Tidal Wave (Six Flags Magic Mountain)

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Tidal Wave
SFMM- Tidal Wave 1.JPG
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 date2018
General statistics
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)
Flash Pass available
Disabled access Wheelchair accessible
Entrance to Tidal Wave.

Tidal Wave is a Shoot-the-Chutes water ride at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California.[1] The ride is located in the Metropolis portion of the park. The ride's theme is 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 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 is open from the spring season to late September. The ride temporarily closes in early October for Magic Mountain's annual Fright Fest event; the ride's line is used for a maze. During the winter months, the ride is closed to drain the water and clean the ride along with the splash area. The entrance to the Flash Pass is located at the right side exit of the ride. The ride has two large boats which seat a maximum of 20 riders.[1] Both of the boats are 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 features one 50-foot (15 m) drop which ends in a large body of water which creates a large splash. The 20-seat boat is dispatched from the station and it proceeds by going up a 50-foot-tall (15 m) conveyor belt. As the boat ascends up, many riders enjoy 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 begins turning left 180 degrees. During this stage, the boat gains some speed in order to prepare for the drop. Once the boat is at this point, it begins dropping down the 50-foot (15 m) drop. One of the unique features of Tidal Wave's drop is that it is not completely straight down. The drop features a small bump which gives the boat more speed and creates more thrill to the riders. Once the boat approaches the large body of water, the boat produces 50,000 cubic feet (1,400 m3) of wave water over 20 feet (6.1 m).[1] The boat then proceeds moving slowly along the flume and turns 180 degrees to the left to enter the station.

Height requirements[edit]

In order for guests to ride Tidal Wave, riders must be at least 42 inches (110 cm).[7] Guest who are less than 42 inches (110 cm) cannot ride due to safety reasons. The boats feature a lap bar restraint for each row. Six Flags Magic Mountain labels the ride as a family friendly ride.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Kurt (August 21, 2012). "Ride Profile: Tidal Wave". The Coaster Guy. Retrieved July 5, 2013.
  2. ^ "Ride Profile: Six Flags Magic Mountain Full 2013 Map" (PDF). Six Flags. January 10, 2013. Retrieved July 15, 2013.
  3. ^ Chambers, Carlos (June 2, 1989). "'Tidal Wave' to make splash". The Signal. Signal Staff Writer. Retrieved August 20, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Flat Rides". Incrediblecoasters.com. January 16, 2012. Retrieved July 5, 2013.
  5. ^ "Justice League: Battle for Metropolis Construction Tour - March 10th 2017". Coaster Kings. March 11, 2017.
  6. ^ Six Flags MM [@SFMagicMountain] (29 June 2017). "Just Announced! JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis opens to the public on July 12! Who's ready to Join the Leagu…" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  7. ^ "Six Flags- Magic Mountain: Height Requirements". January 16, 2012. Retrieved July 22, 2013.