I Just got back, recently, from an awesome day at the park! Here is a little picture update for you; complete with construction of Log Jammer's replacement.
Magic Mountain's new 2013 attraction! "Desert: The Experience". Awww yeah!
I think our predictions about this ride might actually pretty far off-base. I was told by a park employee, who was handing out surveys, that the ride would be "like Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure". She mentioned that it would break a height record, and make use of Metro's old tunnel for a launch. I know I'm not the first guy to hear stuff like this from park employees who hand out surveys.
I decided to push my luck and ask her if she knew the manufacturer. She didn't, but now we know it will be a launched coaster (rules out the giga possibility).
Whatever this is, it should be opening next summer!
One last construction picture, just for kicks!
Here are my thoughts; I don't care what any park employee says - if they tell you anything that hasn't already been announced, you can pretty much write it off as a guarantee that that is not what the park is getting. I've talked with lots of people at lots of different levels of theme park management and no one is allowed to leak details about upcoming rides unless it is a "publicity leak." So basically if she was actually telling the truth, I'll bet she has now been fired.
Also, I just really can't see MM putting in a strata coaster. A launch coaster yes, they could use a good launch coaster, but not a strata coaster. It'd be pointless with Superman - Escape from Krypton already in the park, and by building Lex Luthor on the tower complex, they've basically guaranteed that S-EfK isn't going anywhere. But picture something along the lines of iSpeed that utilizes the great terrain that SFMM sits on - now that would be truly epic!