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The New Revolution front seat on-ride 4K POV Six Flags Magic Mountain
The New Revolution front seat on-ride 4K POV Six Flags Magic Mountain
Published: 2016/03/26
Channel: CoasterForce
The New Revolution Virtual Reality with on-ride ridercam reverse POV Six Flags Magic Mountain
The New Revolution Virtual Reality with on-ride ridercam reverse POV Six Flags Magic Mountain
Published: 2016/03/26
Channel: CoasterForce
New Revolution Virtual Reality Roller Coaster Rider Cam POV Six Flags Magic Mountain - 2016
New Revolution Virtual Reality Roller Coaster Rider Cam POV Six Flags Magic Mountain - 2016
Published: 2016/03/26
Channel: Theme Park Review
Dare Devil Dive Virtual Reality Roller Coaster POV New Revolution Six Flags Over Georgia
Dare Devil Dive Virtual Reality Roller Coaster POV New Revolution Six Flags Over Georgia
Published: 2016/03/11
Channel: Theme Park Review
First riders on the New Revolution at Six Flags St. Louis HD off-ride @60fps
First riders on the New Revolution at Six Flags St. Louis HD off-ride @60fps
Published: 2016/05/30
Channel: CoasterForce
The New Revolution VR Coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain
The New Revolution VR Coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain
Published: 2016/03/26
Channel: Six Flags Magic Mountain
Ninja The New Revolution Virtual Reality Roller Coaster POV - Six Flags St. Louis
Ninja The New Revolution Virtual Reality Roller Coaster POV - Six Flags St. Louis
Published: 2016/05/25
Channel: Theme Park Review
Revolution fast and high ride six flags great america gurnee, il
Revolution fast and high ride six flags great america gurnee, il
Published: 2016/02/16
Channel: Charles Collier
Virtual Reality on New Revolution roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas
Virtual Reality on New Revolution roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas
Published: 2016/03/15
Channel: Attractions Magazine
The New Revolution Galactic Attack: World’s First  Mixed Reality Experience on a VR Roller Coaster
The New Revolution Galactic Attack: World’s First Mixed Reality Experience on a VR Roller Coaster
Published: 2017/02/08
Channel: Six Flags Magic Mountain
Coaster Parody: The New Revolution at Six Flags Magic Mountain
Coaster Parody: The New Revolution at Six Flags Magic Mountain
Published: 2016/08/31
Channel: Coaster Studios
Revolution Front Row POV Six Flags Magic Mountain
Revolution Front Row POV Six Flags Magic Mountain
Published: 2009/07/24
Channel: TheCoasterViews
The New Revolution front seat on-ride HD POV with VR Six Flags St. Louis
The New Revolution front seat on-ride HD POV with VR Six Flags St. Louis
Published: 2016/05/30
Channel: CoasterForce
The New Revolution Six Flags Magic Mountain 2016 Roller Coaster POV
The New Revolution Six Flags Magic Mountain 2016 Roller Coaster POV
Published: 2015/09/03
Channel: Theme Park Point of Views
The New Revolution Roller Coaster con Realidad Virtual  ¡Lo Nuevo en 2017!
The New Revolution Roller Coaster con Realidad Virtual ¡Lo Nuevo en 2017!
Published: 2016/09/01
Channel: Six Flags
The New Revolution Review Six Flags Magic Mountain Classic Looping Coaster
The New Revolution Review Six Flags Magic Mountain Classic Looping Coaster
Published: 2017/02/01
Channel: Coaster Studios
Virtual Reality VR Roller Coaster Six Flags Over Texas Shock Wave New Revolution
Virtual Reality VR Roller Coaster Six Flags Over Texas Shock Wave New Revolution
Published: 2016/03/15
Channel: Theme Park Review
BREAKING NEWS 10 YEAR OLD DIED REVOLUTION ROLLER COASTER SIX FLAGS MAGIC  MOUNTAIN HD 6/12/2015
BREAKING NEWS 10 YEAR OLD DIED REVOLUTION ROLLER COASTER SIX FLAGS MAGIC MOUNTAIN HD 6/12/2015
Published: 2015/06/13
Channel: POLICE PURSUIT BREAKING NEWS HD
Six Flags The NEW Revolution NEW FOR 2016! Magic Mountain Roller Coaster POV Animation B-Roll
Six Flags The NEW Revolution NEW FOR 2016! Magic Mountain Roller Coaster POV Animation B-Roll
Published: 2015/09/03
Channel: Front Seat Coasters
Six Flags
Six Flags' 'The New Revolution' VR Coaster: On Ride Video
Published: 2016/03/25
Channel: Theme Park Insider
Revolution Roller Coaster POV cira 2000 Six Flags Magic Mountain California
Revolution Roller Coaster POV cira 2000 Six Flags Magic Mountain California
Published: 2012/11/09
Channel: Theme Park Review
POV: Revolution -- Six Flags Magic Mountain
POV: Revolution -- Six Flags Magic Mountain
Published: 2014/06/13
Channel: SFGAmZone
Six Flags "The New Revolution" Virtual Reality Roller Coaster Magic Mountain NEW FOR 2016 Samsung VR
Six Flags "The New Revolution" Virtual Reality Roller Coaster Magic Mountain NEW FOR 2016 Samsung VR
Published: 2016/03/03
Channel: Front Seat Coasters
Revolution Magic Mountain 1976 Six Flags
Revolution Magic Mountain 1976 Six Flags
Published: 2012/04/24
Channel: RestoreRevolution
New Revolution at Six Flags
New Revolution at Six Flags
Published: 2016/03/03
Channel: Six Flags
Magic Mountain Revolution in Vacation, 1983
Magic Mountain Revolution in Vacation, 1983
Published: 2012/04/29
Channel: RestoreRevolution
The New Revolution Virtual Reality Coaster - Now Open!
The New Revolution Virtual Reality Coaster - Now Open!
Published: 2016/04/24
Channel: Six Flags Magic Mountain
Six Flags St. Louis The New Revolution VR Coaster
Six Flags St. Louis The New Revolution VR Coaster
Published: 2016/05/27
Channel: Six Flags St. Louis
La Ronde "The New Revolution" Six Flags Virtual Reality Roller Coaster NEW FOR 2016 Samsung Canada
La Ronde "The New Revolution" Six Flags Virtual Reality Roller Coaster NEW FOR 2016 Samsung Canada
Published: 2016/03/04
Channel: Front Seat Coasters
Revolution Roller Coaster -- Front Row @ Six Flags Magic Mountain
Revolution Roller Coaster -- Front Row @ Six Flags Magic Mountain
Published: 2009/04/22
Channel: Jogwheel
New Revolution - Virtual Reality Coaster on Shock Wave at Six Flags over Texas
New Revolution - Virtual Reality Coaster on Shock Wave at Six Flags over Texas
Published: 2016/03/04
Channel: GuideToSFoT
New Revolution Virtual Reality Coaster Reverse POV | Six Flags Over Georgia
New Revolution Virtual Reality Coaster Reverse POV | Six Flags Over Georgia
Published: 2016/03/13
Channel: Coaster Addict
Six Flags México The New Revolution Roller Coaster ¡Lo Nuevo en 2017! con Realidad Virtual Samsung
Six Flags México The New Revolution Roller Coaster ¡Lo Nuevo en 2017! con Realidad Virtual Samsung
Published: 2016/09/04
Channel: Front Seat Coasters
THE NEW REVOLUTION: GALACTIC ATTACK VR Coaster Reverse POV | Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
THE NEW REVOLUTION: GALACTIC ATTACK VR Coaster Reverse POV | Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Published: 2017/02/20
Channel: ACE NorCal
New Revolution Virtual Reality Coaster
New Revolution Virtual Reality Coaster
Published: 2016/06/28
Channel: Glens Falls Post-Star
The New Revolution Galactic Attack Mixed Reality Coaster Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
The New Revolution Galactic Attack Mixed Reality Coaster Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Published: 2017/02/08
Channel: In the Loop
The New Revolution
The New Revolution
Published: 2016/03/03
Channel: Six Flags
IRN BRU Revolution Roller Coaster Front Seat POV Blackpool Pleasure Beach UK England
IRN BRU Revolution Roller Coaster Front Seat POV Blackpool Pleasure Beach UK England
Published: 2011/09/14
Channel: Theme Park Review
Six Flags Magic Mountain adds virtual reality to its Revolution Roller Coaster
Six Flags Magic Mountain adds virtual reality to its Revolution Roller Coaster
Published: 2016/03/25
Channel: Orange County Register
Six Flags The New Revolution VR Coaster Guest Reactions
Six Flags The New Revolution VR Coaster Guest Reactions
Published: 2016/05/27
Channel: Six Flags St. Louis
Great American Revolution Model Roller Coaster
Great American Revolution Model Roller Coaster
Published: 2015/01/07
Channel: www.modelcoasters.com
NEW for Six Flags Theme Parks in 2017! NEW Rides & Roller Coasters Announcement!
NEW for Six Flags Theme Parks in 2017! NEW Rides & Roller Coasters Announcement!
Published: 2016/09/01
Channel: Theme Park Review
Recording the Voiceover for The New Revolution Coaster Parody - BEHIND THE SCENES!
Recording the Voiceover for The New Revolution Coaster Parody - BEHIND THE SCENES!
Published: 2016/09/04
Channel: Coaster Studios
"The New Revolution" Six Flags Virtual Reality Roller Coaster NEW FOR 2016 Samsung Gear VR On-Ride
"The New Revolution" Six Flags Virtual Reality Roller Coaster NEW FOR 2016 Samsung Gear VR On-Ride
Published: 2016/03/04
Channel: Front Seat Coasters
Magic Mountain Revolution - POV (1987)
Magic Mountain Revolution - POV (1987)
Published: 2014/07/24
Channel: Carol Kim Pedersen
The New Revolution. RCT3
The New Revolution. RCT3
Published: 2016/07/25
Channel: thrillpro200 rct3
10 Yr Old Girl Dies On Rollercoaster Ride - Six Flags Magic Mountain
10 Yr Old Girl Dies On Rollercoaster Ride - Six Flags Magic Mountain
Published: 2015/06/18
Channel: LandonProduction
1976 Magic Mountain Revolution Roller Coaster ride TV commercial (incomplete)
1976 Magic Mountain Revolution Roller Coaster ride TV commercial (incomplete)
Published: 2013/03/19
Channel: D Heine
The Revolution, Roller Coaster Six Flags Magic Mountain
The Revolution, Roller Coaster Six Flags Magic Mountain
Published: 2008/06/05
Channel: Ryan120420
Marc & Doug check out THE NEW REVOLUTION VR coaster
Marc & Doug check out THE NEW REVOLUTION VR coaster
Published: 2016/03/14
Channel: DADS LIKE US
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For the virtual reality coaster see The New Revolution: Virtual Reality Coaster

The New Revolution
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The New Revolution
Previously known as Revolution (1988-2015), La Revolución (1981-1987), Great American Revolution (1976-1980)
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Park section Baja Ridge
Coordinates 34°25′22″N 118°35′47″W / 34.42278°N 118.59639°W / 34.42278; -118.59639Coordinates: 34°25′22″N 118°35′47″W / 34.42278°N 118.59639°W / 34.42278; -118.59639
Status Operating
Opening date May 8, 1976 (1976-05-08)
Cost $2,000,000
General statistics
Type Steel
Manufacturer Anton Schwarzkopf
Designer Werner Stengel
Model Looping roller coaster
Track layout Terrain
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 113 ft (34 m)
Drop 85 ft (26 m)
Length 3,457 ft (1,054 m)
Speed 55 mph (89 km/h)
Inversions 1
Duration 2:12
Max vertical angle 45°
Capacity 1400 riders per hour
G-force 4.9
Height restriction 48 in (122 cm)
Trains 5 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 20 riders per train.
Flash Pass available
Single rider line available on most days
Must transfer from wheelchair
The New Revolution at RCDB
Pictures of The New Revolution at RCDB

The New Revolution (formerly known as Revolution, Great American Revolution, and La Revolución) is a steel roller coaster located at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California. Manufactured by Anton Schwarzkopf and designed by Werner Stengel, the roller coaster opened to the public on May 8, 1976. The New Revolution is the world's first modern roller coaster to feature a vertical loop and has been recognized for that accomplishment by American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE), who awarded the roller coaster its Coaster Landmark status.[1]

New seats on the New Revolution
Loop at night

The coaster was named after the American Revolution in celebration of the country's Bicentennial. Unlike many of the previous looping roller coasters in the 19th and early-20th centuries which attempted circular loops, Revolution's success was dependent on a clothoid-shaped vertical loop – a first in the industry. In 2016, the coaster received a makeover for its 40th anniversary that included new trains with lap bars and an optional virtual reality experience for riders.[2] The New Revolution soft-launched to season pass holders on March 26, 2016, and opened to the general public on April 21, 2016.[3]

History[edit]

Revolution loop, January 2011

In the mid-1970s, Magic Mountain enlisted ride manufacturer Anton Schwarzkopf and legendary designer Werner Stengel to design and build the first looping roller coaster in modern times. The last known existence of one was Loop the Loop at Coney Island during the early 1900s. Prior to Great American Revolution's opening, a week of testing was needed to properly calibrate the tightness of the wheels, in order to get the train to complete one full circuit. At the ride's opening, staff operating the ride were outfitted with Continental Army-style uniforms to match the time period of the American Revolution, which the country was celebrating for its Bicentennial.[4]

In 1979 following the purchase of the park by Six Flags, the ride's name was changed to La Revolución in honor of the Mexican Revolution. In 1988, the ride's name was changed once more to simply Revolution. In June 2002, a Coaster Landmark plaque awarded by American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) was placed near the line queue in front of the ride. The award was presented in recognition of its accomplishment as the world's first modern vertical-looping roller coaster. In 2005, parts of Revolution had to be dismantled to make way for the park's new Tatsu roller coaster that was being constructed. Revolution reopened with Tatsu on the new coaster's media day on May 11, 2006.

The New Revolution[edit]

On September 3, 2015, Six Flags announced that Revolution would be refurbished for the 2016 season marking the roller coaster's 40th anniversary. It will be renamed The New Revolution, and its track will be painted white and blue. The ride will receive new red, white, and blue trains with the lead cars of each train featuring a silver eagle ornament mounted on the front. The new trains will also be fitted with lap and calf bars. The elimination of the highly criticized over-the-shoulder restraints is intended to provide a smoother, more comfortable ride experience with additional airtime.[5][6]

Six Flags announced on March 3, 2016, that The New Revolution would be among several rides at various parks that would receive a virtual reality (VR) upgrade. Riders will have the option to wear Samsung Gear VR headsets, powered by Oculus, to create a 360-degree, 3D experience while riding. The illusion is themed to a fighter jet, where riders fly through a futuristic city as co-pilots battling alien invaders. The feature will debut with the coaster when it emerges from refurbishment and reopens to season pass holders on March 26, 2016.[7][8][9] It reopened to the general public on April 21, 2016.[3]

On February 8, 2017, Six Flags announced that The New Revolution would offer a new VR experience known as The New Revolution Galactic Attack, the world's first mixed Virtual Reality Experience powered by Oculus VR, the experience is around an alien invasion, in space, in which as riders crests the lift hill, the setting changes into a intergalactic battle seen from an fighter spaceship cockpit. It became available to the public on February 25th. [10]

Incidents[edit]

On May 31, 1996, a park employee was hit and killed instantly while attempting to cross the tracks in the boarding station as a train was returning. The investigation determined she slipped and fell into a 4-foot (1.2 m) pit below, crossing from the side where passengers exit over to the opposite side.[11]

On June 12, 2015, a 10-year-old girl riding the roller coaster was found breathing but unconscious after returning to the station. She was rushed to a nearby hospital and died the following day. According to the local coroner's office, she died of natural causes unrelated to the ride. An autopsy wasn't performed to determine the exact cause, at the request of the girl's family.[12][13]

Pop culture[edit]

Revolution was prominently featured in the climax of the 1977 suspense thriller Rollercoaster. The 1978 cult film Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park features the rollercoaster throughout the movie. It was also featured in the film National Lampoon's Vacation. Dubbed the "Whipper Snapper," the Griswold family and kidnapped security guard Russ Lasky (John Candy) rode this coaster in the final scenes of the film. It was also featured in the episode "Phantom of the Roller Coaster" in season three of Wonder Woman. The coaster is also featured in the 1979 film Van Nuys Blvd.

References[edit]

  1. ^ ACE Coaster Landmark Awards
  2. ^ "Six Flags and Samsung Partner to Launch First Virtual Reality Roller Coasters in North America". www.cbs8.com. Retrieved 2016-03-03. 
  3. ^ a b MacDonald, Brady (March 26, 2016). "Six Flags Magic Mountain turns aging coaster into virtual reality video game". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 28, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Revolution Roller Coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain to Be Renovated After Farewell Run". Westsidetoday.com. September 3, 2015. Retrieved March 4, 2016. 
  5. ^ "The Revolution To Be Reborn As The New Revolution At Six Flags Magic Mountain". The Coaster Guy. September 3, 2015. Retrieved March 3, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Six Flags Magic Mountain announces 'Revolution' makeover at Valencia park". The Signal. September 3, 2015. Retrieved March 3, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Six Flags Magic Mountain Announces North America’s First Virtual Reality Coaster". Six Flags. March 3, 2016. Retrieved March 3, 2016. 
  8. ^ Martin, Hugo (March 3, 2016). "Six Flags Magic Mountain to add virtual reality to a coaster". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 3, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Six Flags announces World's First Mixed VR Coaster Experience". 
  10. ^ Chu, Henry; Nicholas Riccardi (May 31, 1996). "Roller Coaster Worker Dies at Magic Mountain". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 21, 2017. 
  11. ^ Rocha, Veronica (June 15, 2015). "10-year-old girl dies after riding Revolution roller coaster at Magic Mountain". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 
  12. ^ Soley-Cerro, Ashley (June 16, 2015). "Girl, 10, Died of Natural Causes After Riding Magic Mountain Roller Coaster: Coroner’s Office". KTLA 5. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Montaña Rusa
World's Tallest Roller Coaster
1976 - 1977
Succeeded by
King Kobra (tied with Greased Lightnin' and White Lightnin')
Preceded by
Montaña Rusa
World's Tallest Complete Circuit Roller Coaster
1976 - 1978
Succeeded by
Shock Wave

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