Although WCB was last week and we know all of the projects that were underway, many of the projects were completed over the week and deserve to be featured in an update.
We'll take a photo tour around the park, but first:
I talked with Tim Burkhart this morning to see if he had his ride on X2. After his face lit up and exclaimed: "I was a 6-year-old at Christmas!", he said he took 4 rides on the new train in the back row outside seat (which he stated was one of the roughest). The initial goals of the remodel were to improve train reliability and rider through put, and now Tim is happy to say that X2 is smoother than Scream. I laughed in his face when he said X2 was smoother, but he stated that I would be pleasantly surprised. Everything is on track for the Memorial Day Opening, and we will just have to wait and see.
Enjoy the Update.
My name is William, and I am SIX FLAGS!
The day started off with the Opening Ceremony, now in its 3rd season. Two crowd warmers explain all the new things at the park this year while a clock counts down the time until the park is open.
Guitar Hero anyone? I will be one of the MCs for this event Monday to Thursday, come by and say "hi", and participate in the competition. I understand their are cash prizes for the week's top winners!
There will be 4 different stages in front of Golden Bear, each stage set to a different experience level.
If anyone asks where the entrance to Sierra Twist was, my response is: What was Sierra Twist?
The "Windows to Thomas Town" (better than peep holes), are getting a fair amount of use! The kids know what to do, but as for this gentleman...
Someone on the site asked about Marcia Cantu, and wanted to know if she still worked here. Well, she does and she even has her own tribute on the side of Wascal's. "Cantu Storage"
Hey Billy, you've met your arch-enemy!
I'M A CLOSED-GATE FANBOY!!!!!
In other news, Home Depot is no longer a partner with Six Flags, so these helpful gardening tips are brought to by Six Flags...and the number 13.
Today marks the first day of the Afternoon Parade: Looney Tunes Celebration. The parades this year have been completely revamped, and you'll never have to hear the "Celebration" song again! (Except at the Opening Ceremony...)
The afternoon parade features "Surfin' USA", and all the Looney Tunes are decked out in beach wear.
Not only has this Gotham City facade received a new coat of paint, but most of the wood has been completely replaced.
All of the Games employees as well as Electricians, Landscapers, and Construction Workers worked very hard all week to get 3-Point Basketball open for the weekend. Patrick from Games is overjoyed (as seen here), but says: Come back later for the first round.
Mark Shapiro was referring to the NEW LANDSCAPING when he said: "Don't worry, we will be 'filling out' the park in the next few years."
If you look closely you might be able to see the Games Host in this picture. He is camelflauged pretty well with his surroundings, but you might be able to see him. Seriously though, Guests can now spot Hosts and Hostesses from a mile away.
The infamous candy machine of death has been replaced.
LEAVE THE GEESE ALONE, AND GO TAKE A PICTURE WITH BATMAN INSTEAD! The geese are protected by the Government and they are mean little creatures, so help us out and give them their space. And besides, Batman really wants to take photos with you anyways.
Are you noticing a trend?
How well do you know the park?
Who can tell me where this is located in the park. (No it is not the Candy Apple making store in Cyclone Bay.)
Oooohhhh, an interactive update! Am I "wowing" you yet?
Deja Vu is up and running again. Jet Stream has also completed its rehab.
The chilidog has returned, although there was much consideration to just putting up a sombrero-wearing taco instead, but it just didn't work out.
Hmmm, who is swimming in Hurricane Harbor?
The Magic of the Mountain Museum is officially open to guests. More cases are being installed, and the cases for the photographs will be arriving soon.
King Troll sings: "I'm Mr. Lonely".
This has not been confirmed, but it looks to me as if there is some new concrete up by the Tatsu footer. Is work starting to take place for turning Valencia Falls back on?
Heading back to 3 Point, Sterling is ready to start the fun!
Medium prizes are the bears, Large prizes are the jerseys, and there are a few electronic prizes as the X-large prizes.
Angelica goes through a quick test run before the 1st guest takes the court.
Smiling guests, a good sign.
Just a few minutes later, and a large crowd has gathered.
Cyber Cafe has opened, and guests have already given us very positive feedback.
Computer at home:1 Flag
Computer at Cyber Cafe: 6 Flags
More Flags, More Fun!
Shiney and neeewwwwww!
Some good looking food! Tree branch is also served, and from what I hear, it's good eatin'!
Although you won't be able to upload your PTRs from these computers, you can still read TPR...and upgrade to a SEASON PASS!
It's 5:30, and time for the parade! Sailor Daffy floats his ship down the midway. (That's part of the magic of Neil's "NEW Six Flags Magic Mountain".)
Either Robb's flatulence problem from when he was inside the Batmobile finally made its way to Gotham City, or Sylvester and Tweety are "holding their breath and swimming".
For their prep work, the Looney Tunes traveled to Hawaii for their acting research.
The Final Splash - The choreography is very impressive. Instead of all of the characters standing in place doing the same dance, they bounce around in different formations, giving guests the ability to see all of the characters. Job well done!
That's all Folks!
Yay! We were reading THIS update in the Cyber Cafe!!! Isn't it awesome how technology works?
With Spin Out gone this opens up quite a big area.
You can still see on old footer from the "Eagle's Flight" Skyway.
The road up to Samurai Summit looks a lot different.
Over at Jet Stream there were a few last minute touches done before it re-opens.
Jay shows us that the old Freefall panel has been given new life at Jet Steam!
Boats are testing! Should re-open soon. The ride has gotten a major re-hab, lots of paint, a new control system. It looks great!
Old Shirt....New Shirt...One Fish...Two Fish....
Yup, you gotta buy a new cup. Deal with it! =)
Jay shows off the new 3-Point Basketball Challenge. "If I can do it, anyone can do it!"
How did that shot do?
Went right in!
Jay got a total of 4 points! Would have been enough to win a prize! Too bad he was just playing to show off the game.
Even without captions everything looks great. (I'll come back and read 'em later.) I'm surprised they got that 3-Point Basketball Challenge thing up so fast since the area was bare last weekend.
Also, it's good to hear that X2 is running well. Smoother than Scream!? If that's the case, I may actually start riding again because I don't think Scream! is rough to begin with. Let's hope the new trains hold up.
Wow, I am amazed. Impressed, if you will, like Erik Johnson. We were all astonished by the changes that had happened in 7 months, like Robb said. Well, it looks like quite a bit was done in just 6 days! 3 Point Challenge finished and open, Deja Vu open, Skytower museum finished and open, Cyber Cafe, Jet Stream refurb done (!), Tim has rode X2, and the little things as well. Can we have another West Coast Bash tomorrow, please?
And since it wouldn't be a RIP Psyclone post without it...how about that 3 Point Challenge girl?
I am amazed about how much has been done in such a short amount of time. The improvements will really enhance the guest experience. This has made me really excited for when I visit in a week. Great job on the Photo TR William.
Oh, and can I hear more about this candy machine of death?
Total Coasters: 200 (167 steel, 33 wood) Total Parks: 34