As we are getting closer to the 2017 announcements of many major parks, we are already hearing news trickling through the cracks. So far, it seems like this year will not be as momentous as the past year, but maybe it all sets up for a great 2018 season.
Six Flags Magic Mountain to close "Movie District"
After nearly 20 years of service, the Movie District area of Six Flags Magic Mountain will be closing. The area originally opened in 1998, with Riddler's Revenge, a world record breaking stand-up coaster, being the centerpiece. The area also included existing rides, such as Gold Rusher, Tidal Wave, Scrambler, Sandblasters, and the defunct Action Theater. Rumors began swirling of the area's demise as soon as this season began, because Action Theater's demolition would create a lot of room for expansion. Not only that, but the theme was very outdated, and did not fit all rides there.
The area is set to shutdown sometime in September, with Riddler's Revenge, Tidal Wave, the Rock Wall, and JB's Smokehouse being unavailable until the renovation is complete. It seems like the remaining attractions will all receive a new, more fitting theme.
The largest rumor going around right now is the addition of a Justice League dark ride in Action Theater's former location. This would allow Magic Mountain to expand their DC Universe area that opened with Green Lantern in 2011. It would make this the largest DC themed area in the Six Flags chain. Tidal Wave would likely be re-themed to Aquaman.
If happening, this would be the third Justice League dark ride to be added for the 2017 season, more than any other year. Many of the Six Flags movie themed areas are likely to get the chopping block soon. They were popular in the 90s, and brought in many new attractions and visitors, but are now becoming dilapidated and in need of renovation. Six Flags Great Adventure may be one of the next parks to get this treatment.
Six Flags over Texas receiving New Bumper Cars for 2017
Before SFoT fans go into an outrage, I don't think that this will be the sole addition for the park in 2017. It will just be part of it, and SFoT is simply replacing the Bumper Car attraction that they removed in 2007. There is also a good chance that these cars will be coming from Six Flags over Georgia, which just closed their bumper car ride for Justice League.
The land clearing that is going on behind last year's flat package is likely to be part of a much larger project.
Six Flags America to receive flats from Great America?
This may never come true, but it is a possibility that SFA could become a new home for two rides getting removed from Six Flags Great America. Considering that SFA has been the dumping ground of the chain, Six Flags may consider moving these rides there to save on capital.
The rides are Orbit, a Schwarzkopf Enterprise, and Jester's Wild Ride, a Zamperla Rockin' Tug themed to Mardi Gras. The latter would make perfect sense, seeing that the park does not have that model yet, and they have been investing into their new Mardi Gras area as of late.
Orbit is a bit more of a wild card. Unlike Jester, it is much older, and not a model in production anymore. However, the park has had an Enterprise in the past named "Sky Escaper". The ride is missed by fans of the park and was a rare Heintz Fahtze model. Even if SFA receives these two rides for next season, it will be hard to be angry, as it offers something for everyone.