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6 Surprising Things About Apocalypse

What you don't know about this classic ride

Over the course of 45 seasons, Magic Mountain has wowed audiences with 26 different coasters, 19 of which operate today making it the largest collection on Planet Earth. Our lone wooden coaster, Apocalypse, still remains a fan favorite as larger and taller rides pop up around it. Adam House, lead design engineer for Great Coasters International, says, “Riding a wooden coaster feels like one out of control ride. Wooden coasters are still popular today because of their classic look and feel. They bring about a sense of nostalgia.”

These six astounding facts might make you fall in love with Apocalypse a little more.

Four coasters stood on the same spot where Apocalypse now stands.
In park history, four coasters have stood in the exact same spot, which is an extreme rarity in the world of theme parks. Prior to being occupied by Apocalypse, Sarajevo Bobsleds ran from 1984 through 1985 to commemorate the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo. Shockwave was the park’s first stand-up coaster, running from 1986 to 1988. Psyclone was the third resident with the wooden structure standing from 1991 to 2006.

Apocalypse opened in 2009 as Terminator Salvation: The Ride.
For two seasons the wooden coaster was themed to the fourth movie in the blockbuster franchise. While much of the thematic environments remained, the coaster was renamed to Apocalypse after the buzz around the movie had subsided with some of the movie-based props replaced.

Can you believe one wheel from the Apocalypse trains weighs 20 pounds?
The style of trains is marketed by a particular name — Millennium Flyer. They are the revered product of the company that built the ride — Great Coasters International, Inc.

The price tag in building the wooden giant was $10,000,000.

The ride is personally inspected early every morning.
On operating days, maintenance workers begin inspecting the ride starting at first light each morning, usually around 6:30, walking all 2,877 feet of track.

The station’s “fly through” is a unique element found only on two coasters in the United States.
While one train is boarding, the other train of riders roars through the station above oncoming riders, enhancing the feeling of anxiety.


*Tim Baldwin – editor of RollerCoaster! Magazine, staff writer at Amusement Today and Communications Director for American Coaster Enthusiasts – contributed to this article.

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