Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia, California, USA
Well, I never thought I would ever say these words, but I actually had a really good day at Six Flags Magic Mountain. I admit to being a CF fan, and have never really liked SF from an enthusiasts, or business practices standpoint, but after visiting the park yesterday, I have changed some thoughts about the park.
I had not been to SFMM in three years. One of my best friends (and employees) and I were in Vegas on business, and decided to head down to LA Saturday night, going to the park all day on Sunday, and we are now back in Vegas waiting for our flight home. (sorry, I digress)
The day started with the "fungineering show" at the park entrance. Although the show didn't really 'amp up' the guests, I did admire the "guts" of the two guys running the show. Regardless, they truly seemed to be into it, and gave every indication they believed what they were doing.
We purchased a Fast Pass Gold, so it is easy to understand how we managed to get 27 coaster rides in during the day. I had never purcahsed a flash pass, but felt it was worth it.
From an employee standpoint, ALL the employess that I interacted with were friendly, polite and smiled. I did have a small problem with my flash pass, as they did not activate our X2 ride properly. The staff handled it quickly and even suggested the 830pm ride reservation time, which I am very glad was suggested. The view from X2 shortly after sunset should be a poster somewhere.
It was unbelievably hot yesterday, and we asked for, and pleasantly received large cups of ice water at every request. I saw staff "blowing" the walks with leaf blowers on two seperate occasions, and the landscaping seemed to be in great shape as well.
The only 'unusual' thing in the day was Tatsu opening late. Their was some issue, as they had the walk from Revolution to the summit blocked off, and we could see a crane operating at or near the entrance to Tatsu. The ride opened in the early afternoon however and continued to run just fine the rest of the day.
Terminator Salvation was really good, but in my personal opinion is almost as good as Prowler. The tunnels and effects definitely highten the ride experience, and I like the station fly-through. The pre-show was good as well.
The only question I have is Colossus. Does the left side ever run? I have never seen it run, and the trains in the brake run almost appeared to be used as 'parts' for the right side trains.
I truly have a new found respect for SF, as my day at SFMM was a great one.
Yes they do run both sides of Colossus. I've been on both sides at some point this year but I haven't seen them run both sides simultaneously in many years.Last edited by RockDown, Sunday, July 12, 2009 4:39 AM
Glad you had a great day!
How does the gold flash pass work with X2. How much extra is it and do you only get one ride?
I was wondering the same as Grant. Isn't Terminator also an add on to the GFP?
X2 and Terminator are $10 each, per person, per ride to add to the Gold Flash Pass. It is worth it if you really want to ride and the park is crowded. On my last trip on 7/13, X2 had a 2 1/2 hour line and with a reservation I got on in 10 mins. I did not reserve Terminator but was still able to ride it 3 times, near the end of the day, when the line was down to 10 mins. Early in the day it had a 1 1/2 hour line.
The GFP is awesome. The parking lot was filled to capacity and with GFP I was still able to get on 36 total rides. Whenever I reserved a ride it gave me a reservation time which was less than 5 mins away, except for one time when Deja Vu had a 1 1/2 hour line and GFP gave me a reservation which was 8 mins away. It was actually cutting more than 75% off of the lines.
With my Xtreme Play Pass I was able to get the GFP for $47 and it was well worth it to still be able to get on 36 rides even with the parking lot being filled to capacity. In May and June, I was also able to get a regular Flash Pass for either $19 or $21 with my pass, which is just too good of a deal to pass up. On 7/13, they also had 2 trains on every coaster which is able to except for Tatsu which had both stations open and 3 trains running.
They seem to switch tracks on Colossus and Superman every couple of months. I have rode both sides of each of those coasters, each of the last 3 years.
Yes, I had another great day at SFMM. Let the flames begin, lol.
i don't think Colossus has a left side runner anymore. i have never seen it run of all the times i've been there. did you go on superman? i might go in 2 weeks with friends and that's the first ride we're going to go on. i've never been on it. is it really cool and worth the wait?
The left side of Colossus does still run. I have rode both tracks this year. Superman is a great ride but it usually has one of the shorter lines so I don't think it is really neccessary to ride it first.
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