If you missed part 1 of this 3 part series, be sure to view it here (link). Thanks again to Dave over at Daveland for getting these magenta gems to shine some color thru again. This was extra nice of Dave considering he hasn’t been to the Mountain in about 30 years! Tatsu is calling your name Dave!
Up first from this set of August 1973 slides is the much photographed Sky Tower. This is an unusual angle, taken from the far north end of the park, not the usual entrance angle.
The bottom right has my beloved Metro Monorail running in all its automatic electric glory. Right up front is the Galaxy double twisty thing and in the distance is Billy the Squid spin and vomit ride, Goliath sits at that spot now.
A couple souvenir prints, (left) The Swiss Twist (recently removed, RIP) with the Galaxy in the background, (right) the Galaxy at night, weeeee.
The Metro Monorail on the right – BRING BACK THE METRO (link). And the great bumper boat ride “El Bumpo”. My grand memories of this ride are slow, unresponsive, hard to steer boats and a smell from that lake that’s hard to describe.
A neat postcard of people trying to have fun on El Bumpo.
Looks like this was mailed in June of 1975. I guess they weren’t impressed with Magic Mountain since they don’t even mention it!
Check out the cars, I want them all! They still use those trams!
Here are a few shots of the Jet Stream. This “modern” flume ride is pretty new here; it was not at the park when it opened in 1971 being added in 1972. I have always liked this ride, it’s still fun today. However, you won’t be going down the left or “west” side anymore, some years back they stopped using that side of the final drop, it’s still there, just not used, why? The Ninja Suspended Roller Coaster changed this view dramatically when it was installed in the 80's.
Valencia grass used to be everywhere at Magic Mountain, it will always be my main memory of the early mountain. (I have no idea if it’s really called “Valencia” grass, that’s just what I call that long wavy grass that doesn’t need to be cut.)
This slide got a little over exposed, but still fun to look at the new Jet Stream Launch tent. This load and unload system uses a turntable like the old people mover ride, super efficient.
From a postcard set, here is the Jet Stream as seen from the ground.
A 1973 “cast member”. I think she’s pretty, is she a waitress?
Here’s a great early Magic Mountain souvenir reflector badge. I wasn’t sure it would scan since you have to tilt it to see both messages, but it scanned ok. “Get high on fun” simple yet to the point, seems much better than “just say no”.
Check back next Wednesday for part 3 from this set.