Rumors continue to pour in about SFMM's 2019 plans. We previously heard rumors pointing to Deja Vu's old location over in Cyclone Bay. This speculation is picking up again, as some are suggesting that the WHOLE area may in fact be shutting down for rehab. For those unfamiliar with the park, Cyclone Bay is in the back portion of the park and includes Apocalypse, Jet Stream, Cyclone 500, and Dive Devil.
This area of the park has been under neglect for years now, and is in dire need of a refresh, similar to what was done in the DC Universe a couple of seasons ago. If the rumblings hold true, this may be the largest investment that the park has undergone in years. So large, that construction may begin soon, like we have seen with Canada's Wonderland.
People are clinging to the rumor of Dive, Dive, Dive, as this has been going around since there was the possibility of Viper's demise years ago. I think this is one of the best possibilities, as it is more compact, but could even break records for the park, and possibly push 300 feet. Magic Mountain currently has coasters in the 200 and 400 foot range, so a Giga would be a first.
Roaring Rapids, although in a different area, could be demolished in favor of making room for this new coaster. With Magic Mountain running out of room, it could clear up some space. Roaring Rapids is one of the older rides in the park, and most costly to run and maintain.
Not only does it rack up a huge utility and operational bill, but it has suffered from increased maintenance issues recently, making it more vulnerable to closing. It's quite unfortunate if that's the case, as Magic Mountain would be down to 2 water rides, but from what I've heard, the ride does not generate much interest anyways.
If these plans are truly in the books, the Cyclone Bay area would close somewhere around June to prepare for construction. Apocalypse and other rides would be safe from demolition, but they would be taking a period of increased maintenance and rehab, something that Apocalypse has been seeing a lot of lately. For Magic Mountain's only remaining traditional wooden roller coaster, I feel that close to a year off is necessary to keep in in decent condition.
This is a great way for the park to reutilize old attraction space for something new and improved, but also takes some of the load off of the older attractions that need some extra attention. Besides coasters, SFMM is low on other attractions, so a ride like Jet Stream needs to be preserved. It is good to see the park on a bit of a spur in investing, as they are seeming to round out their lineup, and rehab some of the plazas and areas, similar to Cedar Fair's strategy.
We will continue to look into this, and likely post a video soon...