Terminator Defeats Dark Knight, In the Theme Park World
When it comes to movie-themed roller coasters, Terminator Salvation may have the opposite fate of 2008’s Dark Knight. Of course the Dark Knight movie was critically acclaimed and may go down as the best super hero movie (really, it was a crime movie) of all time. But the two Dark Knight roller coasters were hammered with negative reviews all last summer on the blog. You can find about 30 or so angry rants and reviews here, and also several more here.
Enter Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Terminator Salvation The Ride. It’s another Christian Bale led movie with an accompanying roller coaster. Except this year, the movie is getting panned with only 33% positive reviews on RottenTomatoes.com while the coaster is getting some good early reviews.
Brady MacDonald from the LATimes Funland Blog gave Terminator Salvation a somewhat mixed review. He called it a must ride when visiting Magic Mountain and that it ranked up there with Goliath, Tatsu and X2. But he also still considers Colossus his favorite wooden coaster at the park.
Robert Niles from ThemeParkInsider was a bit dissapointed with the ride’s capacity, but then stated: “But Terminator Salvation’s already become my favorite ride at Magic Mountain. Filled with giddy fun and smart story-telling, this is a ride not for a thrill junkie, but for a theme park fan.”
I’m a huge fan of tunnels (or covered sections in this case) and I think that they can add a lot to a ride. There seems to be a few moments of airtime, but since it’s a twister I wouldn’t expect too much. If it’s anything like Dollywood’s Thunderhead, which it looks to be, then Terminator may be the best wooden coaster the West Coast has to offer.
What’s Your Take?
Are you excited about Magic Mountain’s latest addition? Have you ridden Terminator Salvation The Ride? What’d you think? Could Terminator Salvation be the best wooden coaster in the West? Leave a comment below.