Yesterday I headed up to Six Flags Magic Mountain for their first day of daily operations in over a year. It was great to be back in the park, I saw some very encouraging things and overall had a really fun visit.
In this update I'll share some of my thoughts on the park, covid protocols and what you can expect if you'll be visiting the park in the near future.
Written by Gregg Condon
I arrived about 10:10 for my 10:30 reservation. I wasn't hopeful when I saw this, but they opened parking about 10:15 and I was in the park by 10:30.
I did a full walk around of the park and commentary on my day. Be sure to check it out on our YouTube channel.
The queue for the temperature check and security. They ARE checking reservations. I saw somebody with a reservation for Sunday get turned away. So please, make sure you show up at your reserved time.
Lots of signs around the park and even outside the park. I found the completely touch-less temperature check and security to be a breath of fresh air and I hope all of the parks go this route. Not only does it give people a great first impression, but it's so fast and easy.
They currently have only 2 of the new security check devices, but you literally just walk through it. There was zero wait.
We missed you too!!
Lets head into the park
Absolutely zero wait at the gate. If you have a new pass they'll give you your pass card here.
It felt great to walk through these gates.
Lots of "rest" and food area's where you normally wouldn't see them.
I headed for Revolution first, figured I needed to start on something "easy" after a year of no riding, plus I absolutely LOVE Revolution
Social Distancing, cleaning and loading every-other row!
About to ride my first coaster in over a year. Tell me you can't see a smile through a mask!
It was a beautiful (and slightly warm) day
Heading over to Full Throttle. This was pretty much as empty as I saw the walkways all day.
20 minutes after park opening, lots of cleaning already going on!
A reminder, the stickers on the ground are there for a reason. Use them!
Not even exaggerating, I must have seen 100 sanitizer bottles throughout the day. It's amazing to see.
Social distancing FTW!
After a nice back-seat ride on Full Throttle it was time to grab a bite to eat.
I tried to do the mobile ordering at Wascals, but they were having some issues. No biggie, these are the kinds of things to expect after a year of the park not being open.
I had to ride Road Runner Express because I was wearing a Vekoma hat. And it's the only Vekoma in the park.
More seating locations where there aren't normally seating locations!
DO THE SIX!!
Batman was closed, it is apparently getting some new paint.
All of the Green Lantern stuff is still here, will be shocked if the new coaster doesn't use this as the entry/station/queue.
Don't see any panting yet
Social distancing markers in the games area too!
I know I sound like a broken record with all the dining area's, but seriously, it's impressive how prepared the park is.
If rumors are true, Tidal Wave isn't going to be around much longer.
I do think the park needs more than 2 water rides, so hopefully they'll get some kind of splash battle or something in the next couple of years.
Some pics of Riddler's in action, because why not. Click to see larger views of each.
Justice League was closed when I walked by, but apparently opened later in the day.
Gold Rusher was also closed when I went by, but did open later.
The Underground was definitely the most popular area when I was at the park.
After a quick water/mask break I had to take a ride on West Coast Racers
From this angle I didn't think people were social distancing, but they actually were. So yay!
The park has gone to 100% mobile/card payments, but you can actually convert cash to a card at kiosks around the park. Really great idea!!
So overall I had a really great day at the park. There were some technical issues, but it's to be expected after the park has been closed over a year. I mean, you wouldn't try to start your car after a year and expect there to be no issues. Right?
So just be prepared for ride down time and slower loading times due to cleaning and distancing.
All that said, there are a few things I would like to see changed. Namely, more drink locations. Again, they are still re-staffing, but with the heat and masks it would have been nice to have more places to just get a drink vs having to wait in line.
But that's small compared to all the good at the park.
Kudos to Six Flags and the park staff for taking all the precautions they did. It's so great to have the park open and I can't wait to go back soon.
Last week the long-awaited Justice League Battle For Metropolis opened at Six Flags Magic Mountain with an amazing media event.
Very different than past media events at the park, this was more of a party for the ride and new area more than just a "working media" event where there's lots of downtime for filming, etc.
Written by Matthew Nelson
I think we're in the right place
Looks like we've made it!!
Some great entertainment was set up
Oh yeah, this is here too
(growly voice) I'm Batman!!
No, WE'RE Batman (Batmen?)
Riddler's new sign looks great, and the ride is running amazing!!
All lit up and ready to go.
The Justice League was on hand to open the ride
We're The Justice League (and I'm Batman)
Fly on over to Magic Mountain and Join The League!!!
Also be sure to check out our video of the awesome pre-show
Last night we got a special preview of the all new Justice League Battle for Metropolis at Six Flags Magic Mountain.
We're going to share some pictures, no spoilers of course. They actually took away our camera's and phones for certain parts of the attraction. We also have a quick review of the ride, again, no spoilers.
Written by Gregg Condon
It's officially summer in Southern California, but it sure makes for some nice pictures.
Tidal Wave's entrance is now moved, it was still closed. It's desperately needed right now.
Something is behind here.
Some walls are down and you can see the Hall of Justice. They still have some work to do before media night tomorrow.
Excited to ride Riddler's again.
Despite all the rumors to the contrary, they did paint this wall. It looks great in person.
We had a bit of time before our ride on Justice League so went to ride Apocalypse. The re-track has definitely helped this ride.
We are among the first to ride. You can get one of these buttons as well if you attend on opening day. They will be giving these out until they are gone.
As close as we got to Ace O' Clubs (until tomorrow night)
The Hall of Justice looks great!!
So does Riddler's Revenge with it's all new fancy sign.
Inside the Hall of Justice
Unlike the other versions where all of the statues and pre-show stuff is just in the queue, this version actually has two pre-show rooms.
Cyborg explains the ride
Some video of the pre-show.
YES!! There is a Single Rider Line!!!!
The ride is amazing.
For me the gold-standard for "shooter" rides is MIB at Universal Orlando. So I'm not going to say it's on that level. But every time I rode I had to remind myself that this is at SFMM. For me it was a cross between Transformers at Universal Studios and Buzz Lightyear. I'm not the biggest fan of Transformers so thought this was much better. The screens and scenes blend seamlessly and I think this is going to be a huge hit for the park.
I haven't ridden the other versions so I'm not sure what's different on this one vs the others other than the pre-show. Hopefully once some others ride we'll do some comparison updates.
But this is definitely a MUCH needed family attraction to a park that's short on them.
After closing down the park we always see Raccoon's hanging out. This visit was no exception.
Beautiful Moon over the park as we headed out.
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