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January 23, 2007

Magic Mountain Bids Farewell To Two Roller Coasters

Valencia, CA -- Six Flags Magic Mountain will have two less thrills this year after the theme park announced the closure and dismantling of two roller coasters, Flashback and Psyclone.

"They're both being taken off the park map this year, and it's for future park expansion," said Sue Carpenter, spokeswoman for Six Flags Magic Mountain. "We're always looking to add areas of the park that appeal to a wide audience."

Flashback a steel roller coaster added in 1992 is located near the front entrance of the park.

According to park officials, Flashback hasn't operated for a few years because the noise it creates interferes with the lifeguards at the neighboring waterpark, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor.

The second roller coaster, Psyclone is located in the southwest corner of Magic Mountain. This twisted wooden roller coaster built in 1991 is a replica of the world-famous Coney Island Cyclone in Brooklyn.

The park plans to demolish and scrap Psyclone.

The future of Flashback is uncertain, but Carpenter said they may re-assemble it somewhere else at Magic Mountain or it may move to another Six Flags park.

The removal of these two thrill rides is part Six Flags plan to make their theme parks more family oriented. Magic Mountain may expand with area focused on youngsters in the near future.

Six Flags is in the process of adding new Wiggles Worlds to its theme parks in Illinois, New England and New Jersey. These new areas will feature rides and entertainment based on the wildly popular children's television show.

With the closure of these two roller coasters, Magic Mountain will relinquish its title of having the most roller coasters in one park. Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio, also known as the "roller coaster capital of the world", will reclaim that title.

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