Tidal Wave (Six Flags Magic Mountain)

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Tidal Wave
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Tidal Wave was a Shoot the Chute water ride, featuring a 50-foot (15 m) splashdown into a large body of water.
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Opening dateJune 3, 1989 (1989-06-03)
Closing date2019
ReplacedChevron Grand Prix
Replaced by Wonder Woman Flight of Courage
General statistics
Type Shoot-the-Chutes
Manufacturer Intamin
ModelShoot the Chute
Lift system1 conveyor belt lift hill
Height50 ft (15 m)
Drop50 ft (15 m)
Max vertical angle50°
Boats2 boats. Riders are arranged 4 across in 5 rows for a total of 20 riders per boat.
Restraint styleRow lap bar
Height restriction42 in (107 cm)
Fastpass availability icon.svg Flash Pass available
Wheelchair symbol.svg Wheelchair accessible
Entrance to Tidal Wave. SFMM- Tidal Wave 2.JPG
Entrance to Tidal Wave.

Tidal Wave was a Shoot-the-Chutes water ride at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California. [1] The ride was located in the Metropolis portion of the park. The ride's theme was related to a tropical environment featuring several palms and trees. The entrance to the ride was located next to The Riddler's Revenge which is near to JB's Smokehouse BBQ (now Ace O’ Clubs) but in 2017, the entrance was moved to the front of the Boardwalk section of the park to fit with the new theme for 2018. [2] The ride was open from the spring season to late September. The ride temporarily closed in early October for Magic Mountain's annual Fright Fest event; the ride's line was used for a maze. During the winter months, the ride was closed to drain the water and clean the ride along with the splash area. The entrance to the Flash Pass was located at the right side exit of the ride. The ride had two large boats which seat a maximum of 20 riders. [1] Both of the boats were typically used every day.



Tidal Wave opened on June 3, 1989 after there was demand for another water ride in the north section of the park. [3] The park's first log flume, the Log Jammer, opened in 1971 near the entrance of the park. [4] One year later, Jet Stream, a water flume ride featuring a 57-foot (17 m) drop opened near Goldrusher's entrance. While Six Flags Magic Mountain already had two flume rides, the park was missing a shoot-the-chutes ride. [1] Construction began after the tracks of Granny Gran Prix were removed in order to make room for the new water ride. When Tidal Wave opened in 1989, it drew a lot of crowds into the Movie District area.[ citation needed ] Ever since the ride opened in 1989, the ride has undergone no changes.[ citation needed ]In 1990, the ride made an appearance in the Kidsongs episode ''Ride the Roller Coaster''.

In 2017, Tidal Wave closed for maintenance so a new entrance could be added. The ride reopened along with Justice League: Battle for Metropolis on June 12, 2017. [5] [6]

Tidal Wave’s last day of operation was towards the end on 2019 before Fright Fest as a sign was posted at its entrance was it was undergoing maintenance but the ride never reopened. The attraction has been closed since Magic Mountain's reopening from the COVID-19 pandemic and it was removed from the park's website in 2021. [7]

As of August 2021, the ride has been completely removed with the turnaround being the last remnant of the ride demolished. The entrance and foliage still remain though they are also likely to be removed.


Tidal Wave featured one 50-foot (15 m) drop which ended in a large body of water which created a large splash. The 20-seat boat was dispatched from the station and it proceeded by going up a 50-foot-tall (15 m) conveyor belt. As the boat ascended up, many riders enjoyed seeing the right side of Tidal Wave to see the overall track of Green Lantern: First Flight. [1] Once at the top of the lift hill, the boat began turning left 180 degrees. During this stage, the boat gained some speed in order to prepare for the drop. Once the boat was at this point, it began dropping down the 50-foot (15 m) drop. One of the unique features of Tidal Wave's drop was that it was not completely straight down. The drop featured a small bump which gave the boat more speed and created more thrill to the riders. Once the boat approached the large body of water, the boat produced 50,000 cubic feet (1,400 m3) of wave water over 20 feet (6.1 m). [1] The boat then proceeded moving slowly along the flume and turned 180 degrees to the left to enter the station.

Height requirements

In order for guests to ride Tidal Wave, riders had to be at least 42 inches (110 cm). [8] Those who were less than 42 inches (110 cm) were unable to ride due to safety reasons, though Six Flags Magic Mountain labeled the ride as a family friendly ride. For additional safety, the boats featured a lap bar restraint for each row.

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