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Loaded Dogs And What The Fried Snack Shop

By on 04/13/2012

Six Flags Magic Mountain What the Fried

I read an L.A. Times article (here) this morning that talked about the new deep fried snacks that are now being served at Six Flags Magic Mountain, such as Twinkies and Snickers bars. He was referring to the new offerings at the former Johnny Rockets location located in the front of the park, in the Six Flags Plaza. What caught my attention was that he said the snack shop was called “What the Fry.”

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 11 Mar 2012

The Johnny Rockets signs came down awhile ago, but no new signage has been installed to indicate a new name, despite the place being back open for business with a different menu. The 2012 park map lists it as “Dogs & Snacks”, because they are selling gourmet hot dogs and various snacks, which is what I’ve been calling it. I saw this next sign out front last week, but I thought the “What the Fried” was just a catch phrase from the marketing team to call people’s attention to what was being sold inside:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report 07 Apr 2012

With three different names now being thrown around, “Dogs & Snacks”, “What the Fry”, and “What the Fried”, I figured a quick check with the park was in order to see if there even was an official name for this place. The PR department quickly confirmed that the official name for this location will be “Loaded Dogs” and “What the Fried.” I’m not sure if that is supposed to be one name or two, but I’m guessing two since the above sign only mentioned the What the Fried name. The park map was printed up before a final name had been decided, so they had to go with a generic name. The park also indicated that the new signage for all food locations will hopefully be up by the end of next week.


  1. Mark

    04/14/2012 at 12:08 am

    I trust SFMM’s maintenance department to keep their rides safe but I don’t trust fried junk food to keep my heart safe. Fried Twinkies? Really. It’s maximizing calories while minimizing food content. It’s especially not recommended before going on rides that spin you around.

    It would be nice if there was somewhere in the park to get fresh vegetables and whole grains served on washable plates (no trash, please). Panda Express isn’t quite that. I’ve kept some better food in a cooler in the car in the parking lot for each of my visits to SFMM, with a larger meal for after all of the loop de loops.

  2. Josh

    04/14/2012 at 4:08 pm

    Is the picture of the restaurant current? The reason I ask is that I see part of the Metro track up there and I’m not sure if that section has been removed or if it’s still there.

    • Kurt

      04/14/2012 at 5:43 pm

      You have a good eye, Josh. That is a picture from an earlier article that I re-purposed. The building still looks exactly the same as of today, but the monorail beam is indeed gone. 🙂

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  4. Eric

    04/15/2012 at 12:27 pm

    I don’t know what all the hoo-ha is about serving fried Twinkies, batwings, and other such fare. You don’t have to eat that if you don’t want to. However, I do agree that it would be nice to have whole grain buns, fresh fruit and veggies, and other healthier food available for those who may want it. But there just may not be the demand for healthier food at most theme parks. A lot of people will eat healthy at home, then use their day at a theme park to “let their hair down a bit.” One day won’t hurt you. But it’s about choice. Take care of yourself or don’t. Even with the hot dogs: you don’t have to get them “loaded” if you don’t want all the stuff on them. I never do. Plain with a little cheese and chili is just fine for this sugar-challenged guy.

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