Park Six Flags Magic Mountain
Park section Samurai Summit
Opening date May 13, 2006
Closing date Unknown
Height 170ft
Drop 111ft
Speed 62mph
Replaced Unknown
Replaced by Unknown
Tatsu is a notable Flying Coaster located at Six Flags Magic Mountain. It is the park's star attraction, alongside the famous X2. 

Ride historyEdit

The park announced the ride on November 17, 2005, about half a year before the ride opened. The original opening date was April 8, 2006. In December, media watched as construction workers topped off the ride's lift. Construction started to fall behind near the winter season. After construction workers failed to make up for the four weeks, Tatsu's opening date was delayed. Following the park's opening delay, the opening was again stalled for two weeks due to bad weather. When construction began on the pretzel loop (March), one of the track could not hook up to the track. Finally, around the time Tatsu was told to open, construction was complete. After a month of testing, Tatsu officially opened with a grand ceremony on May 13, 2006. People were so anxious to get on the ride that they slept outside the main gates!

Ride synopsisEdit

After the train converts from Inverted Coaster to Flying, the train pulls out of the station and into an S-bend that takes riders up the lift hill. Surrounding areas of the park and nearby Valencia can be seen while ascending the lift. Suddenly, the coaster makes a 111-foot downward right turn. After reaching the bottom of the infamous drop, the train enters the 103-foot corkscrew. Next, riders are taken into a downward, then upward turn into a 96-foot zero-G roll. The ride then enters an 83-foot horseshoe, before heading into the famous and notable pretzel loop. After exiting, riders make a slight inline twist. The train then reaches a 135-degree turn before reaching the brake system. Then, riders plunge downwards and then up into the final brake system.



  • The ride is the tallest, fastest, and longest Flying Coaster.
  • It has the only zero-g roll on a flying coaster ever.
  • The ride has the world's tallest pretzel loop, at an impressive 124 feet.


  • The ride took 900 test runs and 163 days of construction to make.
  • Tatsu translates into "dragon" in Japanese.
  • The ride slogan is, "Fly at the speed of fear."
  • In 2006, Mega Builders promoted construction of Tatsu on one of their episodes.


Golden Ticket AwardsEdit

Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Ranking 40 (tie) 41 (tie) 36 32 40 39 28

Mitch Hawker's Best Roller Coaster PollEdit

Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Ranking 34 36 30 37 35

Coaster of the WeekEdit

  • Tatsu took the Wiki's coveted crown for Coaster of the Week from the week of April 14, 2013 - April 20, 2013. It is the second Six Flags Magic Mountain coaster to ever earn this title, after Full Throttle

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