Thursday, July 21, 2016
For folks who grew up in Southern California at a certain era, Six Flags Magic Mountain was one of the primary amusement parks for families. I know I liked going there a LOT. Ken Martinez will share more of his vintage postcards - this will be part four of his Magic Mountain offerings!
More Magic Mountain (Part 4)
It's off to Magic Mountain again.
The Swiss Twist was a Schwarzkopf Bayern Kurve ride on a circular track. It operated from 1973 to 2008. It looks like an Olympic bobsled theme going there. I'm not good at troll identification so maybe a reader out there knows the name of this troll. [Major P here... I think it's "Bloop"!].
A blue monorail, sky ride and auto ride with guide rails! Where have I seen that before? The Grand Prix, the Metro Monorail and both Eagle's Flight sky rides no longer exist at Magic Mountain. The Sky Tower is hanging on though. Note the Eagle's Flight sky rides have two different styles of support towers. For the Shangri La/Galaxy line it's solid and for the Shangri La/Eldorado line it's a skeletal support structure.
Is the Mini Pree Magic Mountain's version of the Midget Autopia? Round and round it goes. I worked my share of the kiddy rides at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. Sometimes I thought the kids behaved better than the adults when it came to these little rides. Look! Magic Mountain had an orange monorail before Disneyland did.
Here's the Electric Rainbow (Super-Round Up). Today it's Wonder Woman: Lasso of Truth. I wonder how many riders have spilled their guts while riding the Lasso of Truth.
The Circus Wheel was a theme Chance Trabant. Trabants are unique in that their motion resembles that of a spinning coin. Does anyone know what the covered area in the back was for?
This is one of my favorite postcards of Magic Mountain. There's a lot to see here. You've got the twin drops of the Jet Stream, the pagoda style stations of the Dragon Car ride and the Eagle's Flight Shangri La station. I still can't remember what that modern silver-ish structure to the right of the Sky Tower was for.
Hope you enjoyed another visit to 1970's Magic Mountain.
Information Source material:
Funland U.S.A. copyright 1978 by Tim Onosko
I DID enjoy my visit to 1970's Magic Mountain! It's still a fun place to go, but it has become so "coaster-centric"... I miss much of the charming rides that used to be there. Thanks, Ken!