Did you go to West Coast Bash at Six Flags Magic Mountain? Well I did, and, this is most of what I can remember. lol
I almost didn't make it. I'm not sure what didn't agree with me, but I suspect it was the, awesome at the time, cookie ice cream sandwich at Knott's. Stomach was not happy the night before during my short 4 hour sleep from the late night before at Knott's. But, by the morning, I felt decent enough that I could make it through the day at Magic Mountain.
So, up real early for the 50 plus mile drive from home. Andy, Zack and I made early, and had a couple cars in front of us waiting for parking to open. Got in, walked to the front, and got all our registration stuff.
2 hours of morning ERT is next. Lines? What lines? We don't need no stinkin' lines!
Andy got this next shot of me about 3 minutes before the concussion hitting last raven turn on X2.
Every time I ride it, after getting off, I swear I'll never ride it again. But I really think that might be the last time.
At some point during ERT, we made our way to Chop Six for some donuts, muffins and drinks. Stomach still holding up after donuts and orange juice is a good sign.
2 hours is a pretty long time for ERT, even if you have to walk around Magic Mountain to get to different rides. It seemed like forever until we started seeing the general public join us for the rest of the day.
We walked around trying to get to things before major lines built up. Andy's first time to Magic Mountain. So, we made sure to hit the large rides as soon as possible that weren't on ERT. Helping Honda, Ninja, Superman, Justice League. This is where I was drained. I took a break and went back to the car and just relaxed a bit in the a/c.
I came back about an hour of so later armed with my new drink cup, and Theme Park Review cool towel. Those two items help make the 100 degree weather somewhat more tolerable.
Lunch was up next with some photo contest winners and Q&A with Neil Thurman, Park President.
Six Flags Magic Mountain park staff excited for more "coaster enthusiasts" questions. Happy Happy Joy Joy!!
Neil with the "dude, are you seriously asking me that dumb question?" face. BTW, he was looking at me.
Some of the questions were answered that I can remember. Mostly just mine. lol
Green Lantern will come back in 2019.
The new section formally known as Cyclone Bay will be named, The Underground.
Sky Tower isn't coming back. Maintenance can use the elevators that do work, they just aren't cleared for the general guests.
Total track length for West Coast Racers is just under 4,000 feet.
The "Pit Stop" section on West Coast Racers will have a short and long version depending on dispatch time. You can guess which I'm sure we'll see more of.
The comfort collars seen in the animation will definitely be on the ride. The collars will allow the ride not to use seatbelts.
Viper is not going anywhere. But, new trains with thick solid steel over the shoulder restraints will be added.
The RMC T-Rex Giga Coaster that flies over the parking toll booths will not use nets to protect cars driving under, but, will instead use a tunnel. I'm not sure if the coaster of the cars will use the tunnel. I wasn't paying close enough attention to clarify.
After lunch, we mostly walked around while Andy was doing his photography thing. Check out @thegreatzo
Once the park closed at 6pm, the park cleared out and the extended time started. It was basically ERT on almost every ride that stayed open. We got a ride on Crazanity, Drop of Doom, then, a number of laps on Twisted Colossus, then finally, Andy's first ride on YOLO to finish off West Coast Bash.
Gigantic thanks to Robb, William and Joey for the early mornings getting everything going. Thanks so Neil and the entire Six Flags crew for a great day! We missed seeing Elissa and Kristen this year so pictures from Taste Epcot will have to hold us over until next time.
West Coast Bash is awesome, and if you missed out, you're dumb.