Magic Mountain in a Day

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 7:56 PM

From the previous page: 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?

This brings up an interesting question: the consensus on a gameplan thus far has been "run right to X at opening" but shouldn't one run right to the Q-bot booth then to X, especially sine one can add X for $10 a ride (this is only an option with a Gold Q-Bot). It doesn't make sense to me to run to X first, wait, ride it, and return to the Q-bot booth only to find they're sold out.

(BEGIN RANT: And no offense to DumaKey but is there anything else you'd like us to plan for you? Meal times? Bathroom breaks? Souvenirs to buy? Do you need flights or hotels booked? How about a rental car? A lot of what you're asking takes just a bit of common sense to figure out. Are you doing any of your own planning? SHEESH! -- END RANT)

Last edited by Mamoosh, Tuesday, April 14, 2009 7:56 PM
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Tuesday, April 14, 2009 10:25 PM

Carrie M. said:


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

But what if I wanna be a wannabe? To wanna be, or not to wanna be, that is the question . . .

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009 5:46 AM

My "itinerary" plan was based on NOT getting a FlashPass (QBOT). If you want to spend the EXTRA for a GOLD q-BOT with an X2 add-on (ONE ride ONLY), then you should, of course, go straight to the FlashPass sales booth, located next to the lockers Perhaps, though, you might only want to spend enough for the REGULAR FlashPass (X2 upgrade not available) and should get your @$$ to X2 quick, before there is too much of a line. Then go back for the standard FlashPass.

Cost of a standard FlashPass: $34 (one person)

Cost of GOLD + ONE ride on X2: $72 (one person)

Cost of following the route and standing in some long lines: $0

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009 9:10 AM

I agree that at some parks I have an idea of what I want to do first and last. Generally at SFGAm I head to Viper and Raging Bull first in the morning and jump in Superman's line just before closing. That seems to work the best for me. And at Cedar Point, nothing beats a final-hour marathon on Magnum in the Dark!

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Thursday, April 16, 2009 1:26 AM

Do any of you know how the X2 add-on to the Gold Q-bot actually functions? If possible, I would like to know if they simply add X2 to the ride list and then you make a reservation the same way you do on the other rides, or is it totally separate? For example, do they give you a specific time to ride X2 which cannot be changed, and is unaffected by what other reservations you make?

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Thursday, April 16, 2009 2:49 AM

^Whoa, you seem to be the person that promotes this park more then anyone, and you don't know about the X2 add-on? Wow!!

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Thursday, April 16, 2009 4:40 AM

Lol. Yeah I know. My last visit on 3/1/09 was on the last day they used paper flash passes, so I haven't been there on a day in which Q-bots were used yet. I probably won't be able to use it very often but I would like to know just in case I get the chance. The answer to this question could effect which date I decide to go in May, so any help would be appreciated. I have searched the web and have not been able to find any specific information. I am going to SFMM next week, but I am not going to buy a Q-bot, so that visit may not give me an answer to this question.

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Thursday, April 16, 2009 9:44 AM

Why not just stop by the Qbot booth and ask?

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Thursday, April 16, 2009 9:58 PM

I don't want to wait in a long line at the Q-bot building just to ask a question when I have no intention of getting a Q-bot on that visit. The time I spend in line or to see the video could be used to get to X2 ASAP instead.

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Thursday, April 16, 2009 10:34 PM

Why not ask a ride op once you get to X2?

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Friday, April 17, 2009 1:56 AM

Thanks for the suggestion. I was considering that. I don't like to bother the ride ops while they are working and hold up the line but I could do that if I get stopped near the turnstyles at the entrance to the station or at the spot where the queue splits into 2 lines. Otherwise, I could stop at the Q-bot building and ask later in the day if it is still open.

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Friday, April 17, 2009 7:59 AM

I love that the best suggestion in this thread is to ask somebody how FlashPass works for X2... and even that is shrugged off with a "I guess I could try that."

Last edited by robotfactory, Friday, April 17, 2009 7:59 AM
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Saturday, April 18, 2009 1:56 AM

I realize you are being sarcastic, but I do have some reasons. When the ride is over the air gates open almost immediately when the last person leaves the platform. To try to stop and talk to a ride op and get a detailed, possibly long answer to the flash pass question while they are walking around adjusting the restraints for the next set of riders would disrupt the flow of people onto the ride. If I get stopped at the turnstyles or at the point where the queue splits I will ask. Otherwise I will stop at the Q-bot building later in the day.

Coincidentally, I remembered today that you can e-mail questions to Guest Relations, and have asked them about the X2 add-on. Last time I e-mailed them they answered in 2 days, so if I don't get a response before I go on Monday, I will ask someone when I am there. I just wanted to see if anybody here might be able to tell me before that.

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Saturday, April 18, 2009 2:32 PM

Have you considered calling the park and just asking?

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Saturday, April 18, 2009 2:41 PM

I wanted to suggest that to him too. Seems like the best solution to such a serious situation...lol

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Saturday, April 18, 2009 2:52 PM

No kidding.

SFMMAddict, you're making this a lot more complicated than it has to be. It seems like you don't want to talk to anyone and find out yourself but instead want somebody here to tell you everything you want to know.

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Saturday, April 18, 2009 4:13 PM

Don't be to rough on him though. It is fueling somewhat of a conversation.

You make your own life happen right before your eyes...All you have to do is ask. I'm sure that asking a ride op or Lo-Q employee won't put a wrench in the gears of the work that they are doing. Answering questions is part of their job, and some employees really enjoy taking the time to answer questions from customers.

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Sunday, April 19, 2009 1:26 AM

Did any of you read my comment when I said that I e-mailed the park last night before you replied? Also, you do realize that this is a roller coaster forum don't you? What exactly is wrong with asking a roller coaster related question on a roller coaster forum? I thought most of us were here to talk about roller coaster stuff.

I received a response from the park today. They said that you choose a time to ride X2, from a list of available times. Also, that you can make reservations on other rides even if your reserved time on X2 is later in the day.

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