Magic Mountain in a Day

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Lord Gonchar said:Yeah, but the request wasn't for a plan to have fun, it was for a plan to hit all of the coasters.

Which is a joke that cuts me both ways....then again, maybe I have a sense of humor about myself. On the other other hand, if the plan was to have fun instead of hitting alot of coasters, then DisneyLand was the right answer all along. If you're going to MM....then coasters IS what you're planning... ;)

You still have Zoidberg.... You ALL have Zoidberg! (V) (;,,;) (V)

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See? The right people get it. :)

We still need a formal introduction, Gator.

I don't particularly like to over plan either, which is why i generally steer clear from the parks on Saturdays & Sundays. I've become so accostomed to practically walking-on everything that a 30min wait is excruciating. The days of waiting an hour or two or three are long over for me.

I've traded in my 2002 Arrow X4D for a Gravity Group Out n Back. My other car is now a Voyage!

I agree, that's why I always go on weekdays when I can. I only go on weekends if there is no other option, and if I do I always try to go on Sunday. IMO, making a plan for a visit on a weekend during Summer Vacation is a good idea.

My mother (1946-2009) once asked me why I go to Magic Mountain so much. I said I feel the most alive when I'm on a roller coaster.
2010 total visits: SFMM-9, KBF-2
2010 total ride laps: 437

Raven-Phile said:
I sincerely hate it, that in order to have fun somewhere, you have to sit down and map our your entire day to the minute. I've never really been able to do that.

I feel you on that. My wife and I are (finally) taking our honeymoon at WDW in September and it kills me that we had to sit down and schedule dining reservations in advance or we'd risk missing out on places or wasting huge amounts of time since we're going during the free dining promo.

I've never been one for planning visits to parks. Heck, when I'm at WDW I don't usually even plan what park I'm going to until I wake up that day! I tried the planning thing once at Cedar Point when I was about eight years old and it didn't work out so well so I never tried it again. (I think the problem with that plan was "ride Space Spiral to see what else to ride" any time there were gaps in the schedule.)

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If I had only one day at a place like SFMM, CP, or anywhere with 12+ coasters, I'd be making a plan of attack to hit them all. Especially if I knew I wasn't going to get back to that park any time soon.

There's nothing "wrong" with wanting to hit every coaster at a park. There conversely isn't anything "wrong" with taking a park as you come to it. But there IS something wrong with telling someone they are wrong for their particular approach to going to a park.

If you want "guaranteed fun," go buy a bag of Halloween candy... they're labeled "fun size."

Pass da' sizzrup, bro!

^ Best post in this thread Soggy. And I agree completely! :)

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My "overplanning" remark was not meant as a judgement for those who like or prefer to plan. My apologies if it came off that way. I have to agree with Soggy, sometimes planning is a necessity...the trick is to try and not let it drain all the fun out of your day.

I think to some extent we all plan, even us "non planners." If I had a choice between a coaster that is known to open with the park but experience problems later in the day versus one that ran pretty flawlessly I'd run to the first at park opening and save the second for later.

The important thing is to have fun, whether you like it or not.

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Oh...okay. You were kidding.

I guess you have to be in the Gonch clique to get the joke. My bad.

Thanks for all of your help so far, it should make my stay much more enjoyable considering I won't be able to go back there for a long time since I'm from Indiana. Anyway, on estimate, how many Q-Bots would you say SFMM has and how fast they would run out of them on a Saturday or Sunday in June?

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LostKause said:
I guess you have to be in the Gonch clique to get the joke.

I prefer to think it takes a certain level of intelligence and sophistication that few possess.



(that's meant jokingly too)

In all seriousness though, I'm not sure how my original comment could have been interpreted as anything other than tongue-in-cheek.

There is planning (rides X, Y, Z always have long lines I should probably ride those first,) and there is planning (9:02am Ride X, 9:17 Ride Y, 9:30 Ride Z.) One of those is done by smart people, the other by stupid people. Usually when I go, Ill have a pretty good idea of what my first (and usually last) hour or two will be (for instance at CP, its Maverick, MF, TTD in the first hour and MF, and the Magnum Marathon in the last) but in between its what ever I feel like and I just go with the flow.

However, I do love planning a Disney trip. I love pulling up the ERTs, and trying to balence what park(s) on what day I will be doing so we can make dining options.

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For the record, I'm not a member of Gonch's clique... he's a member of mine. ;) (<---whoops, there is it...the universal sign of joking...whew!)

And here we are talking about tongues again... jeez!

"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." --- Benjamin Franklin

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One of the larges obstacles that we have by having a conversation on a message board is that we can't see or hear each other. Communication is limited, and intentions are more difficult to understand.

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I'm a Carrie fanboy.

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I only belong to the RatherGoodBear fan club. Oh and the "Pick On Gonch Parade", which seems to only have one , very handsome!

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Lord Gonchar said:
I'm a Carrie fanboy.

Look! No smiley or winky, therefore it must be true. You heard it here first, boys and girls!

"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." --- Benjamin Franklin

I wanna be a Carrie fanboy too!

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Ensign Smith said:
I wanna be a Carrie fanboy too!

Don't be a "wanna be" for goodness sake. Above all else, never be a "wanna be"... ;)

"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." --- Benjamin Franklin

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