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.
Park is Ready to Open with Extensive New Safety Measures in Place
VALENCIA, California — March 18, 2021 —Six Flags Magic Mountain announced plans to reopen the park to members and passholders on April 1 and 2, and to the general public on April 3, 2021. In accordance with state reopening guidelines for theme parks, Six Flags Magic Mountain will operate at reduced attendance levels utilizing a new reservation system. The park is also implementing extensive safety measures including several new advanced technology systems to protect guests and employees. The plan, developed in consultation with infectious disease experts, sets standards for executing at the highest levels of hygiene and social distancing protocols. These procedures will be adjusted on an as-needed basis to ensure compliance with state and county recommendations.
“Six Flags Magic Mountain is the undisputed Thrill Capital of the World, and we are excited to get our park open and our world-class collection of coasters running again”, said Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Park President Don McCoy. “Our team is eager to return to work and entertain our guests in a safe environment, providing the much-needed fun and escape we have all missed this past year. I am also looking forward to seeing guests come out and experience West Coast Racers, our newest racing coaster that was only open briefly in 2020.”
Los Angeles County will continue to operate a COVID-19 vaccination site in Six Flags Magic Mountain’s parking lot.
The park’s reopening date is subject to change based on local, state, and federal guidelines related to COVID-19. Detailed reopening plans include:
Park Reservations System to Control Capacity
Six Flags Magic Mountain has established attendance caps that are in accordance with current state guidelines to allow for proper social distancing. All Members, Season Pass holders and all guests with a single-day or group ticket will need to make a reservation at www.sixflags.com/reserve. Guests who need single day tickets will be able to reserve during the purchase process.
Protocols for the safe operation of rides
• Easy-to-identify distance markers have been added in all ride queue lines;
• Handrails, ride units, and restraints will be regularly sanitized throughout the day;
• Riders on all roller coasters, rides, and attractions will be physically distanced in accordance with state guidelines; and
• Masks must remain on while experiencing a ride or attraction.
Health Screenings for Guests and Team Members
• Contactless IR thermal imaging will be used to screen temperatures of guests and employees prior to entry;
• Advanced security screening technology will allow for touchless bag checks;
• Individuals will be required to acknowledge and abide by the company’s health policies, which prohibits park entry if guests have recently been exposed to or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19;
• Following CDC guidelines, all guests over the age of two and all team members will be required to wear face masks covering the nose and mouth throughout their visit/work day; and
• Disposable masks will be available at Guest Relations, and reusable masks will be available for purchase at in-park retail locations.
Strictly Enforced Social Distancing
• Easy-to-identify distance markers have been added in all park entry, restroom, retail locations, and ride and dining queue lines;
• Dining areas have been adjusted to allow ample space between seated parties;
• Viewing areas are marked for guests to observe animal exhibits as well as game play, and arcade games have been reconfigured or deactivated to comply with social distancing requirements; and
• Guests viewing outdoor entertainment will be separated by a minimum of six feet.
Extensive Sanitization and Disinfecting Protocols
• Trained and dedicated cleaning teams have been put in place;
• Increased sanitization and disinfecting of high touch points including all public seating, tabletops, counters, handrails, doors, and trash cans will occur frequently;
• Restroom staff will be available to disinfect each stall and sink area on a frequent basis;
• Multiple alcohol-based hand-sanitizer stations will be located throughout the park; and
• All work areas will be regularly sanitized and disinfected.
Sanitized Food Preparation and Service
• Modified menus and implementation of mobile food ordering will help facilitate touchless transactions;
• Self-service buffets and salad bars will be reconfigured to eliminate guest contact with food;
• Condiments, self-serve cutlery, and napkins will be provided to guests with their meals as required; and
• Attendants will serve beverages, and guests will receive drink bottle refills in a paper cup each time they refill.
Commercial-Grade Cleaning Equipment and Supplies
• All employees will be issued Team Member Action Packs which will include: two reusable face masks, safety glasses, and disposable gloves;
• Low pressure backpack sprayers will be utilized for disinfecting large areas;
• Abundant supplies of sanitizers and disinfectants will be available;
• Microfiber cloths will be used to sanitize surfaces; and
• Queue line supplies, fencing, and tents will be in place to promote safe social distancing.
Multi-Layered Guest and Team Member Communication
• Frontline team members will go through extensive COVID-19 training;
Safety messaging and reminders will be communicated on Six Flags’ website, newsletters, and in-park announcements;
• Distance markers and physical distance indicators will be in place; and
• Informational safety signage will be posted throughout the park.
Virtual Hiring Fairs
As one of the largest seasonal employers in the country, Six Flags Magic Mountain is currently hiring team members for the 2021 season. The safety of park guests and employees is always the company’s top priority, and applicants may now apply for jobs in a virtual and contact-free environment.
About Six Flags Magic Mountain
Six Flags Magic Mountain, known as the Thrill Capital of the World, is home to more than 100 rides, shows, and attractions, including world-class roller coasters like West Coast Racers, Twisted Colossus, Full Throttle, and X2.
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Yesterday we drove out to Magic Mountain to check out the Cruis’n The Park Car Show put on by West Coast Customs.
I remember as a kid going to car shows at Kevin’s Burgers in the San Fernando Valley and this brought back a lot of those vibes. It’s great fun if you’re a car lover or just want to drive through the park again.
We chose to go during the day since we’d already driven through the park at night for holiday in the park.
Written by Gregg Condon
Check out video of the event, pics are down below.
The Cruis'n the park car show runs weekends through March 14th. You can see all of the details here.
Happy Thanksgiving Eve everybody, and welcome to our first Six Flags Magic Mountain update since, checks calendar, February. Wow.
This is definitely the longest we've ever gone between updates from the park, but we've got a great one for you today. We've now experienced Holiday In The Park Drive-Thru experience twice, and we absolutely love it.
Below are some pics from Saturday and last night, and a video drive-through from Saturday. We also did a live-stream last night which was a lot of fun, even if Mariah Carey stole all of our ad revenue.
Let's get to the fun!
Written by Gregg Condon
Hi X2 ... hope we get to ride you soon!
The entrance to the park, we aren't going in this way.
Remember, you must have a reservation to drive through the park!
You start off going through the employee entrance.
Video from our experience on Saturday. I think it's time for a new GoPro, ours is 6 years old and it shows. But still, hope you enjoy! We enjoyed putting this together.
Hello old friend. I would say the chances of this being set up in the "Bus Parking" section of the Underground are very high once the park reopens.
Let's head in for some holiday fun!
You start off in Rockin' Universe!
And them move through the Boardwalk. CraZanity was running, and I really did want to jump out for a ride!
Merry Lane looking as festive as ever!
A few things in The Underground, and some cool cars!
All of the performers were great, distanced and wearing masks!
These LED lights need to stay on the Ninja supports! Who's with me!?!?
Always loved this area of the park during the holidays
Some new characters on the hill heading towards Viper
Chances that these penguins are from Astroworld and have been sitting in storage for 16 years? =)
You really do drive through the entire park (except Samurai Summit)
Hi Sylvester!!! We miss you!!!
Our favorite Mrs. Claus. Hope her and her sister Lurane, Lorraine are doing well. =)
Likewise, hope these LED lights on Goliath remain.
Somebody had some fun as Lex Luthor is indeed Jewish (it's canon, we checked)
SANTA! I know him!!
We had an absolutely wonderful time at Holiday In The Park, and we'll be back for sure. It's a totally stress-free evening of fun. The entire experience takes about 40 minutes and the line to get in has been about 25-40 minutes, which isn't bad at all.
Plus, you get to drive through a theme park. How awesome is that?!?!
Have you experienced the Holiday In The Park Drive-Thru experience? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Happy Friday everybody and welcome to another update from Six Flags Magic Mountain.
It's been a couple of weeks since our last update, but there is now DEFINITELY something going on around Tidal Wave. So let's head in and take a look at what it can be.
Written by Gregg Condon
Welcome to Six Flags Magic Mountain!
Got a new phone this week so took some pics around the park to break it in a bit. So far I'm very happy with my iPhone 11 Pro. Can't wait to check it out during Haunt Season.
Old Glory flapping in the wind
I rode 3 different Premiere coasters at 2 different parks. Just because I could. =)
Screampunk District is still looking great!
We've got our update in video mode as well!!
Looks like some plumbing work going on in DC Universe
According to this, Tidal Wave will reopen at some point this year. Will it be it's last?
Some trimming has been going on in this area
I had never noticed that dividing wall there, but I don't usually wear my glasses in the park, so it could have always been there. =)
Definitely something going on over here
Some markers, this one is C-8
And just a few feet away, C-9
Does somebody not know what a Telephone is?
Something was torn up near the Metropolis restrooms
These are new, nice that they are there!
Alrighty, that's gonna wrap it up. We'll have an update from Universal Studios Hollywood up sometime tomorrow.
As always, thanks for reading and watching!