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Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report For 4 July 2013
This is a Six Flags Magic Mountain trip report for the 2013 4th of July weekend. We ended up going to the park for the July 4th Fest activities on July 4th, as well as a second trip during the evening of July 5th to visit and have dinner with some out of state friends that happened to be at the park while on vacation.
Even though the park wasn’t scheduled to open until 10:30 am, we showed up shortly after 9:00 am on July 4th, with a can of Coca-Cola in hand, to get in early for the ERT on X2, Viper, Revolution, and Full Throttle. By the time we got there, the ERT line was already quite long. We were way back in the line, close to the Season Pass office:
Even though it was the 4th of July, all of the flags were being flown at half-mast out of respect for the 19 firefighters that had just lost their lives in an Arizona wildfire:
We figured the ERT crowd would probably be split between X2 and Full Throttle, so we chose Full Throttle. We chose poorly. I think most of the people chose Full Throttle.
When we entered the Full Throttle Plaza, I noticed there was a new fence that was now blocking of the old path that went around the Freestyle building during construction:
I’m still not entirely sure what they do here, but I think it’s a lighting control station for the Full Throttle Plaza at night. Regardless, it has a matching new fence as well:
From the Sky Tower, you can see exactly where the new fence was placed. Since it was dusk, you can also see some guys starting to work in that lighting control station:
Those lighting controls that were previously within arms reach of the people in the Full Throttle queue have been secured inside of an electrical box:
The portion of the Full Throttle queue that passes underneath the track has been lined with some corrugated sheet metal. I’m sure this is a safety measure to protect the people waiting in line as the coaster launches, and vice versa:
The Full Throttle station has finally received a covering. Although it doesn’t provide much protection when the sun is low in the sky, it’s still better than nothing:
Here’s what the new station covering looks like from the Sky Tower:
Another new change is the addition of storage boxes mounted to the fence on the far side of the train for people to put their stuff in while riding Full Throttle:
While the storage boxes are marked Train 1 and Train 2, the actual trains themselves are not marked in a manner that the typical park guest would be able to tell them apart, so I’m not quite sure what good the labels actually do:
I am not a fan of storage bins or cubby holes in roller coaster stations. As I waited in line, I carefully observed the use of these bins and determined that they add a significant amount of time to each coaster dispatch. There is not much room on the exit side of the platform, so when people exit the ride, there’s already a lot of congestion. Rather than file out the exit gate, everyone is trying to get around each other to get to the bin that has their stuff in it, making matters worse. Now add in the people that are boarding the ride who have climbed through the coaster and are trying to get their stuff into a bin and it’s a total mess. By the time those people get back in the coaster and secure their restraints, an extra 20-30 seconds has already been added to the dispatch time. It doesn’t sound like much, but for a 50 second coaster ride, that’s a considerable amount of wasted time, especially for a coaster that already has a low ride capacity. I know some people are going to disagree with me, but I don’t think people should be carrying anything when they get on a roller coaster. When it’s your turn, you should just sit down and go. When the ride is over, you get up and leave. That would make the line move so much quicker.
The stickers that were on the arm rests of the trains did not last long and have already been removed. However, new stickers have been applied on the sides of the trains. I’m thinking this would have been a good place to label them as Train 1 and Train 2:
The remaining construction wall has been covered up with the wrap that was saved from the main construction wall that has already been removed. It looks better than the plain blue wall, however it’s kind of silly that it still says “Coming Summer 2013”:
I was hoping that the “vendors” referenced in the new High Sierra Traders sign meant we were going to get some new retail shops in this area, but I guess this is all we get:
Part of what was advertised for the July 4th Fest was a Coca-Cola “Open for Summer” zone, with a live DJ, refreshments, and interactive experiences. Unless it was all the way back in Cyclone Bay, I did not see it at all. What I did see was the outside of the Golden Bear Theatre setup for what I think was a concert. The small sign said “Rodeo Drive” at 5:00, 6:00, 7:00, and 8:00 pm, but I have no idea what that is. I’m guessing it was a band that was going to play that night, but I’m not sure. We hung around in the park until well after noon and didn’t see anything Coca-Cola related, so we left kind of disappointed:
Like I mentioned above, we came back the next night to see some old friends. I hadn’t been to the park in the dark for awhile and some of the lighting really caught my eye. I’m not sure if they’re new or not, but the lights around the Orient Express sign really stood out nicely. I’m guessing they are LED lights and they really looked good in the dark:
As I was standing in front of the Six Flags Photos booth in the front of the park, I glanced over at the big ads they were showing on the large monitors on the back wall. I can’t wait for the 2012 season to get here so I can get me one of these:
As we were leaving the park, I was amazed at how many people were actually waiting for the bus. If you’re familiar with the layout of the park, the line stretched from the front of the bus you see to where I’m standing, in front of the Sheriff’s station. I walked to my car in lot C relatively quickly, but there were cars parked all the way out in the gravel overflow lot, so I guess I’d take the bus too if I were parked way out there:
I want to give a shout out to our friends, the Weber family, who came all the way down from Oregon to experience Six Flags Magic Mountain for the first time. They absolutely loved the coasters and want to come back as soon as possible to ride them all again:
Did anyone else hit the park this weekend? Let us know how it was!