The New Revolution at Six Flags Magic Mountain

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Once again at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, CA. what’s old is new again, and a classic coaster is reborn. Last time was the legendary, “Colossus” reborn as Twisted Colossus and now it’s the American Coaster Enthusiasts (A.C.E.) coaster landmark, Revolution. Re-named, “The New Revolution”, this classic coaster now sports new trains, new paint job, and an all new Virtual Reality (VR) ride experience.

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The classic Revolution made history as the very first coaster with a vertical loop, and once again the ride breaks ground using the latest in VR technology. Riders 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.

Thanks to the new trains riding The New Revolution is a blast, as the ride is super smooth partly due to the removal of the over the shoulder restraints. Now it’s just a lap bar and seat belts.

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The VR experience, while cool, for me was not very immersive. The headsets and the VR has no sound to it. So it left a lot to be desired. Also there is a feature during the first lift where you get to shoot at targets. That feature did not work for me during this media preview.

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I would also say, bring your patience, as Six Flags employees work out the kinks. I feel like this will slow down the queue as loading times will increase while people adjust the headsets. But, the VR is very well done and should be tried at least once. I didn’t feel any kind of motion sickness or anything like that. The headset fit nicely and I never felt like it was going to fall off. I give huge props to Six Flags because it is a COOL feature.

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Unfortunately riders must be 13 or older to experience the VR, so that may disappoint some kids. However they can still ride as long as they meet the 48’ height requirement.

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Overall The New Revolution is a success and I’m so glad it’s back. The entire area looks fresh with a new paint scheme and landscaping. The train station looks great and the VR is a fun addition. Not bad for a 40 year old coaster!

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The New Revolution is open on select dates for season passholder previews now (more info on that here.) and opens to the general public on April 21st.  For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on Twitter and “like” our Facebook page too.

About Daniel Hale

Daniel Hale is a Theme Park Fanatic with a passion for the world of Themed Entertainment, especially Disneyland. As a podcaster he brings his love for all things Disney to his multiple award winning podcast, The DisGeek Podcast. He is also the co-host of the Earvengers Podcast, and co-host of the Getting Dirty Podcast. Daniel can be found at www.disgeek.com and @disgeekpodcast on twitter.