Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report For 2 Sep 2013
It’s been awhile (for me, at least) since I’ve been to Six Flags Magic Magic Mountain, so I thought I’d pop over there today for a quick update. I was a little concerned about the crowds with it being Labor Day weekend, and the last day of the normal operating season before weekend only operations, but I also wanted to see the Toyota event that was setup in the parking lot before it was gone, so off I went.
The first thing I noticed as I pulled up to the parking toll booths was that the signs were already up for the 2014 season passes. I’ll cover this in more detail in another post, but the prices jumped up quite a bit from 2013. Last year they were $64.99 and they went up $8.00 per pass to $72.99 each for 2014. This is not a bad thing in my opinion:
In addition to the new season passes, light pole signs were also advertising the changes we can expect in the park for the 2014 season:
One of the main reasons for my trip today was to check out the Toyota Camry Thrill Ride that was erected in the middle of the parking lot. Unfortunately, they were already done with it and in the process of tearing it down by the time of my visit. I never did get any details on what this was, but from what I’ve pieced together it sounds like it was all for the filming of a TV commercial for the Toyota Camry. It was a mini race track with a professional driver driving the car. However, I also heard that they did take a few select park guests on a trip around the track as well. It just goes to show you how much money there must be in selling cars if they can go through all of the time and expense of building this just for a single car commercial:
There was a huge group of people in the entry plaza, just on the other side of the security checkpoints. However, the bulk of it was for entry into Hurricane Harbor:
This was the only sign of Fright Fest anywhere in the park (the flowers look great!):
Things looked great inside the theme park as well. The landscaping looked nice, the fountain was working great, and even the waterfall was flowing down from the top:
Normally there is a throng of people running to X2 as soon as the gates open, but not today. With X2 being closed due to a rumored broken lift hill chain, I’m guessing everyone headed the other way to Full Throttle. I literally walked up the X2 hill all by myself, with nobody else around. It was very weird:
I continued up the hill, past Tatsu and up the stairs to Samurai Summit. With nobody around, I decided to ride Superman: Escape from Krypton a few times. There were only four of us on it. I rode it four times in a row in the back seat without ever moving. I could have kept going, but I needed to continue my rounds. This picture was taken after I was leaving the ride. People were obviously on Full Throttle, but nobody up on the hill:
And just for the record, the A/C was on the Superman tunnel and it felt awesome!
I stood in the air conditioned Cyclone Bay Arcade for several minutes watching Apocalypse. It was open, and I saw lots of people entering the ride, but I didn’t see any trains running. After about 10 minutes, I finally saw a loaded train cycle. It was probably close to another 5-10 minutes after the first train that I saw the one below cycle. It looked like they were only running one train, and it was extremely slow between dispatches:
Even though the park had been open for about 45 minutes at this point, Cyclone Bay was still very dead with hardly anyone around:
I still can’t figure out what’s going on with the wharf area. They drained it quite some time ago, but not all the way. Each time I return, there’s just a little more water in it, but it’s completely green and full of algae. It just looks hideous:
Anyone know when they took the roof off of the old Crazy Barrels building? Or did it finally fall off all on its own? This is what it looked like today:
Here’s a picture I took of it in April 2011:
As I made my way past DC Universe, there were still no people to be found anywhere:
Not knowing if or when Colossus is going to close down, I still try to ride it whenever I can. As I made my way down to it, I found that it was a complete walk on as well:
I sat and ate my lunch in front of Green Lantern. The line was out of the station, but I didn’t see any cars running. I was there for just over 30 minutes and counted a total of three cars that went through the course. That’s an average dispatch time of over 10 minutes. If I were a betting man, I would swear they were only running one car today.
As I continued back towards the front of the park, the crowds were still few and far between. This is the midway that passes under the Superman track:
It looks like Six Below got a new name. This picture was taken today:
I took this picture on March 29, only about 5 months ago:
Anyone know why they changed the name so soon? It hasn’t even been a full season. I was over at Hurricane Harbor about an hour later and I saw signs for Six Below there.
I made a pass through Bugs Bunny World, trying to visualize where they may put the new kiddie coaster next year. The only thing that I hadn’t seen before was this Kiddie Hi-Striker game, setup in front of Daffy’s Adventure Tours. The guy running it was really nice and said the kids seem to like it:
I felt sorry for the employees standing around in the heat today. It was really hot:
I was expecting Full Throttle Plaza to be where the bulk of the people were hanging out, but even that was dead. There was about an hour wait to ride Full Throttle, and from what I saw while circling the park, that was probably the busiest ride of the day:
I really had to fight my way through the crowd as I headed out through the entry plaza:
With the parking lot being full, and the theme park being dead, I decided to scope out Hurricane Harbor before leaving:
It seemed pretty crowded to me, but since I have only been there one time back in 2005, I really didn’t have anything to gauge it against. Is there any interest in me covering Hurricane Harbor on this site? It doesn’t really fit in with roller coasters, but it is a part of Six Flags. With the recent changes announced for Hurricane Harbor in 2014, I’m wondering if I shouldn’t cover it at least a little bit. Thoughts?
As I was leaving the park for the day, there were still quite a few people streaming in. However, the bulk of them were either wearing swim suits or carrying towels, so they were obviously heading to Hurricane Harbor. It was definitely hot enough:
Did anyone else hit the park during the holiday? Anything exciting to report?