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Should Six Flags Magic Mountain Open in the Rain?

By on 12/18/2010

Today was supposed to be the first day of a two-week run that Six Flags Magic Mountain was going to be open for the holidays. Unfortunately, due to an unusually heavy rain storm that has moved over the Los Angeles area, the park did not open today. The weather forecast is showing continued rains in the area through Wednesday, and Six Flags Magic Mountain will be closed on Friday and Saturday for Christmas, so we’ll be lucky if we get at least one day in the park before Christmas.

I’m not sure about other parts of the country, but here in southern California we really don’t see too many park closures on account of weather. In fact, I’m not sure that Disneyland ever closes due to weather. I know that Disneyland Paris recently had to close because of weather, but it took a near blizzard to do it. I don’t think plain rain is an issue for them. I’ve been in Disneyland numerous times when it was raining, but there are still lots of things to do and lots of indoor rides to go on. Indiana Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain, Astro Blasters, Star Tours, Small World, and Haunted Mansion are all indoors. They may not all be roller coasters, but they are fun rides none the less. Disneyland also has lots of other things to do inside, such as shopping, dining, and watching various shows.

Off the top of my head, I can’t think of a single ride at Six Flags Magic Mountain that is completely indoors. I presume that safety is the number one reason that the park closes in the rain. With every single ride being outdoors and fully exposed to the elements, that is to be expected with anything but clear weather. Judging by the comments on Six Flags’ tweet today about Magic Mountain being closed, people aren’t very happy about it. Now granted, we don’t see nearly as much rain here in L.A. as other parts of the country. However, it’s got to be very expensive whenever the park has to close due to weather. Given that they are only open part-time through the off-season as it is, the loss of revenue has got to hurt.

Why doesn’t Six Flags invest in enclosed rides or even dark rides? I know they made their name from the thrill of the coasters, but aren’t they also trying to become more family friendly? It seems to me that this type of investment would satisfy everyone. Space Mountain is proof that coasters can be enclosed and still be a great ride. Can you imagine doing some inversions in the pitch black? Dark rides are both entertaining and great for families. A few of those sprinkled throughout the park would make for a nice mix.

In addition to still being able to open in the rain with things for guests to do, these types of rides would also provide an additional benefit in the summer. With temperatures regularly above 100 degrees, guests would have a place to cool down when it gets too hot outside. I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather wait in an air conditioned queue for an hour than in the 100+ degree sun. By adding more indoor dining options, guests could come in out of the elements to dry off or cool down, depending on the season.

Other parks in this area are open all year long and seem to do just fine. I think that with a little planning and some capital investment, Six Flags Magic Mountain could join them and still be profitable. There is a ton of land around the park that has not been developed. Why not partner with some big name hotels, restaurants, and retail shops to create something similar to Downtown Disney? Call it something like Six Flags Street and it could be a vacation destination of its own. Instead of “trying to get up to Six Flags for the day”, people would actually come to stay on Six Flags Street all year round, playing in the park, dining in the restaurants, and shopping in the stores.

Now let me hear from you. Does this sound like something you would like to see? Would you like to see a Six Flags entertainment district next to the park? Would you like to see some dark rides? What would you do to allow the park to be able to open in inclement weather?

4 Comments

  1. Ben

    12/19/2010 at 11:16 am

    Ugh, I’ve actually never been to six flags, and was hoping to go this week too. Yes there’s rain but I was hoping that wouldn’t affect it much. It’s too bad. Great blog by the way.

    • admin

      12/19/2010 at 11:40 am

      Thank you. I’m glad you like it!

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  3. Josh

    02/02/2011 at 8:55 pm

    I don’t think they should open if the rain is forecasted to last all day. If there is scattered showers I think the most that should be closed is a few rides here and there.

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