Flashback to just over two weeks ago, we have some updates regarding these two parks, and a couple of the rumors that we addressed.
Magic Mountain Green Lantern Update
Good news to some, bad news to others, crews have been spotted finally working on Green Lantern's structure. The ride has been down for several months now, and rumors of its demise began to swirl around.
Park regulars are speculating that trim brakes may be added to the ride to help make the ride experience smoother and entice less flips. Parts were likely ordered from Intamin, and took a while for manufacturing and shipping overseas. It's hard to find many people who actually enjoy Green Lantern's previous ride experience. The restraints were tight, uncomfortable, and the ride threw you around uncomfortably.
I'm satisfied with this move, because as bad as Green Lantern is, it's better than the park removing it, and merely replacing it with a Free Spin coaster next year. That decision would totally be a "Six Flags thing" to do.
Six Flags over Texas could Reinstall Troika
We also reported on the removal of the Crazy Legs/Harley Quinn Spinsanity Troika ride. Some reports indicate that this may be for a wider scale refurbishment of the ride, so it can be reinstalled at a later occurrence.
While the ride was just refurbished two seasons ago, that was only for paint and retheming into Harley Quinn. This project could see the ride's mechanical system and ride vehicles see more attention. This is just a light rumor at this point, but is definitely a possibility considering the longevity of troika ride lifespans.
Magic Mountain unveils Membership Tiers; Green Lantern Status
Since Magic Mountain is attempting a 365 day operating schedule for the first time this year, they will be offering an upgraded season pass system to include "membership tiers".
The park will still offer traditional season passes, but the memberships hold the same benefits as a season pass, plus other perks. Each tier of the membership will have a different cost, and different benefits. If I'm doing the math correctly, the standard "Gold" membership for 12 months actually comes to just under $95, which is cheaper than the normal season pass.
Along with free unlimited entry to Magic Mountain, it includes admission to all other Six Flags parks. This is a great deal for those who visit Magic Mountain and other parks frequently. Unless there is some fine print or hidden fees, the memberships offer amazing benefits.
Gold Plus Membership (Currently Available)
Includes all benefits of the Gold Pass membership and ALSO includes the following:
Includes all benefits of the Platinum membership and ALSO includes the following:
Includes all benefits with all other memberships and ALSO includes the following:
Only the Gold Membership has been released so far, but the highest option will likely be around $20 per month. It is still a pretty fair price considering the benefits that can be used each visit, let alone admission to all Six Flags parks. Hopefully this will help their first crack at an all year schedule be more successful.
Also for what it's worth, Green Lantern (ZacSpin) has reportedly been down for a while, and no updates have been released. Some believe that if it doesn't reopen soon, it may be on the chopping block later this year. If anybody has an update regarding this, please contact me.
Given the ride's age I am skeptical that the park is looking to remove the ride, but it is also ranked very low among the park's lineup, and has many issues with maintenance and capacity.
Six Flags over Texas removes Troika
In a stunning move, SF over Texas officials have revealed that the park's Troika ride (aka Harley Quinn Spinsanity or formerly Crazy Legs) has been removed from the park. This is a complete shocker, as the park has just given it a new location, and a refurbishment.
During the company's yearly press release of new additions, many folks noticed that the new ride for the park would also be named Harley Quinn Spinsanity, leading many to believe that the Troika would either be on the move again, or re-themed to a different character. However, that is not the case, as it will not be in operation for the 2018 season.
At this time it is unknown if the ride will be moved to another Six Flags property, or scrapped altogether. I would go out on a limb to say it's even possible for the ride to return a few years down the road.
In 2006, the ride moved to the park from sister property Six Flags Astroworld, which closed. Originally named Warp 2000 and later Crazy Legs, it has been in operation since 1981. In 2017, the ride was refurbished, renamed, and moved to the park's Gotham City section.
It is quite possible that the ride has reached the end of its operational lifespan. Cedar Fair on the other hand has been buying a boatload of these Troika rides from overseas, where they have been refurbishing them and installing them into various parks.