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roller coaster
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Location Valencia, California, USA
Status Defunct
Operated March 23, 1991 to 2006
Cost $5,000,000 USD
Height restriction 48 inches (122 cm)
Replaced Shockwave
Replaced by Apocalypse
Builder Dinn Corporation
Designer / calculations Curtis D. Summers
Type Wooden
Track layout Cyclone
Riders per train 24
Hourly capacity 1,200
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height95 feet
Drop77 feet
Top speed50 mph
Length2970 feet
Steepest drop53°
G-force3 g

Psyclone was a wooden roller coaster located at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California, USA.

History[edit | edit source]

The Psyclone opened on March 23, 1991.

The ride sustained structural damage after the Northridge earthquake in 1994 and though repaired to operate safely again, the ride dynamics suffered greatly in regards to vehicle tracking. Major modifications happened, including adding trim brakes that slowed the trains down to the point of crawling through each turn. The heavy trains took their toll on the track structure, and the coaster became very rough. Because of this, ridership at the attraction had drastically declined, due in part to having earned a poor reputation among park visitors.

On January 23, 2007, a spokeswoman for the park announced that Psyclone would be removed to make room for future expansion. The announcement also confirmed that Flashback, a steel roller coaster which had been standing but not operating for several years, would be removed.[1]

Psyclone was dismantled and scrapped during the last week of February 2007. The area of the park where Psyclone once stood is now occupied by another wooden coaster, Apocalypse.

Design[edit | edit source]

It was based on the original Coney Island Cyclone, which opened in 1927. The ride had eleven hills, five high-speed banked turns, and a 183 foot long, dark tunnel before the lift hill.

Trains[edit | edit source]

Psyclone's trains were built by Bolliger & Mabillard. They were run backwards on Colossus during Halloween events until its closure in 2014. It was one of only two roller coasters not built by B&M to have their rolling stock, the other being Steel Dragon 2000. A car from Psyclone is now on display at the Daytona Speedway in Florida.

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