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Tips for visit to Magic Mountain

 

Good morning, friends.

I’ve been following website for a long time.

In addition to always stay updated on new rollers, it is a great base of information with tips and photos of the parks.

I believe you guys know MagicMountain very well, because there are several records of visits

In late August of this year (26/08), I'm going to Los Angeles and I´ll visit Magic Mountain.

I would like know if you could give me some tips, such as:

Are there big lines on weekdays (28/08) at the park? Is it possible to visit all rollers in just one day or should I buy the flash pass?

I'll be staying in Anaheim. Can I make to the park at 8am if I leave Anaheim at 6am? I’d appreciate if you have some tips!

 

Sorry about the spelling errors.

I am brasilerio and am learning English

 

Thank you,

Eduardo Munari.

 

It looks like the park is open 10:30am - 6pm on August 28th.

 

The local school district starts classes on August 14th so I would assume that crowds will be pretty sparse. It should be a good day for riding. I would show up at opening and hit Full Throttle and X2 first thing (since they are not included with the Flash Pass). Then take a look at the lines and see if you think you need a Flash Pass. Talk the park employees also and see what they think. It will be likely that you won't need one.

 

If you are driving from Anaheim give yourself a good 2 hours to drive the 60 miles through LA traffic. So, leaving at 8AM would be a good idea. There is a restroom outside the gates you can use that is usually open prior to 10:30AM. And I would also suggest buying your ticket online prior to getting there so you don't need to mess with that.

 

Hopefully a few locals will chime in as well.

 

I believe this is the schedule for the biggest local school district: William S. Hart Union High School District

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Tips for visit to Magic Mountain

 

Good morning, friends.

I’ve been following website for a long time.

In addition to always stay updated on new rollers, it is a great base of information with tips and photos of the parks.

I believe you guys know MagicMountain very well, because there are several records of visits

In late August of this year (26/08), I'm going to Los Angeles and I´ll visit Magic Mountain.

I would like know if you could give me some tips, such as:

Are there big lines on weekdays (28/08) at the park? Is it possible to visit all rollers in just one day or should I buy the flash pass?

I'll be staying in Anaheim. Can I make to the park at 8am if I leave Anaheim at 6am? I’d appreciate if you have some tips!

 

Sorry about the spelling errors.

I am brasilerio and am learning English

 

Thank you,

Eduardo Munari.

 

From Anaheim, SFMM is less than 90 minutes with no traffic, but on weekdays the drive time is usually close to two hours. The park typically opens at 10:30 A.M., so I would recommend leaving Anaheim at 8 A.M. You do not want to arrive at the park before 9:30 A.M. as the parking lot likely won't be open and you'll just be waiting in your car for a while.

 

Some schools will be back in session by the last week of August, but not all of them, so I would guess it won't be dead but won't be overly crowded. You should definitely be able to do all the coasters in one day without the Flash Pass, but you may not have much time for re-rides. I would recommend budgeting for at least the regular Flash Pass, but don't buy it ahead of time. Once you get there, if you find lines longer than 30 minutes for a number of attractions, go get one.

 

To do all the coasters most efficiently, I would recommend starting at Full Throttle, then go counter-clockwise around the park. Bypass Goliath and Scream and head to Batman and Green Lantern. From there, continue around the park until you get to Tatsu, then climb up the hill, ride Ninja (if it has reopened) and Superman, then go down the back and go around clockwise, picking up Scream, Lex Luthor, Goliath, and the kiddie coasters on your way to X2, Viper, and Revolution. Since the park is only open until 6 P.M., this will probably fill all but maybe an hour of your day, so if you have extra time go re-ride your favorites or ride anything you skipped. If you find yourself running short on time, follow this:

 

-If you haven't ridden Tatsu by 3 P.M., go immediately to Tatsu, then X2, then Goliath

-If you haven't ridden Goliath by 4 P.M., go immediately to Goliath, then X2

-If you haven't ridden X2 by 5 P.M., make that your next ride

 

SFMM gets a lot of criticism, but if you're going there just to ride coasters you'll have a good time. Just don't expect to find much else to do there, and be prepared for average service compared to other major parks.

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Just got the park newsletter.

 

Go Fresh Café

Vegetarian and vegan food options including veggie burgers, meatless chick’n strip basket, salads

 

Is now mentioned by waterfront. Are their really enough population that is vegetarian for them to have a vegetarian restaurant?

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Just got the park newsletter.

 

Go Fresh Café

Vegetarian and vegan food options including veggie burgers, meatless chick’n strip basket, salads

 

Is now mentioned by waterfront. Are their really enough population that is vegetarian for them to have a vegetarian restaurant?

Chicken strips can't be called chicken strips if they don't have actual chicken in them

 

I'd say there are more vegetarians and vegans out there than you'd think. This is probably a smart movie for the park since vegetarians don't have many other options at the park.

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Today I was at Great Adventure in New Jersey. Lex Luthor is soooo much better than Zumanjaro! They won't launch Kingda Ka trains if "Zoo" is up or going up. The sway because of Superman makes Lex so much better. Also the ascent on "Zoo" is very slow until you get half way up. Then it speeds up. No speech or any sound when you arrive at the top. Again, another win for Lex. Lastly, the regular, flash pass and single rider lines all merge together at the platform entry = slow single rider movement. Lex wins again with the single rider merge.

 

how does lex do the single rider? where do they merge them? I did the single rider line on Zumanjaro(4) times, and every time, the standby que goes faster. I wont use it anymore. NJ strict laws suck.

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Just got the park newsletter.

 

Go Fresh Café

Vegetarian and vegan food options including veggie burgers, meatless chick’n strip basket, salads

 

Is now mentioned by waterfront. Are their really enough population that is vegetarian for them to have a vegetarian restaurant?

Anywhere else in the country you'd be right, but this is Los Angeles('s park), so yes there definitely are enough vegetarians.

 

Today I was at Great Adventure in New Jersey. Lex Luthor is soooo much better than Zumanjaro! They won't launch Kingda Ka trains if "Zoo" is up or going up. The sway because of Superman makes Lex so much better. Also the ascent on "Zoo" is very slow until you get half way up. Then it speeds up. No speech or any sound when you arrive at the top. Again, another win for Lex. Lastly, the regular, flash pass and single rider lines all merge together at the platform entry = slow single rider movement. Lex wins again with the single rider merge.

 

how does lex do the single rider? where do they merge them? I did the single rider line on Zumanjaro(4) times, and every time, the standby que goes faster. I wont use it anymore. NJ strict laws suck.

Yeah I mentioned that issue when I was detailing the single rider lines on the previous page. The reason that happens is because unlike a coaster where you have 2 or 4 seats to a car and you will often have groups of 1 or 3 which leave empty seats for single riders, lex luthor has 2 gondolas that each fit 8 people. This gives the grouping employee lots of options and makes it much easier for them to completely fill the gondola. Filled gondola means no single riders. Thats why I said if the standby queue isn't > 30 minutes, there's no point in going through the single rider line cause the standby line will probably be faster. Even though the single rider line puts you right at the front, you could stand there 20 minutes or more until there's an open spot because most gondolas already leave full.
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I'm not sure how many fit at DOD Zumanjaro but the Single line here at Droop of Doom is usually the least crowded wait since you go straight to the merge point. thru the exit. (And the exit queue is in no way near as long as other ones like Green Lantern. Darn I got to get in shape before attempting to use the EXIT line for single riders.

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^^^ unpredictable. Rode one time with about a 2 min wait. Next time it was close to 30 min

Thats the nature of a single rider line. How fast it moves depends purely on the grouping in the standby line. The only predictability (or probability) lies in the configuration of the cars. With Riddler you always get on fast because there's 8 rows of 4, that leaves empty seats constantly. Green Lantern has multiple cars with rows of 2 (on each side) so theres often singles. With Lex there's essentially 2 rows of 8, which rarely leaves empty seats depending on the skill of the grouper.

 

Im pretty sure Zumanjaro uses the same gondolas, its probably 8 across. The single rider lines arent long at all, the only special line thats unusually long is the Goliath Flash Pass queue, that thing is ridiculous.

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^^^ unpredictable. Rode one time with about a 2 min wait. Next time it was close to 30 min

 

Interesting. I never had more then a 5 min wait on single rider line for DOD. I have used the single rider line probably a 50 times for that ride.

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^^^ unpredictable. Rode one time with about a 2 min wait. Next time it was close to 30 min

Thats the nature of a single rider line. How fast it moves depends purely on the grouping in the standby line. The only predictability (or probability) lies in the configuration of the cars. With Riddler you always get on fast because there's 8 rows of 4, that leaves empty seats constantly. Green Lantern has multiple cars with rows of 2 (on each side) so theres often singles. With Lex there's essentially 2 rows of 8, which rarely leaves empty seats depending on the skill of the grouper.

 

Where was Riddler's single rider line? I waited over an hour for that coaster while basically every other attraction was a 15 minute wait or less.

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Where was Riddler's single rider line? I waited over an hour for that coaster while basically every other attraction was a 15 minute wait or less.

 

For Riddler, start by walking up the exit path, but don't go up the staircase that you see riders exiting from (with track above your head). Go to your left around the building and you will see a doorway on your right marked with the SRL sign and a staircase inside leading up. This staircase takes you right to the ride operator who will put you on the next train. Riddler's SRL is awesome, you can walk onto the ride virtually any time of any day no matter how busy it is.

 

One addition, if you get to the lockers you went too far.

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^Yes, actually. I was just at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor on Monday and gave the Flash Pass a try. WORTH EVERY PENNY! We were able to do probably 60% more rides with it and didn't have to run around all day to do everything. Here's how the system works: You are given a waterproof wristband/watch with a chip in it. To reserve rides, you go to any kiosk in the park (there seemed to be one near every slide tower and a couple others at miscellaneous locations) and everyone in your group scans their band. You then pick which slide you want to reserve (it is good on all slides), it will tell you the wait time, and then you confirm by scanning your bands again. Your watch will display a timer counting down, and when it reaches zero you just go to the ride, enter through the Flash Pass line, scan in, and go straight to the tower. You will still have a short wait (5-10 minutes usually), but you get to bypass the switchback queue at the bottom, which can get up to 45-60 minutes for some rides. Once you get down the slide, just go back to a kiosk to reserve your ride.

 

Now, I only got regular, but since you are going on the weekend I recommend investing in Gold. With the regular pass, your wait time is equal to the actual slide wait, but with Gold it is about half as long. I believe the price difference is only $10-15, so it won't break your budget or anything.

 

I'm not sure if you've been to SFHH before, but I'll post my opinions of the attractions below for you (or anyone else) who hasn't and is considering going (ratings compared only to others of the type):

 

Bamboo Racer: A standard mat racing slide, pretty much the same as most of them (aka fun in a group, boring by yourself). The line usually isn't too bad for this one. 6/10

 

Black Snake Summit: This tower has two levels with different attractions. The lower level features two enclosed single tube slides, which are pretty good (better than Tiki Falls, but not as good as Lightning Falls), while the upper level features two enclosed spiraling body slides, the tallest in California (these are just okay, and do give you a bit of backscratching). Due to a classic Six Flags mistake (replacing one slide on this tower with the two Bonzai Pipelines slides, but not upgrading the plumbing), one of the Black Snake Summit body slides is closed for the season, rendering lines for this attraction very long. I recommend doing the tube slides, but only do the body slide if you really enjoy enclosed speed slides. 6/10 for body slides, 7/10 for tube slides

 

Bonzai Pipelines: New for 2014, this is the best ride in the park, my favorite speed slide anywhere, and one of the scariest waterslides I have ever been on. The ride features a trapdoor launch, and riders have the option of either a seven story freefall or an enclosed high-speed helix. Definitely ride both of them, and then re-ride your favorite if you have time. This ride gets long lines, but do not miss it! 9/10

 

Lightning Falls: My favorite of the three innertube slide towers at the park, this one features three flumes. One of the flumes is enclosed for the first couple turns, then opens up for the rest of the ride, and the other two flumes are open the whole way down. This is the only tube slide that allows double tubes (only on the fully open slides). I recommend riding this one multiple times, especially since the line moves fast. 9/10

 

Lost Temple Rapids: The park's family raft ride, this one is just okay. I'd recommend riding first thing in the morning as a warm-up ride, but after that don't ride again due to the wait and the dull ride. 6/10

 

Reptile Ridge: This tower has five small body slides: three enclosed and two open. The enclosed slides are decent, but the open slides are pretty mediocre (I think they're geared toward kids). There's usually a short line for this, so it's worth a ride. 7/10

 

Taboo Tower: A speed slide tower featuring three different slides: a freefall slide with an enclosed beginning (Daredevil Plunge), a multi-bump slide (Escape Chute), and an enclosed spiraling slide (Secret Passage). I'm not a huge fan of these rides, as all three rides are backscratchers to a certain degree (Escape Chute is the worst for this), though Secret Passage is better than the Black Snake Summit body slides. This tower is worth riding if the line is short (it usually is), but if you have to miss one attraction at the park this is the one to skip. 5/10

 

Tiki Falls: Probably my least favorite slides at the park, this tower has three enclosed single tube slides. It's not a terrible ride, but the similar Black Snake Summit tube slides are better. However, Tiki Falls does have one of the fastest moving lines in the park. 5/10

 

Tornado: Standard Proslide Tornado, good ride but once you've been on one they're all pretty much the same. This usually gets the longest line in the park, so I recommend riding early. 7/10

 

Overall, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor is a good waterpark, but it's not one of the best. You'll have a good time there, just expect it to be crowded and decide what you want to ride ahead of time.

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^^ Great write up.

 

I have been before (We have season pass). I just never used the fast pass. We usually go earlier in the season or on weekdays.

s Hurricane Harbor on Monday and gave the Flash Pass a try. WORTH EVERY PENNY! We were able to do probably 60% more rides with it and didn't have to run around all day to do everything. Here's how the system works: You are given a waterproof wristband/watch with a chip in it. To reserve rides, you go to any kiosk in the park (there seemed to be one near every slide tower and a couple others at miscellaneous locations) and everyone in your group scans their band. You then pick which slide you want to reserve (it is good on all slides), it will tell you the wait time, and then you confirm by scanning your bands again. Your watch will display a timer counting down, and when it reaches zero you just go to the ride, enter through the Flash Pass line, scan in, and go straight to the tower. You will still have a short wait (5-10 minutes usually), but you get to bypass the switchback queue at the bottom, which can get up to 45-60 minutes for some rides. Once you get down the slide, just go back to a kiosk to reserve your ride.

Do they scan it at the bottom or at the very top?

 

I was wondering if you can have it scanned at the bottom immediately put in another ride while your waiting that 5-10min.

 

Edit: NVM I See you have to scan it at a kiosk vs the one at MM.

 

Still not sure I'll get it. I wonder if their is a discount on fast pass for Season Pass Holders.

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Hey Single Rider, My wife and I will be at Magic Mountain on Saturday (2pm) and all day Sunday of July 19th and July 20th, Should we get a fast pass on Sunday? will it be crowded on Sunday July 20th, 2014. You seem to be very knowledgable.

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Visiting the park today (kind of busy, normally I try to avoid busy Summer days) and I noticed in line for X2 that they had one of the old Superman cars underneath the tracks. It was funny seeing, I thought they reused the chassis from it or something. I guess not image.thumb.jpg.0bd60067adf1b3fd4d4c5560d9e6a0b7.jpg

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Friends.

Thanks for the information.

I heed not the start time (10:30) h. I'm leaving at 8:00 pm for the park.

I try to go in favorites (X, Viper, Tatsu, Apocalypse, Colossus, Full Throttle, Goliath, Revolution, Scream, THE RIDDLER'S)

 

Planned path:

1.Full Throttle

2.Colossus

3.Goliath

4.Scream

5.The Riddler's Revenge

6.Apocalypse

8.Tatsu

9.Viper

10.X

 

If you have time, will the other rides

 

Thanks again.

Eduado

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