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Single Rider Line At Six Flags Magic Mountain

By on 03/20/2013

Six Flags Magic Mountain Single Rider Line

Most people don’t go to theme parks by themselves, but if you do, a single rider line can be your best friend. Even if you do go with friends and family, not everybody likes to go on the same rides and end up splitting up at some point. A single rider line usually bypasses the long line and puts you next to a ride operator responsible for loading the ride. They use the single rider line to fill empty seats. Before you wait in a long ride line by yourself, find out if there is a single rider line. At Six Flags Magic Mountain, there are five rides with single rider lines.

Single rider lines are designed for single riders. However, friends do sometimes hit the single rider line together. Just be advised that you will most likely not get to ride next to your friend. In fact, you may not even be on the same ride as your friend. You may be placed on one ride and your friend may end up waiting awhile for another empty seat to present itself on another ride. This is the sign at Six Flags Magic Mountain you will want to look for:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Single Rider Line


Like most rides, the single rider line on Revolution is located at the exit. As you approach Revolution, the main queue is off to the left. You’ll notice a small path that heads off to the right, which is the exit path. If you follow that, it will take you under the track and around the backside of the ride to where people get off and exit the roller coaster:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Single Rider Line

As people get off of the coaster, they exit through one of two turnstiles. There is a small single rider line setup next to them behind a chain. Once the next batch of passengers board the train, the ride operator will look for any open seats. If they see one, they will let you hop in it. The theory is to dispatch every train completely full:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Single Rider Line


The single rider line for Viper is a little confusing. You start by heading up the exit path, but you make the first left and loop around the front of the station and into a path that heads up the stairs, right alongside the main entry stairs. At the top of the stairs, the path hits a dead end at a gate that is blocked on the other side by people waiting in the main queue. Just wait there, but make sure you get the attention of the closest ride operator. If they don’t see you, which is likely if it’s crowded, you will be standing there for awhile:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Single Rider Line

The Riddler’s Revenge

The single rider line for The Riddler’s Revenge is a little different, as you don’t actually go all the way up the exit path. The stairwell you see on the right in the next photo is the exit for this ride, but the single rider line is just around the corner to the left. However, you do take the exit path for the ride to get to this point, bypassing the crowds in the main queue:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Single Rider Line

You’ll see a doorway on the right as you round the corner. This is the single rider line entrance. Go up the stairs and you will end up right next to the ride operator at the front of the train. He’ll direct you to any available seats. If you keep following this path to the left, you’ll pass the lockers and end up where the Flash Pass entrance merges with the main queue:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Single Rider Line

Green Lantern: First Flight

When it comes to Green Lantern: First Flight, we’re back to using the exit path for the single rider line. Just follow the arrows on the single rider signs:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Single Rider Line

After you walk under the lift hill, you will see two sets of stairs on the backside of the ride. You want the first one, just past the elevator, with the sign. This will take you up and place you right next to the main ride operator. They will direct you to the next available seat. Be advised that if the empty seat is on the far side of the ride, you’ll be asked to head down the stairs and back up a flight of stairs on the other side of the lift hill:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Single Rider Line

Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom

The single rider line doesn’t always open when Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom opens, so be aware of that. I want to say they usually start using it around 12:00 pm. Again, just head up the exit and follow the posted signs:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Single Rider Line

You’ll queue up behind the chain seen in this next photo and wait for the ride operator to direct you to the next available seat. The nice thing about the single rider line on Lex Luthor is that you’ll almost always get an outside seat, since you’re the last to be added to the line:

Six Flags Magic Mountain Single Rider Line

Since I visit the park regularly to take pictures for this site, I’m usually there alone more often than I’m with other people. When I’m in the mood to ride something, and the lines are longer than I like, I’ll just hop in a single rider line. I don’t think I’ve ever waited for more than 10 minutes when using a single rider line. The next time you want to ride one of these roller coasters, and you’re flying solo, save yourself some time and use the single rider line.


  1. Eric

    03/20/2013 at 11:27 pm

    Since I do go to the park by myself often, the single rider lines have been a gift from heaven. Of the five rides mentioned here, I have not used the single rider line at Revolution or Viper because the wait for either of those two is not usually very long anyway.

    Ideally, single rider lines should be a part of any new attraction if practical—and most are.

  2. Ralph

    03/20/2013 at 11:58 pm

    Single rider lines are truly the best. I go to the park quite often by myself and they really do help. I just wish they had one for X2 as well. That would be awesome. But for now, we are lucky to have single rider lines for those five rides.

  3. Victor C

    03/21/2013 at 11:50 am

    They need to have single rider lines in all of the roller coasters, attractions and water rides. Why is there no single rider line for Tatsu? If there are empty seats of 1, why can’t they fill them up with single riders?

    • James

      03/24/2013 at 1:48 pm

      The capacity on Tatsu is rather poor as it is. I imagine including a single rider line (which it doesn’t appear the ride queue was designed for it) would make the load times even slower. However, I agree that any ride which can accommodate a single rider line should most definitely have one.

      • Andrew

        03/24/2013 at 6:25 pm

        What do you mean? If it was operated properly and to it’s full potential it would have the most capacity in the park. Even with how it is, it doesn’t have that bad of capacity. So many empty seats go by on it. In fact, last weekend I saw a man come up the exit and tell a ride op he was alone. He got right on the next Tatsu train.

        • The Coaster Guy

          03/24/2013 at 11:07 pm

          Not quite. When Colossus is ran at max capacity, with all six trains, it can serve 2,600 people per hour. Tatsu can only handle a max of 1,600 PPH at max capacity. Huge difference!

          • Bryan

            06/11/2013 at 6:48 pm

            But to be fair Colossus is two seperate circuits that can operate simultaneously. No single circuit coaster can compete.

  4. Jerome Weiss

    03/21/2013 at 3:15 pm

    Thanks for this up date. I go by myself a lot. Plus when I do go with a friend some are afraid of green lantern and Lex Luther. Riddles just plan makes sense to spit the party rather than waiting in the line for a slow to load ride.

  5. Eric

    03/21/2013 at 4:06 pm

    I forgot to mention that Goliath had a single rider line at one point. To use it, you had to go up the exit all the way to the gate out of the boarding area, then take the stairs down to the right, cross under the track, then go up the stairs on the other side. When you got to the top, you were next to the ride op position at the rear of the train. That op then sent you over to where the standby line reaches the top of the stairs and splits into all of the separate boaring aisles, and you just chose which aisle to wait in. I don’t know if Goliath still offers this, but there’s no signage to that effect.

  6. Dane P

    03/21/2013 at 5:35 pm

    I love the single rider line. At animal kindom in disney world i was able to ride Exbidition Everest 8 times in a row with it in about 30 min

  7. dylan

    03/22/2013 at 10:06 am

    i wonder if full throttle will have a single riders line?

    • Eric

      03/22/2013 at 4:17 pm

      Honestly, I doubt it. But I hope I’m wrong.

      • Andrew

        03/22/2013 at 7:07 pm

        Lex Luthor has one and it’s capacity is half of Full Throttle’s so.. Yeah.

  8. Dylan

    03/24/2013 at 8:15 pm

    I don’t mean to be pushy but where’s the full throttle update?

    • Dane. P

      03/24/2013 at 9:13 pm


  9. Dylan

    03/24/2013 at 10:12 pm

    “Cough” “cough” update 🙂

  10. Bryan Walker

    05/13/2013 at 5:47 pm

    Thanks again for this. Heading to the park solo on 05/19 and 05/20. Last time I was there I didn’t even see the single rider signs..I guess they kind of blended in since I wasn’t looking for them. Since I’m going on Sunday/Monday, ideally I hope I wont even need them.

  11. William

    02/29/2016 at 6:27 pm

    for single riders at Disneyland, they put me to ride with other people.

    • The Coaster Guy

      02/29/2016 at 6:53 pm

      Yah, that’s how single rider lines work. You get assigned to an empty seat. You could sit next to anyone.

  12. Benjamin

    04/10/2016 at 11:33 am

    Thank you for this. I was able to ride Riddler’s Revenge three times in about 15 minutes with long lines. Green Lantern took a little bit longer. I went when the lifthill chain for Goliath was inoperable, but my friend told me that, although they do not have a dedicated single rider line, he has been able to use a de facto single rider line on several occasions. Is this true?

    • The Coaster Guy

      04/11/2016 at 7:32 am

      No.I have never heard of them letting single riders onto Goliath from the exit. If this did indeed happen, it was from a ride op who was feeling particularly generous, but it is in no way policy.

  13. Steve

    09/11/2016 at 4:31 pm

    So are these still the 5 rides that deal with single riders ? My girlfriend keeps me company but will not ride any rides so I ride alone on everything except roaring rapids, she can handle that, no drops. Any other suggestions for riding alone or updates on which rides offer this. Thanks. Steve

    • Scott C.

      09/13/2016 at 7:17 am

      I go to the park alone…a lot. Not sure if that is something to be proud of or not, but I have learned to really enjoy it.
      Revolution shut down the single rider line a couple weeks ago. Matter of fact, one day before I visited 🙁
      You will not need the single rider line for Viper, except for extremely busy days. It is usually a walk on, even on moderately busy days.
      Riddler’s single rider line works well, but on a slow day, you might just want to opt for the regular line to be able to choose your row.
      As Kurt said, Lex Luthor line is not always open. Some days, it does not open at all. Even if it is open, if the regular line is not very long, often it is faster than single rider. The ride grouper’s mission is to fill the car completely without using the single rider line. They usually do a good job doing it.
      Advice for Green Lantern….ride once so you can judge…then if you are like me, skip it entirely 🙂
      If you want to maximize your ride count, and you have a gold pass (10 minute early entry), do the following:
      Go directly to Full Throttle. More often than not, the ride is open for the gold pass people. You should get anywhere from 2-4 rides before the general public creates a line for it.
      Take the Orient/Honda Express up and go to Superman. If there is no line, the ride operator will usually let you stay on until there is. My best is 13 times without having to re-enter a line. I did have to change seats a few times. really cool and friendly with the ride operator, as they do not have to let you do this. Having a ride op on your side can go a long way, I have learned. I am sure Kurt would agree.
      When a line boots you off of Superman, go to Ninja. Same thing here, multiple rides are very possible, while having to change seats sometimes.
      Then, whatever you enjoy after that. Using this method, my best ride count was 22 rides by noon! And I don’t move fast, being 51 y/o.
      At least your girlfriend goes to the park with you. 9 times out of 10, I am solo at the park because wifey will not go. Enjoy your day.

      • Steve

        09/15/2016 at 10:25 am

        Thanks Scott, I really appreciate the advice. I usually go on sundays, this past weekend I had 8 rides in by 1, but that included the longest wait at guest relations activating my dining pass. And yes I do have a gold pass so I will take your advice next time and try your route. maybe one day we will meet up and hit some rides together.

  14. Steve

    09/15/2016 at 7:33 am

    Thanks Scott, I really appreciate the advice. I usually go on sundays, this past weekend I had 8 rides in by 1, but that included the longest wait at guest relations activating my dining pass. And yes I do have a gold pass so I will take your advice next time and try your route. maybe one day we will meet up and hit some rides together.

  15. Phidias

    03/26/2017 at 4:22 pm

    Went to SFMM today and was told by the staff at Twisted Colossus and New Revolution that they don’t do single rider. Apparently they did at one point, from some quick google searches, but I got a super unsatsifying “we don’t have a single rider line” with no explanation from the lady at revolution.

    So lame, no wonder the place looks like its struggling to make a profit every year.

  16. Matt

    04/09/2018 at 8:49 pm

    Pretty much the only single rider line left as of April 2018 is Riddlers Revenge. Pathetic.

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