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My 2014 Wish List For Six Flags Magic Mountain

By on 12/14/2013

Six Flags has already announced all the major additions and changes coming to their parks in 2014. Goliath at Six Flags Great America will be shattering some wooden roller coaster records, Medusa at Six Flags Mexico is getting the crowd-pleasing Iron Horse treatment from Rocky Mountain Construction, and Six Flags Great Adventure will be stealing the world’s tallest drop ride record with Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom.

Every park in the chain is getting something – some just bigger than others. Since Six Flags Magic Mountain just got a record-breaking roller coaster in 2013 with Full Throttle, they won’t be getting anything new in 2014 for the hardcore thrill seeker as they focus on an expansion of the kid’s area. Batman and Colossus will be running their trains backwards for a limited time, but that’s just a new experience and not really a new ride. And, since we already get to ride Colossus backwards during Fright Fest every October, it’s really just a new experience on Batman. Not that I’m complaining! I’m really looking forward to it.

Even though Magic Mountain will still be busy in 2014, with the expansion of Bugs Bunny World and a brand new family roller coaster, I’m still going to refer to it as an off year. There’s nothing major happening like clearing an entire hillside and installing a world record-breaking launch coaster. Calling it an off year is probably not the right term, and the park will likely disagree with me, but I think you know what I mean by it. What I’m going to outline below is a series of things that I’d like to see the park implement during this off year that will not only improve their guest’s experience, but it also shouldn’t break the bank.

Park Entry

  • “No Bags” Security Lines: This is something that the park does periodically on an ad-hoc basis during times of really heavy traffic, but I’d like to see it be a standard offering. When every available security lane (up to 19) has 40 people backed up waiting to get through, and the majority of them have bags that need to be manually checked, I always feel like I’m being punished for having to wait in this line without a bag. Provide an express lane for those of us who don’t pack in a bag with them.
  • Entry Plaza Shade: A large crowd always forms in front of the main gate shortly before opening. During the summer months, the hot sun bears down on everyone, often times making the wait unbearable. Some canvas shade, like those giant colored triangular pieces at different angles, would be much appreciated. Even just a few sections strategically placed to block the morning sun that time of year would suffice.
  • Entry Plaza Food Cart: I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people waiting in line at the gate talking about how badly they wanted a coffee, or soda, or water. I’ve been one of them as I waited for almost an hour in the hot sun. I think there should be some sort of food cart that sells drinks, pastries, doughnuts, etc, in the entry plaza during the morning when there is a captive audience.

Park Events

  • Anniversaries: For a park that claims to be proud of having more roller coasters than any other park on the planet, they sure don’t seem to celebrate them much. I think the park should celebrate the “birthday” of each ride. Decorate the station with balloons and streamers, offer some season pass holder ERT that morning, and maybe hand out some cheap tchotchkes like stickers or buttons. If the ride has a photography system, maybe offer free photos if you provide your own Six Flags USB key, regardless of the year.
  • National Roller Coaster Day: Every August 16th is National Roller Coaster Day. When I called Six Flags Magic Mountain last year to see what they had planned, the guest relations person I was speaking to had never even heard of it. After putting me on hold for about 15 minutes to go ask her supervisor, she came back and said they had nothing planned. As I said above, for a park that has more roller coasters than any other park on the planet, they sure don’t seem to celebrate them much. You would think that this park, more than any other, would completely embrace this day and want to own it more than any other park. Give out free front-of-the-line passes to the first 100 people through the gate, or free buttons, or have a random drawing throughout the day for special prizes. Even a sign across the main gate recognizing the day would be better than nothing. Do something!
  • Holidays: There’s a bit more cost and planning involved with this one, but I’d really like to see Magic Mountain do more on holidays. Other than Fright Fest in October, they really don’t seem to do much. There was a big 4th of July Fest sponsored by Coca-Cola this year, but unless it all happened in the evening, we didn’t see anything out of the ordinary. I’d really like to see them do some sort of massive Holiday in the Park celebration like some of the other Six Flags parks do. They can spice it up a bit and make it appealing to the younger crowds that frequent the park. They could easily do some simple promotions for Valentines Day (Viper track looks like a heart) and St. Patrick’s Day (Green Lantern, Riddler’s Revenge).
  • Concerts: It’s time for Magic Mountain to bring back concerts to the park. They once had big names grace the stage at Golden Bear Theater, and many people have very fond memories of these concerts from their youth. Nowadays, I think the only musical acts to play the stage are christian bands and the occasional KidzBop auditions. Most of us know why they stopped holding them, but I’d like to think those days are behind us. Other Six Flags parks have very well known acts play their stages every year, and I think Magic Mountain should do the same. I’m not talking about Justin Timberlake, Madonna, or Maroon 5, but up and coming artists that are headed for the big time, or perhaps an occasional older band for those of us longing for some nostalgia. I’d even be willing to pay an extra $5-10 for a ticket to a decent concert, beyond the price of my park admission.
  • Live Action Shows: There is a very large outdoor theater/stadium that, in my personal opinion, is being wasted. It takes up a very large piece of real estate and is only used 17 days a year as a Fright Fest maze, which could easily be relocated to an area behind the park. Prior to that, there was some sort of BMX show that I think only ran a couple of seasons. The last real show to use the venue was the live-action Batman show, and the stadium was called the Batman Action Theater (BAT), but that was a long time ago. All of the props you see in the theater, such as the helicopter, were from that show. They should either produce another live action show for this space or demolish it and put in some new state-of-the-art flat rides. (this would take quite a bit of investment)

Sky Tower

I’m not sure if it’s the iconic status it has for the park or the ice cold air conditioning, but there’s something about the Sky Tower that I really like. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear to get much love these days. As an original attraction to the park from 1971, and visible from throughout the entire Santa Clarita Valley, it should be cherished. Show any roller coaster enthusiast in the world a silhouette outline of the Sky Tower and they’ll immediately recognize it as Six Flags Magic Mountain. The following is a list of enhancements that I’d like to see made to the Sky Tower.

  • Cleaning: I hate to say this, but the cleanliness of the Sky Tower is despicable. From the moment you step into the elevator, you can see a thick, dark build-up of dirt and grime all over the walls. The only clean spots are where the operator leans against the wall and rubs the dirt off, making the rest of the dirt even more noticeable. The windows, both in the elevator and in the observation tower, are hardly ever cleaned. I’m often the very first guest of the day in the tower and the windows are always covered with oily hand and nose prints. I can understand the difficulty of keeping the outside of the windows clean, but there’s no excuse for not keeping the inside clean, especially at the start of the day before the first guest arrives. I’ve been told by more than one employee that they aren’t given cleaning supplies. I know that’s not true, but I do believe they’ve probably never been handed a bottle of cleaner and been instructed to clean the windows.
  • Paint: This is an expensive item, but as the most prominent icon of the park, the paint on the Sky Tower should be kept in pristine shape at all times. It’s very old and faded and is now starting to crack and chip off in many places. It’s due for a refresh.
  • Lighting: This is another expensive item, but how cool would it be for the tower to have a state-of-the-art LED lighting package on the outside? In addition to making it look majorly cool at night with a programmed light show, they could also easily promote stuff with it. Not that I want to see ads down the side of it, but it would look better than the hand-tied rope lighting that says things like “Grad Nite 2013” they hang down the side now.
  • Snack Shop: The top of the tower is a great place to cool down and get a great view of the park, but there’s nothing else up there. They used to have a museum up there, but that was short lived and eventually removed. I’d like to see a small snack shop, a place to get cold drinks and maybe a churro or ice cream bar. Another idea I had is to sell Dole Whips up there. Many people don’t realize that there are something like seven different flavors of Dole Whips (now called Dole Soft Serve). How cool would it be to have the first Dole Whip Bar that sells every flavor of Dole Whips?
  • Wi-Fi Charging Bar: How about a bar top that lines the inside wall of the tower with bar stools and lots of power outlets for people to charge their electronics? This would be a perfect draw to get people up there where they could sit in the A/C and enjoy a Dole Whip while they charge their phone.
  • Park Web Cams: Many parks have web cams these days. Some are general park cams that show common areas and others are construction cams, temporarily placed to show the progress of something being built. The Sky Tower is the perfect platform to mount some general park web cams and have them streaming 24×7 on their web site. People love these!

Social Media

I feel that Six Flags Magic Mountain is really lagging in the social media arena. You rarely see anything from them on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, Instagram, or any of the myriad of social networks being used today, at least when compared to some other big name theme parks, including other Six Flags parks. I’m not sure if that’s because they feel they don’t need to participate in social media, they’re too busy to participate, they don’t have anyone who knows how to participate, or something else. Whatever the reason, I feel they are missing the boat by not directly engaging with their guests in real-time. More importantly, as a guest who uses social media heavily, I feel like I’m missing out on the full experience by not having them involved. Here are just a couple of ideas on how they can get the ball rolling and start getting engaged with their guests via social media.

  • Twitter Hunts: Cedar Point’s Director of Communications, Tony Clark, does a fantastic job engaging with their guests via Twitter. I regularly see him working their park, hiding prizes like free front-of-line passes, and then tweeting clues. Their guests love it and can’t seem to get enough. It’s like a real-time scavenger hunt in the park. Magic Mountain could do something very similar to this.
  • Crowd Control: How about tweeting out rides that are currently experiencing very low ridership while other rides are getting buried? If somebody sees a tweet that says Apocalypse doesn’t currently have a line, and the Goliath line they just walked up to has a 2-hour wait, where do you think they’re going to head?
  • Food Deals: Have a bunch of caramel apples you need to get rid of towards the end of the day? How about tweeting a buy one get one free offer, just by showing the tweet?
  • Photo Contests: There are a lot of great photographers that frequent theme parks. How about hosting a photography contest on Instagram?
  • Video Contests: Like photographs, I’ve seen some very creative videos come out of theme parks. How about hosting a contest for the best amateur tv commercial for the park?

I have many more ideas and could keep writing for hours, especially when it comes to the rides (waterfall on Revolution, airflow in Batman station, water drainage in Ninja queue), but I’ll stop here. Some of these ideas would be extremely expensive to implement, and I could understand why they would never happen, but many would cost the park virtually nothing but the willingness to try them. If nothing else, I’d be happy if just the windows in the Sky Tower were nice and clean every time I visited.

Now it’s your turn. What do you think of the ideas I’ve listed above? Other then new rides and people movers, which we all want, what are some of the things that you’d like to see the park do that wouldn’t cost a lot of money but would make a huge impact on your experience in the park?

20 Comments

  1. Rob

    12/14/2013 at 2:03 am

    the sky tower will get heavy traffic if it becomes a wifi bar that’s for sure

  2. Andrew

    12/14/2013 at 8:13 am

    The only thing that I wouldn’t like about an LED sky tower wall is that Six Flags WILL use it for ads. I have to admit Magic Mountain is by far the most advertised park I have ever been to, and that just gives them another opportunity. I would hate to look up at the Sky Tower and see that it too, is trying to get me to eat Trident Layers, Takis, etc.

  3. Marcus L

    12/14/2013 at 9:12 am

    Wow great ideas your right about the stunt theater and the concerts magic mountain has so much potential but I don’t think they realize it

  4. tacalert

    12/14/2013 at 9:24 am

    I would like to see the supervisors and managers not dressed up in suits, etc. This is supposed to be a fun environment and seeing these people uncomfortable dressed liked this in 100+ degree weather is ridiculous. Even more ridiculous is the management dressed up in Hurricane Harbor. How about some nice polo shirts for them to make them more comfortable and to make the guests more comfortable.

    Even Disneyland dropped their mandatory ties for men policy. I am not saying jeans and a t-shirt, but business casual.

  5. Delaney

    12/14/2013 at 9:25 am

    These are all great ideas I would love to see happen, but the biggest thing I would like MM to focus on is just keeping things cleaner. The bathrooms are always disgusting and things can get really dirty. I think them doing more social media also would be great.

  6. Sean

    12/14/2013 at 10:00 am

    At this moment I would love to see some repaints on Scream!, Tatsu, Goliath, Viper, and probably RR. The first thing you see when approaching the parking lot is the faded 150ft giant that hasn’t received a paintjob since 2003, although it badly needed one for about 5 years. Goliath starts to seriously fade again, and the huge flying beast that is one of the most popular rides in the park is seriously faded as well. I agree with the skytower and stunt theater, both have so much potential. I would love to see new LED packages on most rides, since they are poorly lit up at night. The entrance plaza is also up for un update. The park has the potential and can easily step up their game, they just don’t seem to realize it.

  7. Candice Hargrove

    12/14/2013 at 6:22 pm

    I completely agree with everything, Kurt! It would be awesome to see more shade around the park, and maybe adding more of those misters around the park as well. It’s always refreshing to walk into one of those during the summer time, since it’s gets pretty unbearable most of the time.

    As far as doing something special for roller coaster’s anniversaries, I don’t see why they aren’t even doing something like that already. Like you said, with the park having the most roller coasters on the planet, I don’t see why they aren’t embracing that. Also, I think they need do SOMETHING on National Roller Coaster Day. At least a sign or something letting guests know, or at least just showing people that the park even knows something about it.

    I would LOVE to see SFMM do Holiday in the Park. I know they have some props for Christmas, but I want to see more lights and props around the park. I think it would bring a lot more guests into the park around that time if they did something like that.

    They need to do SOMETHING with the Sky Tower. For as long as it has been in the park, they need to make it shine! I think putting a small snack bar with Dole Whips and drinks is a fantastic idea! I never thought about putting a wifi charging bar up there, but that would be pretty neat so guests would be able to charge their phones. It definitely is in need of a paint job. It’s really sad to see something so huge like that being put off to the side. Also, having a nice LED package would look really nice and make the tower stick out more, especially at night. I do also agree that they need to put LED packages on the majority of the rides at night. It’s fun to ride the roller coasters in the dark, but it would also be nice to see LED lighting from afar.

    The park webcams inside of the Sky Tower is also another great idea! I love looking at webcams from different places and I think it would also be a great idea for people to maybe see the queue of the lines, how empty/busy the parking lot is, or how busy/empty the park is in general.

    Last but not least, there are a ton of people that have smartphones now a days and there are a ton of people that use social media websites. The Twitter hunt would be awesome! I know a lot of people would go to the park just for that. Food deals is also another good one. Maybe they could even put something like that on Foursquare as well, like a lot of restaurants do.

    Also, another thing I was going to mention, I know Disneyland has an app for Apple {not sure if its on Android/Windows} and people can look up the queue of the lines on the app to see how long the wait is, and when people wait in the lines, they can update it themselves if the wait time on the app is wrong. I know it’s a long shot, but maybe someone could create an app! 🙂

    • Candice Hargrove

      12/14/2013 at 6:25 pm

      Okay, I know I wrote a lot, but I have one more thing to add. Maybe on the rides, they can add like a digital wait time that is actually accurate. Every single time I go to the park, the wait times on the signs are always wrong.

  8. Looper

    12/14/2013 at 8:01 pm

    How about lets start down the hill at the abandoned gift shop. I have no idea if anyone ever really stops there in hopes to grab perhaps a tee shirt or a plush or just ends up at Wendy’s with a frosty. I recall years ago the road was angled slightly different and the gift shop had at least what might have been their own 10 parking spots. It seems now that perhaps all the visitors now to that gift shop would need to park in Wendy’s lot or Red Lobster. Anyway have the most popular sold items from the park and perhaps some tee shirts or hoodies. Sale perhaps the “Free refill” cups for a cpl bucks reduced rate. And perhaps also sell tickets and also process season passes and would be nice to be able to deal with those issues perhaps Mon-Fri as park is closed those days for now at least.

    Sidewalk: I know Coaster Guy wrote a great article some time ago but might be time to look at it again. http://www.thecoasterguy.com/index.php/2011/08/30/no-sidewalks-leading-to-six-flags-magic-mountain/ Even if the sidewalk cant go all the way down the hill, at the very least a sidewalk needs to be put in from the bus stop in the footstep of X2 to at least the valet parking area. Many guests do arrive using the bus not to count the many many employees that use that bus stop.

    Toll Booth: I don’t know much about those boxes the kids stand in to deal with the guests but I assume they have both heat and cool AC at least pipped in from somewhere. Perhaps they could have a couple dedicated lanes for season pass parking with a gate that goes up and down when the guests slide their card through the scanner. I’m sure it would need to be manned at least by 1 host or hostess as some guest will without fail end up in those lanes with cash and it would be to simple like Dodger Stadium where they work down the lines of cars with hand held scanners or god forbid handle cash with correct change.

    RV Parking / Oversized?: I only saw it near capacity a few times during the summer but at least this past season they seemed to have it manned by employees to keep the cars out. But… How about putting in about 10/20 EV charging stations near that dog jail house where the cars could be away from the RV’s out of harms way.

  9. Chris Galindo

    12/14/2013 at 11:10 pm

    Also agree with everything said on here. I would most likely want to see SFMM focus on improvements for 2014-2015 other than anything else. Ride recognitions (such as Ride anniversaries and National Rollercoaster dates) and more social involvement on their Social Media sites, it would really help the park step up their game. As much as I like SFMM there are many things they need to improve upon. It’s really hard trying to defend the park when there’s nothing TO defend. Maybe they’ll listen to us just this once?

  10. M. Smith

    12/15/2013 at 8:32 am

    How about “big boy” seats on some of their rides? Does Scream actually have “big boy” seats? I am a large guy, and I always worry I won’t “fit” on the rides. How about some “test seats” outside the wait line? Knotts has test seats for Xcelerator and Silver Bullet. (the only ride I can’t fit on is Riddlers Revenge at SFMM and Xcelerator at Knotts to give you an idea).

    • Andrew

      12/15/2013 at 12:06 pm

      Last time I checked Scream has them

  11. john

    12/16/2013 at 11:17 am

    My six flags magic mountain wish list
    1. re-theme all areas of the park.
    (make the theme areas have flow and make sense)

    2.for the love of god theme the roller coasters.
    (good example medusa at sfga compared to scream at sfmm)

    3.Build a new metro or train system to get around the park.
    (so many people i know hate six flags for that reason alone)

    4.Update or build another flume water ride.
    (after log jammer & sierra falls got the axe there’s hardly any water rides)

    5.More flat rides !!! please build flat rides holy crap sfmm lacks flat rides.

  12. Miklo De La Noche

    12/16/2013 at 8:55 pm

    Six Flags hire this man!!! i really like your sky tower ideas. i have yet to go up there once. wish i had known about the museum when it was there.

    my biggest gripe is the food. i want bigger portions. let me feel like i got my moneys worth. the food service employees are the only ones we have ever gotten attitude from. Also i would like longer hours. the park is a whole different place at night. i hate having to leave by 6. more shows would definitely be cool. i never got to see the magic show this year.
    earlier this year they had a TAkis promotion where if you buy a bag then you would get a wristband to stay late in the park and ride a couple coasters, viper and tatsu I think. we were supposed to get the wristbands at Flags, the store. they didn’t have any… we went to customer relations and first of all there was a huge line, then when we got to the front and asked they didn’t know anything about it. the guy was calling people and security came over and they didn’t know. finally they said just bring the bag on the day and we’ll let you in. we made the head of security give us his word. on the day we came brought a bag of chips and walked over to tatsu. they had a little tent where they were giving out bags of TAkis! haha! they pointed us over to the stand where they sell the frozen dot things, we turned in our bag and they gave us the wristbands.

    so my whole point is they need to inform their employees about the promotions. the lack of communication turned a simple to-do into a big ol scavanger hunt. i remember we had similar trouble during the midnight riders event but a security who went out of his way really helped us out. wish i knew his name. he was awesome.

    oh and $25 for a lost season pass is pretty steep. my girls car got broken into and we had to replace hers.

    all in all the good times have far out weighed the bad. just renewed my season pass and I’m looking forward to another year of thrills!

  13. Marco Vazquez

    12/17/2013 at 12:06 am

    You pretty much hit everything I’ve complained about in the past few years but how about picking up the trash! I think Magic Mountain is one of the dirties park I’ve ever been to. The bathroom are trashed, overflowing garbage can and stick floors and seats. There’s also been a rise in line cutting that is not fun for those who wait properly in line. I also wish they would start to fill up the cars with a full load vs having two people in a row of 4? Or the entire back car empty. I understand you gotta get people moving but it is hard to yell “I need two people over here!” Finally, they need to do away with forcing people to pay for back pack lockers. Cedar Fair, DollyWood, etc all have bins at the station for folks to put away their back packs and hats, why does Six Flags charge for this and every now and then you’ll come across a worker who won’t let anybody pass who has a hand bag to a back pack.

  14. Mike

    12/27/2013 at 8:21 am

    I’ve said to re-theme the park mostly in a survey I received from magic mountain a few months back. Seriously, I don’t think none of the themes fit what’s there mostly and definitely don’t tie in with the surrounding area with the exceptin of the DC area, by far that’s the best themed area. I dread having to use a bathroom there but it’s so hard because I drink so much soda so eventually I’ll have to go. They are so nasty and I feel gross once I leave out. All the bathrooms need a major overhaul, I mean more modern flush less toilets and less paper towels because that’s mostly what you find on the floors besides the pee……. Lol! Visually besides a re-theme the park needs to reprint different areas of the park every year, have some kind of rotation to keep things looking fresh. They seem to wait till things look pretty much dilapidated and scary before attention is needed. I still love the park and the coasters above all but these are my wishes every year for the park.

  15. Mike

    12/27/2013 at 8:24 am

    Auto correct got me! I meant re-paint instead of re-print in my above post.

  16. Eric

    12/29/2013 at 3:17 pm

    I take it that Colossus will be running backwards, along with Batman: The Ride during the first half of 2014 season. I get the feeling that SFMM could and might be formally announcing Colossus RMC iron horse transformation. Colossus would likely have to close near the end of the 2014 season, and remain closed for 12-16 months (all of 2015), and reopen in 2016 as “Iron Colossus”. 2 other Six Flags wood coaster I see being candidates for future RMC iron horse transformations… The Boss (at SFSTL) and Georgia Cyclone (at SFOG). Happy New Year!

  17. Kyle

    01/20/2014 at 6:29 pm

    I agree, The Sky Tower needs an improvement. Adding LED lights or maybe a screen in the middle showing off the attractions and future plans. What if the Sky Tower can add a bungee jump similar to the Stratosphere tower? up-charge attraction. I hope the Iron Colossus ride comes true. I was hoping for a new water ride either a new themed log ride (for example: Skull mountain coaster at SFGadv. SFMM could use the name Skull mountain log ride and make it scary for Fright Fest, but adventurous exploring adding music and sound effect, or a water coaster and call it Aqua Man. It just seems awkward that Log Jammer is gone and Full throttle replaced it. Only 3 water rides are there instead of 4.

    I do have an idea for a RollerCoaster, SFMM has bought a coaster from most of each different company but they let go of a vekoma coaster (Dejavu) and Gertslauer. My question is What is going to replace Dejavu? My idea is how about a record coaster from Gertslauer, like a eurofighter or an infinity coaster like (The Smiler). I want to ride the Smiler but instead of having 2 lift hills, How about 1 lift hill and a launch section. (The Joker coaster)?

  18. ioio

    11/10/2014 at 6:04 pm

    As the year comes to an end, looks like they added “Holiday in the Park” for 2014. Better something from this list than none right? :/

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