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Traffic chokes LA, 'Full Throttle' roller coaster opens at Six Flags Magic Mountain



Full Throttle, a triple launch coaster featuring a world-record 160-foot tall loop and first ever
Full Throttle, a triple launch coaster featuring a world-record 160-foot tall loop and first ever "Top Hat," debuts at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, CA.
Photo credit: Six Flags Magic Mountain
Full Throttle, a triple launch coaster featuring a world-record 160-foot tall loop and first ever
Full Throttle, a triple launch coaster featuring a world-record 160-foot tall loop and first ever "Top Hat," debuts at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, CA.
Photo credit: Six Flags Magic Mountain
Full Throttle, a triple launch coaster featuring a world-record 160-foot tall loop and first ever
Full Throttle, a triple launch coaster featuring a world-record 160-foot tall loop and first ever "Top Hat," debuts at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, CA.
Photo credit: Six Flags Magic Mountain


Full Throttle — billed as the world's tallest and fastest looping roller coaster — opened to the public Saturday at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

The amusement park is located in Valencia about 10 miles north of a small brush fire that caused the shutdown of I-5 freeway lanes Saturday afternoon; It  was one of a number of region-wide slowdowns due in part to a parade in Hollywood, construction and traffic accidents.

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Motion sickness was not reserved to the roadways, however. Six Flags released a "What to Expect" for those looking to ride the new roller coaster (SPOILER ALERT):

  1. 70 mph on the first (of three) launches
  2. 160-foot loop (a world-record, according to park officials)
  3. High-banked curve to the right and then to the left
  4. Second inversion
  5. Dive loop
  6. Drops rapidly into a tunnel
  7. Decelerates and stops in the tunnel 
  8. Suddenly launches backward
  9. High point of the dive loop
  10. A momentary pause
  11. Drop 
  12. Magnetically launches a third time
  13. Races out of the tunnel
  14. High G-turn to the left

But wait, there's more:

Riders then race up and over a "top hat" that traces the outside of the world record loop, before dropping down rapidly, decelerating and taking the final 180-degree turn left into the station.

Full Throttle is located near the front of the park in a newly themed, five-acre area that includes day and nighttime entertainment, two new food locations and a new shopping area.

Full Throttle is the 18th roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain, more than any other theme park in the world, according to park officials.