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Tatsu is a steel flying roller coaster manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard and located in Samurai Summit at Six Flags Magic Mountain. It opened on May 13, 2006, and is the world's tallest, fastest and longest flying coaster, the only flying roller coaster to feature a zero-gravity roll, and has the world's highest pretzel loop.

History

Announcement & construction

Rumors of a new roller coaster being built at Six Flags Magic Mountain first emerged in the summer of 2004.[1] Land clearing in Samurai Summit began in mid-2005, with track for the new roller coaster later beginning to arrive from Ohio. Construction permits filed by Six Flags Magic Mountain as well as a trademark for the name "Tatsu" (filed on August 23, 2005) were later found by the public.[1][2][3]

Tatsu was officially announced to the public on November 17, 2005.[4]

Both Revolution and Roaring Rapids were temporarily closed in order for the roller coaster to be built.[2]

Opening ceremony

Tatsu's media day was on May 11, 2006, with hundreds of fans staying at the park overnight to be among the first riders ever on the coaster and witness its opening ceremonies for the ride at 8:00 AM.

The opening ceremonies began with a few words from Six Flags Magic Mountain general manager Del Holland, followed by a speech from Six Flags CEO Mark Shapiro outlining his plans for the company.

Two screens on either side of the stage showed riders waiting in Tatsu's trains, and after Del Holland struck the gong on stage, the ride officially opened. As the coaster went through its first inversion, fireworks and confetti went off.

After construction and testing was complete, Tatsu opened to the public on May 13, 2006.

Tatsu broke several records upon its opening. The roller coaster is the world's tallest, fastest, and longest flying roller coaster. The roller coaster also holds the record for the highest pretzel loop which is high and is currently the only Flying roller coaster to have a zero-gravity roll.[5][6]

In summer 2018, LED lights were installed on the wheels of Tatsu's trains, giving the illusion that they're on fire.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Six Flags Magic Mountain
  2. 2.0 2.1 Tatsu
  3. Tatsu
  4. The newest Six Flags "Species of Fear" revealed
  5. Roller Coaster Search Results — Flying coasters with zero-G roll
  6. Roller Coaster Search Results — Flying coasters with Pretzel Loop, sorted by height

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