While thrill-seekers have been packing Six Flags Magic Mountain for the last month to enjoy the rides and attractions, especially its 19th annual Fright Fest, a rumor of nightmarish proportions was confirmed on social networks Monday morning.
Log Jammer was riding off into the night on Halloween.
Official word came from park spokeswoman Sue Carpenter who said that the rumors are true, but expressed optimism about what the future holds.
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“Log Jammer is being removed for future park expansion,” she said. “Six Flags Magic Mountain is always evolving, not one to rest on its laurels. We are sad to see Log Jammer leave, but we are excited about the future plans for the area and know our guests will be too.”
Asked if there was any sort of “decommissioning” plan for the ride, which has given thousands of guests a scenic splash and easy ride with a couple of scream-inducing drops, Carpenter said the ride will close with little fanfare.
No more parents will be able to appease their demanding children, offering the slower, gentler log ride as “look, a coaster made of trees!” knowing that their tension levels would temporarily wash away with the splashing water.
It’s even been erased from the park’s website.
Log Jammer was one of the first rides open when the park debuted in 1971. It was the park’s only flume ride until Jet Stream joined the park’s roster in 1972.
”We do have plans for the Log Jammer site and they will be announced in 2012. I know the park’s fans are going to be thrilled with what we have planned for the area.” Carpenter continued. “Log Jammer is going to go quietly, as there are no plans for ‘the last ride.’”
Indeed, with screams that one could attribute to guests at the last night of Fright Fest, the anguished cries of Log Jammer fans faded into the dark Halloween night
The departure of the non-metal-white-knuckler ride that many sentimental guests will miss leaves only Jet Stream, Roaring Rapids and Tidal Wave to provide a semi-gentle cooling off when temperatures in the park soar into the hundreds.
“There are only four water rides at MM and they are needed in the hot summer months,” said Saugus resident Mary Ferguson. “Log Jammer was a nice relaxing ride that you only had to wait an hour for.”
While park officials might have exciting things planned, some people posted comments on Facebook, including some former employees.
“Steve (my husband) used to work that ride,” said Cathy Martin. I worked in the gift store near that ride. I remember tons of guests coming into the store soaking wet after they went on that ride. The Jet Stream was another fun flume ride.”
Robin Bratslavsky chimed in with some memories.
“I LOVE that ride. I remember getting kicked off of it once when I was in 8th grade. We were rocking the boat and splashing with some friends.”
“Progress, schmogress,” said former LA area resident Chris Reed. “For more of us, save Pirates of the Caribbean, the Log Jammer was our first water ride. Gold Rusher must be an endangered species too.”
Those commenting often talked about Log Jammer being somewhat intergenerational.
“Log Jammer and Gold Rusher have always been my favorites,” said Jerrold DeShong.” My Grandma Noreen took us when we were little and rode every ride with us. Those two were her favorites too.”
“Log Jammer is the best ride at Magic Mountain. But then, I still miss the InnerSpace (microscope) ride at Disneyland,” said Suzanne Schroeder.
Suzanne Schroeder: Log Jammer is the best ride at Magic Mountain. But then I still miss the Inner space (microscope) ride at Disneyland.
If anything, Log Jammer was one of the rides that welcomed all guests, with few restrictions.
“Over the years some of the best times were being with my 4 children and going there in the summertime and getting drenched on that ride,” said Marc Deagon. “I have great memories and pictures as well.”
What’s to come in Log Jammer’s well-worn comfortable spot? Watch hometownstation.com for new park developments.