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.
Happy Monday Park Journey Readers, we hope you had a fantastic weekend. Of if you're a 49ers fan like me, hope you're doing ok this morning (I am, thanks for asking).
Today we have an update from Six Flags Magic Mountain where we check out the rumored 2021 attraction location. We also finally have our last look at The Underground as the Speed Store is now officially open and the area appears to be completed. Let's head in for some fun!
Written by Gregg Condon
It was a beautiful day at the park.
My normal plan was to come for a couple of hours to take my mind off the game, but as an added bonus, my friend Chris was making his first ever visit to the park. So it was nice to join in with Chris and his friend Blake for a bit and ride some rides!! I will also add, it's always nice to see parks through fresh eyes. We get kind of jaded on our own parks, but it's cool to see them through somebody who's never been.
After a quick ride on Full Throttle and Goliath, I noticed they have a queue now for the Fish & Chips. I'm sure they've been here for awhile, but honestly, with West Coast Racers I don't think I've actually been to this area of the park since November.
The park was delightfully empty.
Last week Screamscape reported a rumor about a possible 2021 attraction replacing Tidal Wave. A Mack Power Splash. But this one would have a loop.
So, we figured we'd look to see if we could find anything.
The rumor of Tidal Wave's demise has been going around for at least a decade, but honestly, given the prime real estate and the fact that it's hardly ever open, it may actually be true this time.
We'll definitely keep an eye out over the next few months. If they do build something here, and it's DC themed, hopefully they'll actually connect DC Universe and Metropolis.
Heading over to The Underground, it looks like the area is finally complete.
The "at Six Flags" is new since media day.
As is the sign for the Pacific Speedway. Looks nice.
Some cool posters that I forgot to take a closer look at as I was leaving.
The Speed Shop wasn't open for us during Media Day, but it was yesterday.
Here's a look at all of our videos of The Underground we've taken over the past few months, including a land overview, the Speed Shop from yesterday and even the Candy Shop from the first day it was open last year.
Some cool looking merchandise.
Not even sure Universal has Fast & Furious merchandise.
Cool looking shirt.
This also wasn't here for Media Day.
Have to admit, the crew was really crushing it. Dispatches were very fast.
Alright, that's gonna wrap it up. This is generally the time of year where our Six Flags Magic Mountain Updates ramp up, but since there is no construction going on this year I honestly can't tell you when our next one will be.
Probably in a month or so unless anything major pops up.
Thanks for reading as always!!
It's finally here!!
Well, on Thursday. West Coast Racers is finally opening to the public and we were invited out today to experience Media Day which including getting to the park super early in order to fill some seats for the "big guys". As well as getting a reverse POV, lots of awesome off-ride footage and many, many pictures.
Let's head right in for some fun!!
Written by Gregg Condon
Good Morning from Six Flags Magic Mountain!!
My day started off with sitting on West Coast Racers for about an hour. Not a bad way to start the day. It was pretty chilly!!
They've added a LOT more themeing since the previews. The garage looks like, well, a garage now!!
After sitting on the ride I decided to get off and get some sunrise footage of the ride, because let's be honest, sunrise coaster rides are awesome and all too rare.
Including a time-lapse of the area and coaster.
Some really cool details, even on the turnstile.
They've done a really great job with the rest of The Underground. The store wasn't open for us today, we'll do a walk-through next time we're at the park.
A walk-through of The Underground and some off-ride footage of the ride.
54" is pretty appropriate for this ride!
Look!! Established 2019!! So there!! =)
They've really done a great job plussing The Underground in the past few weeks.
Even the Go Kart loading area looks great!
I spliced together two pics for this one, because I think it looks cool.
The ride is incredibly photogenic
We also got some awesome Reverse POV, POV video and Drone Footage!! We love the way this turned out. Shout out to Gabe from Theme Park Duo for riding with me.
And of course, we now have an official POV of the ride!!
They've also added some Fabrication and Paint department videos
More photos of the ride in motion
The Mr Six Bus belongs here!!
A few more pics of the ride in action
So what did I think of the ride? Well, if anything I love it more than I did when we did this review during the previews!!
West Coast Racers officially opens this Thursday (January 9th). We won't be there opening day, but if you will be, tag us in your pics and we'll retweet them!!
Last weekend we were invited out to experience Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Magic Mountain. We also got a preview of "Taste of Holiday in the Park" which begins December 14th.
And of course, we took some time to get a West Coast Racers update now that the ride is testing.
Written by Gregg Condon
Welcome to a damp Holiday in the Park!
The park was not busy due to the weather which meant we got to say hi to our friend Bugs!!
We first headed back to see if West Coast Racers was tesing
The rest of the area is starting to come together a bit, still hoping for some more shade.
The new Coaster Candy store had just opened the day of our visit, and looks great.
Holiday in the Park
Prior to setting out to see the lights, we got a preview of Taste of Holiday in the Park
Everything was REALLY good, we can't wait to head back and try more.
Some of the HITP merchandise
Be sure to buy a bear, and they'll give one to a local charity. We love this.
SANTA!! I know him!!
The popular S'mores stations are back.
Boo, no spider. =)
Lots of awesome characters all around the park
The big globes of Merry Lane are back!
The front of the park looked great with the ground wet from the rain
Love this picture
Holiday In The Park continues through January 5th, you can find more information about the event here.
Today we headed up to Six Flags Magic Mountain for our first "park" update in a few months. Between vacations, Fright Fest and everything else it's been kind of hard to get up for a daytime visit. Plus with Apocalypse closed it was kind of getting repetitive since we couldn't see more of the ride.
But not today!! Not only was the back area open, but more of the area is starting to take shape. We have a LOT to get to today, so let's get to it!!
Written by Gregg Condon
Early entry FTW!!
Hey Tatsu, we see you hiding back there.
DE-NIED!! Well, hope you enjoyed the update!!!
Actually, the area was closed while Apocalypse was still testing. We had to come back later.
Sling Shot is open as well
Ready to head Underground?
Video update and pics continuing below
The station is really starting to take shape
It's gonna be awesome to see trains flying overhead in all directions
And lots of them!
Twisty stuff all over the place
More of the station
The rest of the area is, well, not done. Crossing our fingers they don't leave it like this.
There were supposed to be a lot more planters than two.
Launch and electrical stuff.
Some were expecting testing to start tomorrow, don't see that happening, but it should happen very soon.
Twin Charged Tacos is open!!
Street Tacos and Sopes.
Would have greatly preferred more Coke Freestyle.
But it looks quite nice inside.
The restrooms are also open, very nice but no pics inside. Because that's just creepy.
An overhead view from Samurai Summit.
This is as far as you can get for now.
Holiday in the Park
The park is preparing for Holiday In The Park, which begins in (checks calendar), 13 days? Didn't Fright Fest JUST end?
Merch already available in the stores.
Including, Christmas Poop Hats? I mean, what did you eat!?!?!
The globes are back in Metropolis.
Lots of lights strung up for Rockin' Universe.
Around The Park
A few random odd's and end's from around the rest of the park.
Revolution is currently running 1 train. The other train is on the transfer track. Not sure if it's getting pulled off or if it's coming back soon.
Some Fright Fest props are still waiting to get put away for the winter.
Superman (and Lex Luthor) are currently closed.
More Fright Fest stuff lingering. They should do a "dark Christmas" theme in this area. =)
Alrighty, that's going to wrap it up. We'll obviously be keeping our eyes on West Coast Racers over the next couple of weeks for testing and an opening date. As soon as we know, you will too!!