express and located in Bugs Bunny World.
In late 2010, Six Flags began the process of removing non-Warner Bros. licensed theming from attractions. They terminated several licenses including Terminator and Thomas the Tank Engine. Terminator Salvation: The Ride was renamed and rethemed into Apocalypse which re-opened on January 8, 2011. Thomas Town was renamed and rethemed to Whistlestop Park in time for the 2011 season.
On January 18, 2011, the Los Angeles Times reported after considering a new theme based on DC Comics superhero sidekicks, the park opted for simplicity and renamed the Little Flash coaster to Road Runner Express. Due to Green Lantern being placed in Gotham City Backlot, the area was re-themed into DC Universe. In addition, Grinder Gearworks became "Wonder Woman: Lasso Of Truth" and Atom Smasher was renamed "The Flash: Speed Force".
On September 1, 2011, Six Flags Magic Mountain announced that they would be opening a new attraction for the 2012 season named Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom. The free-fall drop attraction was integrated into both sides of the park's 415 feet (126 m) tall Superman: Escape from Krypton tower structure and ranks as the world's tallest drop tower, featuring a plummet from 400 feet (120 m) above ground level. The following day, Six Flags Magic Mountain confirmed on Facebook that Déjà Vu would be removed from the park. Then on September 13, 2011, the park announced that Déjà Vu would be removed after October 16, 2011, "Déjà Vu fans, we have created some exclusive after hours ride time for you to ride it again before October 16."
In August 2012, Six Flags Magic Mountain confirmed rumors that a new roller coaster, Full Throttle, would open the following season. Full Throttle opened as the park's 18th roller coaster, allowing Six Flags Magic Mountain to market having the most roller coasters in the world once again. The ride was built to feature the world's tallest vertical loop on a roller coaster at 160 feet (49 m). In addition, Full Throttle set a record for being the first roller coaster to feature a track section with rails on both sides of the spine. This occurs at the top of the ride's massive inversion.
On August 29, 2013, Six Flags Magic Mountain officially announced that they would run both Batman: The Ride and Colossus backwards for a limited time of the 2014 season. They will also expand Bugs Bunny World with the addition of a new roller coaster. On April 8, 2014, Six Flags Magic Mountain announced that the park will host its first ever Holiday in the Park Christmas event in late 2014 and for future years after.
In the summer of 2014, the park placed banners across the property advertising the Bonzai Pipelines in the adjacent property, Hurricane Harbor, along with the closing of Colossus which took place on August 16, 2014. On August 28, 2014, Six Flags announced the Rocky Mountain Construction conversion of Colossus into Twisted Colossus. Twisted Colossus opened on May 23, 2015.
On September 3, 2015, Six Flags announced the renovation of Revolution with a new paint scheme, upgraded lighting, and new train eliminating the controversial over-the-shoulder restraints that had been the source of the ride's spotty reputation for much of its life. Named "The New Revolution," the roller coaster reopened on April 21, 2016.
On September 1, 2016, the park announced Justice League: Battle for Metropolis to open in 2017. The 4D shooting dark ride is nearly identical to the six other installations located at Six Flags parks around North America. The ride opened on July 12, 2017 and is located in the Metropolis section near The Riddler's Revenge.
On August 29, 2017, Six Flags announced the addition of a Zamperla Giga Discovery flat ride to be built in a newly renovated Boardwalk Beach area near DC Universe. Marketed as "the world's tallest pendulum ride", CraZanity takes riders to a height of 172 feet (52.4 m) and speeds up to 75 mph (120.7 kmh).
On August 29, 2018, the park announced the brand new racing launch coaster West Coast Racers from Premier Rides and a revamp of the old Cyclone Bay area into a high energy, urban Los Angeles. The ride itself is dubbed the first launched racing coaster in the world and the first quadruple launched coaster, even though the existing Fiorano GT Challenge holds these records. The Möbius loop coaster officially opened to the public on January 9, 2020, and became the 19th coaster at the park.
Since 12 March 2020, the park was shut down caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are presently eleven separately themed areas within the park – each zone featuring its own distinct rides, attractions, and food service venues.
|DC Universe||The rides and attractions in this area are inspired by the DC comics universe.|
|Screampunk District||Carnival-style games, and three of the park's largest roller coasters. Also features Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom.|
|Bugs Bunny World||Feature rides and attractions inspired by Looney Tune characters. This area also contains Whistlestop Park. There are four Junior roller coasters. Originally Thomas Town, you can see that the trains in Bugs Bunny World are just repaints of the original Thomas characters.|
|Full Throttle Plaza||Extreme lifestyle inspired, this area features an outdoor barbecue, sit-down sports bar, gift shop, splash pad, and concerts. Full Throttle is the main attraction of this area.|
|Six Flags Plaza||The main entry and exit of the park. Features gift shops, food service venues, photo services, and guest relations.|
|Baja Ridge||South of the border themed desert landscape; includes X² and Viper.|
|Rapids Camp Crossing||This area simulates a campsite set deep in the American wilderness. The main attraction of this area is the Roaring Rapids. Although not camping themed, the entrance to Tatsu is included in this area.|
|The Underground||A newly renovated area for 2019 that features Apocalypse, West Coast Racers, Jet Stream, and Cyclone 500; among others. Previously known as Cyclone Bay.|
|Metropolis||The rides and attractions in this area are inspired by the Justice League of the DC comics universe. The main attractions are Justice League: Battle for Metropolis & The Riddler's Revenge.|
|Samurai Summit||Japanese folklore and mythology themed area, with two roller coasters atop its rugged hillside. Superman: Escape from Krypton, though not Japanese themed, is included in this area.|
|The Boardwalk||A newly renovated area for 2018 that features CraZanity, Gold Rusher, Scrambler, Jammin' Bumpers, and Tidal Wave.|
Cinema, television, and computer games
Magic Mountain's proximity to downtown Los Angeles, the hub of the American film and television industry, has resulted in its appearance in several productions, usually representing a park other than itself. The debut of Revolution was the focal point of the 1977 release Rollercoaster. Bob Einstein, as his character Super Dave Osborne, performed his first "stunt" on a rollercoster at Magic Mountain. In 1983, Magic Mountain became the fictional "Walley World" for National Lampoon's Vacation, with scenes featuring Revolution and Colossus (each using fictional names). On television, Magic Mountain doubled as the theme park in the opening credits of the television series Step by Step. Other TV productions featuring Magic Mountain have included: NCIS, Entourage, The Bionic Woman, The A-Team, CHiPs, Wonder Woman, Way Out Games, Knight Rider, Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place, The King of Queens, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The band Kiss also filmed their acting debut in 1978's made-for-TV Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park that featured the band members in the park and near Colossus. In the 2000 movie Space Cowboys Donald Sutherland is shown riding Viper and is portrayed as the designer when Clint Eastwood recruits him.
Magic Mountain was used as a filming site for the Kidsongs 1990 video, "Ride the Roller Coaster".
Magic Mountain was used as a filming of Colossus Roller coaster for 1995 Muppets video, Muppets on Wheels.
In the Nickelodeon show Drake & Josh, Drake, Josh, and Megan take a trip to Mystic Mountain (parody of Magic Mountain) in the episode "The Demonator", and they ride the "Demonator". On Zoey 101 Zoey and Lisa take Michael to Mystic Mountain (both series were created by Dan Schneider), and they help Michael overcome his roller coaster fear in the episode "Rollercoaster". He rides the "Spine Twister", which was actually the Goliath from Magic Mountain. In 1990, Nickelodeon's Wild and Crazy Kids, the wooden roller coaster,Colossus, was featured as a game called "Wacky RollerCoaster Spill". In the movie This Is Spinal Tap, the band performs as second billing to a puppet show at the fictional "Themeland Amusement Park" in Stockton, California, located 300 miles (480 km) north of Santa Clarita. The actual filming location is Magic Mountain's amphitheater. The Kidsongs video Ride the Roller Coaster is set at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Nick Cannon group The School Gyrls movie premiere was at Magic Mountain. In the film Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, they go to a theme park and ride a roller coaster for the first time. The coaster was Goliath. Goliath was also featured as the "Aquaman" roller coaster in the third season of the HBO series Entourage.
In 2011, the park was chosen as the setting for the Travel Channel's version of the quiz show Scream! If You Know the Answer. The Glee cast visited the park in 2012 for their senior skip day in the "Big Brother" episode, where they ride Viper.
In 2013, a large section of the parking lot was blocked off for a Toyota Camry commercial. Both pictures and the background footage reveal Goliath and Colossus, indicating that it is Magic Mountain where the commercial was shot. The ride that was built for the commercial bears a resemblance to the park's new coaster at the time, Full Throttle: a big hill, a barrier-test loop, a backwards propulsion section, and a forwards propulsion section that runs through a tunnel placed next to the hill.
In 2016, Goliath was used for a Carpool Karaoke segment with Selena Gomez.
In 2017, the park and Full Throttle were used in Katy Perry's music video "Chained to the Rhythm".
Although not featured, Magic Mountain is mentioned numerous times in the Netflix horror-comedy Santa Clarita Diet.
A recreation of Six Flags Magic Mountain was featured built in the computer game RollerCoaster Tycoon 2, also including a blank version of the park with no rides and attractions.
Six Flags Magic Mountain holds the record for most roller coasters in an amusement park at 19.
|Current Name||Picture||Year opened||Manufacturer||Park area||Thrill/intensity rating||Description|
|Apocalypse: The Ride||2009||Great Coasters International||The Underground||Moderate||Wooden roller coaster featuring steeply banked turns and twisting drops.
Known in the past as "Terminator Salvation: The Ride" (2009–2010)
|Batman: The Ride||1994||Bolliger & Mabillard||DC Universe||Maximum||A cloned inverted coaster that whips around steeply banked turns and five inversions.|
|Canyon Blaster||1999||E&F Miler Industries||Bugs Bunny World||Mild||Junior roller coaster.|
|Full Throttle||2013||Premier Rides||Full Throttle Plaza||Maximum||A launch roller coaster with 2 forward launches and one backwards launch. Full Throttle has one of the world's tallest vertical loops at 160 feet (49 m) and the first ever "top hat" constructed on an inversion.|
|Gold Rusher||1971||Arrow Development||BoardWalk||Moderate||Riders dip, turn, and dive up and around the park's mountainous terrain. Gold Rusher is Six Flags Magic Mountain's first roller coaster.|
|Goliath||2000||Giovanola||Goliath Plaza||Maximum||Riders brave an opening drop of 255 feet (78 m) into a subterranean tunnel and multiple steep banking turns.|
|Magic Flyer||1971||Bradley and Kaye||Bugs Bunny World||Mild||Train themed Junior roller coaster in Whistlestop Park.
Known in the past as "Goliath Jr." (2001–2007) and "Percy's Railway" (2008–2010)
|Ninja||1988||Arrow Dynamics||Samurai Summit||Moderate||Swinging coaches suspended from an overhead steel track whip around steeply banked turns and curves in and out of the treetops.|
|The New Revolution||1976||Anton Schwarzkopf||Baja Ridge||Moderate (Maximum with VR Goggles.)||Riders careen through steep banking turns and spirals in and out of the treetops. Revolution has a full 360 degree loop which is the first modern vertical loop in the world. In 2016 the coaster received a major renovation which included: new trains, lapbars, new paint job, new lighting, reduced foliage and VR Goggles were added to intensify the ride.|
|The Riddler's Revenge||1998||Bolliger & Mabillard||Metropolis||Maximum||Upon opening, it was the tallest, fastest, longest stand-up coaster in the world. Riders traverse six inverted turns over the course of its 4,370-foot-long (1,330 m) track.|
|Road Runner Express||2011||Vekoma||Bugs Bunny World||Moderate||Junior roller coaster.|
|Scream||2003||Bolliger & Mabillard||Screampunk District||Maximum||Floorless trains riding above the rails traverse seven inversions on 3,985 feet (1,215 m) of steel track.|
|Speedy Gonzales Hot Rod Racers||2014||Zamperla||Bugs Bunny World||Mild||Race-car themed Zamperla family gravity coaster with helix.|
|Superman: Escape from Krypton||1997||Intamin||Samurai Summit||Maximum||First coaster to reach 100 mph. Riders accelerate in reverse from 0 to 104 mph (167 km/h) in seven seconds and climb nearly 41 stories into the air. Known in the past as "Superman: The Escape" (1997–2010).|
|Tatsu||2006||Bolliger & Mabillard||Samurai Summit||Maximum||Upon opening, Tatsu was the tallest, fastest, and longest flying roller coaster in the world. Suspended beneath a steel track, riders experience a total of 263 feet (80 m) in elevation changes while harnessed in a prone position. It also features the world's largest pretzel loop.|
|Twisted Colossus||2015||Rocky Mountain Construction||Screampunk District||Maximum||Riders experience steep drops, banking curves, and two inversions on nearly 5,000 feet (1,500 m) of track - designed to pit two simultaneously operating trains in a race against each other. It is also the world's longest racing coaster.|
|Viper||1990||Arrow Dynamics||Baja Ridge||Maximum||188 feet (57 m) tall with seven inversions reaching speeds up to 70 mph (110 km/h)|
|West Coast Racers||2020||Premier Rides||The Underground||Maximum||Quadruple launch racing coaster, In partnership with West Coast Customs.|
|X²||2002||Arrow Dynamics||Baja Ridge||Maximum||Riders experience predetermined forward and reverse somersaulting maneuvers while harnessed in seats that pitch on a separate axis from the track. Known in the past as "X" (2002–2007). It was the world's first 4D coaster.|
|Ride||Picture||Year Introduced||Manufacturer||Location in Park||Thrill/Intensity Rating||Description|
|Buccaneer||1980||Intamin||Goliath Plaza||Moderate||Swinging pirate ship ride.|
|Pacific Speedway||1992||J & J Amusements||The Underground||Mild||Go-Kart attraction. Requires nominal fee for participation.|
|Dive Devil||1996||SkyCoaster Inc.||The Underground||Maximum||Large swing attraction simulating the experience of sky diving. Requires nominal fee for participation.|
|The Flash Speed Force||1974||Mack Rides||DC Universe||Moderate||Mack Musik Express ride known in the past as Himalaya from 1974–1986; Subway from 1987–1993, ACME Atom Smasher from 1994–2004, and Atom Smasher from 2005–2010.|
|Wonder Woman Lasso of Truth||1974||Hrubetz||DC Universe||Moderate||First known as Electric Rainbow between 1974 and 1986, then Turbo between 1987 and 1993, then Gordon Gearworks between 1994 and 1998 and finally Grinder Gearworks between 1998 and 2011.|
|Grand Carousel||1971||Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters||Six Flags Plaza||Mild||A merry-go-round called PTC #21 with origins beginning in 1912. It was removed in the 1960s from the Savin Rock Amusement area in West Haven, Connecticut and sold to Magic Mountain. Grand Carousel is a family friendly ride located in the Six Flags Plaza area.|
|Jet Stream||1972||Arrow Development||The Underground||Moderate||Flume ride. First Arrow flume to use a turntable loading system. Known from 2001–2006 as Arrowhead Splashdown. Jet Stream is a family friendly flume ride located near the entrance to Gold Rusher. The ride opened in 1972.|
|Justice League: Battle for Metropolis||2017||Sally Corporation||Metropolis||Moderate||An interactive 4D shooting family dark ride.|
|Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom||2012||Intamin||Screampunk District||Maximum||Free fall drop thrill ride from a height of 400 ft (122 m), attaining a terminal velocity of 85 mph (137 km/h). It was the tallest drop tower until 2014 when Zuminjaro: Drop of Doom opened.|
|Honda Express||1971||Korneuberg Shipbuilding Company (Austria)||Six Flags Plaza / Samurai Summit||Mild||1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in) metre gauge funicular railway ride, which transports guests to Samurai Summit next to Ninja. Repainted in 2016 to blue/white in conjunction with Honda sponsorship. Previously known from 1988 - 2016 as Orient Express and from 1971–1988 as Funicular.|
|Roaring Rapids||1981||Intamin||Rapids Camp Crossing||Moderate||Rapids water attraction simulating a wilderness raft expedition. Many guests claim it is the best water ride at the park.|
|Jammin' Bumpers||1971||Reverchon||BoardWalk||Moderate||Bumper cars.|
|Scrambler||2003||Eli Bridge||BoardWalk||Moderate||The park's former old Scrambler was damaged from an uprooted tree. This Scrambler was relocated from Six Flags Over Texas.|
|Sling Shot||2012||Funtime||The Underground||Maximum||Sling Shot extra charge attraction.|
|Swashbuckler||1983||Chance Rides||Goliath Plaza||Moderate||Chance Yo-Yo attraction.|
|Tidal Wave||1989||Intamin||BoardWalk||Moderate||Shoot-the-Chute flume. Goes under a bridge on which people get soaked. Tidal Wave is a Shoot the Chute water ride which features a 50-foot (15.2 m) drop. The ride is labeled by Six Flags Magic Mountain as a family friendly ride.|
|CraZanity||2018||Zamperla||BoardWalk||Maximum||A Zamperla Giga Discovery. Pendulum ride. 172 feet (52 m) high. 75 miles per hour (121 km/h). Tallest pendulum ride in the world.|
Former rides & attractions
|Ride||Year Opened||Year Closed||Manufacturer||Description|
|99 Steam Train||1971||1981||Crown Metal Products||The 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge train ride to Trollywood, the troll country.|
|Billy the Squid||1971||1973||Anton Schwarzkopf||Polyp Ride. In 1973 this Polyp ride had a maintenance problem and was removed. The Jolly Monster was built on its site.|
|Circus Wheel||1971||1999||Chance Rides||Chance Trabant with Roman theming. It spun in a clockwise direction and tilted at the same time. The Trabant was removed and replaced with a Tilt-A-Whirl, retaining the Circus Wheel name.|
|Circus Wheel||1981||2008||Sellner Manufacturing||This Sellner Tilt-A-Whirl was known in the past under the names Fiesta Dance 1981-1981; Baile de las Flores 1982–1988 and Jolly Roger 1988–1999. The Tilt-A-Whirl was removed to make room for 3-Point Challenge basketball game. Tilt-A-Whirl has been in storage in a boneyard.|
|Colossus||1978||2014||International Amusement Devices||The iconic wooden coaster, which had two tracks, was redesigned in August 2014 as Twisted Colossus, a converted hybrid coaster.|
|Condor||1988||1989||Huss Rides||This Huss Condor was open for two years before being removed. It was removed to make room for Viper.|
|Crazy Barrels||1971||1989||Intamin||This Intamin Drunken Barrels was formerly located at a county fair. The Barrels were removed when the ride closed in 1989 and the platform for where the ride used to be was demolished in late 2017.|
|Déjà Vu||2001||2011||Vekoma||Located in Cyclone Bay, it was known as the world's largest inverted coaster. Consisted of a floorless train suspended beneath an overhead track that would traverse the track forward and in reverse. Removed and relocated to Six Flags New England as Goliath.|
|Dragon||1974||1981||Arrow Development||This transportation cable railway transported riders from the upper level of the back of the mountain down to the lower level, and vice versa. The ride ceased operation in 1981 but was not removed until Ninja was built in 1988. Parts of the upper station were reused for Ninja, The Dragon's concrete track, wall, and lower station are visible to the left of Ninja's final lift hill.|
|Eagle's Flight – El Dorado||1971||1981||Intamin||This Intamin aerial sky-way ride took passengers from the upper part of the mountain to the lower land on the western side of the mountain. The course was removed in 1981 following an accident occurring in 1978 and the loading station was replaced by Freefall in 1982.|
|Eagle's Flight – Galaxy||1971||1994||Intamin||A second aerial sky-way ride from the top of the mountain to the northern lower land in the County Fair area. Galaxy's station was located where the base of the Superman: Escape from Krypton tower structure sits today.|
|El-Bumpo||1971||1979||Arrow Development||Gas-powered bumper boats located on a pond. Once located where Justice League: Battle for Metropolis sits today|
|Flashback||1992||2003||Intamin||Steel roller coaster featuring a stacked design and numerous steep rolling track dives. The Flashback was standing but not operating starting in 2003 and demolished and scrapped in December 2007. In 2013, Hurricane Harbor expanded into the former site of the coaster by placing additional cabanas.|
|Freefall||1982||2008||Intamin||Once located in the middle of The Riddler's Revenge, it was the first installation of Intamin's first-generation drop tower. The ride would barely operate between 2005 - 2007; however, it was scrapped for the 2008 season.|
|Galaxy||1971||1979||Astron International Corporation||A Robinson double Ferris wheel with cable pulley that looked like a V-shaped beam. The ride was removed and was located where Buccaneer and Swashbuckler are now sitting. It was relocated to California's Great America and then later removed.|
|Grand Centennial Excursion Railroad||1975||1985||A 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge steam train that took passengers around. Located west of the main mountain.|
|Granny Gran Prix||1971||2007||D. H. Morgan||This track-guided car ride was known as Chevron Gran Prix (Gas Powered) from 1971–1986. A new turnpike (electric-powered) was opened for three years before being moved in 1988 to Bugs Bunny World. The old guided track was demolished to make room for Tidal Wave. In December 2007 it was demolished to make room for Thomas Town's opening in 2008.|
|Green Lantern: First Flight||2011||2017||Intamin||A 4th Dimension roller coaster which was the first ZacSpin model in the United States and the second at the park following X2 from Arrow Dynamics. Removed in 2019 and the coaster will reopen at La Ronde as Vipère in 2020 |
|Jolly Monster||1973||1981||Eyerly||A standard Eyerly Monster ride which replaced Billy the Squid. This thrill ride was at the Pirate's Cove near Colossus, Buccaneer, and Swashbuckler. The ride was removed and its site sat empty for 7 years before the Tilt-A-Whirl was moved there.|
|Little Sailor Ride||1971||1985||Yankee Doodle Dandy (1971–1972) Sailboat Ride (1973–1980) Little Sailor Ride (1981–1985)|
|Log Jammer||1971||2011||Arrow Development||Log flume featuring two large drops. Removed to make way for Full Throttle. Its loading station can still be found in the park right across from the Full Throttle Sports Bar.|
|Magic Pagoda||1974||1984||A walk-thru attraction located on Samurai Summit. It featured a talking Buddha, a mirror maze, a strobe light room (with a dragon flying overhead), a walk through a miniature version of Chinatown and various other small scale items of interest with a Chinese Theme. Now used as part of a walk-through maze for the Halloween season.|
|Metro||1971||2011||Universal Mobility||This monorail ride ran three stations; one at the High Sierra Territory (Demolished, now serves as Reds Revenge Haunted Maze during Frightfest), one at the Colossus County Fair (Demolished in 2017 to make room for the CraZanity Pendulum ride) and one at Samurai Summit (this station is currently used as the launch tunnel for Full Throttle). The monorail had been standing but not operating since 2001 and it was announced by Six Flags in 2007 that the ride would have no plans to reopen. The trains were located right next to the former location of Flashback where they sat for 10 years. In 2011, the monorail trains are relocated to Hersheypark. The abandoned track has been taken down in all areas readily visible to parkgoers but sections of track still exist and may be glimpsed in heavily overgrown sections of the park such as the area behind Buccaneer and Swashbuckler.|
|Mountain Express||1973||1982||Anton Schwarzkopf||Wildcat coaster located where Flashback would be placed ten years later after its closure. Relocated to Magic Landing as Wildcat and then to Bosque Magico as Montana Rusa.|
|Psyclone||1991||2006||Dinn Corporation||A wood tracked roller coaster patterned after the Cyclone at Astroland park in Brooklyn, New York. It was torn down for the 2007 season, and piles of wood remained at the site for many days after the destruction. The site is now home to another wooden coaster, Apocalypse.|
|Reactor||1977||1993||Anton Schwarzkopf||A Schwarzkopf Enterprise, known from 1977–1987 as Enterprise, was renamed Reactor in 1987. This thrill ride was removed at the end of the 1993 season.|
|Sarajevo Bobsleds||1984||1986||Intamin||Bobsled coaster named after the 1984 Olympics. Removed due to the Six Flags ride rotation program and replaced with Shockwave. It was moved to Six Flags Over Texas and opened as Avalanche, but was later renamed and rethemed as La Vibora to better match the Spain section of the park.|
|Scrambler||1973||2003||Eli Bridge||This scrambler had a lot of damage from an uprooted tree and was scrapped; however, Six Flags Magic Mountain received another scrambler from Six Flags Over Texas.|
|Shockwave||1986||1988||Intamin||A steel standup looping roller coaster. it was removed in 1989 and relocated to Six Flags Great Adventure due to the ride rotation program.|
|Sierra Twist||1973||2008||Anton Schwarzkopf||A Schwarzkopf Bayern Kurve ride, originally known as Swiss Twist. It was a high-speed bobsled ride with a circular track. The ride was removed due to aging parts and high maintenance costs.|
|Spin Out||1971||2008||Chance Rides||A Chance Rotor known from 1971–1972 as Bottoms Up. Featured in the video for Belinda Carlisle's No. 1 hit song, "Heaven is a Place on Earth"|
|Thrill Shot||2001||2012||S&S Worldwide||Rapidly ascending slingshot attraction. The ride requires a nominal fee from guests to participate. Thrill Shot closed in 2009 and never reopened due to high maintenance costs. In early 2012, Thrill Shot was removed.|
|Tumble Drum||1974||1980||This walk-through barrel roll was located near the Electric Rainbow (Round up ride).|
|Yosemite Sam Sierra Falls||1993||2010||WhiteWater West Industries||Double tube waterslides with dingy raft on location at Bugs Bunny World. Demolished to make room for Road Runner Express.|
|Z-Force||1987||1993||Intamin||An Intamin Looping Starship/Space Shuttle themed as an Air Force fighter plane. The ride was removed at the end of the season in 1993 to make room for Batman: The Ride.|
Six Flags Magic Mountain's coasters are commonly ranked high in Amusement Today's annual Golden Ticket Awards. With the opening of Full Throttle on June 22, 2013, Six Flags Magic Mountain obtained the world record for the largest number of roller coasters in an amusement park.
Below is a table with roller coasters at Six Flags Magic Mountain and their highest ranking in the Golden Ticket Awards.
|Roller Coaster||Highest Rank|
|The Riddler's Revenge||39|
|Batman: The Ride||22|
|Apocalypse: The Ride||27|
Record breaking rides
Six Flags Magic Mountain has several attractions that set world records in various categories.
|Ride||Type of ride||Opening Date||Record(s)||Height|
|The New Revolution||Steel roller coaster||May 8, 1976||First vertical looping roller coaster built since 1901. World's tallest roller coaster when it opened to the public.||113 ft (34 m)|
|Superman: Escape from Krypton||Shuttle roller coaster||Superman: The Escape: March 15, 1997
Superman: Escape from Krypton; March 19, 2011
|One of the world's first 2 roller coasters to reach 100 mph.
First roller coaster to reach 400 ft (122 m). becoming the world's tallest coaster until 2003.
|415 ft (126 m)|
|The Riddler's Revenge||Stand-up roller coaster||April 4, 1998||World's tallest, longest & fastest stand-up roller coaster.||156 ft (48 m)|
|Goliath||Steel roller coaster||February 11, 2000||World's longest & fastest initial drop (255 ft or 78 m) on a closed-circuit coaster until May 13, 2000.||235 ft (72 m)|
|X²||4th Dimension roller coaster||X: January 12, 2002 ; X²: May 24, 2008||World's first 4th dimension roller coaster.
Features flipping seats, chainlift music, fog and fire.
|175 ft (53 m)|
|Tatsu||Flying roller coaster||May 13, 2006||World's tallest, fastest & longest flying coaster. Features world's biggest pretzel loop.||170 ft (52 m)|
|Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom||Drop tower||July 7, 2012||World's tallest tower drop ride when it opened in 2012. Its record was broken by Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom in 2014.||400 ft (122 m)|
|Full Throttle||Launched roller coaster||June 22, 2013||First launched roller coaster featuring "top hat" constructed on a vertical loop. World's highest vertical loop when built.||160 ft (49 m)|
|CraZanity||Pendulum ride||July 13, 2018||World's Tallest Pendulum Ride||172 ft (52 m)|
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