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2014 Season Opens At Six Flags Magic Mountain

By on 03/23/2014

This weekend marked the official opening of the 44th season at Six Flags Magic Mountain. As of March 22nd, the park has resumed daily operations and will be open every day through the end of August. I stopped by the park on Sunday, March 23rd to see what was going on. There really isn’t much new to report over last weekend, however it was good to see the park full of people having lots of fun!

As soon as I got out of my car, I immediately saw one of the changes for 2014: Colossus was running backwards! A longtime feature of the annual Fright Fest event every October, you can now ride Colossus backwards for the next couple of months:

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With it being the second day of the season, I was expecting the park to be somewhat busy. However, I feared the worst when I approached the main gate and saw booths setup for a cheerleading competition that was being held at the park that day. These usually bring in even larger crowds:

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All of the new biometric finger scanners have now been installed, but they’re not in use yet:

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Despite my fears, there really wasn’t that much of a crowd inside the park:

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Revolution was closed, but in addition to the usual blue closed sign that you see, there was also a barricade going across the entrance and an employee stationed outside to answer questions:

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Viper was running strong and seemed to have quick dispatches:

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X2 was also running two trains with a quick dispatch time:

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Most people don’t realize it, but you can see both the Revolution and Full Throttle loops from the X2 bridge. However, the Full Throttle loop is partially blocked by the Tatsu track. Here you can see the Full Throttle train rounding the top of the Full Throttle loop. Big size difference:

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The upcharge attractions seemed to be having a busy day today, like the Cyclone 500 go-karts:

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Even Dare Devil Dive had a line of people wanting to go flying:

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Lots of guests were lined up for the flat rides as well, like the recently refurbed Scrambler:

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The Sand Blasters bumper cars had a healthy line of guests waiting. I watched them for a few minutes and got sad. They were all driving in the same direction with no “bumping” going on:

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It was a warm day and several people were on the Tidal Wave bridge to get a cold splash:

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The Sky Tower is still closed and expected to remain so for awhile:

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Green Lantern was looking good in the sunshine against the blue sky:

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Speaking of looking good, all of the planter boxes had fresh flowers and looked great:

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One of the most anticipated ride experiences for 2014 is getting to take Batman: The Ride for a spin backwards. I got to try it out early as part of a season pass holder preview, and I thought it was great! It opened to the general public yesterday and the reviews have been extremely positive:

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Superman was running both sides today, however I didn’t see any simultaneous launches:

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I was surprised to see absolutely no progress being made on Swashbuckler:

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Two of the three marked trees in front of Swashbuckler have been removed. One to go:

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Wonderful Pistachios Park was getting some love, as people were enjoying their meals inside:

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There was quite a crowd in front of the Golden Bear Theatre for the cheerleading competition:

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Daffy’s Adventure Tours got a fancy new sign with his image and his full name:

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All of the carrots have now been painted around the Carrot Club Theater:

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Still no visible progress on Speedy Gonzales Hot Rod Racers other than a new sign:

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The front (?) of Full Throttle Sports Bar & Grill seems to be complete, minus signage:

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The entrance also looks complete, minus some signs:

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The inside is far from complete. Looks like it’s getting some Full Throttle diamond plating accents:

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All of the outdoor tables have been cleared away from where the Full Throttle Nights stage will go:

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The booth I asked about last week in the Six Flags Plaza is a new frozen lemonade stand:

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The new Jelly Belly store is officially open for business:

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They have just about every flavor of Jelly Belly jelly bean you can think of:

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They even have many of the flavors available for bulk purchase:

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The ‘Bean Boozled’ flavors include Barf, Boogers, and Moldy Cheese:

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If you’re not into Jelly Belly, you will find a selection of Good Humor ice cream treats in a freezer by the register. This is part of a new multi-year partnership between Six Flags and Unilever, the new official ice cream of Six Flags:

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11 Comments

  1. Eric

    03/24/2014 at 12:33 am

    “Daffy’s Adventure Tours got a fancy new sign with his image and his full name”

    Apparently they also changed the ride’s name from “Wilderness Tours” to “Adventure Tours.” At some point, they might want to update the name on the bus itself so it matches the sign. I’m guessing they will.

    At Colossus, they’re running the yellow-winged train and either the orange- or red-winged one. I know one of those has been used for parts to keep the other two running. That’s OK; they won’t need them anymore once Colossus gets its makeover. Those trains are 23 years old and have reached the end of their service life anyway.

  2. Francisco O.

    03/24/2014 at 4:41 am

    Me and my family are going out to SFMM tomorrow, and we have our season passes ready to be processed, and since the biometric fingers scanners aren’t in use yet, do we still go to the original season pass processing center?

  3. Candice Hargrove

    03/24/2014 at 11:22 am

    Awesome update as always! I’m super excited to go back to the mountain. It’s been way too long! Hopefully there will be some progress on Swashbuckler, because I love riding that!

  4. Jerome Weiss

    03/24/2014 at 11:40 am

    Good trip report. I’ll be going Tuesday and maybe Thursday or Friday. I’m sad to see trees being removed around Swashbuckler as the trees add to the rides fun.

  5. Andrew

    03/24/2014 at 8:48 pm

    Do you know when the best days are to go to Six Flags to stay away from crowds?

  6. sfmm inside

    03/25/2014 at 10:33 am

    most week days are not that busy

  7. TwinsGP

    03/25/2014 at 1:49 pm

    Not sure if you commented on this in a past post, but I was there on Sunday as well and was surprised to find that they were only running one train on Full Throttle for opening weekend. Any word on what’s going on there and why now?

  8. Jeremy

    03/25/2014 at 4:32 pm

    It was so packed it was the worst day too go on

  9. Eric

    03/25/2014 at 7:25 pm

    When I was at the park for the second weekend of Namtab previews, I stopped by Dive Devil to see if they were still running their 2 for $25 season pass special, and they were. That will get people on it for sure since that’s a reasonable price. If they’re still running it next time I go, I’m going to finally ride it.

  10. coasterdad

    03/27/2014 at 7:24 am

    My son and I went on Sunday as well. It was not too crowded despite the cheer competition. We used the early entry to get in 2 rides on Tatsu before the general public which I appreciate the early entry for Gold pass members. Thank you again Kurt for your updates on the park. It is great to see what is happening and being updated.

  11. Diego

    04/05/2014 at 1:41 pm

    Hey, last time i was their to visit i noticed that revolution was closed and its been closed for a couple of months.. Any reason to that?

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