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Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Report For 15 Mar 2015

By on 03/17/2015

There are lots of last minute touches happening at Six Flags Magic Mountain as it gets ready to resume daily operations on March 21st for its 45th season. These photos were taken on Sunday, March 15th.

The first thing you notice when you enter the parking lot is that the new Scream! paint job is nearly complete. The station still hasn’t been touched yet, but nearly everything else is virtually complete. The bright, vibrant colors sure grab your attention:

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The trains are back on the track in the maintenance shed and it doesn’t look like any of the colors have changed. It’s still unclear whether or not they will, but their existing colors sure don’t match the new track colors at all:

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The park has poured some heavy duty concrete pads at each of the bus stops that will hopefully hold up better under the weight of the buses than the previous asphalt did. For some odd reason, the concrete was poured on Friday, which didn’t allow it time to cure prior to the park being open for the weekend, so the buses couldn’t drive on it. This led to some temporary barricades being thrown up, with absolutely no signage, so guests were confused as to where the line for the bus actually was. They were still heading towards the flags:

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The barricades around the new pad at the drop-off point in the front of the park did have a sign, but unfortunately it just said “Handicap Parking Only”:

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This is the new pad at the pick-up point in front of the park. Maybe it’s just me, but old garbage cans and caution tape used to block off a construction area like this, even if just temporary, does not give the type of first impression I’d want at the front of any park I ran. The only sign here said “Handicap Parking Only Van Accessible,” unless that sheet of plywood lying on the ground said something on the other side before falling over:

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With no signs, how are guests supposed to know where to line up to catch a bus? The bus was dropping people off between the drop-off area and the pick-up area, so I guess this is where they were loading from as well:

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The walkway to the main gate looked good with its annual fresh coat of paint:

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Several of the ticket booths had their queue stanchions removed on one side so that wheelchair ramps could be added:

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I think it’s great they did this, but I hope they add some sort of barricade along the side. This looks like it’s ripe for twisted ankles or a wheelchair tumbling over the edge:

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The far right ticket booth was in use for the first time in a long time, and it was seeing a lot of traffic. My only thought, based on the banner above it, is that this booth is perhaps staffed by Spanish-speaking employees:

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Inside the park, the fountain was not running. However, what stood out even more was the flower beds with no flowers. They were there, but it looked like something came along and ate all the flowers off the tops, leaving just the stems. Because of that, it looked like nothing but weeds. I think Bugs Bunny needs to be questioned about this:

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The Flash Pass building received a very vibrant paint job a couple of weeks ago. It really stands out now and is hard to miss, especially next to the very drab looking locker building:

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Revolution, which was closed during my visit last week, was back open and drawing a pretty decent sized crowd:

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Tatsu was also open, and as usual, didn’t take long for the crowd to start lining up behind Soda Springs and down the hill:

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Nobody knew what the blue flag was that I posted a picture of in my last trip report, but I did see several more today. This red one was attached to the Roaring Rapids station, which is still closed:

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All of the midways have received their annual coat of paint, and it looks good:

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It was a very warm day and Jet Stream was seeing a lot of action:

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Who would’ve ever thought that Six Flags would run out of things to advertise?

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I typically don’t like to promote the advertising they do around the park, unless it’s relevant to a point I’m trying to make, but I do like that they’ve partnered with PopChips because I absolutely love eating them:

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Speaking of promotions, you can now get a Season Drink Pass. For $19.99, you get a special “Scream Green” bottle that can be refilled for free all season long. The traditional refill bottles are red for 2015 and are only refillable for free on the day you buy them, with $0.99 refills all season long:

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The new Tidal Wave wall has been completed and looks good. Tidal Wave was open and seeing some traffic in the heat, but they were only running one boat. With money being spent on the new wall, this ride probably is going anywhere anytime soon:

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I was initially embarrassed about this, but after tweeting about it I found out that I’m not alone. After covering Magic Mountain for roughly five years now, I just saw the following tiger sign in Center Ring Games for the first time ever:

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Tidal Wave wasn’t the only attraction running one ride vehicle. Several coasters were only operating one train as well. I hope they get all of the refurbishments completed prior to daily operations resuming next week:

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No exterior work has started yet on the transformation of the Magic Moments Theater into Gearworks Theater:

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Still no progress on Swashbuckler, however all of the new asphalt in front of it looks good after receiving a fresh coat of paint:

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The back wall in Wonderful Pistachios Park was painted pure white last weekend. It has since received a brand new overlay for the upcoming season:

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The Speedy Gonzales Hot Rod Racers roller coaster, which was down for maintenance, is back up and running. Unfortunately, it was also only running one train:

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Yes, that was a joke. 🙂

There was something going on with the rock work around the Bugs Bunny World fountain. It looked like it was breaking up, but I’m sure the park will address this by next week:

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The poor Kraft noodle was getting absolutely no love. There were a lot of people in the park, but nobody going anywhere near the noodle:

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These two girls were trying so hard to get some pics of one of the Canadian Geese, but he wasn’t having any of it and kept walking away:

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I wonder how long the park plans on keeping these arrows in the parking lot that were park of a 5K that ran through here months ago:

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As I was leaving the park, I noticed they had a sign up for a hiring event that day. I’ve seen lots of social media for other Six Flags parks advertising their hiring events, but I don’t recall ever seeing anything for Magic Mountain. Perhaps I just missed it. If you’re looking for a job, I’m sure they have lots of openings for the upcoming season:

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That’s it for this week. Who all will be there on opening day on March 21st?

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15 Comments

  1. X

    03/17/2015 at 12:10 pm

    Those flags are for the employees to see how fast the line moves. They’re used as markers. They give a guest a paper with time on it and ask them to give it to the first employee they see once theyre up to the ride. Ride operations is trying to improve their wait times and make it more accurate. Reason i know this is because my supervisor was the one that came up with this idea when i worked there last year. Seems like it caught on to more rides.

    • The Coaster Guy

      03/18/2015 at 8:26 pm

      I still don’t understand what the flags are used for. If a guest has a piece of paper with the time on it, and they hand it to an employee in the station, then the difference between the current time and what’s on the paper is how long the wait was. What are the flags used for?

  2. Steve

    03/17/2015 at 12:38 pm

    The flags that you see tell the ride operators how long the wait time is, and they vary in colors like blue green and red to show the wait time

    • The Coaster Guy

      03/18/2015 at 8:29 pm

      How? There’s no way they can say the flags are spaced so many “minutes” apart. There are too many variables. For example, one train operation versus two trains, or a slow crew versus a fast crew are just a couple of things that can swing the wait times drastically.

  3. tina

    03/17/2015 at 5:50 pm

    First off, let me say that that is one fabulous tiger which I too have never seen before in my life. And also, that is how SFMM rolls. They send out trains to be dismantled and put back together (as well as replacing broken/dammaged parts) during their busiest seasons so that everyone is forced to wait in line forever, so park guests dont get on very many rides, so the park doesnt loose money on admission.

  4. Eric

    03/17/2015 at 8:25 pm

    All of these quirks—running one train on coasters, inconsistencies with paint, etc.—only support my feeling that the park should do what other Six Flags parks do, and shut down completely during the winter. We don’t need a Labor Day-to-Spring break shutdown, but for even one month would allow the park to get some things done that need doing without having to worry about guests being there. Work could progress at a fast pace and be done in almost no time.

    The park needs someone who could spot inadequacies in signage and other minor things that upon being fixed would drastically improve the guest experience. Signs do cost money, but when people know what’s going on, they feel like the park cares about their day.

    • Katie C

      03/23/2015 at 2:43 pm

      how does the upkeep compare to Knottsberry farm (open all year round)? I’ve only been to Knotts once. I always hear they have the “nicer” park even though they shut down for even fewer days than six flags each year. I feel like I hear that about their more thrill-centric parks too (such as Cedar Point). They tend to be a bit less expensive on top of that. Is it just that Cedar Fair has a better infrastructure? Is it that CF dumps money into some parks but leaves others with fewer attractions (hence more budget)? I know SF has a policy of introducing a set number of new rides every year as part of their business plan. Not sure if that’s the best approach, on the other hand I can’t wait for Twisted Colossus. Any insight on this would be really interesting to me.

  5. Jimmy

    03/18/2015 at 11:28 am

    I really hope they’re doing something to the Scream trains in regards to the color. That would be a total bummer if they’d just leave them like that. Thanks for the update Kurt.

  6. JJJJ

    03/18/2015 at 2:01 pm

    “I think it’s great they did this, but I hope they add some sort of barricade along the side. This looks like it’s ripe for twisted ankles or a wheelchair tumbling over the edge”

    Per ADA regs, I believe a railing is required.

    • The Coaster Guy

      03/18/2015 at 8:30 pm

      I do too, which is why I was surprised it was opened to the public like this, even if just for one weekend.

  7. Robert

    03/18/2015 at 6:31 pm

    Scream: My bet is they won’t paint the trains. Why? Because it’s Magic Mountain, that’s why.

    Handicap ramps at ticket booths: One booth should have been converted only and staffed all the time. There was no reason to do it the way they did. And yes, hopefully they add some type of barricade because many will twist ankles off that.

    • Dane

      03/19/2015 at 5:07 pm

      I think they might only because it would look extremely silly if they didn’t.

  8. Johnny

    03/19/2015 at 8:48 am

    What;s wrong with the trains?

    • Jimmy Tovar

      03/20/2015 at 1:52 pm

      Colors don’t match the new paint scheme on track/support columns.

  9. DJ Nel

    03/25/2015 at 3:33 pm

    Let me just say……. Summer is approaching!!!! Muahahahahaha

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