Thursday, March 24, 2016
It's time for more postcards from the vast collection of Ken Martinez! Today we return to Magic Mountain in Valencia, California. Here's Ken:
Magic Mountain - The Early Six Flags Era
While Magic Mountain enjoyed some success in its first eight years of operation, it was eventually sold to Six Flags in 1979 and renamed Six Flags Magic Mountain in 1980. It was this transitional period from 1980 to 1988, the early Six Flags era, that today's postcards represent. Later periods in the history of Magic Mountain were the Tim Warner era and Premier Parks era.
Here's the Arrow Mine Train coaster "Gold Rusher". The park's landscaping has matured with more brush and foliage growth. In the backdrop is a 1st generation Intamin Freefall which was unimaginatively called "Freefall". The Freefall stood from 1982 to 2008, the last few years standing inoperable.
Visual evidence that Six Flags moved into the park are the six flags around the water fountain below Valencia Falls. The foliage is maturing but you can still see the Revolution layout pretty well. Last time I went it was pretty much well hidden. The ever present Sky Tower is in the back drop.
Here's a shot of Colossus bathed in dramatic lighting at night. I believe the double camelback hills in view were removed and flattened during the 1991 re-profiling of the coaster. As many times as I've been to Magic Mountain, I've never seen it at night.
Shockwave was one of the first roller coaster installed at Magic Mountain after Six Flags took over. The early Intamin stand-up coaster only lasted a few years from 1986 to 1988. In 1989 it became part of Six Flags rotating ride program which began in the late 1980's. After operating at Six Flags Magic Mountain, the coaster was moved to Six Flags Great Adventure for the 1990-1992 season, then to Six Flags AstroWorld as "Batman: The Escape" where it operated for many years from 1993 to 2005 (AstroWorld's closing). It's final resting place is at Darien Lake where it sits in storage.
Here's a nice close up of the Shockwave's short Intamin coaster train. Does anyone remember riding this coaster? I think B&M (Bollinger and Mabillard) really perfected the stand up coaster, as my favorite roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain is the "Riddler's Revenge".
Hope you've enjoyed your visit to Six Flags Magic Mountain. I have many more vintage and modern postcards of Magic Mountain that I will share in the future.
Information Source material:
Funland U.S.A. copyright 1978 by Tim Onosko
Roller Coaster Database http://rcdb.com/
Thanks for this fun look at some early coasters from Magic Mountain's Six Flags era, Ken!