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New Revolution Virtual Reality Component Unveiled by Six Flags Magic Mountain

SFMM VR Revolution Key ArtSix Flags Magic Mountain, the undisputed thrill capital of the world, today announced final details for The New Revolution, North America’s first fully-integrated Virtual Reality (VR) roller coaster from Samsung Gear VR, powered by Oculus, to develop a multi-dimensional virtual coaster experience. The Valencia-based theme park stays true to its history of launching coaster thrills to new and unprecedented levels of exhilaration by immersing riders in a completely virtual world. From the moment riders board and don Samsung Gear VR, the traditional roller coaster experience is transformed. High-definition imagery and storytelling syncs with the unique track configuration creating a one-of-a-kind seamless “real world” to “virtual world” thrill ride experience. Riders now become co-pilots seated in the cockpit of a true-to-life fighter jet, flying through a futuristic city while virtually engaged in a battle to protect the Planet against alien invaders, all while racing over the 3,500 feet of twisting, turning, looping coaster track.

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Legacy of Arrow Development Makes SoCal Debut January 30 at Six Flags Magic Mountain

legacyofarrow_LOGO_bbw-variantWith the exception of wooden roller coasters, most of today’s state of the art thrill rides are designed by European firms. But in the 1960s, Northern California-based Arrow Development Company was the company that parks around the world came to for the latest in steel coaster innovation.

In the summer of 2015, various coaster enthusiasts and a group of members from American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) Worldwide, Inc. criss-crossed the country to tell the story of an American manufacturing legend that entertained millions. The team visited parks with prominent Arrow rides, including: Six Flags Over Texas, Cedar Point, Kennywood, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Lagoon Park and Silverwood Theme Park among many others.

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Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain Gets Twisted for 2015 Halloween Season

SFMM Fright Fest 2015_4496Six Flags Magic Mountain has transformed once again into Fright Fest, a large-scale Halloween event featuring 7 mazes, 7 scare zones, and several stage shows. Monsters lurk throughout the park once the sun goes down, showcasing the world-class makeup of Scott Ramp and his amazing team of artists that work to transform more than 100 men and women into terrors of the night.

We’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again (and again and again) – Fright Fest here in Southern California is a truly underrated event that always seems to linger in the shadows of other theme park haunts in the region. It shouldn’t, because what Magic Mountain does each Halloween season is truly great – and deserves to be on everyone’s To-Do list for October scare stops. This was our second year attending Fright Fest, and we had just as much fun this time around as we did in 2014 because of the scale of the event and the added fun of some world-class roller coasters thrown into the evening’s mix.

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Twisted Colossus Delivers Huge Thrills at Six Flags Magic Mountain

Twisted_Colossus_2134On June 29, 1978, Magic Mountain debuted the world’s tallest and fastest roller coaster; a wooden behemoth aptly named Colossus. For decades to come, it would serve as an icon to the thrill ride industry and would go on to be featured in more movies and television shows than any other coaster in history, most notably National Lampoon’s Vacation.

While Colossus was fairly well maintained over the years, with some modifications along the way, roller coasters at Magic Mountain as well as around the world got bigger, faster and more thrilling – including wooden coasters. The question always loomed in the back of fans’ minds – how much longer would Six Flags Magic Mountain want to maintain Colossus, and what would its ultimate destiny be?

The answer began to reveal itself last year, when Magic Mountain announced that the famed wooden coaster would close permanently on August 16, 2014. The news created huge buzz throughout the fan community as well as themed entertainment industry. What would become of the legendary Colossus? Would it be destroyed to make room for new rides or a new, modern roller coaster? One rumor that seemed to prevail, was that the coaster would be converted into a hybrid – steel track built on top of the original structure of Colossus. That rumor seemed to make a lot of sense; there are no other hybrid coasters on the West Coast, and one would lend itself nicely to Magic Mountain’s huge selection as the coaster capital of the world. Additionally, it would be cheaper to convert Colossus into a hybrid than demolishing the entire structure and then building something from scratch on its huge footprint. Like everyone else, we waited with great anticipation to see what would take place.

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Twisted Colossus Final Construction Tour and Opening Date

Twisted-Colossus-Final-Tour-Magic-Mountain (23)Arguably, the most highly-anticipated ride opening this year in Southern California is Twisted Colossus at Six Flags Magic Mountain. The massive hybrid coaster (wooden structure/steel tracking) has been under construction at Magic Mountain for the past months, with the park offering media tours throughout the process to keep fans updated about its progress.

On Wednesday, April 29th, bloggers and members of the media were invited to take one final tour of the Twisted Colossus construction site at Six Flags Magic Mountain. The weather was fairly nasty – close to 95 degrees, as we put on our hard hats and followed Construction Manager Bruce Thompson one more time onto the site for some very up-close and personal shots of the massive coaster.

This week, Magic Mountain began testing one of the Twisted Colossus trains. Unfortunately, the park had wanted to cycle the train while we were all there – but work needed to be done with track and brake adjustments, so it simply wasn’t in the cards for our tour. The trains are all on the tracks, however – and they look fantastic.

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