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Six Flags Magic Mountain Fun Finder App Review

By on 04/09/2012

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fun Finder

As I was walking through Six Flags Magic Mountain one day, I remembered I had the Six Flags app on my iPhone and that I had never used it. I decided to fire it up and see how it worked. The title of this post may say Six Flags Magic Mountain, but it’s really a Six Flags app that can be used at any of their parks. What follows are my very first impressions.

The first thing you see when you start the app is the welcome screen shown above. You must choose between Park Pal or Fun Wheel. Since I wanted information about the park I was in, I chose Park Pal. I was then asked to select the Six Flags park I was in from a list of all eleven U.S. parks. It will even tell you what the closest park is, as if you wouldn’t know:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fun Finder

I clicked on Six Flags Magic Mountain and was shown the park name, city, and operating hours for the day. I’m guessing I was also supposed to see a map of the park as well, but instead I saw this:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fun Finder

I clicked on the hours icon at the bottom and was shown a nice calendar set to the current date with the operating hours for that day shown below. I clicked around on different days and the hours looked correct:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fun Finder

When you click on the Friend Finder icon, you are given the opportunity to link this app with your Facebook account. Since I wasn’t comfortable doing that, I have no idea what this feature looks like or how it works:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fun Finder

Clicking on the Rides icon presents you with a list of all the current rides in the park, along with their minimum height requirement and thrill rating. They also list coming attractions, such as Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom. This map doesn’t work either, which is a bummer. One thing I’d like to see here is some sort of notation if a ride is closed for the day, either in the text next to the ride name or a different color. Superman was closed for Lex Luthor construction, but you wouldn’t know it looking at this list:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fun Finder

Clicking on the blue arrow next to an attraction takes you to an individual listing for that attraction. In addition to the height requirement and thrill rating, which were both on the previous screen, it also tells you which part of the park it is located in and whether or not you can use a Flash Pass on it. There is also a short description of the ride. This description for Superman did mention that it was temporarily closed, but it should have shown that information on the previous page:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fun Finder

The Events icon shows all of the events that the park has scheduled for the year:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fun Finder

I should point out that if you double-click on a date from the Hours view above, you’ll also be shown a list of any events that are currently happening. For example, when I double-clicked on Apr 7, I saw a list that only contained the Spring Break event.

Clicking on the blue arrow next to an event brings up the specific details for that event. There is even an option for it to create a reminder for you if you don’t want to forget about an upcoming event:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fun Finder

Clicking the Reminder button lets you set the day and time of the reminder:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fun Finder

Unfortunately, I got an unintuitive error when I attempted to set a reminder:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fun Finder

The More Fun icon brings up several more options to choose from:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fun Finder

Just like the Rides icon, the Food button brings up a list of all the places to eat in the park and what section of the park they can be found in. Not surprisingly, the map feature doesn’t work here either:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fun Finder

Clicking on one of the food places brings up a dedicated screen for that location, but it really doesn’t provide you with much information:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fun Finder

The Retail list is exactly the same, but with all of the places that you can buy stuff:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fun Finder

Again, clicking on an item brings up a description of the retail shop and where in the park you can find it. Unfortunately, the list contains shops that don’t exist anymore:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fun Finder

The Character Location option is probably the least helpful. The location is just too vague unless you’re really familiar with the park. Character Photo Location – where do you suppose that is located at? Clicking on them does nothing. Also, not only does Thomas Land not exist any more, but that wasn’t even its name. It was called Thomas Town.

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fun Finder

I was thinking that the Flash Pass list could be useful, if it was current. It still had Deja Vu, Log Jammer, and wait for it….Terminator Salvation: The Ride on the list. Since the Flash Pass device already has the available rides listed, this list would only benefit those who were thinking about getting a Flash Pass and wanted to see what it was good for:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fun Finder

The last two items in the More Fun list were ATMs and Strollers. I’m not sure I’d put these two items in the ‘fun’ category, but it doesn’t matter anyways. When you click on either one of them you get this:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fun Finder

That covers all of the features found in the Park Pal option. The second major option from the Welcome screen is something called Fun Wheel. When you click on that, there are two more options. The Big Scream icon says it will help you discover new thrills. The Social Club icon offers fun things to do with friends. I’m not really sure what either of them do because they both produce this error when you click on it:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fun Finder

There is a small wrench and screwdriver icon on the Welcome screen that takes you to the settings page. The options here are limited and self-explanatory:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fun Finder

Overall, I was not very impressed with this app. I really like the look of it. The graphics and colors are nice and I think it really has some potential. However, it doesn’t quite seem finished yet. Not having the maps working is a huge downside to its functionality. I’m also getting mixed messages on how current the data is. On one hand it shows Superman as being closed and Lex Luthor coming soon, but then it still lists rides like Deja Vu and Log Jammer, both of which were gone before Superman was ever closed. Other than getting everything working and all the data current, I think it really only needs some minor tweaking here and there. Throw in some ads from corporate alliance partners and that will cover the cost of maintaining the app. One major oversight, in my opinion, is the lack of restroom listings. People are always looking for the nearest restroom while at a theme park. Add those, fix everything else, and I think it could be a very popular app. If you need any help with it, Six Flags, please don’t hesitate to call.

11 Comments

  1. Nicholas L.

    04/09/2012 at 8:34 pm

    This App is actually no longer available for download. I heard that this App was done as a test by Six Flags to see what people’s response would be to it. If you still had it after they discontinued it, the Fun Finder would still stay on your device, but certain aspects went inactive. At least that’s what I have heard. I also believe that Six Flags will be making a more “official” for-real App at some point… It used to be quite up to date when it first came out/they were using it.

    • Kurt

      04/09/2012 at 8:50 pm

      Ahhh…very interesting. I just checked and you are correct. I couldn’t find it in the app store. It has been on my phone for awhile. That would explain why the map wasn’t working. But if that were the case, why are some features still being updated? Superman being closed and Lex Luthor coming soon are both relatively new events. Also, the Hours and Events pages are both current and accurate. Any idea when it supposedly went dark?

      • Dylan Reich

        04/09/2012 at 9:00 pm

        It’s possible that it’s just pulling the ride description from their site or a server of theirs.

        • Kurt

          04/09/2012 at 9:26 pm

          I thought of that, but it wouldn’t be their public web server because that doesn’t list the old rides like Deja Vu and Log Jammer. It might be grabbing it from another server that is having new data added to it but the old data isn’t being removed.

  2. caleb

    04/09/2012 at 8:40 pm

    I think a restroom locator like you said and a wait time feature would be amazing. Disneyland has a wait time app that I use every visit. It would sure come in handy at SFMM

  3. Eric

    04/09/2012 at 8:54 pm

    I wonder if they bring this app back they’ll have an Android version. The Mousewait app for Disneyland is available for Android and I have used it, but find that wait times are not always accurate. Having such an app would really be a great thing for Six Flags.

    • Kurt

      04/09/2012 at 9:54 pm

      I think the Mouse Wait app is the one that is dependent on park guests to update. It’s only as accurate as the last time somebody plugged in a wait time. I was at both Disneyland and DCA a few weeks ago and used the official Disney Parks app on my iPhone. Amazing! They really do know how to do things right.

      • Eric

        04/10/2012 at 10:52 pm

        I’ll have to look for the official Disney Parks app in the Android Market. Hopefully they’ll have an Android version available.

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  5. SavageHal

    06/28/2012 at 11:45 am

    I’m going to Magic Mountain this weekend and am hoping they re-post this app before I head out, especially if you can register for a flash pass from the iPhone! They could use a smartphone’s GPS to determine if the person registering for a flash pass is actually inside the park and reject bogus requests.

    I used a Disneyland app recently and loved the crowd sourced ride wait times (they were pretty accurate and helped us avoid going to a ride that had broken down.) I did, however, find myself wishing I could register for the Fast Pass option too from my iPhone. If the SixFlags app does both of these things, it will certainly be popular among park visitors.

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